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Everyone’s a Teacher, Everyone’s a Learner – George Couros – Medium. Parents: the best students to have in your class – notosh – Medium. Our firm has been working with Teresa and around 25 of her teachers in this regular school to transform the way teachers teach and learners learn.

Parents: the best students to have in your class – notosh – Medium

We’ve been helping students see how they can design their thinking for any given purpose, and achieve more by taking on the responsibility for learning. It sounds easy, but this kind of teaching is hard work. It means teachers have to build up some capacity in students to use mental and collaborative toolsets that empower them to work stuff out for themselves through trial and error. It also means creating more immersive learning environments — where the content is more than the textbook and teacher — even when the physical environment of the classroom remains, well, traditional. Schools as Problem Solving Communities: Education Through Righting Wrongs. What would it look like to re-imagine schools as problem solving communities?

Schools as Problem Solving Communities: Education Through Righting Wrongs

In reading about Charles William Eliot, president of Harvard from 1869 to 1909, I came across several wonderfully thought-provoking quotes including the following: Nobody has any right to find life uninteresting or unrewarding who sees within the sphere of his own activity a wrong he can help to remedy, or within himself an evil he can hope to overcome.

I couldn’t help but apply this to my work and thinking about learning communities. Consider the countless problems and challenges in all of our lives, families, communities, and countries. Now imagine a school focused upon students learning by studying related problems solving of the past, analyzing and seeking ways to solve problems of the present, and trying to prevent or proactively address problems of the future. Imagine a science teacher reorienting the entire class around wrongs that need scientific knowledge to remedy. Log In - New York Times.

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4 Things We Need to Always Remember in Education – George Couros – Medium. Education is an extremely tough profession.

4 Things We Need to Always Remember in Education – George Couros – Medium

Spend any significant amount of time in a classroom or a school, and you will see how complex the profession is, and the many roles that educators serve in the work that they do. Each year, it is only becoming more and more complex. With countless initiatives, either new or outdated curriculums, higher public scrutiny, the job can be overwhelming. That being said, there are some things that we always need to remember that can help us navigate the complexities of the work that we do as educators. Education is a servant profession. As said earlier, education is a tough job, and every year we move forward, there is seemingly more thrust upon educators.

Education is the answer. It almost doesn't matter what the question is, really.

Education is the answer

Everyone is an independent actor, now more than ever, with access to information, to tools, to the leverage to make a difference. Instead of being a cog merely waiting for instructions, we get to make decisions and take action based on what we know and what we believe. Change what you know, change what you believe, and you change the actions.

Sal Khan: Let's teach for mastery. A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology – Medium. In the dark spirit of Ambrose Bierce, let us consider new definitions of familiar terms.

A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology – Medium

Specifically, let’s see what happens when we give educational technology the Devil’s Dictionary (1906) treatment. Applying Design Thinking in 4 Different Ways in Schools – Medium. Inquiry Learning Process As a problem solving process design thinking has the structure and potential for scaffolding an inquiry process.

Applying Design Thinking in 4 Different Ways in Schools – Medium

The 9 things every teacher should know. I never trained as a teacher.

The 9 things every teacher should know

I had applied for a place on a PGCE at the University of London, but after a couple of months of waiting, and with a pile of debt and nowhere to live, I took the first job I was offered. That just happened to be in a private, residential sixth-form college – what was, at the time, known as a “crammer”. I learned very little about the realities of teaching large groups of students. Quotes to Provoke Technology-inspired Teaching and Learning - Read Write Respond. Flickr photo shared by mrkrndvs under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-SA ) license In a recent post, Diane Kashin shared a series of quotes associated with Reggio-inspired learning.

Quotes to Provoke Technology-inspired Teaching and Learning - Read Write Respond

After being inspired and provoked, it got me thinking about technology and provocations that could be used to help dig deeper into digital pedagogies. How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change. The Pitfalls of End-of-Level Testing High stakes end-of-level testing is nigh-ubiquitous in American society.

How to Connect Data to Effect Meaningful Change

Its roots can be traced back to the 1990s when Congress reauthorized Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) required the development or adoption of state assessments and tied them to Title I funds. These assessments, as well as the later assessments under NCLB, were originally envisioned as an effective means to measure student learning and hold educators accountable, but the results haven’t lived up to the promise. High stakes end-of-level testing has narrowed the curriculum and encouraged teaching to the test at the expense of providing equitable learning opportunities for all students, and it has ultimately failed to produce meaningful improvement to student learning.

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Learning. 5 Non-Negotiables of Professional Development. This post was originally published on Cooper on Curriculum.

5 Non-Negotiables of Professional Development

Running any form of professional development can be a daunting task, whether it is at the district level, at a conference, etc. At the beginning of the planning process, facilitators often don’t have much more than a blank slate and a job such as, “You have one hour to teach your audience about [insert trendy topic here].” I have been leading professional development for a handful of years, and I have found that preparing with certain non-negotiables in mind helps to (1) provide me with a solid direction, and (2) assist in making my sessions that much more effective.

Here are my professional development non-negotiables:

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Whatisschool. You are a global educator. It's time to start thinking like one. Building collaboration skills today means building global collaboration skills. Educators have their work cut out for them Ed note: Innovation in Action is a monthly column from the International Society of Technology in Education focused on exemplary practices in education.

It’s one thing for today’s students to connect with the world and to appreciate the diversity and significance of potential interactions through everyday, real-time interaction. It is a whole different challenge to be able to collaborate with learning partners across town — or around the world. The latter, in truth, is what all educators and learners should be aspiring toward, but the reality is you cannot run before you can walk. Ideas. This weeks posting comes from Melbourne and the Project Zero Conference.

Classroom Rules and Classroom Focus – Mrs. Harris Teaches… I love the rules that are implemented by all the teachers at my school. 1. Speak and act respectfully. 2. Be prompt and prepared. 3. Be honest and productive. 4. E-learning in higher education. Are computers in class a scandalous waste of money? Are computers in class a scandalous waste of money? A top Australian school has banned laptops in class, warning that technology “distracts’’ from old-school quality teaching. I’m in rather furious agreement with the opening statement to the 26 March article in The Australian entitled “Computers in class ‘a scandalous waste’: Sydney Grammar head” by Natasha Brita (if the article is blocked, search for “computers are a scandalous waste”) And that is where the bulk of agreement ends.

3 things I wish educators knew about their own kearning. I meet many educators around the world, virtually and in person… Many times, I am still amazed at the resistance to new ideas, change and willingness to apply the learning they expect of students to their own learning. Here are the 3 things, above all, that I wish educators knew about their own learning. The understanding that we don’t know, what we don’t know! 10 Things Every Educator Should Start Doing Today. What Should Come First, Training or Professional Development? Principal: What happened when my school ended useless homework. (iStockphoto) Anyone who closely follows the debate about the value of homework at different grades knows about a famous meta-analysis of previous research on the subject, published in 2006 by researcher Harris Cooper and colleagues, which found that homework in elementary school does not contribute to academic achievement.

Learning or Teaching? — The Synapse. Beyond Engagement: Making School Personal — The Synapse. Engagement matters, but we have to think beyond engagement. – David Price. Are Great Teachers Bad Teachers? Flickr photo shared by mrkrndvs under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license. Radical Pedagogy — Solidarity for Slackers. Radical Pedagogy. Modern Learning: Not For Our Past But Their Future — The Synapse. Education is in the futures business in that it is responsible for preparing students to live successfully in the future … But it should not be about preparing them to cope with the future or simply wait for the arrival of the future. 10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation. 10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation. Creating the Conditions for Innovative Teaching and Learning – A.J. JULIANI. Last weekend, as we were digging out of the twenty inches of snow, my kids were sledding in the backyard and hiding out in their igloo.

My 4-yr old son had another snow day passion, filling up a plastic cup with snow to the brim and walking around calling it his “snow cone.” The 4 Cs of Learning — Student Voices. 10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching. A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning. The Active Learning Classroom: 8 Essential Elements. Looking ahead. 8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On. In 20 Words: Modern Schools Today. 12 Silent Saboteurs Of Innovation In Education. Hands Up — Bright. Tables turned; students are teaching the teachers. Constructing learning in the digital age. 26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer.

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Re-imagining school. The Human Side of School — The Synapse. How Could — and Should — Schooling Look in 2030? — Bright. Top 9 Quotes About Teaching. School Change: Palliative Care For a Dying Institution? — The Synapse. Common Core Math is Not the Enemy — Math Memoirs. The Ten Commandments of Questioning in the classroom. The Future of K-12 Education. Studio Schools: Career-Focused Secondary Education. How to Teach Effective Listening Skills. Are You Powerless? The Difference Between Pedagogy, Andragogy, And Heutagogy. 5 Tips for Making the Most of Conferences. Can Lord Of The Flies Help Bridge The Gap Between Math And English? — Bright.

Five reasons your school’s NOT transforming. 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher. Carole Dweck revisits the growth mindset. Learning from PowerPoint: is it time for teachers to move on? This is How Some of America’s Best Teachers Spend Their Time — Bright. There’s no app for good teaching. LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: "Tech doesn't improve student results - study" - why news reports like this are damaging (and missing the point).

The 40 Best Quotes About Learning We've Heard. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers. Charter schools would only make our school system’s problems worse. Annotating PDF’s is a Bad Lesson Plan. Teacher and the Machine — Bright. The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model. Let’s Give “Soft Skills” a Name That Sticks — Bright. Eight rules for cover lessons (from a frustrated supply teacher) How Twitter has changed me as an educator. Teaching how to think is just as important as teaching anything else.

Teachers want better feedback. Curing My Classroom Jitters — Bright. Teaching the Emoji Generation: 12+ Activities & Resources. How to Create Award-Winning Project-Based Learning [Infographic] Weapons of maths destruction: are calculators killing our ability to work it out in our head? The World is Changing — School Must Change Too.

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching. 5 Big Ways Education Will Change By 2020. The Secret Power of Differentiated Instruction. The Creativity Mindset. How to create a power point presentation that won't put people to sleep. The Rise of Open Curriculum — Bright. 20 Things You Can Do In (About) 10 Minutes For A Smoother Running Classroom. Faculty Meetings are Fun! Where Should Innovation in Education Come From? — Bright. Resources by students from INF541: Game-Based Learning, 2015. Where Should Innovation in Education Come From? — Bright. Where Should Innovation in Education Come From? — Bright.

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Verbs [Infographic] To be a teacher and remain a student. 5 Reasons Why Teachers Learn Best From Other Teachers. The Problem(s) With (most) Professional Learning.