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Google Classroom: Create a Shared Folder

Google Classroom: Create a Shared Folder | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
An integral part of my classroom is peer feedback. While Google Classroom makes it very easy to create and collect assignments, making student work accessible to other students is more difficult. H...

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 24, 2015 7:43 AM

Great easy to follow directions - go PAPERLESS!

Bruce Hopkins's curator insight, September 11, 2015 5:57 PM
This could prove useful.
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The Creativity Mindset

The Creativity Mindset | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop) and maker mindsets (which I discuss...

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 20, 2015 9:05 PM

Philosophers such as Gadamer have written about Bildung which incorporates these characteristics as projects of self-renewal.

 

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:26 AM
Thanks, Beth Dichter. I find the mindsets very understandable and appealing, much like the science habits of mind.
SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 6, 2015 11:48 AM

We must stop educating students out of their creativity and foster an environment that celebrates the creative genius of the students entrusted to our care.

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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth! | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.

 

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Anna Sasaki's curator insight, March 22, 2015 2:42 PM

There is a new programme which helps students truly understand the usage of math skills being taught in school. It is a game that students may play, which actually put the math skills learned in school into play. This solves the time old question of "when will I ever use this?" It is very fun and uses Google maps to manifest questions for each sections from grades 5-10. It is putting more use of the Google maps and helps others learn about geography as it is using the maps.

This shows another way to use Google maps, which uses a GIS system to track locations. The online maps presents many different opportunities of teaching others, through various methods, and geography can be present in any topic shown. Geography can help others learn through spatial recognition in the case of math, and many other ideas.

Woodstock School's curator insight, March 23, 2015 1:39 AM

“Pray tell us, what's your favorite number?"...
"Shiva jumped up to the board, uninvited, and wrote 10,213,223"...
"And pray, why would this number interest us?"
"It is the only number that describes itself when you read it, 'One zero, two ones, three twos, two threes'.”
― Abraham Varghese, Cutting for Stone  

Matthew Connealy's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:26 PM

The use of Google Earth is becoming beneficial to Thomas Petra, a middle school teacher that is trying to make learning more interesting. By using Google Earth, he is able to teach lessons in a more interactive and applicable way. An example of this would be when his students learned about distance through the Alaskan dog sledders and their travels. The students are able to learn much more than the conventional way of learning and are able to gain a better sense of the phenomena around them.

 

Although this was used in a mathematical setting, Google Earth is only just beginning. Geography students would greatly benefit from this usage of the app, and more teachers should learn to harness this style of teaching. Students will be able to gain a better sense of what is going on around them, and know more about the world they live in.

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What It Means To Be A Reflective Teacher

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Reflection is a fundamental tenet of learning; it is also, therefore, a fundamental part of teaching. Why it happens is a matter of humility. But how and when it happens–and with whom–is less clear. This is partly because there are multiple sides to reflection–length, width, and depth. 


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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads

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This article from TeachThought features 50 resources for teaching with iPads.

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4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

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Attract students to libraries and other rooms of learning by creating agile, inviting spaces with makerspace elements and, most importantly, a community feeling.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 20, 2015 3:09 PM

Great ideas here!

liz deskins's curator insight, February 21, 2015 9:23 AM

These are practical, easy to do ideas to transform your library!

Julie Midyett's curator insight, March 2, 2015 11:35 AM

Love these ideas.  

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Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane

Abracadabra! Put the Magic in Teaching - Brilliant or Insane | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Who cares about high stakes testing? We want to put the magic in teaching.

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 18, 2015 10:36 PM

I love that this article encourages teachers to take a moment with their students and have some creative fun. 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 19, 2015 4:54 PM

Putting the magic back in teaching suggest a need for teachers to find their voice. Teaching is a calling and, when we are so busy we cannot pause and reflect for a moment, we do not hear the call.

 

 

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12 characteristics that make you a teacher-leader

12 characteristics that make you a teacher-leader | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

As a principal, it is important for me to remember that the success we experience in our school is thanks to the efforts of teachers and students, along with all the others who contribute to the life of a school. When I use the word success, I use it in the sense that we are growing and learning as a school and changing in ways that allow our students to have more meaningful experiences, ones that will better prepare them for their future.


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 Teachers who assume the role as leaders, position themselves as collaborators and supporters to both the faculty and the administration.  Responsibilities may include being a mentor, a trainer for staff development, a curriculum coordinator, to name but a few.

 

This form of school leadership creates the structure for collaboration and collegial learning.  The R.I.C.E. Process is a leadership challenge.  It challenges schools to rethink four areas of leadership:

Authority                            (Responsibility)Communications             (Interdependence)Decision Making              (Creativity)Skill Development             (Empowerment)

It provides a framework to understand the nature of organizations.  The R.I.C.E Process explores possibilities and frames responses to meet future challenges. The R.I.C.E. Process is a visioning tool to meet the leadership challenge.

 

Leadership respects the collective wisdom of the group and believes that an interactive model will itself produce new knowledge and that change is best effected by empowering people with new skills. 

 

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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, February 12, 2015 11:40 AM

Good formative assessment removes the embarrassment of public hand raising and gives teachers feedback that impacts how they're teaching at that moment. Instant feedback. We can do this now.

How???

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, February 13, 2015 1:47 AM

ITS HARD TO TEACH THOSE YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW! AND IS WHY TEACHING IS A GIFT THAT IN TO DAYS SEASON IT'S TEACHING FROM A BOOK AND NOT THE HEART.  WHILE THE CHILDREN OF TODAY ARE OUR FUTURE BUT ACCORDING TO THE EDCATION SYSTEM THEY ARE OR ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE TAUGHT IN , THEY ARE EDUCATED TO BE FUTURE "WHAT" WHEN THE TIME COMES WE WILL FIND OUT!

Melody Watson's curator insight, February 22, 2015 3:16 PM

Great ideas to use in the computer lab, or even with just one device.

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Empathy & Inclusion for ELL Students

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Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

"I am torn about how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world:

People and cultures are different all over the world.People and cultures are the same all over the world.

These points may seem like a contradiction, but when put into proper context they teach important truths about culture."


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Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:48 PM

Unit 3:

Shines insight on stereotypes that are commonly used throughout the world. Reading this article really made me think about stereotypes that are so commonly used they are considered acceptable. It's a ridiculous idea to think that all people under a culture act and behave the same way. 

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 2015 12:06 PM

UNIT 3 CULTURE

This article is written to compare and contrast various ways to teach young school children about global cultures. On one hand, we can relate all cultures to each other, due to their common goals and views. For example, all families around the world aim to do what's best for each other, love and cherish one another, and try their hardest to succeed economically. On the other hand, cultures are extremely different around the world, with different music, clothing, and underlying views on life. We can continue to say that popular culture has diffused so greatly, with advanced technologies and means of transportation, so it has influenced and homogenized our landscape quite a bit. Folk culture is obviously still a powerful force, but popular culture does have some effects around the world. I believe that children need to understand the importance of maintaining diversity thy preserving folk culture but they also need to acknowledge the pros and cons of the global diffusion of popular culture and how it connects us at a global scale. 

Danielle Smith's curator insight, April 12, 2015 12:21 AM

I think Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference is a helpful article for teachers to read. This article considers ideas I constantly come back to, whilst collecting resources and ideas for teaching students about cultural diversity and identity. How do I teach students, that ‘people and cultures are different all over the world’ (Dixon, 2015, April 2), but also the same?

Dixon suggests that we need to teach that people and cultures worldwide are the SAME and DIFFERENT simultaneously.  In this way, students can appreciate the rich diversity of cultures and societies, whilst at the same time learning values of humanity and empathy, which unite us all.

 

I believe by recognising and appreciating the rich cultures of students in the classroom, we can explore and learn about cultural diversity in an honest, rich and non-stereotypical way and allow students to feel valued at the same time. In addition, as students know each other, this helps them relate to ‘people from other places, who speak other languages’ and follow different religions to their own (Dixon, 2015, April 2). Furthermore, this should help increase intercultural understanding in the classroom by developing a ‘socially cohesive’ environment that ‘respects, and appreciates cultural, social and religious diversity’ (MYCEETA, p. 7).

 

References

Dixon, S. (2015, April 2). Teaching cultural empathy: Stereotypes, world views and cultural difference. National Geographic. Retrieved April 7, 2015, http: http://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/04/teaching-cultural-empathy-stereotypes-world-views-and-cultural-difference/

 

Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training, and Youth Affairs. (2008, December). Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians. Melbourne: Author. 

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

"Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?"

 

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking

 


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niftyjock's curator insight, February 8, 2015 9:32 PM

dice student

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 9, 2015 11:11 AM

Anything that gives students a chance to ask their own questions is a good idea in my opinion.  When the questions invoke critical thinking, it's a double bonus!  Also, writing these questions on any pre-made box would work.  No need to be crafty with scissors and tape.

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2015 2:04 PM

The student teachers need these tips to help them cultivate skills of asking probing questions to become better teachers tomorrow.

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Where do pencils stand in the modern classroom? - Innovate My School

Where do pencils stand in the modern classroom? - Innovate My School | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Writing is a physical way of expressing thoughts and a means of communicating with others. In most incidences it is a more efficient and prolific process than it is to get the same ideas noted on an electronic device.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 5, 2015 8:25 AM

Changes to the English national curriculum.

Ruby Rennie Panter's comment, February 6, 2015 4:07 AM
Thanks Nik - interesting (although it's the National Curriculum for England - there is no "UK national Curriculum" !
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Putting Technology At The Center Of Learning

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Putting Technology At The Center Of Learning

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Harin Desai's curator insight, March 21, 2015 5:09 AM

In light of the many advantages that integrating edtech into the general curriculum offers, to continue to deny students these opportunities seems like a hard pill to swallow. Edtech is no longer in the early adopters zone; no longer in the testing zone. It is well and truly here, and senior leadership not only has to accept such a fate, but take the bull by the horns and truly embrace it for what it is worth. 

For the sake of all its students, edtech must become an integral part of a school’s pedagogy.

Khethabahle's curator insight, May 16, 4:20 AM
How ICT can be integrated in English. 
Khethabahle's curator insight, May 25, 9:24 PM
How technology can be intergrated into education

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The shocking differences in basic body language around the world

The shocking differences in basic body language around the world | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
The body speaks volumes. But what it says depends on the culture you're in.

 

Tags: culture, infographic, worldwide.


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Gaëlle Solal's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:58 PM

ça vous en bouche un coin?!

 

Payton Sidney Dinwiddie 's curator insight, April 14, 2015 6:00 PM

This shows the costums that several other Countries use in north America we cross our legs but in Countries Like Asia disrespectful. In America we view blowing or Noise is normal in Japan that Considered rude

Roman M's curator insight, April 16, 2015 12:17 PM

This article shows the different customs on gestures or body language in the world. What we might do is disrespectful in another country. For example, even some as simple as crossing your legs while sitting is common in North America and some European countries. However, it is viewed disrespectful in Asia and the Middle East.

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Another Example Why Teaching Must Become a Team Effort - Huffington Post

Another Example Why Teaching Must Become a Team Effort - Huffington Post | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
By now it should be clear that there are no shortcuts.
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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

"Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields.

For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help to create a classroom environment that’s more motivational, interesting, and educational for both you and your students."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 6, 2015 6:09 AM

Are you looking for ideas on how to be more creative in your classroom? Check out this list from Te@chThought. It is divided into the areas listed below.

* Finding Creative Inspiration

* Capitalizing on the Creative Spark

* Inspiring Students

* The Creative Classroom

* Creative Activities

* Sharing and Collaborating

* Educate Yourself

Have fun exploring!

SuperTeacherWks's curator insight, March 9, 2015 8:00 AM

This is a fun article from TeacherThought.com. :)

Joe Boutte's curator insight, March 23, 2015 8:30 PM

Why not parents and managers too, ?  Be creative in all things. I like #19, but would flip it to say "treat you business as a classroom".

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The Compelled Educator: Ideas for Using Google Hangouts in the Classroom

The Compelled Educator: Ideas for Using Google Hangouts in the Classroom | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

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Nurturing the Middle School Mathematicial Mind Infographic

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Nurturing the Middle School Mathematicial Mind Infographic The middle school mind is…different. As 13-year-old Logan LaPlante described in his Ted Talk Hack Schooling Makes Me Happy, “Neuroscientists say that the teenage brain is pretty weird: our prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped, but we actu... http://elearninginfographics.com/nurturing-middle-school-mathematicial-mind-infographic/


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Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind

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Stimulate your students' curiosity by encouraging valuable questions and tinkering, looking for teachable moments, and building lessons around current events and critical thinking.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 18, 2015 7:43 PM
Stimulate your students' curiosity by encouraging valuable questions and tinkering, looking for teachable moments, and building lessons around current events and critical thinking.


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Teaching Empathy: Are We Teaching Content or Students?

Teaching Empathy: Are We Teaching Content or Students? | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Teaching empathy is about teaching students, not content -- how they feel about the incoming knowledge will ultimately determine how useful it is to them.

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What Comes First: the Curriculum or the Technology? | Edudemic

What Comes First: the Curriculum or the Technology? | Edudemic | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

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Sharryn Cunningham's curator insight, February 11, 2015 7:39 PM

This issue tends to polarize teachers and parents, but I believe we can have both.

Sue Osborne's curator insight, February 12, 2015 5:43 PM

Curriculum. ALWAYS.

CTD Institute's curator insight, February 13, 2015 2:52 PM

 

Factors to consider: 1) how are students using technology @home?, 2) Is SAMR built-in? and 3) connect with other educators/tech profesisonals.

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Do You Provide Content For Students or Draw It From Them?

Do You Provide Content For Students or Draw It From Them? | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Teachers & students all over the world today are reconstructing the reality of content, course books and learning environments.

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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old | Penn State University | Montessori Education | Scoop.it
Such changes, Li and colleagues suggested while reviewing a number of related studies, are consistent with anatomical changes that can occur in the brain as a result of learning a second language, no matter the age of the learner, as they reported in a recent issue of Cortex.

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Lisa Gorman's curator insight, February 9, 2015 11:39 PM

I really love languages but I have only ever really mastered one.  Here's proof that one of my future goals really needs to be to decide and commit to Spanish, French or Indonesian... 

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, February 13, 2015 7:00 PM

very useful article and I like the multigenerational emphasis

Pamela Hills's curator insight, February 22, 2015 8:28 AM

There are parts of our brain laying dormant. Wake them up and learn a language . You are never to young or old to learn.

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5 Practices for Tomorrow Every Teacher Should Adopt Today

5 Practices for Tomorrow Every Teacher Should Adopt Today | Montessori Education | Scoop.it

Here I suggest five key practices teachers who have their eyes on tomorrow can take back to their classrooms. Even if they have already adopted these practices thoroughly and seamlessly, they must more actively share their practice with their colleagues, if we truly want progress in our schools


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