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Professional Development for Now and the Future (Inspired by @michaelegriffin)

Professional Development for Now and the Future (Inspired by @michaelegriffin) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"I was reading one of my favourite blogs this morning, ELT Rants, Reviews and Reflections by Mike Griffin. All of his posts stand out, but one particularly stood out, called Next Step(s) in Professional Development [Workshop Materials]. http://eltrantsreviewsreflections.wordpress.com/next-steps-in-professional-development-workshop-materials/ ; I believe that the tips Mike has included should be with us throughout our careers as educators. As I have mentioned before, the advantage in our profession is that we can learn something new every day!

Here are Mike’s tips in bold – my comments and thoughts follow."

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Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning?  (Don't just differentiate the task - differentiate the assessment)  by Catlin Tucker

Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning?  (Don't just differentiate the task - differentiate the assessment)  by Catlin Tucker | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
by Catlin Tucker

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Curbing Teacher Burnout During the Pandemic - Edutopia

Curbing Teacher Burnout During the Pandemic - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Teachers are adapting to a host of exhausting new challenges during the coronavirus. We asked educators and other experts for strategies to help address this new form of burnout.
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Activities for Kids at Home After Coronavirus School Closure - TIME

Activities for Kids at Home After Coronavirus School Closure - TIME | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Schools across the country are closing due to COVID-19. Susie Allison, creator of Busy Toddler, has suggestions for how to fill the day if your kids are home because of coronavirus concerns.

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He Named Me Malala – Curriculum & Discussion Guides (Pakistan) – Journeys In Film

He Named Me Malala – Curriculum & Discussion Guides (Pakistan) – Journeys In Film | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"When 11-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai began detailing her experiences in the Swat Valley of Pakistan for the BBC, she had no idea what momentous changes were coming in her life. Her father, Ziauddin, a school founder and dedicated teacher, was outspoken in his belief that girls, including his beloved daughter, had a right to an education. As they continued to speak out against restrictions imposed by extremists, Ziauddin received constant death threats, so many that he began to sleep in different places. But it was Malala who was almost killed, shot in the head by a gunman on her way home from school. "

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How Parents Can Talk to Students About Coronavirus Anxiety | EdSurge News

How Parents Can Talk to Students About Coronavirus Anxiety | EdSurge News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Crisis Text Line, which provides free, text messaging-based counseling services for the U.S., U.K. and Canada, has seen 49 times the number of mentions of “virus,” “COVID-19” or “coronavirus” as of mid-March than in February. The nonprofit usually sees more than 3,000 conversations a day, but in recent weeks that number has been as high as 6,000, according to spokeswoman Ashley Womble.

On March 13, coronavirus was mentioned in 15 percent of all conversations between students and the group’s volunteer counselors, according to the New York-based nonprofit. More than half of people texting about those concerns are in the 18- to 34-year old range. School cancellations and closures contribute to a large part of the anxiety they have shared.
Jaden Matthews-Johnson's curator insight, March 26, 6:33 PM
With coronavirus in our wake, the coronavirus has sparked widespread fear and anxiety. On March 15, coronavirus was the subject of 15 percent of all conversations between students and the Crisis Text Line counsolers.  More than halp of the people texting are between 18 and 34 years old. Crisis Text Line provide a outline for people to talk about their feelings and concerns. It offers 3,000 converstations a day. I personally believe that it's a great hotline for those who want someone to talk to and seek advice and consul without being physical.
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Staying in Touch: Why Kids Need Teachers During Coronavirus School Closings - MindShift

Staying in Touch: Why Kids Need Teachers During Coronavirus School Closings - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While some schools around the country have initiated online instruction in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Penn Manor School District where Raff teaches in central Pennsylvania, is one of many districts that has not done so because of challenges in providing distance learning for all students. In a survey conducted by Education Week, 41 percent of school leaders said they could not make remote learning accessible to every student for even one day.

Though educators in such districts cannot teach classes or give assignments, they can still play a valuable role in their students’ lives by staying connected in this time of uncertainty and heightened anxiety. “We know that strong, secure bonds with our teachers are really important in social-emotional development. To suddenly lose out on that under such strange and unprecedented circumstances can be really hard on kids,” said Jamie Howard, a senior clinical psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute and the director of the Center’s Trauma and Resilience Service. 

“We have physical distance, but we don't have to have emotional distance,” Howard said. As Raff saw with her students, hearing from their teachers provides young people comfort and consistency amid the disruptions caused by school closings and social distancing. 
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Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment

Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.
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A Letter to Teachers During COVID-19 - The SprinkleToppedTeacher

A Letter to Teachers During COVID-19 - The SprinkleToppedTeacher | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Dear Teacher, For many of you, your entire career has been flipped upside down. Many of you gave your students a hug or fist bump out the door on Friday,
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The Coronavirus Is Much Worse Than You Think - Psychology Today

The Coronavirus Is Much Worse Than You Think - Psychology Today | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"The coronavirus is bending human life to its will, but not by infecting our lungs."

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I'm Not Your Ideal Graduate - Mandy Froehlich @froehlichm 

I'm Not Your Ideal Graduate - Mandy Froehlich @froehlichm  | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
My life isn’t anywhere near when I thought it would be. There have been so many times that I’ve felt success or I’ve felt less than anyone around me. So many times where I’ve cried because I’ve had to let go of dreams and goals that I was holding onto way too tightly that in the end weren’t meant for me. I’ve had to make tough decisions to move on and trust that my instincts were correct even when the plunge meant something like leaving a job without another one lined up. I’ve had to mourn the loss of experiences I’d never have. I’ve had to feel lost in order to find myself. Repeatedly.
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The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off | MindShift | KQED News

The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
On New Year's Eve, back in 2012, Savannah Eason retreated into her bedroom and picked up a pair of scissors.

"I was holding them up to my palm as if to cut myself," she says. "Clearly what was happening was I needed someone to do something."

Her dad managed to wrestle the scissors from her hands, but that night it had become clear she needed help.

"It was really scary," she recalls. "I was sobbing the whole time."

Savannah was in high school at the time. She says the pressure she felt to succeed — to aim high — had left her anxious and depressed.
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The @DavidGeurin Blog: 7 Benefits of Apologizing to Your Students

The @DavidGeurin Blog: 7 Benefits of Apologizing to Your Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
o one is perfect. Not one of us. But if we're not careful, we can fall into the trap of thinking we have to act perfect. 

I find it puzzling how students sometimes have the idea that teachers/principals/educators are somehow above making mistake or should be above making mistakes. 

I remember when I was teaching 9th grade English how students would jump at the chance to point it out if I misspelled a word on the white board, as if I was suddenly an incompetent teacher. They would express shock and dismay that I would make such a mistake.

But without question, I made my fair share of mistakes, and I learned that it was best to admit them and help dispel the myth that teachers don't make mistakes.
Juan Esteban Muñoz Rodríguez's curator insight, March 15, 7:04 PM
We have to be humble, and it is necessary that we are perceived by our students as a model of humanity. Even if we have been prepared for many years, and we can be consider as experts of the field, it is important to recognize that we are still humans and there is not perfection in every performance. It is natural that sometimes we make mistakes, and also our students do, so we have to accepted as a normal thing and correct them. 
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Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!) | MindShift | KQED News

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!) | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period.

Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, researchers have confirmed that the brain continues to develop during adolescence — a period of time that can stretch from the middle school years into early adulthood.

"We were always under the assumption that the brain doesn't change very much after childhood," explains Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London.

But that's simply not the case, she says, and educators — and teens themselves — can learn a lot from this.
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Modern Trends In Education: 50 Different Approaches To Learning - Teach Thought

Modern Trends In Education: 50 Different Approaches To Learning - Teach Thought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value of it and our experience with it.

What if a class consisted of words that led to information that whirled into blended realms of creativity set up just for students, created by students. The students then dictated what they learned instead of reluctantly ingesting information and standards imposed upon them.

That exists here and now. In every nook and cranny, around every corner, inside every well-engineered lesson, students might just learn what they want to learn and actually find success while improving the world around them.

Take a tour of 50 different views of education that somehow find a similar note: Education must change.
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A Simple Kindness Generator to Keep Digital Interactions Humane | EdSurge News

A Simple Kindness Generator to Keep Digital Interactions Humane | EdSurge News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If you enter the physical world and open a door—say, to walk into a store—you will intuitively hold the door open if someone is walking behind you and you see them or hear them. Even if you aren’t intending to be kind, the weight of the door and the presence of a fellow human being will encourage you to do the right thing, the human thing.

In the digital world, it’s much more difficult to see and feel the doors we walk through, to see and hear the people walking behind us. As a result, it’s also much more difficult to do the right thing, the human thing—to hold the door open for a person walking in right behind you.
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The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Part of a parent's job is to help kids do their best, but pushing too hard can backfire. Research shows kids in high-achieving communities are at higher risk of anxiety, depression and substance use.

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Angry?! How Naming and Understanding the Different Kinds of Anger Can Help

Angry?! How Naming and Understanding the Different Kinds of Anger Can Help | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
While many people believe that how we feel and express anger is hard-wired, some scientists suggest our experience and culture help shape it. One way to get a handle on it may be to personalize it.
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Getting Through: Supporting Learners as they Transition to School at Home

Getting Through: Supporting Learners as they Transition to School at Home | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We are starting a journey into the new terrain of parenting in response to school closures and home-bound learning opportunities for students. As we know that our children call many different types of places home, with varying degrees of access to resources and experiences, we want to be mindful of not projecting a “right way” or “best way,” and be more intentional of providing some resources and considerations that we hope to be useful. We want to acknowledge and curate great resources that are coming together in our communities. Many started from educational services and companies but also more grassroots support from teachers, often out of concern for their students.

First and foremost, as a parent, it is not your responsibility to be the teacher right now. It is helpful for you to support and encourage your child to continue exploring questions and keep up a reading practice and attempt to solve problems- but it is most important that you provide them space to connect, feel, wonder, try, and find refuge in these uncertain times.
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Tips for Managing the Stress of Social Distancing as a Family - MindShift

Tips for Managing the Stress of Social Distancing as a Family - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
As families shelter-in-place and figure out how to homeschool while juggling work and personal safety, mental health expert Lisa Damour offers some guidance on how to find balance and be alert for trouble.
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Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything Is Canceled - The New York Times

Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything Is Canceled - The New York Times | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
School and events are shutting down, impacting children in unexpected ways. Here’s how to deal with the letdown.
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TED Talks for when you're having an existential crisis | TED Talks

TED Talks for when you're having an existential crisis | TED Talks | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A smorgasbord of inspired TED Talks to help you get through your funk, and answer some deeper questions along the way.
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6 Interview Skills that Will Get You Hired - LinkeIn Learning

6 Interview Skills that Will Get You Hired - LinkeIn Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
For most of us, interviewing is the worst. It's like speed dating, but for work and the pressure on a first impression is extremely high. 

“An interview is a performance to some degree. You’re starring as yourself,” says Pam Skillings in How to Rock an Interview. 

If you are on the market for your next gig, check out Skillings six skills to nail your next interview—and get one step closer to landing your next big opportunity.
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Take A Walk: The Work & Life Benefits of Walking – RyanHoliday.net

Take A Walk: The Work & Life Benefits of Walking – RyanHoliday.net | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Taking a walk works on a racing or miserable mind just as well as a colicky baby. We are an ambulatory species and often the best way to find stillness—in our hearts and in our heads—is to get up and out on our feet. To get moving. To take a damn walk.
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Random Acts of Kindness In School

Random Acts of Kindness In School | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
February is a big month for showing that you care. On the heels of Valentine’s Day comes Random Acts of Kindness Day. February 17 is the 25th anniversary of the day designated to encourage acts of generosity big and small. Here are five simple ways to bring both planned and totally random gestures of decency to your classroom on February 17, 2020, and well beyond
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Start Fresh: 6 Tips For Emotional Well-Being | MindShift | KQED News

Start Fresh: 6 Tips For Emotional Well-Being | MindShift | KQED News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed? Just eight techniques — a "buffet of life skills" — can make a significant improvement in well-being, say scientists who taught the techniques to caregivers of people with dementia. After learning techniques such as how to keep a gratitude journal, for example, and how to quickly reframe negative experiences in a positive light — these family caregivers reported impressive decreases in both stress and anxiety.
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McGill Personal Finance Essentials - FREE Online Course Starting in January 2020

McGill Personal Finance Essentials - FREE Online Course Starting in January 2020 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
If you're ready to take charge of your personal finances, then you're in the right place. From budgeting to borrowing, real estate and beyond, invest a few hours in this free, online course1 and you'll gain the knowledge and confidence to make a lifetime of smart financial decisions. Taught by professors from McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, the course is open to everyone.

Finish all course modules to receive a McGill Personal Finance Essentials attestation of completion2.


Join us and take charge of your financial future!
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