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An online library of effective teaching techniques and methodologies which inspire enduring and meaningful learning.
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What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It

What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
As cyberbullying increases, our best options are recognizing patterns, keeping evidence, intervening when appropriate, reporting any incidents, and educating everyone -- bullies included.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 15, 2015 7:52 PM

Adults, and I mean 'teachers,' engage in it. What if we began there? I felt bullied by one administrator. I doubt he even realizes what he did was wrong. It is second nature to adults because they have done it so long.

 

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Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone

Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Katherine Prince, Senior Director at KnowledgeWorks, writes about her work on the future of learning.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 15, 2015 4:28 PM

Katherine Prince Senior Director, Strategic Foresight of KnowledgeWorks shares her personal vision for the future of learning as part of TEDxColumbus.  Her talk, “A Vision for Radically Personalized Learning,” explored the possibility of truly putting students at the center of the expanding learning ecosystem.


In this guest post, she also refers to her latest paper,Innovating toward Vibrant Learning Ecosystems: Ten Pathways for Transforming Learning,” that aims to help education stakeholders move from vision to action in creating a learning ecosystem that is vibrant for all learners and not just for those with means. This graphic represents the ten pathways to create that learning ecosystem.
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Student Tech Teams 101: A Toolkit for Educators

Student Tech Teams 101: A Toolkit for Educators | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Over the past year and a half I've consulted with educators, administrators, instructional technology specialists, and IT professionals from all over the country (and my friend Matt Robinson who re...

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 15, 2015 12:39 AM

Talk about authentic assessment. 

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 15, 2015 9:40 AM

Our disengaged kids will learn when we quit lecturing at them an boring them to death. 

Chris Carter's comment, January 15, 2015 7:32 PM
Thank you for sharing, everyone! We are working with students right now to launch a similar endeavor right now. We are also crating a Learning Commons for next fall that will be an amazing learning environment. Genius Bar, Coffee Bar, Maker Space, Quiet Room, writable walls, light jazz ... Please apply to this school if you want to be a part of something unprecedented, and you wish to live in Shanghai.
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(Infographic) STEM and STEAM - Daily Genius

(Infographic) STEM and STEAM - Daily Genius | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
There is a lot of talk about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in education. Schools, governments, and businesses are hoping that today’s STEM students can solve tomorrow’s global issues. The importance of a quality education has not been lost on me. I’ve gone from a liberal arts university to some highly-technical professions and back (and forth). This has left me with a well-rounded amount of experience in all the STEM subjects.



But there’s more to education than getting a STEM job. A lot more.

That’s why a new term is gaining *ahem* steam. It’s called STEAM and it’s the idea of incorporating arts into a STEM-based curriculum. In other words, let’s help students think more creatively and better understand the problems they’re already working to solve

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A Good Collection of Classroom Magazines for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Good Collection of Classroom Magazines for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
"A Good Collection of Classroom Magazines for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning" http://t.co/CmoFGPbQ4t

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, January 14, 2015 11:06 AM

Definitely worth a look.

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If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again

If we stop telling kids what to read, they might start reading again | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
It's an age old question, but with new evidence.

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How to Move from Teaching Content to Teaching Learning

How to Move from Teaching Content to Teaching Learning | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
By Kelly Morgan Dempewolf, PhD Lifelong learners. It’s a phrase that appears in mission statements of schools, districts, and state agencies across the country. It’s a worthy goal—to produce people that continue to learn and value learning throughout their adult lives. Despite being a fairly universal goal of educators and education systems, producing lifelong learners is not a process that has a set of concrete steps. Despite being a part of systems that included the phrase in their mission, I’ve never been shown how to actually make it happen. One way to encourage lifelong learning is to show students that there are things to learn that are relevant to their interests and their lives—things they are interested in learning for the sake of learning, rather than for grades or tests. Allowing students to seek out specific aspects of an overall topic that interest them or ask their own questions to guide their learning goes a long way in cultivating the intrinsic motivation that’s necessary if we want them to continue to learn later in life when it’s not required for a test or a grade. Second, we need to let them learn how to learn. Students spend years in classrooms taking part in lectures, discussions, assignments, projects, group work, activities, labs, and many other learning activities. However, the vast majority of those students are told when to learn something, how to learn it, when to be done learning it, and if they’ve learned it or not. When in this process have we ever shown them how to learn something on their own, without a teacher creating a schedule, telling them which things they need to do to learn it, and letting them know when they know something? We instead need to create an environment that promotes student-paced mastery learning and give students the ability to learn how to learn. Student-paced mastery learning allows students to learn to select between various learning opportunities to decide how they best learn different types of content. For a math lesson, they may want to watch a narrated lecture, with examples, that they can pause and rewind as necessary. Then, they may want to attempt to solve practice problems and have access to an answer key so they can check their understanding as they go, rather than waiting until the end. Practice makes permanent, not perfect, so why make the wrong way permanent by requiring completion of all practice before assessing and making corrections? For learning about the differences between physical and chemical changes, students may choose to read a passage in their textbook and discuss it with other students. Lifelong learners need to master the ability to seek out appropriate ways of learning when there’s no teacher there to tell them which things to read, watch, do, or experience. Student-paced mastery learning allows students to learn how to assess their own understanding. They determine when they are ready to show mastery on a concept. In the beginning, they often get this wrong and prematurely decide they are ready. This results in many retakes early in the year. However, by the end of the year, students in my high school chemistry class rarely need to retake a mastery quiz because they are much better at the meta-cognitive skill of assessing whether they understand a concept or not. Lifelong learners need to know how to evaluate whether to seek out more information, help, or experiences in order to understand something or whether they’ve got it and can move to the next thing. Student-paced mastery learning also allows students to develop perhaps the most necessary skill for independent lifelong learning: the ability to try again. Traditional classrooms teach students that they have one opportunity to learn something and demonstrate their understanding. They are not taught to pick themselves up, think about what they could do differently, and attack the problem from a new angle. Time and time again, we hear very successful people talking about how, without the ability to be resilient in the face of failure, they would not be the successful people they are today. Yet we’re not modeling that and teaching students how to develop that in our traditional classrooms. In order to truly be successful, lifelong learners need the ability to try again after something didn’t work quite right the first time.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 13, 2015 10:49 PM

What is life-long learning if students and teachers do not know how to learn and reflect on what they are learning critically?

 

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Developing Worthwhile Math Problems

Developing Worthwhile Math Problems | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Watch as teachers learn how to properly develop math problems and tasks to give their students. Many problems with allow students to solve using multiple approaches.

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Ten Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

Ten Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015 | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
four large concepts that encompass the ten trends that you will see impacting learning starting this coming year: Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning, and Partners in Learning.

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How effective math teaching looks similar across grades

How effective math teaching looks similar across grades | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Watching these six teachers incorporate the practice standards in their classrooms shows how effective math teaching looks similar across grades. From kindergarten through high school, students are involved in rich math discussions. They are invited to share their strategies, learn from others, and apply their knowledge to real-world contexts. The teacher’s role in these classrooms is deceptively complex: They guide their students towards understanding by asking probing questions, encouraging students to share their thinking, and synthesizing student responses."


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What You Need to Explain Ratio and Proportion

What You Need to Explain Ratio and Proportion | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Ratio and proportion get a thorough treatment in Anne Collins and Linda Dacey's new book, reaching from potential challenges and misconceptions to individual needs, with CCSS present for each of the many activities, says reviewer Ashley Walther.
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The Agile Classroom - Edutopia

The Agile Classroom  - Edutopia | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Agile development refers to an iterative and highly collaborative approach to creating a product. In comparison, an agile classroom is an environment in which your students are motivated to do their best work and feel invested in the class as a whole. Before I started teaching at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, I was a developer at a startup. We see our own teaching though the lens of our unique experiences, so here are some of the things I learned as an entrepreneur back then that make me a better teacher now.

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A Beautiful Visual on Reading Tips to Use with Students

A Beautiful Visual on Reading Tips to Use with Students | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

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Engaging Students with Social Game Mechanics

Engaging Students with Social Game Mechanics | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
In-class games can build social-emotional, collaboration, and problem-solving skills when they bring students face-to-face for trading, arguing, judging, persuading, guessing, and bluffing.

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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

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In an Era of Conflict, Healing the World One Classroom at a Time

In an Era of Conflict, Healing the World One Classroom at a Time | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Thom Markham offers a set of principles to help educators see beyond immediate reforms to the education system.

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O Captain! My Captain! Where has teaching gone?

O Captain! My Captain! Where has teaching gone? | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"To understand the changing nature of 21st-century teaching, consider how these elements define your school culture: scheduling, budget, programming, and student POV ..."

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The Biology Corner

The Biology Corner | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A biology resource site for teachers and students

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Amy Burns's curator insight, January 14, 2015 12:54 PM

Resources are divided by subject area.  

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Dozens of ways to use comics and cartoons in the classroom

Dozens of ways to use comics and cartoons in the classroom | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Making learning fun with cartoons and comic strips! In December, having been inspired by Emily Wierszewski's "Teaching visual rhetoric with the ComicLife App"..."


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Andrew Blanco's curator insight, February 5, 2015 11:36 AM

how to use comics and cartoons in the classroom

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, January 13, 2015 8:46 PM

This is a great article to focus on creative thinking. These ideas are important for Socratic seminar, where students must be willing to share their best ideas in safe circumstances. When students are able to do this, the entire group benefits from the process.

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for the love of learning: A teacher who quit is used to show that teachers stay

for the love of learning: A teacher who quit is used to show that teachers stay | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 12, 2015 8:04 PM

Some interesting links to articles about teachers staying and quitting. One challenge is that most of the decision making related to what goes on inside the classroom comes from outside.

 

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Create Culture First. Not Rules.

Don't kill creativity on the first day of school! Let them think about the possibilities! Taking a lesson from advertising can teach us how to inspire them.


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What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class

What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Despite the uncertain financial standing of a cooking and gardening program, students are encouraged to take risks, even costly ones, all for the sake of learning.
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10 inexpensive ways to get children’s books for the classroom

10 inexpensive ways to get children’s books for the classroom | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A well-stocked classroom library encourages self-selected independent reading and can also serve as a great place for children to enjoy some down time during the school day.
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Creating a Discovery Table | Childhood101

Creating a Discovery Table  | Childhood101 | Purposeful Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Elements for creating a nature discovery table at home or preschool.

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