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10 Reasons the Tests Are Lowering Our Standards

10 Reasons the Tests Are Lowering Our Standards | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

We're creating shallow zombies in the name of high standards.  Often, the proponents of the drill-and-kill testing environment hold up the banner of "high standards" as a rationale for excessive testing...

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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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Venspired.com {Posters} - a set on Flickr | Diigo

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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 The critics and snarcatics out there will be quick to quip that it’s an outdated term, since we are well over a decade into this century, and dismiss it, looking for a better, flashier word.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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21 Reasons Technology Works for Education

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Survey sheds new light on how students, parents and teachers view the role of technology in schools. Includes some interesting statistics about what is happening in schools in terms of technology.

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Flickr: Great quotes about Learning and Change

Flickr: Great quotes about Learning and Change | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it

I’m collecting what I feel are the best slides from the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Here are 99 to get you started. I guarantee there’s at least one that will make your day!

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Three Things to Unlearn About Learning

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 “If you’re not feeling uncomfortable about the state of education right now, then you’re not paying attention to the pressures and challenges of technology,” said Will Richardson, a veteran educator author and consultant, at a talk at ISTE 2012. “We need to acknowledge that this is a very interesting moment, and even though in a lot of ways this isn’t what we signed up for when we went into teaching… as educators, it’s our job to figure it out.”

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Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education

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Whenever I think of a teacher, I also think of a scholar. It has always been apparent to me that if one is to be an effective teacher, one must continually learn. Of course that is not always a path that individuals are able follow as a straight line. Often things, or situations get in the way over the course of a lifetime and many stray from that path for the sake of time, money, or most often family.

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Teach a Rigorous Curriculum

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By Tammy Andrew

 

"Checking curriculum or lessons for rigor includes lessons for all students; rigor is not limited to gifted or college bound programs. Look for different ways that content can be presented and analyzed. Ask questions about the activities such as:

Are the activities inquiry or project based, requiring students to form their own answers?

Do students use the results of their answers to explore ways they can make a difference in the world around them?

Do lessons contain elements from different disciplines, encouraging students to make connections with previous knowledge?

Are students asked to examine their own emotions concerning dilemmas or to take a position on a controversial topic?"

 


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graphite | Ingredients for effective teaching

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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

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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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Why Your Students Need Breathing Room — Smart Classroom Management

Why Your Students Need Breathing Room — Smart Classroom Management | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
Walk into a typical classroom and you’ll find the teacher in perpetual motion. In an effort to be the best teacher they can be, most teachers over teach.
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Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains

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Curator's note:  The other day I was thinking about Bloom's "other domains" The affective and psychomotor domain are rarely mentioned in current articles.  I think we need to pay attention to these domains, particularly the affective.

 

"There is more than one type of learning. A committee of colleges, led by Benjamin Bloom (1956), identified three domains of educational activities:

 

Cognitive: mental skills (Knowledge)
Affective: growth in feelings or emotional areas (Attitude)
Psychomotor: manual or physical skills (Skills)"

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It's Time to Disrupt the System - Getting Smart by Alison Anderson -

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For as long as I have been involved in education, the focus for finding the key to fixing education has always been about providing professional development for the teachers and administrators.
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Digital scrapbooks for student creativity, self-expression, and imagination - Beeclip EDU

Digital scrapbooks for student creativity, self-expression, and imagination - Beeclip EDU | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
Beeclip EDU is a fun and easy-to-use scrapbooking app that promotes student creativity, self-expression, and imagination.
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How to Motivate Students - Researched-Based Strategies

How to Motivate Students - Researched-Based Strategies | The Reflective Educator | Scoop.it
The four keys to motivation: Competence, Control / Autonomy, Interest / Value, Relatedness. Plus suggestions for teachers, schools and parents.
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How to Create a Rigorous Lesson

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By Tammy Andrew

 

"Whether adapting an existing lesson or creating a new one, keep in mind Bloom’s taxonomy. While examining the lesson, ask questions such as, “Are students asked to apply their knowledge to solve a similar situation,” “Are students asked to relate this information to something else,” “Are students asked how they would improve something,” or “Can they explain why they made certain choices.” Also consider how student centered the work will be and look for ways for students to interact with each other while learning.

 

"Once teachers understand what rigor is, they may find that it is already present in some of their activities. The challenge then becomes identifying where, tweaking it to be more effective and finding more places in the curriculum to use it. Bloom's taxonomy, especially the cognitive and affective domains, gives a starting place for understanding rigor using a familiar set of categories."


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