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Ideas from around the world to improve your classes....courtesy of the Reeler Centre at Pinelands High School
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On trusting your instincts... 2018 Washington Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning I Google For Education

Published on May 6, 2018
2018 Washington Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning recalls that as a first-year teacher, she felt that she had no idea what she was doing. Although she was unprepared, “it was a wonderful year,” she says. Her advice to any new teacher is to simply trust your instincts. She believes the key is to know your students, be compassionate, accept students for who they are, and to “walk beside them as they learn and grow.” By mastering these skills above all, she says, everything else will work out too.

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Should students’ cellphones be locked up at school? New technology is giving teachers more options I Salt Lake Tribune

Should students’ cellphones be locked up at school? New technology is giving teachers more options I Salt Lake Tribune | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

While some Utah educators have resorted to using devices to curtail distractions and prevent cheating, others see benefits to taking a more nuanced approach.

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7 Strategies to Make Grading Easier I Edutopia

7 Strategies to Make Grading Easier I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

Work-life balance is a struggle for both beginning and veteran teachers, and grading seems to be one of the biggest barriers to overcome in maintaining this balance. These ideas may help you give effective and efficient feedback on student work across the disciplines.

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Starting a Food Revolution in School | Great Big Story

Published on Mar 28, 2018
When students at London’s Charlton Manor Primary School learn about history, they use chocolate. In math class, they weigh and measure fruit smoothies. For a lesson in shapes and sizes, they utilize bananas and grapes. Taking inspiration from Jamie Oliver, head teacher Timothy Baker began incorporating food into all subjects at the primary school. By making food an integral part of the curriculum, Baker hopes to teach children the importance of valuing food and cultivating healthy eating habits.

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Brainstorm Health 2018: Why Your Teenager Isn’t Crazy … Really I Fortune

Published on Mar 22, 2018
A leading neuroscientist and author of "The Teenage Brain", explains how brain development is at least partly to blame for your moody and impulsive kids.

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Designing Engaging Assignments I Edutopia

Designing Engaging Assignments I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it
As I contemplated the writing assignment for our required reading of The Odyssey, I was filled with dread at the thought of reading 120 uninspired essays in which my ninth graders would dutifully recount details from the epic. Essay grading is tedious work, and I’m convinced that the hours we spend grading papers are the least effective way to positively impact students.

So I considered a framing question from the first edition of Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe’s Understanding by Design: “To what extent does the idea, topic, or process represent a ‘big idea’ having enduring value beyond the classroom?”
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Bully for them: Researchers get a handle on child abuse I The Times

Bully for them: Researchers get a handle on child abuse I The Times | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

26 March 2018

Despite the many recent sexual abuse cases reported at schools, they are where young people were likely to speak more freely about their abuse – at least more comfortably than at home, a recent study showed. In the UCT study more than one in three young people interviewed in schools had experienced some form of sexual abuse at some point in their lives.

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When is a school full? | Daily Maverick

When is a school full? | Daily Maverick | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

15 March 2018

Bergrivier has, like many other schools in the country, shown that there are more important things in life than language. To give a child access to education comes first. This is Bergrivier’s contribution to democracy – as is the case with many other “overcrowded” schools in our country. It is my wife and many other hard-working teachers’ modest attempt to help build a new South Africa.

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A stand-up teacher I CBS

Published on Feb 11, 2018
At a Varnett charter school in Houston, Eddie Brown is teaching sixth graders about different forms of energy. The kids love him in the classroom - and so do audiences across the country, who flock to his "Teacher's Only" comedy tour. Steve Hartman reports.

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How schools are steering social media I David Raths

How schools are steering social media I David Raths | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

“I like the concept of ‘yes, and’ when you are trying to figure out the push-pull between those opposite poles,” he says. “Yes, we are going to leverage social media as a modern communication tool to inform the public, engage parents and allow students to dialog. We also are going to protect students’ privacy.”

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Roadside School Changing the Lives of Pakistani Girls I VOA

Published on Oct 11, 2017
Today, (October 11th ) marks the annual United Nations Day of the Girl Child. Its purpose is to highlight the continuing challenges girls face all over the world. One of the biggest is getting an education. VOA's Kevin Enochs looks at one pop-up school in Pakistan that's trying to help.

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The Dangers of the Good Child I The School of Life

Published on May 29, 2017
Good children don’t cause problems; they always do what others expect. They seem to be on track. But there are real problems with people who never have a chance to be a little bad

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TED TALKS LIVE Short - Mind the Gap

Published on Jan 18, 2017
Mind the Gap takes a hard look at the skills that school systems are developing in graduates, and how those skills no longer align with the expectations of today’s employers. The short film also takes a deeper look at what skills are in fact the most useful in today’s economy, and skills that schools should focus on the most going forward.

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Educating Students to be Critical of Violent Media I AMLE

Educating Students to be Critical of Violent Media I AMLE | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

25 April 2018

At the beginning of the 21st century, about 8% of students reported being bullied. Currently it is not uncommon for 25% of students to report being bullied, and as many as 50% of students are cyber-bullied. It is critically important to address school violence for many reasons. First, bullying can result in a lifetime of emotional scars. Second, violent schools are low-performing schools. And perhaps most importantly, violent schools are crucibles for future violence, including rampage shootings.

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Introvert-Friendly Cooperative Learning I Edutopia

Introvert-Friendly Cooperative Learning I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

March 2018

How do we reconcile the research-based benefits of cooperative learning with the potential detriment to our introverted students? By allowing students to choose their group partners, encouraging individual and peer accountability in groups, and intentionally empowering all students, we can teach effective collaboration for all of our students.

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Student-Centered Planning I Edutopia

Student-Centered Planning I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

11 April 2018

Even the best lesson plans do not survive unchanged on first contact with students. Successful instruction plans for these differentiation needs—and highly effective instruction also involves students’ readiness, interests, and learning preferences. Learners evaluate a lesson based on their readiness, their sense that it’s something they can do. Does the learning experience provide sufficient supports to help them develop the skills to succeed?

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19 Behaviors Essential to a Positive School Culture I ASCD

19 Behaviors Essential to a Positive School Culture I ASCD | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

Research shows that developing a positive school culture can support students' success and resilience in school. According to the National School Climate Council, "Empirical research has ... shown that when school members feel safe, valued, cared for, engaged and respected, learning measurably increases, and staff satisfaction and retention are enhanced." Positive climates do not just happen, of course. They arise from the practices and rituals implemented and encouraged within a school.

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The Empathetic School - Educational Leadership

The Empathetic School - Educational Leadership | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

9 March 2018

Schools are incessantly busy places. Those in charge must make complex decisions at wearying speed, knowing that those decisions bear strongly on the welfare of others, and yet finding sparse opportunity to reflect on their actions in the press of the day. School leaders seek to do well for the adults whose work they guide. Teachers seek to do well for the young people they teach. And yet, there are few sustained conversations in many schools about a compass we agree to use that points us to "due north"—to the direction most likely to lead us to a good place.

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ASCD Book: How to Teach So Students Remember by Marilee Sprenger

ASCD Book: How to Teach So Students Remember by Marilee Sprenger | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

Memory is inextricable from learning; there's little sense in teaching students something new if they can't recall it later. Ensuring that the knowledge teachers impart is appropriately stored in the brain and easily retrieved when necessary is a vital component of instruction. In How to Teach So Students Remember, author Marilee Sprenger provides you with a proven, research-based, easy-to-follow framework for doing just that.

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The Joy in Teaching High School I Edutopia

The Joy in Teaching High School I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

17 March 2018

My classroom is my happy place, and I truly love my job. This wasn’t always the case for me. Years ago, I had become so focused on curriculum and objectives that I had lost sight of the most important element of my professional existence: teenagers. A few changes in my behavior helped improve my relationship with the students, which led me to my current perspective.

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Effective Student-Led Discussions I Edutopia

Effective Student-Led Discussions I Edutopia | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

1. Make a case: At the beginning of class, share a single, open-ended question about the text. It should be an essential question—one that will elicit varied or even polarized responses. Have multiple copies of documents related to that question and multiple dictionaries on a table for students to use—I recommend saying nothing about these and seeing what happens. Instruct your students to work together to consider the question from multiple angles before ultimately voting to come up with an answer the majority feels good about.

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Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way? I MindShift

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way? I MindShift | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

25 Jan 2018

How should teachers — both K-12 and college — deal with the use of computers and phones by students in class? On the one hand, those sleek little supercomputers promise to connect us to all human knowledge. On the other hand, they are also scientifically designed by some of the world’s top geniuses to feel as compelling as oxygen. So where does that leave teachers? Should you ban these devices in the classroom? Let students go whole hog? Or is there a happy medium?

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Education is Your Most Powerful Weapon | Gateways

Published on Oct 24, 2017
College student Maya had the eye-opening opportunity to take a class through Gateways, an education program that enables incarcerated youth to learn alongside college students. Once you’re put into the system, it’s hard to get the public to see you as anything other than a criminal. In this episode of Gateways, JJ urges you to look at him not as a statistic but as a college student motivated to do good.

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Isolated In Class: How Can We Make Sure There Are No Invisible Children? I Dr Clare Owen

Isolated In Class: How Can We Make Sure There Are No Invisible Children? I Dr Clare Owen | Teaching: Best practice ideas | Scoop.it

7 Aug 2017

The rapid pace of the school day is tiring and tiredness can lead to stress. Labelling these children as just ‘introverts’ or ‘extroverts’ is unhelpful, but it is important we recognise their particular difficulties and plan appropriately so they can achieve success. It’s not about encouraging them to match the level of sociability presented by the loudest, but it is about noticing them and giving them a calm chance to shine.

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A Learning Organization I Sprouts

Published on Mar 23, 2017
A learning organization encourages personal mastery and cultivates open feedback to see problems and opportunities on all levels. Some argue that learning organizations attract and retain more talents. Others say that there is a competitive advantage for an organization whose people learn faster than the people of other organizations. Here are 6 characteristics most have in common

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