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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement | Teachers | Scoop.it
One way to promote engagement and learning is to consciously create pauses throughout the day. We can create a sense of spaciousness in our classroom by slowing down the pace of our speech and punctuating our lessons with silence. Introduced well, this practice can improve classroom discourse.

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Florence Gilzene-Cheese's curator insight, September 11, 2015 5:48 PM

A useful technique to support learning engagement in the classroom. Akin to sustained silent reading or individual work, this process allows independent and critical thinking skill development.

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, September 11, 2015 10:23 PM

Engagement is front and center in implementation of UDL. Great to see this sort of realization about allowing time to process and to "breathe". This is especially important for students with learning challenges. Way to go! 

Shaunda Douglas's curator insight, September 14, 2015 9:40 PM
Reflection and a quieted mind!
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Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning

Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning | Teachers | Scoop.it

"We recently discovered the Bay Area’s Prospect Sierra School’s interesting learning model that prioritizes 6 ideas for learning in the 21st century. There is, of course, no single “best” way to pursue “21st century learning”–nor any learning at all for that matter. But seeing the way other inspired educators pursue the idea can teach each one of us a lot. In this model, we appreciate the inclusion of self-knowledge, as well as moving past the idea of content to true disciplinary knowledge–seeing knowledge in context and application."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 26, 2014 9:22 PM

This post shares another visual that provides one model of learning in the 21st century. Specifically, it prioritizes six ideas:

* Disciplinary Knowledge - "Build and apply content knowledge to think deeply and act as a practitioner of the discipline"

* Self-Knowledge - "Experiment and create, while embracing failure as an opportunity for growth in order to design new ideas and solutions."

* Innovation Creation - "Recognize one’s emotional, physical, and learning needs, strengths, and challenges to nurture personal growth and resilience"

* Collaboration - "Share knowledge and resources, building on a diversity of ideas and experiences to achieve group goals and interdependence"

* Responsibility - "Understand one’s impact and influence in a local and global community; cultivate compassion, and take positive action"

* Communication - "Express ideas effectively through varied means of presentation; understand one’s audiences, actively listen; and build connection"

Additional information on each of these six ideas is included in the post.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 27, 2014 1:08 PM

There is no single best way to learn which suggests teaching remains central in the process.

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22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life

22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life | Teachers | Scoop.it

"Planning for Earth Day 2014 is well underway around the world. Bring environmental issues to your classroom with resources from PBS LearningMedia. Highlights include an animated video from Loop Scoop using orange juice consumption to teach about biodegradation, a lesson tracking waste in neighborhoods from America Revealed, and a QUEST video transporting viewers to the beginning of the environmental movement."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 5, 2014 8:17 PM

If you are looking for some great resources to help your students learn more about the environment this list of 22 interactive lessons may be right up your alley. The lesson plans are for students as young as Kindergarten up through Grade 12. All are from PBS and all come with materials to use in conjunction with the interactive activities. PBS does require that you create a user name after you access two items but you may also create and save items in a favorite files for future use.

David Donat's curator insight, April 10, 2014 7:13 AM

Una col·lecció de recursos interactius a l'entorn de l'educació ambiental... preparant el dia de la terra

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Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On

Reflection in the Learning Process, Not As An Add On | Teachers | Scoop.it
Is it personality? Are some people born with it? Can it be learned? I am talking about REFLECTION. At the beginning of the week, I had the opportunity to be part of a workshop during our pre-servic...

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Helen Teague's curator insight, April 5, 2014 11:41 AM

Sometimes reflection is considered a throw-away or close activity when there are a few extra minutes of classtime leftover. But Reflection is a key component of learning.

Sue Alexander's curator insight, April 5, 2014 5:30 PM

Visualizations rock! I wonder why I think that....?

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:24 PM

Reflection is really important as a part of the learning process. We can't really learn if we don't reflect on what went well or what went wrong.

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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention | Teachers | Scoop.it
If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into a

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 2014 6:24 PM

As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

The first three suggestions are:

  • Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are Permitted
  • Take-Home Tests
  • Student-Made Tests

These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

The next suggestion is:

  • Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

The final suggestion is:

    • Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    Ideas to expand thinking on current assessments, particularly for those who do not test well. Thx Beth Dichter!

    Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 24, 2014 1:46 PM

    As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

    The first three suggestions are:

    Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are PermittedTake-Home TestsStudent-Made Tests

    These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

    The next suggestion is:

    Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

    This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

    The final suggestion is:

    Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

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    Click and Clunk-A 5 Step Reading Strategy for Students


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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 19, 2014 10:43 PM

    This one page infographic provides a five step reading stategy for students using super heroes to help them become enaged. The five steps are:

    Step 1: Preview the text for two to three minutes.

    Step 2: Grab a pencil and read the passage aloud.

    Step 3: What "clicked?"

    Step 4: What "cluncked?"

    Step 5: Put fix-up strategies into play.

    Suggestions are provided in all but Step 2. Consider printing a copy of this out and using it as a poster in your room...or perhaps sending a copy home with students whom might need additional support!

    Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, March 20, 2014 8:25 AM

    In our pursuit to make literacy skills accessible, this quick, 5-step infographic has appeal.  

    Reading Power's curator insight, March 23, 2014 10:15 AM

    This certainly infuses power in reading. What are some of your favorite strategies?

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    Welcome to 'Geography Education'

    Welcome to 'Geography Education' | Teachers | Scoop.it

    Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


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    Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:10 PM

    Geography and current events

    Olivier Tabary's curator insight, November 28, 2014 12:06 PM

    Many interesting tools to practice and to discover

    Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 8, 1:04 AM

    Amazing resources about places and topics in Geography

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    Giving Feedback: Infographic of Observation Look-Fors

    Giving Feedback: Infographic of Observation Look-Fors | Teachers | Scoop.it

    The 11 Things Coaches Can Give Teachers Feedback On Infographic presents the areas of feedback teachers find most helpful.


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    Exploring Mexico through Dynamic Web Maps

    Exploring Mexico through Dynamic Web Maps | Teachers | Scoop.it

    "One of the people I regard most highly here at Esri has created an online atlas of Mexico.  The maps can be accessed in many different ways, such as an ArcGIS Online presentation with a description here, as an iPad iBook, but I think most importantly, as a series of story maps.  Each of these separate story maps contains 1 to 6 thematically related maps on the following topics:

    Explore Mexico (Crime vs. Tourism)Mexico’s Natural WondersMexico’s Historical MonumentsGeography of Mexico – Did You Know?Indigenous People of MexicoCartograms of Mexico

     


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    Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, February 13, 2014 3:14 PM

    This site is neat.  The ability to use interactive maps to explore this country is very informative.  I recommend this site to anyone interesting in learning more about Mexico!

    Jess Deady's curator insight, April 17, 2014 10:17 AM

    These maps all come together in a somewhat story-like sense. They are thematically related and can be separated to be able to look at each map individually. I like how there are multiple ways to access the maps.

    Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 6, 2015 5:05 PM

    An interactive map system like this is great, it has different topics to look at that will continuously amaze you on the information it holds. After looking at such a map like this will all the different options offered, I was able to learn things about Mexico that I had never known before. It is maps like this that really make geography fun and help us to understand what each region is all about. 

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    Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms

    Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms | Teachers | Scoop.it
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    Alenka Andrin's curator insight, March 17, 2014 3:45 PM

    Examples of Using Google Forms in education.

    Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 7, 2015 1:22 PM

    Différentes façons d'utiliser google form : des idées très intéressantes à utiliser. 

    Anabela Luís's curator insight, February 10, 2015 6:02 AM

    Muito bom para quem usa formulários do Google ou quer aprender a usar.

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    Preparing Students for 21st Century Success (Infographic)

    Preparing Students for 21st Century Success (Infographic) | Teachers | Scoop.it
    Today's students need 21st century skills to succeed in our increasingly digital world. Infographic on preparing students for 21st century success.

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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 31, 2014 10:55 PM

    This infographic provides a range of information including:

    * A look at the various skills students are expected to master

    * Definitions of the 21st century skills

    * Identifying skills strengths

    * A look at assessments and current trends

    * How to bridge the gaps

    Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 1, 2014 10:11 AM

    I love this info graph and thought you might too!

     

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    Online Quizzes for Regional Geography

    Online Quizzes for Regional Geography | Teachers | Scoop.it

    "For Regional Geography, I ask that all my students take an online quizzes before coming to class because it is very difficult to intelligently discuss European issues if you don’t know the countries of Europe, where they are and what other countries are on their borders.  Quizzes and knowing places doesn’t define geography, but if geography were English literature, knowing about places could be described as the alphabet–before you write a sonnet or critique an essay, you better know your ABC’s and basic grammar.  Given that, I like the Lizard Point Geography quizzes, Sheppard Software quizzes and those from Click that ‘Hood; they are simple, straightforward and comprehensive."


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    Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, February 2, 2014 6:52 PM

    Exámenes en línea para Geografía.

    SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 2014 8:16 AM

    Quizzes to test a students knowledge of places and countries.

    Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, September 22, 2014 12:20 PM

    I hope the lizard point Geography tests are enough. I have sent you my screenshots for the ones I have taken.

     

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    What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education?

    What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education? | Teachers | Scoop.it
    We'll reach a new state of web skills when we reinvent technology tools to better enhance our personal learning. We'll be at 3.0 when schools are everywhere and not viewed as daycare.

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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 12, 2014 1:56 PM

    Web 3.0 has been shared on this Scoop.it and this table is a bit different from previous ones. What do you think? Is your school heading towards a Web 3.0 environment, where teachers will not only be those whom are licensed professionals but also those who are accesible on line from all parts of the worlld? Will schools graduate students whom view industrywill view as co-workers whom are prepared for a knowledge economy? This table presents what may be in the future. What do you think?

    Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 12, 2014 2:55 PM

    Great to have a chart for comparison

    Julie Ekner Koch's curator insight, January 14, 2014 3:00 PM

    Our learning experience is changing, both in the education system and in the workplace. This table provides an overview of the new web 3.0 and its implications

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    Mocomi Offers Hundreds of Short Video Lessons for Kids

    Mocomi Offers Hundreds of Short Video Lessons for Kids | Teachers | Scoop.it

    "Mocomi is a nice website featuring educational and entertaining content for elementary and middle school students."


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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 5, 2014 11:08 PM

    Mocomi is a website geared to elementary and middle school students. Along with videos they have a wide variety of activities in areas including the arts, civics, culture, English, environment, geography, history, science, and math. They also have an online magazine with a specific theme. The current one is called Under Water, and you can access 19 additional magazines online.

    This might be a site you use with students, or one that they might explore during free time. Richard Byrne suggests that the videos "are a model of animated informational videos" and students in middle school and high school "could follow the model to create their own short videos to demonstrate their understanding of a topic."

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    36 Brain Breaks for Students - Infographic

    36 Brain Breaks for Students - Infographic | Teachers | Scoop.it
    Brain breaks are short mind-body challenges that offer students a reprieve from routine learning activities. Not only are brain breaks fun, they’re a simple way to refocus students’ energy and get them back on track!

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    Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:25 AM

    Here is something fun to offer your students! Thanks Beth!

    Lee Hall's curator insight, April 14, 2014 4:27 PM

    We all need a break now and then, but for some reason teachers think students can sit still longer than teachers will when they are in a class. Beth Dichter says, "If you find this version too difficult for your students you will find a simpler version of it at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/files/Roll_Some_Fun_Freebie2.pdf "

    Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, April 18, 2014 4:02 AM

    Kind of Isaac Asimov's Multivac decisions based on flipping a coin, "Heads or tails, gentlemen?" http://www.olivenri.com/machine_won_files/The_Machine_that_Won_the_War01.pdf

     

    Educative, no doubt.

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    8 Types of Learning Events You Need to Have in Your Classroom

    8 Types of Learning Events You Need to Have in Your Classroom | Teachers | Scoop.it
    A good eLearning course requires the right combination of learning events. But what are these exactly?

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    WEAC's curator insight, April 3, 2014 3:29 PM

    One of the best: 4. Exploration: It's the learner who has the initiative and takes control.

    Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 14, 2014 11:52 AM

    Me gusta el concepto de "Evento de Aprendizaje". puede que con él, si es suficientemente amplio, se pueda resolver el batiburrillo de métodos, técnicas, estrategias, procedimientos, protocolos, tácticas, etcétera, con la que nuestros profes se enredan más y más.

    Betty Skeet's curator insight, June 15, 2014 8:00 AM

    Learning events you need in your class.

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    10 Free Online Educational Game Sites

    10 Free Online Educational Game Sites | Teachers | Scoop.it
    Web-based games can prove to be a treasure trove of learning opportunities, and there are a variety of content-areas, age ranges, and skill levels to choose from. The true pay dirt for browser-based learning games can be found on large online digital game hubs. Here are 10 game hubs players that teachers can use to as one tool in their arsenal.

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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 27, 2014 9:41 PM

    Finding games that you can use in the classroom is not always as easy as one would like it to be. This post shares 10 websites that are "game hubs" and the games range from one for students as young as preK to students in high school. The list of the sites is below and additional information is in the post (as are links to each). Have fun exploring them and sharing them with your students, and if you know a site that is not listed leave in the Comment section.

    * Shepperd Software

    * PBS Kids Games

    * Mr. Nussbaum

    * National Geographic Kids

    * Poptropica

    * Funbrain

    * BBC Schools: Games

    * Primary Games

    * ABCya.com

    * Arcademic Skill Builders

    Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 28, 2014 1:08 PM

    Some wonderful resources here. 

    Lee Hall's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:41 PM

    The ages range from Pre-K to High School.

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    6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

    6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns | Teachers | Scoop.it

    "When you’re standing in front of a classroom of students who’re not quite sure they even want to be in your class, much less pay attention to what’s being said, things like neuroscience, research studies, and teaching the way the brain learns are an abstraction.

    Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning."


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    Nicole Wallace's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:57 AM

    Great comments in here and how it links to neurobiology.

    Helen Teague's curator insight, March 19, 2014 12:48 PM
    strong>Referencing Beth Dichter's insight:What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom. What are some of the targets? Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson. Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom? Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org/) where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).
    James J. Goldsmith's curator insight, July 28, 2014 3:29 PM

    Six practical suggestions for applying neuroscience in the classroom.

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    Critical Thinking in the Language Classroom

    Critical Thinking in the Language Classroom | Teachers | Scoop.it

    When you ask people to define ‘Critical Thinking’, there is no shortage of definitions. In a recent online webinar for English Language Teachers, the lecturer started the webinar by asking participants to share their own definition of the term, Critical Thinking. With around 100 teachers from various backgrounds, there was a wide range of ideas and suggestions.

     


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    Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 6, 2014 11:52 AM

    You can download the complete book in exchange for registering. Seems like a good enough deal.

    John O'Connor's curator insight, March 19, 2014 8:49 PM

    Critical thinking skills are something all teachers need to present to students and here are some realistic activities for class.  John Hughes has very kindly offered this PDF free. You do have to register to open it.

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    Geo-Literacy

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    Matt Richardson's comment, February 28, 2014 7:00 AM
    I also appreciate the sentiment here, but as a geography teacher in high school I also find that students are missing very basic information about the world as it is right now. For example, many of my students can't identify more than about three countries in Africa, and I've had students in the past who could not even find the U.S. on a map. Now I force them to take the dreaded 'blank map' quizzes of the world. Its distressing, but it needs to be done. Interestingly, many of my lower level students like these types of tests because there are online games that teach them the locations in a fun way, and also because it is a very literal task. The ones who struggle with higher level material can at least succeed at this if they study.
    PIRatE Lab's comment, February 28, 2014 11:16 AM
    Yes, as Seth and several commenters have said, we need both. And too often my students don't seem to know the basic facts/history of a particular situation. You must know where you are coming from if you ever want to get to somewhere new.
    SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 2014 8:11 AM

    Excellent resource about the importance of Geography in understanding the world of the 21st Century.

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    The Roberto Marzano’s 9 Effective Instructional Strategies Infographic

    The Roberto Marzano’s 9 Effective Instructional Strategies Infographic | Teachers | Scoop.it
    The Robert Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies Infographic summarizes the 9 instructional strategies to improve students' learning.

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    ozziegontang's curator insight, February 21, 2014 3:50 PM

    For those that are lifelong learners  and in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode.  Let me count the ways to get a message across no matter what the age of the student is.

    Rocio Watkins's curator insight, February 22, 2014 10:34 PM

    Marzano's famous "Nine" continue to be the topic of many professional development agendas, and continue to deliver research-based and improved student outcomes.  A "must-know" for the teaching vocation.

    Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 23, 2014 6:15 PM

    This is a keeper!

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    20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook

    20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook | Teachers | Scoop.it
    Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.

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    Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 13, 2014 7:47 PM

    These are great resources to use in your 21st century learning environment!

    Rosa Delia Acosta's curator insight, February 13, 2014 9:31 PM

    Great, I just want to learn and use these interesting tools in my classes.

    JordiMarínba's curator insight, February 14, 2014 6:27 PM

    Essential tools to build a creative PLE

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    The Branches of the Other 21st Century Skills

    The Branches of the Other 21st Century Skills | Teachers | Scoop.it
    Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony...

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    venkatesh v's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:24 AM

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    Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, February 3, 2014 12:00 PM

    Y si los profesionales de la política lo pensaran mejor, también empezarían según aquel viejo dicho sapiencial: "sólo sé que no sé nada" -- y por tanto .... A APRENDER

    Estos consejos para los que aprenden, lo necesitan para sobrevivir, en  el  ámbito de lo económco, valen tambien para los profesionales (?) de la política

    Gary Harwell's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:14 PM

    Makes good Sense with the overall picture of where we are and where we are going.

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    Read Like A Detective - Infographic (Student Version)

    Read Like A Detective - Infographic (Student Version) | Teachers | Scoop.it
    Get kids to engage with what they’re reading on a deeper level: to ask questions about what they notice, and to answer those questions based on what’s in the text.

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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 26, 2014 9:17 PM

    The Common Core require that we get students engaged with reading on a deeper level. This infographic on Close Reading is designed for students and provides suggestions for students to follow: Look for Clues, Ask Questions, Make Your Case, and Prove It. . There is also a version available for teachers that has additional details. Both may be downloaded. To find the one for teachers go to http://www.weareteachers.com/hot-topics/topics-in-education/understanding-close-reading-download-our-infographic-now

    Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 28, 2014 2:09 PM

    I have to print this!!!!

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    What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning?

    What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning? | Teachers | Scoop.it

    'Learning thrives on error'

    "Among all the influences that can make a profound difference in student learning is how we think about our role!  So, start with looking inward and ask about the mind frames you have as an educator. 

    It is through these mind frames that we make decisions in the classroom and school, and it is argued that educators highly imbued with these mind frames are among the high impact educators."


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    Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 15, 2014 6:18 PM

    Teachers need to recast themselves as learners alongside students. The days of the expert are behind us despite the advent of TED talks and other media where we still seem to think the sage on the stage is the way to impart knowledge, wisdom, and truth. There are moments for that, but learning is very relational, contingent, contextual, and personal.

    Armando's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:21 AM
    What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning?
    Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 27, 2014 5:48 PM

    I like the approach of "walking in their shoes" to describe how educators effect an interest in learning.