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Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'

Letter Grades Deserve an 'F' | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.

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I think one of the keys is this paragraph: "Teaching and learning with an eye toward mastery of a defined list of competencies circumvents many of the pitfalls that points-based grading causes. If mastery of a specific concept or skill is the stated goal for everyone, students are free to be more creative in their thinking. They are encouraged to challenge themselves in pursuit of that mastery."


Let's be honest: there is a lot of subjectivity in a lot of grading. Perhaps Common Core, for all of its flaws, will challenge us to think differently about how we assess. Not just how we grade student work, but how we make decisions about how students can demonstrate what they know and can do.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 12, 11:50 PM

The core of the argument is sound and draws on seminal thinking about student assessment. The addition that might be made is that thinking was based on considerably more teacher autonomy and local community involvement in their schools. I think the two go hand-in-hand. We need teachers to be teaching students and that includes effective assessment which can be communicated to students and their parents.

iPamba's curator insight, March 13, 10:53 AM

More important than the grading system is whether or not, throughout the process of learning, communication strategies and tools are used, including meaningful feedback to learners,  to enable them to recognize their challenges as well as assess their progress and achievement.

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Four Ways To Spur Shared Learning And Performance At Work

Four Ways To Spur Shared Learning And Performance At Work | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Stay sought-after by becoming an opportunity maker who enables others to use best talents together and for each other more often -- thus spurring happier and higher-performing behavior. That not only makes work more meaningful and productive it creates the camaraderie that sparks new connections and innovation. Hint: adopt a mutuality mindset
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Because it's different and may incite some different thinking in the classroom, in schools, and/or in districts.

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Nurturing the Innovator's Mindset in Your Classroom

Nurturing the Innovator's Mindset in Your Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Teach the mindset of innovation through example, iteration, failure, and reflection, and cultivate your students' curiosity and determination to try something different.
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Today's topic seems to be "innovation."

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Young adults more likely to read than those who are 30 and up, says Pew report

Young adults more likely to read than those who are 30 and up, says Pew report | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Study participants between the ages of 16 and 29 were more likely to have read a book in the last year than those 30 and older, but young adults are less likely to value the place of a library in a community.
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"However, 36 percent of those between 16 and 29 responded that they 'know little or nothing about the local library’s services' and only 19 percent of that group said they would be 'major[ly] impact[ed]' by their local library closing as opposed to 32 percent of those 30 and over responding in that way."


Can't help but wonder if this is true of school libraries, too, or just local libraries. Either way, these readers are missing out on a lot by not knowing what their libraries can offer.

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With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Parent groups and privacy advocates are challenging the practices of an industry built on data collection, and California has passed wide-ranging legislation protecting students’ personal information.
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It is reasonable to ask who gets what information, how will they warehouse, how long will they keep it, and who else can get or does have access to it and why?

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National teaching Assistants Day - TA Day - Teaching Personnel

National teaching Assistants Day - TA Day - Teaching Personnel | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
As creators of National Teaching Assistants’ Day, Teaching Personnel is delighted to illustrate the positive impact teaching assistants have on schools, teachers, parents and pupils and it akes place on 16th September every year.
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Be especially nice to your teaching assistants today, especially if you are fortunate enough to have any.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 16, 11:15 AM

Perhaps I was fortunate, but I had excellent teaching assistants. I tried not to take them for granted any day. They were invaluable and provided insights I often overlooked.

 

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What 10 Edtech Tools Will Educators Use This Fall? (EdSurge News)

What tools are educators most excited to use this school year? Teachers, administrators and more tuned in to #edtechchat on Monday, August 11 to share their top edtech picks and strategies for the new school year. Check out ten of the most popular picks below, and if you’re an edtech newbie, join #e
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Please note the title doesn't say "new" edtech tools; that's important. You'll see some "old" friends on the list and that reminds us that there are many tools that have resiliency because of an excellent architecture and because the folks behind the product just keep improving it.

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Teachers are Learners Too - A Reflection on Professional Development, Being a Mentor and Teacher Inquiry

Teachers are Learners Too - A Reflection on Professional Development, Being a Mentor and Teacher Inquiry | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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It is so easy as educators to fall into the trap of: do as I say, not as I do.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 13, 11:23 AM

We are not mentors. We are teachers. Teaching is still at the heart of what we do. We may mentor at times, instruct at other times, facilitate at other times, etc. These are subsumed in teaching. Teaching and learning are entangled to use a word from quantum physics. They are one thing that is not one thing.

 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 13, 10:40 PM

"In addition to learners needing to "unlearn", I have found that instructors sometimes need to unlearn certain habits too."

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Education 2.0: 8 start-ups changing how we learn

Education 2.0: 8 start-ups changing how we learn | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The digital age is shattering the traditional learning model. Now VC-backed tech start-ups are revolutionizing teaching methods.
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I love articles like this: articles that suggest that education is not already being disrupted. But it does serve to remind me that true disruption can take time in that we're experiencing these stutter steps of change and that it will take yet more time before we reach the tipping point. By then, however, numerous schools and districts will have made dramatic changes whereas others will just be discovering that some changes are possible.


How, how, how do we help educators discover the possibilities and then determine which are best suited for their students? That remains, I believe, one of the single greatest challenges for 21st century education.

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Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom - The Hechinger Report

Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom - The Hechinger Report | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
One thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of instructional hours required of U.S. middle school and high school students each year. Four thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of hours of digital media content U.S. youths aged 8 to 18 absorb each year. (If you doubt that’s possible, be sure you’re taking into account the …
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I don't know why we underestimate "informal" education, or even make that distinction. We know we learn under all sorts of circumstances and in all sorts of situations. Yes, we can even manage to eek out some learning as a result of studying for a test.


Classroom teachers talk about integrative learning, but too often seem to discount what kids can and do learn outside of the classroom. Learning is "the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught." That means that learning isn't limited to the classroom. I have to think more about this and see what I can learn about it. ;)

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 12, 11:34 AM

A good point is made. We think and debate a lot about what happens in School and little about the learning that happens outside. When taken together, they form the educational experience of students. Isn't it worth discussing both.

 

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Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You

Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Librarians can pivot, so can you!
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Librarians have reinvented and refined their roles more than once, and will continue to do so. School libraries and local public libraries offer a wide range of services and classes to help teachers, students, and parents, as well as career changers and job seekers and those who just want to keep on learning.

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33 maps that will show you the world in new ways

33 maps that will show you the world in new ways | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Which areas will be the worst off if the sea levels rise? Which American lake is the home to a mythical eel pig? Check out these maps to find out.
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First, I LOVE maps. Second, when DeMarcus Cousins was asked the other day if he knew where Slovenia is, he responded by asking if the reporter knew where Alabama is. Touche. But what we know of the world and how we see the world informs, I think many of our actions and responses to what others in the world may think or do.

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Guide to Google Apps for the iPad - Infographic

Guide to Google Apps for the iPad - Infographic | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Worthy of sharing on today, the day of the great unveil of the newest members of the Apple family.

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, September 12, 12:00 AM
Thanks for sharing!
Ness Crouch's curator insight, September 13, 4:02 PM

This infographic is useful because of the ideas for how it should be used and how it can be used.

Sarah Ogden's curator insight, September 15, 10:24 PM

Terrific for getting our new users organized! 

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Building Better Teachers

Building Better Teachers | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Mastering the craft demands time to collaborate—just what American schools don't provide.

Via Ken Morrison, Ivon Prefontaine
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

PLCs are often an attempt to implement the kind of collaboration found in lesson study, but too few PLCs have the time, commitment, and/or support to do the kind of observations and follow-up conversations required by lesson study, if lesson study is to be effective. Many teachers are willing to do the work involved to continue to improve their planning and practice, but far too many of the barriers are not of their own making.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, September 8, 6:14 PM

-Schools will likely need to hire more than 3 million new teachers by 2020.


-Arthur Levine has some critical views of some education training teachers colleges


- Student achievement does not correlate strongly with teachers’ years of experience in the classroom (beyond the initial few) or with the caliber of their preparation—whether they have acquired certification, earned a master’s degree in education, or aced state licensing exams. Even particular personality traits, such as an extroverted willingness to ham it up in the classroom, appear irrelevant. The conundrum doesn’t daunt Elizabeth Green, a co-founder of GothamSchools


-Deborah Ball, now the dean of the University of Michigan School of Education. In the early 1980s, she was a charismatic math teacher in East Lansing, Michigan, who developed a successful approach to teaching even very young children sophisticated concepts in math.


-Green likens the approach to the Japanese practice of jugyokenkyu. “Lesson study” is the main form of teacher training in Japan, where colleagues routinely sit in on one another’s classes and then scrutinize a single session for hours, extracting general guidance for future instruction.


he taxonomy became a book, Teach Like a Champion, and a cause célèbre within the charter movement; videos of sample lessons circulated like samizdat literature. There’s technique No. 2, “Right Is Right”: teachers refuse to accept students’ half-baked responses to questions and insist on well-formulated, and eventually correct, replies. Technique No. 32 is “SLANT,” which stands for “Sit up, Listen, Ask and answer questions, Nod your head, and Track the speaker,” a formula for eliciting attention from students. But the motions of following a lesson, Green soon discovers, aren’t necessarily a sign of genuine engagement.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 8, 7:51 PM

We don't build teachers. We build cars, houses, computers, etc. I am sure that it was a poor choice of words. There are excellent points made. Teachers are left to sink or swim. They are turned loose in the classroom and we think good things will happen. Instead, we lose 1/2 of all teachers within the first 7 years and many who stay stagnate.

 

 

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321 Free Tools for Teachers—Free Educational Technology

321 Free Tools for Teachers—Free Educational Technology | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Would you be interested in the ultimate list of free tools for teachers? At the following post you will found 321 Free Tools for Teachers separated in 18 educational technology categories. Enjoy! F...

Via Cindy Rudy, Marisa Maiocchi, Marianella Careaga Butter
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

321 free tools. It's an odd number, in more than one way. I cannot imagine the work to compile this list nor the work involved to determine which of these tools might be best suited for a teacher and his or her classroom. Of course, this list is only the beginning of possibilities.

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PaolaRicaurte's curator insight, September 1, 11:12 PM

Lotttts of tools!

Maxime QUEVAL's curator insight, September 3, 10:53 AM

Une boite à outil libre pour les formateurs

 

Marianella Careaga Butter's curator insight, September 16, 8:15 PM

Los recursos TIC para los docentes no faltan....lo necesario es que tengan claridad para qué lo van a utilizar con sus estudiantes.

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25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher

25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, Today, 11:22 AM

The list is totally focused on digital technologies. I think clouds are a good thing from a poetic perspective. They are helpful when it comes to saving my work, as well. We have too many people and teachers who think that clouds are instrumental and digital only.

 

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how "academic diligence" features in later life success.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

So maybe the kids who eat the marshmallow right away do so to rid themselves of the distraction so they can focus on something else more important to them because they don't really care about the second mini-marshmallow because a) it's mini so who cares?, b) they don't really like marshmallows anyway, and/or c) marshmallows are better with hot chocolate.


As for this particular exercise, "[i]n psychology-speak, students are faced with having to 'regulate' their emotions and impulses to overcome boredom and concentrate on homework instead of something more fun." This should inevitably lead to discussions about the veracity of homework and why student learning situations require them to "overcome boredom." Oy.

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Common Core math standards add up to big money for education companies - The Hechinger Report

Common Core math standards add up to big money for education companies - The Hechinger Report | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The politically controversial standards known as the Common Core have been in the headlines for months, in Louisiana and across the country. But for most teachers and educators the standards have been quietly transforming classroom instruction for years. And for textbook publishers and other vendors, the new standards add up to new business. Sarah Carr …
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Common Core could be an cash calf for many education companies; I don't think it'll pull off being a cash cow. Anyway, buyers beware.


People talk about "aligning" textbooks and whatever else to Common Core. Let me say this: balderdash. Perhaps it could be suggested that students could work towards proficiency for certain standards in math, but to say that a particular problem will help a student demonstrate proficiency for a particular math standard might be too bold. So, in my opinion, it depends on what the publisher means by "align."


The more familiar educators are with the standards themselves, the less likely they are to be taken in by companies that claim something that is not true or, in some cases, possible.


In my opinion, too many administrators and teachers have become accustomed to finding programs or gimmicks that will help their students "learn" and by that they mean pass whatever standardized tests the kids have to take.


". . .teachers must master the standards and become savvy shoppers." If a school/district is implementing Common Core, the teachers had better know and be familiar with the standards. Once they have that level of comfort, while they will still want resources to support student learning, teachers won't need fancy schmancy programs or gimmicks, and they have to be sure not to let companies fool them into thinking so.

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A 3D printer for every school would encourage innovation

A 3D printer for every school would encourage innovation | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Launch of a $500 printer from California boosts UK campaign to get schoolchildren making things
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We are so enamored with that word "innovation." I'm rather a fan of "systematic inventive thinking" (www.sitsite.com), but it doesn't flow in quite the same way. Of course, I'm a bigger fan of learning. I love the idea of having 3D printers in schools so students can create models to help them truly visualize the math, science, architecture, theater, and other models. People talk about "innovation" as though it's something that springs ex nihilo because of student exposure to some idea, technology, whatever. Of course it doesn't. Innovation is like Gladwell's tipping point. There is learning (perhaps even learning over time) and understanding of that learning combined with inventive thinking (perhaps even systematic) that leads to innovation. So let's get those 3D printers in schools and see what develops, literally. (And in the actual, literal sense of the word "literal".)

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What Will Learning Look Like in 2024?

What Will Learning Look Like in 2024? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
This year the DevLearn Conference and Expo turns 10 years old. As we've been preparing for this year's conference, it's been fun to look back at the last decade and see how the conference, technolo...
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The Twitter Chat is past tense, but there is still time to share your thinking of what learning could look like a mere 10 years from now. Yep, 2024 is only a decade away! Yikes!!

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Becoming a Teacher: Great expectations in a real world: Where does PD take place?

Becoming a Teacher: Great expectations in a real world: Where does PD take place? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Professional development is an ongoing and endless process and we teachers will never stop being learners
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That statement says it all: "PD is an ongoing and endless process."

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New Infographic – The education of tomorrow – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Infographic – The education of tomorrow – Stephen's Lighthouse | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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This is the kind of thing that exhausts and depresses some teachers, especially those who are struggling to keep up with the current trends and figure out what they mean for teaching and learning. This is the kind of thing that worries parents, especially the 25% without Internet access in their homes provided they've been able to learn about some of the technology changes that seem to be tilting education.


As with all statistics and data points, some may be more telling and indicative than others. There's a data point in this infographic that 6 in 10 prefer digital formats when reading books inside or outside of class, and yet http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/millennials-are-out-reading-older-generations/379934/. 

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10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic

10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Instagram is a hugely popular social network for photo sharing. Though the use of social media in the classroom may have skyrocketed, Twitter and Facebook definitely reign supreme as the key social media tools for schools and teachers. Somehow, despite the widespread popularity of Instagram, few teachers are employing it in the classroom. We’ve heard …
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Minecraft Is Expected to Be Acquired by Microsoft

Minecraft Is Expected to Be Acquired by Microsoft | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Acquiring the game would give Microsoft control of an online world that has defied many modern conventions to become a blockbuster success.
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Let us begin to contemplate the implications.

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Resources for Getting Started with Project-Based Learning

Resources for Getting Started with Project-Based Learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Militao de Maya Ricardo
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This is great stuff! Useful resources with background information. Or you can just call Ginger Lewman and/or check out her Life Practice cards.


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Education is finally catching up to technology

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Education is finally catching up to technology
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Thankfully, educational practices are catching up to the 21st century.

Via David W. Deeds, Lisa Durff
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It's true that education is beginning to catch up with technology, though it saddens me that we're still talking about teachers making the transition from "sage on the stage" to "guide on the side." Even so, small steps forward are small steps in the right direction

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 8, 8:55 PM

Still a ways to go, though. ;)

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 9, 1:39 PM

Is it? Digital technologies are continuously changing. What does that mean about this catching up?

 

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