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How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers

How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Early in the school year, Mr. Spriggs asked me to sit in on a conference with his most challenging student. Jon rarely participated appropriately in class, instead drawing attention to himself by "acting out"..."

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How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week

How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As a teacher, you may think slick production is the way to go in building engaging learning videos, but new data shows that variables within your control (and budget!) have more of an impact.
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Michail Darley's curator insight, August 29, 1:11 AM

This made me sit up with interest. Home made and imperfect videos for learning have more impact than slick, commercial ones if a few simple rules are followed. A must read!

Gina Martin's curator insight, August 29, 1:23 PM

Just thinking about doing this-

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 29, 7:39 PM

Videos are a great way to engage students. Yes it can be time consuming but can be used over and over again.

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A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Good Visual Featuring 7 Ways to Be More Creative ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Creativity, according to Albert Einstein, is intelligence having fun and for most neuro-cognitive scientists creativity is something that is inherently born with us and the proof is kids. All kids draw on their sharp sense of creativity to discover and explore the world around them. They can easily adapt their behaviour to new situations, develop new thinking skills and are constantly engaged in trying out "new ways of doing stuff". Sir Ken Robinson made a strong argument in this regard in his popular TED talk "schools kill creativity". Ken argued that kids come to school bursting with  creativity and by the time they graduate they have lost most if not all of their creativity. Sounds like schools are "educating kids out of creativity"!"

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Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Internet Archive Book Images: Scholar digitizes huge collection of images from — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Attention fans of history, historical images, book art, and archives in general:

 

Georgetown University scholar, Yahoo fellow and developer Kalev Leetaru is currently working to create a searchable database of 12 million copyright-free images, from 600 million library book pages.

The recently launched Flickr-based Internet Archive Book Images currently hosts 2.6 million images that were automatically added with searchable tags.  Ranging from 1500 through 1922, most images are beyond the scope of copyright."

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21 DIY Ideas for Decorating Your Classroom - Mashable

21 DIY Ideas for Decorating Your Classroom - Mashable | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Unfortunately, your classroom might be a small disaster zone right now, and that's not a fun place to teach or learn. But there's nothing a little bit of paint and a hot glue gun can't fix.

 

Try some of these fun DIY projects to bring a little more color and life into your dull classroom."

 

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Music Education on Pinterest - LessonLogs Music

Music Education on Pinterest - LessonLogs Music | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Great Pinterest board for music educators!

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Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun

Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"For most educators, back-to-school decorations still include the proverbial apple, school bus, writing strips, and black and white composition notebooks...

Looking back, we wanted to round up some of our favorite resources that highlight the pencil as a metaphor for leadership, work, and fun."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 28, 10:41 PM

Perhaps you remember a few years back when the pencil became a viral hit on Twitter. Think back to the year 2011 and recall how tablets were becoming "the next best thing" in education. How was this technology going to be integrated into the school day?

This post provides a number of resources that moves the pencil beyond that viral chat. You will find an image of the pencil with each component representing various groups of people often found in schools.

The video, iPencil, takes a look at what actually goes into making a pencil, and will teach students about how one product impacts much of the world. And last, but not least,, is the Ode to #PencilChat, a short video that looks at technology integration in the classroom.

Why look at the pencil? Here are the last two lines of this post. "Whether metaphor, symbol, or tool, the pencil is flexible, durable and timeless. We wish everyone a great school year."

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How to Cite Images on Your Blog - @Langwitches

How to Cite Images on Your Blog - @Langwitches | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

When using Copyrighted work with written permission from owner...


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Helping to keep everything documented.....

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The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips - Edutopia

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, having strategies for effective classroom management is essential for creating positive, successful learning spaces (and staying sane!). In this guide you’ll find 25 tips for managing your classroom. You can view the presentation here:"

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A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work - DA

A new twist on concentration: Standing while you work - DA | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A growing workplace health trend is moving to classrooms: More schools are adding standing desks as a tool to increase alertness and combat childhood obesity.

In 2012, more than one-third of childr
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This class may be the key to lowering depression in middle school | Deseret News National

This class may be the key to lowering depression in middle school | Deseret News National | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Researchers at the American Psychological Association found that preventing depression in the sixth grade, via gym class and recess, can stave off depression throughout the rest of adolescence.

 

Depression is the third leading cause of death and the number one leading cause of disability in teens. The study found that there is a significant association between the onset of depression in the sixth grade and depression in later teen years."

 

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Back-to-school stress: the warning signs and what to do - CBCNEWS | Health

Back-to-school stress: the warning signs and what to do - CBCNEWS | Health | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Author and psychiatrist Shimi Kang tells parents about the warning signs their kids may be too stressed and what to do about it.

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7 Things A Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood - HuffPost TEEN

7 Things A Quiet Student Wishes Their Teacher Understood - HuffPost TEEN | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"As the beginning of another school year approaches, students face the dreading reality of putting the sunny, less-stress summer days behind and preparing for the next 10 months of deadlines, papers, homework assignments, tests, grades and teachers that seem to not understand what it's like to be a student in 2014. While some students anticipate the teacher that gives less homework, is humorous, easy-going and fair, other students cross their fingers in hopes of the teacher that will understand and accept them for being quiet."

 

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A World of Free Lessons with TED-Ed - FRACTUS LEARNING

A World of Free Lessons with TED-Ed - FRACTUS LEARNING | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
TED-Ed is the educational spin-off of the ever popular TED talks series and is an extremely valuable platform for utilizing online video for learning.
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You Can Learn Anything - YouTube

Khan Academy is on a mission to unlock the world's potential. Most people think their intelligence is fixed. The science says it’s not. It starts with knowing


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Darren Kuropatwa's curator insight, August 29, 9:09 PM
Regardless what you think about the Khan Academy this is a nice little video that says anyone can learn anything if they've got a growth mindset.
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What If Every Teacher Tweeted? - Te@chThought

What If Every Teacher Tweeted? - Te@chThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"In spite of its popularity (500 million tweets per day from 271 million active users–almost 80% outside of the United States), most teachers don’t tweet. I mean, I don’t have data in front of me that says that, but judging from the schools that I visit, I’d put the number of teachers that actively use twitter–well, a very small number.


In lieu of the pleadings from colleagues to “connect,” most teachers don’t use twitter, but are quite satisfied with facebook, thank you very much. And certainly facebook connects. As does instagram, tumblr, wikis, blogging, Google+, linkedin, pinterest, YouTube, et. al. It’s an exhausting list, but there is something about twitter that is both disarming and imminently useful at the same time."

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Free Technology for Teachers: StoryMap JS - Create a Mapped Story to Save in Google Drive

Free Technology for Teachers: StoryMap JS - Create a Mapped Story to Save in Google Drive | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"StoryMap JS is a nice tool for creating mapped stories. On StoryMap JS you create slides that are matched to locations on your map. Each slide in your story can include images or videos along with text. As you scroll through your story there are simple transitions between each slide."

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What Are The Habits Of Mind? - Te@chThought

What Are The Habits Of Mind? - Te@chThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"abits of Mind are dispositions that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.  When we draw upon these mental resources, the results are more powerful, of higher quality, and of greater significance than if we fail to employ those habits."

 

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LUZ DEL MAR's curator insight, Today, 12:56 AM

posibles causas del desinteres el no manejo de habilidades cognitivas

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8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Giving Assessments - Teach. Learn. Grow

8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Giving Assessments - Teach. Learn. Grow | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Educational assessments are part of the learning and teaching process, but what should teachers ask themselves before giving one?
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The Most Important Leadership Behavior That Builds Trust (and 3 ways to demonstrate it)

The Most Important Leadership Behavior That Builds Trust (and 3 ways to demonstrate it) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Last week I conducted a webinar on the Four Leadership Behaviors That Build or Destroy Trust. During the session I asked the participants to select one of four leadership behaviors that influenced ...

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New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect - Edutopia

New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.

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Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences - HUFF POST PARENTS

Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences - HUFF POST PARENTS | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It is important to distinguish between rude, mean and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene....
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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement - Edutopia

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccurring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?""

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Monty Bell's curator insight, March 2, 10:39 AM

This is our real focus - the literacy of engagement. We  can have the greatest programs to teach our children to learn but can we engage them As partners in the learning process?

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, March 2, 12:53 PM

Great article from the perspective of the students in the classroom.  

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, August 29, 5:39 AM

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

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What’s the Difference Between a Flipped Classroom and Flipped Learning? - EdTech

What’s the Difference Between a Flipped Classroom and Flipped Learning? - EdTech | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief, these concepts are not synonymous.
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A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels - Daily Genius

A printable 1-page Twitter guide for all skill levels - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re a new Twitter user or a seasoned pro, there are probably some things you should know. From the key terms to the hashtags to how long your tweets should be.

 

In an effort to help share some of the best bits of wisdom we’ve learned over the years, this 1-page printable Twitter guide should help you and your followers / friends learn a bit more about how to use Twitter. It’s short, sweet, and offers some useful tips, tricks, and lingo."

 

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Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes

Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A new study adds to the evidence that longhand writing makes for better learning than pounding on a laptop.
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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, August 28, 11:43 AM

This is interesting but not surprising. It seems that students who write their notes are more selective about what they write down, while students who type will write down everything they hear. Thus, students who are writing things out longhand are focusing more on what's important. I imagine that has an impact on how the brain retains information.