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Resources and Downloads to Improve Student Performance

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Cochrane’s strong PD and its list of ten non-negotiable classroom practices have been critical to the school's turnaround, helping to boost student engagement and double student performance in t
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Socialization technique helps in academic achievement (Responsive Classroom)

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Responsive Classroom method shows teaching kids “soft” skills leads to math, reading gains, study says.
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This is an evidenced based program  endorsed through the CASEL.  

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Ask Lisa: Terrible twos? Try sadistic threes (for preschool teachers & parents)

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Pressure Rising as Obama Works to Rein In Russia

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President Obama rallied allies and approved a series of diplomatic and economic moves intended to isolate Moscow and prevent it from seizing more Ukrainian territory.
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We should be connecting the dots between inaction in Syria (due to Russia's block within the UN) and Putin's latest aggressions.  Putin behaves as though the world won't care---and we haven't blinked an eye as a genocide occurred in Syria over the last few years.  What is it:  150,000 dead now?  Shameful.  

And this is what is frightening: "Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany told Mr. Obama by telephone on Sunday that after speaking with Mr. Putin she was not sure he was in touch with reality, people briefed on the call said. “In another world,” she said."
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My "Academy Awards" for Best Educational Documentaries

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I love movies and have always envied Academy Award voters. So here's my chance! I am giving out my own Edutopia version of the 2014 Academy Awards for Educational Documentaries.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, March 2, 11:02 AM

Interesting list!

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Geo-Literacy

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Via Seth Dixon
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This is not to discount the knowledge of human history.  This is a wonderful site with quite a few other meaningful learning quotes and an abundance of resources. 

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Matt Richardson's comment, February 28, 7:00 AM
I also appreciate the sentiment here, but as a geography teacher in high school I also find that students are missing very basic information about the world as it is right now. For example, many of my students can't identify more than about three countries in Africa, and I've had students in the past who could not even find the U.S. on a map. Now I force them to take the dreaded 'blank map' quizzes of the world. Its distressing, but it needs to be done. Interestingly, many of my lower level students like these types of tests because there are online games that teach them the locations in a fun way, and also because it is a very literal task. The ones who struggle with higher level material can at least succeed at this if they study.
PIRatE Lab's comment, February 28, 11:16 AM
Yes, as Seth and several commenters have said, we need both. And too often my students don't seem to know the basic facts/history of a particular situation. You must know where you are coming from if you ever want to get to somewhere new.
SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 8:11 AM

Excellent resource about the importance of Geography in understanding the world of the 21st Century.

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Harvard News: Author Boo of "Beyond the Beautiful Forevers": Chronicler of poverty

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Bearing the lessons that long-term, immersive reporting can teach, journalist Katherine Boo, who writes about poverty, spent a week at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design as a senior Loeb Fellow.
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Having read this capturing story, Boo speaks from time spent on the streets. Studying data (listening to the news) only gets you so far in truly understand the real world. 

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Muslim Woman Discovers Friendly New World When a Winter Scarf Covers Her Hijab

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Chicago's bitter cold temps led to an impromptu social experiment when Leena Suleiman bundled up in a knit scarf and cap.

Via Seth Dixon, Mike Busarello's Digital Textbooks
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A really interesting social experiment that took place in Chicago!

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Scott Langston's curator insight, February 19, 6:55 PM

Knowledge Questions: Under what circumstances is it acceptable to deliberately deceive others? To what extent are stereotypes justifiable? Is cultural integration ever possible?

Tracey M Benson's curator insight, February 24, 3:25 PM

Interesting article about a social experiment...

Joy Kinley's curator insight, February 26, 1:11 PM

One slight difference in dress - hijab or cap - and a world of difference in how she is treated.  What makes us "be" part of a group?  A hijab clearly marks a woman is Muslim and for some people that is scary, while others welcome you.

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Disordered Eating or Eating Disorder: What’s the Difference?

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More subtle forms of disordered eating can also be dangerous
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Exposed | Teaching Tolerance (Breaking the Code of Cyber-Bullying)

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Teacher Guides ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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There is an extensive list of Teacher Guides on a variety of educational technology topics.  

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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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Best of History Web Sites

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Best of History Web Sites, created by EdTechTeacher, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites and activities.

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IF YOU LOVE HISTORY, YOU CAN'T BEAT THIS PORTAL..

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Chris Carter's curator insight, February 12, 9:47 PM

Best curation of history websites that I've ever seen.

Chris Carter's comment, February 13, 7:46 PM
Dean and Linda, it is my pleasure. EdTechTeacher is an impressive group.
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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 - Huffington Post

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 - Huffington Post | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

"The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012)."

 

 


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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 10, 12:55 PM

It looks like the numerous parents enabling very young extensive use of handheld gadgets by very young children is going to bite us in a very few short years. -Lon

Allie Peck's curator insight, March 10, 4:40 PM

While I don't necessarily agree with this in the extent to which it is depicted, there are certainly parts that I wholeheartedly agree with.  Often technologies are over stimulating.  Looking at a computer screen, iPad screen, TV screen, etc. for an extended period of time causes migraines in myself and many other people that I know.  I have seen other research that suggests technology use before bed will make it difficult to fall asleep, and even aids in the development of ADD in children because there is too much to take in.  As this article points out, technology also has an increased cause in depression in adolescence.  Given all of these incredibly negative side effects, why are schools pushing towards a technology centered classroom?

Claudie Graner's curator insight, March 11, 11:15 AM

makes sense....

 

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Do You Speak American . Sea to Shining Sea . Official American . English Only | PBS

Do You Speak American . Sea to Shining Sea . Official American . English Only | PBS | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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A historical perspective on the "English Only" movement in the U.S.  that has deep roots in both patriotism and racism.  

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Classroom Experiment: The Small Ways We Use Gender Make a Big Difference

Classroom Experiment: The Small Ways We Use Gender Make a Big Difference | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Surprising ways that saying "Good morning boys and girls" creates stereotypes
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A teacher learns about the impact stereotypes quickly have on students...

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20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher

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Other Data: 20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher

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This is a wonderful  list!  

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Trish Harris's curator insight, March 3, 6:22 PM

some worthy comments on what to reflect on when data overwhelms... 

Siti Noraisha Mohamed Senin's curator insight, March 4, 8:52 AM

Researchers at the University of Leicester have proven that students assign the most authority to teachers who care about them. If this is true, then you are demonstrating a wonderful principle: that respect comes from kind behavior.

Filipe Cálix's curator insight, March 4, 1:44 PM

Este post não se relaciona diretamente com  os temas habitualmente aqui tratados mas conduz-nos a um importante momento de reflexão profisssional. Questões simples. Sê-lo-ão as respostas?

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The Stunning Symbiosis between Math and Knitting [Slide Show]

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A meeting of the minds at the intersection of mathematics and fiber arts yields eye-popping creations
Linda Alexander's insight:

After school club?  It's not only is connected to math and the arts, but to the "way things work" and how they come together through individual, sustained effort.  I'm sure knitting is also a wonderful way to hone fine-motor skills.

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Education 3.0: Students as Connectors, Creators, & Constructivists - by Dave Guymon

Education 3.0: Students as Connectors, Creators, & Constructivists - by Dave Guymon | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

The way that users have utilized the Internet has changed since its inception. References to Web 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 allude to an evolved relationship with online information and interactivity.


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Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 1, 6:25 PM

Education 3.0 is it coming or is it already here? I guess that depends on where you are at with your understanding of education and how students learn

niftyjock's curator insight, March 2, 9:34 PM

How does a student know what they need to learn?

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, March 4, 10:15 AM

EDUCACIÓN 3.0 --->> NOSOTROS INSISTIMOS EN EL MODELO  - 0.1

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Explore – Four fascinating facts about the brain from...

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Four fascinating facts about the brain from researchers at the University of Helsinki, including the positive correlation between sleep and longevity. More on the science of sleep here and here.
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Expand Pre-K, Not A.D.H.D.

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The lurking danger of over-medicalization.
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Interesting and alarming stats that tie test performance and accountability movements with ADHD diagnosis.  Your thoughts?

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The 14 Points Explained: US History Review - YouTube

Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points broken down and put into context so you can easily soak up the main ideas. Ideal for stressed out students as well as lifelo...
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This fellow is nuts, but I love him!

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Sex Talk on the Carpet: Incorporating gender and sexuality into 5th-grade curriculum

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Global Perceptions of the United States

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Placeholder for the Pew Global Indicators Database

Via Seth Dixon
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Geography Education...! Really interesting chart and additional details when one clicks on any country.  I just wish there were even more countries included in the research study.  

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 18, 1:22 PM

In this I saw that when choosing Russia to look at in relation to its relationship with the United States throughtout the years it has both increased and decreased. For example, In 2008 the percentage of relationship with the US and Russia was at 29% then in  2009 it decreased to 27% and then fianlly increasing in 2013 to 31%. As you can see the US and Russia are partners in life today to some extend and have evolved from time to time( past to present).

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, February 22, 12:18 AM

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 4:25 PM

Kenya is measure as a parter and alliance with the United States for instance, in the Fall of 2009 a report came out and it proved taht 89% thought of Kenya as an alliance. Shockingly enough in 2013 the alliance with Africa drew at a small decrease of 79%.

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The Mind of the Prodigy | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

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Prodigies dazzle us with their virtuoso violin concertos, seemingly prescient chess moves, and vivid paintings. While their work would be enough to impress us if they were 40, prodigies typically reach adult levels of performance in non-verbal, rule-based domains such as chess, art, and musicbefore the age of 10...


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There's an enormous fascination with individuals born with unique gifts or soaring talents.  It must tap into our own personal yearning to truly excel at something or achieve.  

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 13, 4:46 PM

Could not put this down! The video loops about the Yin sisters and Gavin George are mesmerizing.  The IQ ranges and other psychometric data about these enormously talented youngsters completely obviate whatever we think we know about whatever it is we think we mean when use the word 'intelligence'! Read this and be humbled!--Lou

 

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"....More striking is that every single prodigy scored off the charts in working memory — better than 99 percent of the general population. In fact, six out of the eight prodigies scored at the 99.9th percentile! Working memory isn’t solely the ability to memorize a string of digits. That’s short-term memory. Instead, working memory involves the ability to hold information in memory while being able to manipulate and process other incoming information. On the Stanford-Binet IQ test, working memory is measured in both the verbal and non-verbal domains and includes tasks such as processing sentences while having to remember the last word of each sentence, and recalling the location of blocks and numbers in the correct order in which they were presented. There have been many descriptions of the phenomenal working memory of prodigies, including a historical description of Mozart that involves his superior ability to memorize musical pieces and manipulate scores in his head. (See here for a demonstration of the exceptional memory of a physics prodigy.)

The researchers also found that as a group, the prodigies showed higher levels of autistic traits compared with a control group consisting of people weren’t prodigies (but the prodigies scored only slightly higher than those with high-functioning autism, or Asperger’s)....."