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Reading relevant to learning and teaching issues, trends and strategies.
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In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience - The New York Times

In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience - The New York Times | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
After decades spent ratcheting up safety measures, many British educators say the pendulum has swung too far. Bring on the scissors, bricks and mud pits.
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Interesting move to create more "controlled" risks so young people learn grit and resilience.

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The 9 Habits Of Highly Effective Leaders Who Outperform The Rest

Am I an expert? Nope. I’ve learned a thing or two though about leadership from my experience and by being surrounded by incredible leaders. People think leadership is only for certain types of people…
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Interesting points about effective leaders.

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Putting Dialogue over Devices Shapes Mind and Character - Education Next

Putting Dialogue over Devices Shapes Mind and Character - Education Next | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
As we sober up from the tech-infused party of the past 20 years, we should think about what should come first in our schools: shaping not just our students’ ability to persevere and solve difficult problems but also their character—their empathic connection with others, their capacity to see our shared humanity, and their ability to problem solve with others for a common good.
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"Rather than focusing on grades and test scores, students need opportunities to take on big issues, work with diverse teams, and produce innovations that will make their communities proud. Technology can help motivate and accelerate learning. It can help  young people create and invent, launch social movements, and even contribute to solving global problems."

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Preparing our children for life-long learning

Preparing our children for life-long learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Today's education system needs to set the foundations for these young children to thrive in life and work in 2050.
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Good to see more robust discussions around the future of schooling.

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How to Raise a Feminist Son

How to Raise a Feminist Son | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
We raise our girls to fight stereotypes and pursue their dreams, but we don’t do the same for our boys.
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Tips for raising and schooling boys.

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Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings

Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Teens who who are able to identify and manage emotions may be better equipped to navigate life situations.
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The mportance of developing emotional agility in teens.

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Could our obsession with exams lead to long term failure?

Could our obsession with exams lead to long term failure? | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
While many children spent Christmas cramming for January’s common entrance exams and my colleagues await the publication of the Secondary School Performance tables, as Head of a non-selective independent school, I have to ask myself the question;
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Another article encouraging us to rethink assessments and exams.

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Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset'

Carol Dweck, who parsed the difference between a "fixed" and a "growth" mindset, clarifies her theories of intelligence.
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Dweck warns about oversimplifying mindsets. Good to see.

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I sat the most important maths exam of my life when I was twelve

I sat the most important maths exam of my life when I was twelve | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
I am among the most examined maths students of my generation. Hailing from the UK, the original high-stakes testing capital of the education world, I sat national exams at age 11, 14, 16 and 18. At…
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The pitfalls of ability testing and grouping.
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How to praise your child: why simply saying 'well done' is not helpful

How to praise your child: why simply saying 'well done' is not helpful | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Praising kids in a generalised way through phrases like, 'well done' or 'aren't you clever' isn't helpful and can actually damage children.
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How to give proper feedback and praise.
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School league tables 'should show well-being' - BBC News

School league tables 'should show well-being' - BBC News | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Parents should be able to find about pupils' well-being from school league tables, says Sir Anthony Seldon.
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Yes, to put more of a focus on students' mental health and well-being. But a big no to put these on league tables. Seriously.
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Philosophy, beauty, complexity: what you are missing out on if you don't do the maths

Philosophy, beauty, complexity: what you are missing out on if you don't do the maths | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
By corralling mathematics and science as (male) subjects for the unimaginative and the arts as (female) subjects of expression, we commit educational crimes.
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Great insights into benefits of Maths.
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Want to improve NAPLAN scores? Teach children philosophy

Want to improve NAPLAN scores? Teach children philosophy | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
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Good for NAPLAN scores... and so much more.
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Extending the Silence | Edutopia

Extending the Silence | Edutopia | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Giving students several seconds to think after asking a question—and up to two minutes for some questions—improves their learning.
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Good strategies to develop valuable thinking time with students.

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Analysis | The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students

Analysis | The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
The top traits of success at Google sound more like what one gains as an English or theater major than as a programmer.
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"The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas."

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ASCD Express 12.18 - Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading

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Importance of Go and See Classroom Observations

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Educational Leadership:Gearing Up for Change:Making Progress Possible: A Conversation with Michael Fullan

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Love the idea of collaborative professionalism in schools to develop authentic and long lasting cultural change. A level of autonomy with a sense of teamwork.

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How Kids Learn Better By Taking Frequent Breaks Throughout The Day

How Kids Learn Better By Taking Frequent Breaks Throughout The Day | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Initially, I thought that the true value of Finnish-style breaks is related to free play, but I no longer hold this view. I’ve concluded that the primary benefit of Finnish breaks is in the way it keeps kids focused by refreshing their brains
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Importance of breaks in the academic day.

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Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation

Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Justin Reich outlines ways school leaders can identify, apply and nurture changes that are needed to make sure education is keeping up with students' needs.
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Excellent strategies here to effectively develop innovation in schools.

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How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School

How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague.
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Avoid the oversimplification of education "trends".

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Too Fast To Think: why switching off unlocks creativity

Too Fast To Think: why switching off unlocks creativity | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
We’re living in a constant state of distraction. Notified about everything from a colleague’s latest Tweet to a classmate from primary school’s birthday, the internet interrupts us incessantly. Anxiety about smartphone addiction has been running high for some time, with articles claiming that it’s damaging relationships and attention spans. But our always-on culture could also be costing us creatively. In his new book _Too Fast To Think_, Chris Lewis, CEO of global agency Lewis, explains how modern life is suffocating the part of our brain where ideas come from. To find out more about how we can create conditions that serve the mind’s creative process rather than subdue it, we decided to speak to Chris and a collection of creatives about their own experiences.
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Slow thinking = more creativity. Not surprising, really.
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The San Antonio Spurs Are Coached to Think for Themselves

The San Antonio Spurs Are Coached to Think for Themselves | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Why Gregg Popovich wants his San Antonio Spurs players to be engaged in the world and knowledgeable about current events.
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The importance of culture, community and collegiality. 
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Packing up box thinking

Packing up box thinking | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Our everyday lives are quite squared away.
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The importance of thinking outside the box. 
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Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility

Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Learning to handle negative emotions is critical for children, but parents tend to teach avoidance rather than acceptance.
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Some good strategies to help children work through, rather than go around, negative emotions.
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The fallacy of single-sex education

The fallacy of single-sex education | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
A review of 1.6 million students has failed to find any advantages to single-sex education, says the former president of American Psychological Association Dian
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Debate over benefits of single sex education.
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