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LIVE NOW: Young Guru to Discuss Engineering Creativity with HYPETRAK via Live Stream | Clotheshorse

LIVE NOW: Young Guru to Discuss Engineering Creativity with HYPETRAK via Live Stream | Clotheshorse | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Our musically savvy-comrades at HYPETRAK have teamed up with Ogilvy & Mathers' Geometry Global to present Young Guru On Engineering Creativity.
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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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Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards

Coaching Towards the Common Core State Standards | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
One of the most frequent questions I get from coaches is about how to coach teachers in the Common Core (CCSS). While there's some content knowledge you'll need to have about the CCSS, there are many coaching skills that apply regardless of the content.

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Where We Came From, State by State

Where We Came From, State by State | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Charts showing how Americans have moved between states for 112 years.
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You Just Had A Fight With A Coworker and Now What? - Fast Company

You Just Had A Fight With A Coworker and Now What? - Fast Company | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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You Just Had A Fight With A Coworker&&Now What?
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However, the beliefs you connect to that experience need to include your new understanding, what you just learned from your coworker.

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Eileen Easterly's curator insight, August 14, 5:35 AM

Great tips for the all important next step after a break in communications, and how best to approach it.

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I Lie About My Teaching

I Lie About My Teaching | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
It's hard to get a true sense of what a classroom is really like—especially from the adult who runs it.
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Students Learn to Fail—and Recover—at Calif. School

Students Learn to Fail—and Recover—at Calif. School | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Educators at a Los Angeles-area high school believe teaching students to "fail productively" will equip them for success in the long run.
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How do you track the changes you have made in yourself to promote problem solving behaviors in your students?

"Learning to Fail" is almost a cliche now, but do we really support learners in ways that they actually learn from failure?

In the article, it is shared that "students who were allowed to struggle with new problems on their own first were better at evaluating different variations of the problem and using different methods to solve it, and they showed deeper understanding of the underlying mathematical concepts. In observations of the classes, Mr. Kapur said teachers "consistently underestimated" students' ability to muddle through to answers on their own." Saying platitudes after a student doesn't succeed is not support. There are practices and systems that need to be in place.  What are those practices and systems?

Can teachers really change themselves to become the kinds of supporters students need so that they can learn through failure? What can you do to make those changes? What changes have you made so far? 

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

What issues do you care most about? What topics do you find yourself discussing most passionately, whether online, at the dinner table, in the classroom or with your friends?


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An oldie, but worth repeating.

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Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'

Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Research shows that reflecting after learning something new makes it stick in your brain.
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"Learning is more effective if a lesson or experience is deliberately coupled with time spent thinking about what was just presented, a new study shows. In “Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance,” a team of researchers from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina describe what they call the first empirical test of the effect of reflection on learning. By “reflection,” they mean taking time after a lesson to synthesize, abstract, or articulate the important points."

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An important aspect of reflecting and learning is getting beyond what went well and, even when we think we have succeeded, look for the things that were different about this learning.

 

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 31, 8:46 PM

Reflection is crucial.  If we don't take time to reflect, we don't take time to improve.

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Life of an Educator: 10 things I want all new teachers to know...

Life of an Educator: 10 things I want all new teachers to know... | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

So here is my list of what I want all new teachers to know:

 

1) - It's Ok to look and feel like this. If being scared wasn't supposed to happen from time to time, then we wouldn't be human. Don't be afraid of what you don't know and aren't sure about. Take everything in stride and accept that you are going to make mistakes. The key is making sure you learn from those mistakes.

2) - Find time during your off period to go observe other classrooms in your building. Even if the content and/or age group are different, there is still a lot you can learn via simple observation. If possible, see if that teacher would be willing to sit and talk with you about what you saw in their classroom. Even better, invite them to observe your classroom and get feedback/input on what they saw in your classroom.

3) - Focus on building relationships with your students from day one. Don't worry about your content at first, you most likely just spent the last four years of your life learning about it. Spend the first few weeks learning about the lives of the students you have in front of you. The more you learn about your students the more they will learn about your content.

4) - Don't worry about discipline and punishing kids; worry about how to provide strong instruction and an engaging classroom environment. This is basically being proactive rather than reactive. A classroom that is engaging with strong instructional practices is a classroom with few discipline problems.

5) - Learn the names and show the utmost respect to every administrative assistant, custodial/maintenance and food service employee in your building. They will help you more than you could ever imagine... trust me on this.

6) - Don't be afraid to speak up and share an idea. You most likely weren't hired because you were the worst candidate, so at some point in time somebody saw something great about you. You bring a new perspective and a fresh set of lenses to the table, so be sure to share your thoughts and insights in a collaborative and collegial manner.

7) - Don't try to do everything on your own. Don't simply shut your door and teach. Work with those who have more experience and know the system. Find a few people whom you can trust, and lean on them.

8) - Be careful of the teacher's lounge and watch out for 'that group.' The teacher's lounge can be the type of environment that just beats you down and makes you feel like the world is a terrible place. This is not always the case, but be aware that these black holes do exist from time to time. Also, every school has 'the group.' You might not notice the group at first because they are always looking for new members (specifically new teachers). Try to avoid this group at all costs.

9) - Having fun on the weekends is all good and is frankly healthy, but be sure to keep your image clean and professional. More employees get in trouble for the silly and not so smart things they do online than for most other reasons. Be safe and have a healthy career/life balance, but don't feel the need to take a picture of every second and then share those pictures with the world.

10) - Get connected and follow the #ntchat hashtag. There is whole world full of resources and information out there, so don't feel limited to just the colleagues in your hallway, in your school and in your district. Reach out and take control of your own learning and development.

What would you add to this list?

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Much of this is the same advice I had received many years ago preparing to become a new teacher (in an education program).

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 7:22 PM

It is not just new teachers who benefit from building relationships with students, colleagues, and people outside their work.

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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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Book argues that mentoring programs should try to unveil colleges'

Book argues that mentoring programs should try to unveil colleges' | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In her recent book Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Education (Lexington Books), Smith offers suggestions for how colleges and universities can guide at-risk students – low-income students, first-generation students and underrepresented minorities – through what she calls higher education’s “hidden curriculum.” The hidden curriculum, Smith writes, consists of the “norms, values, and expectations” that govern interactions among students, faculty, staff and administrators. To excel in college, at-risk students must navigate a world of new social norms – typically those of the white middle class, she argues.

 

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mentoring and self-advocacy, relationship building, resilience

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George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason

George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Richard Nixon was a traitor. The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.
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Explore old maps of US cities

Explore old maps of US cities | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"This cool new historic mapping app from the folks at esri and the U.S. Geological Survey is worth exploring.  What it does is take 100 years of USGS maps and lets you overlay them for just about any location in the nation. That allows users to see how a city – say Harrisburg – developed between 1895 and today.  The library behind the project includes more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 5, 9:20 AM

For more ESRI maps that let you explore urban environmental change, the 'spyglass' feature gives these gorgeous vintage maps a modern facelift (but not available for as many places). The cities that are in this set of interactive maps are: 



Tags: cartography, mapping, visualization, urban, historical.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 13, 9:25 AM

For more ESRI maps that let you explore urban environmental change, the 'spyglass' feature gives these gorgeous vintage maps a modern facelift (but not available for as many places). The cities that are in this set of interactive maps are: 

 

Chicago (1868)Denver (1879) Los Angeles (1880)Washington D.C.(1851)New York City (1836)San Francisco (1859)
Hongsheng Li's curator insight, August 13, 9:40 PM
古今地图对比
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10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Some of the smartest people I know continuously struggle to get ahead because they forget to address a few simple truths that collectively govern our potential to make progress.  So here’s a quick reminder:

 

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How to Organize Daily Literacy Instruction | Center for Development and Learning

By Tim Shanahan Twice this week—from a NY teacher and an Illinois school administrator—I’ve been asked how to organize instructional time for literacy with
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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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List of very useful websites - FunSubstance.com

List of very useful websites - FunSubstance.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
FunSubstance.com - Collection of the funniest, most awesome, & best entertaining pics on the web!
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Concept Fan - Toolkit For Thinking

Concept Fan - Toolkit For Thinking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Toolkit of ideas and techniques to help your creative and critical thinking including problem solving, logical fallacies and decision making.

 

When trying to think of new ideas and solutions to problems it is very tempting to go with your first ideas. However, first ideas are not always the best. Edward de Bono developed the 'Concept Fan' technique for taking a step back to get a broader perspective and thereby a new view of the subject, what you want to achieve and new ways of solving the problem.
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How to Earn a Living as a Writer

How to Earn a Living as a Writer | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
We live in a new age for writers. The written word has never been as important as it is today since there is such a demand for it. The internet has created a new area for people to come and read ab...
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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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