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Class of 2017: Rules of engagement

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff - Edutopia

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.

However, in my work, I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff.
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Twenty Creative Ways to Check for Understanding - Brilliant or Insane @AngelaStockman

Test drive these twenty tried and true strategies to check for understanding in the classroom. Which ones will serve your students best?
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Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. - Washington Post

Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. - Washington Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Although American University student Cooper Nordquist, 21, uses his laptop most of the day, he still likes to read from the printed word for enjoyment. Despite that fact that most college students do a majority of their socializing and school work electronically, many still like to read from actual hard copy printed books. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
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First Writing Project: Six Word Memoirs - Cre8tive Havoc @msmclauchlan

First Writing Project: Six Word Memoirs - Cre8tive Havoc @msmclauchlan | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The first writing style we will be focussing on is a microform called six word memoirs. For those of you who haven’t heard of this writing phenomenon, here’s a short video to explain:
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The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships - Edutopia

The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How do we teach through relationships? What does that even mean? That was my response when I began working at a school that holds teaching through relationships as a core value. Teaching through relationships posits that teachers who have knowledge about their students will be better able to teach them. It is a fundamental idea that most progressive educators have long embraced.
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The Library Voice: If There Is One Thing You Do Today....Check Out All Of The AMAZING Things In Flocabulary For FREE!

The Library Voice: If There Is One Thing You Do Today....Check Out All Of The AMAZING Things In Flocabulary For FREE! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We all love finding a great new resource to use with our students and school community.  

Well, I got one for you to check out today!  It is called Flocabulary and it is one of the most engaging, creative, and fun websites out there.

And most of all....

It gets our young people excited about learning through music and movement!  They love it! 
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6 Great Tools to Create Educational Flyers and Posters for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Great Tools to Create Educational Flyers and Posters for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we received a request to post about digital flyer making tools. Below some of the best options we would recommend for teachers who would like to create beautiful digital and printable posters and flyers. All of these tools are simple and easy to use. They provide pre-made templates to choose from and support a wide variety of multimedia materials that you can to your flyers including images, text, charts, maps, forms …etc.
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5 of the Best YouTube Channels for Quality Learning Material - Fractus Learning

5 of the Best YouTube Channels for Quality Learning Material - Fractus Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
YouTube has always been a huge. But as the years have gone by this enormous platform continues to redefine exactly what huge is. With more than 1 billion users uploading more than 300 hours of video every minute, this online video behemoth is an evolving resource that should, nay must, be taken advantage of. Finding the balance between entertainment and education is not easy, so here are five of the most popular YouTube channels educators are using to compliment, supplement and augment their lessons with online video.
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Cognitive Exhaustion: Resting Your Mental Muscle - Farnam Street

Cognitive Exhaustion: Resting Your Mental Muscle - Farnam Street | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In the go-go-go world of today we need to be sure we’re giving our mind ample opportunity to rest and relax — recognizing when we need a mental break.

I usually take a walk. Or go to a yoga class.

It turns out how we rest our minds has a big impact. Taking a walk isn’t enough, it depends on where you’re walking.
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Paul's curator insight, February 25, 6:31 AM

Good article for this this time of year!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Sight Words - Create Vocabulary Games and Flashcards

Free Technology for Teachers: Sight Words - Create Vocabulary Games and Flashcards | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Sight Words is a service that provides vocabulary flashcards and games designed for K-3 students. On the site you can find pre-made flashcards and pre-made vocabulary games. All of the the flashcards and games are PDFs that you print to use offline.
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Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design - @AngelaStockman

Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design - @AngelaStockman | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Whether you’re preparing a classroom or a place within your community where people will come to make writing, considering how your space influences engagement is a critical first step. It’s also one that’s often overlooked.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Components Necessary for A Successful School Environment

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Components Necessary for A Successful School Environment | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Managing Complex Change model puts language to that which makes some schools successful while others struggle. The model looks at five components necessary to create a desired environment. These include vision, skills, incentives, resources, action plan. If any one piece is missing the model indicates results schools will experience including change, confusion, anxiety, gradual change, frustration, and a false start.

When thinking of successful schools such as Science Leadership Academy, The MET, The Island School, The iSchool, you will find they have all those components in place. On the other hand, when I hear teachers lamenting about their school failures, the model brings clarity to the fact that one or more of these components are missing.


Below is the chart that lays this out. Following the chart, I'll take a look at what each missing component might look like in a school environment. As you read, consider which, if any are components, are missing at your school.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 26, 3:21 PM

These principles are imperative with changes happening in our learning outcomes in the coming year. Pro active planning is required before implementing change.

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How teachers can use Google Drive to streamline administrative tasks - Daily Genius

One of the most effective ways for Administrators to empower and encourage their faculty to use new and innovative tools is to model best practices by employing them in their own administrative duties. Google Docs, a tool within Google Drive, includes a number of robust features that can streamline teacher’s administrative tasks and highlight their ability to foster collaboration among peers and students. If you need a quick tutorial on Google Drive, check out this article on Daily Genius. Here are four ways that Administrators can use Google Docs to both streamline their own administrative tasks and model effective use of technology.
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What Really Gets Kids Reading? | Edudemic

What Really Gets Kids Reading? | Edudemic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Children are increasingly setting aside books to spend time with tablets and cell phones. Still, fanfare over the Hunger Games and the Divergent series as well as the continued popularity of the Harry Potter franchise suggests that many kids remain eager readers. Research backs this up.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 TED-Ed Lessons on How the Human Body Works

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 TED-Ed Lessons on How the Human Body Works | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 

This morning I visited TED-Ed's Lesson catalog and saw a new lesson about the pancreas. Seeing that video prompted me to look for other TED-Ed videos about the human body. I came up with four more and put them into a little playlist on YouTube. The five videos cover the pancreas, kidneys, lungs, heart, and liver. The playlist is embedded below.

 

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Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom - TeachThought

Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Failing Forward” is a relatively recent entry into our cultural lexicon–at least as far has headlines go anyway–that has utility for students and teachers.

Popularized from the book of the same name, the idea behind failing forward is to see failing as a part of success rather than its opposite. Provided we keep moving and pushing and trying and reflecting, failure should, assuming we’re thinking clearly, lead to progress, So rather than failing and falling back, we fail forward. Tidy little metaphor.

So what might this look like in your classroom?
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5 apps for signing documents with your iPhone and iPad - MacWorld

5 apps for signing documents with your iPhone and iPad - MacWorld | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The dance of printing a document, taking a pen and signing it, then scanning and emailing it to a banker or client is one I think we’ve all done. It’s also extremely inefficient, not to mention annoying.

The Mac’s handy-dandy Preview app makes it possible to fill out and digitally sign a document, but it’s just as easy to sign from an iOS device, and of course there is no shortage of apps for that. I’ve whittled that selection down to these five that cover all the bases, letting you sign, fill out forms, connect to your cloud storage accounts, and use’s iOS 8’s share extension, among other features. The differences between them boil down to aesthetics, workflow, and pricing—which means one of them is probably just right for you.
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Why would students feel valued at school? | Dangerously Irrelevant

Why would students feel valued at school? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Without having seen the exact survey questions, here are some quick reactions I have to these data…

*Why on earth would students say they feel valued at school? In most schools, students are told what to do nearly every minute of every school day, are generally treated as passive recipients of whatever adults foist on them, have their thoughts and opinions routinely and blatantly ignored or dismissed when it comes to day-to-day operations, and are punished whenever they deviate from organizational compliance structures. The number of schools in which students have significant input into things that actually matter is miniscule. But, hey, it’s all about the kids and we care.

 

*Kids are bored. Gallup boredom data reinforce the Quaglia boredom data, as do the tidal waves of anecdotes from anyone you want to ask about their school experience. But we don’t seem to care enough to do anything about it.


*Everyone’s a learner, everyone’s a teacher. Online we exist within interconnected, interdependent webs of learning and teaching. But not in school.

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The Next Hot Trend On Campus: Creating Innovation - Co,Exist

The Next Hot Trend On Campus: Creating Innovation - Co,Exist | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As tomorrow’s global citizens enter higher education with words like "make," "hack," and "prototype" embedded in their vocabulary, they are fueling a powerful movement toward "learning by creating."

Faced with the shifting ambitions of students and changes in institutional funding streams, colleges and universities are embracing "learning by creating," allowing them to leverage the traditional spirit of an educational community with students’ growing entrepreneurial focus. In response, these institutions are adopting powerful new models to erode the boundaries of historically siloed disciplinary thinking and empower new levels of discovery.

A number of colleges and universities around the world are leading the way as they introduce learning facilities billed as "innovation + incubator + maker centers." These centers focus on multi-disciplinary inquiry that can foster partnerships with industry and fully leverage available grants and funding for research. Advancing these new models can help universities recruit fresh talent, establish new partnerships for success and promote an environment where emerging leaders can explore the complex social challenges of our time.
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A Learning Typology: 7 Ways We Come To Understand - TeachThought

A Learning Typology: 7 Ways We Come To Understand - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This typology is an attempt to redefine how we think of learning in the 21st century context. Current definitions of learning focus on performance rather than holistic growth, and on what the learner can do after a learning experience. Gagne is perhaps the most notable exception.

General dictionary definitions of learning refer to learning as the acquisition of knowledge. (Also, see TeachThought’s 21st Century Learning Dictionary.) The prevailing psychological definition is that learning is a change in behavior resulting from experience. Both these definitions seem inadequate given recent advances in neuroscience that shows us how complex a process is learning.
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The Importance and Significance of Creativity in Our Schools - Fractus Learning

The Importance and Significance of Creativity in Our Schools - Fractus Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

What is so concerning and frightening about this quote from one of education’s most inspired thought leaders is that we all know how true it is. Not only is creativity being left behind in mainstream curriculums, it is often actively discouraged and overlooked. In an effort to highlight this problem and to curb our approach to classroom creativity, another leading voice in education Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein has put together the below slides to highlight, support and plead the case for creativity in schools.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How Wind Chill Is Calculated

Free Technology for Teachers: How Wind Chill Is Calculated | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If you follow me on Twitter you might already know that we are currently experiencing frigid wind chills here in western Maine. This got me thinking about how the wind chill is calculated. I didn't know (or couldn't remember the formula from the meteorology course I took in college) so I turned to YouTube where I quickly found this short explanatory video from Presh Talwalkar.
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How Do Students That Hate School Learn? - Connect Learning Today

How Do Students That Hate School Learn? - Connect Learning Today | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It has been my privilege to know many students at many grade and age levels, who have said they hated school. They were all different, referred to as brilliant, disenchanted, disengaged, unmotivated, unchallenged, stubborn, creative, and many more adjectives than a list on a page can hold. Sure, we all realize that students will say they hate school, because that’s the thing kids say, and it is immediately preceded by, or followed by, “I’m bored!” But we need to consider what all students say on this subject, at any level, age, or degree, because there’s no template for students at risk.
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The Daily Routine Of Creativity - TeachThought

The Daily Routine Of Creativity - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What sort of habits lead to creativity? Well, we first have to imagine these kinds of habits as causal–that is, the habits cause the creativity, rather than the reverse. If we can do that, there may be some useful takeaways for teachers.

Podio recently put together an interesting graphic that has some relevance for educators (if we can see teaching as a creative process). One general takeaway? The most creative go to bed early, and do their most creative work earlier in the day. In general, the routine for creativity–at least in its most general terms–is simple:
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Spotlight on Strategies: 6-Word Stories - Edutech for Teachers

"Even though there is always a mind-boggling amount of invaluable info shared on theDiscovery Education Network(DEN), one of the best resources available is the Spotlight on Strategies (S.O.S) series, a must-see DEN favorite designed to provide teachers with simple yet effective instructional practices for using digital content to support student learning.


To date, there are 70+ teacher tried and tested strategies featured on the DEN blog and now thanks to Lance Rougeux, Vice President of Learning Communities and Educational Consultants at Discovery Education and all-around DEN tech guru, I will now be featuring these techniques on my space. Two thumbs up to this guy!

 

So, enough of that… Let’s fast forward to the good stuff…

 

This week’s spotlight: 6-Word Stories, a digital media strategy that focuses on summarization skills related to an image. Check out this simple but effective idea below."

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 25, 3:45 PM

Cool activity. Would work well with online too. Post the image, ask for 6 words in the discussion thread and request feedback..or even voting. Nice.