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An online library of effective teaching techniques and methodologies which inspire enduring and meaningful learning.
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Evaluating Project-Based Learning

Evaluating Project-Based Learning | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Because PBL is about more than learning content, PBL teachers should investigate and experiment with multi-model strategies for assessing their students' learning skills.

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Great article with real examples to show the power and importance of having an authentic task and audience.
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Why Grit Can’t Be Taught Like Math

Why Grit Can’t Be Taught Like Math | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Because noncognitive qualities like grit, curiosity, self-control, optimism, and conscientiousness are often described, with some accuracy, as skills, educators eager to develop these qualities in their students quite naturally tend to treat them ...
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Homework Inequality: The Value of Having a Parent Around After School

Homework Inequality: The Value of Having a Parent Around After School | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
When it comes to schoolwork, there is a chasm separating students with parents who have predictable work schedules and those whose parents don’t.

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Let Students Veer From the Old Path

Let Students Veer From the Old Path | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Be cautious about holding onto outdated traditions with white knuckles because we are comfortable with them. Encourage students to take a risk and try new things.
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Student Question | Should Students Be Present at Parent-Teacher Conferences?

Student Question | Should Students Be Present at Parent-Teacher Conferences? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Should students help lead the conference?
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9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A list of things that we don’t really want to talk about in education.
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6 Tips for Engaging Capstone Projects

Rather than creating a year-in-review capstone project, consider having students synthesize and personalize what they've learned, bringing it to a new level.
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Do Reading Logs Ruin Reading?

Do Reading Logs Ruin Reading? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Rather than creating a new generation of pleasure-readers, forcing kids to keep track of their reading time can turn it into a chore.

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12 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content And Standards

12 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content And Standards | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
You might know that I am a big proponent of PBL.  I believe that as we work on helping students understand the content standards, PBL provides teachers with the how. I do hope you enjoy this content driven article. Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and  join…

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U.S. Graduation Rate Breaks Another Record

U.S. Graduation Rate Breaks Another Record | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Eighty-two percent of the class of 2014 graduated on time, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, but American Indian, black, and Latino students continue to trail their white peers.
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Vt. High School Takes Student Voice to Heart

Vt. High School Takes Student Voice to Heart | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
At Harwood Union High School, students are deeply involved in shaping school life—including teaching and learning practices.
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11 Indicators of Excellence in Instruction (Flipped or Otherwise) — Emerging Education Technologies

11 Indicators of Excellence in Instruction (Flipped or Otherwise) — Emerging Education Technologies | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
These Aren’t Just Essential Flipped Classroom Practices, They’re Characteristics of Quality Teaching in any Classroom In 2013, the Flipped Learning Network published an official definition of Flipped Learning. Along with this definition, the FLN defined these 4 Pillars of Flipped Learning,

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Controlled Failure: Helping Kids Navigate Back to Success

Controlled Failure: Helping Kids Navigate Back to Success | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Kaitlin KelleyResilience and GritUniversity Park Campus School encourages students to take risks and, if they fail, helps them take responsibility for their own learning and success.
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Ten Things That Happen When Kids Engage in Design Thinking – John Spencer

Ten Things That Happen When Kids Engage in Design Thinking – John Spencer | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Creativity and innovation have become buzzwords in education (though not as quite as
trendy as hipster beards or skinny jeans). It’s easy to look at the maker movement and write it off as yet another trend in education. But what if it’s not just a trend? What if it’s an idea whose time has come?

For years, schools have been stuck in a one-size-fits-all factory model, where students passively consume content. But here’s the thing: kids aren’t widgets. While one-size-fits-all works great for socks, it’s not ideal for minds. Kids need to dream and wonder and imagine. They need to design and build and tinker.

This is why I love design thinking. It’s a flexible framework that guides students through specific phases in the creative process.

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How to Shift to a Student Centered Approach in Parent Teacher Conferences (EdSurge News)

How to Shift to a Student Centered Approach in Parent Teacher Conferences (EdSurge News) | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Data, expectations, report cards, goal-setting, learning objectives, and parent-teacher conferences. These are just some of the responsibilities of teachers.
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The Only Class Rule You'll Ever Need

Two and a half years ago, while reading Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess, I made his one class rule: Don't Be Mean, my one class rule.
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Tell Us How You Integrate Media Into Your Classroom

Tell Us How You Integrate Media Into Your Classroom | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Do you use media in your classroom in powerful ways? KQED is currently recruiting a cohort of middle and high school educators to tell stories about their experiences integrating media making into their classroom for KQED's In The Classroom blog.
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Relationships - key to classroom culture

Relationships - key to classroom culture | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
I have just had breakfast with a wonderful colleague, Anne Wilson, who I had worked with quite some time back in my career. Anne had worked as a Behaviour Support consultant, while I was a
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What Students Say about PBL Outcomes | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

What Students Say about PBL Outcomes | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
RT @BIEpbl: New! What Students Say about Project Based Learning Outcomes https://t.co/YFeJXSNOk7 #EdChat #PBLchat #PBL https://t.co/4j5BGRT…;
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5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature

5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
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The post 5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature appeared first on TeachThought.
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To Build a Better High School, Coherence Is Key

To Build a Better High School, Coherence Is Key | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Some experts say a cohesive design, built around tried-and-true principles, points the way to high-performing high schools.
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Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience

Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Motivate students to revise their writing through self-publishing fiction, creating podcasts and YouTube videos, writing blogs, corresponding with others, and anything else for an authentic audience.

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How to Transform Step-by-Step Directions into Inquiry - Cooper on Curriculum - @RossCoops31

How to Transform Step-by-Step Directions into Inquiry - Cooper on Curriculum - @RossCoops31 | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
In a previous post we explored a potential problem with prepackaged STEM products (or STEM in a box). In short, the problem is when schools and districts invest more in them than they do in their teachers. Because, if the ultimate goal is to leverage these resources to promote inquiry-based learning (which it should be), some form of professional learning is most likely needed, as opposed to simply handing over the goods and believing their potential will be maximized.

Now, let’s examine how teachers can take a product with step-by-step directions and transform/reconfigure it in such a way that inquiry-based learning is promoted…For the purpose of this post, we’ll look at how I previously accomplished this task with solar powered cars, but I believe these same ideas and steps can be applied across countless products/contexts.

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