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Why Learning Should Be Messy (Getting rid of silos and teaching holistically--like life!)

Why Learning Should Be Messy (Getting rid of silos and teaching holistically--like life!) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

I have not loved an article this much in a very long time!  School should be holistic and arranged around big ideas like life itself.  This article also points out why messy, loud classrooms are really what we want to see; not desks lined up like ducks and whispering students, except for the teacher who is spending more of their time lecturing in the front of the room.  We also want faculty collaborations across the disciplines, across classrooms...not the current silos. Linda Alexander

 

 


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Immigration: Challenges for New Americans (Library of Congress)

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There are many Web resources to help students learn about how Americans have been both hostile and hospitable to immigrants.  Here is another resource:  http://www.tolerance.org/category/classroom-resources/immigration

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China publishes new map

China publishes new map | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
China has published a new map of the entire country including the islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) in order to "better show" its territorial claim over the region.

Via Seth Dixon
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China holds forth a new map to share with the world all its land claims...

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Susan Kelly's curator insight, July 6, 9:22 PM

Seems like using a wikipedia entry to validate these claims.

Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 6, 10:01 PM

It seems that claims are often made to reinforce political claims. conflicting claims are difficult to resolve 

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 7, 12:59 PM

Great for geographical discussions on why maps are important, how maps are used, etc.   

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Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?

Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
There are various ways to evaluate living standards, but by many of them, eastern Kentucky comes out at or near the bottom.
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The other interesting aspect, is the way counties are divided in the United State.  Out west, for example, Maricopa County in Arizona stretches for hundreds of miles and includes Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and more. In Ohio, the county lines are divided into very small sections of land, each with their own separate governmental bureaucracies.  

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DELANCYPLACE: How to Improve Your Memory (Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer)

DELANCYPLACE: How to Improve Your Memory (Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Delanceyplace: How to Improve Your Memory.  

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Today's Delanceyplace presents a memory technique used back in antiquity or before the printing press recorded stories and life details. Given the proliferation of technology in today's world, the need to actually memorize anything is a declining "art form".

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New York City’s Top Public Schools Need Diversity (Chicago Admissions & Socio-Economic Tiers)

New York City’s Top Public Schools Need Diversity  (Chicago Admissions & Socio-Economic Tiers) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
New York City’s top public schools must become more diverse.
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An interesting admissions comparison between New York & Chicago's top public schools...

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Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms

Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The NMC Horizon report predicts the trends, challenges and tech developments to look for in one, five and ten years.

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The Horizon Report is always worth reviewing!

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 19, 2:12 PM

Some these trends have been a long time developing, but it looks like the Internet has forced them to happen despite resistance to change. -Lon

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11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth

11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

"There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habits of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one important thing in common: they make your job harder."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 13, 10:26 PM

For many of us this school year has come to an end or will shortly. Perhaps it is time to reflect on our year and consider habits that might need to be changed. This post looks at 11 habits. A few are listed below.

* Not learning from colleagues. This seems simple, but given how busy our day is it is tough to find time to observe another teacher, or have someone tape you and ask others to provide you with feedback.

* Assuming a lesson taught is a lesson learned. Have you asked yourself how many times you have repeated a portion of a lesson? With the range of students in our classrooms the need to rephrase, review, reteach key points may be more necessary than we think.
* Failing to establish relevance. At times this may seem difficult to do, but for our students to learn we need to make our topic relevant to them. When you are successful with this share your ideas with others!
Click through to the post to see 8 additional habits that you may want to change.
Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 14, 11:15 AM

#11 - Not getting to know your students. I think this is the most important tip -- but they're all good. 

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Do LinkedIn Endorsements Really Matter?

Do LinkedIn Endorsements Really Matter? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Like them or not, they're worth paying attention to.

Via Barb Jemmott, donhornsby, Aki Puustinen
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This is an important article for any job seeker (and the link that follows may be of interest as well).  LinkedIn is one of the primary vehicles for recruiters....

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 12, 9:41 AM

(From the article) Think about endorsements as new and improved keywords. LinkedIn automatically defaults to ranking your skills by the number of endorsements you have, but to get more endorsements for the skills you want to emphasize, rearrange your list and move those skills higher. Also, if you’re getting endorsed for random things or for things you don’t want to be endorsed for, you can always hide either the entire skill or the particular endorser. Just set your profile to edit mode and you’ll see a little demo in the Skills and Endorsements section showing you how to edit it.

 
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 12, 9:18 PM

I agree with @donhornsby on this.  I know there are skeptics when it comes to LI endorsements but I think they are meaningful. 

Josie Gibson's curator insight, June 15, 10:25 PM

Senior executives need to take such social tools seriously, for a variety of reasons.

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Learn To Code, Learn To Think

Learn To Code, Learn To Think | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Must the next generation of students learn to write their own computer programs? Or should they just leave it to a smarter machine? Commentator Tania Lombrozo says logic dictates the choice.

Via Chris Carter
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What the article states is that computer codes come and go, but the "basic abilities to think a problem through carefully, clearly and thoroughly are essential for just about all people in just about all fields."

 
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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 9, 10:42 PM

NPR is spot on concerning coding.

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, June 11, 8:29 AM

Is knowing code a new basic life skill? #Coding #Education #Business 

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Teaching Maya Angelou With New York Times

Teaching Maya Angelou With New York Times | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
We offer a few teaching ideas and resources from The Times and around the Web for appreciating the work of Ms. Angelou, the writer, actress and activist many called the “people’s poet.”
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Excellent list!

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Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.
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With the passing today of America's most beloved poet, it's timely to emphasize the importance of teaching poetry.  Both of my children were fortunate to have teachers who used poetry as a primary method to teach reading skills when they were young--beginning their reading journey in a manner that certainly kindles an appreciation of words, creative expression and language.  We need more poetry in our daily lives, and certainly in our daily school instruction...

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Skype will soon get real-time speech translation based on deep learning

Skype will soon get real-time speech translation based on deep learning | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
It’s been many years in the making and it may take a couple more before it’s widely available, but Microsoft’s research into real-time voice translation looks set to pay off.

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The 23 Most Influential Twitter Users in EdTech

The 23 Most Influential Twitter Users in EdTech | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Educators tend to be extremely active Twitter users. We follow hundreds of
interesting teachers, professors, bloggers, developers, industry pundits
and others involved in EdTech .

We’ve rounded up 23 Twitter users who are some of our favourite to follow
and influential members of the EdTech community in their own right.

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There are a few influential twitter users listed that I don't yet follow but should...

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The Fallacy of ‘Balanced Literacy’ (Students Craved Instruction More Than Freedom)

The Fallacy of ‘Balanced Literacy’ (Students Craved Instruction More Than Freedom) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
My struggling students craved instruction far more than freedom.
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A one-size-fits-all instructional strategy in public education is flat out wrong.  As implied, we tend to swing the instructional pendulum too far in a certain direction. Indeed self-directed learning is quite effective  in certain school environments, but this is not always the case, nor should an independent learning approach be the sole strategy used.  Teachers still need to "teach" at times....

 

A thoughtful essay where this teacher  claims, "My students craved instruction far more than freedom. Expecting children to independently discover the rules of written language is like expecting them to independently discover the rules of differential calculus".

 

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(For Art Teachers Everywhere) 10 Things to Evaluate Your Painting

(For Art Teachers Everywhere) 10 Things to Evaluate Your Painting | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Greg Manchess has some tips for how to evaluate your painting. Ask yourself these questions about your artwork. Analyze and evaluate.
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Why Teenagers Act Crazy

Why Teenagers Act Crazy | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
It’s not their fault. It’s all in the timing of brain development.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 30, 12:21 PM

Its in the varying rates of development of the varous sections of the brain of course: -Lon

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Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty

Powerful Ad Shows What A Little Girl Hears When You Tell Her She's Pretty | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
A new Verizon commercial cites a sad statistic by the National Science Foundation: 66 percent of 4th grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female.

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It really is a very powerful message!

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NPR: To Boost Attendance & Scores, Many Schools Add Gym & Art back to the mix

NPR: To Boost Attendance & Scores, Many Schools Add Gym & Art back to the mix | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
After years of cutbacks, Milwaukee Public Schools are re-hiring teachers for classes beyond the basic . They are hoping to retain students as well as boost attendance and test scores.
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Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes (& the Fight by a few States to Drop-Out)

Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes (& the Fight by a few States to Drop-Out) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Chrispin Alcindor, a Brooklyn fourth grader, was once a top student. But rigorous new academic standards — and the exams that accompany them — have frayed his confidence.
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After years of rote learning, the Common Core asks children to become nimble, more abstract thinkers equipped for the modern age. However, the greater expectations has caused a handful of anxious states, fearing a drop in test results and for the first time national comparisons, to come up with often ridiculous arguments in order to drop out.  

 

The test were created in 2009 by a group of education experts, with the backing of the National Governors Association and Chief State of School Officers and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (NOTE: The Obama administration played NO role in drafting the guidelines).  In March of this year, "Indiana became the first state to abandon the CC, followed by South Carolina and Oklahoma."  Arizona seems poised to follow suit.  Overall, where school funding is weak and national score comparisons are viewed as a frightening prospect, counter arguments against the Common Core seem to run rampant. Teachers often have to relearn how to present materials and professional development is key.  Rote instructional strategies are much, much easier---asking children to think, use evidence, predict, and support their arguments is daunting to some folks.  Ultimately, a transition period will be required, but the backlash is mostly born out of fear and politics....and an uneducated news media and public that reinforces these notions. 

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5 Theories For Why First-Born Children Are Smarter And More Successful - Business Insider

5 Theories For Why First-Born Children Are Smarter And More Successful - Business Insider | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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5 Theories For Why First-Born Children Are Smarter And More Successful
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We bugged out upon the discovery that first-born girls are the most ambitious of any kind of sibling, at least when it comes to education.
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A few new theories mentioned that I've not heard in the past. 

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CWRU Psychologists find entitlement predicts sexism in both men and women

CWRU Psychologists find entitlement predicts sexism in both men and women | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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This helps explain the clueless Washington Post article a few days ago by the entitled George Will.  

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 11, 2:22 PM

This sheds some light on the self-esteem movement where everybody wins. :)  -Lon

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades - NYTimes.com

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades - NYTimes.com | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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Really amazing, well articulated article--handwriting stimulates much more than the hands & fingers!  

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30 Trends In Education Technology For 2015 - te@chthought

30 Trends In Education Technology For 2015 - te@chthought | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

"Below are 30 entirely subjective but hopefully somewhere close to reality takes on what’s trending up and what’s trending down in education and education technology for 2015 and beyond. A handful of these aren’t pure edtech items, but it’s all part of the same ecosystem yes?

 

Note that this list isn’t an endorsement–meaning this isn’t necessarily the way I think things should be, but rather what they seem to be–at least from my vantage point, right here, right now. Ask me again in August.

 

What’s trending up, what’s trending down, and what’s in that awkward middle ground of education and education technology? Below are 30 guesses."


Via Karen Bonanno, Tackk, Carla Arena, John Evans
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2015 trends... already!

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NOTRE DAME SCHOOL's curator insight, May 31, 8:26 AM

Use it or loose it!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 1, 1:03 AM

Educación en Tecnología.

Tackk's curator insight, June 3, 11:12 AM

This large list of trends makes Tackk super excited about the future of edtech!

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Realities of Race & Gender in Academic Jobs (tenure track & the complexities of interviewing)

Realities of Race & Gender in Academic Jobs (tenure track & the complexities of interviewing) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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Academics who study white privilege experience attention and criticism @insidehighered

Academics who study white privilege experience attention and criticism @insidehighered | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Fox News doesn't get the concept right....

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