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Why I Love Teachers

Why I Love Teachers | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
There are teachers, and there are Teachers. I respect anyone who steps into a classroom, but I adore educators for whom teaching is as much a vocation as a job. Why? Because when Teachers go on vac...

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Purposeful Pedagogy
An online library of effective teaching techniques and methodologies which inspire enduring and meaningful learning.
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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

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Anita Vance's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:45 AM

A great reference of the educational theories and practices of our times.


Avi Bossewitch's curator insight, March 3, 8:16 PM

Excellent review of 20th century ed thought leaders and how they inform 21st century learning

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Watch and Learn: Observing the PBL Classroom ~ Edutopia ~ by Stacey Goodman

Watch and Learn: Observing the PBL Classroom ~ Edutopia ~ by Stacey Goodman | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Project-based learning (PBL) is a much-discussed teaching practice in progressive education circles. However, there is pressure on teachers who teach in PBL environments, such as art classes and other "making" classes, that formal observations still require the teacher to perform the same old song-and-dance routine of the conventional lecture/demo.

While lectures and demos are key to getting a project started and moving forward with intermittent check-ins and lectures, they are not the meat and potatoes of the project-based curriculum. The core routine is the workday.

I wasn't trying to be contrary by choosing to have a typical workday observed. As an almost exclusively PBL educator, I truly wanted a sense of how I was doing with my day-to-day teaching, and was trying to figure out my weaknesses and strengths in terms that apply to the PBL classrooms. Those strengths and weaknesses are along the lines of teacher-student interaction, facilitating and assisting students in need, setting up, and closing a class period.

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Dr. Faith Morrison Alexander's curator insight, April 1, 6:03 PM

As educators, weshould cater to the varying learning styles and modalities in our classrooms.  Project based learning caters to this school of thought. It's no wonder then, that as usual in education, because it doesn't quite fit into the 'norms' it's not fully embraced by the status quo.

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - | k12 Blen...

A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - | k12 Blen... | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A diagram of 21st century pedagogy for the purpose of 21st century learning.

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5 Classroom Strategies That Help Introverts and Extroverts Do Their Best Work

5 Classroom Strategies That Help Introverts and Extroverts Do Their Best Work | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Thanks in no small part to Susan Cain's bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, people have never been more aware of extroverted and introverted personality types -- that is, people who gain energy from social interaction and people who gain energy from alone...

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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
The educator becomes a connected educator and through sharing, is an active participant and contributor to the connected educator movement.

Being a connected educator means connecting with other teachers to exchange ideas, improve your teaching practice, and in turn, make a change in education. It is only through being connected that we can collaborate and help to foster learning for the 21st century and beyond. (Being a Connected Educator)

The gap between what is and what could be in education is larger than it ever has  been.  I believe this is largely due to technology and the ability to establish global connections because of social media. Educators are more connected and more aware about education trends than any time in the history of public education.

Imagine how education could be transformed if all educators use their own personal, often passion-driven voices. The bottom line is that if any individual educator believes there are flaws in the education, that it can be done better, then s/he has the responsibility to say something. I reaching the point that I am starting to believe it is a moral imperative for educators to share what they know to be true with other educators; and with administrators, students’ families, community members, politicians . . . the larger global society.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=practice

 


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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, March 31, 6:19 PM

We must break down the barriers and share our ideas to improve education.  It seems obvious that our national and state leaders have given our school system their best efforts and we still have too many children unsuccessful. Teachers are overworked, students over tested...we must creat a grassroots revolution to change the system for our children And their teachers.  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 31, 9:34 PM

I don't think this is a new responsibility, but it is important.

 

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, April 1, 10:50 AM

J'aime ce post parce qu'effectivement, tout prof devient de facto une source pour les autres en matière de connaissance. Pourquoi pas le partager ?

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How to Integrate Technology without Losing Your Teacher Mind

How to Integrate Technology without Losing Your Teacher Mind | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

Veteran educator Jennifer Gonzalez shares a 7-step framework that can help hesitant or frustrated teachers add more digital prowess to their teaching practice.


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Dustin Fowler's curator insight, March 31, 3:00 PM

Good advice for someone looking implement some tech into their curriculum. 

 

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Watching Videos Like You Read a Book: 40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies

Watching Videos Like You Read a Book: 40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book

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FredGaasendam's curator insight, March 31, 3:19 AM

This could be useful with weblectures for higher education.

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10 professional development ideas for teachers

10 professional development ideas for teachers | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Education experts tell us their top tips for ensuring teachers get the most out of professional development sessions

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47 Gamification elements, mechanics and ideas - Gamified UK Blog

47 Gamification elements, mechanics and ideas - Gamified UK Blog | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A list of 47 gamification elements, mechanics and ideas to use in gamification projects.

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Consider using autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance as practical classroom strategies to reinforce the intrinsic motivation students need for making the most of their learning.

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, March 29, 6:02 PM

Will be key to build confidence with new standards.

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Why You Must Reflect and Improve
Students are what we do. They are the center of our classroom, not us. However, as a teacher, I am the most impactful single person in the classroom. Honest feedback from our students will help me level up.

I've been doing this for more than ten years. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry -- and sometimes I'm mortified. But I can honestly say that every single piece of feedback I've received has made me a better teacher. And great teachers are never afraid of having or inviting hard conversations. This is one of best practices that has helped me to be a better, more excited teacher every year.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/



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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 28, 1:25 PM
Why You Must Reflect and Improve
Students are what we do. They are the center of our classroom, not us. However, as a teacher, I am the most impactful single person in the classroom. Honest feedback from our students will help me level up.

I've been doing this for more than ten years. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry -- and sometimes I'm mortified. But I can honestly say that every single piece of feedback I've received has made me a better teacher. And great teachers are never afraid of having or inviting hard conversations. This is one of best practices that has helped me to be a better, more excited teacher every year.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/


SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 30, 12:09 PM
Student Voice is invaluable to the effectiveness of the educator.
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There Is Not Just One Right Way to Be A Connected Educator

There Is Not Just One Right Way to Be A Connected Educator | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

I am a connected educator, whatever you think that term means. To me it means that at any given moment I have access to thousands, if not millions, of teachers around the world that can help me fu...


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 28, 8:27 PM

It is all about (con)text.

 

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The 20Time Project: how freedom can help prepare students for the future ~ Google for Education ~ Kevin Brookhouser

The 20Time Project: how freedom can help prepare students for the future ~ Google for Education ~ Kevin Brookhouser | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
The 20Time Project stemmed from the collision of several fortunate events: I met a number of inspirational teachers through the Google Teacher Academy, spent time at the Google campus, and read a book by Daniel Pink called Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us about how to encourage innovative thinking. Inspired by Pink and Google’s “20 percent time”— a practice that allows employees to take time out of their “day job” to work on a side passion project— I created my own version and applied it to the classroom.

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4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom

4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Writing is a universal thread that can unite all content areas. Check out these four tips to help bring writing into your math curriculum.

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4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
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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Enhancing Learning Through Differentiated Technology

Enhancing Learning Through Differentiated Technology | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Three tech tools -- SAS Curriculum Pathways, Newsela, and EDpuzzle -- can help differentiate instruction by showing where students are and offering appropriate formative assessment.

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10 Best Channels for STEM Education on YouTube

10 Best Channels for STEM Education on YouTube | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Was Formula 1 in your syllabus growing up? Probably not, but times are changing. As of this year, Formula 1 cars have made the grade, and will be appearing in public school curriculum. NASCAR's Acceleration Nation puts your child in the driver's seat with an inspirational dose of STEM education. When you look at the speed and…

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8 Creative Ways to Get Reluctant Readers to Read | Edudemic

8 Creative Ways to Get Reluctant Readers to Read | Edudemic | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
According to a study led by Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center, about 23% of 1005 participants (randomly called via landline and cell phone) had not read a book in the past year, including ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks.

 

With the massive influx of information that students receive on a daily basis thanks to the Internet, it is not a surprising statistic. Not surprising, but quite alarming.


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Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, April 1, 1:15 AM

Wish there was some such fail-safe advice for authors

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Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project

Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
So what is involved in creating the perfect project for making in the classroom? Here are eight elements to achieving success in project-based learning.

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5 Great Videos on Blended Learning

5 Great Videos on Blended Learning | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Blended learning can be simply defined as a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with..

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KnowHow eLearning's curator insight, April 1, 10:18 AM

Video Killed the Speakers!

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When Risks in the Classroom Lead to Rewards

When Risks in the Classroom Lead to Rewards | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
America’s K-12 education system has it all figured out. With its institutionalized best practices and proven techniques, teachers need not experiment or take risks.

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 28, 7:31 AM

Research suggests that homework for primary age students is problematic, the more so the younger the students. At the other end of the spectrum, students in year 12 gain significantly from productive work outside of the classroom. This chart is worthy of reflection about how to frame work outside the classroom.

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Scaffolding for Student Success: Micro Teaching

Scaffolding for Student Success: Micro Teaching | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

By looking closely at video together, we can all learn and improve our practices. In this Observation Challenge, we're focusing on scaffolding as a strategy for moving students toward understanding a complex concept.

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3 Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Learning Community

3 Ways to Create a Positive Classroom Learning Community | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
By Jasper Fox Sr. Educating all children, regardless of their ethnicity and socioeconomic standing, is a noble goal. How it is accomplished, though? Recent downward trends in high school dropout rates are encouraging, but what about those students who do decide that the educational system isn’t for them? According to the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), just 2.7 percent of 2009 9th grade students had dropped out by 11th grade, although the percentage of dropouts within that 2.7 percent was higher for certain ethnicities and socioeconomic status levels. The question remains then: how can educators create a positive classroom environment where all students feel welcome and engage in meaningful learning so that percentage drops to zero? The following are three concepts that could be helpful in involving more students in classroom learning communities. Communication: It makes sense that students want to know where they stand in terms of their school experience. From attendance to graduation requirements, there should be no surprises. (This goes for assignments and resources as well.) Tools like Google Apps for Education and add-ons like Autocrat can create personalized updates or reports that can be e-mailed to all stakeholders to help keep the focus on what’s important: where students are in their learning. Collaboration: Ranking students according to grades demoralizes and divides the classroom. Even for higher-achieving students, obsession with grades can foster unhealthy, compulsive behaviors related to their class ranking. Instead, provide opportunities for students to collaborate regularly. Discussion, both in class and online, allows students to learn and practice discourse. Extending the time available for learning by creating blended learning environments or taking advantage of social media gives students the opportunity to develop their understanding together, outside of school, using flexible pacing. This more fluid structure allows students to further their knowledge when it is convenient for them and allows their learning to occur more naturally. Quality Feedback: Students want to feel like more than a number. By utilizing formative assessment regularly and analyzing the results together, either individually or in small groups, students will fully understand where gaps in their understanding exist. By using a low pressure, nongraded approach, students can focus on the descriptive nature of feedback. Building in time to relearn and reassess forms an atmosphere where understanding is emphasized. Reiterating content until students show mastery of the topic builds confidence and, if done properly, will lead to success for all students once a summative test or quiz is given. Creating an inclusive atmosphere that is both comforting and honest builds a positive community within the classroom. Transitioning away from the mind-set of difficulties being the students fault toward the mind-set of developing strategies to build consensus and understanding will help all students meet their goals. There is still much work to be done to ensure that all students, regardless of their place in society, reach their full academic potential, but focusing on classroom interactions is an important place to start. As a thoughtful practitioner, the teacher can help students become successful lifelong learners. It is of the utmost importance to implement supportive practices, especially for lower socioeconomic students. Practices such as those outlined above will sustain young people’s interest in their schooling to ensure they see graduation day. *** Jasper Fox Sr. teaches science at Copper Beech Middle School in the Lakeland Central School District in Shrub Oak, N.Y., where he is currently in his twelfth year of teaching. He was recently named the Educators Voice Honoree for Middle School Teacher of the Year at the 2014 Bammy Awards and was a semifinalist in the 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year program. An avid writer and connected educator, Fox maintains an active Twitter presence as @jasperfoxsr  and writes for a variety of sites and publications.  

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Graphing Linear Equations (Full Body Style) // TeachingChannel

"Rebecca Davis sets up a coordinate plane on the floor of her classroom. Groups of 3 or 4 students are assigned equations in slope-intercept form and graph them using their bodies on the giant coordinate plane. As extensions, Ms. Davis changes the slope or y-intercept of the original equation and makes the activity into a race."

https://youtu.be/UVavAC3Tclk

 

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http://www.teachinchannel.org  


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Avoiding Student Humiliation

Avoiding Student Humiliation | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Embarrassing or belittling students may interfere with learning and lead to long-term resentment. Teachers should treat students respectfully and be mindful of their feelings.

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