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Why You Can’t Click “Publish” | Ideas and Thoughts - Ideas and Thoughts @shareski

Why You Can’t Click “Publish” | Ideas and Thoughts - Ideas and Thoughts @shareski | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done. Clay Shirky"

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Stanford research shows that students do better on tests when elementary school teachers face down their own math demons — Quartz

Stanford research shows that students do better on tests when elementary school teachers face down their own math demons — Quartz | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
“The idea that some of us are ‘math people’ and some are not is a myth that pervades Western society,” Jo Boaler, a professor of math education at Stanford University, writes in a revealing new study. “This damaging idea has been challenged in recent years by neuroscience showing that mathematics is a subject, like all others, that is learned through hard work and practice.”

Boaler explains that many adults have an apprehensive relationship with math—which winds up doing a disservice to future generations. Parents and teachers with anxiety about algebra and equations transmit those feelings to their children and students, who then perform worse on math. Her new study shows what happens when teachers finally face their fears.

The study, published in Education Sciences, shows that a three-year course to help teachers challenge the “math person” myth, while teaching them about brain science and showing them effective math teaching methods, results in gains for students—with the greatest gains for girls and English language learners.
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Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media - Edutopia

Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"With each click of the mouse or flip of the channel, our society is inundated with headlines focused on natural disasters, sexual harassment allegations, countries on the brink of war, and teen suicides. While none of this is anything new, the bombardment of these stories is unique to this generation of student. Social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and questionable media sources (or questionable reporting techniques) have become their own newsworthy headlines. As a result, life can appear dark, far darker than in pre–social media days.

As adults, we bring our prior knowledge of history and our optimism about humanity to help us process and filter this inundation. Our students, however, do not have hindsight to combat their feelings of helplessness. They are surrounded by unfiltered current events—a rapid fire of negativity that can leave them vulnerable and overly anxious. It’s no wonder that teen stress is on the rise.

Nevertheless, our students have to know about the world around them, and part of our job as educators is to prepare them for the realities of the world outside the classroom walls. It’s difficult, however, to walk this precarious high wire of responsibility knowing that we need to expose students to current events and yet still nurture them developmentally."

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What Teachers Must Consider When Moving to Flexible Seating | MindShift | KQED News

What Teachers Must Consider When Moving to Flexible Seating | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Flexible seating in classrooms has become popular over the past few years as educators try to make school feel like a welcoming place with different kinds of spaces for different types of learning. Frustrated with static rows of clunky desks, some teachers have taken to rearranging their rooms, bringing in furniture from home, and generally trying to shake up the way classrooms feel by paying attention to lighting, color and clutter. Educators who have followed this path insist there are some serious considerations to keep in mind.
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How a doctor inspired a new way to train teachers — and how that is leading to a new kind of school - ChalkBeat

How a doctor inspired a new way to train teachers — and how that is leading to a new kind of school - ChalkBeat | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
After decades of training teachers in largely the same way, professors at the University of Michigan are making a radical change.


They’re moving to end the longtime practice of sending educators into their own classrooms after just a few months of student teaching.

In its place, they’re creating a new method — one based on the way doctors are trained — that will extend teacher training through their first three years on the job, supporting them as they take on the daunting responsibility of educating children.
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Strategies to Help Your Students Feel Heard - Edutopia

Strategies to Help Your Students Feel Heard - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One of the many wonders of being a teacher is that we affect children’s lives both in ways we understand and in ways we can’t begin to comprehend. But many of the demands of being a teacher can eclipse the fact that students are the center of our profession. We can easily become fixated on adhering to state standards, district initiatives, and departmental guidelines while we busily attend meetings, pore over lesson plans, and grade piles of student papers.

Yet we must remain focused on the needs of our students and remember a John Hattie phrase: “A positive, caring, respectful environment is a prior condition to learning.” Regardless of how busy we are, we cannot underestimate the importance of cultivating a classroom culture in which students feel valued and respected because if our students aren’t learning, the other tasks are meaningless. And one way we can build this solid foundation for learning is to listen to our students.
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Autonomy & authenticity are very important for kids & for teachers.

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Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising

Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance.
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Also check out #ClassroomCribs for more #BrainBased learning spaces.

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New Kids' Books Put A Human Face On The Refugee Crisis : NPR

New Kids' Books Put A Human Face On The Refugee Crisis : NPR | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In the world of adults, the Supreme Court has upheld a travel ban from some mostly Muslim nations, and refugee arrivals from Syria as well as other Middle East hot spots have slowed to a trickle. Political leaders claim refugees are a threat. But in the world of children's literature, there's a new trend towards putting stories about resilient young Muslim refugees front and center.

More than a dozen books are due out this fall, from picture books for toddlers to complex novels for the teen audience. The new crop adds to a growing list of titles that present a positive image of refugees, humanizing and personalizing the ongoing conflicts, says Vicky Smith, children's editor at Kirkus Reviews. "It is a real desire on the part of authors, illustrators and publishers to respond to the crisis in a way that is proactive and helpful," she says.
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Thinking Past Think-Pair-Share - Wonder Explore Learn

Thinking Past Think-Pair-Share - Wonder Explore Learn | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Educators and administrators alike often recommend boosting communication and engagement by students through the think-pair-share strategy. While this strategy is a great start, with the potential to engage nearly all students in listening and/or speaking with a partner, it focuses solely on verbal communication.

In our digital world, it is increasingly vital that we provide students practice in also participating in digital academic conversations.

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A Common Vision for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving - Canada.ca

A Common Vision for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving - Canada.ca | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Common Vision - A Canada where all Canadians move more and sit less, more often.

Being physically active is key to good overall health and to preventing chronic disease. Levels of physical inactivity and sedentary living among Canadians are critical issues in Canada. 

Never before has Canada had a singular policy focus on physical activity and its relationship to sport, recreation, health, and other relevant policy areas. The Common Vision is a new, collective way forward that will guide the country towards ways of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living. It is a national policy document that is intended to move the country.Footnote *

Informed and inspired by Indigenous perspectives, and input from many organizations and leaders, the Common Vision is for all that have a stake in promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary living in Canada. To make progress, bold, new steps must be taken together.

The Common Vision serves to complement and align with other relevant policies, strategies and frameworks.
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52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers - TeachThought

52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Teaching is hard, and at times it can seem like energy is in short supply. Sometimes, we all need a little inspiration to remind us why we do what we do. First, a preface: Teacher burnout is a real thing. Don’t go looking for “inspiration” …
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The teacher who changed your child’s life deserves more than a gift card - The Globe and Mail

The teacher who changed your child’s life deserves more than a gift card - The Globe and Mail | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The teacher who changed my life didn’t get a bottle of Riesling or a gift card from the neighbourhood coffee franchise. I don’t believe my mother even sent a thank-you card. Such tokens of gratitude weren’t standard in the mid-1980s.

I thought of Mr. Doyle (like all my teachers, he had no known first name) as I joined a crowd of frazzled mothers in the greeting-card aisle at the drug store the night before the last day of school. He was my Grade 6 teacher. My school experience in rural Nova Scotia until that point had been dispiriting.

One of my first report cards noted I would be a better student if I spent as much time on my studies as I did toying with my hair and chatting with my classmates. This advice still applies..."

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ISTE | Educators: What possibilities can you create?

ISTE | Educators: What possibilities can you create? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You are amazing. You are creating possibilities. You are liberating children. Because of you, the next generation will be empowered.

As a child, Nadia Lopez could easily have gotten lost in the New York City school system. Instead, the internationally recognized education leader stood onstage at ISTE 2018 and led thousands of educators in a mantra to counteract the cynicism and exhaustion that pervades so many schools.

That cynicism and exhaustion, she believes, is threatening the future of today’s kids.

“Your words have a lot of power,” she says. “Unfortunately, when you come from a community where children are spoken to in a way that they’re not valuable, that they’ve been marginalized, they don’t see education as a priority.”
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8 Picture Books to Inspire Children to Get Outside and Explore

8 Picture Books to Inspire Children to Get Outside and Explore | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
With screens as ubiquitous as they are and the constant pressure to sign our kids up for all of the organized activities, modern childhood is much less wild and free than what we experienced as kids. Gone are the days of opening up the back door and ushering kids outside with nothing more than the request to be home by lunch. As a result, our kids are missing out on exploring and the wild bursts of creativity and imagination that come with being bored.

Books are a great way to bridge that gap. Brimming with adventure and the beauty of the natural world, these stories are sure to encourage your little readers to get outside and explore.

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Double-Duty Writing Instruction - Edutopia 

Double-Duty Writing Instruction - Edutopia  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Employers today are searching for individuals who have the ability to empathize, communicate clearly, and make unique discoveries.

So how exactly do we teach students to empathize with others? One answer is to give them the opportunity to read their peers’ perspectives and share their own reflections, which encourages them to appreciate and respect their differences. By modeling writing at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, teachers can foster empathetic citizens who can successfully communicate with people from all around the globe.
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20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
here is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one.”

Consider collaboration in recent history: Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google). But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together two minds that would change the future of computing?


Yes, those two were, of course, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of Microsoft.

Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually.  Why is this so?
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Group Work That Really Works - Edutopia

Group Work That Really Works - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Group work is a mode of learning I’ve struggled with for much of my teaching career. The concept of students working together to learn is valuable for many reasons, but creating a group activity where all students are engaged in the collective work can be challenging. Recently, I tried a group essay writing activity that not only involved every student in the task but also created conditions for rich student discussion that resulted in some real growth in their writing skills.
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Why Critical Hope May Be the Resource Kids Need Most From Their Teachers | MindShift | KQED News

Why Critical Hope May Be the Resource Kids Need Most From Their Teachers | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Tupac Shakur has been dead for over 20 years, and yet his music and lyrics are still popular with young people today. Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade thinks Tupac remains influential all over the world because he writes about some of the essential truths young people still experience. Duncan-Andrade even named the elementary school he helped start Roses in Concrete after the Tupac poem “The Rose That Grew From Concrete.” The rapper’s metaphor for young people in tough neighborhoods trying to grow toward the light, despite a toxic environment, feels exactly like what Duncan-Andrade has seen in Oakland schools throughout his career.

“We see them [students] for their damaged petals instead of their tenacity and will to reach the sun,” said Duncan-Andrade at the final keynote of the 2018 Deeper Learning Conference. In addition to his academic research and writing, Duncan-Andrade still teaches at the Mandela Law and Public Service Academy at Fremont High School in East Oakland. For his students, violence is one of the most persistent toxic stressors. Most of them know someone who has died, often by gunfire. But in Tupac’s metaphor, the concrete isn’t just violence. It’s institutional racism, patriarchy, gentrification, poverty in the face of great wealth -- it’s inequality.

“The concrete is real and it’s multilayered and it’s toxic,” Duncan-Andrade said. “If schools are not aware of the concrete and that students are showing up with damaged petals, then we can’t see those roses.”
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5 QUESTIONS TO REMOVE FROM YOUR CLASSROOM –

5 QUESTIONS TO REMOVE FROM YOUR CLASSROOM – | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I talk about teaching and learning quite a lot. In fact, if you ask my wife, probably a little too much. Because of this, teachers in my department ask me questions about what I want them to be aiming for and what suggestions I have for the classes. Rather than spend too much time talking about pedagogy and teaching models, I try to keep it simple and look at the language the students are using in the classroom.

I could go into a lengthy discussion now about deep thinking and unGoogleable questions but let’s keep it more simple. Here are 5 questions I am aiming to never hear in my classroom ever again. If these questions are happening, then they point to some fairly simple issues that can be solved with a combination of resources, technology, and new pedagogical ideas centred on empowering the learners."

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A Simple Checklist For Teaching In The 21st Century

A Simple Checklist For Teaching In The 21st Century | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What are the kind of things a 21st century teacher needs to know and be able to do? What about 21st century students? What education technology works, and what is a waste of time? What would a checklist for 21st century teaching look like?
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Burnout Isn’t Inevitable - Edutopia

Burnout Isn’t Inevitable - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In news that will surprise no teachers, a new study has found that 93 percent of elementary school teachers experience high levels of stress. But schools can mitigate the harmful effects of stress by providing proper supports, highlighting the importance of a holistic approach to teacher well-being.

In the study, researchers from the University of Missouri surveyed 121 elementary school teachers, asking questions such as, “How stressful is your job?” and “How well are you coping with the stress of your job right now?” Teachers reported on their levels of burnout and cynicism and on feelings of accomplishment and self-efficacy—their belief in their ability to be effective teachers.
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For every 10 Canadian teachers, at least 4 have endured violence from students: study | Globalnews.ca

For every 10 Canadian teachers, at least 4 have endured violence from students: study | Globalnews.ca | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A national study conducted by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) revealed that at least four in 10 teachers per school jurisdiction have experienced violence from students.

In some jurisdictions, the number of teachers experiencing violence is as high as nine in 10.
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20 Books Featuring Diverse Characters to Inspire Connection and Empathy | MindShift | KQED News

20 Books Featuring Diverse Characters to Inspire Connection and Empathy | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Librarians often talk about stocking the shelves with books that offer both mirrors and windows for children. When one child picks up a book, he might see a character who looks like him and experiences life the way he does, but another child reading the same book could experience the story as a window into a new culture or life experience. The goal is for all children to read books that provide both mirrors and windows so they subconsciously build an image of who and what they could be, while building empathy and understanding for the lives of others.

Unfortunately in the children's book world, there are far too few stories featuring diverse characters. "Diverse books are a tiny slice of what's published," said Elizabeth Perez, a children's librarian at the San Francisco Public Library. "They've made some strides, but considering the diversity of the US, it's still very small."
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12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July

12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Robots are a regular staple in science fiction, from Isaac Asimov’s book I, Robot to the latest episode of Westworld. So while I was at an event in Boston, I picked up Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation by Terri Favro. It’s an interesting and funny book about the intersection of science fiction and reality, and Favro blends memoir, tech reporting, and even a bit of science fiction to look at where robots have come from, and where they could be going in the coming decades. It’s a quick, light read, and it’s a good chaser to Paul Scharre’s fantastic Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.

Here’s 12 science fiction and fantasy books hitting stores this month that you should check out.
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5 Ways to Manage the Unbearable Feeling of Being Overwhelmed - INC

5 Ways to Manage the Unbearable Feeling of Being Overwhelmed - INC | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The demands of modern life continue to increase, even as our time does not.
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How Many Times Will People Change Jobs? The Myth of the Endlessly-Job-Hopping Millennial | EdSurge News

How Many Times Will People Change Jobs? The Myth of the Endlessly-Job-Hopping Millennial | EdSurge News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
During a recent interview with EdSurge, a LinkedIn executive made the offhand comment that people will change careers 15 times over their lifetimes. The sound of a record-needle scratching cued in my head, and I thought: Is that even possible?

To be fair, the LinkedIn official meant to say people will change jobs 15 times, so some of those switches would be along the same career path. And maybe that number is right, but the narrative is that the number is going up fast.

So just how volatile will the job market be for today’s college graduates?
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