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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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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 18, 2013 7:00 PM

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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5 Commencement Speeches That'll Inspire You (Even if You Graduated Forever Ago)

5 Commencement Speeches That'll Inspire You (Even if You Graduated Forever Ago) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Need a bit of inspiration today? We've compiled our favorite commencement speeches of all time on doubt, fear, hardship, and tackling the working world.
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Might be useful for teachers and students at this time of the year. 
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Where Anti-Tax Fervor Means ‘All Services Will Cease’

Where Anti-Tax Fervor Means ‘All Services Will Cease’ | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/us/anti-tax-fervor-roseburg-oregon-.html?#_=_ " what does life in government retreat look like? "It looks like the house on Hubbard Creek Road in Curry County, where owners went for more than 10 years without paying any property taxes at all because the county assessor’s office couldn’t field enough workers to go out and inspect. The house, nestled in the woods with a tidy blue roof and skylights, dodged more than $8,500 in property taxes that would have gone to support the schools, fire district and sheriff, because government had gotten too small to even ask. So things fall even further, with cuts to agencies that actually bring in revenue prompting further cuts down the line." (From the article)
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At a Glance: 8 Key Executive Functions

At a Glance: 8 Key Executive Functions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
If your child has executive functioning issues, you may hear about mental processes and skills. Learn the details of executive skills, like working memory.
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6 Ways Kids Use Flexible Thinking to Learn

6 Ways Kids Use Flexible Thinking to Learn | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Flexible thinking is used in reading, writing, math and learning life skills. Find out how flexible thinking and executive functioning skills helps learning.
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A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today: 1. Do not obey i
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The title could have left out "Trump" to make it a more timeless article, but the suggestions have many implications for citizen behavior in a democracy. This includes many challenges to how students and teachers should behave towards leadership and towards the possibility of authoritarian behaviors in general. Subversive. 
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6 Misleading But Popular Myths In Education

6 Misleading But Popular Myths In Education | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Some common beliefs about teaching and learning are nothing more than popular myths. Discover what the research really says.
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Pure Novelty Spurs The Brain

Pure Novelty Spurs The Brain | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Neurobiologists have known that a novel environment sparks exploration and learning, but very little is known about whether the brain really prefers novelty as such. Rather, the major "novelty center" of the brain--called the substantia nigra/ventral tegmental area (SN/VTA)--might be activated by the unexpectedness of a stimulus, the emotional arousal it causes, or the need to respond behaviorally. The SN/VTA exerts a major influence on learning because it is functionally linked to both the hippocampus, which is the brain's learning center, and the amygdala, the center for processing emotional information.

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Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A fascinating new look at the cultural differences between the 11 nations that make up North America.
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What you see when you live a century…

What you see when you live a century… | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
60 Minutes reports on the "oldest old" this week, a group of people over the age of 90, who are helping researchers understand the secrets to living a long life.

As Lesley Stahl reports, a landmark study tracks thousands of residents in a retirement community in Southern California, and the researchers behind the study say their work is beginning to reveal factors that may contribute to living longer.

The 90+'ers Stahl met also had some remarkable stories to tell:
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Sometimes, hearing or seeing someone tell a personal story can be powerful. Reading oral histories are powerful as well and can add context and a personal perspective to the historical events that are often drained of any energy and emotion in some textbooks. 
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Gun research faces roadblocks and a dearth of data

Gun research faces roadblocks and a dearth of data | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Gun violence research is stifled by funding shortfalls and limitations on data access.
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If teacher need a controversial issue to discuss in a Participation in Government course or for a current event, this may be useful. The lack of research is a big issue and leads to discussions about lobbying/donations and effects on government.
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1.6 million Americans don’t have indoor plumbing. Here’s where they live

1.6 million Americans don’t have indoor plumbing. Here’s where they live | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Don’t take your toilet for granted. "Looking beyond the present day, it's worth remembering that indoor plumbing is a fairly new development for many communities. In 1950 fully one quarter of U.S. households did not have a flush toilet -- this means that the era of outhouses is well within living memory for many Americans. The town I live in, Oella, Md., was reliant on outhouses until 1984. And it's smack in the middle of the Acela corridor, between Baltimore and Washington." (from the article)
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Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Remembering the Armenian Genocide | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
In the middle of World War I, hundreds of thousands of Armenians died in the first genocide of the 20th century. But some survived — including the grandmother of Chris' pastor and co-author.
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Europe's Top Court Is Debating the 'Right to Be Forgotten' After Google Refused Requests

Europe's Top Court Is Debating the 'Right to Be Forgotten' After Google Refused Requests | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The "right to be forgotten"—or stopping certain web search results from appearing under searches for people's names—will be debated at the European Union's top court after Alphabet's Google refused requests from four individuals.
In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that people could ask search engines, such as Google and Microsoft's Bing (MSFT, +0.47%), to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from web results appearing under searches for people's names—dubbed the "right to be forgotten".
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Although this article is about court debates in Europe, these and similar questions are asked in the United States. 
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Why Does My Child Still Have Temper Tantrums?

Why Does My Child Still Have Temper Tantrums? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
One thing you don’t want to do is try to reason with your child when he’s upset. As Dr. Dickstein puts it, “Don’t talk to the kid when he’s not available.” You want to encourage a child to practice at negotiation when he’s not blowing up, and you’re not either.

You may need to teach techniques for working through problems, breaking them down step by step, if your son is immature or has deficits in this kind of thinking and communication. These are important skills for him to learn in order to do well in school and with friends, as well as to make family life more positive.
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What’s the Difference Between Executive Functioning Issues and ADHD?

What’s the Difference Between Executive Functioning Issues and ADHD? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Simply put, executive functions are self-regulating skills. We all use them every day to do things like plan ahead, stay organized, solve problems and focus on what’s important. These are some of the same things kids with ADHD have trouble doing. So is there a difference between executive functioning issues and ADHD? And if so, what is it?

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Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A seasoned educator shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma.
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An Easy Way To Keep Your Cool When Students Misbehave - Smart Classroom Management

An Easy Way To Keep Your Cool When Students Misbehave - Smart Classroom Management | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Here at SCM, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of keeping your cool when enforcing consequences. We’ve covered how it helps ensure that the offending student takes responsibility for their actions. We’ve covered how it causes them to reflect on their mistakes. We’ve covered how it maintains, and even strengthens, your relationships with all …
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Practical Strategies . Boys in School . Raising Boys . PBS Parents | PBS

Practical Strategies . Boys in School . Raising Boys . PBS Parents | PBS | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

At times, the problems for boys in school seem insurmountable. Fortunately, simple, practical strategies have been offered by the same experts who criticize the ways things are. Their suggestions apply to boys in preschool, elementary, and middle school and may be helpful to teachers and parents.

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When You Feel Empty: What It Means & What to Do | World of Psychology

When You Feel Empty: What It Means & What to Do | World of Psychology | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
emptiness might stem from “slowly abandon[ing] ourselves, not listening to our own hopes and desires.” You might abandon yourself unintentionally or unknowingly because you’re striving for perfection or others’ approval, she said. You might stop caring for yourself while focusing on your career. For instance, you might stop moving your body or getting enough sleep. Abandoning ourselves can spark anxiety, depression, guilt and shame, she said.

Slight’s clients also mention feeling numb or alone. They mention that work is unsatisfying, they feel unsuccessful, their relationships are unfulfilling or nothing is exciting.

Many of Ashley Eder’s clients who struggle with depression report feeling empty (instead of sad). “This kind of empty feeling comes with not caring about much, not being interested in things, not feeling fueled by anything in particular.”
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Critical thinking skills truly matter in learning. Why? Because they are life skills we use every day of our lives. Everything from our work to our recreational pursuits, and all that’s in between, employs these unique and valuable abilities. Consciously developing them takes thought-provoking discussion and equally thought-provoking questions to get it going. Begin right here with the Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet.


It’s a simple infographic offering questions that work to develop critical thinking on any given topic. Whenever your students discover or talk about new information, encourage them to use these questions for sparking debate and the sharing of opinions and insights among each other. Together they can work at building critical thinking skills in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere."


Via John Evans, Joyce Valenza
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Lilydale High School's curator insight, May 6, 7:45 PM
Every school library should teach this!
Kris Atkinson's curator insight, May 14, 9:44 PM

This is a skill that people lack in the real world. Critical thinking can be difficult, People don't justify enough of their reasons so this tool can really help especially in Economics and Business where you need explain "why" but with more depth of when it that going to happened and "how". This will be useful for all students now and later in life. This cheat sheet is easy for students to read and simple is best. Really like this and will use this for my future teaching career.

Jeannette Delamoir's curator insight, May 21, 7:26 PM
Another great tool for strengthening students' critical thinking. (Thanks, Kris, that's two great sources from your selection!)
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Forgotten Conflicts

As you read this, there are more than 40 conflicts unfolding in countries around the world. 
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An astrophysicist used NASA data to make an insanely detailed map of US racial diversity

An astrophysicist used NASA data to make an insanely detailed map of US racial diversity | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Tomasz Stepinski used to be focused on Mars, mapping its craters algorithmically. Now the astrophysicist and mathematician is into his home planet, Earth. His latest project is an incredibly detailed map of the US that shows shifting racial diversity down to the neighborhood. The free map tracks racial diversity spatio-temporally by laying census data from 1990 to 2010 ove
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18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools For Teachers And Students 

18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools For Teachers And Students  | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Interested in some great Free Digital Storytelling Tools for teachers and students? Check 18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools for teachers and students.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, April 28, 9:21 AM

Looks fun!

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 2, 2:43 AM
Une bonne liste pour faire de votre cours une histoire à raconter.
Lorena Lepe's curator insight, May 7, 10:37 PM
Digital tools and education go hand it hand. I think that using comics and story telling in history classes would truly benefit the learning experience. 
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Holocaust Remembrance Week: 40 Mighty Girl Books About the Holocaust

Holocaust Remembrance Week: 40 Mighty Girl Books About the Holocaust | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A Mighty Girl's top picks of books about the Holocaust for children and teens in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week.
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