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Said No Teacher Ever

With school back in full swing, here's a collection of things teachers have never, ever, ever said... ever.
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Three fun quotes from this funny clip:

  • "I wish that the government was more involved in my lesson planning."
  • "Don't you just love standardized testing?"
  • "I am so overpaid"


Welcome back to school!!

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All Possible Humanities Dissertations Considered as Single Tweets

All Possible Humanities Dissertations Considered as Single Tweets | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Our discipline should study its own disciplinary formation; that study proves that our discipline shouldn't exist.
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Brilliant...absolutely perfect. 

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PHD Comics: How To Write An E-mail To Your Instructor Or Teaching Assistant

PHD Comics: How To Write An E-mail To Your Instructor Or Teaching Assistant | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Link to Piled Higher and Deeper
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O Adjunct! My Adjunct!

O Adjunct! My Adjunct! | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

We rhapsodize about teachers who inspire students to stand on their desks in academic ecstasy. But there is a culture of silence around adjuncting.

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.


More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

There are other changes too, not least to the traditional format that sees rows of pupils sitting passively in front of their teacher, listening to lessons or waiting to be questioned. Instead there will be a more collaborative approach, with pupils working in smaller groups to solve problems while improving their communication skills.

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zane alan berger's curator insight, March 25, 7:02 PM

This article covers the change of educational systems in Finland.. It notes that this change from 'subject' to 'topic' is the largest change in educational programs, and also that its a radical change because Finland prior school system ranked 3rd among the best in the world

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Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do instead that'll make you just as happy.
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Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The majority of students study by re-reading notes and textbooks — but the psychologists' research, both in lab experiments and of actual students in classes, shows this is a terrible way to learn material. Using active learning strategies — like flashcards, diagramming, and quizzing yourself — is much more effective, as is spacing out studying over time and mixing different topics together.

McDaniel spoke with me about the eight key tips he'd share with students and teachers from his body of research.
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6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning. Here, three educators share their favorites.
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Not suprisingly, Scoop.it is listed as one of these tools, but what is a delightful surprise is that I'm quoted throughout the article. 

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.
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2014: The Year of Outrage

2014: The Year of Outrage | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
  Following the news in 2014 is a bit like flying a kite in flat country during tornado season. Every so often, a whirlwind of outrage touches down, sowing destruction and chaos before disappearing into the sky. These conditions are hardly new. Over the past decade or so, outrage has...
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If Teachers Were Football Players

“If he doesn’t get tenure, I’m quitting.” Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18yCF0b MUSIC Djeez Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music I...
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This is just for kicks and giggles, but what if society did value the role of educators more?

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Mrs. B's curator insight, January 14, 7:22 AM

LOL - this is just for fun...

zane alan berger's curator insight, March 25, 7:58 PM

This video is a playful pun about life as a teacher if they were treated like football players... Although non-educational this video is fun and student friendly..

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 3:50 PM

made me giggle

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Flipped Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Flipped Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Discover how some teachers have creatively applied the flipped learning model to increase quality class time in PE, woodworking, dance education, and elementary classrooms.
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Everyone Was Late to This Professor’s Class…Until He Posted This On His Door

Everyone Was Late to This Professor’s Class…Until He Posted This On His Door | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Skipping class is one thing. It's disrespectful to the professor and it's usually detrimental to your own education, but at least it doesn't bother anyone else. Being late to class on the other hand is disrespectful, detrimental, and a nuisance to...
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The Hardest Part of Teaching

The Hardest Part of Teaching | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate.  Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series of quotes to answer the question "How hard is teaching?" and asked for more in the comments section. My rant didn't entirely fit there, so I'm putting it here, because it is on the list of Top Ten Things They Never Tell You in Teacher School.

The hard part of teaching is coming to grips with this:  There is never enough. There is never enough time. There are never enough resources. There is never enough you."

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If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade

If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Like likes like: New research supports the notion that teachers favor those who favor them.
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This is not surprising, but worth using as a moment to reflect on your own personal practices and the system. 

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New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow As Expected

New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow As Expected | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
A new study of free, online college courses says that growth fell short of early expectations, as well as a pattern among users: mostly college-educated, including a surprising number of teachers.


Just a few years ago, the Massive Open Online Course was expected to reinvent higher education. Millions of people were signing up to watch Web-based, video lectures from the world's great universities. Some were completing real assignments, earning certificates and forming virtual study groups — all for free.

Surely the traditional college degree would instantly collapse.

Today, much of that hype has subsided (though best-selling authors and newspaper columnists are still making the case that "the end of college" is nigh). And new research on 1.7 million MOOC participants offers a more nuanced view of just what these courses are and could become.

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Frank Bruni talks college admissions madness

Frank Bruni talks college admissions madness | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
High anxiety. It’s that time of year when many high school seniors find out where they may be spending the next four years. Some will be celebrating the fact that they are “the chosen,” while others will be bitterly disappointed. The bad news used to be in a telltale thin envelope. Today rejection is just a mouse click away. Now, as it was then, it’s a difficult pill to swallow. New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni decided enough was enough.
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Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems

Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Learning management systems, like Blackboard and Moodle, have helped educators manage assignments. However, the LMS can be an obstacle to letting students take their work with them while connecting to the greater world.
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My fake college syllabus

My fake college syllabus | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
As your professor, I plan to take your money, never read your essays and pretend you're not checking Facebook
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This is pretty awesome. 

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6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning. Here, three educators share their favorites.
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I was glad to be interviewed for this article...and yes, scoop.it is clearly my favorite social media platform for education. 

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America as 100 College Students

America as 100 College Students | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

A great infographic that distills US higher ed student demographics and characteristics into a representative 100 students.


Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 12, 2:49 PM

Check this out in detail!

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.
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Life of an Educator: 10 reasons it's time to move beyond the textbook

Life of an Educator: 10 reasons it's time to move beyond the textbook | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
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Why only have 10 reasons listed?

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It starts with education

It starts with education | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Young African-Americans must see their reflections in their communities and have a chance to succeed in school and society, U.S. official tells Askwith Forum.
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Best line in the whole article: "teaching isn't rocket science--it's harder."

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5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher

5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

When we began our 50 Great Teachers series, we set out to find great teachers and tell their stories. But we'll also be exploring over the coming year questions about what it means for a teacher to be great, and how he or she gets that way. 

To get us started, we gathered an expert round table of educators who've also done a lot of thinking about teaching. Combined, these teachers are drawing on over 150 years of classroom experience:

Ken Bain
Troy Cockrum
Eleanor R. Duckworth
Renee Moore
Jose Vilson

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"I Teach For Seven Straight Hours In Stilletos And Never Stop Smiling"—What Stock Photos Tell Us About Teaching

"I Teach For Seven Straight Hours In Stilletos And Never Stop Smiling"—What Stock Photos Tell Us About Teaching | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Pull up a seat, take a breath, relax, and enjoy these 21 images that reaffirm what teaching is all about. After all, you know these realistic stock photos sum up your day.
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