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An online library of effective teaching techniques and methodologies which inspire enduring and meaningful learning.
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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, 2015 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, 2015 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

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 28, 2015 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

 

For other lessons and ideas, visit the Teaching Channel at: 
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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How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic

How to Be an Effective Ally to Parents | Edudemic | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Because parents & teachers live separately, tension can arise, but it doesn't have to be this way.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 24, 2015 8:06 PM

We are on the same side. Dewey recognized that.

 

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Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

learningDespite cautionary tales of teens and social networks, students have a lot to gain from incorporating what they learn in their personal digital space to the classroom.


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Teaching Children How to Manage Conflict

Teaching Children How to Manage Conflict | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Many years ago I remember a New Yorker cartoon depicting two parents bringing their child to school for the first time and talking to the principal.
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Socratic Method Research Portal

Socratic Method Research Portal | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
The Socratic Method Research Portal is the product of over 30 years of research and experimentation with the Socratic method.

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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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 30, 2015 12:09 PM
Student Voice is invaluable to the effectiveness of the educator.
Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 2, 2015 10:20 AM

i agree!  As a teacher, I always sought to improve and make my classroom more effective for students.  End of year surveys helped a lot.  I also had students write letters to next year's students.  This gave me insight into how the course and classroom activities helped or hampered their learning.  summer is a great -- there is actually time to reflect.  as lessons change, there is time to do researxh and gather resources.  

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 7, 2015 2:33 PM

It can be tough to hear others criticism  of us and our work, but it can help you improve. 

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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, 2015 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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E-learning Visually Explained for Teachers

E-learning Visually Explained for Teachers | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
March 24, 2015
Electronic Learning, conventionally known as e-learning, is a digitally mediated type of learning. The standard way of lesson delivery in e-learning was and mostly still is computer...

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 24, 2015 9:29 PM

If you want a reminder of what elearning is, here's your visual.

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5 Ways to Teach with YouTube ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler

5 Ways to Teach with YouTube ~ Teacher Tech ~  by Alice Keeler | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
I bought Minecraft for my 7 year old son and asked him if he needed help with it. “No, I just looked it up on YouTube.” We all know that YouTube is a great source for tutorial videos. Did you know that YouTube is the #2 search engine? Students are very likely to look up information on YouTube, it has become part of their culture. Here are 5 things you can do with YouTube:


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Great list of suggestions that are all well explained. Very convenient to have all 5 suggestions in one place.


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15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators

15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Engaging, multimedia-rich digital stories can capture the attention of students and increase their interest in exploring new ideas. Combining storytelling with powerful digital creates a truly authentic learning experience that helps students develop a wide range of intellectual skills. Digital Storytelling Tools Share your comments or join us in our Facebook Group. We’d love to …

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Nadia Ratta's curator insight, March 31, 2015 9:50 PM

Check out Go Animate!

jane fullerton's curator insight, April 16, 2015 12:24 PM

Always looking for storytelling apps...this is a great list.

Marcus Ja'mol Norman's curator insight, April 17, 2015 1:00 PM

The future is going to have tools for children to be able to learn everything will be digital and interactive 

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Best Apps and Websites for the Flipped Classroom

Best Apps and Websites for the Flipped Classroom | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Be less of a teacher and more of a mentor by turning traditional lecture-based instruction on its head. This list of resources -- everything from interactive practice sets to instructional videos to whiteboard tools -- help students learn new things at home, freeing up classroom time for...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 23, 2015 2:13 PM

I'm a huge fan of Common Sense and this page is yet another great tool to share with your teachers interested in flipping their classrooms. Not all are free but this is a good list that will get you started.

ClaireM's curator insight, March 24, 2015 1:28 PM

This site provides a list of apps that are helpful for students of all ages. Since most students today, no matter how old, have smart phones these apps can be useful for them in learning their materials for any class.