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What Does It Mean to Be a “Change Leader” in Education?

What Does It Mean to Be a “Change Leader” in Education? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Over the past 20 years, I have studied and worked with educators who have aspired to be change leaders in a wide variety of schools in the US and elsewhere. The most effective of these change leaders – whether they are classroom teachers, principals, or systems leaders – share a number of common practices."

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Why children should be taught to build a positive online presence

Why children should be taught to build a positive online presence | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Rather than just teaching children about internet safety and reducing their digital footprint, we should also encourage them to curate a positive digital footprint which will be an asset for them in their future.

Today’s children are prolific users of the internet. Concern has been raised about the future impact of the digital footprints they are generating. While much discussion of this issue focuses on keeping children safe, little is known about how children manage their digital footprints.

While digital footprints are considered to be a liability, if managed well they can be an asset. Digital footprints can showcase identity, skills and interests. This is important in an era where employers “google” candidates to check their identity and verify their suitability. In this context, having no digital footprint can be as much of a disadvantage as having a poorly managed one.

The “Best Footprint Forward” project explored what children know about digital footprints. Focus groups were made up of 33 children aged 10-12 years from three schools in regional NSW. Analysis of the focus groups reveals children have strategies to keep safe online, but they need further guidance on how to build a positive digital footprint.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 1, 8:29 AM
Children absolutely need to know about both the liabilities and assets of the digital footprint. This should be a joint effort of parents and schools.
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30 Lessons For Teachers From Dr. Seuss - TeachThought

30 Lessons For Teachers From Dr. Seuss - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Dr. Seuss is gold–whimsical and visually interesting traipses through surreal worlds, and always full of life advice.

And life advice is learning advice, and learning advice–well, that’s why we’re all here, yes?

There are themes below that apply directly to the responsibilities of a teacher. Let’s face it–teaching is an emotional roller coaster, and a microcosm for life itself, full of tedium and wonder, disappointment and triumph, down days and days to celebrate. Take #11 for example–you have brains in your head and feet on your choose, you can steer yourself any direction you choose–can be both encouragement to elementary students, or high school students taking themselves–and life–too seriously.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 22, 8:29 AM
Read Dr. Seuss everyday to help your enjoy life that day!
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4 Games to Spark Empathy-building in the Classroom | MindShift | KQED News

4 Games to Spark Empathy-building in the Classroom | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Can technology help kids develop empathy? Due to the rise of virtual reality experiences, there’s been some buzz lately about the impact technology might have on how we understand and share the feelings of others.

Since video games have an inherent ability to transport us to places and meet people we normally wouldn’t, teachers can use them to create authentic experiences in their classes — where students reflect on their own lives, share personal stories with peers, and hopefully begin to share in the perspectives of others. Games can’t be the sole tool to help build empathy, but emotional and powerful moments in games can drive meaningful discussions in the classroom.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 22, 8:54 PM

Can technology help kids develop empathy? Due to the rise of virtual reality experiences, there’s been some buzz lately about the impact technology might have on how we understand and share the feelings of others." --- very cool.

 

Kids NEED to learn EMPATHY

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How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity – The Mission –

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable — such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast — complaining isn’t good for you.

Your brain loves efficiency and doesn’t like to work any harder than it has to. When you repeat a behavior, such as complaining, your neurons branch out to each other to ease the flow of information. This makes it much easier to repeat that behavior in the future — so easy, in fact, that you might not even realize you’re doing it.
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When Schools Help Students Transcend Chronic Stress to Tap Motivation | MindShift | KQED News

When Schools Help Students Transcend Chronic Stress to Tap Motivation | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While many educators now recognize that “noncognitive” factors that affect how a student thinks about his or her abilities are important to learning academic content, there’s little consensus about how teachers can help build those qualities. Some districts are trying to include noncognitive factors in measures of school effectiveness, while other schools focus on certain character qualities as part of their mission.

Educators are trying to figure out how to motivate students to work hard in school and to help them see the rewards for that hard work as a real possibility. But that work is particularly challenging as the public school population becomes increasingly low income and children often come to school having experienced chronic stress or trauma in their home lives that significantly impact their ability to regulate emotions, focus, and deescalate situations.
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The Power of Empathy - Edutopia 

The Power of Empathy - Edutopia  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Empathy for others doesn’t necessarily lead them to change their behavior, but it does help you better navigate difficult situations. "

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The Teacher's Role in Personalized Learning: Making Math Relevant - Next Gen Learning in Action - Education Week

The Teacher's Role in Personalized Learning: Making Math Relevant - Next Gen Learning in Action - Education Week | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What is your most memorable math lesson? For me, it was when Mrs. Kaylor helped us visualize and understand place value by building straw men as we counted straws by units of one, ten, and a hundred.

I struggle to come up with many more memories and there's a good chance I'm not alone. If I asked the same question for other subjects, like social studies or language arts, however, I bet your answers would come a lot more easily.

The difference? These subjects include lessons that are often applicable to real life. Whether it's a mock trial, a school play, or a science experiment, project work deepens student learning by allowing them to explore the connections between content and real life.

Math lessons, on the other hand, have historically focused less on real-life connections. Like many students, I excelled in math by memorizing rules and tricks. In college, I trained to teach social studies, but became a math teacher by accident because I had earned enough math credits to qualify for a math teaching certification. It wasn't until I returned to earn a master's in math education that I discovered that math can be so much more than memorization.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 15, 8:17 AM
An excellent model to emulate 
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Five Ways To Shift Teaching Practice So Students Feel Less Math Anxious - MindShift

Five Ways To Shift Teaching Practice So Students Feel Less Math Anxious - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Math has been a traditionally thorny subject in many American schools. Lots of children dislike math and many more adults stopped taking mathematics as soon as they are able, even when they were successful in their classes. At the same time, mathematical thinking is a crucial part of many of the most exciting and growing careers in science, technology, engineering and math, not to mention important for a general understanding of the mathematical world around us. So, what can U.S. math educators do to shift this dynamic?
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, April 6, 2017 12:42 PM
My takeaways-abandon the lock step method of teaching math and don't focus on students' speed, performance or right or wrong answers. Instead, ask teachers to have students tackle open-ended problems, share ideas, and make math a creative endeavor.  
Stacey Mendan's curator insight, May 27, 2017 10:37 PM

We need tools to help alleviate anxiety associated with learning particular subjects; anxiety is a big barrier to learning, confidence is a big enabler.

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28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - TeachThought

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Student-centered teaching is teaching designed for the student. This means that planning often begins with the student in mind as opposed to a school policy or curriculum artifact, for example. Done well, it can disarm some of the more intimidating parts of academia, while also shortening the distance between the student and understanding.

Put another way, student-centered teaching is teaching that is ‘aware’ of students and their needs above and beyond anything else. It places students at the center of the learning process.

This isn’t as simple as it sounds, especially without shifting one’s mindset towards that approach. We recently shared 32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies. The following infographic via Mia MacMeekin provides additional tools (in the form of strategies) that can help create a learning environment that can, depending on the context, more approachable, friendly, or familiar to students in your classroom."

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 7, 12:33 PM
Good resource plus a link to another that can help witk a genuinely difficult shift.
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YouTube has compiled all of the Super Bowl 52 commercials for your enjoyment [Video]

YouTube has compiled all of the Super Bowl 52 commercials for your enjoyment [Video] | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If you’re like me, you don’t watch the Super Bowl for the game. You watch it for the commercials. Well if you just want to binge watch the ads, you’re in luck because YouTube has compiled them all into one place for your enjoyment…
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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 5, 7:40 PM

But the #TideAd is my favorite!

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What If We Treated Teachers the Same Way We Treat Professional Athletes?

What If We Treated Teachers the Same Way We Treat Professional Athletes? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What If We Treated Teachers the Same Way We Treat Professional Athletes?
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Dig Into Number Talks! - Teaching Channel

Dig Into Number Talks! - Teaching Channel | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What strategies are you planning for building number sense and problem-solving skills this year?

Check out our Number Talks collection to see a daily, short, structured way for students to talk about math with their peers.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 5, 8:06 AM
Great resource, The Teaching Channel
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Introducing How Computers Work - YouTube

Bill Gates kicks off an introduction to the new series "How Computers Work."

Start learning at http://code.org/

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CurioCity - CurioCité | Why is it so hard to wake up for school?

CurioCity - CurioCité | Why is it so hard to wake up for school? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Tell me if this sounds familiar: Your alarm goes off at 7:00 am. It’s a school day. It’s time to get out of bed and get ready to make that early morning bell. But in that moment, you feel as though there is no force on the planet that could make you open your eyes and surrender your comfortable position under the covers. Your mom comes into the room, already dressed for work. “You know,” she says, “you wouldn’t be so tired if you’d just gone to bed a little earlier.”

Is she right? Also, why isn’t she ever tired in the morning?

Most teens would agree that they’re much sleepier in the morning than their parents are. There’s a single molecule that’s largely responsible for this difference. And no, it’s not caffeine - it’s melatonin!
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Why primary schools need to embrace picture books | News

Why primary schools need to embrace picture books | News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I love picture books. I would go as far as to say I am obsessed by them. And because of that – because I use them all the time in my teaching and rave about them in our school – I know something that those schools less keen on picture books do not: they are an absolutely essential tool for boosting literacy. 

But let’s clarify what I mean by picture books. I’m talking about books where the art and the words work together to create meaning so that, without either, the story is nonsensical.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 22, 8:25 AM
I agree with the value placed on Picture Books.  I also need to check out the list of books cited as examples of the books with pictures and words acting together to tell the story. One without the other is nonsensical.
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A Handy Infographic Featuring 19 Reading Resources for Teachers and Students

A Handy Infographic Featuring 19 Reading Resources for Teachers and Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Below is an infographic we created for the post entitled 19 Educational Websites to Enhance Students Reading Skills. Due to its length we were unable to include it in the original post. Feel free to download, print, or share the visual the way you want provided you include a backlink to this post. This infographic is also available in PDF format from this page.
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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 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | 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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Why You Won’t See Me Leave Twitter – John Spencer @spencerideas

We often talk about the need to have students go out and change the world but what message does that send when we take our ball and go home rather than changing the educational communities we inhabit?
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8 must-read Canadian books for children and young adults during Black History Month | CBC Books

8 must-read Canadian books for children and young adults during Black History Month | CBC Books | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Looking for a book to read during Black History Month with your kids? Here are eight children's and young reader books featuring Black Canadian protagonists and characters. 

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‘It’s a big world out there’: Teachers take math outside the classroom - EdSource

‘It’s a big world out there’: Teachers take math outside the classroom - EdSource | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Math is everywhere, they say, so why not go out and discover it?

“It’s a big world out there,” said Goldfield, who teaches at Island High School, a continuation school in Alameda in the east Bay Area. “Learning math in a textbook isn’t really natural. But getting outside, seeing math in the everyday world, allows students to see math in large brush strokes.”
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 7, 12:40 PM
Effective math instruction and culture exists. Need to explore and locate the pockets of excellence. Look from sea to shining sea!
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The Advantages of Being a New Teacher - Edutopia

The Advantages of Being a New Teacher - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
New teachers are frequently defined in terms of their struggles, and those are real. But we should also focus on their strengths.
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The Amazing Power of a Plain Old Arts Education - EdWeek

The Amazing Power of a Plain Old Arts Education - EdWeek | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
So what should we be aiming for in K-12 arts programs? The skills and knowledge that prepare children (a select percentage of children, anyway) to be performers and artists, to attend highly selective college programs? Or is there value in simple exposure and experience, learning broadly across artistic disciplines? What should students take away?
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Are You a #Curator or a Dumper? Cult of Pedagogy Jennifer Gonzalez  @cultofpedagogy

Are You a #Curator or a Dumper? Cult of Pedagogy Jennifer Gonzalez  @cultofpedagogy | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I have written about curation before, but last time, I was talking about curation as a class assignment, something students do. Now I want to focus on you, the educator. Whether you’re a teacher, an administrator, a librarian, a researcher—whatever you do, chances are you have information to share with other people, and developing your curation skills—both in terms of how much you offer and how you deliver it—is going make that sharing a lot more effective.

So let’s take a look at how the brain responds to dumping, some school-related situations when good curation skills would come in handy, a set of curation guidelines to follow, and a short list of tech tools that can help you curate digitally.
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8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools | Edutopia

8 Ways to Encourage Family Engagement in Secondary Schools | Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When a school makes the decision to actively engage its diverse community of families, the benefits far outweigh the effort. Check out these eight ways to do it.
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6 Types Of Assessment Of Learning TeachThought

6 Types Of Assessment Of Learning TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If curriculum is the what of teaching, and learning models are the how, assessment is the puzzled “Hmmmm”–as in, I assumed this and this about student learning, but after giving this assessment, well….”Hmmmmm.”

So what are the different types of assessment of learning? This graphic below from McGraw Hill offers up six forms; the next time someone says “assessment,’ you can say “Which type, and what are we doing with the data?” like the TeachThought educator you are.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, February 1, 8:25 AM
Information to master and share. My thought is to have it displayed during a parent-teacher’s conference if data is going to be shared and discussed. 
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5 Ways to Learn Anything Faster and Better, According to Science

Learning is the core foundation of personal growth, and it’s a habit that everyone should make time for to achieve improvement in every aspect of one’s life.

But during a busy workweek, how does one actually learn while their brain is being pulled in a million different directions?

Thankfully, because of its importance, various studies have been conducted to find out how people can maximize and improve the way they engage into their learning habits.

Thanks to science, there are newly discovered effective ways on how you can make the most out of learning, making it an enjoyable daily habit for continuous self-improvement.
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