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52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers - TeachThought

52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We’ve dug through dozens of books, teacher magazines, pinterest boards, and other blogs to find 52 of our favorite inspirational quotes for teachers. We’ve tried to come up with a range of ways of thinking about teaching and learning without resorting to the most cliche lines you’ve heard again and again.

Some of these you’ve likely heard before, but hopefully the bulk of them are both new, and capable of that extra push when you need it.
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These are quotes that do not go out of style.
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These are quotes that do not go out of style.
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How to Identify and Reframe Design Problems in Your Library Space @DianaRendina

How to Identify and Reframe Design Problems in Your Library Space @DianaRendina | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many of us are rethinking and redesigning our library spaces. We have visions of flexible, mobile furnishings on wheels, beautiful charging stations, tools to support technology.  And these are all great and wonderful. But if we go to our administration/school board/people who have money to give us and all we do is paint pretty pictures of what our space could be, they may or may not give us money. By identifying the specific design problems in our space and how they impact student learning, we are much more likely to secure that funding that we need. Here’s some common design problems we often face in school libraries and some ideas on how to reframe them.
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Saying 'No' to the Slide: 20+ Summer Opportunities for Educators and Students (EdSurge News)

Saying 'No' to the Slide: 20+ Summer Opportunities for Educators and Students (EdSurge News) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year again—those last few weeks of May, when the bliss of summer break and freedom looms on the horizon. But wait! The work doesn’t stop just because school’s out. The summer offers a wealth of time to flex those learning muscles, for educators and students alike.

In keeping with tradition, EdSurge puts out an annual summer opportunities article each year, and we’re back at it this May to help you prevent the dreaded “summer slide.”
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Hacking Schools: Getting Ourselves to Yes | @PamMoran | TEDxElCajonSalon

When someone comes to your with an idea just say, "Yes." Pam outlines the story of building projects across her school districts that are a direct result o
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Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing

Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A tortoise in Brazil just received a unique gift: a 3D printed shell. The tortoise, named Fred, was found with 85% of its shell burnt in a forest fire.

The group who came to Fred’s rescue, called the “Animal Avengers,”  is a volunteer animal group consisting of a 3D designer, four veterinarians, and a dental surgeon. They had to virtually reconstruct all of the creature’s shell, due to the extensive damage.
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12 Ways to Use Twitter with Language Learners – ESL Library Blog

12 Ways to Use Twitter with Language Learners – ESL Library Blog | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Twitter is a great place to discover articles and resources for teaching English as well as an engaging way to get your students to improve their reading and writing skills. Twitter also chunks language to 140 characters, which makes communicating and reading in English more manageable. Additionally, students learn to scan text for understanding and bookmark resources quickly.

The list of activities below will help you get started integrating Twitter for language learning. Public Twitter streams do not require an account to view them. Your students do not need a Twitter account for many of the activities suggested. However, you may want to create a free Twitter class or teacher account.
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I see a value for secondary ESL students and teachers. Review and judge for yourself.
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Modeling With Mathematics - Teaching Channel

Modeling With Mathematics - Teaching Channel | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
These new videos focus on mathematical models - a way for students, in this case younger students, to identify and solve mathematical problems in the world.
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5 Things You Should Know Before You Accept That Teaching Job - TeachThought

5 Things You Should Know Before You Accept That Teaching Job - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While it can be tempting to accept the first job offer we receive, we should do our due diligence. Caring about education and our long-term careers means considering the following before we accept a position.
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Schools say goodbye to the long summer

Schools say goodbye to the long summer | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Educators have sometimes likened a school year to running a marathon. A balanced calendar may offer more chances to rest and refuel—enabling a strong effort in the next leg of the race.
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11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works

11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Why are we the way that we are? Is there anything we can do to change the way we think, behave, and react? And even if we come to know how the brain works, are we limited by our underlying circuitry or can we overcome our limitations?

Over the years, TED has put on dozens of amazing presentations that highlight the mysteries of the brain and break them down in ways that we — laymen — can understand. Here are the most fascinating ones we’ve watched and enjoyed.
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Wearable Technology Expected to Flourish in Classrooms -- THE Journal

Wearable Technology Expected to Flourish in Classrooms -- THE Journal | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Classroom wearable technology in the United States is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 46 percent over the next four years, according to a recent report released by Research and Markets, a Dublin, Ireland-based market research firm.

“Classroom Wearables Technology Market in the U.S. 2016-2020” covered the present scenario and the growth prospects of the scholastic wearables market, which includes devices such as smart glasses, smart watches, fitness trackers, wearable cameras and virtual reality headgear. To calculate the market size, the report documented classroom wearable devices by product, in K-12 schools, in higher education, by revenue in 2014 and 2015 and by shipments. The classroom wearables market appears to be a multi-billion dollar industry.

Via Jim Lerman, Stephanie Sandifer, Tina Rettler-Pagel
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Sometimes we need to color outside of the lines to read in between them

Sometimes we need to color outside of the lines to read in between them | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I am a huge fan of projects and project based learning.  I love how PBL is about the process of learning and not the process of compliance.  I love how PBL is about questioning and not following.  Most importantly, I love that when implemented correctly, PBL acts as a vehicle for students to acquire knowledge while simultaneously strengthening their skills and deepening their understanding.  The results of successful project based learning units include student autonomy, deep inquiry, and organic engagement.

To achieve such desirable results, however, mindful planning and strategic facilitation are necessities.  I have spent quite a bit of time reflecting on my own practice and collaborating with other teachers about their PBL experiences.  What I have found is that often times while well-intended, project based learning attempts do not garner anticipated outcomes.   Why is this?  For the longest time the answer to this question eluded me.  But, then I started to see patterns and it seems that there are three primary reasons why project based learning attempts sometimes fall flat.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Make a Good Explanatory Video - Research, Planning, Editing

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Make a Good Explanatory Video - Research, Planning, Editing | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
MinuteEarth is a popular YouTube channel whose videos I've featured a handful of times on this blog. Their short videos provide explanations of interesting science topics like why rivers curve and why it is hot underground. Last week MinuteEarth published a video about the process their team uses to produce their videos.
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Tech It Tuesday: Create a Visual Travelogue with Photo Mapo

Tech It Tuesday: Create a Visual Travelogue with Photo Mapo | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Today’s feature begins with a question: As summer break rapidly approaches, what teacher doesn’t need a really cool vacation app that can double as a pretty powerful instructional tool?

Well, if you’re that person, the Photo Mapo app is a must-have digital gem. Yep, this really swell resource can transform photos into map-like masterpieces that can be shared with family and friends across social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram. Even better, this tool has countless classroom app-lications.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 18, 8:08 AM
Traveling this summer. Consider this.
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Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning - Huffington Post

Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning - Huffington Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Ask your 5-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up and she might say an astronaut or teacher, chef or engineer. Maybe she wants to run a flower shop.

But what if she said: I don’t know! What I want to be doesn’t exist yet?

She’d be right. A Department of Labor statistic indicates that 65% of school-age children today will grow up to have jobs that do not yet exist. That idea can be unsettling for a parent — or it can be exciting, if you know you can help get her ready for a future that we can only begin to imagine.

As part of that preparation, parents are starting to hear about a new education framework called 21st Century Learning, which intertwines disciplines to get kids to approach problems and concepts in different ways.

The basics — foundational literacies like language skills, mathematics, science, social studies, all of those things that kids have learned in school for eons — remain absolutely vital. The 21st Century Learning framework layers on top of these some new ways of thinking, new ways of solving problems, and new ways of working together.
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These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader

These 5 TED Talks Will Inspire You to Be a Better Leader | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Leadership. It's a simple concept -- but, not such an easy skill to master. In fact, being an effective and inspiring leader requires some serious thought, consideration, and (believe it or not) practice.

Luckily, there are plenty of people out there with tons of insights about what makes for a great leader. And, what better place to turn for this information than the platform dedicated to all kinds of thought leadership and innovation? That's right -- TED Talks.

Give some of your time and attention to these five different TED Talks, and you're guaranteed to walk away some some new skills and know-how to up your leadership game.
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The Top 8 Professional Reads for Educators 2016 (plus more) @mrkempnz 

The Top 8 Professional Reads for Educators 2016 (plus more) @mrkempnz  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
After sending out a survey over the space of 2 weeks on Twitter and through other Social Media Platforms, we had 258 book suggestions from 123 educators from 13 different countries around the world, spanning several continents and every corner of the globe. The global reach here has magnificent and the professional reading shared was detailed and diverse. I know you are going to love this list and be totally inspired by it.



Summer is almost here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere). If you are like most educators, this is your time to rest, relax and for many, delve into some professional reading and learn about all those exciting strategies and resources that will reinvigorate learning in your classroom when you return after the break.
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This Week in Science: May 14 - 20, 2016

This Week in Science: May 14 - 20, 2016 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A Weak Spot in HIV, A Newly Discovered Property of Light, Google's Creative "Sticky Car" Concept, and So Much More
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Free Technology for Teachers: Thousands of Free eBooks for Summer Reading

Free Technology for Teachers: Thousands of Free eBooks for Summer Reading | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago I featured the summer reading packs offered by ReadWorks. Those reading packs are a great option for those teachers and students looking for relatively short articles. For those teachers and students in need of longer ebooks, I recommend taking a look at what Zing has to offer.

Zing is a service that offers thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning!

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Stop Fighting Social Media. Start Working with Students + Teachers to Integrate It Into Learning! | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many students and teachers are in districts like Wake County where they are subjected to policies, guidelines, and mandates that they rarely have any say in. It doesn’t have to be that way and in New York City it isn’t. Instead the newly released social media guidelines for students 12 and younger incorporated the participatory design process and were developed with rather than for students and teachers. These guidelines serve as a companion to the 13 and older guidelines and have been positively received by stakeholders.  
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A Step by Step Guide to Help Teachers Create Facebook Pages for Their Classes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Step by Step Guide to Help Teachers Create Facebook Pages for Their Classes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Creating a digital presence for your class does not have to be restricted to only standard  platforms such as websites, blogs and wikis;  social media platforms do offer some handy alternatives especially when it comes to teaching adult students. For instance, you can easily create a Google Plus community for your class and invite your students to join in. There is also Google’s new web tool Spaces that you can use with your students to share, discuss and comment on different topics (a guide on how to use Spaces is on the making and we will share it with you as soon as it is ready). However, in today’s post we are  introducing you to Facebook Pages. This is a feature in Facebook that allows you to create a virtual space for any sort of purpose you want.
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Can Kindergartners Do Research? – John Spencer

Can Kindergartners Do Research? – John Spencer | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Children are researching years before they learn to read. Watch a toddler investigate the bugs in the backyard and you’ll notice that curiosity is deeply human. And while we want students to learn some of the harder, more complex aspects of researching (such as determining the loaded language and bias in a source), my hope is that they retain some aspect of this curiosity as they get older. On some level, I want my current graduate students to research like a toddler.
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3 Ways to Shake Up The Station Rotation Model - @Catlin_Tucker

3 Ways to Shake Up The Station Rotation Model - @Catlin_Tucker | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the last two years, I’ve spent time exploring variations on the established blended learning models. In this post, I want to share three different ways teachers can shake up the traditional approach to the Station Rotation Model. This model does exactly what its name suggests. Students rotate through various stations in the classroom with at least one station being an online station. If teachers have ample access to technology, they can design multiple stations that incorporate technology.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 26, 8:11 AM
Consider these alternatives. Creativity, student choice, tech based, differentiation, etc.
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Ideas for Reflecting on This Year & Improving Next Year Four O'Clock Faculty #4OCF

Ideas for Reflecting on This Year & Improving Next Year Four O'Clock Faculty #4OCF | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
How can you reflect, reinvent, and improve for next year? Try these 6 strategies found here.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 21, 3:15 PM
Make #6 tech related or add a number 7 and make it tech related.
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A Self-Directed Learning Model For Critical Literacy

A Self-Directed Learning Model For Critical Literacy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The above is the latest draft of our self-directed learning framework, version 1.1.

It is based, in spirit, on our Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model. It is intended to function as a guide for students–likely with the support and facilitation of teachers, parents, and mentors–to help students become expert learners.

The goal of the model isn’t content knowledge (though it should produce that), but rather something closer to wisdom–learning how to learn, understanding what’s worth understanding, and perhaps most importantly, analyzing the purpose of learning (e.g., personal and social change). It also encourages the student to examine the relationship between study and work–an authentic “need to know” with important abstractions like citizenship and legacy.
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Dr. Pyrate's curator insight, May 19, 8:40 AM
Teaching college transition course in the Fall. Perhaps students ought to look at this themselves.
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 19, 9:23 AM
Kauffman Leadership Academy is not fully self-directed, however, we do utilize many of these questions to engage learners in purposeful activities. I like this graphic as a reference.
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Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Is the school year winding down? Do you need a reboot to help get through a challenging month? Inspiration can come from many places. From the smile on a student's face, to a great conversation with parents, to an episode of a favorite television show that provides an idea for the next day's lesson, small moments can be game changers when we need to reboot and recharge.

When I was a classroom teacher, those days after a long break or in the midst of a period without a moment to catch my breath could make it hard to find inspiration in everyday moments. In this list of resources for teacher inspiration, you'll find a handful of different websites and apps to energize your lesson, lighten your mood, and inspire you to persevere through a challenging part of the school year. These might become part of your daily or weekly routine, or something that you turn to for a dose of inspiration to reboot during a tough time of year. If you've tried one of my favorites or have another to add to the list, share your top resources for finding inspiration in the comments at the end of this post.
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Jennifer Aaker: Capturing the Power of Empathy

Jennifer Aaker: Capturing the Power of Empathy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Stanford Graduate School of Business Marketing Professor Jennifer Aaker shows the value of harnessing empathy to design products, and improve the performance of employees.
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