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Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons

Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Dr. Brené Brown has become famous for her speaking and writing about vulnerability, worthiness, shame and the other important emotions running underneath daily life all the time. One theme she returns to over and over is the importance of cultivating empathy, a very different reaction than sympathy.

Dr. Brown says empathy consists of four qualities: the ability to take the perspective of another person, staying away from judgment, recognizing emotion in others, and communicating it. She defines empathy as “feeling with people,” and notes that it’s a “vulnerable choice” because it requires a person to tap into something personal that identifies with the struggle of another.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 9, 11:41 AM
I recommend that you watch/listen to this just for your own understaning of empathy. We often use the term so it is important that we understand what it is and how it differs from sympathy. If we are expected to teach it then we must fully understand and be a person who can express and show empathy to others.
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5 TED-Ed Lessons to watch while you’re at the gym

5 TED-Ed Lessons to watch while you’re at the gym | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Happy New Year from TED-Ed! If you resolved to exercise more this year, then you’ll love this playlist of original animated videos, curated just for you. Behold, 5 TED-Ed Lessons to watch while you’re at the gym:
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28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month | Scholastic

28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month | Scholastic | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Celebrate Black History Month with these twenty-eight ideas, one for each day of February, that recognize the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans in the United States.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 6, 6:18 AM

Great ideas here!

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MySimpleShow for explaining (and my first story) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

MySimpleShow for explaining (and my first story) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Looking for a simple (and free) explainer video creator?  One of my recent discoveries is MySimpleShow. Write a script or upload a little PowerPoint (up to 20 slides) and tell your story cut-out, explainer style.

This is an effective tool for writing across the curriculum as well as creating instruction.
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Get out your color pencils, crayons, markers: #colorourcollections comes back. — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Get out your color pencils, crayons, markers: #colorourcollections comes back. — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Get out your color pencils, crayons, markers: #colorourcollections comes back.

Confession: I don’t know that I completely get the coloring craze. I recognize the value of stress reduction and mindfulness. I know there’s a certain nostalgia associated with coloring.  Last year, however, I did get super excited about one particular coloring project: #colorourcollections or #colourourcollections week!
And her it comes again!

Organized by the New York Academy of Medicine Library, #ColorOurCollections returns next week. From February 6th through February 10th, you and your students/community will be able to discover, download, print and color pages shared by more than 200 libraries, museums and special collections from around the world–among them: Biodiversity Heritage Library, Bodleian Libraries, Cambridge University Digital Library, Europeana, Medical Heritage Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Library of Medicine, and New York Public Library."

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Designing School Recess That Helps Kids Learn, Play And Eat Healthy Food

Designing School Recess That Helps Kids Learn, Play And Eat Healthy Food | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What’s the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?

Those are just a few of the issues in new guidelines designed to help schools have good recess. The recommendations come from a group called SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Three Super Bowl Themed Educational Activities - Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne

Three Super Bowl Themed Educational Activities - Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Super Bowl is this coming Sunday (I predict that the Patriots will win). The odds are good that you have some students who are also interested in the game. Try one of the following resources to turn your students' enthusiasm for the Super Bowl into a fun lesson.
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6 Alternatives to #Reading Logs

6 Alternatives to #Reading Logs | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Reading logs track reading minutes inaccurately rather than having students engage with the text. Try these reading log alternatives.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 3, 8:32 AM
Change it up occasionally.
Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 14, 4:41 AM
J'aime beaucoup "booksnaps" ou comment demander aux élèves de rendre compte de leur lecture en prenant une photo d'un passage, en commentant ce qu'ils ont compris et en ajoutant une image. C'est une façon d'utiliser snapchat à des fins éducatives. 
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The First 5 Minutes: Ignite Student Learning

The First 5 Minutes: Ignite Student Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I have a teaching colleague who was a very talented track and field athlete back in the day.

In one of our recent conversations about teaching and learning, she shared a bit of “sprinter wisdom” that is making a notable difference in my classroom.

She explained —

“Great lessons are a lot like running the 100-meter dash—a strong start makes all the difference.”

Most educators would agree that – when done well – the opening minutes of class have the potential to ignite a ‘wildfire’ of engagement and effort among our students. But a poor start – one that fails to pique learners’ interest, establish real-world relevance or engage students in authentic, challenging learning tasks – is akin to trying to start a fire with wet matches and kindling.

I’m going to suggest some ways we can blend tech into effective “class starters,” but first a quick look at the research.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 1, 8:10 AM
For years I spoke to the importance of the first and last 5 minutes of a lesson so this resonated with me. There are several practices that you can choose from if you are looking to ignite or hook your students attention. Authors such as Dave Burgess have written excellent texts regarding this. Plenty of resources available.
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, February 2, 3:09 AM
Goed begonnen is half gewonnen. In dit geval goed vertrokken om betrokken en effectief te leren. Nuttig artikel met het oog op een krachtige leeromgeving. 
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Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

Do you have mystery objects that attract the curiosity of students, leading them to ask questions that foster meaningful conversations? Is your classroom visually stimulating for the students? Does it cultivate creativity, and more importantly, is it filled with objects, images, and even props that help your students learn -- even when they think they're not learning?

Like most teachers, I decorate my classroom with posters and objects that help promote learning, but that also lend a little pizzazz to an otherwise humdrum learning environment. It is typical, for example, for science teachers to have full skeletons and periodic tables in the classrooms, or for history teachers to have maps and portraits of famous historical figures pinned to the walls. However, the best teaching props are the ones that are not so obvious and that help the teacher reach students in unexpected ways.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 31, 9:15 AM
Allow your creativity to emerge so that your classroom is not so obvious. Fuel your students' natural curiosity and wonder so that it ignites their natural desire to engage and learn.
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5 tips to improve your critical thinking 

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/5-tips-to-improve-your-critical-thinking-samantha-agoos ;


"Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking. Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process that may help you with any number of problems. 


 Lesson by Samantha Agoos, animation by Nick Hilditch."


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 8, 11:19 AM

We should always look to improve our critical thinking in all areas.

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies - Edutopia

The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. That year also afforded me the opportunity to be assaulted with a stone, two chairs, a Rambo knife, a seventh-grade girl's weak jab, and dozens of creative swear words. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 31, 9:22 AM
Matching classroom management strategies is important and I am sure you can gleam some of these that  you are comfortable with. You may be already doing many in some form but even one more effective practice might be all you need.
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Would you let your kids attend Hogwarts?

This is the first in a video series on the 7 best teachers at Hogwarts.
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Introducing The FMS Manipulative Skill Posters

Introducing The FMS Manipulative Skill Posters | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For years now, I’ve been on a mission to make my physical education lessons as visually pleasing as possible. I’ve always liked making “pretty yet functional” resources for my students in order to help them better understand the concepts, skills and tactics we learn and develop in class.

That being said, there has been a resource that I have been trying to perfect for years now. It’s gone through several iterations, some ok and some terrible. However, I finally came up with the design that I have been trying to get out of my head and into print ever since I started teaching at the elementary level! Today I am ready to start sharing it with you.
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Hearts and Minds: Picture books that strengthen social emotional learning

Hearts and Minds: Picture books that strengthen social emotional learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Many of the foundational skills associated with social emotional learning (SEL; see our feature on p. 22), such as the ability to identify and process emotions, being aware of oneself and others, controlling impulses, appreciating and embracing different perspectives, demonstrating empathy, building relationships, and making good decisions, are developed in the first years—during preschool and the early elementary grades. The following list is a sampling of titles ideal for starting conversations about SEL topics and themes.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 6, 8:51 AM
I have used a couple of these and I recommend you consider some for your classroom library and SEL lessons.m
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The 25 best jobs in America right now - Business Insider

The 25 best jobs in America right now - Business Insider | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Every January, Glassdoor publishes its list of the best jobs of the year. For the second year in a row, the top spot goes to data scientist. 

"This report reinforces that the best jobs are highly-skilled and are staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation," Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, tells Business Insider. He explains that the skills helping workers stay ahead of automation are creativity, judgment, and flexibility.
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Why Spatial Reasoning Is Crucial For Early Math Education

Why Spatial Reasoning Is Crucial For Early Math Education | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When Nicole Thomson first heard about the importance of teaching spatial reasoning and geometry in her kindergarten math curriculum she had already been teaching for several years. Her teacher training program hadn’t mentioned these skills, and yet at a professional development session for math teachers a group of researchers from the University of Toronto explained the large body of research that ties spatial reasoning skills to future success in math and reading. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recommends that spatial reasoning should be a large focus of preK – 8th grade math education.
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Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, February 4, 11:03 AM

La neurociencia ha demostrado que las zonas neuronales que elaboran la información espacial tambien procesan los procesos matemáticos. Por eso, como ya intuyó Montessori, es esencial desarrollar activamente la inteligencia espacial para que las neuronas puedan trabajar los datos matemáticos.

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Two Puzzles to Stretch Students’ Logical Thinking

Two Puzzles to Stretch Students’ Logical Thinking | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Riddles are a fun way to get students thinking logically and tackling problems that can seem overwhelming at first. In this TED-Ed riddle, students are put in the position of a famous mathematician who has been jailed by his king, but has a chance at freedom if he can figure out which of 12 seemingly identical coins has been counterfeited by a corrupt official.  The video sets up the conditions of the riddle at the beginning and the answer comes at 1:18.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 4, 8:15 AM
I see great value in these puzzles in an MS/HS class. Plus there is a link to other TED resources. Give one a try and build an activity for your class. How about a day devoted to challenges such as this. Great collaboration opportunity.
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AMAZE  - Videos for Teens & Tweens

AMAZE  - Videos for Teens & Tweens | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
AMAZE creates fun, honest videos to help teens + tweens make sense of sex, relationships + growing up. AMAZE is #MoreInfoLessWeird when it comes to sex ed.

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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library's user-friendly visualization tool. It's a nostalgist's dream come true.
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Mike McCallister's curator insight, February 6, 4:20 PM

Blogs and social media posts are always enhanced by graphics. More people look at and interact with posts with photos. Here's another place to find compelling graphics.

ROCAFORT's curator insight, February 7, 2:48 PM
The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
Ginger Jewell's curator insight, February 11, 12:54 PM
Wow, just wow.
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Kids and Family Reading Report | Scholastic Inc.

Kids and Family Reading Report | Scholastic Inc. | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“You’re never alone if you have a good book. A good story, fiction or nonfiction, can open up the imagination for problem solving and critical thinking, or just for working through the tough spots in life. A truly good story sucks you in, and opens up a whole new world.”
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 1, 8:02 AM
Speaking to parents soon? This will provide you background information and data.
Sue Osborne's curator insight, February 2, 7:30 PM
Let kids choose and you will kick goals!
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Winning Words Offers Fun Word Games for Kids - iPad Apps 4 School 

Winning Words Offers Fun Word Games for Kids - iPad Apps 4 School  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Winning Words is the developer of seven free word games for students to play on their iPads. All of the games use the same style as the classic Memory card game. For example, in Antonym Match students have to flip over one card that has a word written on one side. Then they have to flip over another card to try to find the antonym to the first word they saw. If a match isn’t found the cards flip over and the player has to start again.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 1, 8:12 AM
Free. Check out the quality.
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What is a Global Digital Citizen and Why Does the World Need Them?

What is a Global Digital Citizen and Why Does the World Need Them? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Global Digital Citizen understands that we can govern technology for the benefit of both ourselves and others. It is a citizen that views the world as an interconnected community. Additionally, they realize we simultaneously share technological and human experiences regardless of culture, status, or political/religious beliefs.

So we define the best assets of the Global Digital Citizen using 5 tenets.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, January 16, 3:53 PM

Interesante artículo sobre que es un ciudadano global digital y porque es importante.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 19, 2:20 PM
Un article intéressant qui dessine les contours du futur citoyen du monde et qui donne quelques pistes pour l'introduire dans l'enseignement.
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#Millennial #Careers: 2020 vision - Manpower Group

#Millennial #Careers: 2020 vision - Manpower Group | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

By 2020 Millennials will make up over a third of the global workforce. That’s one reason so many reports about them exist. Some say they are disloyal, self-absorbed and lazy, while others claim they’re a generation of digital entrepreneurs and innovators. Some aim to dispel the myths others have created. Just type “Millennials are...” into a Google search  to see the stereotypes.

This is not just another Millennial report. This report presents new findings with fresh insights  from the perspective of both employers and employees. As world of work experts, we have nearly 30,000 employees advising 400,000 clients on hiring decisions and talent development every year. We find work for 3.4 million people—about half of whom are Millennials.

We carried out quantitative research across 25 countries surveying 19,000 Millennials, including 8,000 ManpowerGroup associate employees and more than 1,500 of our own hiring managers. We asked what they look for in a job, what development opportunities they seek and what would make them stay with an employer. We wanted to understand how different they are or aren’t from the rest of the workforce and from generations before them. We wanted to ensure that the sample represented all working Millennials; not just the top percent of tech-savvy earners, but also the graduates and non-graduates across all industries, income and education levels.


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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 30, 2016 6:55 AM

Post very interesting, revealing some aspects that I did not know about millennials careers. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish, more about people management can be read in https://emgotas.com

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[PDF] Millennial Carreers: 2020 vision
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Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout -Edutopia

Research suggests that happy people are more likely to have positive relationships with family, friends, and colleagues; to perform better on the job; and even to enjoy greater physical health than those with negative outlooks. Following are five positive strategies that can help you become more optimistic and head off burnout.
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Arron Saini's comment, January 31, 7:19 AM
The fact is that, if you want to become positive than only it will come towards you. There is science behind positivity http://www.dadabhagwan.org/path-to-happiness/self-help/positive-thinking/