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Humor is a Test of Character: Why Our Classrooms Need More Joy and Laughter | Praxis | Big Think

Humor is a Test of Character: Why Our Classrooms Need More Joy and Laughter | Praxis | Big Think | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

The CCSS trumpets its recommendations as “research and evidence based,” there is something big missing: an acknowledgement of the proven value of classroom levity. For all its strengths, the Common Core is a bit of a drag. The standards ramp up the complexity of texts, require schools to teach more “informational texts” and less literature and promises to test every student every year to measure progress in English and math.
As a colleague lamented during a training session in our school last week, “Where is the joy?”


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Laughter is contagious! Research suggests that laughing doesn’t just feel good; it makes us smarter.

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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, April 8, 2013 8:16 AM

Get your laugh on today--it is contagious! 

 

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Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

 

Read more at: http://www.ted.com/speakers/annie_murphy_paul.html


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Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: The 21st century classroom...

Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: The 21st century classroom... | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

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several great images

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Tweeted it - P-Interested it and posted on out faculty sharing wiki bit.ly/UCCFac ...Thanks
Ken Morrison's comment, April 8, 2013 7:57 AM
I wish that they had a bracket for engaged reading or interactive reading or critical reading. I do like this framework though.
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Teague's Tech Tricks - National Poetry Month Part 3~Video Resources

Teague's Tech Tricks - National Poetry Month Part 3~Video Resources | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
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can also be applied to Common Core RI.4-RI.6 and other standards featuring content delivered in two ways
 

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Teague's Tech Tricks - April’s National Poetry Month goes virally high-tech

Teague's Tech Tricks - April’s National Poetry Month goes virally high-tech | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

April is National Poetry Month

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Creative People: A Complex Personality

“If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity.” Creativity researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.


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monica gigante's comment, March 27, 2013 11:55 AM
Thanks Erica, good sugestion! uma otima sugestao! :)
Douglas Eby's comment, March 27, 2013 5:51 PM
Thanks - here is a link to The Da Vinci Method http://shrd.by/cASYML
Érica Ariano's comment, March 27, 2013 7:07 PM
Oh yeah, great Douglas. You shared the most important thing - thank you! ;) Loporto has a site too http://thedavincimethod.com/ and this video is nice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPR3GlpQQJA
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Teague's Tech Tricks - Fun Friday Easter Activities

Teague's Tech Tricks - Fun Friday Easter Activities | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
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Are your home-grown students (aka your own kids) home today? with you? all day? Is this why you have already escaped to your laptop?

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Self-Directed Learning Well Explained and 27 Actions

Self-Directed Learning Well Explained and 27 Actions | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

TeachThought.com has a series of posts about self-directed learning by Terry Heick and the staff, well worth a read! “

 

“Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.” — Leadbeater, Charles

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:16 PM

It is interesting how few classroom teachers and administrators are aware of what self-directed learning is. SDL is an imperative for our children.

Avery's curator insight, March 25, 2013 11:56 PM

My Thoughts:

You can't teach someone how to learn. You can give them helpful tips and advice, but a single structure for education is not going to work for everyone. It's so much harder for people to learn their true potential, to reach their goals, when they're only shown a single path to them. You show them the path through the forest, but what if there's a rock face nearby that also leads up to where they want to go, and what if they happen to be a fantastic rock climber? It just makes more sense to show someone a map if you can, instead of directing them towards only one path.

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“Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.” — Leadbeater, Charles

 

Famous Self-Taughts (Autodidacts): Leonardo Da Vinci, William Blake, Herb Rits (in addition to Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, John D. Rockefeller, and many others)

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Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator

Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
ASCD's annual conference (see #ASCD13 on Twitter) recently came to a close, and one of the main themes that kept surfacing was the need for more "connected educators." At this conference, there were
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Sleep Reinforces Learning

Sleep Reinforces Learning | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
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sleeping after learning supports the long-term storage of the material learned

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Teague's Tech Tricks - Tech B.F.F.~Soo Meta

Teague's Tech Tricks - Tech B.F.F.~Soo Meta | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
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really intrigued by the classroom integration possibilities of SooMeta (best viewed in Firefox or Chrome)...click on post link for curriculum ideas

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Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (Full Album) (Full HD 1080p) Jazz HQ Sound

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue Full Album Concert Full HD Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released August 17, 1959, on Columbia Records...Kind of Blue has been cited by writers and music critics as the greatest jazz album of all time. 

The album's influence on music, including jazz, rock, and classical music, has led music writers to acknowledge it as one of the most influential albums ever made. In 2002, it was one of fifty recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.


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Domitilla Enders's curator insight, March 19, 2013 12:20 PM

 

Must-have resource for any music course featuring jazz. There is no video footage. It's really an audio resource.

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How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning | MindShift | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic su
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To undertake that complicated process of internalizing information Immordino-Yang has found that it’s necessary to shut out external inputs and focus intensely on what’s going on internally. Asking students to constantly pay attention or allowing them to be distracted by games, phones, and other stimuli may deprive them of the important inward-looking time crucial to deeper learning.

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blooms-pinwheel.jpg (756x567 pixels) | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
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Great post on the enduring quality of Bloom's http://www.teachthought.com/learning/14-brilliant-blooms-taxonomy-posters-for-teachers/

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Morphing into a 21st century teacher (infographic)

Morphing into a 21st century teacher (infographic) | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, April 7, 2013 12:20 AM

21st century education expects collaboration not just among students but also amongst teachers to improve learning outcomes.

Bobie Glassett's curator insight, April 7, 2013 10:20 AM

Great for ETE class!

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, April 8, 2013 8:43 AM

love it. a great list for our teachers/lecturers and learning designers to think through

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.

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Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, April 3, 2013 5:08 PM

Ένα ωραίο άρθρο για τη λειτουργία του νου.

MCG23's curator insight, April 3, 2013 8:51 PM

interesting article that i myself can relate to in the classroom.  I have my kids doing occasional exercise in my year 8 Mathematics class and the benefits of how the classes respond after a brief exercise break is fasinating.  Alas I have not done this as much with my older students...i need to break out of this model for my senior students!

  

Mirjana Podvorac's curator insight, April 13, 2013 2:36 PM

A valuable insight! Careful not to misuse it!

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Teague's Tech Tricks - Avoiding tech "OOPS-idents" by Helen Teague

Teague's Tech Tricks - Avoiding tech "OOPS-idents" by Helen Teague | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Today's post on more activities for National Poetry Month, including activities, video, poetry reading...http://4oops.edublogs.org/2013/04/04/national-poetry-month-part-2classroom-helpers/

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National Poetry Month, Helen Teague, http://oops.bizland.com

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5 Excellent Strategies to Teach Students how to Learn

5 Excellent Strategies to Teach Students how to Learn | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
" Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day but teach him to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime " this quip summarizes the essence of education and learning. Teach students how to learn and they will...

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Seeking a Job after Age Sixty

I lost my job due to a reduction in force and haven't been able to find another job due to my age. Everyone seems eager to hire me until I show up for the interview and they discover that I am sixt...
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"First, let’s reframe the problem of a job search. The employer’s central question when searching for a new hire is, “Can I trust you to solve important problems for me?” That’s it. It’s all about trust. Since the only way an employer can truly know if they can trust you to solve their problems is to give you the job, they have to rely on proxies for trust in the hiring process."

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Babies' brains may be tuned to language even before birth

Babies' brains may be tuned to language even before birth | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Despite having brains that are still largely under construction, babies born up to three months before full term can already distinguish between spoken syllables in much the same way that adults do, an imaging study has shown.

 

Full-term babies — those born after 37 weeks' gestation — display remarkable linguistic sophistication soon after they are born: they recognize their mother’s voice, can tell apart two languages they’d heard before birth and remember short stories read to them while in the womb. 

 

But exactly how these speech-processing abilities develop has been a point of contention. “The question is: what is innate, and what is due to learning immediately after birth?” asks neuroscientist Fabrice Wallois of the University of Picardy Jules Verne in Amiens, France. 

 

To answer that, Wallois and his team needed to peek at neural processes already taking place before birth. It is tough to study fetuses, however, so they turned to their same-age peers: babies born 2–3 months premature. At that point, neurons are still migrating to their final destinations; the first connections between upper brain areas are snapping into place; and links have just been forged between the inner ear and cortex.

 

To test these neural pathways, the researchers played soft voices to premature babies while they were asleep in their incubators a few days after birth, then monitored their brain activity using a non-invasive optical imaging technique called functional near-infrared spectroscopy. They were looking for the tell-tale signals of surprise that brains display — for example, when they suddenly hear male and female voices intermingled after hearing a long run of simply female voices.

 

The young brains were able to distinguish between male and female voices, as well as between the trickier sounds ‘ga’ and ‘ba’, which demands even faster processing. What is more, the parts of the cortex used were the same as those used by adults for sophisticated understanding of speech and language. 

 

The results show that linguistic connections inside the cortex are already “present and functional” and did not need to be gradually acquired through repeated exposure to sound, Wallois says. This suggests at least part of these speech-processing abilities is innate. The work could also lead to better techniques caring for the most vulnerable brains, Wallois adds, including premature babies.


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Miro Svetlik's curator insight, March 28, 2013 6:16 AM

This may prove really interesting, babies can surely learn a lot new languages quicky in their early life but I think they will retain the preference (liking) for the language of some type, that might answer this (just a wild guess :)

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Why You Should Create a Weekly Planning Process | CAREEREALISM

Why You Should Create a Weekly Planning Process | CAREEREALISM | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Feeling out of control at work or even at home? Learn why creating a weekly planning process can help you with your work and personal life.
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Analysis of recent 1:1 learning initiatives in primary and secondary

Analysis of recent 1:1 learning initiatives in primary and secondary | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

The main beneficiaries of the 1:1 initiatives identified in Europe were the students and teachers, who in most cases received laptops and netbooks, in some cases tablets and in a few cases, smartphones. In most of the initiatives, students owned the devices and could use them for their activities in and out of school.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 2013 12:01 PM

Nice to see some information coming back about these projects.

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Closer Personal Relationships Could Help Teens Overcome Learning Disabilities

Closer Personal Relationships Could Help Teens Overcome Learning Disabilities | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
TAU research finds that children with learning disabilities develop less secure attachments with mothers and teachers.
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more research support that support works!

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Soo Meta — Keep Stories Rolling

Soo Meta — Keep Stories Rolling | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Soo Meta

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Here is a sample with ideas for classroom integration http://4oops.edublogs.org/2013/03/21/tech-b-f-f-soo-meta/

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, March 19, 2013 9:56 AM

Grab videos, pictures, text paragraphs from any source and turn them into short movies

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Here is a sample: http://4oops.edublogs.org/2013/03/21/tech-b-f-f-soo-meta/
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ESET QR Code Mobile Scavenger Hunt

Red Door utilized the emerging mobile technology of QR (Quick Response) codes to hide clues leading participants down a path of unique ESET experiences. For those without smartphones capable of reading the QR codes, Red Door created an SMS version of the hunt, where clues were unlocked by texting specific keywords to a shortcode.

At the end of the hunt, contestants received a boxed version of ESET's award winning software, and entered to win a Sony VAIO laptop by texting their email address to a shortcode.

The results were awesome! Over 120 people completed the hunt, and at the first clue (the ESET photo booth) a line formed at the start of the hunt that lasted for hours. The scavenger hunt engaged passers by and made them think about the ESET brand.


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