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a simple exercise that works wonders

a simple exercise that works wonders | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
could this work to orient students towards learning? what if the class began with a few discussions on the future possibilities of work and sciences? and then led to personal values about education?
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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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Scaffolding

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This work by Mia MacMeekin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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This is one of the ways teachers are valuable. A learner cannot easily (if at alll) scaffold one's own learning alone. 

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7 Good Examples of Gamification in Education - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

7 Good Examples of Gamification in Education - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Various edtech companies are working for some effective ways to create process of learning “fun”. Here are some of the good examples of gamification in education.
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What's A Learning Simulation?

What's A Learning Simulation? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Clark Aldrich: A learning simulation is an experience designed to rigorously help users develop competence and conviction.   A learning simulation is a combination of modeling elements, entertainment (or game) elements, and instructional (or pedagogical) elements.  These can range from pure media (which do not involve any other humans), to experiences that use coaches, teammates, competitors, and communities.

Learning simulations historically have fallen into two categories.  There are educational simulations that follow the rigor and fidelity of a flight simulators.  And there are serious games, that follow the entertainment model of a SimCity.
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How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior | Child Mind Institute

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior | Child Mind Institute | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
But what's really going on? "It turns out, after an evaluation, that he is off the charts for social anxiety," reports Dr. Jerry Bubrick, director of the Anxiety & Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. "He can't tolerate any—even constructive—criticism. He just will shut down altogether. James is terrified of being embarrassed, so when a boy says something that makes him uncomfortable, he has no skills to deal with it, and he freaks out. Flight or fight."
James's story illustrates something that parents and teachers may not realize—that disruptive behavior is often generated by unrecognized anxiety. A child who appears to be oppositional or aggressive may be reacting to anxiety—anxiety he may, depending on his age, not be able to articulate effectively, or not even fully recognize that he's feeling.
"Especially in younger kids with anxiety you might see freezing and clinging kind of behavior," says Dr. Rachel Busman, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, "but you can also see tantrums and complete meltdowns."
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It is important to consider this possibility, especially because of the power of labels. People have a tendency to write-off others when they diagnose them as oppositional or emotionally disabled. It's like they think the child is beyond their responsibility or expertise once they have a special education classification. Not that anxiety is any better as a label. We might make the mistake of handing the anxious child off to the school psychologist or social worker. 

 

Nevertheless, it's helpful to understand that the kid isn't actively working to sabotage instruction. 

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Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight

Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The wonderful Khan Academy iPad app has been updated this week, to Version 2.0.

This is a major update for an already superb educational app. It brings access to everything that’s available at Khan Academy online – including some 150,000 learning exercises as well as personalized recommendations.

Khan Academy is a great educational tool for all ages; the iPad version has always been a great app – and now it’s even better.

Via John Evans
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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 22, 11:12 PM

Khan Academy is a great resource for blended learning.

AnnC's curator insight, January 25, 9:51 PM

Khan Academy just keeps getting better!

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Excellent new, please enroll anyone in your family, this is an can't miss 

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SPD and the Sense of Touch

SPD and the Sense of Touch | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Sensory Processing Disorder affects people in an array of different ways. A tag in his clothes or an askew sock can send my son into a meltdown. How does it affect your child’s sense of touch?

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5 reasons why anxiety is so hard to manage (and what you can do to cope)

5 reasons why anxiety is so hard to manage (and what you can do to cope) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The reason it is such a struggle to combat negative emotions is that they are there for a reason—to warn us of danger and gear up our minds and bodies for escape or self-protection or to help us withdraw and conserve energy when we face a loss. But sometimes these reactions are unwarranted, too intense, or interfere with effective coping and problem-solving. Below are five reasons why negative emotions are so hard to manage. If we aren't careful, we can makes things worse. Here are some effective ways to keep your emotions under control
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How Do You Make a Living, Auctioneer?

How Do You Make a Living, Auctioneer? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Noah Davis talks to CK Swett, a rising star in the auctioneering world, about the secret to raising millions of dollars, how he lands his gigs, and why auctioneering is a young man’s game.
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useful for school counselors. It goes beyond auctioneering though. Keep that in mind. The advice, the self-defining, the building of credibility in the auction house are some examples. Students need to read these stories.

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Structuring Discussions: Online and Face-to-Face

Structuring Discussions: Online and Face-to-Face | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The list of discussion activities are by Laurel Warren Trufant, in the article “Move Over Socrates: Online Discussion is Here.” I’ve added some comments and elaborations (in italics) after the author’s suggestions.
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On the Need for Legislative Staff

On the Need for Legislative Staff | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Having a decent number of staffers available gives state legislators a better ability to make competent, independent decisions. Staffers provide research and expertise. A legislator who is writing a bill or considering a roll call vote requires information: How will this bill affect her district and state? Which key interest groups support it or oppose it, and why? Is public opinion running for it or against it? Will it actually help or hurt the state in the years to come? The main way to get answers to these questions is to rely upon legislative staff. At least, that’s what members of Congress get to do. If state legislators don’t have such a resource, they’ll have to rely on someone else: the governor (making the legislators even more subservient to the biggest political office in the state), lobbyists (who certainly have their own agendas), party leaders, or even their own best guesses.
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Before The Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' — And Still Do

Before The Internet, Librarians Would 'Answer Everything' — And Still Do | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library recently came upon a box of questions posed to the library from the 1940s to the '80s — an era when humans consulted other humans for answers to their daily questions.
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A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
World War I had just begun and the battles were blazing in the winter of 1914. But on Christmas Eve, something strange and unexpected happened. The soldiers in the trenches decided to call a truce.
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10 Thinking Errors That Will Crush Your Mental Strength

10 Thinking Errors That Will Crush Your Mental Strength | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
... and how to overcome them.

 

Mental strength requires a three-pronged approach—managing our thoughts,regulating our emotions, and behaving productively despite our circumstances.


While all three areas can be a struggle, it's often our thoughts that make it most difficult to be mentally strong. 

 

As we go about our daily routines, our internal monologue narrates our experience. Our self-talk guides our behavior and influences the way we interact with others. It also plays a major role in how you feel about yourself, other people, and the world in general.

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We Are Wired to Be Kind: How Evolution Gave Us Empathy, Compassion & Gratitude

We Are Wired to Be Kind: How Evolution Gave Us Empathy, Compassion & Gratitude | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Empathy, compassion and gratitude — these traits don’t usually spring to mind when you think about Darwinism and natural selection.

 

No, your mind more immediately drifts toward anti-social characteristics like competition, survival of the fittest, and selfishness (as in the “selfish gene”)

 

 But above, on the first day of 2015, UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner reminds us that evolution can bring out the best in us, and Darwin recognized that. As Darwin wrote in The Descent of Man, the strengthening of our capacity for “sympathy” played a central role in human evolution:


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Why Students Think They Understand When They Don't

Why Students Think They Understand When They Don't | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Although familiarity and recollection are different, an insidious effect of familiarity is that it can give you the feeling that you know something when you really don't. For example, it has been shown that if some key words of a question are familiar, you are more likely to think that you know the answer to the question. In one experiment demonstrating this effect (Reder, 1987), subjects were exposed to a variety of word pairs (e.g. "golf" and "par") and then asked to complete a short task that required them to think at least for a moment about the words. Next, subjects saw a set of trivia questions, some of which used words that the subjects had just been exposed to in the previous task. Subjects were asked to make a rapid judgment as to whether or not they knew the answer to the question — and then they were to provide the answer.
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The author suggests: "teachers can help students test their own knowledge in ways that provide more accurate assessments of what they really know — which enables students to better judge when they have mastered material and when (and where) more work is required." 


Self-learning or autodidactic pursuits can suffer for a number of reasons. This articles describes one reason. We also need to be aware of rhetorical fallacies and cognitive biases. We need others--sometimes groups of others--who can challenge our fallacious beliefs and biases. As knowledge is valued for how it deals with complex issues, we also need to support our perspectives and premises rigorously and with validity. 

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10 Things You Should Know About Joseph Warren

10 Things You Should Know About Joseph Warren | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Learn 10 surprising facts about the oft-forgotten Sons of Liberty leader who died in battle before the United States was even born.
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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"It's no secret that curiosity makes learning more effective and enjoyable. Curious students not only ask questions, but also actively seek out the answers. Without curiosity, Sir Isaac Newton would have never formulated the laws of physics, Alexander Fleming probably wouldn't have discovered penicillin, and Marie Curie's pioneering research on radioactivity may not exist. Recently, researchers from the University of California, Davis conducted a series of experiments to discover what exactly goes on in the brain when our curiosity is aroused. For the study, the researchers had participants rate how curious they were to learn the answers to more than 100 trivia questions, such as 'What Beatles single lasted longest on the charts, at 19 weeks?' or 'What does the term 'dinosaur' actually mean?' At certain points throughout the study, fMRI scans were carried out to see what was happening in the brain when participants felt particularly curious about the answer to a question. So what did these experiments reveal? 1. Curiosity prepares the brain for learning, and 2. Curiosity makes subsequent learning more rewarding." | by Marianne Stenger


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How to Handle Stress in the Moment

How to Handle Stress in the Moment | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Silence the negative voice in your head.

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We often get tips on how to handle stress -- in the future -- but what do you do when it's happening right now? This article helps give you some solid ideas of how to handle stress at work while you are feeling it the most!

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How Xi Jinping could spin political gold from Shanghai’s deadly New Year’s stampede

How Xi Jinping could spin political gold from Shanghai’s deadly New Year’s stampede | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A deadly stampede that left 36 people dead could be a blessing in disguise for Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
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The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia

The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Beavers are killing Patagonia. There's no simpler way of putting it. It all began as a plan to import 25 pairs of beavers from Canada to Tierra del Fuego in southern Chile and Argentina in order to foster a fur trade in an economically stunted region of the continent, but has since spiraled severely out of the control. With zero natural predators in sight, the beaver's expansion has remained largely unchecked. The Chilean government report pegged the beaver population in Patagonia at around 100,000, and states that the population has affected 23,500 hectares (more than 90 square miles) of forest. Other reports state that the beaver population now covers an area of at least 70,000 square kilometers of Patagonia.
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This would help drive a useful discussion about ecosystems as well as the importance of government agencies that restrict animals and plant transport.
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How to Look Smarter

How to Look Smarter | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Many of the things people do to project intelligence to others can backfire, research shows.
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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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Every President's Executive Orders In One Chart

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President Obama is due to announce an executive action Thursday, one that will change the legal status of millions of immigrants and is likely to be remembered as a major effort to change the count...
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Biography - David Unaipon - Australian Dictionary of Biography

David Unaipon, an Aboriginal man was known as 'Australia's Leonardo' for his inventions. On our $50 http://t.co/6a8I8LWcJg #BlackFullaFacts
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The Many Faces of Empathy - World of Psychology

The Many Faces of Empathy - World of Psychology | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

While empathy doesn’t come in as many varieties as are found in the cereal aisle, it is no more uniform than it is universal. Empathy is generally understood as the ability to appreciate the ideas and feelings of another, even if those ideas or feelings are different from one’s own.

 

It is also volitional — I have to put on someone else’s shoes to be able to walk around in them awhile.

 

Empathy is generally understood as the ability to appreciate the ideas and feelings of another,

even if those ideas or feelings are

different from one’s own.

 

By SUSAN DONNELLY 

 


Via Edwin Rutsch
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This statement says a lot: "Empathy requires that we suspend our own judgments and emotions about a situation or person, and attempt to walk in their shoes, hence the more volitional aspect of true empathy."


This points to the skill-aspect of empathy. What do you do to redirect or turn off your judgments and emotions? We seem to naturally jump to conclusions and judge the actions and decisions of others, so this restraint is somewhat unnatural. The book Crucial Conversations offers a number of actions to take in order to overcome these impulses, but it is also clear that tiredness and stress will make such mental acrobatics difficult to even consider using. There are aikido-like mental moves to reframe discussions or to focus on different goals, but it is clear that a certain amount of training is necessary before one can become competent or to master such skills. The "staying in the moment" processes of being present also has some promise. 

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