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17 Formative Digital Assessment Tools That Help You Know Students. A big benefit of doing formative assessment properly is that we get to know our students really well.

17 Formative Digital Assessment Tools That Help You Know Students

But why is this important? It has to do with the fact that teachers don’t actually create learning, but rather encourage and facilitate it. Only learners create learning, but teachers guide the process by responding to student performance. This is where knowing our students well through assessment comes into play. Tony Vincent of Learning in Hand provides a list of terrific digital assessment tools in Know Students Better: 17 Tools for Formative Assessment.

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us - Will Richardson. How to Respond to Rude Comments About Teaching. When I’m at social gatherings, I often meet non-teachers who ask me questions about teaching.

How to Respond to Rude Comments About Teaching

The vast majority of these people are kind and gracious. They’ll tell me about a teacher they had that impacted them positively, or will ask my opinion on thoughtful questions about education. But occasionally, I’ll get someone who is walking around lugging this giant anti-teaching axe to grind. The 101 Best Websites for ESL Students in 2016. The Internet is full of resources for English language learners at the university level. However, the problem lies in which material is valuable and which isn’t. Like with any topic, the internet’s a mix bag. There’s amazing materials for ESL students and also material that could prove detrimental to your learning.

If you’re heading off to university or already studying, you don’t have time to surf the net in the hope of finding valuable websites. Teacher wellbeing: how to mentally prepare for a new school year. You may be feeling zen now but for many teachers the start of term is like an onslaught.

Teacher wellbeing: how to mentally prepare for a new school year

To help you get ready for a new school year, psychologist Gail Kinman offers advice on how to prepare and how to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Your employer has a legal and moral duty of care so, if you feel stressed, remember to talk about it with your line manager. A couple of weeks before a new term Ask yourself how you feel Some people dread going back, while others are excited. If there are steps you can take to change things: great. Reflect on the way you work For example, if you usually do lesson preparation or marking late into the night and miss out on social life or sleep, think about whether there are other ways of managing your workload. Listen to your body Recover before term starts by spending time listening to your body and what it needs.

Try mindfulness techniques. Bill Rogers Behaviour Management. I came across Bill Rogers‘ work on behaviour management early in my career.

Bill Rogers Behaviour Management

I started working in some really tough schools. Plain Old Good Teaching. 6 Avoidable Mistakes That Can Kill A New Teacher’s Career. 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools. Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way.

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible. I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else. I have compiled a list of 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools and it is my hope that this will inspire lively discussions about the future of education. 1.

Computer Rooms The idea of taking a whole class to a computer room with outdated equipment, once a week to practice their typewriting skills and sending them back to the classroom 40 minutes later, is obsolete. Computers or technology shouldn’t just be a specific subject, that’s not sufficient anymore but rather it should be an integral part of all the subjects and built into the curriculum. 2. 3. 4.

Why Finland has the best schools. Taking Notes By Hand May Be Better Than Digitally, Researchers Say. Laptops are common in lecture halls worldwide.

Taking Notes By Hand May Be Better Than Digitally, Researchers Say

Students hear a lecture at the Johann Wolfang Goethe-University on Oct. 13, 2014, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images Laptops are common in lecture halls worldwide. As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Worlds of Work (WOW) program. Why our children are so bored at school, cannot wait, get easily frustrated and have no real friends? — Victoria Prooday - Occupational Therapist. Why are we changing maps? (from The West Wing)

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Bogan Origins - Classic "Michelle and Ferret" Dancing in 1975. Student Competitions & Challenges. John Hattie & His High Impact Strategies. Note, this article refers to John Hattie’s 2009 book, Visible Learning.

John Hattie & His High Impact Strategies

You can find an updated summary of his findings here. John Hattie synthesized over 500,000+ studies related to student achievement in his book Visible Learning. Giving Student Feedback: 20 Tips To Do It Right. Giving Student Feedback: 20 Tips To Do It Right.