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Ideas from around the world to improve your classes....courtesy of St Alban's College library
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Arts Integration: Deepening Understanding of Core Content I Edutopia

Published on Nov 1, 2016
Arts integration is more than an afterthought. You can use the arts to both meet your arts standards and deepen academic learning.

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Why Recess Is So Good For Kids - DNews

Published on Nov 12, 2015
As kids are starting school at an earlier age and school days are becoming longer, play time is becoming more and more important. Why is recess necessary?

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Turning Bystanders Into Upstanders Against Bullying

Five-Minute Film Festival: Turning Bystanders Into Upstanders Against Bullying | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

This October, for Bullying Prevention Month, empower kids by showing them how one person can make a difference when it comes to bullying. It takes courage to move from being a bystander, who is merely observing cruel behavior, to being an upstander, who speaks up against it. I've gathered some resources for you to help teach the kids in your life to be upstanders instead of bystanders, starting by simply choosing kindness and inclusion.

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STORY Sessions #14 featuring Prof Jonathan Jansen

Published on 28 Sep 2015
Our 14th STORY Session, sponsored by FMI and Appletree Culture Catalysts, featured Jonathan Jansen and was held at The Plant, Station Road, Durban. He inspired us all with his insight, made us laugh with his humour and encouraged us all with his role in leading the next generation.

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What’s The Best Way To Learn? - DNews

Published on 22 Sep 2015
Are you a visual or auditory learner? Turns out different styles of learning may not matter as much as how you’re taught!

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Beyond Recess: How to Explore the Forest as a Kindergarten Class I KQED

Beyond Recess: How to Explore the Forest as a Kindergarten Class I KQED | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

2 June 2015

Public school teachers take students to the forest once a week for a natural educational experience.

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Sal Khan Reflects on his Academy and its Impact on Education I Core Of Education

Sal Khan Reflects on his Academy and its Impact on Education I Core Of Education | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

I4 June 2015

Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, took time to explore current educational challenges and strategies to consider. Khan also shares what it’s like to be “Sal Khan” and how we should all dream big.

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Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? I NPR

Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them? I NPR | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

28 May 2015

Half the picture of student success is something other than academic. So why can't someone come up with a better name for them?

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What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

17 April 2015

Inspired by his colleagues, one teacher learned to differentiate instruction, foster a flexible learning environment, avoid harshly penalizing failure, and encourage problem solving and innovation.

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To sleep, perchance-how bedtime reading affects teens I The Economist

To sleep, perchance-how bedtime reading affects teens I The Economist | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

16 May 2015

Modern life, though, is confusing for the pineal because its signal to start work is the absence of light—specifically, of blue light. This part of the spectrum radiates by the bucketful from light-emitting diodes in the screens of phones, tablets and laptop computers. As far as the gland is concerned, that turns night into day. Study after study has suggested night-time use of screen-based gadgets has a bad effect on peoples’ sleep.

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Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom I Edutopia

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7 April 2015

When students practice metacognition, the act of thinking about their thinking helps them make greater sense of their life experiences and start achieving at higher levels.

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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? I The Atlantic

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? I The Atlantic | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

25 Mar 2015

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?

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▶ Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen - TED Talk

Published on Apr 14, 2015
At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world's cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.

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Don’t Grade Schools on Grit I NY Times

Don’t Grade Schools on Grit I NY Times | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

26 March 2016

"I also worry that tying external rewards and punishments to character assessment will create incentives for cheating. Policy makers who assume that giving educators and students more reasons to care about character can be only a good thing should take heed of research suggesting that extrinsic motivation can, in fact, displace intrinsic motivation. While carrots and sticks can bring about short-term changes in behavior, they often undermine interest in and responsibility for the behavior itself."

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Emotional healthy Kids:The Seven Habits of Highly Affective Teachers-ASCD

Emotional healthy Kids:The Seven Habits of Highly Affective Teachers-ASCD | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

October 2015

Want to make your school a better place for everyone? Make emotional health a habit. Teachers who deny the emotional elements of learning can become exhausted from ceaseless confrontations with students' emotional states, often blaming their personal stress and students' failure to learn on students' lack of motivation or maturity. It doesn't have to be this way. We can develop constructive responses to our own affective needs as teachers and equip our students to do the same. Borrowing and modifying the premise from Stephen Covey (1989), let's explore the seven habits of highly affective teachers.

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For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft-KQED

For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft-KQED | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

If there’s any video game that has successfully made its way into the classroom, it’s Minecraft. There’s a small subset of teachers using all kinds of digital games in interesting ways, but the blockbuster hit Minecraft and its educational counterpart MinecraftEDU have reached much wider audiences. But getting started with MinecraftEDU can be intimidating for teachers who don’t consider themselves “gamers”. Luckily, there’s a robust and global Minecraft teacher community to supply tips, support and even lesson plans.

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21 Icons : Thulani Madondo : Short Film

Published on 20 Sep 2015
Community leader Thulani Madondo and photographer Gary Van Wyk sit down at Ikhaya le themba in Mandela Park and discuss Madondo’s work with at-risk youth in Soweto, the importance of education in communities like Kliptown, and how these communities can work to uplift themselves.

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No Time to Be Nice at Work I New York Times

No Time to Be Nice at Work I New York Times | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

19 June 2015

Rudeness and bad behavior have all grown over the last decades, particularly at work. For nearly 20 years I’ve been studying, consulting and collaborating with organizations around the world to learn more about the costs of this incivility. How we treat one another at work matters. Insensitive interactions have a way of whittling away at people’s health, performance and souls.

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How Schools Can Help Nurture Students’ Mental Health I KQED

How Schools Can Help Nurture Students’ Mental Health I KQED | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

22 May 2015

Schools are taking a more proactive role in caring for students' mental health in counseling availability, sleep, tech and play.

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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers I Edutopia

3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

18 May 2015

Students deeply desire to hear that their teachers believe in them, recognize and can explain their purpose, and want to know who they really are.

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Deeper Learning in Practice I Edutopia

Deeper Learning in Practice I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

5 June 2015

In the deeper learning framework, students are encouraged to master academic content, think critically, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, learn how to learn, and develop academic mindsets.

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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

7 May 2015

Attorney and author G. Randy Kasten suggests that educators have an obligation to prepare young minds for the thickening information cloud they're already being forced to navigate.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes I Edutopia

Five-Minute Film Festival: Talking About Race and Stereotypes I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

10 April 2015

The most important conversations are often also the most difficult to have! Learn how to start a constructive dialogue about race in your classroom with these tips and tricks.

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8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD I Edutopia

8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

15 April 2015

Among the top strategies for highly effective professional development are making it useful, making it relevant, and making sure that teachers start practicing it ASAP.

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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn I KQED

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn I KQED | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

26 March 2015

Students can better understand math and physics problems by acting them out. This type of embodied learning can help open up the mind to abstract concepts.

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