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An online library of effective teaching techniques and methodologies which inspire enduring and meaningful learning.
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Teacher’s Guide to Polling in the Classrooms

Teacher’s Guide to Polling in the Classrooms | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
After you’ve introduced your class to the concept of derivatives, how can you be sure your students understood the topic? How can you increase student-to-student interaction?

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, April 25, 2:45 PM

Benefits of, research about, and software you can use to survey and poll your students.

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(Action Research) How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn?

(Action Research) How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

If I ask you or your students, "How do you learn," how many of you could clearly articulate this process? If you can, are the strategies you're using the best ones for learning? 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 7, 7:35 PM

After pointing out the latest research on how we learn, you're given 5 suggestions for changing your teaching to help your students learn.

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5 Creative Ways to Help Students With ADHD Thrive in the Classroom | Edudemic

5 Creative Ways to Help Students With ADHD Thrive in the Classroom | Edudemic | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Recently, the NY Times ran an excellent article entitled: A Natural Fix for ADHD. In this piece, Dr. Richard Friedman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Psychopharmacology Clinic at Weill Cornell Physicians, explores the neuroscience behind ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). In so doing, Friedman attempts to reframe our understanding of just what ADHD is, and how much more nuanced our approaches for treating it need to be."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 10, 2014 10:20 PM

This post from Edudemic explores ADHD in five areas:

* ADHD has long been a controversial topic

* The neuroscience behind ADHD

* When ADHD was an evolutionary advantage

* 5 Creative Approached

   - Get hands on

   - Vary the routine

   - Incorporate movement into your lesson plans

   - Teach mindfulness

   - Create a tutoring program

Many of us have students with ADHD in our classrooms, and we know that day to day the behavior changes. This post provides some background information that was certainly new to me as well as some ideas you might incorporate into lessons that may help all your students, not only those with ADHD. I would also recommend reading the NY Times article referenced above. It will provide additional information.

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Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms

Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

Quoted from the post: I spent last weekend on a camping trip with extended family.  Having just completed a report on the use of digital games in the classroom, I was more than a little eager to consult with the kids in the group about their use of digital games inside and outside of the classroom.  Given the popularity of Minecraft, I started there.  “Do any of you guys play Minecraft?” I asked.  Instantly there were three kids with three devices surrounding me, each showing me their “worlds.”


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 23, 2014 9:30 PM

Should students play digital games in the classroom? This post, from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center provides a link to a report, Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games.

In 2012 the Cooney Center did a similar survey. This one provides more up-to-date information. They sampled 684 K-8 teachers and divided the report into four sections:

1. The "players" (a look at the game-using teachers);

2. The "practices" (as in the practices teachers engage in with their students around game playing);

3. The "profiles" (of the teachers that looks at how teachers use games in terms of frequency and ways:

4. The "perceptions" of the teachers (barriers and opportunities)

This post provides an overview of some of the key finding and much  more is found in the 67 page report (which is linked to in the article and can be found at http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/jgcc_leveluplearning_final.pdf.

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Integrated Studies Research Review | What Is Integrated Studies?

Integrated Studies Research Review | What Is Integrated Studies? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Learn why and how integrated studies can be effective and get recommendations for evidence-based practices and programs.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 28, 2014 2:52 PM

Pure THEORY, BUT anyway worth to read...


Xavier Fazio's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:29 AM

Nothing more practical than a good theory...

 

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Teachers Surveyed on Using Games in Class

Teachers Surveyed on Using Games in Class | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
We have an early look at some of the interesting data coming out of a larger report on teacher attitudes around the use of games in the classroom. The numbers hint at wider use of games in the classroom and indicate teachers see the real benefit of games in helping low-performing students.

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

Do you think games have a place in your classroom? This newly released data is from a survey of 694 K-8 teachers in the U.S. that the Joan Ganz Cooney Center conducted in 2013 to see how teachers are using digital games in their classrooms.
What are some of the findings?

* 74% of teachers are using games in their classroom

* 55% of students play games at least once a week

* 72% of students access games on a PC or a Mac, and 41% of teachers use a white board to share games

* The two greatest barriers are the time it takes to implement games (45%) and the cost of the games (44%)

This post from Games and Learning provides the current data in both a visual and written form. There is much more to be found on the website. You may also want to check out the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. They have also published an article on this which may be found at http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/2014/06/09/digital-games-in-the-classroom-a-national-surevy/

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Confidence, not peer pressure, is key to success at school, say researchers

Confidence, not peer pressure, is key to success at school, say researchers | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Study finds competition in the classroom can affect results of lower-ranking pupils (New research suggests confidence is a key factor in educational outcomes - important implications for govt & teachers http://t.co/KYoAL98HjE)...
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Six Steps for Turning Your Teaching into Scholarship | Faculty Focus

Six Steps for Turning Your Teaching into Scholarship | Faculty Focus | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
With a bit of reflection, you can contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning to help us all be better teachers.
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Purposeful pedagogy indeed...

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Schleicher's TED talk: Using Data to Improve Learning for ALL kids

Schleicher's TED talk: Using Data to Improve Learning for ALL kids | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
- There are two axes on which we can map and evaluate the excellence of a standardized test, or in other words,  external measurement of learning outcomes.   The first axis is does it measure what ...
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The collection and analyzing of data is only part of the process. The methods of the aforementioned can be consistent across schools. It is the use of data that tends to vary. In other words: (1) How does a school explain or share data findings? (2) Once shared, what do school leaders expect of their teachers in terms of data use? (3) Is data used primarily for formative reasons or mainly as something to "look at" with no other impetus for action?

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How to make Evidence-Informed teaching work

How to make Evidence-Informed teaching work | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
In this post I'm presenting a conceptual model for how the teaching profession can reboot its relationship with scientific research into learning. “…the simple truth is that, in education, everythi...

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Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching

Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
In the past, I have covered many studies that look at the efficacy of game based learning.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 24, 2014 2:00 PM

Lots of teachers are using games in the classroom, and according to the study discussed in this article, over one-third of teachers use games for formative assessments, too.

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Assessment, Choice, and the #Learning Brain

Assessment, Choice, and the #Learning Brain | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
The growing field of educational neuroscience, converging developmental psychology, cognitive science, and education, can help teachers and school leaders rethink how they approach assessments. While some of its initial findings merely support what educators have intuitively believed, it is also challenging many assumptions and providing new insight into best educational practices, especially regarding assessment.

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ajinugraha's curator insight, November 1, 2014 12:13 AM

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Vanessa Monell Mercado's curator insight, November 2, 2014 7:41 AM

I want to do a PhD on Educational Neuroscience, any suggestions? Not for the money, but for the learning and helping educators part!

media350's curator insight, March 18, 10:01 AM

Can you explain the rationale behind your assessments?

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Teaching metacognition: How students think is key to high achievement

Teaching metacognition: How students think is key to high achievement | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"A few years ago, I came across some interesting research by cognitive psychologist Ronald T. Kellogg. He claimed that the mark of an expert writer is not years of practice or a hefty vocabulary, but rather an awareness of one’s audience. This made sense to me, and I wondered if it were true in other disciplines as well ..."


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Joy Power's curator insight, October 9, 2014 9:21 AM

Important research on learning for achievement.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, October 9, 2014 3:53 PM

Teaching Metacognition: How Students Think Is Key To High Achievement

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 13, 2014 9:51 PM

Research about how self-awareness can help you tap your learning potential

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Homework Research - Differing perspectives (research counter to Marzano)

Homework Research - Differing perspectives (research counter to Marzano) | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Education author-speaker Mark Barnes takes issue with Robert Marzano's homework research, after being questioned about it by a concerned new teacher.

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Christopher Jones's curator insight, September 15, 2014 10:22 AM

Very good look at the homework debate from both sides.  Not a right versus wrong argument, but clearly an interpretation argument.  What should or shouldn't be homeowrk and is it good or bad depends on how the research is interpreted.  Clearly very important as it also illuminate (slightly) the issue with appropriate assessment of understanding.

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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Learn How To Make Students Better Online Researchers. Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students.

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Patty Ball's curator insight, January 18, 2014 11:14 AM

Planning the map inside your head is the most important task of a man. Without a plan a person is just a clueless wanderer. And into the vast oceans of information a wanderer is just bound to be lost. Map in your mind, what is research all about, what are the key points and what you hope to achieve as the conclusion of this research and does your information smoothly flows proving towards your conclusion? This makes the job of searching easier.

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Is Teaching to a Student?s ?Learning Style? a Bogus Idea? - Scientific American

Is Teaching to a Student?s ?Learning Style? a Bogus Idea? - Scientific American | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Is Teaching to a Student?s ?Learning Style? a Bogus Idea?
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Are There Individual Learning Styles? Students are adamant they learn best visually or by hearing a lesson or by reading, and so forth.
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How Can We Make Homework Smarter?

How Can We Make Homework Smarter? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Do American students have too much homework, or too little? We often hear passionate arguments for either side, but I believe that we ought to be asking a different question altogether. What should matter to parents and educators is this: How effectively do children’s after-school assignments advance learning?"

Do American students have too much homework, or too little? We often hear passionate arguments for either side, but I believe that we ought to be asking a different question altogether. What should matter to parents and educators is this: How effectively do children’s after-school assignments advance learning?


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:39 PM

Homework - where do you stand on this issue? This post by Annie Murphy Paul provides information that looks at current research on the brain and a new field called "Mind, Brain and Education, that is devoted to understanding and improving the ways in which children absorb, retain and apply knowledge"

The post discusses specific ways that homework may be designed to help learners. These include spaced repetition, essentially exposing students to the same information over a longer period of time; retrieval practice, using a test to reinforce what a student knows; and interleaving, mixing "up different kinds of situations or problems to be practiced, instead of grouping them by type."

You will find more information on this research as well as evidence that points to pretty significant increases in students grades when utilizing these methods. Well worth a read as we enter a new school year and have to look at the issue of homework yet again.