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7 Common FAFSA Mistakes | ED.gov Blog

7 Common FAFSA Mistakes | ED.gov Blog | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
7 Common FAFSA Mistakes
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high school guidance counselors might add this to their 11th and 12th grade packets.

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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Dweck: Actually, praise may not be the optimal way, but we are so praise oriented. We can ask the child questions about the process: “How did you do that? Tell me about it.” As they talk about the process and the strategies they tried, we can appreciate it. We can be interested in it. We can encourage it. It doesn’t have to be outright praise.
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Dweck's conclusions about how praise works should help shape discussions about parenting, teaching, feedback, and also around the building of credibility THROUGH appreciation. The boundaries are dissolving between education and other knowledge work fields but also between educators and learners. Students will recognize real interest and appreciation of their thinking-work as truly valuing work. Attention is one of the main currencies of the knowledge era. The more attention being paid to what you are doing, the more encouragement you feel that what you are doing is valuable and valued. These are the face-to-face "likes" that do more than vaguely acknowledge you have accomplished something. When time is spent listening, evaluating the student's process and progress, and asking questions that leads to more progress, students will deepen their interest, become more encouraged, and may increase in other areas as well. This is true for any worker, though. No teacher wants to simply be observed and assessed based on a pass/fail system. Teachers want to feel that the person observing them "gets" what the teacher is doing, what the teacher has accomplished. In the Danielson tool, this appreciation has the opportunity of expression when discussing planning and also in the follow up or post-observation debriefing. Cognitive coaching models are appreciation and credibility-building tools.

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"High school students read far fewer words per year than their younger peers"

"High school students read far fewer words per year than their younger peers" | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
An examination of what students choose for their "outside" reading in grades 1 through 12 shows disconcerting patterns taking hold in middle school.

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"Another interesting common-core note, for those of you who are so into the weeds on this stuff that you know about Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards. That's the list of texts that the standards' authors suggest as examples of readings in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama that are appropriately complex at each grade level. Renaissance Learning's report shows that there has been an increase—albeit small—in the reading of those texts. Although the standards' authors didn't intend those lists as "assigned reading" lists, they appear to be having an effect on what teachers suggest to their students."

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Type 6 - Collaborating with the Community | NNPS

How do schools connect with community partners to help reach school goals for student success? Analyses of 1998 UPDATE data reveal that schools in the National Network of Partnership Schools find many different ways to partner with community organizations, businesses, and institutions. 

Below, two charts summarize 1) how students, families, schools, and communities benefit from partnerships; and 2) various examples of community partners. 

The charts are adapted from Sanders, M. G. (in press). "Collaborating for Student Success: A Study of the Role of 'Community' in Comprehensive School, Family, and Community Partnership Programs." Elementary School Journal.

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To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces

To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
As schools refocus on team-based, interdisciplinary learning, they're moving away from standardized, teach-to-test programs that assume a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching.

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Learning spaces are evolving into multi use laboratories where students can master skills collaboratively, and from their own skill set.  These play based elementary schools are a throwback to our past :)  

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 28, 2014 11:16 AM

Learning spaces are evolving into multi use laboratories where students can master skills collaboratively, and from their own skill set.  These play based elementary schools are a throwback to our past :)  

Malcolm Allan's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:29 AM

Interesting how the use of gaming technologies is changing the delivery of education and the planning of school spaces.

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The 7 Transformational Concepts in The 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Transformational Concepts in The 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

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There are shifts in the ways we approach work and education that make their ways into our lives. We might focus on one or two of these concepts in our own lives, but miss that these concepts are involved in new ways of working and learning. Change occurs in small, incremental ways then suddenly, all at once. 

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There are shifts in the ways we approach work and education that make their ways into our lives. We might focus on one or two of these concepts in our own lives, but miss that these concepts are involved in new ways of working and learning. Change occurs in small, incremental ways then suddenly, all at once. 

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Why Creative Geniuses Hated School | Psychology Today

Why Creative Geniuses Hated School | Psychology Today | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

 George Bernard Shaw on School: “... there is, on the whole, nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school.To begin with, it is a prison. But it is in some respects more cruel than a prison. In a prison, for instance, you are not forced to read books written by the warders (who of course would not be warders and governors if they could write readable books), and beaten or otherwise tormented if you cannot remember their utterly unmemorable contents." Read more. 

 

Thanks @GiftedHomeschoolersForum

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No more snow days? Lessons over Internet keep schools in session - Today.com

No more snow days? Lessons over Internet keep schools in session - Today.com | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Are school snow days, as we know them, about to be bulldozed? While the idea may leave some students cold, it’s gaining momentum thanks...
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interesting idea but may raise issues about tech access and broadband equality. 

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Predictive Analytics in K-12: Advantages, Limitations & Implementation -- THE Journal

Predictive Analytics in K-12: Advantages, Limitations & Implementation -- THE Journal | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Predictive analytics is growing rapidly in popularity among school district leaders. K-12 school districts are collaborating with universities and businesses at an accelerating pace, using advanced analytics to create innovative new models and tools to advance students' performance.
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article info: 

School districts use predictive analytics in several ways:

To build early warning indicators based on students' attendance, course failure and behavior to predict dropouts1, 2;To predict on-time high school graduation and being on track in Grade 93,4,5;To examine indicators that predict college- and career-readiness and postsecondary success5;Recently predictive analytics has also gained momentum in identifying and retaining great teachers6.


Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/06/12/predictive-analytics-in-k-12-advantages-limitations-implementation.aspx#JA7yMgiLQvYoPjk3.99

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Moving beyond “one size fits all” professional development

Moving beyond “one size fits all” professional development | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Differentiating instruction to meet individual students’ needs is one of the biggest challenges for any teacher. In the same way, differentiating professional development to meet the needs of individu
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Don't wake your kids to eat breakfast.

Don't wake your kids to eat breakfast. | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Last month, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association published the most comprehensive review to date of why kids and teenagers should eat breakfast. The article surveyed the results of 47 research papers published since 1970 and reported triumphantly that breakfast-eating seems to "improve cognitive function related to memory, test...
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from the article: "The case for circadian rhythms and sleep as key to performance has strong scientific grounding. Sleep researchers have shown that peoples' preferences for morning or evening activity—for being an early bird or a night owl—are partly genetic and can be apparent even early in life. The body's 24-hour cycles are mediated by a brain area called thesuprachiasmatic nucleus, located in the hypothalamus. Small substitutions, or polymorphisms, in several circadian clock genes seem to cause variations within the SCN that may contribute to distinct sleep patterns and time-of-day preferences. Factors like family routine can play a role; still, some people just rise and shine more easily than others."

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The Legal Ramifications of a Bomb Threat

The Legal Ramifications of a Bomb Threat | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Threats at work or school cause real panic -- hoax or not. As a result, perpetrators can face real legal consequences.

 

Criminal charges or not, any student playing such a prank will end up with a permanently tarnished academic record. And youngsters aren’t exempt: kids under 18 can still be tried as an adult in most states, depending on the seriousness of the crime and the judge’s discretion. Youngsters playing pranks could face juvenile detention or other penalties. Parents should make children aware of the ramifications of such pranks or actual threats.

 



Cited from: The Legal Ramifications of a Bomb Threat http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/safety-2/the-legal-ramifications-of-a-bomb-threat.html#ixzz2qHnEQVe3

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We should explore ways to instruct students regarding the consequences of hoaxes and pranks. Students often have few experiences interacting with local or federal law enforcement, so may not have a clear sense of the seriousness of some of their actions. Apparently, some adults do not have this clear sense as well. 


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In some states, a conviction under a state or federal charge for making a school bomb threat can also:

Get a student’s drivers license or learner’s permit revoked,Make parents liable for their child’s actions in civil court, andResult in an automatic suspension from public school.



Cited from: The Legal Ramifications of a Bomb Threat http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/safety-2/the-legal-ramifications-of-a-bomb-threat.html#ixzz2qHnQpwjS

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Does writing code boost math scores? - Boston Globe

Does writing code boost math scores? - Boston Globe | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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Does writing code boost math scores?
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Does it matter? Coding is an important STEM skill. 

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