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"Innovative teaching happens more in environments where teachers collaborate. In schools where teachers report more frequent collaboration with one another on teaching practices, innovative teaching scores tend to be higher... Teachers told us that collaboration can be an important mechanism for sharing teaching practices and for mutual support toward improving them."
Via Nik Peachey, Jim Lerman, Barbara Bray, michel verstrepen
Tech Tools valuable to anyone involved with studying, teaching, as well for librarians!
RT @deblund: #Teachers #librarians #parents: A handful of #tech tools to use with your #students!
This blog post is dedicated to all of the overworked teachers who just don’t have the time to seek out this information. I have provided brief explanations, links to and pictures of the tools mentioned by Simple K12 (and a couple of my favorites). I hope this makes it more manageable for teachers to pick and choose which tools they want to use.
Via Karen du Toit
In her book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Liz Wiseman describes two types of leaders. The first, diminishers, are those who drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them or those who always need to be the smartest person in the room.
A good rundown of the actions which identify teacher leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the abilities of those around them.
An educator from New Zealand has compiled a set of quotes around teaching and learning that are reflective of why we should personalize learning. A few are selected here and begins with this graphic from Dr. Seuss, "Oh, the places you'll go!" Is this quote something we would want students to be thinking about each day?
From the author:
"Students are born with a powerful desire to learn. Everything we do as parents and teachers must ensure that this powerful desire is kept alive. If there were to be one thing to be continually assessed it would be this desire..."
'We should turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.' - John Holt
'All human beings are born with unique gifts. The healthy functioning community depends on realizing the capacity to develop each gift'. - Peter Senge
'what a child can do today with assistance, she will be able to do by herself tomorrow'. - Lev Vygotsky
The principle goal of education is to create men and woman who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done'. - Jean Piaget
'We are shaped and fashioned by what we love' - Goethe
'You cannot teach anybody anything. You can only help them discover it within themselves.' - Galileo
Via Kathleen McClaskey