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6 Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children

6 Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Talking about race is challenging for many parents, especially White parents. And we need to get over it. Here are a few things everyone can do to make it better.
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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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Rabbi Avi Bossewitch's curator insight, March 3, 2015 8:16 PM

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

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 20, 2015 7:20 PM

A short biography of a number of leading thinkers contributors work in education i.e. Dewey, Montessori, Freire, etc.

 

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School Librarians: [Un]Quiet Leaders of Digital Change

School Librarians: [Un]Quiet Leaders of Digital Change | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Last spring at the #GoOpen Exchange, I had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion with district leaders on approaches to curating openly licensed educational resources. Leaders from #GoOpen…

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, July 17, 1:20 PM
Understanding what a librarian does can open doors to specialism and understanding. Beneficial collaboration for all. 
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29 Practical Ways to Empower Learners in Your Classroom

29 Practical Ways to Empower Learners in Your Classroom | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
“Yea, but what does it look like?”

This is the question I hear and see most frequently online and at conferences when someone mentions the phrase empower students. 

As someone who just released a book with the title, Empower, I have gone in-depth talking about the differences between compliance (forcing kids to pay attention to our content), engagement (getting kids excited about our content), and empowerment (kids excited to learn on their own).

Bill Ferriter sums up the difference perfectly in this blog post with a visual:

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Scott Olson's curator insight, July 17, 12:27 PM
We owe it to our youth to motivate them to want to learn. However we can not make them learn. There are many factors to take into consideration when trying to cultivate learning in the classroom.
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 17, 2:17 PM
Excellent suggestions to engage learners in your classroom. Check these out!
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The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking

The Big List of Board Games that Inspire Mathematical Thinking | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
These board games incorporate math in unique and fun ways!

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Roll virtual "name dice" for Character name writing prompts via Edshelf

Roll virtual "name dice" for Character name writing prompts via Edshelf | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Name Dice is a simple tool to create interesting fictional names. This app includes hundreds of first and last names, resulting in nearly endless name combinations. Featured in MakeUseOf’s “4 iPhone/iPad Apps For Brainstorming Writing Ideas, Plots, & Characters” Name Dice has received numerous 5-star reviews from writers of all ages and levels! “I have …

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Addy Park's curator insight, July 20, 5:03 AM

Hmmm. A valuable find (app) indeed!

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Establishing a Culture of Student Voice

Establishing a Culture of Student Voice | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
By co-developing classroom norms and practicing reflection and feedback, you create a culture where students want to be included because their voice matters.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 4, 1:36 PM
I think schools where the norm is a culture of having teacher voice and agency exists might stand a better chance of establishing student voice. Otherwise, it is not sustainable. Forming school and classroom norms fit together. Reflecting and offering feedback are part of the agency that comes with voice.
Rosemarri Klamn's curator insight, July 10, 1:24 PM
Organizational leadership and culture are vital in preparing students for the future. Giving children and young adults a safe space for social interaction in morning meetings so that respect for self and others is built early seems like a good strategy if teachers embrace the technique. Another interesting strategy for working on respect and self-respect is meditation in schools, which has garnered positive results in some schools.   This is consistent with new teaching approaches to build student confidence and prepare students for college and workplace skills, as noted in Trends in Digital Learning (Blackboard.com, 2017, p.3). The “ability to work with diverse groups of people” and “teamwork and collaboration” rank number 2 and 4 on parent’s list of skills they think their children require to be successful in post-secondary and the workplace.

Blackboard.com. (2017). Trends in Digital Learning: Building teachers’

     capacity and competency to create new learning experiences for students.

Leach, A. (2015, November 24). One of San Francisco's toughest schools

     transformed by the power of meditation. The Guardian.

McCarthy, J. (2015, September 16). Establishing a Culture of Student Voice.

     Edutopia. George Lucas Educational Foundation.

 

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How Making Thinking Visible Helps Teachers and Students - November Learning

How Making Thinking Visible Helps Teachers and Students - November Learning | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Article Produced in Partnership with Cisco Education . One category of digital tools, making thinking visible, can give students a higher level of confidence to ask questions when they need help, or share their opinions and ideas with the rest of the class — leading to more thoughtful discussions. These same tools inform educators about how to plan for much more meaningful lessons. In the 1980s coming of age movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, one of the funniest scenes I remember (perhaps because I was a social studies teacher at the time) is the high school economics class with Ben [...]

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 14, 3:15 PM
I use FreshGrade on line portfolios for my classes it works for all content areas. I just get student and parent consent and keep everything professional and transparent. It makes online tutoring available in links I post for them as well as provides a place for students to store, document and have access to all they have done during the semester.
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The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces

The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
In the last post, I explored this idea that every student deserves a makerspace. In this post, I look at some of the most common myths I see regarding makerspaces. My Maker Story I first heard of

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What is Computational Thinking and Who is Teaching It? - Hack the Classroom - Michelle Cordy @cordym #makered 

What is Computational Thinking and Who is Teaching It? - Hack the Classroom - Michelle Cordy @cordym  #makered  | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
What is Computational Thinking (CT)? Mitch Resnick and Jeanette M. Wing are the two main people who best describe Computational Thinking (CT). Mitch Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab and creator of Scratch published this paper with Karen Brennan in 2012.  Computational thinking has three main parts: Concepts, Practices, and Perspectives. Concepts …

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It can be hard, but reflection is a powerful exercise

It can be hard, but reflection is a powerful exercise | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Sometimes looking back is painful. Sometimes the memories of what has happened are not at all comfortable, not at all pleasant. It’s hard, so we lock it up deep in our minds and throw away the key…

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 7, 11:31 AM
It is hard to reflect, in part because the objective is to critically self-reflect on who you are and what you are doing. I think the other challenge is finding a method that works for each person. It is somewhat idiosyncratic.
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This is How New Teachers Can Ace Building a Daily and Weekly Workflow

This is How New Teachers Can Ace Building a Daily and Weekly Workflow | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Everybody needs some inspiration, and new teachers are no different. Here are some tips that will help you with the first few days, weeks, and beyond.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 6, 2:14 AM
The daily workflow is predictable, but th weekly workflow is golden. Stick to it, and new teachers will fly!
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Ten amazing lesson planning apps and tools for teachers

Ten amazing lesson planning apps and tools for teachers | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Creating and writing lesson plans are activities common to basic teacher education courses. Before entering a classroom, young educators are taught how to meticulously plan their time for the benefit of their students. The most obvious way that teachers avoid the traditional lesson planning concept is by finding ideas, or even entire plans, online ..."


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6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers curated by Educators' Tech

6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers curated by Educators' Tech | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, July 5, 8:29 AM
I have always loved journaling with my students because I was able to connect with them better and really get to know them. Whether you try one of these electronic apps or go the old fashioned way of a notebook, I think you'll find the time worth it.
Anthippi Harou's curator insight, July 12, 10:02 AM
A great collection of journaling apps.
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New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 13, 1:30 PM
Project-based learning, when well-designed, is beneficial to student learning. They engage in their learning more deeply. It allows teachers to assess and provide feedback in the midst of student learning.
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Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
What is one skills that is foundational to learning but is rarely taught? Question Formulation.Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 14, 3:22 PM
I love this article and could not agree more. Great original student questions are a great indicator of active involvement and listening.
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These 10 TED-Ed videos will hold your students’ attention

These 10 TED-Ed videos will hold your students’ attention | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Here are a number of TED-Ed lessons on topics including math, science, social studies, and technology–start your foray into TED-Ed videos with these, or create your own:

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 15, 12:23 PM
Most are intriguing topics!
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Mind-Body Math: Manipulatives in the Digital Age [Infographic]

Mind-Body Math: Manipulatives in the Digital Age [Infographic] | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Explore what research says about how students can use their bodies to better learn math --and how technology can help.

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Rethinking Intelligence: How Does Imagination Measure Up?

Rethinking Intelligence: How Does Imagination Measure Up? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists and psychologists are trying to develop a new way of thinking about intelligence, one that includes kids who don't always shine in the

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Things Highly Influential People Always do to convince others - http://sco.lt/6bGbQH
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 14, 2:30 PM
I am reading Paul Ricoeur and his phenomenology promotes the idea of imagining as essential to communicating and interpreting. Kaufmann proposed four ways to help children imagine: solitary reflection time, being able to stop something that is not being enjoyed, diverse experiences, and think of each person as exceptional. This applies to adults, as well. If children see adults doing these things, maybe it would be easier for them to imagine themselves doing them, as well.
Scott Olson's curator insight, July 17, 12:31 PM
One thing I try to impart to kids.  Everyone has a strength. Someone may be booksmart, an athlete etc.  It does not make one person better than the other because of their strength.
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(Teaching Empathy) Children learn empathy growing up, but can we train adults to have more of it?

(Teaching Empathy) Children learn empathy growing up, but can we train adults to have more of it? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Empathy is an interpersonal skill that can be viewed as part of emotional intelligence. Psychotherapist Carl Rogers wrote that empathy could enhance relationships and recommended it for ordinary people and therapists.

Studies support its value. Health professionals who show high levels of empathy tend to get better adherence to treatment from their patients and better patient outcomes. And beyond health care, empathy is associated with better personal relationships and more successful social behaviour.

 

John Malouff

Associate Professor, School of Behavioural,
Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England


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Betty Skeet's curator insight, July 16, 5:36 AM
We could all do with developing Empathy as part of our emotional intelligence, adults as well as children.
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Smart Seating Charts: The Key to Better Student Performance?

Smart Seating Charts: The Key to Better Student Performance? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Teachers have long known that not every student is perfectly suited to traditional classroom setups, but with budgets tight, doling out individual attention is not always a reality. What if there was a way to make the traditional classroom setting work better for everyone though? Research has found that classroom seating arrangements have a great impact on student performance and behavior.  A study done by Angela Hammang at Montana State University found that when carefully crafted seating charts were in effect, teachers were twice as successful reaching students and that the attainment of lower ability students was doubled. In her …
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The Boy Crisis: A Sobering look at the State of our Boys | Warren Farrell Ph.D. | TEDxMarin

What is causing a worldwide Boy Crisis and how do we resolve it. A sobering look at the current state of Boys in our society and what we must understan

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 13, 5:56 PM

I highly recommend watching this short 12 minute video. -Lon

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Teaching Visual Art and Computational Thinking - Hack the Classroom - Michelle Cordy @cordym

Teaching Visual Art and Computational Thinking - Hack the Classroom - Michelle Cordy @cordym | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
This blog post includes a 5 minute video, a lesson plan and examples of student that show integration of visual art curriculum and Computational Thinking in my grade 3 classroom.

Thank you to Bea Leiderman, Carolyn Skibba, Douglas Kian and my experience at the Apple Institute in Berlin for this idea.  Using Keynote and Kandinsky is Bea’s idea. It’s brilliant. Bea, Carolyn and I went to the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin where we saw Kandinsky’s work. We also had in depth workshops on Keynote. The combination of these experiences at the Apple Institute in Berlin lead to this idea and a project. Bea, Douglas and I are currently working on a project where we are investigating how these ideas of art, coding, and Computational Thinking might fit together. This is the early stage of this team project.

This video gives an overview of the lesson and a chance to peak inside my grade 3 classroom:

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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 11, 10:13 PM

More of what I've been thinking about the importance of Visual Art.

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70 Practical Things Every Teacher Should Know

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70 Practical Things Every Teacher Should Know

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Establishing a Culture of Student Voice

Establishing a Culture of Student Voice | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
By co-developing classroom norms and practicing reflection and feedback, you create a culture where students want to be included because their voice matters.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 4, 1:36 PM
I think schools where the norm is a culture of having teacher voice and agency exists might stand a better chance of establishing student voice. Otherwise, it is not sustainable. Forming school and classroom norms fit together. Reflecting and offering feedback are part of the agency that comes with voice.
Rosemarri Klamn's curator insight, July 10, 1:24 PM
Organizational leadership and culture are vital in preparing students for the future. Giving children and young adults a safe space for social interaction in morning meetings so that respect for self and others is built early seems like a good strategy if teachers embrace the technique. Another interesting strategy for working on respect and self-respect is meditation in schools, which has garnered positive results in some schools.   This is consistent with new teaching approaches to build student confidence and prepare students for college and workplace skills, as noted in Trends in Digital Learning (Blackboard.com, 2017, p.3). The “ability to work with diverse groups of people” and “teamwork and collaboration” rank number 2 and 4 on parent’s list of skills they think their children require to be successful in post-secondary and the workplace.

Blackboard.com. (2017). Trends in Digital Learning: Building teachers’

     capacity and competency to create new learning experiences for students.

Leach, A. (2015, November 24). One of San Francisco's toughest schools

     transformed by the power of meditation. The Guardian.

McCarthy, J. (2015, September 16). Establishing a Culture of Student Voice.

     Edutopia. George Lucas Educational Foundation.

 

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Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery

Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

People are innately wired to avoid risk. During times of times of change and uncertainty, our risk aversion is amplified.


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William Rowell's curator insight, September 3, 2014 5:51 AM

How do leaders foster the type of bold thinking and brave behavior needed to build competitive advantage and grow collective prosperity? They do so by cultivating a “Culture of Courage”

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 7:51 PM
Create a space for healthy and robust conversations. Let people speak up, with respect, and voice their ideas. I stress the overlapping features of teaching and leading. I can easily apply the article and poster to a classroom.
Ian Berry's curator insight, July 10, 3:58 PM
I like all 5 of these suggestions
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Age-Appropriate Tips for Addressing Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom

Age-Appropriate Tips for Addressing Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Promote positive gender representations and give your students a broader perspective on their options and capabilities.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 4, 1:29 AM

Some useful tips.