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▶ Kagan Cooperative Learning-Structures for Success Part 1 - YouTube

An introductory video about the benefits and research using Kagan Structures for the classroom. For more information please visit www.KaganOnline.com
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This video is really helpful because it talks about how cooperative learning can really help students to be engaged in their learning. This idea focuses on not putting the students into their rows, telling them to sit down and be quiet, and look at your own work. This tool really shows that they can collaborate with one another even if they are at different levels. This tool is reaching a level of learning that the traditional way of teaching does not and it is important that we do this in classrooms.

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Classroom Layouts: Seating Arrangements for Effective Learning ...

Classroom Layouts: Seating Arrangements for Effective Learning ... | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
It is important for an instructor to establish a classroom structure from the very first session and adapt accordingly to facilitate lectures, promote discussions, encourage group activities, or solve any behavioral problems.
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I really like this site because it is an overview of three common classroom seat layouts that are used. The site talks about the advantages and disadvantages, whether collaboration is possible, and what is the focus. This is a really beneficial overview because when I am in my future classroom and trying to set up the chairs I can look at this website and decide what I want the atmospher to be like and go from there.

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Ashlee David's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:07 AM

This article really helps a teacher plan out the desk layout. For the most part I want my students' desk arranged in groups of 4 or 5. I believe students should be exposed to global competency and PBL. Having the students' desk group allows them to work together to solve common problems. But this article has made me realize that for some activities and lessons grouping the desk my not be the best choice. When I am doing a whole class discussion or lesson the u-shaped layout feels more effective. I even saw some layouts of the more traditional classroom that could work. If I wanted groups of only 3 I can put the desk in rows but have them in sets of 3. Also with more desk layout ideas I can give my students more options of how they want to do group work and how they want to sit. I want my students to have choices in their education. This article provides areal views of the seating arrangements to help visualize how you would want your desk in your own classroom.     

Stacey Jackowski's curator insight, April 6, 2014 11:07 AM

CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN

No perfect classroom arrangement exists for all situations for sure.....but this article has a lot of great tips and information on easy and different arrangements for the classroom.  Each arrangement has different purposes, advantages and disadvantages.  I think it is important as a teacher to know how and when to reformat your classroom to accommodate students learning and to serve a specific purpose.  I liked that most of the arrangements in this article SUPPORTED A PBL ENVIRONMENT BY PROMOTING unity, high group involvement, and a sense of equality among the group.

ALSO,  CREATING A CLASSROOM SPACE THAT CAN BE FLEXIBLE, ORGANIZED, AND ADAPTABLE WILL SUPPORT RESILIENCE IN THE CLASS BECAUSE STUDENTS WILL LEARN HOW DIFFERENT CLASSROOM ARRANGEMENTS FUNCTION FOR DIFFERENT LEARNING EXPERIENCES.

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Common Core State Standards: Elementary School

Visit English and math classrooms who have already begun to adapt to the new Common Core standards. See what changes teachers are making in their practice to...
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I really enjoyed this video, it was beneficial because it discusses the standards for Math and English, but it also discusses how the teachers are learning to implement it in class. This video caused a bunch of reactions for me. The first was with the Math. I really like that students are learning there are more than one way to solve things and that could lead to more than one answer. I become sad when I hear of stories where a student had an answer but they did it a different way than "what the teacher taught" so it was unacceptable. This common core really allows the students to explore multiple ways. Another reaction was that it was nice to build connections between what I am learning in classes now and how other teachers are doing similar things. I am reminded of my high school Spanish teacher who used to always say, "Let's make connections" and I think this really applies here.

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Lauren Yachera's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:53 PM

This was an interesting video to come across. I am still not completely familiar with the Common Core State Standards, so this was insightful to see. I like the fact that the new standards requires students to explain their thinking as they work on and solve problems. This way, if they mess up at a certain part, you can see where they are struggling and help them at that point. This communication component between student and teacher is something that I think will help to build a level of trust and a relationship that will be helpful. The domains part of the standards intrigued me, I thought it was interesting that some of the domains continue on throughout the grades. This indicates to me that these skills are important to understand throughout their education. I also thought that it was interesting that the standards specify "what" the students should be working on and the answer they should get, and it is up to teachers and school as to "how" they should be getting that answer. Since I am a math concentration, this video really gave me a solid understanding of the CCSS. The language arts component of the video also related to some of the practices and strategies that I am learning in some of my other classes, so it was also really helpful to see. 

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Common Core State Standards' Myths and Facts

This video provides answers to your questions about the new standards by highlighting popular myths and facts.
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I really enjoyed this video as a clarification on the Common Core State Standards. I think it is easy to hear the buzz and chatter when new standards get rolled out, but hard to know what is fact and what is myth. As a future educator is important for me to know about these standards I will have to implement in my classroom. Understanding these standards can not only help me teach them, but inform others who are unsure as to what it all really does or means.

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Project Based Learning

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I've been teaching using a project-based learning pedagogy since mid-2010 when I was introduced to PBL by my friend, Dean Groom. Since then I have had some wonderful learning experiences with PBL a...
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I think this is a really great resource because it is a first hand account of a teacher implementing PBL in their classroom. This source can be used as a guide of what happened when they did it and how to carry that to my future classroom. I can see what went wrong and what was done right instead of just trying to plow that path all on my own.

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Exploring Resources for PBL - Project Based Learning Boot Camp

Exploring Resources for PBL - Project Based Learning Boot Camp | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
Exploring Resources for PBL - Project Based Learning Boot Camp http://t.co/zVYbKcOhG8 #pbl #6tech #edtech #txed

Via Chris Carter
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I think this is an important source for me because it can always stand as reminder of what PBL is and other avenues that can get the creative juices flowing. As a beginning teacher it never hurts to have a source that is a starting ground full of other sources for a particular topic.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 7, 2013 11:16 PM

Yes! Boot Camp!

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Project-based learning: the top teachers to follow on Twitter

Project-based learning: the top teachers to follow on Twitter | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
A list of top teachers on Twitter sharing ideas, tips and insights on project-based learning (Best teachers to follow for #PBL http://t.co/5hzzG03CUB)...
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Important teachers and experts with ideas about how to incorporate PBL in the classroom.

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WATCH: How Mindfulness Can Help Kids

WATCH: How Mindfulness Can Help Kids | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
The many benefits of mindfulness are not exclusive to adults. Maintaining a firm sense of the present moment could also be advantageous for children.
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Mindfulness shows to help ADHD, but can also help with PBL and global competency. Let's strive for students that are mindful in our classrooms.

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Project Based Learning: Explained.

Common Craft a short animated video that explains in clear language - project-based learning


Via JackieGerstein Ed.D.
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Clear explanation of PBL and how it actually helps students in comparison to the traditional way of teaching.

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Laércio Bento's curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:03 AM

PBL é um bom caminho para mudar o jeito de dar aulas. Envolver os alunos no 'fazer', complementando e orientando, possibilita maior assimilação dos conteúdos e conceitos. 

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School takes green-based learning approach - Huntersville Herald

School takes green-based learning approach - Huntersville Herald | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
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School takes green-based learning approach
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“Some of our projects are problem-based learning, where we start with a question and don't know where we'll end up,” Jakubecy added.
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A good example of how to engage with global competency dimensions. Constantly learning and investigating the world as they build a shelter with natural items.

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Structure Matters

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This is the first post in a series that examines the relationship between structure and creativity in K-12 classrooms. This first installment features a TED T
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I like this Ted talk because Colin Powell talks about how important it is to have structure in a kid's life and in the classroom. He describes his own life choices and how he got to where he was going and how he learned that structure was an important aspect for life and for classrooms. It is somewhat of a tangent video, but it gets the point across that structures in a classroom are important and that depending on the one a teacher chooses can alter the life outcomes of students while they are in their class.

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Classroom Arrangement, Structure, Activities, and Organization

Classroom Arrangement, Structure, Activities, and Organization | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
... management encompasses everything. From staying organized, having structure, the arrangement of the classroom and even how organized the classroom is all connect hand in hand with how the classroom is managed.
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This blog provides many sources and videos that show how to structure your classroom, including seating arrangements for different grades. As a teacher it is important to know how you are going to arrange the seats in your classroom and how each arrangement can affect what is possible in the learning environment. I like that I can put in any grade and get suggestions from this blog's website it provides to figure out how to arrange these desks and my classroom. This blog also talks about organization and that the first day is key to setting the tone for the rest of the school year.

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Facilitating Global Learning | Harvard Graduate School of Education

Facilitating Global Learning | Harvard Graduate School of Education | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
“There is a rising interest in global competency and 21st- century skills,” Garcia says, noting that Envoys expands on these areas by providing students with a real-life opportunity to not only learn deeply about countries but ...
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This post really gets to the point that these global  and cross-cultural experiences are important. After I went to France and Spain with my high school, it completely changed my outlook. I feel like there are certain things you don't understand about your culture until it is conflicting with someone elses. These global experiences are important and this post shows that other people realize this as well. This post is important because it is a foundation for other universities and schools to get on board and join in with these experiences. Having an example to show to others and support your ideas is important in getting things accomplished as a teacher and in other professions.

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The Common Core State Standards; Developing World Class Students for the 21st Century

When a student sits in a classroom today, they're not just competing with their classmates. They're preparing for a future where they will compete globally.....
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I think that this video is really helpful and a good tool to have for the future classroom. I think when we get parents that don't understand the point of common core and the change we could use these principles or even show them this video. The video really touches on the point that the future is unknown and preparing students for a future we don't yet have a grasp on is important and common core tries to accomplish this feat.

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Coffee for the Brain: How to develop a high quality Driving Question for #PBL? #coffeechugPLN

Coffee for the Brain: How to develop a high quality Driving Question for #PBL? #coffeechugPLN | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
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This blog post is a helpful resource because it can really act as a guide in how to come up with a driving question for a PBL. I could use this checklist if I am stuck on this aspect for a particular PBL I am trying to design for my future classroom. This source is also helpful because the checklist doesn't just help spark ideas, but can also be a check on how well my driving question fits with this check list.

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Project Based Learning

3 teachers talk about how they restructured their day to incorporate project based learning.
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What restructuring the day around project based learning can look like. The video shows how the integration is beneficial and what problems they had to set this up. A look into what a classroom can be without segmented subjects throughout the day. This video is really exciting to me because of all the possibilities it holds, I wish that my teachers had done more of an integrated classroom setting. I can't count the times that I felt really into an assignment but the bell rang and I had to put my creativity on hold.

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Project Based Learning for English Language Learners (PBL for ELLs)

Project Based Learning for English Language Learners (PBL for ELLs)
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A way to help ELL's with PBL in the classroom. This can be really helpful for the future classroom, especially being a beginning teacher having a lot of different pathways I can take to help these learners is important. I really want to make sure I find what works for them to learn the best.

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3-5 Creativity & Innovation Rubric (CCSS Aligned) | Project Based Learning | BIE

3-5 Creativity & Innovation Rubric (CCSS Aligned) | Project Based Learning | BIE | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it
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A suggested rubric for grading the creativity and innovation parts of a PBL. A good basis for rubrics in my future classroom.

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What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE | P...

What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE | P... | Important Tools for the Future Classroom | Scoop.it

Project Based Learning for the 21st Century... (What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE http://t.co/rdMu8QcUQ8 via @scoopit)


Via Jim George
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Essential elements for a PBL. Include these elements when designing PBL lesson plans in the future.

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"The Curiosity Project" Pushes Project-Based Learning - EdSurge

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"The Curiosity Project" Pushes Project-Based Learning
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CURIOUS HOMEWORK: Educator Scot Hoffman believes in the power of curiosity and its role in driving student learning. (In two words?
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An educator's project that went past the classroom, getting students and parents involved in being curious.

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