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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day - Forbes

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day - Forbes | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.
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Teachers are learning leaders of knowledge workers. As we focus more on facilitation of achieving learning goals and the building of relationships, we develop our skills as transformative leaders. This list is just as useful in the classroom as it is for the building leader and for today leaders in general.

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I will take it beyond transformative leadership and to servant-leadership. Making others feel safe to speak is part of the servant role. Asking questions suggests a willingness to listen deeply which is both an attribute of mindfulness and servant-leadership.

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Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers

Teacher Reviewed Educational Apps for 2012 - We Are Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reviews and best practices from teachers who have used apps.

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Use Google efficiently. - Imgur

Use Google efficiently. - Imgur | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Get More Out of Google: Tips and Tricks for Students Conducting Online Research

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A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Create the perfect class website in 30 minutes or less

Create the perfect class website in 30 minutes or less | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Every teacher should have a class website to keep students and parents up-to-date. Even more important is keeping this website updated regularly - ideally on a daily or weekly basis. But don't worr...
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Upright Citizens Brigade Writes Its Book on Improv

Upright Citizens Brigade Writes Its Book on Improv | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade has a new manual for improvisation that adds further discipline to the Second City lessons on the form.
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Improvisation and creativity (small-c)

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Creativity in Gifted Children - Definition and Traits

Creativity in Gifted Children - Definition and Traits | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Most of us, when we think of creativity, think of art, music and writing, and encourage our children in those areas. But creativity is much more than that.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 10, 2:48 PM

Sir Ken Robinson has addressed the way creativity, in the form of divergent thinking, declines after kindergarten. This is especially true for gifted students who challenge and disrupt in stepping outside the box. One aspect of creativity that is not easily embraced in School is that it is disruptive.

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Reimagining Education | Empowering Learners in a Connected World

Reimagining Education | Empowering Learners in a Connected World | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

A participant named Chad Green once shared this with me in a LinkedIn discussion: "Check out the visual summaries of last month's US DOE Innovation Summit: http://reimaginingeducation.org/. One thing that caught my attention was the notion of an "education ecosystem," an idea that was mentioned in three separate sessions." 
Take a look at the discussions and the video. It's groundbreaking but combines the best ideas of education reform: http://reimaginingeducation.org/.

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Essays on Poetic Theory : Learning Lab : The Poetry Foundation

Essays on Poetic Theory : Learning Lab : The Poetry Foundation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Learn how to read poems and poetry with the Learning Lab's annotated poems, discussion questions, poetics essays and teaching resources. Find new children's authors. Take a literature themed tour of Chicago or Washington DC.
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A treasure trove for the ELA teacher exploring poetry with a class.
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Lab-Grown Retina from Stem Cells Responds to Light

Lab-Grown Retina from Stem Cells Responds to Light | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Researchers at Johns Hopkins pulled it off, they reported in a paper published recently in Nature Communications. They cultivated a three-dimensional complement of retinal tissue, including functioning photoreceptor cells that responded to light, from induced pluripotent stem cells.

“We have basically created a miniature human retina in a dish that not only has the architectural organization of the retina but also has the ability to sense light,” said Valeria Canto-Soler, the senior author and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins medical school.

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Guest post: Blending and flipping modern architecture - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Guest post: Blending and flipping modern architecture - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

There’s a lot on this blog about the flipped or inverted classroom, and it’s primarily from the mathematics and STEM perspective. I am often asked how the inverted classroom might look in the humanities or social sciences. I’d like to welcome Jeff Schramm, an associate professor of History and Political Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, whose guest post today details his use of the flipped classroom in a history of architecture course. Enjoy! –rt


 

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This is the central site for the flipped classroom model as college professor facilitates it. He has tips, reflections, and experiences to share, and he appears to respond to comments posted at the end of the article. 

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Instructional scaffolding - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Instructional scaffolding

Instructional scaffolding is a learning process designed to promote a deeper level of learning. Scaffolding is the support given during the learning process which is tailored to the needs of the student with the intention of helping the student achieve his/her learning goals (Sawyer, 2006).

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Shocking Photographs Of Pollution's Toll On China

Shocking Photographs Of Pollution's Toll On China | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Photographer Souvid Datta’s series China: The Human Price of Pollution exposes the life-threatening consequences of China's rapid growth.
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Best Pieces of Parenting Advice

Best Pieces of Parenting Advice | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here are my 10 best pieces of parenting advice. Trust your gut. Always. Your gut is trying to talk to you. Listen to it. This is one thing I've learned a little late in the game, and I regret that.
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inevitably, a parent of a student in your classroom is going to ask you for parenting advice. Maybe you should hand this out. Keep many at the ready....or is this a bad idea.

 

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California man sentenced to 15 years for economic espionage

California man sentenced to 15 years for economic espionage | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Chemical engineer also fined $2.8 million for selling China DuPont Co.'s secret recipe for white pigment
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When working on a unit about the uses of espionage in war, liberty, economics, or when exploring what the government "does" (in terms of departments and initiatives), stories like these can interest students in modern day espionage and the challenges to industry.

 

excerpt: "Federal officials say foreign governments' theft of U.S. technology is one of the biggest threats to the country's economy and national security.

"The battle against economic espionage has become one of the FBI's main fronts in its efforts to protect U.S. national security in the 21st century," said David Johnson, the FBI's special agent in charge of the San Francisco office."

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Donald Clark Plan B: When Big Data goes bad: 6 epic fails

Donald Clark Plan B: When Big Data goes bad: 6 epic fails | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Data, in the wrong hands, whether malicious, manipulative or naïve can be downright dangerous. Indeed, when big data goes bad it can be lethal. Unfortunately the learning game is no stranger to both the abuse of data. Here’s six examples showing seven species of ‘bad data’. 
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This excerpt kills me: 

1. Data subtraction: Ken RobinsonDon’t let the selective graphical representation of data, destroy the integrity of the data. A good example of blatant data editing is the memorable ‘ritalin’ image used by Sir Ken Robinson in his TED talk at 3.47. This image is taken from its RSA animation.Compare Robinson’s graph with the true source.His has no legend and he’s recalibrated states to look as if there’s zero prescriptions. To understand this data you have to look at its source to understand that the white areas represent states that did NOT participate in the study or did not have reported prescription data. It’s a distortion, an exaggeration to help make a point that the data doesn’t really supportIn fact, much of what passes for fact in Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talks are not supported by any research or data whatsoever.
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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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Roman toilets were quite stinky, large international study reveals

Roman toilets were quite stinky, large international study reveals | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Yes, the Romans had toilets and sewage. No, they didn't match our idea of a clean bathroom in no way. Their toilets were stinking, disease spreading places, which gave rats and snakes an easy entrance to the house.
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fun stuff to share with teenagers. 

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Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal

A free practical Guide that provides both instructions on how to write a funding proposal with actual examples of a completed proposal. Designed as a tool for advanced graduate students and others to learn more about the actual proposal writing process. Authored by S. Joseph Levine, Michigan State University (levine@msu.edu).
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Don Peek - Peek's Perspective on Grants: Three Big Hurdles to Writing a Winning Grant Proposal

Over the years I've talked to hundreds of people about writing grants. As I think back over those conversations, most of them seem to center on three big hurdles that grant writers face. Tackle those three hurdles and you'll be getting grant money before you know it.
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Practical Multiplication Strategies to Use with Your Kids

Practical Multiplication Strategies to Use with Your Kids | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This article has six short videos with effective multiplication strategies you can use to help your kids/students learn and understand how to solve single digit and multi-digit equations. Video numbe
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8 Extensions for Educators That Make Google Drive More Powerful Than Dropbox

8 Extensions for Educators That Make Google Drive More Powerful Than Dropbox | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Many of the apps listed here are actually standalone web apps. If you see something you like but aren't particularly keen on using Google Drive for your cloud storage, you can still use many of these services on their own.
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Three issues with the case for banning laptops - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Three issues with the case for banning laptops - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

This article, “The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom”, written by Dan Rockmore for The New Yorker, has been getting considerable airtime on social media this week. As a classroom instructor I can certainly attest to the power of technology to distract and interfere with student learning. But I had three issues with the “case” being made.

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excerpt: "1. Because the headline focuses on banning laptops from the classroom, it’s easy to miss this very important point made in the article:

These examples [of how learning is negatively affected by the presence of technology] can be seen as the progeny of an ill-conceived union of twenty-first-century tools (computers, tablets, smartphones) with nineteenth-century modalities (lectures). I’m not discussing the “flipped classroom,” wherein lectures are accessed outside of class on digital devices and the classroom is used as a discussion and problem-solving forum. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online learning can release learning from the restrictions of time, space, and, to some degree, money. Nor am I surveying the wide range of software and apps that are available, many of which have ably engaged new learners and engendered new and creative habits of mind. [Emphasis mine]

In other words: The real problem is not laptops per se but the unstable mixture of a certain kind of technology with a certain kind of pedagogy – namely, lecture. Indeed one of the studies quoted in the article is titled “The laptop and the lecture”. Rockmore is absolutely right to point out that there are other pedagogies for which technology is a natural fit and can serve to multiply, rather than divide, student learning.

So, question: If the problem isn’t laptops, why is it that laptops are the things to be banned? Shouldn’t there be a parallel case for banning, or at least significantly modifying, the lecture pedagogy with which laptops are clashing?"

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The inverted calculus course and self-regulated learning - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The inverted calculus course and self-regulated learning - Casting Out Nines - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Self-regulated learning is what it sounds like: Learning that is initiated, managed, and assessed by the learners themselves. An instructor can play a role in this process, so it’s not the same thing as teaching yourself a subject (although all successful autodidacts are self-regulating learners), but it refers to how the individual learner approaches learning tasks.

 
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this is part of a series in the higher ed journal The Chronicle. author/mathematician shares experiences and advice as he facilitates the flipped class. 

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5 Delicious Dishes That Will Teach You American History

5 Delicious Dishes That Will Teach You American History | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Have you ever had "War Cake?" Why you should care Some recipes lost to history deserve to be forgotten, while others might be worth bringing back. Read more: 'The American Plate': Bites of History | Acumen | OZY
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Tests And Tales Of Becoming A U.S. Citizen

Tests And Tales Of Becoming A U.S. Citizen | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Swearing-in ceremonies for new citizens are traditional on Independence Day in America. What does U.S. citizenship mean to those who choose to naturalize?
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33 Photos That Prove There Is No One Way To Be An American Family

33 Photos That Prove There Is No One Way To Be An American Family | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The American family looks different than it did 50, or even 10, years ago.

The number of children living with two married parents has steadily decreased since the '80s. A 2012 Pew study found that 2 million dads stay at home with their kids -- a ...
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Before a teacher speaks about "the average family" or some other fiction, take a look through these pictures. maybe, these pics should be looked at each day before heading to work in the morning. Sometimes, we come from homogeneous neighborhoods of one kind or another and forget the world is different outside of these neighborhoods.  

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