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What You Need To Know About The Next Generation Science Standards

What You Need To Know About The Next Generation Science Standards | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The Next Generation Science Standards (which are still in draft form until January 29th, 2013 and can be downloaded here) http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards are what they sound like they’d be–new standards for science education that focus on not only what to teach (content), but how to teach it (knowledge and skills)." 

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When Adults Don't Read, Kids Lose! [Infographic + Resources] - The Adventures of LibraryGirl 

When Adults Don't Read, Kids Lose! [Infographic + Resources] - The Adventures of LibraryGirl  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

 "One of my favorite questions to ask educators is... "so, what are you reading?" Whether I'm visiting a school, working with a group of principals or chatting with other librarians on twitter (yes, I'm looking at you #2jennsbookclub), I love to hear about the books my colleagues can’t put down."

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 12, 12:49 PM
I know a thing or two about this because over my time, I met several educators who told me that they do not have the time. I share the feeling about who loses.
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10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills

10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the last couple of months I've found and written about a number of really great tools and resources to help improve our students' writing skills. This is a collection of links to reviews of ten of the best.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 16, 8:21 AM

Some links to free tools and resources for writing development.

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, October 18, 11:21 AM
Great resources for writing prompts, editing, collaborating, even poetry.  
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 20, 3:04 PM
These are very good resource writing tools that you can adapt and modify to fit within your 21st Century Teaching and Learning environments.
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10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
elow is a handy visual we created based on Marcus post. It features  10 practical strategies you can use to foster a growth-mindset culture in your class. These include: avoid praising intelligence and sheer effort, use diverse teaching strategies, teach the values of challenges, introduce simple gamification elements, encourage students to expand their answers, explain the purposes of abstract skills and concepts, use success folders and many more. We invite you to check it out and share with us your feedback.
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79 Cartoons and Kids Shows to Watch in French on Netflix

79 Cartoons and Kids Shows to Watch in French on Netflix | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Here's how to find children's shows to stream in French on Netflix Canada, for parents with kids in French Immersion, or who just want to learn more French.
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Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better

Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." That's harsh language from the downtrodden sixth-grade narrator of Diary of A Wimpy Kid, a blockbuster series of graphic novels.

But it speaks to a broader truth.

A large body of research suggests that students who go to middle school or junior high do worse academically, socially and emotionally, compared to the young teenagers who get to be the oldest students at schools with grades K-8."

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Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level -  School Library Journal

Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level -  School Library Journal | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Our recent article on reading levels and the dangers of using strictly prescribed leveling systems in libraries for young readers sparked much dialogue and debate. One of the most popular and widely used reading systems is the “A to Z” gradient, developed by Irene C. Fountas, professor in the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and Gay Su Pinnell, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. Both researchers have been adamant that their leveling system was designed as “a teacher’s tool, not a child’s label.” We caught up with Fountas and Pinnell, who jointly gave their perspective on leveling, libraries, reading comprehension, and what they say to districts mandating leveled collections.
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The Importance of Sleep and Strategies For Sleeping Better - Mind/Shift

The Importance of Sleep and Strategies For Sleeping Better - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.

“Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain,” Walker says. “Many people walk through their lives in an underslept state, not realizing it.”

Walker is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He points out that lack of sleep — defined as six hours or fewer — can have serious consequences. Sleep deficiency is associated with problems in concentration, memory and the immune system, and may even shorten life span.

“Every disease that is killing us in developed nations has causal and significant links to a lack of sleep,” he says. “So that classic maxim that you may [have] heard that you can sleep when you’re dead, it’s actually mortally unwise advice from a very serious standpoint.”
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81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist

81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Sure, pretty much everyone could benefit from therapy. But not everyone can afford it. Thankfully, there’s a whole world of free or affordable mental health care out there designed to help you with just about every issue, whether that’s kicking an addiction, managing your emotions, finding a group of like-minded peers, or recovering from trauma. Even better? Some of these resources are available whenever you need them. (No need to schedule an appointment between the hours of 9 and 5.) Support groups, hotlines and call centers, websites and online forums, and even apps can be put into action when you have a crisis or just need extra support.

But finding out which resources are best for you takes some legwork. We’ve rounded up 81 of the very best affordable (or free) mental health resources. Keep this list handy whenever you need some backup."

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Innovate My School - Coding: It doesn’t have to be a man’s world

Innovate My School - Coding: It doesn’t have to be a man’s world | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As well as being male, I’m also a passionate teacher who has noticed some very gender-specific behaviours when working with pupils. For example, I once gave Maths doodle books to my class for showing their working out. The boys’ books looked like an arithmetic"Do young girls take a dislike to coding because it can be a messy process with plenty of chances to get it wrong?" grenade had gone off within the pages, but the girls could have placed theirs back in the cellophane for a full refund! It was nothing to do with the fact that they couldn’t do the equations. It seemed to be more around not wanting to show those failed attempts. Perfection was the key, and the messy risk-taking that proceeded was nowhere to be seen. For this reason, they loved the table whiteboards because they wipe clean every time.


So is this behaviour symptomatic of why there is such a scary deficit in women taking up coding as a career choice? Do young girls take a dislike to coding because it can be a messy process with plenty of chances to get it wrong? I believe it’s certainly one factor, but think the problem stems from a number of culprits.
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Everyday Learning - Crayola.ca

Everyday Learning - Crayola.ca | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Crayola has had a long-standing relationship with educators, providing quality products for the classroom and students’ home projects. A visit to Crayola is well worth the trip with artful lessons, classroom resources and the latest information regarding special programs and offers.
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Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. Other schools have come to observe the inner workings of our organization. These visits usually revolve around our literacy initiatives. We share how our continuous focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening has resulted in increased achievement and engagement for our students. This isn’t something we brag about; it is how we have done business.

Out of the 15 or so schools that have come to visit, can you guess how many have walked away and started their building-wide focus on literacy? To my knowledge: zero.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 11, 9:08 AM
Literacy instruction and learning, in many locations, is not highly proficient, but still its strength. So, it is not difficult to see that literacy initiatives are not the highest priority. It is definitely a quandary. 
Luis F. Jaramillo's curator insight, October 16, 9:24 PM
This short article gives some reasons why schools do not focus on Literacy. Although it is a different context, I think the reasons also apply to Colombian education. However, I would add that another reason is that education policy makers do not really want to have a literate society because that would be problematic for them. 
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How Making an Impact on the World Motivates Students - Mind/Shift

How Making an Impact on the World Motivates Students - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many schools are moving to project-based learning as a way to help students make meaning about content in deeper and more lasting ways than a lecture can provide. While those goals are clear to educators, and inspiring examples of schools successfully implementing the pedagogy exist, it can still be a challenging shift for many teachers. It is difficult to design projects that both help students learn required content and that genuinely interest them. Some educators are finding that connecting projects to a global community is a powerful way to make a project feel meaningful to students.
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How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens -MindShift

How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens -MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Whether it's a hurricane, a mass shooting, racial and political violence or family trauma closer to home, teachers can be helpers. Here's our roundup of what
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Combining Inquiry and PBL: 3 Guidelines for Success

Combining Inquiry and PBL: 3 Guidelines for Success | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Engaging in inquiry does not mean logging hours in the library or on the computer searching for information. Especially with elementary students, inquiry happens in a variety of settings and experiences. As John Larmer, Editor in Chief of the Buck Institute, points out: “Students can find answers to their questions from many sources, including readings, but also experts, experiments, and field work.”


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Anxiety Is Taking A Toll On Teens, Their Families And Schools - MindShift

Anxiety Is Taking A Toll On Teens, Their Families And Schools - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Anxiety is increasingly becoming a serious issue for American teens. Sixty-two percent of incoming freshman surveyed by the American College Health Association said they’d experienced overwhelming anxiety the year before, up from 50-percent in 2011. High school counselors and parents are increasingly aware of the problem, especially when teens are so anxious they don’t want to go to school.

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6 Ways Social Media Will Change Your Classroom -

6 Ways Social Media Will Change Your Classroom - | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Technology is changing the world at a rapid pace, and education isn’t exempt from the effects of that. Social media, in particular, is one of the greatest influences of our time — not just on young people, but on culture in general — encouraging social connections and enabling the exchange of thoughts and information on a global scale.

And although it has its drawbacks (peer pressure, bullying, access to questionable content, and its addictive nature, to name a few), there are also tremendous benefits when it comes to social networks — and let’s face it, they’re not going anywhere.
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Why Imaginative Educators Tell Stories

Why Imaginative Educators Tell Stories | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful learning tools human beings employ is the story. See how the story-form can unleash imagination and creativity in your teaching.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, Today, 8:41 AM
The importance of emotional engagement cannot be understated. Storytelling is powerful with both children and adults. It is part of the relationship building process.
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Top 75 Growth Mindset Books For Children And Adults

Top 75 Growth Mindset Books For Children And Adults | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One easy way to help children develop a growth mindset is to introduce them to books which promote persistence, love of learning, learning from mistakes and other key growth mindset ideas. Here's a list of our favorite and most popular books which do just that. 
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 21, 6:04 PM
Great resource.
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Building a Thinking Classroom in Math - Edutopia

Building a Thinking Classroom in Math - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over more than a decade, the author has developed a 14-point plan for encouraging students to engage deeply with math content.
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Sal's Fiction Addiction

Sal's Fiction Addiction | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I love reading books, talking about books and sharing children's and young adult books with anyone who is willing to listen and chat. I have been a kindergarten teacher, a primary teacher, a teacher-librarian, a book reviewer and a workshop presenter for more than 30 years and have an endless, abiding passion for getting great books into the hands of children, young adults, teachers and parents. I hope you find something here that you will love; and then you can pass it on to someone you love!
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 17, 5:35 PM
You cannot imagine how many books can be previewed here. What a resource!
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12 Great Books for Librarians

12 Great Books for Librarians | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In this week's Books for Teachers series, we are sharing with you this collection of some of the most popular books for librarians. These works cover some state of the art topics in library science including: insights on the rapidly changing environments of information retrieval services, library research techniques and management methods, library 2.0, developing scholarly writing projects in library science, the ins and outs of working with online database, learning about the best tactics in doing online research, learning the art of successful grant writing for libraries and many more.
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5 Bad Habits That Are Destroying Your Focus

5 Bad Habits That Are Destroying Your Focus | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We are bombarded with information and competing priorities, from the moment we wake up until we go to sleep. Technology has permanently turned up the volume and quantity of noise that permeates our lives.

The current political climate has drastically impacted employee focus and productivity. Employees report spending 2 hours a day reading an average of 14-21 political posts online.

This has required us to become much more intentional in how we spend our time, and where we direct our energy.

The ability to focus on our priorities lies in our own hands. The daily choices we make drive our focus - or our distraction.
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Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think - EdWeek

Stop Teaching Students What to Think. Teach Them How to Think - EdWeek | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The challenge is not information storage but information processing. It's not about information itself but how to use information. The teaching of creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and a love of learning itself will be critical to transitioning from the industrial age to the automated age.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 1:26 AM

Have to agree with this.

Fiona Leigh's curator insight, October 3, 4:50 PM
All educators need to examine their practice to motivate learners to want to learn
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, October 6, 8:45 AM
The 21st Century teaching and learning environment teach students how to think vs. what to think.
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52 Of The Best Quotes About Learning - TeachThought

52 Of The Best Quotes About Learning - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
So then, the quotes. Below we’ve hand-picked 52 of our favorite quotes about learning. (We’ve already got a follow-up article drafted because there are many we like that didn’t make the cut this time.) We tried to choose from a variety of thinkers, from teachers and writers to poets and farmers to philosophers and entrepreneurs to civil rights leaders and, in a few cases, even politicians.

These quotes necessarily reflect a particular view of learning, so in that way this list is editorialized. At TeachThought, we focus on the human/critical thinking/innovation angle, and the quotes we chose mostly reflect that.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 14, 2:17 PM
This is a long and rich list.
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Using A Jigsaw Activity To Help Every Student Engage With Literature- Mind/Shift

Using A Jigsaw Activity To Help Every Student Engage With Literature- Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Jigsaw activities are not a new innovation in education. Teachers have been using the strategy for years  because it blends independent work with the power of group work to extend learning. John Hattie even found that it was one of the only activities in his model that helped students acquire and consolidate both surface and deep knowledge.

Kyle Halle-Erby, a 12th grade English teacher at San Francisco International High School likes the jigsaw activity because it helps his English language learning students feel comfortable participating in literature discussions. He’ll often do a jigsaw activity before a literature discussion to help students playing different facilitating roles prepare together before joining a group where they will be the only person with that role.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 11, 9:16 AM
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