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Teachers or Facilitators? 10 Reasons Why Educators Should Step Out of the Way and Encourage Independent Learning

Teachers or Facilitators? 10 Reasons Why Educators Should Step Out of the Way and Encourage Independent Learning | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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I read this today on twitter:  "What is our value if we are only experts at content? Instead, we should be experts of context. - dr. Hite"  


While I struggle with the terminology (teacher vs facilitator), as someone primarily responsible for learning with adults, the term facilitator makes more sense.  Honoring principles of adult learning...........you design to facilitate as much of what they do with new information is apply it immediately to what they know.  How you design the context will facilitate or impede that process.  

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Learning Forward

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A bevy of resources on professional learning.  

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In what other profession...

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I’m going to step out of my usual third-person writing voice for a moment. As a parent I received a letter last week from the Kansas State Board of Educ
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Honest read...........

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The invisibility of teachers

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The effects of reform on the teaching profession.
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A profoundly insightful article....

 

" All of these education reform policies suggest that no field of education even exists."    


"Both teachers and students can and will benefit from education reform that focuses on the conditions of learning that honor “autonomy, mastery, and purpose” in ways that allow for failure, revision, and unpredictable outcomes—none of which are fostered in the efficiency model that historically and currently corrupts education reform."

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/

 

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 28, 2013 3:07 PM

It always struck me as odd when classroom teachers, students, and parents were silenced. This is often done through the threat of having a job for teachers. I simply did not care about that. If I had to give up what I believed to keep a job, it was not worth having.

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The Whole Lives Inside the Learner

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I am in "redesign", trying to tailor learning for an elementary school next month.  While thinking about what parts they might need or want, I realized my focus should be (not only that BUT) :   Ho...
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Hero to Host: "Leadership-in-Age-of Complexity"

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Confused Enough to Learn?

Confused Enough to Learn? | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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Moving out of your comfort zone can be something people avoid at all costs. It seems all new learning requires that we do just that.  

 

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“We can’t be creative if we refuse to be confused. Change always starts with confusion.”

—Margaret Wheatley"

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Show Us Your PhD – the impact and sustainability of collaborative professional learning on teacher dispositions and school learning culture - ABC New South Wales - Australian Broadcasting Corporati...

We tend to think of teachers as educators rather than learners and so how important is it that teachers learn? On today's "Show us your PhD", Gerry spoke to Lorraine Beveridge.
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3 Tips for Engaging Presentations (Hint: It’s not about you!) | Global Learning Partners

3 Tips for Engaging Presentations (Hint: It’s not about you!) | Global Learning Partners | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Engagement doesn't happen because our story is so compelling. It happens when the people we’re addressing see themselves in the story. And it’s much easier for that to happen when we put them into the story from the get-go.
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If the Shoe Fits: Nurturing an Ecology

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In a recent post, I highlighted an integrated plan for change that was created by one thoughtful staff at a public elementary school.  While the plan was created by the staff, based on their unique...
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Change must be graceful to be sustained.

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The Language of Learning

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At his mini session at Project Zero's Summer Institute 2013, Daniel Wilson facilitated learning around:  "Effective Professional Learning Communities:
Supporting Learning in and Staff Rooms and Classrooms".  This chart explains the language we use while working in collaborative groups.  

 

As we attempt to truly collaborate, it is important to pay attention to the language.  Conditional language that is open to possibility is preferred to assertive language that factual and delivered with certainty.  

 

Look at the chart to see how you can be more collaborative and progressive with the language you use while working in groups.  

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Great lecture: what was it about again?

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Fluent instruction no more effective than poor delivery in teaching terms
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I was at a presentation last year and the only thing I remember was how the presenter disliked haiku.

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High-Quality Professional Development for Teachers

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In order for teachers to turn out students who are college and career ready, we must give them the tools and support that will allow them to learn, improve, and do their jobs better even as we hold them accountable for their work.
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HR Ringleader | 7 Things To Do When You Get Home From A Conference

HR Ringleader | 7 Things To Do When You Get Home From A Conference | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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Some tips for follow-up after attending a conference.  

 

I would add one more:  blog about the experience!

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4T Virtual Conference looking for Lightning Session Presenters!

4T Virtual Conference looking for Lightning Session Presenters! | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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The 4T Virtual Conference is looking for Lightning Session presenters.  

 

What is the 4T Virtual Conference, you ask?

The 4TVirtualCon is an opportunity for educators from across the globe to connect, network, and learn from each other about issues in technology education using the Eluminate platform.  The conference is sponsored by Oakland Schools and the University of Michigan School of Education.  The conference is FREE and OPEN to all educators.   Most sessions will be targeted to K-12 practicing and preservice teachers.  The conference will be held virtually—no plane tickets, no hotel fees!  The preconference workshops will begin on Saturday, May 17th and continues through 9:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19th. Attend as few or as many sessions as you like. While the conference is free and open, registration is required.   In addition, interested educators can get SB CEU’s by attending the virtual conference.

What is a Lightning Session and how do you become a presenter?

These sessions are 60 minutes in length, but have 2 to 4 presenters in each session.  Sessions concern specific web tools, a method or approach (such as (BYOD) or a project that you have done with technology. You do not need to apply in a group.  Rather, you can simply apply for a 15 to 20 minute segment of the lightning session.  If selected, we will group you with other presenters presenting on similar topics.To apply, submit your brief application online by February 20th. 

Hope to see lots of you presenting virtually in May!  Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.  

 

Please forward this opportunity to other ed tech savvy educators who might be interested.  Thanks!

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Is teaching an Art or a Science? by @JeffBradbury

Is teaching an Art or a Science? by @JeffBradbury | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
TeacherCast Educational Technology Blog: Created by Jeff Bradbury.
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It is both!

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Mediactive - Creating a User's Guide to Democratized Media

Mediactive - Creating a User's Guide to Democratized Media | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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Great resource for people trying ot filter ALL of the information out there these days!

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National School Reform Faculty®

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The National School Reform Faculty promotes the use of Critical Friends Groups, a specific type of professional learning community, to empower educators and have a direct positive impact on students, classrooms and student performance.
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Everything you could want to know about Critical Friends Group:  A  a professional learning community consisting of approximately 8-12 educators who come together voluntarily at least once a month for about 2 hours. Group members are committed to improving their practice through collaborative learning.  


I am looking more deeply into this as I contemplate how to do my work (supporting educator's) better.  

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How to Create a Captivating Presentation

How to Create a Captivating Presentation | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Terrified of presenting in front of an audience? Or just a little shy? How to take your public speaking ability and slide presentations from uncomfortable to awesome.
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This is all you need for a truly great presentation:

One big ideaThree key pointsOne compelling storyOne idea per slide (and no more than six words)One clear call to action

BUT I would add that this is just about building conceptual understanding.  Inquiry must happen next so that people can incorporate new information into their own personal ecology.

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The Whole Lives Inside the Learner

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David Wees , a  Formative Assessment Specialist for Mathematics at New Visions for Public Schools in NYC wrote a succinct article:  What are effective learning experiences for educators?  He create...
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If they don't see how new learning works within their context, change is not likely to occur.  They need time to do this while they are with you!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2013 7:31 PM

This is an interesting and effective way to understand professional learning for teachers. It is a complex hybrid of possibilities.

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Taking a Swing at Ineffective PD Models (EdSurge News)

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The Center for American Progress steps into the teacher professional development ring this month with a bold report blasting current PD models for being "short-term, episodic, and disconnected...
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What are effective learning experiences for educators? by David Wees

What are effective learning experiences for educators? by David Wees | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Wonderful graphic. If we don't braid new learning into what is already happening, change is less likely to happen.
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What Does It Mean To Understand?

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“... Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner, put yourself in his place so that you may understand what he understands and in the way he understands it....” - Soren Kierkeg...
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Getting to deeper levels of knowledge is vital for true learning to occur.  The Teaching for Understanding Framework from the work of Harvard's Project Zero is a model teachers can use to do just that.  Engagement is ensured when students are able to use what they know in meaningful ways to demonstrate understanding.  

 

Teaching for Understanding framework is just loose enough for teachers to customize it and make it their own.

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PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE...: Take Morale Out of the Closet and Own It

PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE...: Take Morale Out of the Closet and Own It | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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Real change isn't possible if you are not ready to look at yourself

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5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology

5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
For some, the technology rich classroom is easy to justify. Once you have made the transition and seen the benefits, it is easy to weigh them against the potential risks and worries about the problems resulting from having a room full of devices.
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great article!

 

My favorite tips:  

 

'Suggest that teachers implement technology into a lesson that IS effective in order to show them how it can help them to be even more so.'


"Teachers may be more likely to move forward if they view this as the next step on a continuing journey, and not a new journey altogether."


"When teachers are struggling to implement technology or any other initiative in their classroom often what they need is a chance to talk about what they want to accomplish, and have an instructor guide them to possible solutions."


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"Demonstrating clearly how technology will increase effectiveness is the single greatest way to win converts and give you common ground to stand on."

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Managing Learning Technology: What If Being a Good Scholar Bore No Relation to Being a Good Teacher?

Managing Learning Technology: What If Being a Good Scholar Bore No Relation to Being a Good Teacher? | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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Knowing content does not mean a person can teach that content!

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