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'How do we maintain our passion in teaching?' Strive to be open-minded, connect with others and be yourself @ibpyp. 11 Ways Finland’s Education System Shows Us that “Less is More”. When I left my 7th grade math classroom for my Fulbright research assignment in Finland I thought I would come back from this experience with more inspiring, engaging, innovative lessons. Makedo Shop. This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like. When Sam Levin was a junior at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Mass., he realized that two things were in short supply at his school: engagement and mastery.

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

He also noticed that he and his peers were learning plenty of information, but not much about how to gather or create their own data. And he noticed that students were unhappy. So he took it upon himself to design a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn. “He came up with a plan where the core areas could still be studied, but in a way where students were more of the driving force,” explains guidance counselor Mike Powell. The administration decided to take a chance on a semester-long pilot project, and The Independent Project debuted in the fall of 2010. The pilot involved eight students — sophomores, juniors and seniors — chosen on the basis of written applications and interviews. The program encountered some bumps. Improving critical thinking using fairytales. Lifelong Achievement Group. Demonstrating leadership in the classroom.

Technology and new societal hierarchies are changing the demands on teachers and thus the opportunities for and style in which teachers should demonstrate leadership.

Demonstrating leadership in the classroom

The engaged student vs. the compliant student. The engaged student knows exactly why they are doing what they are doing while the compliant student is unable to connect the learning to anything meaningful.

The engaged student vs. the compliant student

The engaged student is asking questions while the compliant student is simply receiving instructions and direction from the teacher. The engaged student is focused on learning while the compliant student wants to know how many points the activity is worth. The engaged student is able to track, monitor, and self-evaluate their learning while the compliant student is reliant upon the teacher to know where he/she is with their learning. The engaged student is making connections to the material and information beyond the four walls of the classroom while the compliant student is unable to see beyond the actual task itself. The engaged student doesn't have time to misbehave or make poor choices while the compliant student is one turn of the back by the teacher away from making a poor decision. How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic. School Infographics How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic To complementary studies conducted by The University of Salford have shown that classroom design has a profound influence on learning and engagement.

How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic

The How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic presents the key areas in which the built environment can influence student progress. The studies, which were conducted at a number of schools across the UK, recorded the variations in student progress when exposed to different classroom designs and layouts. Interesting Findings Researchers found that 75% of the variation in pupil performance can be explained by the built environment – with lighting, air quality, colour and noise disruption cited as the primary factors effecting student engagement.

Did you know that a classroom’s environment can affect student progress by as much as 25% throughout the academic year? The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology. The Bare Minimum Of Learning Technology by TeachThought Staff What is the bare minimum of learning technology integration in a classroom? Does it depend on nation, grade level, or content area?

Socioeconomic status? Culture? 100 Books Every Teacher Should Read. I am by habit a bibliophile.

100 Books Every Teacher Should Read

I read at least 25 pages of a book per day which usually turns in to 40-60 books per year. I’ve written a few books myself, and plan to write more. But this list is not about me, it’s really about us as an education community. Who decided schools are broken? As educators we focus on building on the strengths of our students, we start from the positives, the achievements and the understandings they already have.

Who decided schools are broken?

We use these to connect with our students, to build relationships, to build confidence and, most importantly, to design engaging, motivating and appropriate teaching and learning programs. I wonder why we seem (and by we I mean both educators and the wider community) unable to take this approach to our education system? Why are we so quick to say the system is broken, to condemn teaching methods as outdated, to decry those colleagues who won’t ‘move with the times’ and to seek to fix education? Why can’t we build on the strengths of our system? This picture has been doing the rounds for a while:

Deskfree strategy turns classrooms into creative learning hubs that see student engagement soar. Gone are wooden desks and plastic chairs and in are cafe-style booths, soft lounges, bean bags, tents, inflatable little rooms, wave chairs and amphitheatres with tiered seating.

Deskfree strategy turns classrooms into creative learning hubs that see student engagement soar

Early adopters of the classroom redesign such as Quakers Hill Public in Sydney’s west report outstanding results with 60 per cent of its Year 6 students who sit for the selective schools exam gaining a place. This is redesigning education around children’s passion and engagement. We have looked at Professor Heppell’s research. It has been a huge focus. Such has been the g success of the classroom redesign that teachers have begun lobbying Education Minister Adrian Piccoli for greater flexibility in the way they teach.

Curriculum Press - Professional Resources for Teachers. What does it mean to be literate? SmartBlogs. I often hear teachers talk about the value of literacy.

What does it mean to be literate? SmartBlogs

If students are not literate, they will not be able to be functional citizens. I can’t argue with those teachers on that point. I completely agree with them. However, I do disagree with what they think literacy means. To them, it means just being able to read and write. The digital age requires a whole new set of skills for people to master if they want to be contributing members of the community. E-mail. COT_Resources_files/10 Apps for Parents to Make Thinking Visible.pdf. Think and be Happy — Tools and techniques for a happier life. Explore the amazing potential of your mind! EduTECH. Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It) The Other 21st Century Skills: Why Teach Them.

Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase). Grammar knowledge and students’ writing. There are many methods for teaching grammatical concepts to middle and upper primary school students. However, the rationale for doing so should always be based on assisting students to best achieve text purpose when using written communication. In learning about grammar, children develop an understanding of how language works and they are subsequently able to use language more effectively; they are more readily able to construct understandable texts. Children come to school having learnt about communication through the cultural and social contexts in which they have been using language. They have a variety of resources for using oral language to communicate in these settings.

However, not all children will communicate using Standard Australian English. Writing is an expressive mode of communication and involves the construction of texts in ways that ensure that specific purposes are realised and that clear messages are effectively conveyed to the reader/s. Writing is . Make your move – Sit less – Be active for life! Make your move – Sit less – Be active for life!

Make your move – Sit less – Be active for life!

Regardless of how young or old you are, there are physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines available for you. Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines are supported by a rigorous evidence review process that considered: the relationship between physical activity (including the amount, frequency, intensity and type of physical activity) and health outcome indicators, including the risk of chronic disease and obesity; and the relationship between sedentary behaviour/sitting time and health outcome indicators, including the risk of chronic disease and obesity. The Evidence Review Reports provide a summary of the scientific evidence that supports Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines. National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children 0-5 years. Professional_Practices_Symposium. Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?

Culture There’s a gap between what adults say they value in their kids and what they show they value through their actions.

Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?

And kids are picking up on it. A recent Harvard Study found that when asked what is more important to them, “achieving at a high level, happiness or caring for others,” 80 percent of the middle and high school applicants put themselves first. Jessica Lahey explains the rhetoric gap in an Atlantic article. The Future Classroom Project. As part of our future classroom project we have been looking at the walls.

They are typical boring creamy/beige walls you find in most classrooms. Inspiring? 14 books Educators should read: Part 2. Pages Sunday, September 1, 2013. How children learn best - All In The Mind. Lynne Malcolm: You’re with All in the Mind on RN with me Lynne Malcolm. School holidays – the perfect time to learn from other schools. In2Teaching - Blog. Know Their Learning, Know Them. My classroom is ‘ungraded.’ How ditching the desks turned my classroom into a 21st century learning space. Learn about blooms taxonomy on instaGrok. SCU - Centre for Children and Young People.

OZ Projects. NSW Teachers Federation. NSW Institute of Teachers. 7 Ways Teaching Is Like Being. Creating a Culture of "Can" The long-term output of any school should be not just proficient students, but enabled learners. An "enabled" learner can grasp macro views, uncover micro details, ask questions, plan for new knowledge and transfer thinking across divergent circumstances. Five Practices for Building Positive Relationships With Students.

Classroom Management / Alternatives to hand raising. These are great for all grades, comfort levels, and abilities. I wish my teachers had done this. Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key. What's ideal when it comes to collaboration in our classrooms? Here's one coveted scenario: several children gathered at a table engaged in a high-level task, discussing, possibly debating an issue, making shared decisions, and designing a product that demonstrates all this deeper learning. As teachers, we'd love to see this right out the gate, but this sort of sophisticated teamwork takes scaffolding. - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources. JISC Inform / Issue 35, Winter 2012. Top tips. Michael Wesch on Knowledgable vs Knowledge-able. TES Connect - Teaching Jobs, Teaching Resources & Community.

10 ways to create a learning culture. I first posted this at the start of 2011… 5 Excellent Strategies to Teach Students how to Learn. Better Schools. The 6 Characteristics of A Successful Educator. Personally Significant Learning - Erica McWilliam - Home. Thinkging Differently About Learning: Next Steps Checklist  How to Get Kids to Work as a Team If the Adults Around Them Can't - Finding Common Ground. Great Teaching, Inspired Learning.

Why Accountability Is Key To Building Rapport. The 21 Signs you are A 21st Century Teacher. Getting to Know You. Don't say "Think"! The Role of Questions in Teaching, Thinking and Le. Bloom’s Taxonomy Re-imagine & Digital Blooms: different ways to approach learning. The 3 Most Common Modeling Mistakes Teachers Make.