Teacher Learning ...
Follow
Find
9.2K views | +4 today
Scooped by Linda Alexander
onto Teacher Learning Networks
Scoop.it!

Building Resiliency in Girls: Strength vs. Stressors

Building Resiliency in Girls: Strength vs. Stressors | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The Laurel School (Ohio) emphasizes accessing resources that help girls cope in challenging situations: creativity, growth mindset, self-care, purpose, and relationships, the key components of resilience.
Linda Alexander's insight:

This is one of the VERY best articles written on this topic in a long time. Dr. Lisa Damour, The Center on Research for Girls at Laurel School, provides evidence-based research and real life examples on the topic of resiliency. (Most of the research applies to to boys as well).  Dr. Damour connects resiliency to the research on creative play at Case Western Reserve University.  She also shares the importance of encouraging a growth versus fixed mindset and personal care among other key elements. 

more...
Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, June 23, 2013 11:06 PM

These skills can be as important as book learning. One of the things our Foundation has learnt is the way that lack of such skills is tied to lack of an education.

Teacher Learning Networks
Face-to-face or virtual faculty learning within schools
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Linda Alexander from EDUCACIÓN 3.0 - EDUCATION 3.0
Scoop.it!

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit (Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership...Free Resources)

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit (Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership...Free Resources) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, xavier suñé, Javier Sánchez Bolado
Linda Alexander's insight:

A wealth of resources!

more...
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 24, 5:16 PM

Fresh and updated professional development teaching and learning resources.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, Today, 1:48 AM

AITSL's professional learning toolkit.

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, Today, 6:16 AM

Adults learn differently -- !

Rescooped by Linda Alexander from Studying Teaching and Learning
Scoop.it!

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning."

What is it that help students pay attention?

* Problem solving

* Comparisons

* Visuals

* Questions

* Emotions

* Stories

* Contrast

* Controversy

* Brevity

* Lists


Via Beth Dichter, Stewart-Marshall
more...
Jon Altuna's curator insight, July 19, 1:30 PM

Thank you!!

DPG plc's curator insight, July 23, 3:02 AM

Time to move away from the 'read, click next, read. click next

Clare Treloar's curator insight, July 24, 5:08 PM

a great summary about ways to target our learners in the digital space. 

Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too…

Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too… | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
If we expect our students to develop 21st century skills, then we must model them for our students and each other. We must take risks, grow, and learn.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

The Benefits of Failing at French

The Benefits of Failing at French | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Work out your brain by struggling to learn a new language.
Linda Alexander's insight:

Two universities "hypothesized that language study should prove beneficial for older adults, noting that the cognitive tasks involved — including working memory, inductive reasoning, sound discrimination and task switching — map closely to the areas of the brain that are most associated with declines due to aging. In other words, the things that make second-language acquisition so maddening for grown-ups are the very things that may make the effort so beneficial".

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

Controversial Common Core: What You Should Know Before Taking Sides

Controversial Common Core: What You Should Know Before Taking Sides | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The Common Core Standards are highly controversial. As their implementation approaches we examine some pros and cons of the Common Core Standards.
Linda Alexander's insight:

I appreciate this post as it adequately presents both sides of the issue. There are plenty of professional development & start-up costs related to the implementation stages, plus an overall vagueness in the standards, although this permits more faculty discretion and flexibility (an ingredient teachers always say they want).  Overall, there are many (if not more) politically charged & change resistance issues--something to be expected.  Change is always hard, but having international benchmarks, a common national language and assessment criteria in order to finally compare state's nationally (something a few states and union folks really don't like) is not only a momentous step, it's also much more cost effective.  

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Linda Alexander from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City

An Intriguingly Detailed Animation of How People Move Around a City | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Watch the commuting patterns of New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Via Seth Dixon
Linda Alexander's insight:

You can actually plug-in income levels for these 3 cities and view daily commutes.  Fascinating CityLab data!

 

more...
Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, July 12, 5:35 AM

In San Francisco, the cab companies should use this knowledge to be more available to potential customers.

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, July 13, 2:49 AM

possibly useful for studying complexity

Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, July 13, 3:28 PM

Another fabulous post for Year 7 from Seth Dixon. An aspect of liveability  in colour!

Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

Immigration: Challenges for New Americans (Library of Congress)

Linda Alexander's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Linda Alexander from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

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
Linda Alexander's insight:

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

more...
Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 6, 7:01 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, 9:59 AM

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

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, July 22, 7:27 AM

Completando...

Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

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.
Linda Alexander's insight:

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.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

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.  

Linda Alexander's insight:

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".

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

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.
Linda Alexander's insight:

An interesting admissions comparison between New York & Chicago's top public schools...

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Linda Alexander from Educational Technology News
Scoop.it!

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.

Via EDTC@UTB
Linda Alexander's insight:

The Horizon Report is always worth reviewing!

more...
Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 19, 11:12 AM

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

Rescooped by Linda Alexander from Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology
Scoop.it!

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."


Via Beth Dichter, Chris Carter
more...
Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 13, 7:26 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, 8:15 AM

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

Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.
Linda Alexander's insight:

Here we go again---lack of Common Core mathematics professional development when it comes to math may sink this ship again (like it did for "new math" generations ago).

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Linda Alexander from Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability
Scoop.it!

Outdoor and Environmental Education: TERRIFIC Resource Roundup

Outdoor and Environmental Education: TERRIFIC Resource Roundup | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Looking for resources for teaching about the environment, examples of environmental action projects, or ways to take learning outside? Explore our list of curated resources for these green approaches to integrated studies.
more...
Linda Alexander's curator insight, July 21, 11:14 PM

Fantastic, comprehensive list of E4S resources!

Rescooped by Linda Alexander from iPads in Education
Scoop.it!

12 Great Web-based Image Editing Tools That Do Not Require Registration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Great Web-based Image Editing Tools That Do Not Require Registration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

"Looking for some good web-based image editing tools to use with students in class ? Quick Picture Tools is probably what you need. Quick Picture Tools is a collection of 12 tools that students can use to edit images without the need for any registration. All the tools are free to use and do not require any software installation. Another great thing about these tools is that they are all very simple to use and have a user friendly interface. Students will definitely enjoy working on them."


Via John Evans
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | Teacher Learning Networks | 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.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Linda Alexander from E-Learning-Inclusivo (Mashup)
Scoop.it!

The Future of Play In Education - Laura Seargeant Richardson

The Future of Play In Education - Laura Seargeant Richardson | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Hi everyone,

I have been looking at the future of play for about 5 years and have spoken about the topic at MIT and written about it in Fast Co. Design, Parents Magazine and The Atlantic. Recently, I summed up the research into a poster for parents and teachers to help them frame the value of play in education (see below attachment).

I think this excerpt from my Atlantic article said it best, "Someday, rather than measuring memorization as an indicator of progress, we will measure our children's ability to manipulate (deconstruct and hack), morph (think flexibly and be tolerant of change), and move (think "with their hands" and play productively). Standardized aptitude tests will be replaced by our abilities to see (observe and imagine), sense (have empathy and intrinsic motivation), and stretch (think abstractly and systemically). We will advance our abilities to collaborate and create."

The future favors the flexible. And that's another reason this poster has + signs at the top of each category - because the superpowers of play we will need for a constantly evolving world is always changing and it encourages everyone to add their own powers of play.

I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

Laura
http://www.lauraseargeantrichardson.com
LinkedIn: laurasgt


Via John Evans, juandoming
Linda Alexander's insight:

Excellent Tedx & Atlantic article. Includes a Periodic Table on 21st Century Play.  

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Linda Alexander from Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students)
Scoop.it!

The Challenge for Adults: The Science of Learning New Languages

more...
Linda Alexander's curator insight, July 11, 6:53 AM

A helpful piece related to adults trying to learn a new language--the considerable challenges, and some pragmatic tips to overcome all the hurdles.  

Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

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.
Linda Alexander's insight:

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".

 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Linda Alexander from The Best of Art & Imagination
Scoop.it!

(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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
Lon Woodbury's curator insight, June 30, 9:21 AM

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

Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

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.

People have offered many potential e...
Linda Alexander's insight:

It really is a very powerful message!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

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.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Linda Alexander
Scoop.it!

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.
Linda Alexander's insight:

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. 

more...
No comment yet.