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Infants & Language: A Way with Words | HMS

Infants & Language: A Way with Words | HMS | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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We continue to progress in our understanding of language acquisition skills from the womb into adulthood.  The unique, pliable wiring of the brain, the lack of soundproof wombs, an explanation for language delay in twins, the benefits of bilingualism in terms of brain development, code switching, etc.  A wonderfully insightful article!

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We continue to progress in our understanding of language acquisition skills from the womb into adulthood.  The unique, pliable wiring of the brain, the lack of soundproof wombs, an explanation for language delay in twins, the benefits of bilingualism in terms of brain development, code switching, etc.  A wonderfully insightful article!

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Why Teachers of Color Quit

Why Teachers of Color Quit | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Low pay and high stress drive black and Latino teachers to leave the profession at higher rates than their white peers.
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An article that focuses on an element that's been missing in all the recent "I Quit" teaching articles....

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The higher purpose of doodling

The higher purpose of doodling | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Its very name - doodle - makes it sound frivolous and pointless, but researchers say our scribbles and scrawls may actually help us retain information and gain clarity
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This is thought-provoking research that has been grossly missing in action. Does dooling help you remember even more materials in a classroom?  Listen and learn...

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Poverty rates surge in American suburbs | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 11, 2014

Poverty rates surge in American suburbs | PBS NewsHour | Jan. 11, 2014 | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
When President Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” fifty years ago, images of the American poor focused on the inner-city and rural poor. What is the state of American poverty today?
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There are now more poor residents living in suburbs than in major cities.  And this goes to the heart of the changing landscape of schools and communities everywhere... 

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Guriqbal Singh's curator insight, January 20, 5:52 AM

Many people are suffering from poverty but are not easily recognised as these people are living in suburbs. People who are well off see only the surface of the problems others face. This also affects development in that neighbourhood. And to add on to the problems the cost of living is also increasing.

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Sydney, Australian Curriculum Portal: Quote Bank, Curriculum, General capabilities, Professional Development

Sydney, Australian Curriculum Portal: Quote Bank, Curriculum, General capabilities, Professional Development | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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This curriculum and professional development portal serves Sydney's faculty community with a fresh approach to what works.  There is even a "quote bank" where it is explained that words paint a picture regarding the general capabilities teacher's strive to impart...

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The Teacher's Guides To Technology And Learning - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guides To Technology And Learning - Edudemic | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
We've gone through hundreds of resources to assemble these guides which are meant to help you learn, teach, and share as much as possible.
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Wow!  All the various tech guides right at your fingertips and all in one place.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 10, 3:21 PM

I don't know if they are all helpful in Canada, but some will be.

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Mathematics Reform (One-Size-Fits-All Curricula is Wrong)

Mathematics Reform (One-Size-Fits-All Curricula is Wrong) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Mathematics challenges most of our adult population, as well as K-16 students, primarily due to the way it has been defined as a curriculum, and its well-intentioned, but very ineffective de-contextualized, oversimplified, and ...
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This is an excellent, thought-provoking essay regarding not only the way we currently teach mathematics in schools, but who is required to be taught.  There are far too many children who struggle, quit school for this very reason and it begs some serious reflection.  He points out in this blog, "Should a classical education, which was designed to make sure a child of the renaissance, with all of his or her commensurate resources, could ascend to the throne be required of all citizenry before they are considered capable, reliable, and competent?  I think not."  

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Daniel Siegel: "Brainstorm: The Power And Purpose Of The Teenage Brain" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Daniel Siegel: "Brainstorm: The Power And Purpose Of The Teenage Brain" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Diane and her guest discuss how brain development affects teenage behavior and why he believes adolescence is a "golden age" of innovation and creativity.
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An excellent discussion!  It's extremely helpful while parenting teenagers to understand how the brain affects their behavior.  For example, giving emotions a short period of time to "level off" versus creating an argumentative climate.  "Dr. Siegel aptly characterizes the teen years as the most powerful life phase for activating courage, purpose, and creativity. With his usual personal and compassionate delivery, he illustrates how we can all become more aware, empathetic, and understanding of teenagers and ourselves. A visionary and a guide, Siegel knows that if we treat teenagers with the respect and understanding they deserve, they are more likely to live up to their greatest capacities.” — Laura S. Kastner, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington

 

 

Here is the book: http://www.amazon.com/Brainstorm-Power-Purpose-Teenage-Brain/dp/1480560235

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 6, 9:46 AM

The adolescent phase is one of the richest in life. It is a time of great transformation as children move towards adulthood and with the right support do well.

 

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Emory: Researchers identify gene that influences ability to remember faces

Emory: Researchers identify gene that influences ability to remember faces | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
New findings suggest the oxytocin receptor, a gene known to influence mother-infant bonding and pair bonding in monogamous species, also plays a special role in the ability to remember faces.
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This study continues to unravel the belief that people who can't remember people---for instance, their current or former students, are flawed in some sort of social-emotional manner.   For many years, we have felt the gift of rememberance was related to a human connection somehow missing in certain individuals.  We now know it's biological with a specific gene playing a very special role in  facial recognition.   Teachers who have a harder time remembering their students' names via facial recognition, please take heart!

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For 2014, Tweet Less, Read More

For 2014, Tweet Less, Read More | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
There’s instant expression and then there’s real contemplation, which is the route to healthier debate.
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An interesting post for someone with a keen interest in curation, but a gentle reminder that it's increasingly important to thoughtfully read everything before we click "scoop".  We should also be mindful of "thoroughly" reading articles at a deeper level, checking sources, and providing time for thoughtful reflection prior to sharing everything.  Scoop-it, twitter, blogging, etc. and everyday life should not feel like some kind of constant content race.  There are also an abudance of materials coming from the exact same lense.  We need to share opposing views and be open to new ways of thinking and doing.   With this in mind, this sums up my New Year's curation resolution!

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The problem with thinking 'content is king' in education - Washington Post (blog)

The problem with thinking 'content is king' in education - Washington Post (blog) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) The problem with thinking 'content is king' in education Washington Post (blog) For decades, in science, math, and history policymakers, researchers, teacher educators, practitioners, and parents have argued over what kind of...
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Just look to John Dewey to understand the issue...
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The Best Education Posts of 2013: The Edutopia Top 10 Deep Dive

The Best Education Posts of 2013: The Edutopia Top 10 Deep Dive | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Editor's note: Looking back on 2013, Edutopia has had a fantastic year. With more than 650 blog posts, 6700 comments and thousands of daily interactions with educators on our social media channels, w
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Great list!

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Art Class: Food Doodles & Found Objects (Sometimes It's Ok To Play With Your Food Before Eating It)

Art Class: Food Doodles & Found Objects (Sometimes It's Ok To Play With Your Food Before Eating It) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
"A Portrait In Ink And Parsley": click image to see responses when I posted this Found A...
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This is such a fun idea. This out-of-the-box thinking has great potential for students in both regular and art classrooms. Follow her blog postings or scan more of her food art here: http://debbieohi.com/portfolio/

 

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The Joining of the Rails: The Transcontinental Railroad | The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Joining of the Rails: The Transcontinental Railroad | The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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The Lehrman Institute should be on anyone's radar who has an interest in teaching American History.  I've been receiving their rich resources for years...

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Daily Kos: Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did

Daily Kos: Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.

The topic at hand is ...
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An insightful reminder as to the reality of MLK's achievements...

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'Design thinking' fuels engagement, learning

'Design thinking' fuels engagement, learning | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it

eschoolnews.com - These Kentucky schools have embraced a new approach called “design thinking”—and it’s paying off with higher achievement. At Eminence Independent School in Henry County, Ky., elementary students walk through halls painted like Disney storefronts and, during lunch, glide through a tube slide that drops down into the cafeteria. Half the high school students travel to Bellarmine College in Louisville two days a week to take college classes. When teachers worried about lost time traveling, Eminence officials created the first Wi-Fi bus, so students could use their school laptops while traveling to and from classes.


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Design thinking continues to light fires in schools...

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Active rather than passive. Empowering students every step of the way. 

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How to start a TED-Ed Club

How to start a TED-Ed Club | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
A step-by-step guide for starting a TED-Ed Club at your local school or community organization. Step 1 Watch this short video about starting a TED-Ed Club. If you're interested, share it with frien...
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This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead.
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Hackschooling and pearls of wisdom that should be incorporated into traditional education.  Awesome!

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Free Technology for Teachers: About the Author

Free Technology for Teachers: About the Author | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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This award-winning blog is one to save in your files. 

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Personalize Learning: 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

Personalize Learning: 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014 | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Bray and McClaskey provide the Top 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014 (10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014
http://t.co/E0Xg923dpD via @sharethis)...
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Aside from the 10 top trends, the language and actions used are worth noting. 

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Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain | Abstract

Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain | Abstract | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
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Many people will share that they vividly remember a specific novel that had a lasting effect on how they felt about reading or life in general.  "The Catcher in the Rye" is often cited or, for me, "Charlotte's Web" by E. B. White.  It changed the way I felt about reading, but also the way I viewed animals.  Well, it turns out that reading may have a last imprint on the brain.  This research goes to the heart of why reading compelling literature still matters, and why taking the time to deeply read materials in this cyber-speed world may matter even more...

 

“We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically," says neuroscientist Gregory Berns. 

 

Click the link for the abstract or read the full Text of Research Results here or on the link:  http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/brain.2013.0166

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Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons

Using History to Invigorate Common-Core Lessons | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Teachers should draw on historical texts to give life to the literacy objectives of the common-core standards, Stanford University's Sam Wineburg writes.

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Simply brilliant insights into a host of common-core AND teaching and learning issues today.   

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Chris Carter's comment, January 4, 5:11 PM
Linda, you are so very welcome. We are doing our best to have Prof Wineburg come to our school and hold a multi-day seminar of how best to employ primary source documents in the classroom. If you wish to see Shanghai while enjoying the fantastic learning opportunity, stay tuned! http://www.nhdasia.org/
Linda Alexander's comment, January 4, 8:28 PM
Thanks, Chris, for pointing out this piece. He makes many great points here. I would love to see Shanghai one day, but not this year. All the best with reaching out to Prof. Wineburg.
Chris Carter's comment, January 4, 8:45 PM
Sure thing. He was scheduled to come out in February but his scheduled changed, and we lost him ... for now. We are trying to arrange something for the 2014-15 school year.
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A World of Knowledge: 50 Different Views of Education

A World of Knowledge: 50 Different Views of Education | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Education sprouts in many forms. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value of it and our experience with it.
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Wonderfully inclusive list!

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, January 2, 7:18 AM

A wonderfully inclusive list of the many, but not all, change oriented strategies being touted in education these days.  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 2, 9:09 AM

We need to begin seeing educational views as overlapping. What do they have in common?

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What Makes Girls Fall In Love With Computers And Code? | TechCrunch

What Makes Girls Fall In Love With Computers And Code? | TechCrunch | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
The perennial discussion about women in technology is in high gear once again, this time after remarks made by Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham about the..
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Tips for incorporating nonfiction into the ELA curriculum (including book selections)

Tips for incorporating nonfiction into the ELA curriculum (including book selections) | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Many school districts are going through a painstaking process of writing new curricula to meet the Common Core State Standards. One of the biggest changes
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This is an excellent article with great tips.  The book selection tips are quite strong--for instance, pick nonfiction books, like "Night", that read just like fiction.  Use newspaper articles or other text to back-up fiction, etc. 

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