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Kids React to Gay Marriage - YouTube

Resource links below for more information: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/sexual-orientation.aspx Marriage Equality Links/Information: http://www.freedomtomar...
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There is little doubt that children are enormously influenced by their parents and later by peers and society-at-large.  This video displays both the innocence and early reactions to same sex couples.  On the positive side, the majority of children, prior to any negative messaging, simply hope for a just and loving world.  (I thank my daughter, Rachel, for sharing this video with me.  She is in graduate school at DePaul University to become a teacher).

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The Science of Character (8 min film) (Character Education in Schools)

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GREAT piece that some independent schools are using---also look at their Web site:  Let it Ripple!

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6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens

6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

Teachers who are fighting for stronger tech integration in their schools often come against opposition from people who believe technology not have a positive effect on student learning. This is particularly true with iPads, devices that many people see as a device for content consumption, not creation. Below is a list of studies into iPads and learning, with dot points about what students the study relates to, the subjects involved and the results.

 


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Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It

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Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It by Lisa Currie, Ripple Kindness Project Most people have heard the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’, which refers to a selfless act of giving resulting in the happiness...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 8:26 PM

I would add at least one more. Kindness makes the world a better place.

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Systems Thinking in Schools- Waters Foundation (Professional Development in Tucson)

Overview What makes systems thinking so powerful?  Educators integrate systems …
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Understanding the system dynamics will change the way you view teaching and learning!

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Laurel School: Center for Research on Girls & Growth Mindset Operationalized in a School

Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls (CRG) provides teachers with progressive ways of training young women to excel throughout their lives. [Shaker Life Magazine, April 2014.]
Learn more at CRG online: www.laurelschool.org/crg
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The way Laurel School operationalizes the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck needs to be read by anyone who cares deeply about the performance of girls in the STEM fields (and life). Ann Klotz, headmistress of Laurel School, and Lisa Damour, director of the Center, successfully take Dweck's research and apply the principles in practical, daily life applications within the School.   

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TimesMachine (New, NY TIMES Subscriber Function) Get ANY Newspaper by DATE: DISMAY IN NATION: Carry on Spirit of Nonviolence - NYTimes.com

TimesMachine (New, NY TIMES Subscriber Function) Get ANY Newspaper by DATE: DISMAY IN NATION: Carry on Spirit of Nonviolence - NYTimes.com | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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The New York Times has introduced "TIMES MACHINE".  The features and benefits of a NY Times subscription continue to grow by leaps and bounds.  For example, today's headline, April 5th 1968 carried the headline about Martin Luther King:  DISMAY IN NATION: Carry on the Spirit of Nonviolence.  

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The 8 Elements of The Critical Thinking Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Elements of The Critical Thinking Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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We use the term critical thinking all the time, but what does it really imply?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 1:46 PM

I wonder when I see these infographics if synthesis plays a role in critical thinking. I think it does, but perhaps I am incorrect and in the minority.

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Autism as a facet of experience, not a limit (Harvard Ed, Temple Grandin)

Autism as a facet of experience, not a limit  (Harvard Ed, Temple Grandin) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State, brought her experience as an advocate for autistics to a talk at the Ed School.
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Really terrific advice!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 31, 1:58 PM

Some of the greatest learning I experienced in classrooms was from students who were different. They are insightful human beings who can add much to the forming and being of teachers.

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A Simple, Open-Ended Assignment: Explain When You're Creative (w/ Rubric & Videos)

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A Simple, Open-Ended Assignment: Explain When You're Creative

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"Society tells us there is only one answer to a question and that the answer is in the back of the book--and if you look, you're cheating! We are more focused on grades than learning.  This is a great student project to reflect on their own creativity!  Make good art...

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Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com

Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.

 

Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month. 

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”


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Another example of the "I Quit" teacher genre...in today's terms.

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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 1, 10:32 PM

Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from.   I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information.  It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???  

Aunty Alice's curator insight, April 6, 3:25 PM

Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition,  of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting.  It puts listening and speaking at the centre.

Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 6, 7:28 PM

Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw.   ;-) 

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Let's Stop the Glorification of Busy

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"The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to
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New book and sound advice! 

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She Builds (Features Innovative Female Leaders & Their Visions)

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Join the conversation about the vital role of women and girls in global development #shebuilds
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Awesome site!

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Teaching Children to Calm Themselves

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Experiencing neglect, severe stress or sudden separation at a young age can be traumatizing, and inhibit a child’s ability to make good decisions and work through problems.
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A must-read for teachers who witness children acting out inappropriately and making poor social choices.

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The Magic of Metaphor: What Children’s Minds Teach Us about the Evolution of the Imagination

The Magic of Metaphor: What Children’s Minds Teach Us about the Evolution of the Imagination | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
"Metaphorical thinking … is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover, and invent."

"Children help us to mediate between the ide
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Aaron Mattingly's curator insight, April 13, 5:55 PM

Tapping into the corridors of the mind.

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The Next America (Changing Face of America & Tidal Wave of Change)

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Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.
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This is a must-read for anyone really interested in America demographics--where the population is heading, the critical issues that will face us, and the tidal wave of change on the near horizon. 

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An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test

An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
New Common Core teaching standards mean new standardized exams. NPR's Cory Turner took one himself and reports on what's changed.
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Really interesting analysis of the new tests versus the older model.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 10, 12:59 PM

What I took away, was that the tests remain a reading test despite being labeled writing tests. Students who read well and read closely will continue to succeed. I know adults who teach that struggle with those two skills.

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You should know these - A List of Useful Educational Websites

You should know these - A List of Useful Educational Websites | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.

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Martyn Cooper's curator insight, April 8, 12:03 AM

Useful educational resources:

Joseph Palumbo, MBA,'s curator insight, April 8, 10:14 PM

Some great sites to further your education, exercise your brain.

Teresa De Santos's curator insight, April 10, 1:09 PM

En los listados siempre se encuentra algo nuevo

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22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life

22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Some great resources to bring environmental science alive in the classroom.

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Terrific! 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 6, 6:00 PM

Everything does not happen on new technology! Our outdoor environment is surely one great teaching too!

Character Minutes's curator insight, April 7, 8:45 PM

Several will emphasize character traits of thriftiness and/or resourcefulness.

Diane Johnson's curator insight, April 9, 8:28 AM

Nice range of topics to be used for Earth Day or with many topics aligned to the NGSS.

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European word translator

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Translate any word from English to more than 30 other European languages, on a map

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Mauro Hernandez's curator insight, April 7, 8:39 AM

Gran herramienta

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 9, 10:23 PM

This is a fantastic resource for seeing how words have changed according to geography. Type a word into the box and see it translated directly on to a map in more than 30 languages. Great for teaching kids about regions of language, or asking how they think a certain country came to use a certain word. 

Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, April 11, 3:43 AM

Haha, hehe, hihi, or Ho-ho-ho! Maybe even huhuhuy!

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I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical

I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Do we want to teach our children that the magic of life is something that comes beautifully gift-wrapped -- or that magic is something you discover on your own?...
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This article falls under parent education...

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Coast to Coast: Baseball Hall of Fame Geography Lessons

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The history of baseball reflects the story of expansion in the United States. New cities have emerged and modern stadiums have been built as a growing population fueled the popularity of our National Pastime. The result is an extensive network of baseball teams at every level - from the major leagues to the little leagues - that represent the communities and environments in which they play. Everything from jersey colors, names, and symbols to the foods served at ballparks reflects the local landscape and culture of baseball teams. A simple game that began with a bat and ball is now a comprehensive case study of how people and geography are interrelated.

 
All of the lessons and activities have been prepared to accompany "Geography: Baseball Coast to Coast." You will find that the curriculum is organized into three levels: Level 1 for elementary school students, Level 2 for middle school students, and Level 3 for high school students.


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Very engaging for students who love baseball!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 31, 9:27 AM

Thanks to the NCGE and the Baseball Hall of Fame for working together to bring us these great resources...play ball!!  On a local note, what baseball team is the most popular in your area?  Is there a geography to fan support? 

The Rice Process's curator insight, March 31, 10:59 AM

Love these lessons. Reminds me of the Gridiron Geography unit I did with my junior high classes. The lessons connected geographical  regions, economy, history or culture themes to NFL football teams.  

Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 4, 10:07 PM

Thanks to the NCGE and the Baseball Hall of Fame for working together to bring us these great resources...play ball!!  On a local note, what baseball team is the most popular in your area?  Is there a geography to fan support? 

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162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist (2 Billion Jobs Will Disappear)

162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist  (2 Billion Jobs Will Disappear) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

A recent article in The Economist quotes Bill Gates as saying at least a dozen job types will be taken over by robots and automation in the next two decades, and these jobs cover both high-paying and low-skilled workers. Some of the positions he mentioned were commercial pilots, legal work, technical writing, telemarketers, accountants, retail workers, and real estate sales agents.

 

Indeed, as I’ve predicted before, by 2030 over 2 billion jobs will disappear. Again, this is not a doom and gloom prediction, rather a wakeup call for the world.


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I am not sure what job best fits my current skills--feedback looper--but an interesting list.  Broad implications for schools--teaching and learning.

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Ray Fowler's curator insight, April 1, 6:14 AM

Reading through this for the second time I realised that so many of these were closer that we realise. The role of Supply Chain Optimiser I think is already upon us. But I want to be a Clone Rancher.

Takudzwa Kunaka's curator insight, April 2, 7:42 AM
that is the decade of digital age
Cas Op de Beek's curator insight, April 11, 5:50 AM

First there came the computer and brought us more jobs and now comes more jobs and more. Technology brings us a lot more than only freedom he brings us more jobs as well. One small step for men but a big step for the future. 

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Instruction in motion brings PE into classroom

Instruction in motion brings PE into classroom | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Each afternoon between social studies and math, Marilynn Szarka’s third-grade students start to get droopy. Szarka instructs everyone to stand up and spread out while she dims the lights, closes the d
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This is the way to get the brain and body moving!  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 25, 1:19 PM

This is a very effective way to rejuvenate the mind and body. We should be asking why PE resources are declining. What does it say about our educational priorities?

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The U.S. Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else

The U.S. Cities Where the Poor Are Most Segregated From Everyone Else | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
In more affluent metros, higher housing prices can lead to higher concentrations of poverty.
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Interesting stats and lists---more work to be done. 

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How to Get Hired: Google’s Five Keys to Becoming Top Talent

How to Get Hired: Google’s Five Keys to Becoming Top Talent | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Learning Ability > IQ > Expertise
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Google nails it on the key elements.  It is a much more thoughtful way of considering talent than most organizations use.  Where you chair of the chess club?  They don't care.  Can you think through disparate parts and come up with a viable, creative solution?  How do you learn? etc.  The leadership model for the 21st Century is quickly changing; educators need to adapt and inform students on what counts in entirely new ways...

For the complete article, go here:  

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google.html?_r=1

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