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The Best (and Worst) States For Teachers in 2018

The Best (and Worst) States For Teachers in 2018 | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
However, Burns says it's not fair to compare public schools in the U.S. with international schools like that based on how different the 

Finland's total population is approximately five million, and Singapore is just under six million. The U.S. population is just under 270 million people. It is literally impossible to compare the school and teaching capacities due to those differences alone, even using sophisticated statistical techniques.

And when the studies are controlled for poverty levels, the education system in the U.S. ranks #1 across all metrics, Burns says. 

Teachers here are never credited for their enormous success in the face of these realities. They are constantly compared unfavorably with other nation's schools that simply do not educate their youth in the same ways, or to the same level.

Burns also points out much of a student's sucess in school depends on outside factors beyond the teacher or school district's control. According to the RAND corporation, a teacher's quality *may* only account for up to 14% of a student's achievement in the classroom. 


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30 Storytelling Tips For Teachers: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention via teachthought staff

30 Storytelling Tips For Teachers: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention via teachthought staff | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
30 Storytelling Tips For Teachers: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention

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Storytelling as MAGIC! Engage!

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The Science Of Getting Kids Organized : NPR Ed : NPR

The Science Of Getting Kids Organized : NPR Ed : NPR | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Can teaching kids impulse control, self-evaluation and focus actually help them do better in school? Parents are paying top dollar for executive function coaches.
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Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year

Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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6 Key Principles That Make #Finnish #Education a Success 

I’ve worked as an elementary and primary school teacher here in Finland for more than a decade, and spent five years as a vice principal as well. Ou

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Close Reading Explained - tips for understanding text

Close Reading Explained - tips for understanding text | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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How design thinking can help teachers collaborate

How design thinking can help teachers collaborate | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The recently released Gonski report contains a recommendation to supporting teacher collaboration. Researchers in Queensland have been conducting research on how design thinking can foster this.

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Do School Attendance Awards Help Or Hurt?

Do School Attendance Awards Help Or Hurt? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
And new research (shared by Dan Willingham on Twitter) reinforces this finding as it relates to school attendance awards.

The authors found that “prospective awards had no impact while the retrospective awards decreased subsequent attendance.”

“Prospective awards” are ones that were announced as possibilities ahead of time if people met a certain criteria. “Retrospective awards” are surprise ones that come after the fact.

Here is their explanation for the retrospective problem:

Our survey experiment exploring the possible mechanisms behind this negative effect suggest that the retrospective awards may have sent unintended signals to recipients: that recipients are performing better than the descriptive social norm of their peers, and that they are exceeding the institutional expectations for the awarded behavior.

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Do children have a right to literacy? Attorneys are testing that question. - The

Do children have a right to literacy? Attorneys are testing that question. - The | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
After losing cases in Detroit and California, lawyers take a different approach.
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Teacher: “Phones are creating a generation of kids with a complete inability to accept the state of boredom”

The availability of smartphones and all the services they offer have created students today who have a complete inability to accept the state of boredom. I began requiring students to put their phones at a designated spot in the front of the room each day because I realized that telling them there would be consequences if they took them out in class wouldn't work. For consequences to work, a person must consider them before taking action. My students weren't considering the consequences: pulling out their phone as soon as they felt anything less than fully entertained was an impulse that they acted on, often without even realizing they were doing it. By taking up all phones at the beginning of the period, I feel that I am saving them from themselves.

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Helping Students, Teachers, and Parents Make Sense of the Screen Time Debate By IAN O'BYRNE

Helping Students, Teachers, and Parents Make Sense of the Screen Time Debate By IAN O'BYRNE | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Literacy Daily—the blog of the International Literacy Association (ILA)—features education stories, teaching tips, book reviews, and more.

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Google Spent Years Studying Successful Teams. Here's the 1 Thing That Mattered Most

Google Spent Years Studying Successful Teams. Here's the 1 Thing That Mattered Most | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
If you trust someone is looking after your best interests, you will do almost anything that person asks.

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Highlights the importance of Trust
 
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Five Ways to Boost Metacognition In the Classroom 

Five Ways to Boost Metacognition In the Classroom  | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
We live in an era where robotics and artificial intelligence will replace many of our current jobs. Global connectivity will continue to allow companies to outsource labor to other countries. Our…

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What Should Be the Ideal Setting of a Modern Classroom to Support Learning For All?

What Should Be the Ideal Setting of a Modern Classroom to Support Learning For All? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Time to ‘REIMAGINE’ the Modern Classrooms, right from the seats to space and stuff that is idyllic for the learning environments.

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Digital Text is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think | MindShift | KQED News

Digital Text is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think | MindShift | KQED News | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Technology is increasing the number of words kids see, but the way they interact with digital text may create challenges to reading deeply.
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4 Ways to Ignite Your School’s Makerspace

4 Ways to Ignite Your School’s Makerspace | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"An elementary school librarian shares tips that helped him transform a traditional library into an ‘IDEA Lab’ in only four months."


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"An elementary school librarian shares tips that helped him transform a traditional library into an ‘IDEA Lab’ in only four months."
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Education Spending Per Student by State

Education Spending Per Student by State | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
View spending on public elementary and secondary education per pupil.

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3 Important Areas to Shift the Conversation in Education –

3 Important Areas to Shift the Conversation in Education – | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
For years, I have been writing about how the term “data-driven” has bothered me in education. Simply stated, I feel students should be more “learner-driven” than “data…

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Teacher learning, not student test results, should be a national priority for Australia

Teacher learning, not student test results, should be a national priority for Australia | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Ongoing professional development of teachers is vital for the successful education of our children. At present, teacher learning is not given the sort of a...
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The Sound of My Name – your student's deserve a correct pronunciation from their educator via Pernille Ripp

The Sound of My Name – your student's deserve a correct pronunciation from their educator via Pernille Ripp | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Pernille Ripp

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Ah, something I know well as many people add an extra 's' when saying to my name, instead of pronouncing it with a 'z' instead of 's'.
Interestingly some people even write it with two 'ss".  Agree with Pernille on the effect this has.
 
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What the Post-Truth Trump Era Looks Like From My History Classroom

What the Post-Truth Trump Era Looks Like From My History Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
With Donald Trump in the White House, high school history teacher Chris Doyle says his students are struggling to discern fact from fiction.
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Room Arrangement: Facilitates student collaboration

Room Arrangement: Facilitates student collaboration | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
classroom configuration facilitates student collaboration and cuts down on interruptions to instructional time

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CristinaSkyBox: News and Media Literacy

CristinaSkyBox: News and Media Literacy | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Let's Retire The 'Gifted-And-Talented' Student Label

Let's Retire The 'Gifted-And-Talented' Student Label | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
In a day and age where we can move past our factory-model schools and personalize learning for all students, such that students can move at their own pace and not grow bored or disengaged and can dive deep into areas of passion, schools should no longer place labels on students to sort them.
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No Child Left Behind pressure got diminishing returns

No Child Left Behind pressure got diminishing returns | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
new study shows that continuing to to “raise the bar” during the No Child Left Behind era only had a modest effect at best. That raises questions about whether the small gains were worth the political controversy, and what critics claim were the educational costs, of putting a greater focus on test scores.

“These results suggest that the ratcheting [up] of test-based accountability pressures alone is not enough to sustain improvements in student achievement,” conclude researchers Vivian Wong, Coady Wing, David Martin, and Anandita Krishnamachari.

Their paper, which has not been formally peer-reviewed, focuses on the several years after the federal No Child Left Behind law was signed in 2002. The law — which passed with bipartisan support but would eventually draw bipartisan ire — required states to test students annually and set goals for schools. Schools that didn’t meet them faced sanctions.

States each set their own targets using different tests. But the researchers attempted to ask the same questions of each state: How hard was it for each school to hit its goals, and how did that change between 2003 and 2011? Then, they looked at how students did on the National Assessment for Educational Progress. Did states see larger gains on the federal low-stakes test after making life tougher on schools?

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