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How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"Critical Thinking" may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means absorbing important information and using that to form a decision or opinion of your own--rather than just spouting off what you hear others say. This doesn't always come naturally to us, but luckily, it's something you can train yourself to do better.
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share with students, read it for yourself, share with friends and relatives. Writing instruction is a good place to review this. 

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Why Bill Nye Debated Creationist Ken Ham

Why Bill Nye Debated Creationist Ken Ham | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How to watch the debate and why scientists are mad.
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How to Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning Infographic

How to Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning Infographic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The How to Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning Infographic refers to Gagné’s 3rd event of instruction and presents ways teachers can determine students' prior knowledge.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, February 5, 2014 2:13 PM

Some ideas to share to enhance student learning.  Additional possibilities to create those important links!

Anita Vance's curator insight, February 5, 2014 2:14 PM

Some ideas to share to enhance student learning.  Additional possibilities to create those important links!

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13 Ways to Keep Your Debt from Holding You Back

13 Ways to Keep Your Debt from Holding You Back | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Penelope Trunk writes: I have tons of debt after launching four companies. There has never been a launch that didn't mess up my personal finances. Most entrepreneurs have no credit- I am like that as well - so I have

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That's just amazing and horrifying to me. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman explores Prospect Theory, the Endowment effect, and loss aversion. However, taking "the plunge" entails more than I thought. But it has to be worth it, right?

 

comments at the end of the article might help shape decisions as well.

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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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Apple TV: The Fun Little Experiment Is Getting Serious

Apple TV: The Fun Little Experiment Is Getting Serious | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Executives have always described the Internet-video box as a side project—until now.
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exerpt: "As much as Apple cares about consumers' opinions of its products, it aims to court app creators, too. Truly opening up Apple TV, making it a distribution outlet for developers, could be the move that makes Apple the master of the living room."

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7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know

7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know

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Intensive Small-Group Tutoring and Counseling Helps Struggling Students

Intensive Small-Group Tutoring and Counseling Helps Struggling Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A study of struggling African-American high school students in Chicago found that providing focused guidance sharply improved learning, but the approach is a costly one to replicate.
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Grit and the Need for Achievement

Grit is best defined as a personality trait with two key components:

1) A passion for long-term goals

2) The powerful motivation to achieve these goals through the necessary work, practice, and time.

 

Recent studies show grit and a healthy need for achievement can have many psychological benefits.
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excerpt: "Lack of grit is the reason why incredibly talented people sometimes never reach success. Because no matter how smart or talented you are, you still need to put in the work and have the resilience to overcome obstacles and continue marching forward when things get tough."

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The Different Types Of Engineering Degrees | CAREEREALISM

The Different Types Of Engineering Degrees | CAREEREALISM | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What's the difference between civil and architectural engineering? Here are some different types of engineering degrees and what they can do for you.
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The Problem With Rich Kids

The Problem With Rich Kids | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
In a surprising switch, the offspring of the affluent today are more distressed than other youth. They show disturbingly high rates of substance use, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, cheating, and stealing. Barbara Esha writes: "It's important to note that adult criticism is not annulled by attention or even affection. Parents might think it's okay to keep the pressure on because they eat dinner together and attend all their children's athletic events and performances. But such positive gestures do not cancel out criticism. Psychologists have firmly established that disparaging words or attitudes have a much stronger impact than words of praise—by at least a factor of three."
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4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers (Via @TeachThought a visual representation of the 4 stages of inquiry based learning: http://t.co/VZ88RRLTrX)...

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John Gougoulis's curator insight, December 15, 2013 9:49 PM

An interesting approach that can be applied in different curriculum areas and develop requisite skills

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Free PDF Converter, HTML to PDF Converter For Free

Free PDF Converter, HTML to PDF Converter For Free | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Free HTML to PDF Converter, Convert HTML to PDF Easy

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Maria Persson's curator insight, February 6, 2014 7:19 PM

There are a few very handy online tools like these but this is by far one of the simplest I've seen.  Thanks for finding and sharing this.

Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, February 6, 2014 7:31 PM

Very convenient, efficient, and straightforward tool for simple PDF conversion tasks.

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Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life - The Creative Mind

Journaling to Bring Creative Ideas to Life - The Creative Mind | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Artists, as well as entrepreneurs and other creative people, often use storyboards, journals, mindmapping and other idea tools for developing creative projects.

 

Maybe you kept a diary, or still do. Or use a notebook as a helpful tool for personal growth, and to track your thinking and inspiration. In one video here, en*theos CEO Brian Johnson comments, “I love using journals to capture my thoughts.” In another video, Lisa Sonora Beam talks about the power of visual journaling.


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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:51 AM

Essential hard work that is

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44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking With Bloom's Taxonomy

44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking With Bloom's Taxonomy | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking With Bloom's Taxonomy
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business - The Importance of Diversity in Networking

business - The Importance of Diversity in Networking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
business - The Importance of Diversity in Networking - Entrepreneur.com
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 Do you really pursue diversity in your friendships and work relationships? What have you discovered when you really listed your friends and work relationships? Differences include class, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, political beliefs, nationality, intellectual, education (and even more). Do people really have "nothing" in common? When is "having nothing in common" a good thing? Stories of happy surprises are welcome.

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How the US maps the world's most disputed territories

How the US maps the world's most disputed territories | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

When the United States decides to recognize a new foreign government, or an existing country decides to change its name, Leo Dillon and his team at the U.S. State Department spring into action.

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5 Excellent iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Audio Notes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Excellent iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Audio Notes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"There are times when taking a note in a written format is not a practical option. You might for instance be attending a lecture or a conference or you might simply prefer to listen to your recorded notes instead of reading them, in these cases apps such as the ones below are what you will use for audio note taking. While keeping the basic note taking features, all of these apps are fantastic for recording notes and adding audio to your notes. I invite you to check out the selection I have below and share with us what you thin about it."


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tech resources for students and teachers (or any school personnel)

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Genie Alva's comment, January 30, 2014 1:43 PM
Thank you very much John Evans!
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:55 PM

Useful ideas

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:18 PM

Useful tools for those students who aren't big writers or need support with writing. 

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Hydrogen bonds: why life needs water | Lab Rat, Scientific American Blog Network

Hydrogen bonds: why life needs water | Lab Rat, Scientific American Blog Network | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Water is everywhere on our planet. In the air, in our bodies, in our food and in our breath. Without it life as we know it ...
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27 Ways To Respond When Students Don't Pay Attention

27 Ways To Respond When Students Don't Pay Attention | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
27 Ways To Respond When Students Don't Pay Attention

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Linda Salna's curator insight, January 28, 2014 6:54 AM

 engage students in these gentle ways

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, January 28, 2014 11:16 AM

Some nice suggestions to make on observations for new or struggling teachers. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 2014 1:25 PM

Most of these are external directives. The one about rules moves us in the direction of students taking personal responsibility for behaviour.

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Teaching essay writing | Sandy Millin

Teaching essay writing | Sandy Millin | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Today I presented a seminar with ideas about teaching essay writing, with a particular focus on FCE and IELTS exam tasks. It's part of the monthly seminar series at International House Sevastopol. The slides from the ...
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Massachusetts’ Simple Solution for Preventing Domestic Homicide

Massachusetts’ Simple Solution for Preventing Domestic Homicide | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
maybe can be used next time a secondary school student asks what math can do, especially the value of math, outside of engineering. In theory, domestic homicide should be easy to prevent, since men who kill their wives or girlfriends (85 percent of victims are female) generally give us lots of warning by beating, stalking, and even raping their victims, usually for years before... excerpt: "They take the details of each reported case of abuse, looking at risk factors such as stalking and chronic unemployment, and rate each abuser on a point system for how violent and controlling he is. Men who are rated high are then subject to heightened risk monitoring, and their victims are given extra resources to stay safe."
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Educational Psychology: 20 Things Educators Need To Know About How Students Learn - InformED

Educational Psychology: 20 Things Educators Need To Know About How Students Learn - InformED | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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6 Routines to Support Mathematical Thinking

6 Routines to Support Mathematical Thinking | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
This series is one of my favorites; in each classroom we watch students collaborate, explain their reasoning, test their ideas, and enjoy the problem-solving process.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 22, 2014 8:30 AM

These ideas promote a mindful atmosphere for learning.  While they may be aimed at math, you may take the concept to other areas, too!