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Both new and time-honoured perspectives, strategies, and reflections on effective classroom instruction
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7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful

7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Track your students' progress as readers with scheduled practice, an understanding of each student's cuing system, immediate feedback, and comprehension questions to check for understanding.
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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Whether you use musical instruments, game pieces, call-and-response, or electronic devices, there are many successful ways of getting students to focus front and stop talking.
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6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Blogger Rebecca Alber shares scaffolding strategies to use in your lessons. (Updated 01/2014)
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It’s time to get serious about improving Canada’s colleges and universities

It’s time to get serious about improving Canada’s colleges and universities | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
The challenge Canada faces in higher education is best how can we deliver a better education to more students with no more money?
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Multiple Entry Points into Learning: there is no such thing as average

Multiple Entry Points into Learning:  there is no such thing as average | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
We know that in any given learning situation students arrive at different places.  When I first started my teaching career at the intermediate level, I was quite convinced that if only the previous...
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8 Characteristics of the "Innovator's Mindset"

8 Characteristics of the "Innovator's Mindset" | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Recently I explored the notion of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and have thought a lot about this idea.  As I look to write on the topic of “Leading Innovative Change” within schools, we are looking t...
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8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference. Check back weekly for updates!
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The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning

The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
As education continues the march toward a student-driven, project-oriented approach that values intelligent solutions to open-ended problems, it won’t be sufficient to focus on the wonderful discoveries and authentic work that result from an inquiry-based system. Instead, a far more difficult issue will come to the fore: How will we know if inquiry-based learning is successful, and what non-standardized measures of achievement, like better attitude, apply?
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How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog

How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
How experts think, the power of framing, the miracle of attention, the weird world of cognitive biases and more…
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Five models of the modern Canadian school principal

Five models of the modern Canadian school principal | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Rather than the disciplinarians of the past, today’s principals have to know and help every student, cope with parental and political demands and ensure that their school scores highly on standardized tests. It’s no wonder the appeal of the job is declining
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iPads for Learning: Getting Started

information about TPCK and getting started with an iPad implementation program in and educational setting
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8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning

8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Play is something that comes naturally to young people, so why not enhance their learning opportunities by engaging them to play with purpose?
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135. TIM MINCHIN: Be hard on your opinions

135. TIM MINCHIN: Be hard on your opinions | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Tim Minchin is an Australian (my first Aussie, how embarrassing) musician, comedian, actor, composer and writer. Since making a name for himself at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and w...
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Tests show provincial differences in math, reading, science education

Tests show provincial differences in math, reading, science education | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program test offers insight into how students in different provinces compare, and provides data that can be used to compare the impact of education policy on student learning
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Storytelling in the Classroom as a Teaching Strategy

Storytelling in the Classroom as a Teaching Strategy | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Storytelling in the Classroom as a Teaching Strategy
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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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Why your math memory matters | Toronto Star

Why your math memory matters | Toronto Star | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
Scan of kids’ and adults’ brains show you need to practice until your skills are automatic
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Further research into the importance of automaticity or math fact fluency.

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15 Legitimate Ways Daydreaming Improves Thinking

15 Legitimate Ways Daydreaming Improves Thinking | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
15 Legitimate Ways Daydreaming Improves Thinking
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Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
All of us have had major classroom disruptions that try our patience and push our limits. These incidents can threaten our sense of control and generate fear of looking weak to other students. We fea
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The Roots of Grades-and-Tests (Guest Post by Alfie Kohn)

The Roots of Grades-and-Tests (Guest Post by Alfie Kohn) | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
This was written by Alfie Kohn who writes and speaks about parenting and education. His website is here and he tweets here. This piece is the introduction to a brand new book titled De-Testing and De-
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What makes a great principal – and why few want the job

What makes a great principal – and why few want the job | Thinking & Teaching | Scoop.it
They’re no longer the disciplinarian or just the school manager. They can be a target when standardized test results are low. As 40 of Canada’s best principals are honoured – including the five profiled here – The Globe looks at their changing role
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