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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.

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The Case for Teaching Ignorance

The Case for Teaching Ignorance | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
When we present knowledge as more certain than it is, we discourage curiosity.
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Brilliant piece.....encouraging curiosity by conveying the truth.

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The Most Intelligent Presidents in U.S. History | InsideGov

The Most Intelligent Presidents in U.S. History | InsideGov | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Are the most successful presidents also the most intelligent? InsideGov ranks the 27 smartest presidents in U.S. history.
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While there are a few surprises, the correlation between intelligence and success in office are dubious at best.  InsideGov also provides a list of the least intelligent presidents as well... Interesting, especially to history buffs. 

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Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
When students practice metacognition, the act of thinking about their thinking helps them make greater sense of their life experiences and start achieving at higher levels.
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The link between self-awareness, especially of one's learning style, and metacognition.

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The link between self-awareness, especially of one's learning style, and metacognition.

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Not an Introvert, Not an Extrovert? You May Be An Ambivert

Not an Introvert, Not an Extrovert? You May Be An Ambivert | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Ambiverts have introverted and extroverted traits, but neither trait is dominant. As a result, they have more balanced, or nuanced, personalities. They aren’t the folks yammering your ear off. Nor are they the totally silent ones happily ensconced in the corner.

Ambiverts move between being social or being solitary, speaking up or listening carefully with greater ease than either extroverts or introverts. “It is like they’re bilingual,” says Daniel Pink, a business book author and co-host of Crowd Control, a TV series on human behavior, who has studied ambiversion. “They have a wider range of skills and can connect with a wider range of people in the same way someone who speaks English and Spanish can.”

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Me me! This is who I really am....neither extreme.  I need the social contact, lots of friends and family nearby, but usually prefer to retreat after a good dose of interaction.  Indeed I can paint alone for hours or read a good book. My sense is that ambivert fits a lot of personalities...

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Ambiverts have introverted and extroverted traits, but neither trait is dominant. As a result, they have more balanced, or nuanced, personalities. They aren’t the folks yammering your ear off. Nor are they the totally silent ones happily ensconced in the corner.

 

Ambiverts move between being social or being solitary, speaking up or listening carefully with greater ease than either extroverts or introverts. “It is like they’re bilingual,” saysDaniel Pink, a business book author and co-host of Crowd Control, a TV series on human behavior, who has studied ambiversion. “They have a wider range of skills and can connect with a wider range of people in the same way someone who speaks English and Spanish can.”

Franc Viktor Nekrep's curator insight, August 4, 7:13 AM

Ambiverts have introverted and extroverted traits, but neither trait is dominant. As a result, they have more balanced, or nuanced, personalities. They aren’t the folks yammering your ear off. Nor are they the totally silent ones happily ensconced in the corner.

 

Ambiverts move between being social or being solitary, speaking up or listening carefully with greater ease than either extroverts or introverts. “It is like they’re bilingual,” saysDaniel Pink, a business book author and co-host of Crowd Control, a TV series on human behavior, who has studied ambiversion. “They have a wider range of skills and can connect with a wider range of people in the same way someone who speaks English and Spanish can.”

Silvia Nascimento's curator insight, August 6, 9:22 PM

Ambiverts have introverted and extroverted traits, but neither trait is dominant. As a result, they have more balanced, or nuanced, personalities. They aren’t the folks yammering your ear off. Nor are they the totally silent ones happily ensconced in the corner.

 

Ambiverts move between being social or being solitary, speaking up or listening carefully with greater ease than either extroverts or introverts. “It is like they’re bilingual,” saysDaniel Pink, a business book author and co-host of Crowd Control, a TV series on human behavior, who has studied ambiversion. “They have a wider range of skills and can connect with a wider range of people in the same way someone who speaks English and Spanish can.”

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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

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How Textbooks Can Teach Different Versions Of History

How Textbooks Can Teach Different Versions Of History | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
About 5 million public school students in Texas this year will get new and controversial textbooks that critics say water down history.
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Teachers will certainly have to fill-in the blanks because Texas textbooks won't do it for them...re: Jim Crow laws & their new, watered down version of the Civil War. 

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MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

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Minecraft’s education options are as vast as the game itself. Don’t worry if you feel limited by time or your own imagination. Thousands of others are imaging worlds, too—and are willing to share.


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Interesting article on how it's being used in schools...

 

“Minecraft can help students visualize concepts, work on communication and collaboration skills, foster positive online behavior, [and] differentiate for students who need more than just words in a textbook” 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 9, 8:17 PM

We just ran a two-week J Term on coding using MineCraft and the kids loved it.

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How Minecraft is being used in education.

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This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Usually, when we say “American slavery” or the “American slave trade,” we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But as we discussed in Episode 2 of Slate’s History of American Slavery Academy, relative to the entire slave trade, North America was a bit player. From the trade’s...
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20 Things I Have Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

20 Things I Have Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Sometimes, doctors know exactly what we need. Sometimes they don't. Either way, only go to a doctor who sees you as a valuable partner in your child's health and progress.
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I really love this post...trips to the Aquarium and all! 

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Hate Map | Southern Poverty Law Center

Hate Map | Southern Poverty Law Center | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The Southern Poverty Law Center counted 784 active hate groups in the United States in 2014.
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While we progress on many fronts, please note this informative map of hate groups by State. For instance, in Bainbridge, Ohio the hate group Aryan Nations is based. I lived close-by  at one time and was never aware they existed. 

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How Republican vs Democrat are you?

This short test can tell exactly where you align.
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This is a thorough poll, but worth your time to learn how you really match-up to candidates...(Thanks, Lori Day, for the heads-up).

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How to Grade a Teacher

How to Grade a Teacher | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
There are better ways to evaluate teachers than test scores alone.
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Be sure to click on the Michigan report as well...

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Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
New finding is first example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children
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The human transmission of trauma will also speak to many other groups of people who have suffered greatly at the hands of others....

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Today's Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice | Learning To Learn | Mature Learner

Today's Education Should Be About Giving Learners Voice and Choice | Learning To Learn | Mature Learner | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0 We...

 

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Some of the recurring themes of my conference presentations and blog posts include: Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0 We...


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This article shares regards to learner choice and voice and their importance in effective student learning today.

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Reading this article about giving learners voice and choice, and especially the quote from John Dewey, reminded me of former Georgetown School of Foreign Service Dean and legendary philosophy Professor Jesse Mann! And then I smiled! 

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27 Historical Photos You Won't Find In Your History Books

27 Historical Photos You Won't Find In Your History Books | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
There are many miraculous photos from history that have managed to go relatively unseen. For whatever reason, their quality is under-appreciated, despite revealing interesting realities about world history and popular events. Some may surprise you, but all will enlighten you. High profile figures
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The Robin William photograph is my favorite....

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Teacher blasts popular classroom training program: It is turning us into robots.

Teacher blasts popular classroom training program: It is turning us into robots. | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The students were also perplexed by my new earpiece accessory. "Um, Miss, what’s that in your ear?" they asked. I looked over to the three adults in the far back corner of the room for my scripted answer.
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There appears to be two different educational systems in the United States these days--a system for the wealthy children where they're actually encouraged to question authority, debate, move around the classrooms, advocate for themselves and be creative. Yes, school, thus learning, is FUN! The other system, which is steadily growing in popularity, especially within the charter school sector (Phoenix, AZ is a prime example where they flourish), is quite different.  Yes, there are notable exceptions in certain pockets of the country, like Cleveland, Ohio where The Intergenerational School & Citizen Leadership Academy--an Expeditionary Learning School--exist. There is also a Reggio Emilia charter in Tucson that is breaking the mold. However, the other model, much more prevalent in the Southwest, doesn't allow for "choice" or student ownership over their own learning.  Indeed the day tends to be fairly regimented where scoring high on a few high stake tests (feathers in adult caps) is the primary focus as well an overly scripted discipline system, pedagogy, that dominates every moment.  (Anecdotally,  supporters of regimented, drill & kill models seem to feel that poor children, beginning in kindergarten, and of every ethnic/cultural group "need discipline". But most of these same folks didn't attend a school like this nor would they send their own children to any of them.) Overall, we are not preparing these children for "college" as many proclaim on their brochures, but turning them into joyless robots. This article presents yet another example of this dreary school model.

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School neuroscience unleashes students' brain power

School neuroscience unleashes students' brain power | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Educational neuroscience empowers teachers with new insights into how all students learn and holds promise for enhancing special ed, but myths and exaggerations sprouting up around the burgeoning fiel
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Understanding brain plasticity, neuroscience, is powerful..... 

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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
American youths are plugged in and tuned out of the real world for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development.
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The article points out that children need time to play, be creative, process their thoughts, and most importantly interact with the real world.  Parents (and some schools) use technology as a babysitter.  Given the amount of time each day many children are plugged into games and the TV each day, the real world may end up seeming fake.  This is a frightening article....what are we doing to our children?

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College-Age Depression Tied to Helicopter Parenting, Studies Show

College-Age Depression Tied to Helicopter Parenting, Studies Show | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Excerpted from How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims, out now from Henry Holt and Co. Academically overbearing parents are doing great harm. So says Bill Deresiewicz in his groundbreaking 2014 manifesto Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of...
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We all know these parents who sometimes leave lucrative careers in order to "manage" every aspect of their child's school life-- as if a business.  It's sad, and their children, ultimately, pay the final price.   

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When an orderly classroom is counterproductive

When an orderly classroom is counterproductive | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
What's the real purpose of classroom management?
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Terrific piece--with an eye directed at what's most conducive to student learning.  These varying approaches, self-discipline versus more compliant/disciplinary environments are far too often the divide between higher income and lower income school environments (but need not be).  What are we preparing our children for in the long term? 

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Sheryl Sandberg Commencement Address in China: 4 Wishes For The Class of 2015

Sheryl Sandberg Commencement Address in China: 4 Wishes For The Class of 2015 | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
I believe your generation will do a better job than mine at fixing the problem of gender inequality. So we turn to you. You are the promise for a more equal world. Great leaders don't just develop people like them, they develop everyone. If you want to be a great leader, develop the women -- as well as the men -- at your companies.
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Sheryl Sandberg's message should resonate everywhere--not just in China.   Worth reading....

"And for each of you, I wish four things:

1. That you are bold and have good fortune. Fortune favors the bold.

2. That you give and get the feedback you need. Feedback is a gift.

3. That you empower everyone. Nothing is somebody else's problem.

4. That you support equality. Lean In!"

 

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Meet the Supremes: Who are the US Supreme Court justices? - BBC News

Meet the Supremes: Who are the US Supreme Court justices? - BBC News | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The US Supreme Court can have a huge impact on everyday American life - do you know who the nine justices are?
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Each Supreme Court justice has been assigned an adjective to describe him or her.  It's interesting to read the BBC's perspective on America's nine justices. 

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What are the Best and Worst Ways to Prepare for an Exam?

What are the Best and Worst Ways to Prepare for an Exam? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
— Lola Irele, London

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Behavioral management in my classroom

Behavioral management in my classroom | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
A Teaching Aside I have been thinking a lot lately about how as a teacher I can best approach the problem of managing behavior in a classroom full of diverse students. The problem, when stated simp...
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The behavior management system discussed at the end of the blog post is brilliant.  To have a system that incorporates life skills (responsibility) and core math concepts is terrific. 

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