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6 Things New Teachers Remind Me to Do Every Year

6 Things New Teachers Remind Me to Do Every Year | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You can usually spot a new teacher a mile away.  There is just something about the way they talk about the upcoming year, how they hold themselves, and even the very air that surrounds them.  So much joy, so much enthusiasm, mixed with a certain air of fear.  Right now seems to be the time where people start talking about all the mistakes new teachers make their first year and pass on advice to them whether they need it or not.  Yet, every year I learn so much from the new teachers I meet.  Every year they teach lessons to me.
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Best Mental Health Apps | Apple and Android Mental Health Apps - Bicycling.com

Best Mental Health Apps | Apple and Android Mental Health Apps - Bicycling.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"If you’re feeling tense, anxious, sad, lonely, or hey, you’re overwhelmed by all of the above, take comfort in knowing that you are not alone and there are many resource options out there to help you feel better. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave home to use them.

 

Whether you need a simple meditation to pick you up and out of a funk one day or you’re looking for ongoing therapy sessions led by a pro, these apps, sites, and hotlines make taking care of your mental health a little easier. Try a bunch or stick to one. Just remember, you’re never alone, even if it feels like that right now."

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I Teach Art to Students With Trauma. These Are the Strategies I Use to Support Them. | EdSurge News

I Teach Art to Students With Trauma. These Are the Strategies I Use to Support Them. | EdSurge News | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Roughly half of children in the U.S. have experienced some form of trauma, making it critical that educators consider trauma-informed approaches to teaching. This form of instruction recognizes that students’ actions are a direct result of their experiences. It also considers how the brain’s cognitive abilities are affected by trauma and can inhibit learning from taking place.
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Interview: Ruby Bridges, Author Of 'This Is Your Time' : NPR

Interview: Ruby Bridges, Author Of 'This Is Your Time' : NPR | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Ruby Bridges is a real person who became an indelible image of American history.

She was that six year-old girl, painted by Norman Rockwell, who was escorted into school by stout U.S. marshals, when she became the first Black student at the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960.

Rockwell depicted her in a light, white dress, holding her schoolbooks and a ruler — and walking by a wall scrawled with a message of hate. 60 years later, she's written a book to tell children her story, and a story of America — Ruby Bridges: This is Your Time.
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Storytime with The Met: "In My Heart: A Book of Feelings” by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey

Enjoy Storytime from home! Join us every Thursday to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years.
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25 Things Tests Can't Measure In Students

25 Things Tests Can't Measure In Students | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"So why the scorn for testing children? How else will we know if they’re learning?

That a test–at least the standardized tests we give in schools today–represents only a narrow snapshot of a child’s abilities isn’t a new proposition. That they promote reductive views of intelligence, mislead families and communities, and are often punitive for teachers and students alike also isn’t new, which is where this image by @sylviaduckworth comes in.

The graphic is based on the idea of personality qualities, rather than the content knowledge and academic skills measured by most standardized testing today., that are beyond the reach of testing today. There are many potential takeaways here, so let’s document a few in the form of a question:

What do we test today and why?

Why should we be testing and why?

Are tests the best way to measure learning?"

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Metacognition Resources and Articles via @ukedchat

Metacognition Resources and Articles via @ukedchat | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

This page showcases articles, resources and research published from the UKEdChat community about Metacognition.

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Science Literacy | University of Alberta FREE ONLINE Course Starts October 27th

Science Literacy | University of Alberta FREE ONLINE Course Starts October 27th | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
We are often told not to believe everything we read online or see on TV — but how do we tell the difference between sensationalized statistics and a real scientific study? Learn how to spot sound science with our new online course in Science Literacy. Join Claire Scavuzzo and Rachel Buehl in this new, five-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Science, hosted on Coursera. 
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Nobody in Tech Works Harder than a Public School Teacher - INC.com

Nobody in Tech Works Harder than a Public School Teacher - INC.com | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You think running a business remotely is challenging? It's trivial compared to what teachers cope with every day
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In Preschools, Sharing and Playtime Look Different Now - Edutopia

In Preschools, Sharing and Playtime Look Different Now - Edutopia | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
To support young children’s social and developmental skills, preschools have had to get creative with what were once mainstay classroom practices.
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Why Teachers Are So Excited About the Power Of Sketchnoting - MindShift

Why Teachers Are So Excited About the Power Of Sketchnoting - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This first step into doodling for learning has opened up an extensive new classroom practice for Freedman. She’s been encouraging students to take visual notes for only a little over a year, but she’s seen it help some students tremendously. Now she dedicates about five minutes a day for a month to sketchnote practice. She gives students lots of choices in how they want to do it -- on a whiteboard, on a digital tablet, or with paper and pencils. The point is to give them dedicated time to familiarize themselves with how they might express themselves visually.
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7 Activities to Build Community and Positive Classroom Culture During Online Learning - The New York Times

7 Activities to Build Community and Positive Classroom Culture During Online Learning - The New York Times | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Ideas for creating authentic connections, meaningful relationships and classroom camaraderie through the screen.

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How I Found My Confidence as a Teen Activist - EdWeek

How I Found My Confidence as a Teen Activist - EdWeek | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a difficult situation for many schools to handle. Educators have been forced to reengineer entire courses into an online format; young people have been forced to get computers, printers, and scanners (luxuries not every family has) to succeed in those courses. However, these hardships also seem to have brought out the best of many individuals who work to overcome this crisis.

Look at people like Avi Schiffmann, a high schooler in Washington state who built a website that provides easy access to information about COVID-19 for young people, and 6th grader Matthew Tuer, who organized a GoFundMe campaign to support local schools in his hometown of Northville, Mich. They're far from the only students working to improve their communities. In fact, the past few months have seen a surge in activism and advocacy among young people.
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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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Growth Mindset Videos: 10 Inspiring TEDTalks to Share With Your Kids - Childhood101

Growth Mindset Videos: 10 Inspiring TEDTalks to Share With Your Kids - Childhood101 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Looking for a fabulous resource for igniting discussion about having a growth mindset with your kids? Look no further! These 10 TEDTalks are guaranteed to inspire children at school or home to reach their goals despite any difficulties or obstacles they may encounter.
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New Esti-Mysteries and Number Sense Resources Every Day for the Rest of the School Year - thanks to Steve Wyborney

New Esti-Mysteries and Number Sense Resources Every Day for the Rest of the School Year - thanks to Steve Wyborney | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Hi, friends.  I know this is really challenging and we are all exhausted.  This post is my way of providing support and encouragement – as well as bringing math joy to your classroom…

 

I’m going to stick with you all year long.

 

To do that, I am going to post a new math resource every school day for the rest of the school year.  Here is the plan:"


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24 Of The Best Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary [Updated] - TeachThought

24 Of The Best Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary [Updated] - TeachThought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The following digital tools show promise to support word learning, review, and playing with language. I’ve grouped these tools into four categories: Reference Tools, Word Clouds, Games and Review, Word Walls and Virtual Field Trips. They’re not listed in any particular order, so check out the entire list. Like other digital tools, they’re not all created equal. Choose tools carefully to support standards and learning goals.
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How Writing Down What You're Thankful For Can Be Good For Mental and Physical Health

How Writing Down What You're Thankful For Can Be Good For Mental and Physical Health | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
A growing body of research shows keeping a log of what you are thankful for can lower stress, help you sleep better, and may even reduce the risk of heart disease. But it's not for everyone.
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Writing your thoughts that might be positive or negative can lead you towards not only on results but also it helps your mental and physical health.
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How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn - Mindshift

How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn - Mindshift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Exercise stimulates the growth of new neurons, Suzuki explains, in a process called neurogenesis. In addition, it increases the neurochemical BDNF, which acts as a fertilizer, strengthening neurons and making them less susceptible to breaking down. Physical activity also increases levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and endorphins that support emotional well-being, motivation and response to stress. As we age, exercise has a protective effect on the brain, says Suzuki, making it less susceptible to neurodegenerative diseases and normal cognitive decline. With exercise, “you are making synaptic connections, and you are making more synapses grow. Movement will help your brain today and protect you against neurological decay in the future
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We the People: Graphic Novels That Center Democracy, Voting Rights, and Political Activism

We the People: Graphic Novels That Center Democracy, Voting Rights, and Political Activism | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"A selection of graphic novels that use the medium to teach how government works and how to change it, and how to make “good trouble.""

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What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning? | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than the objective of mere information delivery.

Nevertheless, despite its complexity, inquiry-based learning can be somehow easier on teachers, too. True, it’s seemingly easier because it transfers some responsibilities from teachers to students, but it’s really easier because releasing authority engages students.

Teachers who use inquiry-based learning combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. 

Let’s face it, when you ask a student something like, “What do you want to know about _______?” you are often met with a shrug, or a, “dunno.” Inquiry-based learning, if front-loaded well, generates such excitement in students that neurons begin to fire, curiosity is triggered, and students can’t wait to become experts in answering their own questions.
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Support Online Learning with Powerful Thinking Routines -  Catlin Tucker @Catlin_Tucker

Support Online Learning with Powerful Thinking Routines -  Catlin Tucker @Catlin_Tucker | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Project Zero at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has created a collection of Core Thinking Routines as part of their Visible Thinking Project. Teachers can view the entire collection on the Project Zero website, where each routine is described in detail (e.g., purpose, application, launch) in both English and Spanish.
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Compassion-Based Strategies for Managing Classroom Behavior

Compassion-Based Strategies for Managing Classroom Behavior | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There’s a saying some educators use: “The best classroom management strategy is an engaging lesson plan.” That may be true, but there are often a few students who act out in class no matter how well the teacher prepares. Dearborn says when she started using compassion to help her students behave in school-appropriate ways, she had far more success. She often found that punishments embarrassed students and caused them to resent her deeply, damaging their relationship.
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Why Understanding Dyslexia Matters

Why Understanding Dyslexia Matters | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
This is the introduction of the MindShift Guide to Understanding Dyslexia. You can find the remaining chapters and a complete printable PDF of the entire guide by clicking here.
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30+ FREE digital escape rooms (plus a step by step guide for creating your own) by @jmattmiller

30+ FREE digital escape rooms (plus a step by step guide for creating your own) by @jmattmiller | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Digital escape rooms are exciting and fun. Here are over 30 FREE digital escape rooms to try plus a step by step guide for creating them yourself!

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Ashton Arnold's curator insight, September 16, 9:52 AM
Right now, I am struggling with creating interactive virtual lessons/PD. I'm sure I am not the only one. This article from Matt Miller has a plethora of Google resources on how to create Digital Escape Rooms. Matt has curated 30+ escape rooms for you to copy and make into your own. He also provides step by step instructions on how to create your own escape room. There is nothing that says that virtual learning has to be boring. Creating these digital escape rooms adds a certain flair to a lesson that allows the students to really take control of their own learning. 
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News Literacy Project

News Literacy Project | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.
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