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Mindless professional learning produces mindless teaching

Mindless professional learning produces mindless teaching | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
The notes of the lecturer are passed to the notes of the listener – without going through the minds of either. – Mortimer Adler Mortimer Adler succinctly describes the mindless learning that follow...
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The remedy:  

• spend much of their time in small, interdependent groups collaboratively solving important instructional problems;

• gain a deep understanding of the issues and their remedies through intellectually-demanding learning processes—the close reading of professional materials, writing that extends learning, and dialogue;

• acquire and regularly apply complex cognitive skills in identifying and solving meaningful problems; and

• experience firsthand the value of the methods they are expected to use with their students.

Through mind-full experiences like those, teachers will continuously improve their practice for the benefit of all students.

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PD post-mortem: 5 things I wish I had done differently an #edreform manifesto

PD post-mortem: 5 things I wish I had done differently an #edreform manifesto | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
PD post-mortem: 5 things I wish I had done differently
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Handout_TheLearningPyramid.pdf

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There is a place for lecture.  A SMALL place.  A VERY small place! : )  Even then, the lifespan of a single lecture should be short (15 min. or less) before we hike it down toward the base of this triangle.  

 

PL that includes all of these elements WILL include every learner and every preference.  It isn't EITHER /OR  .  Good teaching and learning involves ALL of this.  

 

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4 Steps To Transform Your Meetings

4 Steps To Transform Your Meetings | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
There are so many poorly run meetings that many people hate them. Considering their cost, it’s worth improving them, especially if they are your meetings. An easy way is by getting four things right and visualizing them.
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Fabulous article on meetings and the use of visual graphics to form a common language and keep things productive.  LOVE this!

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Professional Development: Whose Job Is It?

Professional Development: Whose Job Is It? | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.
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7 Big Changes in Professional Learning We Need to Make - Karen Hume

7 Big Changes in Professional Learning We Need to Make - Karen Hume | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Karen Hume is an award-winning educator, author, and speaker. She is a renowned expert in in 21st century teaching and learning, differentiated instruction, literacy, and leadership.
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Anatomy of Learning : This is how We Learn ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Anatomy of Learning : This is how We Learn ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it

"Learning is one of those topics that the more you learn about it the more you want to learn. As teachers and educators we all have  at least some basic knowledge of some of the  foundational theories on Learning including Behaviourism, constructivism, constructivism, and the list of isms goes on and on. What is of particular interest to us is to explore how students learn and what strategies they use to learn. Knowing about such theories help us take informed decisions as to what can be done to meet the different learning styles of our students."


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new hashtag:  #EPL2013  :  educator's professional learning, 2013

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Professional-development reform: 8 steps to make it happen

Professional-development reform: 8 steps to make it happen | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Every year, school districts around the country waste a tremendous amount of time and money on ineffective professional development. The traditional model of “sit and get,” where a one-size-fits-all approach is utilized, yields abhorrent results.

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Great article!

 

Vision is the purpose.  Always keep that at the forefront.  

 

My take aways:  PL must meet them where they are; must differentiate.  Pre-Needs assessments (of some form) are really crucial.  Feedback from learners should guide you.  Alternative forms of professional learning must be available so people can learn when they need it in a personalized way.  

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Education Dreamer: Flipping Professional Development

Education Dreamer: Flipping Professional Development | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it

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Flipping deletes the sage on the stage.  More time for questioning, wondering ,  deep thinking and application.  

 

 

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Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:18 PM

Always reflecting and wanting to be better. I love that!  Thanks for ideas and reminder to model "flip" when sharing the "flip".

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FETC 2013 et al: Professional Learning for Teachers

FETC 2013 et al:  Professional Learning for Teachers | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
With as many education conferences that I have attended, and continue to attend, I am getting to be quite the expert at least in the ability to compare and contrast the various major education conf...
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Agreed Tom!  We are trying!  http://wp.me/p2IVNt-as

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The Edcamp Model of Professional Development

The Edcamp Model of Professional Development | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Tired of the same old professional development? Try Edcamps By Michelle Luhtala Source: eSchoolNews Edcamps are free, organic, one-day, participant-driven professional development gatherings organi...
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We ARE going to make this happen in Oakland County!  

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7 Steps to Flipped Professional Development - Getting Smart by Laura Conley

7 Steps to Flipped Professional Development - Getting Smart by Laura Conley | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Arriving home from San Diego and having just attended the ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) conference I was scheduled to facilitate an all-day professional development for our district.
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Great guide, Laura!  I used it to help design PL this week!  

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NJ Audet's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:47 PM

Flipped PD....no more sit and get :)

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Where Is The Manual?!

Where Is The Manual?! | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it

Young people were raised with technology.  The rest of us have to figure it out............easy for some; not so much for others.  

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Reflecting on many professional learning sessions with adults, there truly is a group of people who cannot problem solve fundamental tasks on a computer (i.e. opening two windows at once, searching on google, minimizing a window and opening another, going to a website with the URl, etc).  Learning for everyone is literally haulted while we try to assist some in going to websites in this manner.  

 

Fundamentally, I think it is a weakness in fluid reasoning and I see it often enough to believe it is an obstacle that needs to be addressed if we are to "expect" people to BYOD.  They fear technology like I fear listening to the "sage on the stage" for 8 hours or learning to knit via lengthy written instructions!  

 

One option for these people is to have a linear list of steps needed to make these things happen ( the "steps" need to start with "go to the start button").   The other option is to have tech saavy people available to "show" people how to negotiate the keyboard and internet during learning.  

 

Technology is supposed to be a tool to access learning.  For some people, it is a roadblock.  

 

The more I experience, the more I feel  the fear of technology is , at its core, a weakness in fluid reasoning.  Many people are paralyzed when they make a "mistake".  Problem solving around the mistake doesn't seem to happen readily.  They get stuck.  

 

"Where is the manual!?"

 

 

 

 

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Education Rethink: Why Professional Development Should Be More Like Edcamp

Education Rethink: Why Professional Development Should Be More Like Edcamp | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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Using Google Hangouts for Teacher Development

"How is your family? Whoa! What's that on your head? Is that a wig?" "Give her a mustache!" "Great pirate!" "What did you eat for your Thanksgiving feast? Nice hat!" Between the guffaws and be
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To explore!

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The Group Graphics Keyboard

The Group Graphics Keyboard | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
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WOW.  Fabulous infographic to help you think about which graphic to use "when".  

 

Directly from this article:   http://www.fastcompany.com/3003859/4-steps-transform-your-meetings?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+fastcompany/headlines+(Fast+Company)

 

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6 Twitter Tips That Will Jumpstart Your Professional Development

6 Twitter Tips That Will Jumpstart Your Professional Development | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
If you're struggling to make the most of Twitter or get colleagues interested, check out these handy Twitter tips and consider doing some PD via tweets!

Via Karen Rockhold
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Great tips!  If you haven't fallen in love with Twitter, you need to work on your relationship with Twitter!  : )

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 19, 2013 5:17 PM

It is now 18 months since my first Tweet! What a positive difference it has made in a cumulative manner over that time. It was a tentative and nervous entry, a fun, engaging and confidence building middle stage and now a more discerning and focussed approach to stick to a few topics of importance to me.

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TeacherCast Univ Podcast 003 "Taking Control of your Professional Development"

TeacherCast Univ Podcast 003 "Taking Control of your Professional Development" | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Todays episode of the TeacherCast University Podcast features some great ways for educators to enhance their skills in the classroom.
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Edcamp, TeachMeet and PadCamp...........the ins and outs.  

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Tech Learning : FLIPPING YOUR FACULTY MEETINGS

Tech Learning : FLIPPING YOUR FACULTY MEETINGS | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it

"Do you wish your faculty meetings could be more engaging? A recent study by MCI Conferencing revealed the following statistics ... "


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The Genius Hour: How 60 minutes a week can electrify your job | Daniel Pink

The Genius Hour: How 60 minutes a week can electrify your job | Daniel Pink | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Lots of people believe that a single individual can’t make a difference in an organization. Lots of people, it turns out, are wrong. Take the case
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Only one hour?!?!?  I need more than that!!!   #genioushour chat Wed. at 9pm EST

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Seth's Blog: How to listen

Seth's Blog: How to listen | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Live interaction still matters. Teachers, meetings, presentations, one on one brainstorms--they can lead to real change. The listener has nearly as big a responsibility as the speaker does, though.
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Great insights!

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Presentation Tips - Avoid boring slides and focus on your message not lots of slides

Presentation Tips - Avoid boring slides and focus on your message not lots of slides | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
We offer Total Presentation Solutions- Corporate Presentation, Presenation Training, 3D Presentations

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Purpose first!  

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The education conference needs to be re-invented

The education conference needs to be re-invented | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
I read with interest Tom Whitby’s reflections on the value of education conferences in his blog My Island View As a person who organises professional learning experiences for educators I struggle w...
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great reflection on PL

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NJ Audet's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:46 PM

At last!  PD is being reflective of customized learning and flipping.

 

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Flipping Professional Learning: Our First Go

Flipping Professional Learning:  Our First Go | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Well.  We did it!  We flipped our professional learning for educators!   Part of our master plan for professional learning includes FBA/BIP Using the Problem Solving Method.  This is an essential e...
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Great day!  I learned as much as they did!

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Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:58 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience and insights!

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Learning to Think Backwards

Learning to Think Backwards | Teaching and Learning with Teachers | Scoop.it
Educators need to stay focused on learning while integrating technology in the classroom, teacher and consultant Kristen Swanson writes in this blog post.
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The purpose is actually the beginning (to me) if every lesson starts with  "why".    

 

 

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