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Teachers Guide to The Use of Technology in Teaching Writing ~ EdTech & MLearning

Teachers Guide to The Use of Technology in Teaching Writing ~ EdTech & MLearning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
When it comes to enhancing students writing skills, technology can play a decisive role. In his celebrated work “The Digital Writing Workshop’, author Troy Hicks explains in details how you can integrate technology in your writing instruction to help students become good writers. One key concept in this discussion is viewing writing as a process instead of an end product. Process here insinuates a state of unfinishedness because writing is always a task in the making. Students are continuously engaged in a never-ending process of discovery and sense making through the use of language. In this regard, the writing process is comprised of several phases or stages each of which has a specific role in creating and enhancing students writing skills. Going beyond the problematic of nomenclature, we will stick here with the conventional classification of the writing process as espoused by many scholars including Donal Murray, Donal Graves, Lucy Calkins and many more. This process is composed of four main stages: pre-writing, writing, revising, and publishing. The purpose of today’s post is to provide you with a number of tools and apps to help your students' writing needs in each of these stages.
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Making Rest a Priority in the Summer - John Spencer @spencerideas

Making Rest a Priority in the Summer - John Spencer @spencerideas | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teaching is an exhausting gig and when teachers take the time to rest during the summer, they able to find a place of renewal and restoration. Research has demonstrated that rest is vital for maintaining our passion and reaching our creative potential. However, it’s easy to go through the summer without finding any true restoration. In this article and podcast, we explore what it looks like to make rest a priority in the summer.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 15, 9:44 AM
Great advice here! “Own your summer.”
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The Science of Hearing - The Kids SHould See This

The Science of Hearing - The Kids SHould See This | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Follow the waves of pressure traveling through air, liquids and solids—vibrations that create sound—into your auditory system in this highly-detailed TED-Ed: The Science of Hearing by Douglas L. Oliver, animation by Cabong Studios.
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Four Cups of Coffee Could Help Repair Your Heart, Study Finds - INVERSE

Four Cups of Coffee Could Help Repair Your Heart, Study Finds - INVERSE | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Despite the fact that having too many morning cold brews makes you feel like your heart will explode, a study from PLOS Biology released Thursday shows that there’s an optimum amount of coffee you can drink to maintain a healthy heart. “We’ve disproved what doctors have told your grandma: Don’t drink coffee if you have a heart problem,” study co-authors Joachim Altschmied, Ph.D. and Judith Haendeler, Ph.D., tell Inverse.

 

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Talks to watch on a sleepy day in | TED Talks

Talks to watch on a sleepy day in | TED Talks | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Looking to unwind? Here are seven enlightening and rejuvenating TED talks for your day in."

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 19, 11:53 AM

Summer time is 'recharge' time for teachers. People who don't teach often think that teachers are 'on vacation' in the summer time.  Not true, teachers are laid off during the summer.  I was paid for school days worked for 25 years.  I will admit, I really enjoyed some of the layoffs!  

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How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

Taking a nap, we've seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. The Wall Street Journal offers recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when.

The sleep experts in the article say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best "bang for your buck," but depending on what you want the nap to do for you, other durations might be ideal:"

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The Top 8 Professional Reads for Educators 2018 

The Top 8 Professional Reads for Educators 2018  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Summer is here (for those in the Northern Hemisphere). If you are like most educators, this is your time to rest, relax and for many, delve into some professional reading and learn about all those exciting strategies and resources that will reinvigorate learning in your classroom and school when you return after the break.

After the suggestions were tallied these are the Top 8 reads for educators (plus some bonuses) that you simply can not miss. Only 2 of last years list remain with 6 newcomers to the 2018 BEST Edu-Read list…
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Ontario student develops online course to teach life skills not taught in school | Lifestyle from CTV News

Ontario student develops online course to teach life skills not taught in school | Lifestyle from CTV News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
From filing taxes to acing a job interview, an Ontario high school student has set out to teach his peers important life skills they don’t learn in a classroom.

Austin Chan developed an online curriculum called “What You Didn’t Learn in School” (WYDLIS). It covers a broad range of topics to help students become successful adults after polling his fellow classmates about what they felt they were missing in their education in an online survey.

The Grade 10 student at Markville High School included the results of his poll into five different subjects: professional development, self-growth, lifestyle, money, and social skills.
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10 Pieces of Teaching Wisdom To Reflect On This Summer

10 Pieces of Teaching Wisdom To Reflect On This Summer | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Summer break is nearly here — and we know that for most educators, that doesn’t mean a decrease in workload, but simply a restructuring of the day’s work. The pace and environment of summer does…
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D33ana Sumadianti's curator insight, June 20, 12:31 AM
Just a little 'light' reading that might result in new insights. 
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For Young Brains, a Storytelling Sweet Spot - Edutopia

For Young Brains, a Storytelling Sweet Spot - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A new study uses brain scans to determine that for preschoolers, one type of story is just right.
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10 Things Great School Leaders Do Over the Summer - Edutopia

10 Things Great School Leaders Do Over the Summer - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Great school leaders aren’t measured by how much they accomplish from August to June, but rather, how their students grow and thrive year after year. In the summer months, it is vital for leaders to reflect, innovate and strategize on making the next school year successful.

In my work at CT3, I see effective educators who make great use of the summer months. Here are some ideas:
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Teachers Have Great Ideas. Here’s How to Turn Them into Reality. | EdSurge News

Teachers Have Great Ideas. Here’s How to Turn Them into Reality. | EdSurge News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
In looking at leaders spearheading innovation, Harvard Business Professor Linda A. Hill has noted that while “all were visionaries capable of creating a vision and inspiring others to pursue it, none considered this their primary role. Instead, they saw themselves as ‘social architects’, whose role was to shape the context. They created communities in which others were willing and able to innovate.”

So how are school systems providing this space for teachers? In all sorts of ways. Here’s how two of them are spurring teacher innovation through new policies and programs, which may serve as a roadmap for others.
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60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings - Edutopia

60-Second Strategy: Stand-Up Meetings - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Having staff stand for meetings keeps them quick—15 minutes, max—and efficient.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 8, 5:50 PM

I like this idea!

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Innovate My School - 14 tips for successful failure

Innovate My School - 14 tips for successful failure | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Fear, worry and stress. These are all normal processes we must work through at certain times and events in our lives, and we need to learn how to manage these. “Children should experience a healthy amount of stress.”So how do we learn? By watching role models, parents, teachers, other family members. Will children ever learn how to manage if we wrap them up and protect them, then expect them to be able to cope when they are older? We wouldn’t give a child a book and expect them to read it without teaching them the skills first.

We often hear the phrases “celebrating diversity” and “creating a diverse workforce”, and we need to adopt this strategy when it comes to children. It could be suggested that adults contribute to children’s worries and anxieties, so what can we do to change this, and who needs to take responsibility?
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Generation Z — Online, connected and set on fixing the world - National | Globalnews.ca

Generation Z — Online, connected and set on fixing the world - National | Globalnews.ca | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The Parkland, Fla., teens took over social media, demanding gun reform from U.S. President Donald Trump. They took on the National Rifle Association, while also attending funerals for their friends.

Canadians their age were watching and inspired, too.

In a series of interviews with Global News, several members of generation Z highlighted the example of Parkland teens.
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50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy - TeachThought

50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Bloom’s Taxonomy was a remarkable attempt to create a system of learning that focuses on how people learn and organize content around those natural aptitudes.

Created by Benjamin Bloom in 1956, he created a method to differentiate questions in the education system. Here you will find an enriched list of blog posts, apps, tools, videos and strategies to help educators become more proficient with the system.
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Why we owe it to ourselves to spend quiet time alone every day - TED Ideas

Why we owe it to ourselves to spend quiet time alone every day - TED Ideas | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
By not giving ourselves the minutes — or hours — free of devices and distractions, we risk losing our ability to know who we are and what’s important to us, says physicist and writer Alan Lightman.
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Using Feedback to Empower Learners

Using Feedback to Empower Learners | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The most successful companies are successful because they are always looking for ways to improve.  When it comes to their employees, there is no ceiling as they are continually pursuing pathways and allocating resources to help the best get even better. The same philosophy can be applied to our schools. Continuous feedback for all learners, regardless of their abilities or where they are at, is pivotal if the goal is to help them evolve into their best. The research fully supports this proclamation.  Goodwin & Miller (2012) provided this summary:


In Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock's 2001 meta-analysis, McREL researchers found an effect size for feedback of 0.76, which translates roughly into a 28-percentile point difference in average achievement (Beesley & Apthorp, 2010; Dean, Pitler, Hubbell, & Stone, 2012). John Hattie (2009) found a similar effect size of 0.73 for feedback in his synthesis of 800 meta-analyses of education research studies; in fact, feedback ranked among the highest of hundreds of education practices he studied.


The bottom line here is that feedback matters in the context of learning. It should also be noted how it differs from assessment. Feedback justifies a grade, establishes criteria for improvement, provides motivation for the next assessment, reinforces good work, and serves as a catalyst for reflection. The assessment determines whether learning occurred, what learning occurred, and if the learning relates to stated targets, standards, and objectives. In reality, formative assessment is an advanced form of feedback. 


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Using Picture Books With Older Students – A How-to Guide – Pernille Ripp

Using Picture Books With Older Students – A How-to Guide – Pernille Ripp | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I have written extensively about the use of picture books within our classroom and yet there are still questions that keep coming up.  No worries as I realized that I had yet to make a central blog post about picture books and how I use them with older students and so while this post may be long, I hope it is helpful.  Note that really everything I write here about using picture books with older students also goes for using them with younger kids because as we all know there no is no too old for picture books.

I have written before of why I use picture books with my middle school students, the changes it has created for us as we build our community of readers.  I have shared lists upon lists of our favorite books as well, hoping to help others find the very best value in the books they bring in, hoping to inspire others to make them an integral part of their classroom.
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Agency and the Rise of New Power - Modern Learners

Agency and the Rise of New Power - Modern Learners | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, it wasn’t Deputy Headmaster Rohan Brown abruptly cutting a student’s hair that was front page news, but rather what came next.

It was a day in early March when school photos were being taken, and as the young lad walked through the front gate of Trinity Grammar, a prominent boy’s school in Melbourne, Brown noticed the length of his hair. As he had done on other occasions, he pulled a pair of scissors out of his pocket and snipped a lock of hair. Only this time, it was captured on a fellow student’s iPhone, posted on social media, and within days Brown was dismissed, after more than thirty years teaching at the school.

However, that was not the end of the story but rather the start, with several weeks of student-led protests, meetings, and online petitions to “Bring Brownie Back” which reached out to drive strong parent support. Within weeks Brown was reinstated, the Headmaster resigned together with several School Board members.

Now in light of the massive student-led protests calling for action against gun violence across America in the same month, the Brown story pales in significance. Or does it? They are just two very public examples of the influence of agency, and its impact on power and authority.
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The Trouble with Amazing: Giving Praise that Matters

The Trouble with Amazing: Giving Praise that Matters | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
What’s wrong with amazing? Or phenomenal? Or any other superlative we throw around a hundred times a day?

Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with them. Sometimes they just help us express emotion. If you’re starving, and you just took your first bite of a fresh, hot burrito, phenomenal might be the only way to describe that burrito. That’s not a problem. It certainly won’t bother the burrito.

But if you’re trying to motivate someone—a student, an employee, your child—calling them amazing won’t pump them up the way you hope it will. Not in any lasting way. What’s worse, it could have the opposite effect. Here are three reasons why.
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The Place of Reflection in PD - Edutopia

The Place of Reflection in PD - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Reflection is crucial in professional development, giving new teachers and veterans a means to deeply understand new practices.
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What Is Genius Hour and How Can I Try It in My Classroom? - We Are Teachers

What Is Genius Hour and How Can I Try It in My Classroom? - We Are Teachers | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Whether you’re new to teaching or a seasoned veteran looking to keep up with the trends, you’ve probably heard the buzz about Genius Hour. Maybe you’re thinking about giving it a try but aren’t sure where to begin. WeAreTeachers has your back! Here are the basics to get you started. 
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And the Winners Are…Global Read Aloud Choices 2018 #GRA18 – GlobalReadAlound.com

And the Winners Are…Global Read Aloud Choices 2018 #GRA18 – GlobalReadAlound.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
After incredible reading moments, thousands of people voting, countless hours spent thinking, and much discussion had, the moment is finally here….the reveal of the books we will read aloud and connect through.

The choices of these books were not done haphazardly.

Picking our books for the Global Read Aloud is never easy, in fact, I think it gets harder every year since we try to match the incredible experience from the year before.  Every year so far, we have been able to do so, and I hope this year is no different.

With an emphasis on perspective, on understanding others, on connecting and change, I feel that all of the books and picture book authors chosen will help us see the world in a new light.  Will help us make connections.  Will help us build community both within our own classrooms, but also with all the thousands of classrooms that will participate.  As usual, I hope you like them, I hope you read them, and I hope you read all of the amazing contenders as well.  Deep breath here.
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 6, 9:50 AM
I found a couple that I will purchase this summer.
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Kids These Days – Mandy Froehlich @froehlichm

Kids These Days – Mandy Froehlich @froehlichm | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I truly believe that part of being an advocate for kids is believing that all of them, no matter what, possess redeeming qualities. I know that I see kids do absolutely amazing things with talent and grit and an awareness of other people that I don’t remember myself or my classmates having when I was their age. On the flip side, I know we have students who are so angry and struggling and do things that are unkind and frankly, sometimes violent. But, instead of asking why the students are so poorly behaved, I think the better question is what support did we miss as parents/educators/society and how can we bring out the goodness? My point being…no matter the child, if we don’t believe that there is a place inside of them that has the potential for greatness then that is more about our shortcomings than it is about them."

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For some children, reading feels like a cryptic code. We can help them crack it | Teacher Network | The Guardian

For some children, reading feels like a cryptic code. We can help them crack it | Teacher Network | The Guardian | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Reading disorders are among the most prevalent learning difficulties children have. In a mixed ability classroom, an estimated one in 10 children will have dyslexia and up to 20% need training to develop the ability to isolate sounds in words.

In 2016, an OECD report found English teenagers are the most illiterate in the developed world, with many between the ages of 16 and 19 only having a “basic” grasp of maths and English. Children at risk of reading failure can easily become vulnerable learners, and lose their self-esteem, motivation and confidence without support. These children see reading as a barrier rather than a tool for learning. It’s no wonder, then, that teaching reading is one of the highest priorities in schools.

Over the past decade there has been a wealth of studies and educational research into reading. Much more is now understood about why some children fail to crack the code on their own. With the right support, dramatic improvements can be made to bring below-average readers within the normal range for their age."

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Dora Campbell MA CCC SLP's curator insight, June 5, 9:38 AM
Not about assessment, but overall a good article about helping students with reading disorders.