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  I think that feedback is one of those constructs in education that seems both ‘common sensical’ yet elusive at the same time. It is absolutely essential to learning, (and we all know this to be true), but for me, the feedback always seemed to something I had to ‘complete’ or ‘achieve’ with the students…
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The Epic Guide to Student Ownership – A.J. Juliani – Medium

The Epic Guide to Student Ownership – A.J. Juliani – Medium | collaboration | Scoop.it

Take a look at the definition of student-centered learning, and let me know what you think:


Student-centered learning (SCL), or learner-centeredness, is a learning model that places the student (learner) in the center of the learning process. In student-centered learning, students are active participants in their learning; they learn at their own pace and use their own strategies; they are more intrinsically than extrinsically motivated; learning is more individualized than standardized. Student-centered learning develops learning-how-to-learn skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and reflective thinking. Student-centered learning accounts for and adapts to different learning styles of students (National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, 1999).


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The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies | collaboration | Scoop.it
Here they are: 15 formats for structuring a class discussion to make it more engaging, more organized, more equitable, and more academically challenging.
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A List of Over 100 Awesome Essential Questions Examples by Subject

A List of Over 100 Awesome Essential Questions Examples by Subject | collaboration | Scoop.it
Need some essential questions? You've come to the right place—here are over 100 essential questions examples by category. Dive in and discover them now!
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Why Mistakes Matter in Creating A Path For Learning - Mind Shift

Why Mistakes Matter in Creating A Path For Learning - Mind Shift | collaboration | Scoop.it
Most of us can remember a moment like this from our school years: the teacher poses a question – maybe it’s math, maybe history. You raise your hand, you give your answer with full assurance. And then? You’re shot down. You got it wrong.

We remember moments like this because they brim with some of our least favorite emotions: shame, humiliation, self-recrimination, and that gutting sense that you want to melt into the floor. Ah yes, I remember it well.

As it turns out, though, such moments are ripe with learning opportunity. Contrary to what many of us might guess, making a mistake with high confidence and then being corrected is one of the most powerful ways to absorb something and retain it.


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Mark Cottee's curator insight, October 22, 2017 10:35 PM
I am currently in the middle of a MOOC around the science of teaching and just happened across this article through one of my other professional learning networks. Made me think about social media and platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn for example which are generally filled with posts celebrating success - (self posts that is), and wondering about a platform where we celebrate our failures?
David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 23, 2017 1:39 PM

Thanks to John Evans.

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Five Sentence Challenge - Creative writing for those starting their journey

Five Sentence Challenge - Creative writing for those starting their journey | collaboration | Scoop.it
Creative writing for those starting their journey
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Belouga | Connecting the World through Education

Belouga | Connecting the World through Education | collaboration | Scoop.it
Belouga is a web based educational platform that connects classrooms around the world. Our mission is to encourage intercultural communication to create a better tomorrow.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 28, 2017 8:48 AM

A great platform to link up classrooms across the world.

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Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter - Edutopia

Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter - Edutopia | collaboration | Scoop.it
In the age of technology, when students use online databases for home research and when Khan Academy tutorials personalize learning, why does the 21st-century student come to school?

They come to see their friends. They come for the community. They come to be part of a classroom culture that motivates them to stick with the online tutorial and write that last paragraph in an essay.

For my first seven years of teaching, I spent the first week discussing class norms, dutifully posting group expectations on the wall, and asking that students sign an agreement to follow them in an effort to "determine class culture."

Turns out there's a quicker, more fun way to establish a positive atmosphere. With a little reinforcement, this positive culture lasts past the honeymoon of the first two weeks and into the second quarter when the gloves come off.

The secret is improv games. I call them warm-ups and play them once a week at the beginning of class. Many students tell me that warm-ups are the best part of their day.

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16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom

16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom | collaboration | Scoop.it
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Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This” | collaboration | Scoop.it
I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer. The one thing almost all of them have in common is yelling out, “I can’t do this” when the tasks aren’t completed upon first attempts or get a little too difficult for them. I partially blame this on the way most school curriculum is structured. Too much school curriculum is based on paper for quick and one shot learning experiences (or the comparable online worksheets). Students are asked to do worksheets on paper, answer end-of-chapter questions on paper, write essays on paper, do math problems on paper, fill in the blanks on paper, and pick the correct answer out of a multiple choice set of answers on paper. These tasks are then graded as to the percentage correct and then the teacher moves onto the next task.

So it is no wonder that when learners are given hands-on tasks such as those common to maker education, STEM, and STEAM, they sometimes struggle with their completion. Struggles are good. Struggles with authentic tasks mimics real life so much more than completing those types of tasks and assessments done at most schools.

Problems like yelling out, “I can’t do this” arise when the tasks get a little too difficult, but ultimately are manageable. I used to work with delinquent kids within Outward Bound-type programs. Most at-risk kids have some self-defeating behaviors including those that result in personal failure. The model for these types of programs is that helping participants push past their self-perceived limitations results in the beginnings of a success rather than a failure orientation. This leads into a success building upon success behavioral cycle.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2017 7:25 PM
Metocognition is a skill students can use to reflect on their learning. Peers learning together and helping each other is beneficial.

Something I did was asked students to tell me what they understood about their learning. It told me where the gaps were. They know what they know, but not what they don't know.

Costa and Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind is a good resource to use with students.
Amrika Nicole's curator insight, December 11, 2017 12:18 AM
Module 2: Conceptualizations of Giftedness and Talent
The power of "yet" in schools and growth mindset is taking off. This year I have created a bulletin board with commonly used phrases that students have used and have changed them to the growth mindset phrase that would go along with it. I think before you can expect your students to have this growth mindset the staff has to believe and use it too. We have spent part of a PD talking about phrases that we use as teacher to make them growth mindset. 
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The Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | collaboration | Scoop.it
Having a high EQ will get you a lot farther in life than you might expect. Check out the Real Value of Emotional Intelligence Infographic to find out more.
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Four Student Misconceptions about Learning

Four Student Misconceptions about Learning | collaboration | Scoop.it
Students harbor some fairly serious misconceptions that undermine their efforts to learn. Stephen Chew identifies four of them, which we outline here.
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Read this Book: The Space: A Guide for Educators - @DianaLRendina

Read this Book: The Space: A Guide for Educators - @DianaLRendina | collaboration | Scoop.it
When educators and designers get together to write a book on learning spaces, amazing things happen.  Many books on learning space design focus on lots of gorgeous photos of expensively renovated school environments, language to use with architects or projects that are amazing, but not always easy to replicate.  The Space takes a different approach.  There are many beautiful pictures to be sure.  But this book is more about creating a new mindset.  A mindset that focuses on intentional design and putting your students’ needs first.  What I love about this book is that it can apply to any educational space, be it classroom, library, makerspace, lab, etc.  And the ideas are doable on any budget.  Here are some of my favorite takeaways:

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Marci Milius's curator insight, July 24, 2017 2:45 PM
Love this book!  I use it in many presentations. Great for starting the process of transforming a spaces.  Keeps the focus on student centered learning.
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The Best Self-Assessment Questions for Encouraging a Growth Mindset

The Best Self-Assessment Questions for Encouraging a Growth Mindset | collaboration | Scoop.it
Here are some great self-assessment questions that will help you with fostering valuable growth mindset principles within your learners.
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Sparking Curiosity For Fractions With Tasks That Feel Real to Students

Sparking Curiosity For Fractions With Tasks That Feel Real to Students | collaboration | Scoop.it
Fractions are notoriously tricky for many kids, but giving them real-world examples can help make abstract concepts more concrete.
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The Progression of Proportional Reasoning From K-9

The Progression of Proportional Reasoning From K-9 | collaboration | Scoop.it
The underpinnings of proportional reasoning are born when students learn how to count and unitizing. Explore visual representations of this Big Idea.
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Establishing A Growth Mindset As A Teacher:  9 Affirming Statements - TeachThought @jackiegerstein

Establishing A Growth Mindset As A Teacher:  9 Affirming Statements - TeachThought @jackiegerstein | collaboration | Scoop.it
The ability to change is among the least-appreciated professional characteristics of a teacher.

This is especially true as education systems react to both external pressure, and internal instinct to change into something closer to truly progressive learning environments.

As I was reading through Jackie Gerstein’s Education 3.0: Altering Round Peg in Round Hole Education, several slides stood out to me (one was the focus of a post earlier this week) including the image above, which offers statements teachers can use to both affirm the need for change, and “coach” themselves into a mindset for both change, and hopefully growth. (Number 5 is probably worthy of another post entirely!)

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Homework Help, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Online Almanac | Fact Monster

Homework Help, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Online Almanac | Fact Monster | collaboration | Scoop.it
Fact Monster is a free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education, and health.
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100 Word Challenge - Creative writing for young people

100 Word Challenge - Creative writing for young people | collaboration | Scoop.it
Creative writing for young people
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This is exactly how society kills our creativity – in a breathtaking short film

This is exactly how society kills our creativity – in a breathtaking short film | collaboration | Scoop.it
There’s an aching difference between an adult and the child the adult once was. When I was a small child I wanted to be a…

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 20, 2017 7:23 PM

Well, yes. But this suggests that somehow "society" is a nameless, faceless thing. Every human being is a part of society so how we encourage creativity, how we choose to be who we are, how we support those who are not the same as us and who add beauty to our lives makes a difference in how "society" influence what others think and do.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, August 21, 2017 12:14 AM
Been around for awhile but I seemed to have missed it. 
hayley peluchette's curator insight, August 21, 2017 3:45 PM

Everyone should take 2 minutes to watch this beautiful, brilliant short to remind us why we do the jobs we do! 

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12 Good Word Cloud Generators for Teachers and Students

12 Good Word Cloud Generators for Teachers and Students | collaboration | Scoop.it
A word cloud is a visual representation of the frequencies of words in a text. Teachers can use word clouds for a variety of instructional purposes from creating class groups using students' names to reflecting on lesson plans, this article from 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning Blog outlines over a 100 creative ways you can use word clouds with students in class. Now that you have an idea of the educational and pedagogical potential of word clouds in class instruction, here are some of our favourite web tools an iPad apps we uncovered from our archive which you can utilize to easily generate and share word clouds.

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Skills For Today: Collaboration - P21

Skills For Today: Collaboration - P21 | collaboration | Scoop.it
Education researchers at Pearson teamed up with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) to conduct a review of the research literature on the importance of collaboration skills for employers, as well as how to teach and assess these skills in K-12 and higher-ed
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IMPS | Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards

Explore this site to learn more about the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) and how they can be connected to the content standards. Use our Illustrations, centered on student dialogues, to see the Standards for Mathematical Practice in action.
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Student Interest Surveys: Getting to Know You | Scholastic

Student Interest Surveys: Getting to Know You | Scholastic | collaboration | Scoop.it
Download my student interest survey and hand it out to your students at the beginning of a school year. Use their responses to guide your instruction the rest of the year. 


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