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Who am I?

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The pages I am curating here are all tied to the concept of the professional teacher -a teacher who knows the craft, and works constantly towards improving it. The sites I choose help me develop that professionalism through their sharing of ideas and resources.

 

The choice of sites are also coloured by who I am as a teaching professional. I qualified as an English and Literature teacher and went on to be a library head and then English head of department while in a Singapore secondary school. In Australia, I taught English and SOSE and currently work in ESL, in the intensive language department where I teach teenagers who have had between 3 to 8 months of exposure to the language and prepare them to enter middle school. In the ILC, I teach all subjects. Its a challenging but rewarding job. My success hinges on my professionalism as I constantly strive to meet my students' needs.

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6 Avoidable Mistakes That Can Kill A New Teacher’s Career

6 Avoidable Mistakes That Can Kill A New Teacher’s Career | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
So you’ve graduated and landed a job – congratulations! You have made the first step in what can be one of the most rewarding professions around. The alarming news is that not all new teachers make it. In fact, research1 shows that about 30% of new teachers don’t make it past their first five years …

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With over 30 years of experience, I have had few problems with classroom management. On the last day of school however, I had to take on a year 10 supervision class. I was horrified with the behaviour I had to handle, but more horrified by the fact that I had allowed myself to let my guard down so the problems in the class soon spiralled out of control. Too many years of having a class of my own where I could mould expectations of behaviour and enforce them. These tips for a beginning teacher are a timely reminder to all of us.
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4 Ways to Promote Growth Mindset in Project-Based Learning

4 Ways to Promote Growth Mindset in Project-Based Learning | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
By Bonnie Lathram -- Reflection and sustained inquiry are hallmarks of project-based learning. These ideas connect deeply to building a growth mindset.
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The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy -

The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy - | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
The Padagogy Wheel is designed to help educators think – systematically, coherently, and with a view to long term, big-picture outcomes – about how they use mobile apps in their teaching. The Padagogy Wheel is all about mindsets; it’s a way of thinking about digital-age education that meshes together concerns about mobile app features, learning transformation, motivation, cognitive development and long-term learning objectives.

The Padagogy Wheel, though, is not rocket science. It is an everyday device that can be readily used by everyday teachers; it can be applied to everything from curriculum planning and development, to writing learning objectives and designing centered activities. The idea is for the users to respond to the challenges that the Wheel presents for their teaching practices, and to ask themselves the tough questions about their choices and methods.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, February 16, 4:08 PM

The Padagogy Wheel - It’s Not About The Apps, It’s About The Pedagogy - | @scoopit via @joevans http://sco.lt/...

Martin Debattista's curator insight, February 19, 2:01 AM

Same like cars. Not about wheels, engines and fuel but all about the freedom of moving around.

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, February 21, 7:58 PM

I am sure the teachers will find this interesting and useful. 

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Intervention Next: The Benefits of Hands-On Learning - Teachability

Intervention Next: The Benefits of Hands-On Learning - Teachability | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
Take a spin through any science center worth it’s salt and you’ll notice a theme: everything is hands-on. That’s no accident. Hands-on learning for many subject areas can greatly increase learning, growth and retention of knowledge. This is especially true in the younger grades, but incorporating elements of hands-on learning is important at any stage of learning. Let’s take a deeper look at just why that is.

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Language Learning, Scaffolding, and the Zone of Proximal Development - Lingholic

Language Learning, Scaffolding, and the Zone of Proximal Development - Lingholic | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
Stuck in a rut or feeling demotivated with language learning? This may be because you haven't found your zone of proximal development yet. This adaptive strategy...

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Would You Know Deeper Learning If You Saw It?

Would You Know Deeper Learning If You Saw It? | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
The director of publications for Expeditionary Learning identifies the characteristics of classrooms in which deeper learning is happening.

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Tanyam's curator insight, February 5, 2015 5:50 PM

While this is set in a school environment, the concepts discussed are still applicable to us.  Just a shame we don't have the rich texts of shakespeare to encourage engagement

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UNESCO World Heritage Centre - World Heritage List

UNESCO World Heritage Centre - World Heritage List | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
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This well organised and informative website would be a great resource for classroom research and reading. 

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Skills for the 21st Century: teaching higher-order thinking

Skills for the 21st Century: teaching higher-order thinking | The teaching professional | Scoop.it

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It's Us Not Them: How Student Failure May Reflect You | CTQ

It's Us Not Them: How Student Failure May Reflect You | CTQ | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
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While there are many factors that will influence the success of learners, we cannot run from the fact that the teacher is the most important influence in the equation. As I read this article, I recalled how important it is to know our students and their prior knowledge.  Activities such as KWL help here. We must also provide effective means for feedback to reach us. Simply asking "any questions" does not address the learners needs. 

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What an Effective Teacher's Classroom Looks Like

What an Effective Teacher's Classroom Looks Like | The teaching professional | Scoop.it

Teaching experts Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker contrast the characteristics of effective and ineffective classrooms with two simple but compelling lists. 


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Malachy Scullion's curator insight, July 16, 2014 2:06 AM

If only I had this as a beginner teacher!!

Jane Milne's curator insight, July 16, 2014 7:52 AM

Great for back to basics here. Like a teacher MOT

Emma Stear's curator insight, July 16, 2014 8:46 AM

This is great- I like the 7 tips - its going up in our faculty office!

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27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students

27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students | The teaching professional | Scoop.it

Innovative thinking in students will flower when we design classrooms that absolutely can’t survive without it. Same with critical thinking, self-direction, creativity, and so on. Until we reach that point, it’s on the shoulders of the classroom teacher to tease it out of students through a combination of inspiration, modeling, scaffolding, and creating persistent opportunity.


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Gilles Le Page's curator insight, June 30, 2014 2:41 AM

Bon, un peu "yakafokeu", mais l'infographie est belle !

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The Future of E-Ducation Report

The Future of E-Ducation Report | The teaching professional | Scoop.it

We invite you to read our latest SVC2UK White Paper, “The Future of E-ducation“, written in collaboration with Gold Mercury International, the Corporate Vision® Strategy Think Tank. The Paper draws on many of the case studies from SVC2UK 2013 and explores what the future is likely to look like for teachers and students.


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A must read To get inspired about new trends and directions. 

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Les Howard's curator insight, February 3, 2014 9:15 AM

Interesting paper looking at the future of education and some of the implications.

Laura Rosillo's curator insight, June 14, 2014 7:17 AM

Buena selección de artículos sobre el futuro de la educación

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, June 16, 2014 6:28 PM

Where is technology taking us in Higher Ed? Here's one vision, from the UK

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Rewordify.com | Understand what you read

Rewordify.com | Understand what you read | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.

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Simplify any text and develop vocabulary lessons. The site is also able to indicate the difficulty level of any text you input. Definitely a useful site for the ELL.
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How I Use 'Check For Understanding' Questions In My Teaching -

How I Use 'Check For Understanding' Questions In My Teaching - | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
How I Use ‘Check For Understanding’ Questions In My Teaching by Dan Henderson, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching As adults we often take for granted our wide range of vocabulary and the comprehension that comes with applying knowledge while writing. Too often in my younger years [...]
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A rather honest and refreshing read. The perils of not checking for understanding are presented through this sharing of a harrowing classroom experience.  We should never make assumptions about what our students take away from their learning experiences. Rather, we should find ways to pre-empt any misconceptions, and clarify issues after the lesson.
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Competency-Based Education: The Black Box of Good Teaching | RealClearEducation

Competency-Based Education: The Black Box of Good Teaching | RealClearEducation | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, Lincoln Intermediate science teacher Ashley Flatebo works with sixth-graders Makenzy York, left, and Hunter Fields in a Competency Based Education...
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10 lifesaving websites for #ESL teachers

10 lifesaving websites for #ESL teachers | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
Lisa has asked me for some recommendations regarding useful sites for EFL teachers and I'm happy to make a little compilation of the places I visit most often to find ideas, inspirations, betimes l...

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CRP NOU BARRIS's curator insight, November 25, 2015 2:47 AM

Websites pel professorat d'anglès...

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50 Digital Education Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success

50 Digital Education Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
We've updated our list. There are now 50 digital education tools, and apps, for formative assessment success on the list for teachers to use.

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Are you a thought leader? | Karen Bonanno

Are you a thought leader? | Karen Bonanno | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
Thought Leaders are considered to be knowledgeable, authoritative sources of new ideas or intellectual trends, who are also the go-to people in their field of expertise.

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | The teaching professional | Scoop.it

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership.


Via Karen Bonanno
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This activity develops questioning skills that will fit in nicely with my focus on developing reciprocal reading strategies.  

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, January 15, 2015 6:00 AM

To extend, reflect and consider - the concept is great.

Crystal Steele Joyce's curator insight, January 15, 2015 9:22 PM

I absolutely love how simple this is and yet can be so effective!

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Problem Based Learning in Social Studies/History/Geography

Problem Based Learning in Social Studies/History/Geography | The teaching professional | Scoop.it

This blog is designed to support the development of inquiry skills, concepts of disciplinary thinking and the implementation of problem based learning approaches.


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This is a good site that triggered more ideas on how I could incorporate pbl

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The Importance of Teaching Content

The Importance of Teaching Content | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
Quite some years ago I visited a school in Baltimore City that had raised its third-grade reading scores dramatically. I wanted to see what they were doing to be so successful -- and I was curious about why its fifth-grade scores had not improved eve...

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This article looks at one possible reason why students learning plateaus at some point. 

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, July 26, 2014 3:18 AM
This is about learning in general. Please read it, it is crucial.

Just take one consequence: 21-first-century skills should be about something (skills and content can not be separated). 

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Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.
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Read this excellent article to discover nuggets of insight into how to teach right. I am not a maths teacher. I am an English teacher now placed in a situation in which teaching maths is part of my portfolio as I teach in the intensive language centre. How do I do it (successfully, my students point out)? By doing much of what this article suggests for the teaching of math. But the relevance of this article goes beyond just math. What  I take away from this is the need to see the equation from the point of view of the learner. All effective teachers, I believe, identify the needs of their students and find the best way to meet those needs. This passion is what keeps me so enthralled with the career I have chosen. 

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21st Century Fluencies

21st Century Fluencies | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
The 21st Century Fluencies are not about hardware, they are about headware and heartware. We need to move our thinking beyond our primary focus on traditional literacy to an additional set of 21st-...
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Food for thought here as I work on my unit plans for next term. I'm always looking for new ways to stretch my students to reach their potential, and what better way than to prepare them for their future.

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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | The teaching professional | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.

 

Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.

 

After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.

 


Via Gust MEES
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Once in awhile I come across a blog that I find valuable enough to follow. This is one of them. The exploration of pedagogy presented here is well worth mulling over. 

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, February 28, 2015 4:54 PM

Includes a great podcast

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 2015 6:58 PM

We learn by doing, so teaching should ask us to do.