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School Starts Too Early

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The later high school classes start in the morning, the more academic performance improves

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We often take school schedules as being fixed without questioning why they are as they are and if they meet the needs of our students.   Looking at the needs and natural dispositions of student as the basis for planning can lead to some very interesting innovations in how, where, and when we teach and learn.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 24, 7:51 PM

Why don't we change? This is something so-called reformers can change if they have the will.

 

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 25, 4:24 AM

We knew this, didn't we?  Adolescent brain research supports it.

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A Handy Visual Featuring The 7 Learning Styles

A Handy Visual Featuring The 7 Learning Styles | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it

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There are indeed more than 7 but this infographic is a good reminder that effective teaching blends lessons, units, and curricular objectives to do it's best to touch on all of these concepts.

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Marianne Vdk's curator insight, September 11, 1:42 AM

Great summary statements which can help you identify how your child learns and then tailor make a program which includes this type of learning style.

simeon shaningua's curator insight, September 13, 3:44 AM

Help me raise funds  for education in my country want to build computer Lab in our local schools .Raise funds on GoGetfunding.com  thank you for your help and support

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Replace Grades with Feedback to Spark Fearless Learning

Replace Grades with Feedback to Spark Fearless Learning | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
This summer I have had the privilege and joy of taking my son around the region doing college visits. Two of the schools he's looking at are in cities I don't visit often: New York and Pittsburgh. ...
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Formative and Integrative Education that emphasizes deep learning over rote memorization.  Love it!

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This is the difference between 'projects' and 'project-based learning' - Daily Genius

This is the difference between 'projects' and 'project-based learning' - Daily Genius | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it

 Getting students excited to learn is one of the most stressful, difficult, and time-consuming tasks you can imagine. However, the rewards are plentiful as a properly assembled lesson, engaged class, and obvious learning makes any teacher thankful for the hard work they put into the class. One of the more …

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This is a good reference for the differences between projects and PBL.  Great for teachers looking to amplify their lessons with a few small adjustments.

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Where the Five-Day Workweek Came From

Where the Five-Day Workweek Came From | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
It's a relatively new invention—is it time to shave another day off?
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Work and school schedules have been co-created to compliment one another.   If work is changing, does than not necessitate a review of how, when, and where we teach?

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School Starts Too Early

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The later high school classes start in the morning, the more academic performance improves

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
W. Bradley Gooderham's insight:

We often take school schedules as being fixed without questioning why they are as they are and if they meet the needs of our students.   Looking at the needs and natural dispositions of student as the basis for planning can lead to some very interesting innovations in how, where, and when we teach and learn.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 24, 7:51 PM

Why don't we change? This is something so-called reformers can change if they have the will.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 25, 4:24 AM

We knew this, didn't we?  Adolescent brain research supports it.

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Integrated PBL Projects: A Full-Course Meal!

Integrated PBL Projects: A Full-Course Meal! | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
Andrew Miller sees PBL as a source of balanced nutrition, where hitting the standards across many content areas adds up to a full-course meal.
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The future, or maybe present, is integrated curricula.   PBL is a great way to engage your students and cover multiple prescribed learning outcomes (PLOs) in one lesson. 

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When is time better than money? When it’s invested in a Time Bank | Toronto Star

When is time better than money? When it’s invested in a Time Bank | Toronto Star | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
Fledgling Toronto Time Bank is part of an international movement to help people exchange skills and services for those of others.
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Speaking of community involvement and youth empowerment, the time bank is an excellent way to promote entrepreneurship without the complexities of money and 'charging' other people.    

Barter systems...evolved!

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There Is No Education Without the Arts

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The best education facilitates artistic voice and creative habits of mind.
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Another insightful article from the Atlantic.  This is why CMA, largely due to the dedication and efforts of Ms. Lessman, has created an 'Artist-in-Residence' program.   You can view more about it and Artist Christina Nick under the Teacher Feature tab on the website.

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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
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"What’s most important is not where kids take breaks but how much freedom we give them from their structured work."


This is definitely something that I have seen in our classes.   The longer stretches that we have for classes (75 minutes) need to be, and are, punctuated with chatter breaks, activity cross-overs, body movement breaks, and the short periods of mental relaxation that allow student to refocus when the learning starts up again.


Next year when the "outside" is even more accessible will be even better for quick nature and fresh air breaks.

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

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A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 
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Three excellent quotes from this story:  

"I’ve been struck by how many of these people refer to their most creative ideas as “obvious.” Since these ideas are almost always the opposite of obvious to other people, creative luminaries can face doubt and resistance when advocating for them."


"...creative people are better at recognizing relationships, making associations and connections, and seeing things in an original way—seeing things that others cannot see.


"As for how these ideas emerge, almost all of my subjects confirmed that when eureka moments occur, they tend to be precipitated by long periods of preparation and incubation, and to strike when the mind is relaxed"

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"What matters most is what you can do with what you know"

Tony Wagner's inspiring key note talk at the 2014 LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference. Important message was: "The capacity of being a creative problem solver is within…
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Definitely the best video I have seen in months and one of the most important that a parent, teacher, student, or anyone could watch for an idea about what we can strive for in schools.


Take 20 minutes to make your understanding of 21st-century learning more complete.

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Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030

Equinox Blueprint: Learning 2030 | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
We present our vision here in the Equinox Learning 2030 Blueprint. The results of our deliberations have convinced us that every child, no matter where they live in the world, can develop the skills and character needed to thrive in 2030 and beyond.
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This is a very important document with implications for education across disciplines over the next 15+ years.   We were very pleased to be a part of the conversation when a delegation visited CMA and Quest.

Share this widely and read often.

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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
In order to implement modern technology in your classroom, you better know about the important skills modern teachers must have in order to succeed.
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Some simple reminders - not really 'must haves' - for teachers who are getting caught up the the clutter of "How to be a better teacher" advice. 

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Why Half-Brain Teaching Isn't Enough Infographic

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Half-Brain Teaching Isn’t Enough Infographic In today’s societies there is a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. However, students need to be well rounded and really need subjects like those to be con... http://elearninginfographics.com/half-brain-teaching-isnt-enough-infographic/


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Love the A in STEAM.  This is what I believe #SteveJobs was talking about when he describes Apple as being at the intersection of #LiberalArts and #Technology.    I also love these #Infographics and their ability to feed my visual learning.

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Laura Gekeler's curator insight, September 10, 6:40 AM

K-12 esp. needs to note the move from STEM to STEAM in how we teach.

 

Reina Cruz's curator insight, September 11, 7:06 AM

Still need to read

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 13, 12:31 PM

Basically I really like the graphic here. It's leaps out and grabs your attention. The design is appealing yet simple and easy to navigate. Are we teaching these aspects as we engage students in using technology? Design is so utterly important. 

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Innovation: Careful planning, keen insight, and an embrace of the uncertain.

Innovation:  Careful planning, keen insight, and an embrace of the uncertain. | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
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When it comes to innovative or "knowledge-building environments" there are some simple, yet important guidelines.   How does your work environment or school measure up?

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Jodi Brown's curator insight, August 28, 11:46 AM

This is a great visualisation of the principles that foster innovation in organisations. I like "encourage unproven ideas" which is essentially the flip-side of a risk-averse culture. Allowing individuals to try out new ideas in safe and supportive environments builds self-efficacy, autonomy and confidence. It goes further than that though, as we need to nurture resilience and problem-solving capability against fear when ideas don't work out. We need to be able to say, "What have we learned" rather than, "It didn't work".

Andrew Bateman's curator insight, August 31, 10:34 PM

Another admirable infographic

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4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn | Edudemic

4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn | Edudemic | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
When we talk about what changes technology has brought to classrooms across the globe, the answers could basically be never ending. Teachers could talk about things like bringing ease to researching all types of topics, bringing organization (and a lack of physical papers to lose) to the classroom, and making connections for professional development. There …
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Technology is pushing these changes but they have long been taught by OE3.  Bringing these two together can yield some very positive results.

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What Is The Future Of Education? Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

What Is The Future Of Education? Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
What Is This The Future Of Education? Check the The Future of Education Infographic to find our more!

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Agreed, but where is the Nature Connectedness and Ecological Literacy to balance out the technology?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 18, 4:20 PM

I am certain digital technologies will be part of the future. I am just not convinced we know how they will be. It will make the journey more interesting not knowing.

 

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Jane Hadjion's curator insight, August 18, 5:04 PM

Learning or education and the industries employing need to work together to close the gap. The cycle for updating learning cannot continue to be so great or we need to change strategies and accept the irrelevance of some of the content we deliver.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 20, 1:11 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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Teaching Is Not a Business

Teaching Is Not a Business | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.
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Teaching is more than technology.   A timely and salient article as my Graduate Thesis nears completion.  Title: Student Perceptions of Instructional Programming Models for Development of 21st-Century Core Competencies.

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There’s no homework in Finland – so why are their schools so special?

There’s no homework in Finland – so why are their schools so special? | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
Anyone who works in education for even a short length of time will get the Finnish education system paraded in front of them as a paragon of virtue and an
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Although there are some significant differences in the pedagogies, instructional programming models, and, most significantly, the results, there is much that Canada/BC can learn from the very successful approach to education that Finland has taken.


This infographic shows some interesting comparisons that point out how our approach may be counterintuitive and counter productive.   What can we do to make our educational system more relevant and engaging based on the constraints and needs of the existing frameworks?

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The 6-Step Guide To Becoming A Better Learner - Edudemic

The 6-Step Guide To Becoming A Better Learner - Edudemic | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
“Education is what people do to you and learning is what you do for yourself,” said Joi Ito in his TED2014 talk. “You’re not going to be on top of mountain all by yourself with a #2 pencil … What we need to learn is how to learn.” Indeed, traditional education may not be for …

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Some good tips that we can all follow over the summer.    I really like #2: READ.   Reading transports us to places and introduces us to situations that can inform our worldview in the most significant ways.

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How to Get Into Harvard

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Simple advice from the president of America's most venerable university
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It may be less and less about who you are on paper and more and more about who you are in the world.

Interesting read and some insight into who attends the prestigious institutions.

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Brilliant: Math, Logic, and Reasoning activities straight to your email or account!

Brilliant: Math, Logic, and Reasoning activities straight to your email or account! | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
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Looking to stay sharp over the summer?  Brilliant will send you regular logic, math, and reasoning problems to solve.   It is a really cool, fun, easy, and interesting way to keep you mind sharp.

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Liberal arts is the future of work, so why is Canada pushing 'job-ready' skills? - The Globe and Mail

Liberal arts is the future of work, so why is Canada pushing 'job-ready' skills? - The Globe and Mail | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
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Information + Experience = Knowledge.   All students need to make real connections between what they are learning in class and how that will positively affect their lives outside of school.   Teaching philosophy and ethics is just as important as providing work co-op placements, just as Art can lead to an integral understanding of Science.


Equipping our future citizens with skills of the trades can be build around a curricula for appreciating truth, beauty, and morality.  One does not preclude the other.

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TED-Ed: Video Lessons for class, flipped class, or just for the fun of learning

TED-Ed: Video Lessons for class, flipped class, or just for the fun of learning | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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Check these out if you want to have some fun and thoughtful lessons in video format.   You can create educanon multiple choice interactive quizes or just watch them for fun.   


This is a super resource when you have a handfull of students who finish their work quickly and you want to keep them engaged and on task.

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Supporting Student Resilience in the Classroom

Supporting Student Resilience in the Classroom | Socratic Education and Radical Radicles | Scoop.it
Watching a classroom of students working is fascinating. There are students who are engaged, who focus on the task and forge ahead. They get the job done on time, every time. There are other students
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"Islands of competence"  Interesting concept.  Always looking for hw we can promote resilience, tenacity, and volition.

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