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How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things : NPR Ed : NPR

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things : NPR Ed : NPR | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty?

For their parents and teachers, we've put together a quick primer with help from the National Association of School Psychologists and Melissa Reeves, a former NASP president and co-author of its PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum.

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In the wake of the most recent school shooting children from all over the country are scared. The questions "Are we next?", "Is my school safe?", "why did this happen?, and so many similar question pop into children's minds. This article offers a great ways to identify when children have these questions, need to talk about what happened, and how to address it in the best possible way. 

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Dear Parents: Here's What You Should Know About Letter Grades -

Dear Parents: Here's What You Should Know About Letter Grades - | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Ah, the letter grade– a much-maligned symbol of an era where kids would go to school and passively ‘get’ grades written on thick blue and green and beige paper to take home and have signed and returned to school so the teacher could be sure the parents ‘saw’ the thing.

And that wait–the slow tick of the analog clock on the classroom wall that measured the time between when you saw the grades and when your parents would see them. Whether the grades were good or bad, that wait was unbearable. They’d already waited a month and a half since the last blue or green or beige thick-stock paper had been sent home.

There were even times I had my report pinned to the back of my shirt, between my shoulder blades. I could reach back with my little arms to grab at it, but my teacher was clever as a fox–clearly a master of engineering and geometry and angles because no one earth was getting to that report card but my mom.

But like lunch boxes and pigtails and playgrounds and varsity jackets, while iconic, letter grades are full of spectacle and half-truths. We’ve talked about this idea before–one article below, for example–but today we’re going to address parents directly with the hope that they might better understand what they’re looking at when they see that ‘grade.’

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6 Ways Students Are Braver Than I Ever Give Them Credit For -

6 Ways Students Are Braver Than I Ever Give Them Credit For - | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Students are incredibly brave every day.

And sometimes, when I am having a difficult time with a class, or specific students, I need to remind myself of these facts:

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40 Learning Quotes That Will Inspire You - Global Digital Citizen

40 Learning Quotes That Will Inspire You - Global Digital Citizen | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Here are 40 of some of the best learning quotes out there on the Web, collected from some of history's best and most brilliant minds.

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11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works

11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Why are we the way that we are? Is there anything we can do to change the way we think, behave, and react? And even if we come to know how the brain works, are we limited by our underlying circuitry or can we overcome our limitations?

Over the years, TED has put on dozens of amazing presentations that highlight the mysteries of the brain and break them down in ways that we — laymen — can understand. Here are the most fascinating ones we’ve watched and enjoyed.

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Filomena Gomes's curator insight, May 21, 2016 3:43 PM
30 days challenge, living with less
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Who doesn't love TED talks!?!
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6 of The Best TED Ed Riddles to Use with Students in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 of The Best TED Ed Riddles to Use with Students in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
TED Ed is one of our favourite video resources we have been recommending for teachers over the last few years. It features short video explanations (usually less than 5 minutes long) covering different educational topics. The clips are professionally animated using a wide range of visual illustrations to hook in the viewers and keep them engaged. We have already shared some very good TED Ed videos on Math, writing, and several other subject areas. In today’s post we want to highlight some challenging TED Ed riddles to share with your students. These are short brain teasers to engage your students in problem solving activities in which they have to make use of different learning skills to solve the riddles. Here is the list:

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 14, 2016 1:12 AM
Links her to other TED Ed materials too
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These are great! They can be used for fun, warm-up activities or to engage in critical thinking exercises. 
 
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Education Research Highlights From 2015

Education Research Highlights From 2015 | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
2015 was a great year for education research. fMRI technology gave us new insight into how exercise can improve math ability by changing the structure of children's brains (#13 below). We saw how Sesame Street's 40-year history has made an impact on preparing young children for school (#7). Several studies reinforced the importance of social and emotional learning for students (#2, 5, and 9). Two must-read publications were released to help educators understand how students learn (#4 and 11). Here are 15 studies published this year that every educator should know about.

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7 Books that will make you a better teacher - Daily Genius

7 Books that will make you a better teacher - Daily Genius | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Reading makes your smarter.  More importantly, it makes you a better teacher.

Smart districts offer in-service or professional development compensation for instructors that read relevant resources.

Most people think that the summer provides educators with well deserved time to recharge.  While that is true, most importantly, it provides educators time to read. I challenge you to read the list of books described below this summer.  They have immediate and actionable implications with the way you instruct your students.

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Inspirerende onderwijslectuur

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Education Through Students' Eyes: A Dry-Erase Animated Video

Education Through Students' Eyes: A Dry-Erase Animated Video | Hot Topics | Scoop.it

"Two students from Georgia share their what education looks like through their eyes with a dry-erase animated video."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 18, 2015 6:40 AM

Listen to two softmores present their views on education in this short (~6 minute) video. What do they talk about? Here are the five points listed in the original post:

* Teachers’ view versus students’ view of school schedules.

* School systems’ expectations of students versus students’ own expectations of themselves.

* Purpose, application, and importance of certain curricula.

* The practice of not asking the most important people of all…the students.

* Ignoring successful educational models, such as Finland.

Many of us have seen education go through major changes, and these students raise some questions that all of us need to consider. Take the time to view this video, and consider sharing it with others at your school. 

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:45 AM

Listen to two softmores present their views on education in this short (~6 minute) video. What do they talk about? Here are the five points listed in the original post:

* Teachers’ view versus students’ view of school schedules.

* School systems’ expectations of students versus students’ own expectations of themselves.

* Purpose, application, and importance of certain curricula.

* The practice of not asking the most important people of all…the students.

* Ignoring successful educational models, such as Finland.

Many of us have seen education go through major changes, and these students raise some questions that all of us need to consider. Take the time to view this video, and consider sharing it with others at your school. 

Frances's curator insight, February 8, 2016 8:57 AM

Q:  At what age do students formulate their views of what "education" should be?

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Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN — Emerging Education Technologies

Resources for Teaching Students HOW TO LEARN — Emerging Education Technologies | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Why do Schools Rarely Teach Students How to Learn? Schools are so caught up in teaching fundamentals like reading, writing, and good old “‘rithmatic”, as and knowledge required to pass standardized tests, but how often are they actually teaching students

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8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Calling Out Kids for Their Bad Behavior - Brilliant or Insane

8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Calling Out Kids for Their Bad Behavior - Brilliant or Insane | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
If a kid has been pushed to a point where she’s acting out in order to get negative attention, the problem is far bigger than you. You know that, right? I didn’t when I was a young teacher, but when this reality dawned on me, it was a game changer. Realizing that it wasn’t about me gave me enough space to breath a bit before I reacted.

It’s not about you either, I’ll bet. If it is, it might say something about how much the kid who is making you crazy cares about you.

Sometimes, they act out to get your attention.

Sometimes, it’s the only way they know.

Sometimes, admitting what they really think or feel or need requires a level of vulnerability they just aren’t able to conjure.

So, don’t call students out in front of other people. Don’t point out their errors, don’t name their flaws, and by all means, don’t cut them down with your sarcasm. Try to get to the root of the problem, instead. Try asking yourself a few questions.

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These 6 quotes will help any teacher make it to Summer break - Daily Genius

These 6 quotes will help any teacher make it to Summer break - Daily Genius | Hot Topics | Scoop.it

"There are plenty of teachers and other educators who make a difference in a child’s life. In an adult’s life. In the lives of many. But there is a key characteristic of a great teacher that makes them someone who truly changes the lives of many.

 

Is it the ability to discern what it’ll take to get a student to unlock his or her learning potential? Is it the ability to successfully integrate education technology?"


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Life of an Educator: 10 images to share at your next faculty meeting

Life of an Educator: 10 images to share at your next faculty meeting | Hot Topics | Scoop.it

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20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher

20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
You plan. You assess. You network. You collaborate.

You tweet, differentiate, administer literacy probes, scour 504s and IEPs, use technology, and inspire thinking.

And for all of this, you’re given bar graphs on tests to show if what you’re doing is actually making a difference. But there are other data points you should consider as well.

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, June 30, 2017 3:09 AM
Doe ik het goed? Leerkrachten stellen zichzelf vaak (stilletjes) die vraag. Vaak is het antwoord ja. Zelden aanvaarden leerkrachten die bevestiging. Nutteloze en valse bescheidenheid als je het mij vraagt. 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 30, 2017 1:33 PM
A word that came to mind as I read this  was "inspire." Good teaching lights a fire and inspires.
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5-Minute Film Festival: 5 Videos to Explore Growth Mindset

5-Minute Film Festival: 5 Videos to Explore Growth Mindset | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
We know there’s no silver bullet for improving learning outcomes for kids, and Stanford researcher Carol Dweck, who originated the concept of growth mindset, has spoken out recently against the misapplication of her findings. But with a deeper understanding of the idea, and more exploration around what proper implementation looks like, growth mindset has a lot of potential. If you’d like to learn more, or want to clarify the idea for the people around you, these five videos offer something for every audience—from preschoolers to parents and colleagues to college kids.

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26 Questions to Help Kids Know Themselves Better

26 Questions to Help Kids Know Themselves Better | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Children grow and change rapidly, both physically and emotionally. As parents, we strive to help our children understand who they are, what they believe in, and how to be independent and competent adults. We aren’t trying to raise clones of ourselves, but recognize that our children are separate and unique and we need to help them grow into their authentic selves with love and acceptance.

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10 Motivational TED Talks to Start Your Morning

10 Motivational TED Talks to Start Your Morning | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
One of my favorite innovations in recent years is the idea of TED Talks. Whether you attend a session in person or watch online, you can learn and gain inspiration and see and hear people tell their stories and share their expertise firsthand. It's accessible, substantive information on virtually every topic imaginable.

If reading the news first thing in the morning is bringing you down, why not save that task for a bit later in the day? Instead, take in one of these great TED talks with your breakfast. Since they're under 20 minutes, it's the perfect amount of time to spend with your breakfast and coffee--and you'll start the day informed, motivated, and ready to go do great things.

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Who doesn't enjoy TED talks?
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Some More Resources for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Some More Resources for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Learning  A-Z, the popular provider of literacy-focused products, has recently  added some interesting resources to its Science A-Z section. These are interactive learning materials students can use to enhance their science learning. These include hands-on science lessons and experiments for kids, multilevel texts that seamlessly integrate science and reading and many other resources. To use any of these materials you need to register with Learning A-Z. Also keep in mind that while the website offers a free trail, you will have to purchase a subscription plan to use any of their resources.

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12 Must Watch TED Talks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Growth/Fixed Mindset, Math Practices, Standards Based Grading Visuals

Growth/Fixed Mindset, Math Practices, Standards Based Grading Visuals | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Instead of writing a syllabus or creating assessments or working on lessons plans, I have procrastinated and scoured some images from the web to make these. I have uploaded .png's of these into thi...

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Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:43 AM

If your learners are fans of Star Wars, then these posters may find a place in your classroom. You will find not only the image above (which is on Growth Mindset), but also an image of The Dark Side, otherwise knows as a Fixed Mindset.

In addition, there is a poster 8 Mathematical Processes of Jedi Masters, as well as one on Standards Based Gradings (an assessment tool). To go directly to a page that allows you to download the images click here.

Katie Catania's curator insight, August 5, 2015 9:06 AM

If your learners are fans of Star Wars, then these posters may find a place in your classroom. You will find not only the image above (which is on Growth Mindset), but also an image of The Dark Side, otherwise knows as a Fixed Mindset.

In addition, there is a poster 8 Mathematical Processes of Jedi Masters, as well as one on Standards Based Gradings (an assessment tool). To go directly to a page that allows you to download the images click here.

Cathy Coghlan's curator insight, March 21, 2016 12:30 AM

If your learners are fans of Star Wars, then these posters may find a place in your classroom. You will find not only the image above (which is on Growth Mindset), but also an image of The Dark Side, otherwise knows as a Fixed Mindset.

In addition, there is a poster 8 Mathematical Processes of Jedi Masters, as well as one on Standards Based Gradings (an assessment tool). To go directly to a page that allows you to download the images click here.

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An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century

An Update to the Upgraded KWL for the 21st Century | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
In 2011, I wrote a blog post, titled Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century. It described how I learned about a new version of the traditional KWL (What do I Know, What do I Want to know and wh...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 12, 2015 11:26 PM

Check out this new version of the KWL chart by Silvia Rosenthal Tomlison. What we once called KWL is now the KWHLAQ.

* K stands for  'What do you KNOW?'

* W stands for 'What do you WANT to know?'

* H stands for 'HOW will you find out?'

* L stands for 'What have your LEARNED?'

* A stands for 'What ACTION will you take?'

* Q stands for 'What further QUESTIONS do you have?'

This new visual also includes suggestions under each category to help students make their "thinking and learning visible." For more information click through to the post.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, June 15, 2015 2:44 PM

This article shares an updated version of KWL (What do I Know, What do I Want to know and what have I Learned). How many use this in their classrooms?

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 1, 2015 11:49 AM

Check out this new version of the KWL chart by Silvia Rosenthal Tomlison. What we once called KWL is now the KWHLAQ.

* K stands for  'What do you KNOW?'

* W stands for 'What do you WANT to know?'

* H stands for 'HOW will you find out?'

* L stands for 'What have your LEARNED?'

* A stands for 'What ACTION will you take?'

* Q stands for 'What further QUESTIONS do you have?'

This new visual also includes suggestions under each category to help students make their "thinking and learning visible." For more information click through to the post.

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John Hattie's 10 Myths about Student Achievement

John Hattie's 10 Myths about Student Achievement | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, John Hattie, shares his 10 myths about student achievement.

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, June 2, 2015 4:19 PM

Interesting article about John Hattie's research.  Leadership matters in a school. We need to select and support our school leaders - develop their skills and talents so they can support and develop their teachers. A leader must recognize good instruction so he can cultivate practices that enhance student achievement.

Tony Palmeri's curator insight, October 24, 2015 5:33 PM

Well, the title of this article grabbed my attention, particularly because I know that Hattie is well respected in the educational community. Some of the surprising insights for me include class size. I thought class sizes had a significant impact, but it appears to be detectable, but not substantial. Also, less homework is advised. "5-10 minutes of practising what was taught that day at school has the same effect as 1-2 hours does." Extracurricular involvement and getting kids to enjoy being at school is something that I need to revisit as an administrator. It seems like we continue to strip programming and it is the children who suffer from a lack of opportunity (and achievement apparently suffers also). Tests should be used to practice and reinforce what has been taught and big-ticket final exams are not useful (gasp!). 

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10 Inspiring Quotations To Help You Differentiate Instruction Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

10 Inspiring Quotations To Help You Differentiate Instruction Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
When it comes to differentiated instruction, one of the most common questions asked by busy teachers is “How can I find the time?”

In her newly revised book The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. 2nd Edition. Carol Ann Tomlinson offers valuable insight into the power of differentiated instruction in today’s classroom. In this updated second edition of her best-selling classic work, Carol Ann Tomlinson offers teachers a powerful and practical way to meet a challenge that is both very modern and completely timeless: how to divide their time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct so many students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests.

Whether you need motivation to implement differentiated instruction in the classroom or simply need reassurance that it’s working you’ll find inspiration in these words of wisdom from Tomlinson:

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Top 10 Tech Tips for Teachers #SketchNote - @shakeuplearning @SylviaDuckworth

Top 10 Tech Tips for Teachers #SketchNote - @shakeuplearning @SylviaDuckworth | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
I am super excited to share this update with you! My Top Ten Tech Tips for Successful Technology Integration were originally shared last July (2014). These are the tips that I often refer to when helping teachers dip their toes into the technology integration waters. It's easy to become overwhelmed by technology and planning. These tips will make the process so much easier!

Today, I'm honored to share a sketch version of my tips by the fabulously talented Sylvia Duckworth! (She makes me look good! ;))

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Spotlight on Strategies: The Envelope Please - Edutech for Teachers

Spotlight on Strategies: The Envelope Please - Edutech for Teachers | Hot Topics | Scoop.it
This week’s feature—The Envelope Please—is an instructional strategy that strengthens comprehension skills via predicting outcomes.

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Carol Bently's curator insight, May 11, 2015 11:32 PM

There is a problem in the international education standard.