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The 6 types of Questions your Students Need to Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 6 types of Questions your Students Need to Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Learning is all about asking questions and finding answers to them. An inquisitive mind is one that goes beyond the status quo and probes deep below surface meanings. To foster such kind of  thinking inside our classroom requires some hard work and a serious investment in time and efforts. We, as teachers and educators, need to prepare the right environment where inquisitive minds can nourish and grow. We need to water this environment with a culture of asking questions."

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Knowing how to ask a question is half of the task done ... The answers come easier to the surface...

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10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In A Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers, Kevin Honeycutt shared, “I believe you can flip a kid on any given day in one hour.” I’ve been thinking. Can you?

Well, when something horrific happens: death in the family or other trauma — maybe not. But on most days with most kids, I think this is true. I had an upset child just yesterday. We had a private talk as she was coming into the classroom (straggling behind everyone else). And yes, she was flipped. My words and our interaction FLIPPED HER and changed her day. When I saw that happen, I realized that it is true. We can flip kids (and perhaps each other) if we pay attention and notice.

Here are some ways you can flip a kid. Please share yours in the comments. Let’s get this kid flipping conversation going!
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Personalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success

Personalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Personalized learning is no longer just a buzzword or a passing fad. In fact, more and more school leaders view the successful implementation of personalized learning programs as top priorities for their classrooms. In a recent survey, 86% of district leaders report that they have implemented personalized learning in their schools but also report that obstacles persist(1).

So clearly interest and intent are there, but what exactly is personalized learning, and how can educators successfully implement these programs in their classrooms?"

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Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves (and 4 Ways to Start)

Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves (and 4 Ways to Start) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As a whole, teachers aren’t great about taking care of themselves. You work too many hours, don’t get enough sleep or exercise, eat too many unhealthy foods, and don’t spend enough time doing things that refresh and energize you.

Too many teachers have reached the conclusion that this lifestyle is just part of the job; there simply isn’t enough time to be a good teacher and take care of yourself. Self-care is something you’ll get to over breaks or in the summer, right?

Unfortunately, this is kind of a recipe for disaster. Teaching is consistently recognized as an incredibly high-stress career, which is only compounded by the fact that many of you are not doing things that would help you manage that stress.
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Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes

Teaching and Assessment with Math Processes | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Teaching and assessment in math go hand in hand. What ties them together are the mathematical processes. Our job as teachers is to help students build mathematical knowledge and skills of the curriculum through the 7 mathematical processes. They  include:

* problem solving
* reasoning and proving
* reflecting
* selecting tools and computational strategies
* connecting
* representing
* communicating"

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Podcast - Michael Fullan part 1 – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

Podcast - Michael Fullan part 1 – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
NPDLConnect Podcast series Michael Fullan is a worldwide authority on educational reform. Michael “walks the talk” by leading our NPDL Partnership – a global endeavor to shift pedagogy and deepen learning  in over 1000 schools in 7 countries. A former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, Michael …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 12:16 PM
I agree with the point about overlooking teachers as a source of theoretical understanding about their own pedagogy. Fullan might feel he encourages policy makers and local school districts to use teachers as leaders. It isn't happening.

I am concerned about the use of catch phrases i.e. deep pedagogy and deep learning in this case. What do they mean in the day-to-day practice of teaching and learning?
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 22, 5:23 AM
Spits uw oren!
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These 'Pollution' Popsicles Are Freaking Us Out

These 'Pollution' Popsicles Are Freaking Us Out | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Imagine unwrapping a frosty popsicle on a hot, sticky day and finding a brick of polluted ice, complete with bits of frozen trash stinking of sewage.

Three students from the National Taiwan University of Arts recently created a batch of such popsicles from dirty water. But their gross treats aren’t meant to be eaten ― instead, they aim to raise awareness for Taiwan’s overwhelming pollution issue. 
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It's Not Just The Space, It's The Mentality #MakerEd @thenerdyteacher 

It's Not Just The Space, It's The Mentality #MakerEd @thenerdyteacher  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I've been thinking about Makerspaces lately and the role they have been playing  in my educational adventures. I have been advocating for schools to look into Makerspaces as a way to promote this creative spirit. I believe that a space can help support ideas that students have and can draw reluctant learners in to try new things, but the mentality needs to be the focus. I started to think really hard about what makes up the Maker mentality to me. I'm sure there are people that have come up with a list of things that define the mentality, but that does not apply to everyone. Making is about creating your world and I think that includes what the Mentality is for you and your learning community. Here are some things that I think make up my Maker Mentality:
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Edtech in the Classroom: Improving Learning Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

Edtech in the Classroom: Improving Learning Opportunities for Students with Special Needs | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The number of students with special needs is on the rise across the United States, making it increasingly difficult for educators to teach effectively to their entire student body. Did you know that there are approximately 7 million students in the United States with disabilities? Did you know that only 62.7% of students with special needs in the US graduate high school? With the increase of students with special needs in the US and the current trend in education to increase inclusion in the classroom, educators are experiencing difficulties dividing their time and attention equally across their students.

Advances in technology are making it possible for teachers to best assist students with special needs and or limited language skills, to learn alongside the average student. Through the use of computer programs and games and other devices, students with special needs can participate in the same activity as their peers or a slightly altered program based on their specific needs and skill set.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 12:05 PM
The teachers who used digital tools with their students with special needs suggested it still required teaching to help students and sometimes families to learn how to use the tools.
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Does Reading for Pleasure in Schools Really Make a Difference? @pernilleripp

Does Reading for Pleasure in Schools Really Make a Difference? @pernilleripp | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I asked my students to give reading a chance this year.  I promised them that if they liked reading, I would do my very best to protect that love.  That if they disliked it, or even hated it, I would try to create an experience that would perhaps change their perception even a little bit.

I polled them at the beginning of the year and was frankly horrified at what I found.  Out of 130 students, 53.6% of students reported that on a scale from 1 to 10, reading was a 4 or less.  That’s 70 students.

70 students that despite their previous teachers best intentions have already decided that reading is really not for them.  Out of those 70 students, 35 students reported that they hated it.  Hated it.  Not just dislike.    But hate.

So what do you when you are faced with such insurmountable odds?  What program do you lean on?  What curriculum do you implement?

For us; none. It turns out it is much simpler than following a curriculum.

What made the biggest difference to all of my reading hating students?
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 11, 3:56 PM
The hate of reading in MS is tough to overcome but read how improvement was gained.
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Be Internet Awesome - Google

Be Internet Awesome - Google | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Be Internet Awesome is a multifaceted program that includes a fun and free web-based game called Interland and an educational curriculum to teach kids how to be safe and responsible explorers of the online world.

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Be certain to check out the excellent resources links including the online game Interland and the Be Internet Awesome curriculum for Educators https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/resources
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John Evans's curator insight, June 7, 10:37 AM
Be certain to check out the excellent resources links including the online game Interland and the Be Internet Awesome curriculum for Educators
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Podcasts Designed For Kids Can Be A Fun Way to Ignite Imagination

Podcasts Designed For Kids Can Be A Fun Way to Ignite Imagination | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Since the unprecedented success of Serial, podcasts have become a more popular form of mainstream entertainment. Not only are many adults listening for fun, but some teachers are bringing podcasts into their classrooms as a new kind of text. Teachers like Alexa Schlechter, Michael Godsey and Alex Fernandez have found teenagers to be a receptive podcast audience and have even experimented with asking students to make their own podcasts.

While audio has excited teachers of older students who can access the rich variety of content available for adults, teachers and parents of younger children are noticing there isn’t a ton of content made specifically for a younger audience. In an article written for The Atlantic, Stephanie Hayes investigates this hole in the podcast market. She was surprised to find that kids will pay attention to a full 15-20 minute podcast and learn from it. Hayes writes:
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If I was teaching Social Studies today… Dangerously Irrelevant @mcleod

If I was teaching Social Studies today… Dangerously Irrelevant @mcleod | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. If I was still doing that now, I would be incredibly excited because so many wonderful resources would be available to my classroom. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today…
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Tremendous list of resources!

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5 Ways Teachers Can Have a Work-Life Balance - STEM JOBS

5 Ways Teachers Can Have a Work-Life Balance - STEM JOBS | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Educators never get a break. Oftentimes they see their students in their community, grade papers and plan lessons, and become emotionally invested in the lives of each of their students — all outside of classroom hours. Children of teachers can sometimes feel they rank below their parents’ other “kids” at times. To avoid burnout and keep yourself happy at work and at home, remind yourself that teachers can have a work-life balance and follow these tips for creating it.
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9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.
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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners - Relationships still the key!  By Barbara Blackburn

5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners - Relationships still the key!  By Barbara Blackburn | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
By Barbara Blackburn

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 26, 4:15 AM
Vijf sleutels waar je leerlingen al een heel eind mee komen. 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 26, 12:19 PM
These 5 hit the center of the target. Check out Effective Praise and Effective Support.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 26, 1:19 PM
Well worth a read. While aimed at K-12 teachers, there is much that is useful for higher ed. 
 
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Engage Students Through Project-Based Learning in Biology - STEM JOBS

Engage Students Through Project-Based Learning in Biology - STEM JOBS | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When learning STEM subjects, students are often successful when they apply the concepts that are being taught. The student-centered practice of project-based learning, also known as PBL, requires learners to use the knowledge acquired through study, not simply memorize information to repeat on an exam. Through project-based learning in biology, teachers can allow their class to experience lessons by engaging in activities that bring to life the concepts that are crucial to subject mastery.  Use the following activities to bring a new pedagogy to teaching biology.
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The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It - @Edutopia

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It - @Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, March 3, 7:24 AM
lenigheid in het leren. 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 22, 4:04 PM
Contains valuable information, read it all the way to the end.
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The 2017 Ultimate Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids, Teens & Adults!

The 2017 Ultimate Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids, Teens & Adults! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
By now I’m sure you know the importance of reading with your kids especially when school is out to help avoid the dreaded summer slide.  As a parent, I know how full life can be during the summer months (and all year round), but I’m a firm believer in prioritizing.  If reading is one of your top priorities then you’ll make the time for it – period.  No excuses.  Even if you’re only able to read for just five minutes per day.

Before we get into the list, I wanted to highlight a few ways to make summer reading fun for kids (and you too!) These tips are probably ones you’ve heard many times before, but may help to serve as a reminder or spark some new ideas for you and your family.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 21, 1:58 PM
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6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment

6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the past two decades there has been a lot written, and much discussion, around the use effective use of assessment in the classroom.

Unfortunately many educators, particularly at the secondary school level, continue to cling tenaciously to “traditional” practices which are, at best ineffective and at worst, counterproductive to the goals of modern education.  Here are six common misconceptions about assessment and evaluation that we could stand to rethink.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 21, 2:58 AM
Ik zou nog wel wat misvattingen kunnen toevoegen aan dit lijstje. Maar als we deze al de wereld uit kunnen helpen zijn we al goed op weg en zullen andere misvattingen ook sneuvelen. 
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Boston schools ditch conventional world maps in favor of this one

Boston schools ditch conventional world maps in favor of this one | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Social studies classrooms throughout the Boston public school system are getting an upgrade some 448 years in the making.

Via Seth Dixon, Scarpaci Human Geography
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 28, 2:21 PM

Personally, I'm not a fan of this decision, but it's as if they watched the classic West Wing clip and decided to roll with it. I think that the Peters projection map is better than the Mercator for most educational applications, but it isn't the "right, best, or true" map projection.  Many viral videos comparing the two love to exaggerate and say things like "The maps you use are lying to you" or "the world is nothing like you've ever seen."  Yes, Mercator maps distorts relative size, but it isn't a "wrong" map anymore than the Peters projection.  All maps have distortion and map readers need to under that all maps are a mathematical representation of the Earth.  

 

Tags: mapping, visualization, map projections, cartography, perspectiveeducation, geography, geography educationBoston.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 24, 9:00 AM
A new but correct way at looking at the real world. 448 years overdue.
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A Beginner's Guide to Micro-Credentialing - STEM JOBS

A Beginner's Guide to Micro-Credentialing - STEM JOBS | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
To sharpen skills and ensure their teaching methods fit within district education missions, teachers are opting out of continuing education courses in favor of micro-credentialing. Through this method, teachers outline how study in a specific area will benefit student educational goals. If necessary, once a teacher’s proposal is approved by district leaders, they will continue his or her education through completing the appropriate program. Evidence of understanding is uploaded and vetted by the organization that provides the coursework. Teachers earn badges upon successful completion of program materials.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. It's not surprising that we feel a press for time. Our expectations for students have increased dramatically, but our actual class time with students has not. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time, looking for what Beth Brinkerhoff and Alysia Roehrig (2014) call "time wasters." "

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8 Reasons For Teaching Kindness In School

8 Reasons For Teaching Kindness In School | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Most people have heard the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’, which refers to a selfless act of giving resulting in the happiness of another person. Terms like this are increasing in popularity around the world, as more people identify a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.  

It seems we just can’t get enough of those addictive feel good emotions and with good reason.

Scientific studies have shown that kindness has a great number of physical and emotional benefits, and that children require a healthy dose of the warm and fuzzies in order to flourish as health, happy, well-rounded individuals.

Patty O’Grady, PhD, is an expert in the area of neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology with special attention to the educational arena. She believes that “kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it. Kindness is an emotion that students feel and empathy is a strength that they share.”

A great number of benefits have been reported to support the theory of teaching kindness in schools.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 8, 4:46 PM
Homes, schools, organizations, work places, churches, government agencies, street corners etc. Shouldn't kindesss be the expectation and the norm in our society.  Therefore, if it needs to be taught in the schools, so be it.
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52 Tools to Inspire Summer Learning with Photo and Video Challenges – Teacher Reboot Camp @ShellTerrell

52 Tools to Inspire Summer Learning with Photo and Video Challenges – Teacher Reboot Camp @ShellTerrell | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many of us have started our breaks. If you have a website, blog, virtual learning site or messaging system like Remind to connect with your learners then you can motivate your students to continue the learning with photo and video challenges. Learners of all ages love taking pictures and videos, especially with their mobile devices. Students are surrounded by science, math, geography, history, and literacy. Often, they just need to be challenged to take a closer look, investigate their surroundings, capture their learning, and present it to others. For any subject you can send your students on learning missions and challenges to capture the learning around them and demonstrate to others what they have learned!
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The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students

The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I recently wrote about my journey toward empowering students through ownership. It began with a “throw away” week during state-wide testing when I felt the freedom to do something different. From there, I ultimately embraced this idea of student empowerment. However, I was afraid along the way.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 3, 1:44 PM

Read this to plan for next year!

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 6, 2:34 AM
Fear is a man's best friend zingt John Cale. Gaat dit ook op voor de leerkracht?