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Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching: John Evans: The PLN Mindset

Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching: John Evans: The PLN Mindset | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"On Thursday we were lucky enough to have John Evans from Manitoba Education visit our classroom to discuss Professional Learning Networks (PLNs). Teacher's engage in all types of professional development throughout a given school year and all divisions have a set number of days specifically labelled as Professional Development days. These might include:"

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Remembering Kev… Kevin Mowat @kevmowat  Shauna Cornwell @slcornwell The Meaning of Meraki

Remembering Kev… Kevin Mowat @kevmowat  Shauna Cornwell @slcornwell The Meaning of Meraki | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Kevin Mowat’s presence filled a room. It wasn’t just his booming voice, his large stature and his hearty laugh…it was his energy and his endless enthusiasm. Kev was a bright light. He radiated positivity and warmth each and every day to all that knew him.
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40 Quotes for Coping with Things You Can’t Control

40 Quotes for Coping with Things You Can’t Control | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When you face struggles with an attitude of openness—open to the painful feelings and emotions you have—you find out that it’s not comfortable, but you can still be fine and you can still step forward.  Openness means you don’t instantly decide that you know this is only going to be a horrible experience—it means you admit that you don’t really know what the next step will be like, and you’d like to understand the whole truth of the matter.  It’s a learning stance, instead of one that assumes the worst.
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100 Lunch Ideas on What the Heck to Pack for Work

100 Lunch Ideas on What the Heck to Pack for Work | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The familiar grumble of your stomach hits every day at 11:30 a.m. as you sink further down into your desk chair. You need some fresh lunch ideas. And oh, we've got 'em—a whopping 100 ideas on what to pack for office lunches, to be exact. Some are recipes, some are loose guidelines, and some are honestly desperate-measure fridge clean-outs that we can all relate to. For even more lunch inspiration, learn how to meal prep like a pro or check out these big batch ideas to get you through the week. If you've got a brilliant lunch idea that we missed, make sure to let us know on Facebook and Instagram.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, September 13, 11:08 AM
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Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students’ creativity - The Globe and Mail

Sir Ken Robinson on how schools are stifling students’ creativity - The Globe and Mail | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While many Canadian educators struggle to find the solution to students' declining math scores, there's one expert who says we may be looking at the problem the wrong way. Sir Ken Robinson – education guru, author and adviser – says relentless testing and the push for standardized scores are destroying students' imagination and talent. He argues that schools are stifling instead of nurturing kids' creativity.

Sir Ken's 2006 TED talk, How Schools Kill Creativity, has had 47 million views and become one of the most popular talks in history. He was in Montreal this week for the Einstein Youth Forum, and sat down for an interview with The Globe and Mail.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, September 12, 2:00 AM
If you have a narrow conception of ability, you end up with a very big conception of disability or inability.
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15 Great TED Talks for Sparking Creativity (Infographic)

15 Great TED Talks for Sparking Creativity (Infographic) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
To get your creative juices flowing, here are 15 of the best TED Talks for sparking creativity, according to online auction site Invaluable.
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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
My children are in a French Immersion school, which means eighty-some-percent of the day they are taught in French. My own French is not exactly stellar. I mean I have the basic “I learned this in grade school because I am Canadian” level of French, which my kids, who are in 1st and 4th grade, are already surpassing.

Yesterday I was doing the dishes with my seven year old, Gigi, and she was excitedly telling me about watching Paw Patrol at school en francais. We were drying dishes, and she was dancing and jumping up and down with excitement as she told me about La Pat’ Patrouille. She also told me they watched Sid the Science Kid for science class today, and yes, of course, it was in French.
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9 ways real students use social media for good

9 ways real students use social media for good | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Think nothing good can come from encouraging students to use social media? Consider what these former students from Minarets and Design Science high schools in Central California are doing. I asked these students how they use social media as an academic tool and how that shaped both their high school and post-secondary success. Here’s what I learned.
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To Develop Future-Ready Students, Project-Based Lessons Teach Real World Skills - EdSurge News

To Develop Future-Ready Students, Project-Based Lessons Teach Real World Skills - EdSurge News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Higher test scores. Better graduation rates. Increased lifetime earning potential. Incorporating social-emotional learning and character education into K-12 classrooms improves students’ lives—measurably. 

Indeed, recent research indicates there is a direct and undeniable correlation between improved student outcomes and integrating SEL and life skills—like problem-solving, collaboration, and good judgment—into existing curriculum. What's more, teachers value these skills. So do employers. They help changes lives, break the cycle of inequity, and foster economic opportunity.

We can no longer afford to view social-emotional learning and character education as pleasant supplements to the curriculum.
Unfortunately, most teachers simply don't have the time or resources to revamp existing curriculum on their own. If they did, their students wouldn’t be the only ones to benefit; studies show incorporating character education is good for teachers, too. 

In the course of adapting many of our curricular resources to fit teachers’ changing needs, we have distilled a robust collection of skills into lessons we believe will help teachers foster social-emotional learning, and in doing so develop future-ready students.
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Why Your Whole Staff Should Be on Twitter

Why Your Whole Staff Should Be on Twitter | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Twitter in Elementary school started for me five years ago during my time as an Elementary Assistant Principal. Our goal was to bring our school community closer together and open up classroom doors to develop stronger relationships. We had great success and feedback from our school community, and when I became Principal three years ago I knew we could do it bigger and better!

The VAST majority of my day is spent in classrooms and on campus, why not Tweet all the #eduawesome that's going on. I can be in a 1st grade classroom listening to a student read, check our @jseroadrunners feed and see something totally awesome going on in a different classroom. There have been countless times when I've changed my daily plan at school based on what's coming from our feed. Of course I'm super connected with my staff of twenty-six teachers and 520 students, but having them active on Twitter keeps me that much closer and tuned in! Parents at John Swett are no longer in the dark about what happened at school each day. From class, PE, Music, recess and lunch, parents can 'see' what activities are going on or be able to ask their child specific questions from the day!
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Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative?

Can 10 Minutes of Meditation Make You More Creative? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In more and more occupations, creativity is part of the job description. Whether you are trying to reconcile conflicting stakeholder priorities, finding a solution to a customer’s issue, or launching a new product line, your solution probably won’t come out of a textbook. But it’s hard to keep having great ideas day after day. What do you do when you run out of good ideas? How do you “get your mojo back”?

One increasingly popular solution is mindfulness meditation. Google, Goldman Sachs, and Medtronic are among the many leading firms that have introduced meditation and other mindfulness practices to their employees. Executives at these and other companies say meditation is not only useful as a stress-reduction tool but can also enhance creativity, opening doors where once there seemed to be only a wall.
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8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"If you’re thinking of completing your own classroom remake project, good for you. I’ve been helping teachers redesign classroom spaces for the past several years and have seen this process work for projects of all sizes.

The tips below can be used for smaller scale remakes right way. If you want to do something bigger, you can start planning immediately and schedule some time over a holiday or long weekend. Either way, much of the prep work can be done now or incrementally over a few weeks as a lead-up to a larger remake project.

Whether you’re looking to reorganize one corner or redesign an entire room, here are eight tips that may help you throughout the process."

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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 29, 9:19 PM

Cool! Brain-Based flexible learning areas!

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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class - Edutopia

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.

Via Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/), David W. Deeds, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto, John Evans
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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 7, 2016 8:46 AM
Inquiry as a learning style - types
David W. Deeds's curator insight, December 9, 2016 12:15 AM

Interesting stuff. Thanks to Viljenka Savli. 

Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 28, 7:45 AM
Read the opening sentence to understand this teacher's belief in the power of inquiry based learning. His approach is sensible.
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Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week On “Compound Time”

Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week On “Compound Time” | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Despite having way more responsibility than anyone else, top performers in the business world often find time to step away from their urgent work, slow down, and invest in activities that have a long-term payoff in greater knowledge, creativity, and energy. As a result, they may achieve less in a day at first, but drastically more over the course of their lives.


I call this compound time because, like compound interest, a small investment now yields surprisingly large returns over time."

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Instagram for Teachers - Learning in Hand @tonyvincent

Instagram for Teachers - Learning in Hand @tonyvincent | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Instagram isn't just for posting photos of food. Instagram can actually be a powerful learning and communication tool for educators, so I've written this guide for teachers. I'd like to show the kinds of things teachers can see on Instagram. I'd also like to tell you about the ins and outs of Instagram, starting with the basics and ending with crafting awesome posts.
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The ‘No’ in ‘Innovate’ - Edutopia

The ‘No’ in ‘Innovate’ - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Selecting new initiatives is important for administrators and teachers—but so is refusing to take on too much.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, September 15, 3:38 AM
Ook al gaat het om goede initiatieven. Soms is less toch more. 
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Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise - CNN

Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise - CNN | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Take a movement break every 30 minutes, say experts. No matter how much you exercise, sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for early death, a new study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine found.

There's a direct relationship between time spent sitting and your risk of early mortality of any cause, researchers said, based on a study of nearly 8,000 adults. As your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death.
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On Internet Friends and My Friend Kevin @chrkennedy

On Internet Friends and My Friend Kevin @chrkennedy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A lot is made about whether one can truly have “friends” on the Internet. It was probably Facebook that really got us talking when instead of using “connection” or some other less intimate word they used “Friend” as the type of connections we made as we connected with someone on the Internet through their site.

I have only known education with the Internet.  My first email address came with my first teaching job twenty-one years ago, and my first Internet access (AOL) was at home that first fall of teaching.  I have been thinking about friendship in the Internet era this week with the sudden passing of one of my Internet friends, Kevin Mowat.
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12 Rules Of Great Teaching - TeachThought PD

12 Rules Of Great Teaching - TeachThought PD | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers. Trust is a currency of a human classroom. 


So I thought I’d gather twelve of them to start with. The idea of “good teaching” is an idea we get at a variety of different ways, So then, here are some rules we might consider when making sense of this idea of what makes a teacher great. Thanks to Sylvia Duckworth for the great illustration, who went all out and added all 15.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, September 7, 9:10 AM
No argument this this list of 15.

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Schools around the US are finally pushing back their start times — and it's working

Schools around the US are finally pushing back their start times — and it's working | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Schools in 45 states have instituted later start times to the benefit of students, parents, and teachers in a nationwide push to embrace sleep science.
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Social LEADia by Jennifer Casa Todd @JCasaTodd Doug - Off the Record

Social LEADia by Jennifer Casa Todd @JCasaTodd    Doug - Off the Record | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

...let me tell you a bit about Jennifer Casa-Todd’s book “Social LEADia”.


*The release of the book is very timely with the school year beginning next week.

*If you’re a teacher-librarian looking for professional resources for your library, you need to add this book to your collection


*If you’re a principal of a school concerned about doing social media “right” within your school and honouring students/teachers, you need to read this book


*If you’re an educational leader and want to include colleagues in a meaningful book talk about social media, you need to use this book
If you’re an educator interested in a single resource that addresses the topic of social media and leadership, you need to use this book.

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5 Free Design Resources Creative Learners Will Love Using

5 Free Design Resources Creative Learners Will Love Using | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The wonderful Web is full of free design resources for every creative mind. In amongst the stuff out there that isn’t very usable, many kind souls have put time and effort into developing quality resources with open-source access for all. Check out this short list below of 5 of the best sites with free design resources for all of your highly creative learners.
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Seven tips for supporting high performers at school - The Guardian

Seven tips for supporting high performers at school - The Guardian | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
From using games and activities to developing growth mindsets, experts share their advice on what parents and teachers can do to cultivate excellence
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A Math Framework for Multiple Grade Levels

A Math Framework for Multiple Grade Levels | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
here are 50 free, downloadable Splat! lessons. They’re sequenced in 10 levels to offer opportunities to focus on concepts ranging from identifying missing addends to understanding remainders to solving equations involving two or more variables.

The simple premise is that a set of dots is shown on a screen. A “splat” or blob covers some of the dots. The question is: “How many dots have been covered by the splat?” At higher levels, multiple splats appear, and fuel understanding of equations, remainders, variables, and eventually fractions.
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Open Middle - Challenging Math Problems Worth Solving

Open Middle - Challenging Math Problems Worth Solving | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Dan Meyer introduced us to the idea of “open middle” problems during his presentation on “Video Games & Making Math More Like Things Students Like” by explaining what makes them unique:

they have a “closed beginning” meaning that they all start with the same initial problem.they have a “closed end” meaning that they all end with the same answer.they have an “open middle” meaning that there are multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem.

 

"Open middle problems require a higher depth of knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding.   They support the Common Core State Standards and  provide students with opportunities for discussing their thinking.

 

"Some additional characteristics of open middle problems include:

They often have multiple ways of solving them as opposed to a problem where you are told to solve it using a specific method. ExampleThey may involve optimization such that it is easy to get an answer but more challenging to get the best or optimal answer. ExampleThey may appear to be simple and procedural in nature but turn out to be more challenging and complex when you start to solve it. ExampleThey are generally not as complex as a performance task which may require significant background context to complete. Example

 

"We hope you enjoy these problems.  Please be sure to send us any ideas for problems we can add."

 

Jim Lerman's insight:

Numerous challenging math problems that actually teach, not just reinforce an algorithm. K-12, organized by grade and also by math topic.


Via Jim Lerman
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 25, 9:02 AM
Good source. Grade leveled  open middle math problems
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Students who go to school hungry lose 2 hours of productivity every day: report

Students who go to school hungry lose 2 hours of productivity every day: report | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many people don’t realize just how important a morning meal is to a child’s ability to learn.

According to a recent survey by Kellogg Canada, the vast majority of teachers report large differences in a child’s behaviour depending on whether or not they’ve had breakfast. According to the report, 93 per cent of teachers agree that hungry children are more disruptive in class.
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