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The Power of Teacher Collaboration

The Power of Teacher Collaboration | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Teaching is simultaneously one of the hardest and one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. We often say that students make it worth it, but there’s something else that can make or break your happiness as a teacher: your colleagues.


Collaboration begins with finding time to connect with colleagues, to share thoughts, and provide support. Here are three tips for successful collaboration...


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/



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So true!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 11:50 AM

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


Chris Carter's comment, July 22, 10:44 AM
So true. I collaborate with four colleagues on our Humanities curriculum, a combined ELA and Ancient History class, and the growth in quality of the curriculum has been incredible. We have 3-4 hours per week of collaboration time, and we use that time fully. Collaboration is a force multiplier.
Chris Carter's comment, July 22, 10:44 AM
So true. I collaborate with four colleagues on our Humanities curriculum, a combined ELA and Ancient History class, and the growth in quality of the curriculum has been incredible. We have 3-4 hours per week of collaboration time, and we use that time fully. Collaboration is a force multiplier.
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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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Chris Carter's comment, July 10, 8:36 AM
Humility makes sense. Socrates knew that he was ignorant, and therefor was ready to learn. If I think that I already know a thing, or do not need to know a thing, then my mind is closed to it. All learning starts from a point of ignorance, and then move to greater approximations of understanding until mastery.
Srimayee Dam's comment, July 10, 8:43 AM
Absolutely! Most are unable to do so, unwilling to learn .. Being ignorant is fine, but lack of humility won't ever help
umh1467's curator insight, July 11, 1:57 AM

Es evidente que sólo si crees que puedes aprender lo harás.

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What Is Social Intelligence? Why Does It Matter?

What Is Social Intelligence?  Why Does It Matter? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Social intelligence is the key to career and life success. Do you have it?

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My experience is that EQ is at least as important as IQ for career success.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 3, 12:41 PM

Social intelligence is the key to career and life success. Do you have it?


Ladi Ekundayo, GPHR's curator insight, July 5, 5:34 PM

Keys to influence

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Blogging as a Curation Platform

Blogging as a Curation Platform | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
I have written about curation before using Twitter as a Curation Tool and about the importance of helping our Students Becoming Curators of Information.  Sue Waters also just published a very compr...

 

Content curation requires more than just the selection of information. It’s the assembling, categorizing, commenting and presenting of the best content available.


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http://blog.scoop.it/2011/11/30/lord-of-curation-series-gust-mees/


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Curation



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Chuck Bartok's curator insight, June 18, 7:28 AM

Both great articles about Curation.

 

Sue Gould's curator insight, June 19, 2:09 PM

The face of educational instruction is changing once again.  The relaxed manner in which these notes are representing important content is fabulous.  A cirle is almost complete - as a child this sort of doodling in class was stopped and a punishable offense!  Yet so many tutors, educators, and trainers are idealists and visualise while learning and observing the world around them.  It is great to see that this representation of learning is on a comeback of acceptance.

Mónica Silakowicz's curator insight, June 24, 6:39 AM

Curar contenido es más que simplemente buscar y seleccionar información.

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Security: It’s Us vs. Them – Or is It? - The State of Security

Security: It’s Us vs. Them – Or is It? - The State of Security | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Security threats come at us from all sides these days, and it’s a constant battle of “us vs. them” to find and catch the bad guys before you end up in the news and people get fired or resign. Organized cyber-criminals and nation state cyber-terrorists strike deep and lingering fear in us all for the extent of the damage they can cause with one breach.


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/twitter-chat-security-risks-smbs-face/



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Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too?

Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Learning to write by hand has learning benefits that could be neglected if too much focus is put on keyboarding.

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, June 12, 5:30 PM

This is an ongoing discussion between my English Teacher friend and I.  I think the real question is why are we still teaching keyboarding??

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 12, 10:21 PM

It is becoming clearer that it is important that we do not lose  handwriting as a skill! Strong positive neural development in a child is far more important than adeptness in using digital technologies. If research continues to support these initial studies many educators will need to reflect and possibly readjust.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 16, 11:57 AM

New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

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Why should K-12 Education CIOs and Technology Directors be on Twitter? Part 1

Why should K-12 Education CIOs and Technology Directors be on Twitter? Part 1 | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Huffington Post blogger Vala Afshar (@valaafshar) recently published a piece called "The 50 Most Social CIOs on Twitter (and 20 Rising Stars)." I was honored and surprised to be included on the list as #9 and pleased to see K-12 CIOS @JDSCIO and @bengrey also on the list. (I can think of several K-12 technology leaders who also should have been included - feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below!)

 

In his post, Afshar shares his thoughts about why CIOs should be on Twitter and links to other blog posts on the topic.  Based on my experiences, I decided to share some reasons that K-12 Education CIOs and Technology Directors should be on Twitter. 

 


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Twitter makes sense to me.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 24, 2013 3:05 PM

 

Check also:

 

https://twitter.com/s_bearden/top-edtechchat-tweeps

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, April 24, 2013 3:08 PM

 

Check also:

 

https://twitter.com/s_bearden/top-edtechchat-tweeps

 

Chris Carter's comment, April 25, 2013 6:20 AM
Thanks for catching this one!
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The 8 Elements Project-Based Learning Must Have

The 8 Elements Project-Based Learning Must Have | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
If you're contemplating using Project-Based Learning or are already trying out the latest craze to hit the modern classroom, you should know about this checklist.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:21 AM

 

A great checklist as guide... Check it out!

 

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10 Tips To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic

10 Tips To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The How To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic presents how you can curate your own professional learning community.

 

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- http://www.scoop.it/webwizard

 


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So very true.

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Chris Carter's comment, July 15, 4:46 PM
As lifelong learners we need to model what good PLCs look like, and be transparent with our students. For example, when I use an app in class for the first time I will tell my students he source of the find, which is almost inevitably my PLC. I then follow it up with something like, "You already have a PLC, your study group. Regardless of your profession, seek out peers and coaches to make you better."
Profleluherne's curator insight, July 16, 2:59 AM

Bon, là il me manque le blog

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 16, 5:44 AM

For more resources on Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic)

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In just six years time, the skills you'll be looking for in star employees will be vastly different from those ideal in today's workers. Consider this your crystal ball.

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I agree with the essential skills list. Excellent!

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 8, 7:46 PM

LOL, rare is it I'm glad I have the Big C and so making 2020 is doubtful, but this infographic made me exhausted and glad I don't have to master all this stuff (lol).

Edumorfosis's curator insight, July 9, 4:50 AM

Si la universidad no se articula a la altura de los tiempos practicando el conjunto de destrezas necesarias para entrar al mundo laboral emergente, lo harán los profesionales por su propia cuenta. Las micro-firmas se encargarán de desarrollar proyectos o programas dirigidos a profesionales en búsqueda de nuevos horizontes de posibilidades. La Universidad Intelectual ya es cosa del pasado. La Universidad Social es el presente y el futuro de la Hiper-Educación... 

Beth Kanter's curator insight, July 9, 7:20 AM

Good list of 21st Century work skills.

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How to take criticism well

How to take criticism well | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
No one likes getting criticism. But it can be a chance to show off a rare skill: responding to negative feedback well.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Criticism

 


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"Give advice to a wise person, and he will become even wiser. Teach a righteous person and he will learn more." Proverbs 9:9 (GW translation)

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David Hain's curator insight, June 28, 11:28 PM

Feedback is the DNA of development. Learn how to ask for it and take it.  Oh...and the more you give, the more you get!

Mark Dhamma's curator insight, June 29, 9:45 AM

Criticism is feedback, feedback improves performance- Embrace!

Eliane Fierro's curator insight, June 30, 9:20 PM

Embrace criticism!

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The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based

The Future of Learning: Compelling, Customized, Connected & Competency-Based | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S--and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth.

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Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, June 14, 11:34 PM

Compelling, customized (I like personalized better, but it's not a "C")' connected, and competency-based lea earning will all be a part of the future of learning. And as learners become more independent and are given an environment that supports freedom of exploration, they will also become more self-determined. Sounds like Heutagogy!

Betty Skeet's curator insight, June 15, 4:54 AM

Expanding access to quality learning...for every young person on earth?

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 15, 10:22 AM

Thx to Gust Mees

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The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more. In an effort to clarify and explain some of the most important characteristics that a digitally competent teacher must have, we whipped up this fun visual. [...]

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Vilma Galstaun's curator insight, June 12, 4:34 PM

Some important issues to consider when preparing for becoming ICT literate and competent.

Enrique Robles's curator insight, June 13, 7:36 AM

very very good

Library@NYP's curator insight, June 13, 7:57 AM

The teacher has to be digitally savvy to engage next generation students.

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Educator as a Design Thinker

Educator as a Design Thinker | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
   Resources for Educator as a Design Thinker Ideo. (n.d.).  Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit - Pfau, P. (2014).  Rethinking Education with Design Thinking - Speicher, S. (2013).  Design Think...

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Jackie+GERSTEIN

 


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Design thinking, systems thinking, computational thinking ... Thinking.

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Enrique Robles's curator insight, May 30, 8:54 AM

This is article is interesting.

NOTRE DAME SCHOOL's curator insight, May 31, 6:13 AM

Visualize your thinking and reach a bigger audience!

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 31, 8:32 AM

perfeita combinação: educadores como desenhistas de pensamento (designers thinkers).


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What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success?

What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Manor overview article - STW 1203

 

At one high school in Texas, where every class in every grade is project based, the answer is devotion to a consistent process, belief in relationships, and commitment to relevance and rigor. Results? Hard to beat.

 


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This horse is far from beaten to death.
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Chris Carter's comment, April 10, 2013 5:03 AM
You curate so many sites! You must drink more coffee than me, and I'm on 4-5 cups a day.
Gust MEES's comment, April 10, 2013 5:13 AM
Hi Chris, I 'm ONLY drinking 2 cups of coffee in the morning & no other stuff to stimulate ;) It's all about training, "Life Long Learning" keeps the brain fit ;)
Chris Carter's comment, April 10, 2013 5:59 PM
I bow to you, sir!