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Metacognition: 7 Strategies for Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom

Metacognition: 7 Strategies for Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
When students practice metacognition, the act of thinking about their thinking helps them make greater sense of their life experiences and start achieving at higher levels.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, April 7, 2015 6:47 PM

Excellent article based on research that defines metacognition, highlights the benefits of self-awareness, and provides plenty of methods to use with your students to improve their learning. 

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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Essential questions are, ask Grant Wiggins defines, “‘essential’ in the sense of signaling genuine, important and necessarily-ongoing inquiries.” These are grapple-worthy, substantive questions that not only require wrestling with, but are worth wrestling with–that could lead students to some critical insight in a 40/40/40-rule sense of the term."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 16, 2014 9:49 PM

If you are looking for a long list of essential questions this post may be just what you are looking for. There are over 100 essential questions divided into 20 categories. Some of the categories include:

* Social Justice

* Culture: Values, Beliefs & Rituals

* Constructing Identities

* Heroes and "She-roes"

* Nature in the Balance

* Our View of the World and Ourselves

Have fun exploring this extensive list. Be aware that the focus is Humanities and the Arts. If you find it useful and would like to see more that promote STEM inquiry make sure to leave a message in the comment section at te@chthought.

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10 free tools for creating infographics | Creative Bloq

10 free tools for creating infographics | Creative Bloq | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

...The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but. Creating something beautiful and instantly understandable in Photoshop is often beyond the limits that time allows. Which is why it's occasionally useful to use a quick and dirty infographics tool to speed up the process.

 

We've selected our favourites here. They're all free, or offer free versions. Let us know which ones you get on best with...


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JBass Learning's curator insight, August 21, 2014 6:50 PM

Some really useful looking tools 

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 22, 2014 4:26 AM

I know nothing about this but it looks like a good starting point...:-)))

Luis Cano's curator insight, August 23, 2014 4:02 PM

Herramientas de Infograficas ...

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New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Google Educator Groups (GEGs) is a new project launched by Google yesterday.This project aims at bringing the benefits of technology to schools, classrooms and communities across the world through the collaborative work of a community of passionate educators. GEGs is a place where educators, principals, school administrators, professors, teachers, students, and anyone else interested in using Google Products to help people learn , get to meet and collaborate with each other .

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Blended Learning: 10 Trends

Blended Learning: 10 Trends | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

There is mounting evidence that complementing or replacing lectures with student-centric, technology-enabled active learning strategies and learning guidance—rather than memorization and repetition—improves learning, supports knowledge retention, and raises achievement. These new student-centered blended learning methods inspire engagement, and are a way to connect with every student right where they are while supporting progress toward grade level standards.


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Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 5, 2014 10:56 AM

As I was looking through my Scoop.it listings I came across this blended learning option shared by Dennis T OConner.  I like how the infographic addresses learning styles, student centered approaches and newer education trends like gamification. 

Janet Shivell's curator insight, May 6, 2014 11:40 AM

Great info graphic on blended learning.

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, May 19, 2014 1:45 PM

This blended/hybrid & flipped classroom movement intrigues me. Add badging and we will have the trifecta of all elearning.

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Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning

Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Students at The College Preparatory School often collaborate in groups, as in this math class where students work together to solve a set of geometry problems in the classroom (above), and then wor
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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Visual literacy is a staple of 21st century skills, which state that learners must "demonstrate the ability to interpret, recognize, appreciate and understand information presented through visible actions, objects and symbols, natural or man-made." Putting aside the imperative to teach students how to create meaningful images, the ability to read images is reflected in the following standards.

 

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40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

Search Institute has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

This particular list is intended for adolescents (age 12-18). If you'd like to see the lists for other age groups, you can find them on the Developmental Assets Lists page.

For more information on the assets and the research behind them, see the Developmental Assets research page.

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Great organization that did a lot of research in resilience.

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Framework for Professional Development: SAMR Template & Infographic

Framework for Professional Development: SAMR Template & Infographic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"My colleague, Silvana Meneghini, and I have been working on developing a Professional Development framework for embedding technology use and modern learning litercies based on Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model.

The template consists of 4 Focus Areas. Each stage of the SAMR model consists of 4 focus areas in the template, that support vision, planning, and evaluation in activity and task design as well as a professional development framework."


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If you are considering using the SAMR model to design lesson plans/units you should consider checking out this post. There is a very detailed template that helps you walk through the steps and consider how to best design your lesson/unit. The template is detailed and you may download it as a pdf. An example is included.

Many are turning to the SAMR model as a guide to integrate technology into their curriculum. If this model is new to you search this Scoop.it or type SAMR in your favorite search engine and you will find a wide variety of resources.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 28, 2014 9:52 PM

If you are considering using the SAMR model to design lesson plans/units you should consider checking out this post. There is a very detailed template that helps you walk through the steps and consider how to best design your lesson/unit. The template is detailed and you may download it as a pdf. An example is included.

Many are turning to the SAMR model as a guide to integrate technology into their curriculum. If this model is new to you search this Scoop.it or type SAMR in your favorite search engine and you will find a wide variety of resources.

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Nine Strategies to Spark Adult Students’ Intrinsic Motivation

Nine Strategies to Spark Adult Students’ Intrinsic Motivation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Are you an instructor who struggles to change the mindset of your students? Do you find that the students’ first questions are about grades rather than the content of the course?
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This article offers useful suggestions for trying get students interested in the lessons and topic. I like that it acknowledges how adults are motivated by extrinsic factors and rewards. This is often overlooked, even briefly.

 

The article suggests that these strategies should include trust-building and relationship building in the excerpt: "Beyond acknowledging that basic needs must be met, we must tap into the adult learners’ motivation by addressing their individual potential and helping them to realize the personal satisfaction that can come from achievement. Yes, there are extrinsic factors at play—adult learners pursue education to advance in a career, to earn more money, and to gain some prestige that may come with a higher degree. But, without ignoring these practical issues, if students can also see how their education, even how each individual class they take, can make a difference in how they see themselves and how they can apply their learning, we start to tap into intrinsic motivation."

 

- See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/nine-strategies-to-spark-adult-students-intrinsic-motivation/#sthash.Egc7ojye.dpuf

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How to focus in the age of distraction

How to focus in the age of distraction | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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This is valuable at a few different levels. It all comes down to habits and skills. students need this kind of reinforcement from home, school, and other points of contact (clergy, counselors, employers, etc.).

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:08 AM

This is valuable at a few different levels. It all comes down to habits and skills. students need this kind of reinforcement from home, school, and other points of contact (clergy, counselors, employers, etc.).

David McGavock's curator insight, October 24, 2013 11:18 AM

Surviving in the 21st Century requires choices and knowing what pulls your attention.

Marta Torán's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:45 AM

Un mapa mental para que nos "enfoquemos".

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Algebra - it's everywhere

Algebra - it's everywhere | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Fodder for teen nightmares and centerpiece of fierce debate over what eighth-graders must learn. The very word can twist the stomachs of otherwise well-adjusted adults, dredging up memories of nonsensical X's and Y's and a lifelong loathing of math.
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This is a nonfiction article about the importance of algebra. The mention of mariuana might be offensive to some, but the language is approachable (not very challenging). Meanwhile, it answers some questions that many students ask, questions teachers may not always have the answer to. It happens. We go blank or disconnected. It also suggests cool ideas. This article might be one of the articles an algebra teacher uses to introduce the course, or it may inspire the teacher to use a similar set of articles to avoid the controversial topic marijuana and the related issues. 

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Effective Ways to Structure Discussion

Effective Ways to Structure Discussion | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The use of online discussion in both blended and fully online courses has made clear that those exchanges are more productive if they are structured, if there’s a protocol that guides the interaction. This kind of structure is more important in the online environment because those discussions are usually asynchronous and minus all the nonverbal cues that facilitate face-to-face exchanges. But I’m wondering if more structure might benefit our in-class discussions as well.

Students struggle with academic discourse. They have conversations (or is it chats?) with each other, but not discussions like those we aspire to have in our courses. And although students understand there’s a difference between the two, they don’t always know exactly how they’re supposed to talk about academic content when discussing it with teachers and classmates. Would providing more structure provide that clarity and make the value of discussions more obvious to students?

 

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A 6 Step Process For Teaching Argument Analysis

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What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What Differentiated Instruction Is--And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiated Instruction

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Cityscapes: Through a lens, courageously: Art Institute of Chicago spotlights photographers who put Louis Sullivan's genius in enduring focus

Cityscapes: Through a lens, courageously: Art Institute of Chicago spotlights photographers who put Louis Sullivan's genius in enduring focus | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
In a new, small gem of a show at the Art Institute, we encounter a familiar object — Louis Sullivan's elegantly geometric elevator grille from the martyred Chicago Stock Exchange Building — in a revealingly unfamiliar way. It hangs next...
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How often do we reflect on the intersections of the arts and sciences in the buildings and design around us? There are so many ways to make the arts and sciences relevant as art as well as science.

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The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning

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Promoting a Culture of Learning

Promoting a Culture of Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Learning is a culture.

It starts as a culture with the students as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends as a culture with students taking what we give them and using it
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How do you balance promotion of valuing intrinsic motivation and rewards against extrinsic motivations, state assessments, and other societal values? This article begins the discussion with that question in the back of my mind.

 

What is a culture of learning?

excerpt: "The short answer is that a culture of learning is a collection of thinking habits, beliefs about self, and collaborative workflows that result in sustained critical learning."

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Help Your Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills Infographic

Help Your Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills Infographic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Help Your Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills Infographic presents the 7 stages of critical thinking to turn your students into critical thinkers.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, February 27, 2014 6:09 AM

Great visual for every classroom of critical thinkers and inquiry learners...

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, June 5, 2015 2:45 PM

Help Your Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills Infographic presents the seven stages of critical thinking to turn your students into critical thinkers.

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Solving the Innovation Alignment Challenge With an Ecosystem Approach | Office of Innovation and Improvement

Solving the Innovation Alignment Challenge With an Ecosystem Approach | Office of Innovation and Improvement | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

“The lack of innovation in education is not due to a lack of creativity, but the misalignment of student and educator need to the market supply of innovations.” That’s the guiding premise of Innovate NYC Schools, a 2011 i3 Development grantee that is using technology to increase the degree of alignment and making students and teachers integral to the change process. The project is furthering the development and evaluation of the “Education Innovation Ecosystem,” a network of NYC schools, partner districts, solution developers, and investors that is helping to meet the STEM-related learning challenges of middle and high school students.

 
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 7, 2014 1:24 PM

This is written from an economic perspective. Ecosystems are not economies. They are natural and organic, which is kind of what the author is trying to get at. This requires a local grasp of what is to be done.

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Video Playlist: 9 Strategies for Effective Classroom Management

Video Playlist: 9 Strategies for Effective Classroom Management | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This week, our playlist highlights a mix of techniques for fostering classroom management and productive classroom culture.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 25, 2014 12:06 PM

A bevy of resources on effective classroom organiation!

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EESEE - Contents

EESEE - Contents | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

EESEE is designed to be a resource for educators and an aid for students in the study of statistics. It is intended to serve as a supplement to introductory textbooks written for students with varying degrees of mathematical backgrounds.

EESEE is now written in Authorware and it may be used on either a PC or a MAC. An HTML version of EESEE is currently under development.

EESEE currently includes over 80 "real-world" stories, or examples, about the uses and abuses of statistics and statistical inference, drawn from published and printed media encompassing a wide range of subject-matter areas.

Each story is accompanied by problems, graphics, and, in most cases, data sets portable to various statistical software packages. Some stories are also accompanied by video clips.

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8 Questions Answered By Popular Social Networks - Edudemic

8 Questions Answered By Popular Social Networks - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The number of popular social networks may seem overwhelming. We can share links, ideas, comments, jokes, pictures and everything else, and new social media options seem to pop-up everyday.
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from the resource: "One way to stay oriented in this seemingly chaotic jungle is to keep in mind what is the underlying communicating need that drives the usage of these media. Remembering what questions each of these media is asking to us as users, and in particular as learners, is a simple trick to stay oriented and capture the essence of these media."

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