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11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth

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"There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habits of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one important thing in common: they make your job harder."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 13, 7:26 PM

For many of us this school year has come to an end or will shortly. Perhaps it is time to reflect on our year and consider habits that might need to be changed. This post looks at 11 habits. A few are listed below.

* Not learning from colleagues. This seems simple, but given how busy our day is it is tough to find time to observe another teacher, or have someone tape you and ask others to provide you with feedback.

* Assuming a lesson taught is a lesson learned. Have you asked yourself how many times you have repeated a portion of a lesson? With the range of students in our classrooms the need to rephrase, review, reteach key points may be more necessary than we think.
* Failing to establish relevance. At times this may seem difficult to do, but for our students to learn we need to make our topic relevant to them. When you are successful with this share your ideas with others!
Click through to the post to see 8 additional habits that you may want to change.
Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 14, 8:15 AM

#11 - Not getting to know your students. I think this is the most important tip -- but they're all good. 

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Why Students Should Fear Grade Inflation - OnlineUniversities.com

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Grade inflation rears its ugly head.

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Teachers Surveyed on Using Games in Class

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We have an early look at some of the interesting data coming out of a larger report on teacher attitudes around the use of games in the classroom. The numbers hint at wider use of games in the classroom and indicate teachers see the real benefit of games in helping low-performing students.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 9, 6:17 PM

Do you think games have a place in your classroom? This newly released data is from a survey of 694 K-8 teachers in the U.S. that the Joan Ganz Cooney Center conducted in 2013 to see how teachers are using digital games in their classrooms.
What are some of the findings?

* 74% of teachers are using games in their classroom

* 55% of students play games at least once a week

* 72% of students access games on a PC or a Mac, and 41% of teachers use a white board to share games

* The two greatest barriers are the time it takes to implement games (45%) and the cost of the games (44%)

This post from Games and Learning provides the current data in both a visual and written form. There is much more to be found on the website. You may also want to check out the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. They have also published an article on this which may be found at http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/2014/06/09/digital-games-in-the-classroom-a-national-surevy/

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Evidence against the use of automated essay grading


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Really, can this be a surprise?

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John Purificati's comment, April 30, 2013 4:00 AM
Really ??I'll bet these same folks spent millions of dollars to find out if it was possible to dehydrate water.
Chris Carter's comment, April 30, 2013 5:02 AM
You mean it's not possible?!? Man! I just bought some seriously bad stock.