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Stop Telling Students to Study for Exams - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Stop Telling Students to Study for Exams - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

Among the problems on college campuses today are that students study for exams and faculty encourage them to do so.

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Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick?

Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick? | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
What if we asked our students about the type of work they would prefer to do while in class? It may reveal a lot about what choices they would make for assignments and activities and why they make these choices.

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Web 2.0 for ELT's curator insight, March 21, 2015 3:48 AM

Very enlightening!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 21, 2015 9:39 AM

Great article. Teacher B would definitely be more fun to learn from and teach as well, but.... Student A has a point about the testing. Maybe we should revaluate testing.

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, March 21, 2015 4:49 PM

We must not forget...the focus is not only what tne Ss want,  but what is best for Ss. Love the quote at the end.

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Why Viewing Classroom Management as a Mystery Can Be a Good Thing - Education Week News

Why Viewing Classroom Management as a Mystery Can Be a Good Thing - Education Week News | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
Handle frustrations and challenges by approaching classroom management as a mystery—complicated and constantly changing—rather than as a straightforward puzzle, advises teacher Larry Ferlazzo.
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Teachers: Time for Civil Disobedience

Teachers: Time for Civil Disobedience | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
Never have the stakes attached to testing been higher. If a student doesn't reach proficient on a Common Core test where most students will not reach proficient (a passing mark set artificially hig...

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Ten Reasons to Laugh in Class - John Spencer

Ten Reasons to Laugh in Class - John Spencer | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

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3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think)

3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think) | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
How do you conduct yourself in your classroom? As a leader, a learner, an observer, a participant, and a member of a larger group. All of these roles hold so much nuance that your students learn from. It is sometimes easy to forget how much our students are learning from us just by being with …

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Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students | MindShift

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students | MindShift | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

In his new book To Sell is Human, author Daniel Pink reports that education is one of the fastest growing job categories in the country. And with this growth comes the opportunity to change the way educators envision their roles and their classrooms. Guided by findings in educational research and neuroscience, the emphasis on cognitive skills like computation and memorization is evolving to include less tangible, non-cognitive skills, like collaboration and improvisation.

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Five Reasons Why Teaching Is Still Great

Five Reasons Why Teaching Is Still Great | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
Despite all the negative news about teachers, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate the profession, says a high school teacher.
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Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School

Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

The enemy of innovation and growth is routine. These auspicious weeks before the school year commences are the perfect time to create a new routine that will ensure innovation in your instruction and growth as an instructor. Here are some idea for those who want to take advantage of these next few weeks to guarantee the best year they’ve ever had.  By Ben Stern, EdSurge 

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Five Practices for Building Positive Relationships With Students

Five Practices for Building Positive Relationships With Students | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
A high school math teacher shares the strategies that have worked for her in developing strong connections with students, which she says leads to higher achievement.
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Education Rethink: What Does It Mean to be a Great Teacher? (Ten Ideas)

Education Rethink: What Does It Mean to be a Great Teacher? (Ten Ideas) | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

...I'm struck that it is both simpler and more complicated than the view I hear on Twitter and from my district. I'm struck that it is something that takes years to reach.

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Research finds chronic psychological stress can sabatoge success for students from low income as well as more affluent backgrounds : Teachers At Risk

Research finds chronic psychological stress can sabatoge success for students from low income as well as more affluent backgrounds : Teachers At Risk | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

Clancy Blair’s discusses the negative effects of chronic psychological stress on student success in his article “Treating A Toxin To Learning” in the September/October issue of Scientific American Mind. Blair’s research supports the contention that chronic psychological stress due to financial worries, the inability to provide adequate child care, the crowded conditions and noise that accompany low income affects the thinking skills and brain development of very young children.

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Growth Mindset lesson by Kahn Academy

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Video and lesson plan designed to promote a growth mindset for students.

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#IAmThatTeacher

RT @UFT: TY! RT @IAmThatTeacher: Open Letter to @NYGovCuomo from NYC Public School Teacher http://t.co/Z9iKDiUfNE http://t.co/AHSYWYMnJE
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Digital distraction in the modern classroom

Digital distraction in the modern classroom | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
When discussing my classroom cell phone policy with students at the beginning of the school year, I made what proved to be a mistake. I told the students t
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Good points raised.  How do you handle smart phone usage in your classroom?

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Discipline: Teacher Focused vs Student Focused

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Discipline can be filtered into two trains of thought: teacher focused and student focused.                                                                                Discipline Teacher…...

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The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education - User Generated Education

The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education - User Generated Education | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

"I have a recent interest in both Growth Mindsets and Maker Education; and have blogged and presented on both of these topics.  As such and because of my passion for both of these area, I have been thinking about the intersection between the two.  This intersection, I found, is strong and powerful."


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The 100 Best Learning Tools Of 2012 As Chosen By You - Edudemic

The 100 Best Learning Tools Of 2012 As Chosen By You - Edudemic | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

More than 500 learning professionals took part in voting for their favorite tools, apps, and learning resources. Which ones do you love?

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Frustration with lack of change in education.

Frustration with lack of change in education. | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

Some folks in education, the “hipsters” of theory are constantly looking for new buzzwords, or deriding the ones already in place as cliche. There have been many attempts to try to solidify the new educational model: 21st century education, millennial education, unlearning, education reform, disruptive education, and so many more. I think the one that sticks the most it 21st century education. The critics and snarcatics out there will be quick to quip that it’s an outdated term, since we are well over a decade into this century, and dismiss it, looking for a better, flashier word. Whatever the term, there is a movement in education, based in positive research and philosophical thinking, that criticizes the educational system and suggests obvious changes.

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From Degrading to De-Grading

From Degrading to De-Grading | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
articles by alfie kohn...You can tell a lot about a teacher’s values and personality just by asking how he or she feels about giving grades. Some defend the practice, claiming that grades are necessary to “motivate” students. Many of these teachers actually seem to enjoy keeping intricate records of students’ marks. Such teachers periodically warn students that they’re “going to have to know this for the test” as a way of compelling them to pay attention or do the assigned readings – and they may even use surprise quizzes for that purpose, keeping their grade books at the ready.
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Philosophy of Education

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Many educators have at some point had to define their philosophy of education. Whether it was for a Master’s class, or for a professional development directive, I think it important to, from ...
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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Five Hallmarks of Good Homework

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Five Hallmarks of Good Homework | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

Homework shouldn't be about rote learning. The best kind deepens student understanding and builds essential skills.

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19 Bold Ideas for Change in Education

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Watch PLP's co-founder, Will Richardson's 5 minute presentation on 19 Bold Ideas for Change at the ISTE 2012 conference.
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