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Vermont hopes new work-based learning will engage students

Vermont hopes new work-based learning will engage students | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Vermont’s statewide push to “personalize” learning gives students more of a say over what — and where — they study. Its goals are to keep students in school and in the state, because if Vermont doesn’t find a way to hold on to its young people, it won’t be able to fill the jobs left vacant by retiring baby boomers.

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Years ago I visited a school in a small agricultural community in KS that had remade its curriculum to reflect the community: the Walton Rural Life Center (http://w-usd373-ks.schoolloop.com/). Each elementary grade level had its chores to care for the animals and the greenhouse, and various lessons were built around their work. I remember there was a lesson in 2nd or 3rd grade during which students compared the nutritional elements of the pig feed vs their favorite cereals. It was math, science, and health. BTW, it should come as no surprise that the pig food was healthier than the kids's favorite cereals.

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Flipgrid's Next Chapter � —

Flipgrid's Next Chapter � — | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Here's what you need to know: Flipgrid is free. I'm a huge fan of Flipgrid and talk about it whenever I can; I should become an official Flipgrid Ambassador. Anyway, it's a good tool. And, if you're not aware, Microsoft has been and is working on some significant updates to Office 365 with some additional tools and resources to challenge Google's grip on the classroom. I can't wait to see what they have to share at ISTE!

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Copyright a growing concern in the digital classroom

Copyright a growing concern in the digital classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Recognizing intellectual property rights is increasingly important as digital resources allow educators to mix and match the content they use in the classroom.

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This is no joke. If teachers aren't careful about copyright violations, they set a bad and dangerous precedent. However, as I learned in a recent workshop focusing on copyright and fair use, most teachers don't really understand it. Put this on your summer "to do" list.

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Tips for Using Nearpod with Early Learners

Tips for Using Nearpod with Early Learners | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Can you use Nearpod with early learners? You bet! This year I’ve had the chance to visit classrooms and work with teachers in different parts of the country.
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Nearpod is a wonderful tool that is often underutilized. You'll want to check this out if you have Nearpod or if your school or district is considering it.

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Taking Student Voice Beyond The Classroom

Taking Student Voice Beyond The Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

I decided to make student voice part of my life’s work in 2013, at the start of my 6th year teaching Sophomore English.

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It's always great to learn from what others have done as they experimented with integration of a new approach to student learning.

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Should taxpayers and schools invest in 'growth mindset' programs?

Should taxpayers and schools invest in 'growth mindset' programs? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A team of researchers found "small" academic benefits from growth mindset programs to persuade students that intelligence can grow
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I think there is validity in the concept of "growth mindset." I had a conversation with a 2nd grader who told me she couldn't do three-digit subtraction because she wasn't good at math. I held her face in my hands so I could look her in the eyes and told her that she wasn't bad at math but there were skills she didn't have yet and she needed to learn HOW to do the math. We talked about some of the other things that she'd learned and she started to grasp that this development of skills and knowledge is what learning is all about, why she goes to school. (So many other thoughts about THAT, but not now.) We talked about how she would make mistakes in the process and that is also learning. She was focused and engaged for the next hour, but I know she would need to hear that every day for her to change her perception of her self and her learning. If/when that can happen--kids can get the individual support and encouragement they need--then growth mindset, or social-emotional learning support, can make a difference. But snappy posters and anchor charts are only part of the process.

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7 tips to better define personalized learning

7 tips to better define personalized learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Personalized learning is a pretty well-known term, but educators have different definitions for personalized learning, making for a sometimes-confusing approach to its implementation.

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Another resource as you gather insights and research to best determine how personalized can and could look in your classroom, in your school, in your district.

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And the Winners Are…Global Read Aloud Choices 2018 #GRA18 –

And the Winners Are…Global Read Aloud Choices 2018 #GRA18 – | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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2018 Global Read Aloud kickoff is October 1 and these are the selected books.

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Technology in the Classroom: Using QR Codes

Technology in the Classroom: Using QR Codes | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
We take a quick look at what QR Codes all about, as well as how this technology in the classroom can enhance student learning.
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QR codes: one of those technology resources that seem to be far too easy to overlook and yet which can provide so many opportunities for learning and for sharing learning.

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Teaching Kids Finance and Smart Spending With Cryptocurrency | EdSurge News

Show a fourth grader how to balance a checkbook, and it won’t be long before her eyes start to glaze over or his mind starts to wander...

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Financial literacy. It's one of the many literacies students need to be taught but is rarely addressed. The assumption might be that the adults at home are teaching students about handling their money, which is an appropriate assumption. However, far too many kids either don't have that parental guidance or ignore the information because it comes from their parents. I was at a grocery store the other day and two kids were paying for ice cream with a debit card; each purchase was $5 or less. I wondered what they understand about money, about debit cards, about bank accounts. I know many adults don't understand bitcoin or cryptocurrency and I count myself among those woefully underinformed. If these are two financial elements that will be more than a passing financial fad, then we have to make sure that we understand and that our kids do, too.

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42 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer Before They Graduate High School -

42 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer Before They Graduate High School - | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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The very FIRST question they must be able to answer is whether or not the word "from" belongs between "graduate" and "high school." (SPOILER ALERT: The answer is "absolutely!". Carry on.) I think it's an interesting list of questions and could be quite thought-provoking as they anticipate their post-high school days. I suspect most high school seniors might not be able to answer some of these questions with any depth, so they might also be good questions for those freshmen mentor groups, or whatever they might be called on your college campus. And then it would be really interesting to have them reflect on their answers as high school seniors and college freshmen before they graduate FROM college.

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When Robots Teach Kids Computational Thinking—and Kindness | EdSurge News

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We don't know what jobs today’s children are going to have when they become adults, but we do know that technology is going to play a major role i
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When I take robots to a class, the HARDEST thing for students to do is share. Well, the truly hardest thing is for them to listen to instructions as I watch their fingers twitch because they want to start coding. Now! But eventually they figure it out or we give them pointers/instructions so they do share. And then we get to watch the students who catch on to coding fastest show the others how to do it. Sure, tempers still flare on occasion and there may be some question about whose turn it really is, but they eventually recognize the importance of being able to work together.

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5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students

5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Coding is logic, strategic thinking, problem solving, and creativity. It's a package of powerful skills in what seems like one activity. I don't have the Root Robot and probably won't get one. Probably. Maybe. I've used BeeBot with 3rd and 4th graders and they haven't been offended by its cuteness. For a step up in coding with robots for intermediate or late elementary, I've moved to Dash (and his trusty sidekick Dot) as well as Ozobots. With Ozobots, we've used both the color coding and Ozoblockly. There are many, MANY options for coding with and without robots, and when students have options, that skills development and learning becomes even more powerful.

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AP courses losing favor among more high schools

AP courses losing favor among more high schools | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Eight elite private high schools in the Washington, D.C., area announced they are phasing out AP classes, saying the courses are so common many colleges no longer find them "noteworthy."

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If you read the article itself (https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/19/eight-private-high-schools-washington-area-are-dropping-out-ap-program), you'll see that the issue is not just the courses but the STANDARDIZED TEST that's at issue. ". . . focusing on a timed standardized test does not promote inquiry or higher-level discussion among students." Bam!

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Despite A Revamped Focus On Real-Life Skills, 'Home Ec' Classes Fade Away

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There's a video being posted and reposted on Facebook about adulting skills: sewing, changing a tire, basic cooking skills, etc. It might stand to reason if more students were required to take "home ec" they would have some of those skills. But it's not a core content class with a standardized test expectation. In my slightly informed opinion, what constitutes Family and Consumer Science (FCS) should vary depending on community and geography. Having a single teacher might not make sense either. If I were the FCS teacher, I'd invite a local experts to talk about the topics of the curriculum. I'm sure there is a mechanic who'd love to come in to show kids how to change a tire, but they really need to know about caring for a vehicle. Why not bring in a local chef to talk about nutrition, how to cook for one or two (or more), etc.? Why not bring in a local seamstress or tailor to show how to hem pants, make minor changes to a garment, and yes, sew on a button? How about a local tax or bank professional to talk about budgeting and what to expect when it comes time to pay taxes? There are so many possibilities and, yes, it could be hard to narrow the curriculum. The idea of "adulting" classes aren't new but of sufficient concern that colleges are offering them to incoming freshmen. And, btw, the course doesn't have to start in high school. Middle schoolers could learn some of these skills, too. Just sayin'.

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Will Letter Grades Survive?

Will Letter Grades Survive? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
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My first thought: "Yes, because this is too big a shift for parents as well as educators." My second thought: "Yes, as long as corporations still use outdated scoring mechanisms as part of their performance review process." My third thought: "Yes, as long as college and universities still think a GPA is a meaningful measure of college capability to get into college and a meaningful measure of success of learning while in college, and as long as corporations think a GPA is a measure of student learning and capability upon graduation." My final thought: "I hope not because grades are basically meaningless but finding ways of 'reporting' student learning that will allow for nationwide comparison, etc. may be nearly impossible but I will be cautiously optimistic this change can happen."

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The Maker Movement Meets Literacy

The Maker Movement Meets Literacy | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
In this maker movement inspired lesson, students will dive deeply into character analysis in order to use the design thinking process to create/design a solution to a problem in the story. Students will learn to use the design thinking process to develop empathy for the characters, find problems in the story that need solutions, and work collaboratively to ideate and design solutions.
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First, LOVE novel engineering. There's a link in this article, so you're good. Second, this is a great approach to thinking differently about makerspace and how teachers can help students bridge their own thinking between what we typically think of as non-STEM content. Ha! Engineering concepts are everywhere!!

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Project-Based Learning Is Just the Beginning

Project-Based Learning Is Just the Beginning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Having a job may seem a lifetime away for a child, but by exposing them to different career paths, we can get them thinking about their life after high school
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PBL meets competency-based learning can lead to amazing results, but EVERYONE has to buy-in to the possibilities.

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3 tenets for developing cultural competency in schools

3 tenets for developing cultural competency in schools | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Although educational equity is a fundamental pillar of the American education system, school districts are struggling to ensure their students feel included, safe, and supported.

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Cultural competency is a much more complex topic than it used to be. We cannot deny that others unlike us exist and have a right to be and yet there are plenty who do. So not only do we have to learn more about cultural competency, but we have to have a serious self-awareness check of our own biases, implicit and otherwise.

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Digital Shift in Education Escalating Rapidly

Currently, 29 states have defined instructional materials to include digital versions; 30 allow the implementation; and six have required the use of digital curriculum.
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The fact that digital shift is happening at all makes it imperative that schools, districts, states, and the federal government think about equity. It also makes it imperative for higher education to revisit its policies as well as the resources and training it has and makes available for educators and students. Time's a-wastin!

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How Digital and Media Literacy Impacts Today's Classroom

How Digital and Media Literacy Impacts Today's Classroom | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Think about it this way: rather than adding material to be taught, teachers are assisting students in learning skills they will need for the rest of their lives AND teaching students skills they can use in their learning. That means that once students begin to develop skills in digital and media literacy, they can begin to curate resources for themselves, their classmates, and their teachers. And, as they curate resources, they can learn to critique each others' selection thereby deepening analytical skills. I think a main challenge is helping students understand why this skill matters since far too many are convinced all they have to do is ask Siri or Alexa, and that gets to a whole different lesson about digital literacy in the area of digital citizenship.

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The robot revolution is just beginning –

The robot revolution is just beginning – | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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Education needs to pay attention.

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Cannot even imagine what the future will bring, but it will include education!
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A Powerful Way to End the School Year

A Powerful Way to End the School Year | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
Year mapping allows students to see what they’ve learned in your class, and it’s a great resource for your incoming class.
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This is a great idea, and I can imagine ways to make year mapping accessible to younger grades, too. I love it for high school students who are trying to sort out what they learned in each of their classes and why what they learned matters. Because high school learning is so often siloed, students mapping their school year learning might help make their teachers aware of some things too, which might influence how and what they plan for the next school year. Cool.

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Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
One economist found that platooning might be harming kids and two other economists found that looping is quite beneficial. “These studies are important because they tell us that teacher-student relationships matter"
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I'm not surprised by the result, but I am surprised that it's taken research studies to provide this evidence. On the other hand, if research evidence proves what most of us already know to be true, then perhaps it's worth the time and effort expended. Well, that's provided people acknowledge the research and plan accordingly.

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4 Creative Ways to Use the Engineering Design Process as a Problem-Solving Tool

4 Creative Ways to Use the Engineering Design Process as a Problem-Solving Tool | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
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The engineering design process isn't just for engineering! See how to infuse this problem-solving tool into your school day. . .

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Love that they apply the engineering design process to writing and choreography! Works for me.

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