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Many of today’s classrooms are designed and practiced as teaching classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on and driven by the teacher. Teaching classrooms however, do not match the needs and expectations for 21st Century learning. To be successful in the 21st Century students need to be engaged in learning classrooms, where the actions and learning are focused on student outcomes and classroom practices that strengthen and deepen not only students’ content knowledge but their overall ability to think deeply, communicate, analyze, problem solve, and take responsibility for their learning.
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The Common Core State Standards - Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word

The Common Core State Standards - Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
I was on a Twitter chat recently where the Common Core State Standards were discussed. The focus question was, "Do the CCSS limit your creativity?" As you might imagine, the discussion was quite spirited, with people on ...
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5 Tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout

Andrew Miller (@betamiller on Twitter) is a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, an organization specializing in 21st century project-based learning, as well as for ASCD, (5 Tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout
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Study: Common Core could boost U.S. math performance | eSchool News

The Common Core State Standards in mathematics have the potential to enhance students' academic performance if properly implemented, but most states have a long way to go, according to research from William Schmidt, a University Distinguished...
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Public Schools Start Tracking Alumni In College

Public Schools Start Tracking Alumni In College | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
From the federal government to school boards, policymakers and administrators are increasingly setting their sights on "college and career readiness" as the goal of K-12 education.
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20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education

20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
From understanding what digital literacy is, to developing skills and establishing ethical principles for students, our live chat panel share ideas and resources for universities...
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Can Stricter Federal Guidelines Fix America's Literacy Crisis?

Can Stricter Federal Guidelines Fix America's Literacy Crisis? | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
As American students continue to fall behind foreign peers, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have adopted the Common Core State Standards, a new set of academic benchmarks aimed at raising the bar for teaching and learning across the country.
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Class size grows in high schools after cuts to teaching positions - Baltimore Sun (blog)

Class size grows in high schools after cuts to teaching positions - Baltimore Sun (blog) | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Baltimore Sun (blog)Class size grows in high schools after cuts to teaching positionsBaltimore Sun (blog)She had assembled some handmade charts, drilling down as far as the data she had would allow to document what had happened after the county...
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Free Technology for Teachers: 77 Educational Games and Game Builders

Free Technology for Teachers: 77 Educational Games and Game Builders | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

I've gone through my archives and dug up many of games that I've mentioned over the last four years that are still active online. Consider this my humongous list of educational games.


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Education Research Report: Common Core Math Standards Implementation May Lead to Improved Student Achievement

According to a new study, Common Core State Standards Math: The Relationship Between High Standards, Systemic Implementation and Student Achievement, the CCSS for mathematics strongly resemble the standards of the highest-achieving nations. They have more focus, coherence and rigor than most of the state standards they replaced. The study also found states with standards most like the CCSS for mathematics have higher scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), demonstrating that standards – and implementing them well – matter. According to Dr. William Schmidt’s research, 33% of all eighth grade students in the United States are performing below proficiency in mathematics compared to only 13% of the world’s top five performing countries.

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21st Century Skills Math Map Rounds Out P21’s Resource Library for Educators - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills Math Map Rounds Out P21’s Resource Library for Educators - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Washington, DC - April 10, 2012-  The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the nation’s leading organization promoting 21st century learning (RT @kycommissioner: Great resource for math teachers working with common core standards http://t.co/5WLLZv68...)...
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Teaching old dogs new tricks & changing the leopard's spots ...

Teaching old dogs new tricks & changing the leopard's spots ... | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
We are capable of change. This is fundamental to the treatment of chronic pain that targets the physical body but also the brain, other body systems and the psychological and social influences upon pain.
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Revolutionize Teacher Preparation

Revolutionize Teacher Preparation | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

by Catherine Gewertz, Education Week

 

From a speech by Gene Wilhoit of the Council of Chief State School Officers in Atlanta

April 19, 2012

 

States must recognize that they have some heavy-duty work to do before they can put the Common Core State Standards into practice. But they hold key powers that could prove pivotal in making the necessary changes: the authority to regulate teacher preparation and licensing and the ability to collect and publicize data that show how well those programs are doing.

 

"If we are honest with ourselves, we know we are not ready to deliver against this promise," he told teams from 27 states. "The vast majority of teachers don't have the skill set" needed to teach to the new expectations. They need support to improve both their pedagogical skills and their content knowledge, he said.

 

"States must take care not to impose pedagogical methods on teachers, but to find ways to empower them to attain the necessary mix of skills and content knowledge."


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Who Will Work in Schools of the Future?

Who Will Work in Schools of the Future? | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Even though Robin was probably referring to me as an “annoying and hyperbolic” edtech evangelical, we both agree that “The best technological innovations really are transforming the way kids learn and the way schools are organized.” That’s the difference between edtech layered on top of how we’ve always done school and real blended learning.

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Teaching algorithms through kente cloth

Teaching algorithms through kente cloth | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

The whole concept stemmed from the work of Dr. Ron Eglash, a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Eglash’s work is centered on the idea that indigenous groups incorporate mathematical algorithms into their design work. This can be seen everywhere – transformational geometry in African cornrows, four-fold symmetry in Native American beadwork; there are even elements of rotation and trigonometry in Urban break-dancing.

 

The crafters of these artifacts may not label their work with math terms simply because they do not recognize it as math. However, the thought processes needed to create the designs are essentially the same as the thought process needed to solve any math problem. Crafters have an innate understanding of the mathematics behind their work; they need it in order to be able to construct their designs well.

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Teaching & Learning - Five Habits—Easy but Often Neglected Practices That Improve Outcomes - Magna Publications

Teaching & Learning - Five Habits—Easy but Often Neglected Practices That Improve Outcomes - Magna Publications | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

Given the daily grind of teaching, it is easy to forget that little practices can make a big difference when the goals are more learning and better teaching. Here is a reminder of five easy habits to practice mindfully ("mindfulness" comes from the Latin word for having a good memory).

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Teachers criticize reduced prep time - Brookings Register

Teachers criticize reduced prep time - Brookings Register | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Teachers criticize reduced prep timeBrookings RegisterBy Charis Prunty, The Brookings Register BROOKINGS – Veteran teachers at Brookings High School are upset that they'll be losing one of their two individual planning periods next year: In fact, ...
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How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom

How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

"In the most ideal class settings, mobile devices disappear into the background, like markers and whiteboards, pencil and paper – not because they’re not being used, but because they’re simply tools, a means to an end. The “end” can be any number of things: to gauge student understanding of a concept, to capture notes and ideas to be used and studied later, to calculate, to communicate, to express ideas."

 

Many schools still ban cell phones. They do this because they see them as a disruption in class and a distraction for learners. Sad, but true.

So when does it work? It works when teachers  incorporate the use of mobile devices as a tool to support learning in the learning activity design!

 


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States Lack Capacity for Reform - Common Core, Teacher Evaluation and Assessments

States Lack Capacity for Reform - Common Core, Teacher Evaluation and Assessments | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

This issue is particularly salient in education, where state education agencies will be expected to pick up the leadership mantle on issues pertaining to the common-core standards, assessments, and teacher evaluation, to name a few examples. In essence, most state education departments remain almost wholly owned federal subsidiaries, with well over half their budgets emanating from federal funds. Indeed, the states historically have always underfunded their education agencies. The capacity of most state education agencies has been further diluted because of recent severe budget and staffing cuts, which have further compromised their ability to provide the requisite leadership in research, planning, and evaluation.

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K12 Education - Educational Portal - Free Resources for Teachers - Free Lesson Plans

K12 Education - Educational Portal - Free Resources for Teachers - Free Lesson Plans | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it

This site offers free membership to all educators that are either English and/or Spanish speakers. EdK-12.com seeks to break the traditional isolation of the classroom and by providing a supportive network focused on informing, connecting and bridging communication between and for educators through the globe!

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Is teaching still seen as women's work? - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Is teaching still seen as women's work?Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)A panel of researchers and former elementary teachers at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia last month argued that...
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Funds for Teachers Awards $1.8 Million for Individual Professional Development - T.H.E. Journal

Funds for Teachers Awards $1.8 Million for Individual Professional Development - T.H.E. Journal | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Funds for Teachers Awards $1.8 Million for Individual Professional DevelopmentT.H.E. JournalBy Joshua Bolkan Funds for Teachers has awarded $1.8 million in grants for preK-12 educators to pursue individual professional development opportunities.
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Teaching Tips: Analytical Writing Stations | Common Core Online

Teaching Tips: Analytical Writing Stations | Common Core Online | Teaching and Professional Development | Scoop.it
Mrs. Masters shares and incredible multi-day activity that she uses to help students develop and improve their ability to write analytically. Four Days Unit for Developing Analytical Writing!
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Project offers teachers low-cost solutions for professional development - MontereyHerald.com :

Teachers are not feeling the love these days. Budget cuts have not only affected their salaries, but also increased their workload, along with the number of students they have in their classrooms.
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Standards for Professional Learning

(Learning Forward, 2011) is the third iteration of standards outlining the characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results. Learning Forward, with the contribution of 40 professional associations and education organizations, developed the Standards for Professional Learning.

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Using Assessments to Adjust Instruction - Mathematics Common Core

Assessments when used effectively not only tell how a student is progressing, but the data gained from both formative and summative assessments should be use...
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