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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“Flipping the classroom” is hardly new. But with all the hype surrounding both Khan Academy and MOOCs, it’s hardly surprising that the practice became incredibly popular this year."
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A look at both sides of the Flipped Classroom ...

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Dalai Lama Inspires Emphasis on Kindness in Schools

Dalai Lama Inspires Emphasis on Kindness in Schools | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Some educators would like to believe that their job is to be content specialists, but increasingly they are realizing that without the social and emotional skills to navigate setbacks and difficult relationships kids won’t learn much. Some schools weave social and emotional learning throughout the day, integrating it with content, while others use advisory as a place students can talk about their problems. Mindfulness has gained traction in classrooms. And, increasingly schools are explicitly focusing on the value of kindness.

In his New York Times article Richard Schiffman discusses one kindness program inspired by the Dalai Lama’s call to take contemplative practice out of a religious context and make it useful to people’s lives. A big chunk of the program aims to help young kids name their emotions and talk through them. Schiffman writes there’s some research backing up the approach too.
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What's a Hashtag? | Knowledge Quest

What's a Hashtag? | Knowledge Quest | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In last month’s post, What is a #ConnectedEducator, we looked at a few ways we can become more connected virtually and share online. Being a connected educator is one of the best ways to build your personal learning network, connect... Read More ›

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 21, 6:45 AM

Great article from the amazing Ashley!

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Teaching — It’s about Inspiration, Not Information – Tina Seelig – Medium

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt

This is an important reminder that teaching is all about building a relationship with your students. In fact, in today’s world, when information is at our fingertips, we don’t need to go to school to learn facts and figures — a quick Google search, a glance at Wikipedia, or a question posed to Siri will usually result in answers to specific questions.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 17, 1:10 PM

Here's a thoughtful piece on teaching that will remind us all that teaching is a calling.  

Ines Bieler's curator insight, January 17, 3:34 PM

Here's a thoughtful piece on teaching that will remind us all that teaching is a calling.  

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Three Reasons Your Presentation Is Literally Putting People To Sleep - Fast Company

Three Reasons Your Presentation Is Literally Putting People To Sleep - Fast Company | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You’re halfway through your big important presentation, and suddenly you notice that one of the executives you’re speaking to even seems to be gently nodding his head. Great, you must really be resonating!

But then you realize he wasn’t nodding at all–he was nodding off. That’s right, your presentation is actually putting people to sleep. Noticing your listeners in the process of tuning you out can feel hugely embarrassing and stressful; wracked with sudden anxiety, now you need to get a hold of yourself and simultaneously get a hold of them. Here are a few reasons why your talk may have a sleep-inducing effect–and what you can do to avoid it.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 21, 11:16 AM
Consider these points. 
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The scary truth about what's hurting our kids

The scary truth about what's hurting our kids | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"In the past week, I’ve read several studies that are scary to me… it’s the scary truth about what’s hurting our kids.   We all know that what our kids hear becomes their inner voice, but it’s hard to control what they hear from others, isn’t it?


CNN recently interviewed Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen and her interview worried me – because I saw the truth that I would be facing in just a few short years.   Dr. Twenge started doing research 25 years ago on generational differences, but when 2011 -2012 hit, she saw something that would scare her to the core.   This is the year when those having iPhones went over the 50% mark."

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6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom by Irena Nayfeld, TeachThought PD Inquiry Workshop Facilitator Teachers of young children juggle a lot

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21st Century teaching and learning environments include 6 strategies for creating an Inquiry-driven classrooms.
David W. Deeds's curator insight, Today, 1:31 AM

Thanks to Rob Hatfield.

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Some of The Best STEAM Websites for Teachers and Students - Educator's Technology

Some of The Best STEAM Websites for Teachers and Students - Educator's Technology | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In today’s post we are sharing with you one of our popular visuals in 2017. It features a collection of some good educational websites to use  in the teaching and learning of STEAM content. We have particularly highlighted the platforms we have reviewed in the past and which have received positive feedback from our readers.
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'Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children From Darkness' - TIME

'Why We Shouldn’t Shield Children From Darkness' - TIME | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Twice this past fall I was left speechless by a child.

The first time happened at an elementary school in Huntington, New York. I was standing on their auditorium stage, in front of a hundred or so students, and after talking to them about books and writing and the power of story, I fielded questions. The first five or six were the usual fare. Where do I get my ideas? How long does it take to write a book? Am I rich? (Hahahahaha!) But then a fifth-grade girl wearing bright green glasses stood and asked something different. “If you had the chance to meet an author you admire,” she said, “what would you ask?”
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 11, 8:33 AM
You know Matt’s work, you need to read this, and you really need to think about it in terms of being a parent and a teacher.
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, January 12, 3:06 AM
Kinderen die onder de piano zitten. Met een boek zitten ze daar goed. 
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5 exercises you can do without leaving your office desk - Daily Genius

5 exercises you can do without leaving your office desk - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For many of us, five days of our week are spent sitting in offices, hunched over computers, with no real opportunity to leave the office to get any exercise. The health risks associated with this lifestyle are widely known and spending our days like this can leave us feeling frustrated and unhealthy.

While there isn’t much you can do about the nature of your office job, there are some exercise you can do which will help strengthen and tone your body without even leaving the office:
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Some of The Best Writing Guides to Help Students Improve Their Writing Style

Some of The Best Writing Guides to Help Students Improve Their Writing Style | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In today's post we are sharing with you this collection of some excellent guides to help you with the teaching of writing and help your students improve their writing style. The collection comprises several classic titles and seminal works as recommended by Paul Silvia in his  popular book ‘How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing”.  We have arranged these resources into the following categories: the essentials, books on style, books on grammar and punctuation, books on academic writing.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 8, 2:14 PM
You you need to have a couple of these references in your personal library. The dictionary is a must and check out Silva’s and Walsh’s works.
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The Future of Education is Unstructured Learning, and Here's Why

The Future of Education is Unstructured Learning, and Here's Why | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Imagine coming into class one day after discovering the lesson plan you worked on all week has vanished. Your instincts, your experiences, your very trust in your own intuitive instructional nature—it’s all laid bare. Now what? It’s the time for teaching innovation and discovery of the unknown through messy learning. This is your chance to let your learners lead the way and show you what they can do. It’s time for some unstructured learning.

Just as the term suggests, unstructured learning is learning with no real structure. In this kind of learning there’s no linear journey from A to B to C and so on. There’s no definitive lesson plan or rigid template for this brand of teaching and learning. Also, a student isn’t expected to produce a solution to a problem or to answer a challenge in a finite number of ways.
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5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students

5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Barbara Oakley’s professional biography does not suggest that she was once a struggling math and science student: She is an engineering professor, author of A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science and Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (which is not affiliated with this MindShift). Oakley co-created Coursera’s most popular course, “Learning How to Learn,” with Terrence Sejnowski, which has enrolled nearly 2 million students. 

But Oakley is a self-described “former math flunky” who “retooled” her brain — and who has since made it her life’s work to help others learn how to learn by explaining some key principles from modern neuroscience. 
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12 Insecure Ideas That Will Probably Break the Education - TeachThought

12 Insecure Ideas That Will Probably Break the Education - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As the education changes, it depends primarily on internal catalysts for that change.

That is, the ‘things’ that change it are on the ‘inside’ of that system itself, most notably data, assessment, PLCs, and running a distant fourth, technology. It’s interesting that technology is among the least impacting “agents of change” in the classroom. Certainly it has caused teachers and districts to update some of their practices (e.g., budgets, teacher training, and IT policies) but very little of their thinking (e.g., peer-to-peer and school-to-school collaboration, assessment forms, and learning models).

At some point, this will change. Eventually the tethers will break and education–in whatever form or forms–will shoot forward like it’s been held back in a slingshot for nearly a century. It may not feel triumphant at first. When things you lean on give way, you flail and panic and yelp.

There will probably be a lot of that. It may be messy, implementation dip and all. It will require innovation and perseverance. But if we are courageous enough to let these ideas “break” education, we have the chance to come out on the other side evolved.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 4, 9:51 AM
It is imperative that you read this article about ideas that will PROBABLY” break education. I have considered a few previously but there are a couple more that give me angst. Here’s just one: 75% of what teachers do can be done with adaptive apps...”
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Explicit Teaching in Problem-based Mathematics

Explicit Teaching in Problem-based Mathematics | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Explicit Teaching in Problem-based Mathematics offers a re-imagining of what it means to engage in “direct” instruction. Rather than a separate pedagogical approach, explicit instruction is an integral part of problem-based learning and instruction. Animation and video are used to feature educator moves that support students to “notice things they would not otherwise see.” Think uncovering. Think making visible.

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Classroom Assessment in Mathematics: Paying Attention to Students’ Mathematical Thinking via The Learning Exchange

Classroom Assessment in Mathematics: Paying Attention to Students’ Mathematical Thinking via The Learning Exchange | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Assessment does not merely occur at the end of a unit or course. Rather, it occurs constantly and is an integral part of daily classroom practice. Assessment is at the heart of teachers’ work as it focuses on paying attention to students’ mathematical thinking and acting accordingly.

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Lethbridge parents join middle school math class to keep up with their kids - Global News

Lethbridge parents join middle school math class to keep up with their kids - Global News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Struggling to help your kid with math homework? A unique program in Lethbridge is offering support for parents who lack confidence when helping their kids with numbers.
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Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, January 21, 9:51 AM

Involucrar a los padres en la educación escolar de sus niños

Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 21, 11:23 AM
Great concept. Offer it in person but also YouTube it and compile a digital library for parents.
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Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines - MindShift

Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Over the past several decades public education has shifted to focus on literacy and math learning, largely due to high stakes tests measuring those two elements of school. But educators have long known that while reading, writing and math are important to academic success, they are far from the only qualities students need to go forth and lead productive lives.

In recent years, the pendulum of education trends have swung back to emphasize the importance of relationships to learning. Schools are using social and emotional learning curricula to help students develop interpersonal skills and learn ways to solve problems peacefully. But there’s still debate around which social and emotional skills are the most important to teach — such as empathy, executive functioning or persistence — and some educators feel unprepared to take on a role that seems more like parenting.
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Chinese children crush Americans in math thanks to a mindset Americans only display in one place: sports

Chinese children crush Americans in math thanks to a mindset Americans only display in one place: sports | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For the most part, American children aren't great at math.

But Chinese children tend to be excellent.

Testing half a million students worldwide, the Program for International Student Assessment is one of the most widely cited measurements of global education, and it's consistently found Chinese students at the top of the academic pile ... and Americans much nearer the bottom. Some experts argue that the PISA assessment, like any standardized tests, primarily measures a student's ability to take the test, not their knowledge, but hardly anyone disputes that the American education has some work to do when it comes to math. 

In Lenora Chu's new book "Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve," she begins to unearth the cultural differences that lead to this gap — and it's not just about what happens at school.
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17 Beautiful Indigenous Comic Books and Video Games For Kids | CBC Parents

17 Beautiful Indigenous Comic Books and Video Games For Kids | CBC Parents | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If you know where to look, there has been a noticeable reclamation for Indigenous storytellers. Notably, it's visible through technology and modern forms of online gaming, comic books, animation and transmedia. And while content for “mature audiences” is definitely on the rise, I was still able to find plenty of action for kids! These Indigenous and FNMI (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) creators hail from across Turtle Island, and are aiming to eliminate negative stereotypes of Indigenous peoples as seen throughout pop culture.

As Kickapoo comic book illustrator Arigon Starr said in an interview with VICE, “We were either shamans, mystic boogeyman, or pocahotties.” But new generations of kids won’t grow up with these visions if collections like Starr's Super Indian Comics and my selections below are shown to children from all cultural backgrounds. 

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6 Icebreaker Games for Work That Your Team Will Love

6 Icebreaker Games for Work That Your Team Will Love | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
6 ice breaker games for work that build strong employee relationships and great company culture. These can also be used as ice breaker games for staff meetings.

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Finding the Beauty of Math Outside of Class - Edutopia

Finding the Beauty of Math Outside of Class - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A math trail is an activity that gets students out of the classroom so they can (re)discover the math all around us. Whether out on a field trip or on school grounds, students on a math trail are asked to solve or create problems about objects and landmarks they see; name shapes and composite solids; calculate areas and volumes; recognize properties, similarity, congruence, and symmetry; use number sense and estimation to evaluate large quantities and assess assumptions; and so on.

This is one of those creative, yet authentic activities that stimulate engagement and foster enthusiasm for mathematics—and so it can be particularly useful for students in middle and high school, when classroom math becomes more abstract.
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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students - Edutopia

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Students - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The key to preserving (not creating) intrinsic motivation is to nurture students to move to the next level. This also means that in the course of the school day, children must have a chance to do things that enable them to experience accomplishment and competence instead of feeling inadequate. Many believe that children have been constructed with a lot of resilience, so that a good day does not have to mean 90 percent performance, or even 50 percent. It’s not clear what the percentage is, and it may vary across children, but what is clear is that having some positive accomplishment every day will keep kids motivated.
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7 Simple Ways You Can Help Students Pay Attention In A Traditional Classroom - TeachThought

7 Simple Ways You Can Help Students Pay Attention In A Traditional Classroom - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
These are the hallmarks of a classroom and curriculum in need of some significant rethinking rather than a few “takeaways” to help students “stare longer at work they don’t care about.”

That said, for others, the challenge may indeed by one of pure student engagement. You may work in a very traditional classroom, or have brief “spurts” of direct instruction, PowrPoints, note-taking, and so on, that can benefit from improved student attention and engagement. If that’s the case, below are 7 simple ways any teacher can implement at any time to, to some degree or another, help students pay closer attention.

Provided in the following infographic from Reading Horizons are some strategies for increasing student engagement.
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5 Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management

5 Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Effective classroom management requires awareness, patience, good timing, boundaries, and instinct. There’s nothing easy about shepherding a large group of easily distractible young people with different skills and temperaments along a meaningful learning journey.

So how do master teachers do it?

To get a deeper understanding of experienced teachers’ go-to classroom management strategies, we took an informal poll on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Unsurprisingly, there is no silver bullet for classroom management success. That said, as we pored over the more than 700 responses, we did see some clear trends. Here are the most often cited and creative approaches.
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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, January 8, 3:37 AM
Met deze principes kom je al een heel eind.  In elke klas. 
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Why Stickers, Pizza Parties, and Tickets Didn’t Work in My Classroom - AJ Juliani @ajjuliani

Why Stickers, Pizza Parties, and Tickets Didn’t Work in My Classroom - AJ Juliani @ajjuliani | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There is one simple change I made as a teacher (and a change many teachers have made around the globe), that provides more opportunity for motivation, engagement, and empowerment than anything else I’ve seen.
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15 creative ways to get kids reading books - Today's Parent

15 creative ways to get kids reading books - Today's Parent | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The kids are back to school and it’s time to hit the books! We asked author Alice Kuipers to share her best tips for encouraging kids to read.
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