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Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLCs With PLNs

Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLCs With PLNs | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Typically a Professional Learning Community is "a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students."

But this isn't a "book group." A PLC is made up of "a school's professional staff members who continuously seek to find answers through inquiry and act on their learning to improve student learning." (Huffman and Hipp 2003)
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Sometimes PLCs can experience challenges such as:

A limited inflow of ideasBeing a closed network including only those at the schoolLimited in real conversations about real problems by school politicsAn unwillingness to try new things or accept new ideas
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Shifting to 21st Century Thinking » The Knowledge Age

Knowledge’s meaning is changing. Knowledge is no longer being thought of as ‘stuff’ that is developed (and stored) in the minds of experts, represented in books, and classified into disciplines. Instead, it is now thought of as being like a form of energy, as a system of networks and flows – something that doesthings, or makes things happen. Knowledge Age knowledge is defined—and valued—not for what it is, but for what it can do. It is produced, not by individual experts, but by ‘collectivising intelligence’ – that is, groups of people with complementary expertise who collaborate for specific purposes. These changes have major implications for our education system.

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"Knowledge’s meaning is changing. it is now thought of as being like a form of energy, as a system of networks and flows – something that doesthings, or makes things happen. Knowledge Age knowledge is defined—and valued—not for what it is, but for what it can do. It is produced, not by individual experts, but by ‘collectivising intelligence’ – that is, groups of people with complementary expertise who collaborate for specific purposes. These changes have major implications for our education system."

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Deliberate Practice

Deliberate Practice | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Deliberate practice is what makes us better at something. Most people think practice is play. By not engaging in deliberate practice they don't get better.
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instructive quotes "Teachers, or coaches, see what you miss and make you aware of where you’re falling short."

 

“You can work on technique all you like, but if you can’t see the effects, two things will happen: You won’t get any better, and you’ll stop caring.”

  

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How to Become an Expert at Anything

How to Become an Expert at Anything | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How to become an expert by doing your own research, communicating with like-minded people, engaging with other experts, reading academic articles, putting your knowledge to action, and cultivating an attitude to never stop learning new things.
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From the article: Two types of #knowledge: "explicit knowledge, such as from reading a book or listening to a lecture."

 

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"However, there is a whole other realm of knowledge that you can only learn through action and practice known as tacit knowledge.

 

A good example of tacit knowledge is riding a bike. You can read books or talk to others about it all day, but you won’t really be able to learn it until you get on the bike, try to pedal and balance yourself, fall down, get back up, continue to practice, and eventually “feel” what it’s like to actually ride a bike until it becomes second-nature."

 

 

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