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Class of 2017: Rules of engagement

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Tips to help schools reduce teacher workload

Tips to help schools reduce teacher workload | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
From asking teachers for feedback to rethinking lesson planning, there are ways for schools to lessen the burden. We asked our panel of experts for advice

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10 Great Chrome Apps for Math Teachers - Educators Technology

10 Great Chrome Apps for Math Teachers - Educators Technology | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Below are 10 good Chrome extensions to use in your math classes. These are are meant to help kids develop math skills through a wide variety of exercises, activities, games, interactive simulations and many more. Some of these apps are integrated with Google Drive and are also available for  iPad, Android, and Chromebooks.
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These are the top 10 workforce skills students will need by 2020 - eCampus News

These are the top 10 workforce skills students will need by 2020 - eCampus News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Today’s workforce, as nearly everyone knows, is increasingly global. And with that global nature comes fierce competition–students will need an arsenal of workforce skills in order to stand out from their peers.

According to a recent McGraw-Hill Education survey, just 40 percent of college seniors said they felt their college experience was helpful in preparing for a career. Alarmingly, that percentage plummeted to 19 percent for women answering the same question.

That same survey also found that students in STEM majors were the most likely out of any group to report that they are optimistic about their career prospects (73 percent).

According to data from the nonprofit Institute for the Future, there are 6 drivers of change in today’s workforce:
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13 blogging basics every blogger should know about

13 blogging basics every blogger should know about | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I wanted to share some Blogging Basics. There is no magic sauce. Other people may have different ideas. Here's what I've found has worked in my 8 years of blogging.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 22, 9:24 AM
You may be ready, give it a try.
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10 Awesome Places to Find Background Music for Video

10 Awesome Places to Find Background Music for Video | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In this column, we’re going to explore some really useful places to find one element that can make your marketing and product videos way more professional and polished: background music.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 21, 8:19 AM
Give them a try.
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Innovate My School - Mission To Mars: Discovery Education launches school space challenge

Innovate My School - Mission To Mars: Discovery Education launches school space challenge | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As the first manned mission to Mars draws nearer, UK students are being offered a unique opportunity to join the race to the red planet - by designing a space habitation module for NASA. The challenge – the first of its kind in the UK – has been launched today by Discovery Education as part of a new national STEM education programme: Generation Beyond. Unveiled at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in Gloucestershire, the exciting initiative will deliver space exploration resources to UK schools, inspiring the next generation of innovators, explorers and astronauts to pursue STEM careers.
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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter - Edutopia

Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In the age of technology, when students use online databases for home research and when Khan Academy tutorials personalize learning, why does the 21st-century student come to school?

They come to see their friends. They come for the community. They come to be part of a classroom culture that motivates them to stick with the online tutorial and write that last paragraph in an essay.

For my first seven years of teaching, I spent the first week discussing class norms, dutifully posting group expectations on the wall, and asking that students sign an agreement to follow them in an effort to "determine class culture."

Turns out there's a quicker, more fun way to establish a positive atmosphere. With a little reinforcement, this positive culture lasts past the honeymoon of the first two weeks and into the second quarter when the gloves come off.

The secret is improv games. I call them warm-ups and play them once a week at the beginning of class. Many students tell me that warm-ups are the best part of their day.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 22, 9:41 AM
Love love these "warm ups" and can visualize using them throughout the school year. Work with your peers to develop a large inventory.
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8 TED Talks to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Failure

8 TED Talks to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Failure | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Like anything, learning how to overcome your fear of failure is a skill. It takes practice. You need to learn how to embrace it, because once you do you can build real success on the back of it.

As Shapiro says, you don’t need confidence, only a little courage and competence.

Here are a few inspiring TED Talks to help you find some.
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There's No Such Thing as "Just a Teacher"

There's No Such Thing as "Just a Teacher" | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I have been an educator for almost thirty years, which means I have seen new teachers come and go. Some were never meant to be teachers. Teaching, to them, was supposed to be a cushy job with hours from 8-3 and weekends and summers off. Hello!? I am thankful that it didn't take these people twenty, ten, or even five years to figure out that teaching was not their calling.

THEN, in walks a new teacher! S/he is the real deal and brings an aura, a presence, a passion, a willingness, a direction, and a drive to reach and teach. The first three to five years will make or break this great educator.

It is our responsibility as the lions to help the cubs to mature and become masters! We can help to acclimate them, help them grow, be available when they stumble, encourage and support them, and share our valuable experiences and strategies with them--the positives more than the negatives, please and thank you.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 16, 2:55 PM
We all have an obligation to assist new teachers in their first few years. This means ongoing PD, mentors, coaches, assignment considerations, appropriate supervision and evaluation, peer support...
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 25, 12:40 PM
"Though student teaching does help, it is not enough. The first-year teacher is hired for a specific position, given his/her own classroom (yay!), and overwhelmed with curriculum and "other assigned duties." They are asked to write lengthy lesson plans for every subject taught each day of the week, to keep student grades updated (which absolutely needs to be done), to sponsor clubs or organizations or classes, to contact parents and explain the reasons for little Johnny's failing class (which terrifies a new teacher), to go to meetings and conferences, to give state and district mandated tests! tests! tests! (so they can fret about their upcoming evaluation--no stress there), and attend an immense amount of professional development on top of it all."

Each of the people I interviewed questioned the benefits of undergrad learning, student teaching, and professional development. Teaching is learned by teaching. Deborah Britzman wrote Practice Makes Practice which underscores this.
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Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension

Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Comprehension strategies are sets of steps that good readers use to make sense of text. Comprehension strategy instruction helps students become purposeful, active readers who are in control of their own reading comprehension. The seven strategies here appear to have a firm scientific basis for improving text comprehension.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 15, 12:18 PM
Successful track  record for these strategies.
GwynethJones's curator insight, July 16, 7:56 AM

"Comprehension strategies are sets of steps that good readers use to make sense of text. Comprehension strategy instruction helps students become purposeful, active readers who are in control of their own reading comprehension. The seven strategies here appear to have a firm scientific basis for improving text comprehension."

Donna Farren's curator insight, July 19, 10:59 AM
These are great strategies that can be used in all content areas to help develop reading and comprehension skills
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5 Ways to Help Your Child Read More

5 Ways to Help Your Child Read More | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it


“How can I get my kids to read more?”

This is one of the most common questions I get asked by other moms. We all know the benefits of reading, and parents want the best for their children.

Every child is different, and it’s to be expected that some kids enjoy reading more than others. Some children have had a negative experience, like poor vision or an embarrassing moment, to turn them off of reading. Inevitably, there also comes an age where reading isn’t “cool” anymore.

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7 books to make your teaching more memorable – Peps Mccrea – Medium

7 books to make your teaching more memorable – Peps Mccrea – Medium | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Memory underpins learning. And yet, as a profession, we talk about it so rarely. What gives? Here are 7 books to kindle that conversation:
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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, July 3, 11:22 AM
I've only read "Make it Stick." Better get busy this summer!
 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 3, 1:55 PM
I need to get reading!
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, July 4, 9:11 AM
Niet meteen zomerlectuur. Maar daarom niet minder zinvol. 
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Three Principles for Math Teachers – Matthew Oldridge – Medium

Three Principles for Math Teachers – Matthew Oldridge – Medium | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Teacher, know thy curriculum”. Know it well. Know it backwards and forwards. I mean that literally- know what is “below” your grade, and “above”. Know where the concepts have come from, and where…
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 3, 1:58 PM
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Stop Eating Lunch at Your Desk

Stop Eating Lunch at Your Desk | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Eating lunch at your desk seems like a good idea. After all, you get more work done, show your coworkers how hard working you are, and you still eat enough to fuel the rest of your workday, right?


Besides maybe not being as productive as you think, eating lunch at your desk is not great for you. University of Tennessee of Chattanooga professor of industrial-organizational psychology Chris Cunningham told us what you’re missing out on by eating at your desk:"

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Facts and Fiction About the So-Called “Summer Slide”

Facts and Fiction About the So-Called “Summer Slide” | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Perhaps we should call it the summer ladder rather than slide. Children gain skills--especially in mathematical reasoning--in summer faster than during the school year.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, Today, 8:14 AM
Not sure, need more data and information. Thought provoking.
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What IS the Ultimate Goal of Schools? - William Ferriter - @plugusin

What IS the Ultimate Goal of Schools? - William Ferriter - @plugusin | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Outranking other countries on assessment tests ISN’T our ultimate goal.  Instead, our ultimate goal should be to leave kids better prepared to tackle the kinds of borderless challenges that our towns, our communities, our states and our nations are forced to wrestle with.  Whether we like it or not, issues like poverty, drought, access to healthy foods, and pollution in all of its forms are in need of solutions.

What if, instead of spending every bit of our professional energy preparing students to pass assessments of all shapes and sizes, we invested that same professional energy into helping our kids to master the skills necessary to solve complex problems with no clear answers?

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 24, 9:59 AM
The "right" people need to deeply think about and answer this question.
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A Daily Mindful Walking Practice - Mindful.org

A Daily Mindful Walking Practice - Mindful.org | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Before you begin your meditation, find a quiet space to walk. It could be outdoors, or in a hallway, or even a large room, walking back and forth.

Walking meditation can be a formal practice, like watching the breath. Or it can be informal, bringing awareness to this everyday activity, whenever you need to travel from point A to point B. Walking meditation gives us an opportunity to gather our awareness which so often becomes distracted or even stuck when the mind is left to its own devices. Whether moving between floors of a building, on a city street, or in the woods, it is an opportunity to guide ourselves out of the distracted autopilot we live in throughout so much of our day.

Paying attention in this way, we stay safe by remaining fully aware of whatever is around. On any walk, hike, run, or other physical activity, without effort we may mentally check out—or we can practice awareness instead.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 24, 8:51 PM

I would try this, but I would fear that I would zone out & trip over something or run into a wall!

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The Only 8 Ways to Start Your Presentation

The Only 8 Ways to Start Your Presentation | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
These 8 great presentation hooks get audiences on the edge of their seats and give them a sense of what’s coming.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 21, 8:22 AM
I HAVE BEEN THINKING A LOT ABOUT THE NEED TO CHANGE MY POWER POINTS AND THIS IS HELPFUL. YOU?
Jerry Busone's curator insight, July 21, 8:50 AM

Stop with agendas , introductions and data to open a  meeting  


that can come later ... hook them early and here's how 

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The YouTube Star Who's Teaching Kids How To Bake

The YouTube Star Who's Teaching Kids How To Bake | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Rosanna Pansino broke into the world of nerdy baking videos in 2011 with a cheap $80 camera and a boxed cake mix. Actually, it's entirely possible that Pansino created the world of nerdy baking videos, with decorations for cakes, cookies and pizzas inspired by pop culture sensations like Super Mario, Minecraft, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.

Now, Pansino is a celebrity chef and one of the highest-paid people on YouTube, with an annual income of around $6 million. Her YouTube channel boasts 8.5 million subscribers and 2 billion views. And among her fans are thousands of kids eager to learn how to bake.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 22, 9:36 AM
Teachers! Use your creative self. How can you use YouTube?
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10 Ways to Create the Classroom of the Future

10 Ways to Create the Classroom of the Future | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"While educational standards may differ from school to school there is one thing that is always nearly the same: the classroom set out. Desks are arranged in rows or groups, and the teacher stands at the front and teach. This set out has changed very little in a hundred years even with all the technological advancements that have been made. Edtech not only changes the way that children learn but changes the way they interact with one another, the classroom space and their teacher."


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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 20, 9:59 AM
The 10 ways seem to address the near future needs. My difficulty is trying to imagine what schools be like in 5-10 years and more. Tech and the world needs are changing so rapidly. Hold on!
Joey Clarito M. Semilla's curator insight, July 23, 3:40 AM
Realization of these ways in creating Classroom of the Future in the remote provinces in our country is quiet a long long way. But definitely this will come true.
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Schools should draw up ‘homework contracts’ with parents, report recommends

Schools should draw up ‘homework contracts’ with parents, report recommends | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Schools should draw up "homework contracts" with parents to make sure work is completed at home, a new report recommends.

Parents would commit to ensuring their children finish their homework, whilst teachers would agree on setting “high quality” homework and providing “regular contact” and necessary support to parents.

The report, published by The Social Market Foundation’s commission on inequality in education, found that pupils with parents who make sure they complete their homework before they do other activities, like watching TV, score almost two points (1.93) higher in verbal reasoning tests aged 11.
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These 10 TED-Ed videos will hold your students’ attention

These 10 TED-Ed videos will hold your students’ attention | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Here are a number of TED-Ed lessons on topics including math, science, social studies, and technology–start your foray into TED-Ed videos with these, or create your own:
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 15, 12:23 PM
Most are intriguing topics!
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The Case for Quiet Kids: Helping Introverts Get Heard in the Classroom - EdSurge News

Being quiet, it seems, is regarded as a deficit that needs to be pointed out and fixed. Throughout the years, few teachers bothered asking why he was so quiet and hesitant to share his thoughts. It wasn’t until my son’s fourth-grade year when a teacher helped him come out of his shell. What made this teacher special? He took the time to talk with my son and get to know him personally, despite the fact he was quiet. He made an effort to find ways for him to contribute without being the center of attention.

Now, my son is going into eighth grade now and while he’s still my shy guy, he may actually raise his hand a few times a year without prompting. Progress!

So why am I sharing this personal story? It has something to do with you, fellow teacher. Soon another school year will begin and a new batch of students will sit before you. The grade level or content you teach doesn’t matter, you will have them sitting in your room: the quiet kids. They don’t cause trouble and for the most part they earn good grades. But these are the kids that tend to fade into the background and slip through the cracks. The ones who are so often overlooked.
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Here Are 5 Effective Classroom Management Strategies That Really Work

Here Are 5 Effective Classroom Management Strategies That Really Work | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Here are 10 all-around useful classroom management tips that are applicable to almost any modern innovative learning environment.


Via Chris Carter, Roger Francis, Dean J. Fusto
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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 6, 2:17 AM
I agree with all five strategies.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 6, 3:27 PM
All have value.
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Stressed teachers offered electric shock therapy to combat anxiety and depression

Stressed teachers offered electric shock therapy to combat anxiety and depression | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
 Stressed teachers at a chain of academies are being offered electric shock therapy to combat anxiety and depression.

Already used by the British Army and US military to treat post traumatic stress the gadget works by stimulating the brain with a mild shock.

Now it is being used in primary and secondary schools to help teachers cope with what is recognised as a nationwide problem.
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