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6 Online Videos Every Teacher Should See - WeAreTeachers. There is nothing like a great video clip to inspire you as a teacher or to share with your students to encourage their passions. Here are seven videos that will make you think, remind you why you love teaching and be something you can share with colleagues as we head back to class this fall. Aubri’s Rube Goldberg Machine Link: This kid has passion. His enthusiasm for what he has built jumps through the screen. My favorite part? He shares that failure isn’t the end—it’s best to keep going. Technology Can’t Replace Love Link: PIP Link: What Adults Can Learn From Kids Link: In this video, Adora Svitak talks about the power of kids to follow their passions when supported by adults.

Wright’s Law Link: Krissy Venosdale is an Innovation Coordinator, creative spirit and lifelong learner. 17 Inspirational Videos to Help Remind You Why You Teach - WeAreTeachers. It’s May and we’ve heard a rumor that you might be running low on fuel. You’re not sure how you’re going to make it to Friday, much less the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite videos to reference whenever you need a little extra motivation. The ideas in these clips will help reignite that special spark that makes you so good at what you do. 1. The Dot by Peter Reynolds Help your kids make their mark! 2. All it takes is a cardboard box and little bit of imagination. Be sure to watch Caine’s Arcade 2 for even more inspiration. 3. Look for other teacher inspired Taylor Mali poems, such as “Like Lilly, Like Wilson,” “Miracle Workers,” “Any Language, Much Less English.” 4. This one is not a video, but take a moment to read this poem by the US Poet Laureate dubbed “the most popular poet in America.” 5.

A classic videotaped talk that inspired a radical shift in the way we think about education. Here is Ken Robinson’s playlist of 10 more TEDtalks about Education 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 100+ Movies About Teachers You'll Want to Binge Watch - WeAreTeachers. As much as teachers look forward to weekends and vacations, we know you miss the classroom. Movies about teachers are a great way to escape and either laugh at a relatable comedy or cry at a moving drama about the power of education. To facilitate your binge-watching whims, we’ve compiled this list of 100 movies that are either set in schools or specifically about teachers.

Our criteria for this list: Only K–12 settings. So films like Good Will Hunting and Daddy Day Care don’t make the cut. Here is our first pass. Comedies Documentaries Dramas/Thrillers Foreign Films The Chorus (France, 2004)The Class (France, 2009)The Geographer Drank His Globe Away (Russia, 2013)Like Stars on Earth (India, 2008)Monsieur Lazhar (Belgium, 2012)Not One Less (South Korea, 2000) Horror Films Musicals Fame (1980)Grease (1978) Teen Movies TV Movies. 100+ Movies About Teachers You'll Want to Binge Watch - WeAreTeachers. 15 Educational Netflix Shows to Stream in Your Classroom. What are the best educational Netflix shows? We’ve gathered the top 30! Whether you’re showcasing these to students or using them as part of a distance learning curriculum, these are the best options currently streaming.

Note to teachers: Some schools block Netflix, which requires you to use Netflix’s offline feature to download preferred shows and use them during class. When it comes to the legality of streaming Netflix in the classroom, the company notes which media are available for educational screenings. Best educational Netflix shows for elementary school Ask the Storybots The only thing more curious than the bots are kids.

Brainchild This science-based show answers all sorts of questions kids tend to ask. Dino Hunt Top scientists examine fossils found in Canada while looking for an elusive, new species! Disney Nature: Oceans This documentary explores the ocean depths and the creatures who live within. Dream Big Growing Up Wild If I Were an Animal The Magic School Bus Octonauts White Fang. 12 Must-See TED Talks for Teachers - WeAreTeachers. Looking to intrigue tomorrow’s first period class? Want to connect with that student sleeping in the back row?

Tasked with giving a presentation at the next professional development meeting? Hoping to reinvigorate your love of teaching? TED may be just the inspiration you need. TED is a nonprofit that shares cutting-edge ideas through short, engaging talks on almost any topic you can imagine: from cyborgs to growing fresh air to connecting with others. You could lose yourself for hours on TED’s website, but we both know teachers don’t have that luxury. Here are some TED videos that helped me think deeply about my teaching practice. 1. Wait. 2. Some say you either have it or you don’t. 3. Inspired by the surgeon who saved his life, Musallam woke up from 10 years of “pseudo-teaching” and adopted 3 practices to promote student inquiry. 4. Qiu offers practical advice to teachers who need inventive, low-cost STEM projects for students of all ability levels. 5.

How do you encourage risk-taking? Which Keirsey Personality Type Are You? | Personality Quiz. Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research. Alfie Kohn writes about what a new homework study really says — and what it doesn’t say. He is the author of 12 books about education and human behavior, including “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and “Feel-Bad Education… And Other Contrarian Essays on Children & Schooling.” He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org. By Alfie Kohn A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study — and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves.

Let’s start by reviewing what we know from earlier investigations.[1] First, no research has ever found a benefit to assigning homework (of any kind or in any amount) in elementary school. Second, even at the high school level, the research supporting homework hasn’t been particularly persuasive. 1. 2. 3. 11 Reasons Teachers Aren't Using Technology #edchat #edtech. How Much and What Kind of Teacher Education Do Novices Need? An official with an influential foundation eager to transform teacher education was convinced that: [T]eacher education could occur rapidly given the long tenure in classrooms already served by intending teachers: The underlying assumption was that bright candidates, after spending sixteen years in elementary, secondary, and college classrooms, have inevitably absorbed a good deal of knowledge about classroom management and techniques of teaching, and that with this backlog of experience a high level of professional skill could be rapidly reached through special courses, seminars, classroom experience, and discussions.

Year? 1969. Program? Masters in Arts of Teaching. By the end of the 1970s, MATs had largely disappeared. Here’s Amanda Ripley comparing fighter pilot preparation to teacher training: Before the Air Force technician George Deneault flew combat missions, he had to practice—a lot. The only way the brain learns to handle unpredictable environments is to practice. Like this: The industrialisation of learning. 2020 Classrooms. 2020 teachers. 2020 Curriculum. This Is Unbelievable. Pennsylvania just approved the operation of four new cyber-charter schools, bringing the number of online charter schools in the state to 17. This is literally unbelievable. We constantly hear lectures from “reformers” about data-driven decision-making and focusing only on results. They like to say “it’s for the children.” “Children first.” “Students first.” The existing cyber-charters in Pennsylvania have been evaluated and found to have disastrous results.

Of 105,000 charter students in the state, 32,000 are in cyber-charters. Citing the Stanford CREDO study of cyber-charters in Pennsylvania, the Keystone State Education Coalition writes: “In an April 2011 study (PDF), the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University reviewed the academic performance in Pennsylvania’s charter schools. The virtual-school students started out with higher test scores than their counterparts in regular charters. Further, of 12 cyber-charters, only 2 made AYP. Like this: For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire. Stacy BrownErin Olson, an English teacher in Iowa who is featured in our post, uses Twitter-like technology to enhance classroom discussion.

Go to related 2011 article » The U.S. Department of Education has declared August Connected Educator Month, and since we’d be nothing without the teachers we’ve connected with over the years, we’re enthusiastically on board. To celebrate, we asked every educator who has written a guest post for us, been featured in a Reader Idea, or collaborated on one of our features to answer two simple questions: What is one important thing you’ve learned from someone in your Personal Learning Network (P.L.N.), however you define that network?

Reading their responses, below, is a crash course in how to be a “connected educator.” So read what they have to say, follow the links to their work both within and outside The Learning Network, and, when you’re done, tell us how you’d answer those two questions yourself. Aliza Aufrichtig | Flocabulary The Year in Rap Contest. Top 7 eBooks for Educators. If you know us here at SimpleK12, you know we love our free eBooks. From time to time, we give them out via email, blog posts, Twitter, Facebook, and webinars. And it turns out, you love our free eBooks too! I've received so many questions about eBooks (mainly, on how to get MORE), that I thought I'd share a list of our most popular eBooks.

So grab some coffee, kick up your bunny slippers, and take it all in... Top 7 SimpleK12 eBooks for Educators Click on the title of each eBook to view and download the resource for free. Enjoy! -Kimberly PS - You can view a complete list of ALL the eBooks available inside the Teacher Learning Community here: What Makes a Master Teacher. The term “master teacher” seems to get thrown around a lot, but is something that many educators aspire to be. In my ten years in the field of education, I would say that the definition of “master teacher” has definitely changed. When I think of a master teacher, here are the qualities that I would suggest they have: 1. Connects with kids first -For all students to excel, teachers must learn about them and connect with each child.

This is not just about finding out how they learn, but it is finding out who they are. 2. 3. Not only is it essential that we draw relevance to the subject matter of what we teach, but it is also essential that we use mediums that are relevant to how students learn. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. (UPDATE: Reading through the comments I feel that I had to add a couple of characteristics to my list.) 9. 10. These are the characteristics that I believe make a master teacher. The Effect of Affect - Coach G's Teaching Tips. Flipped instruction. Project-based learning. Cooperative groups. Mobile technology. Much of the discussion about effective teaching focuses on instructional tools and techniques, which makes sense since it's important to use the right methods at the right times in the right ways.

And yet teachers with the same training, same curriculum, same resources, and similar students often get different results. A lesson that is energizing for one teacher's students can be tranquilizing for another teacher's students. And as notable as this is when teachers use the same approaches, sometimes it's even more notable when they use different approaches. I spent the summer preparing dynamic activities and projects. The improvement my second year was not because lecturing is better than projects or small group activities. Why, then, are some teachers more or less effective despite similar circumstances? Do you praise students because you're trying to manipulate them or because you appreciate them? New Teacher 1st Year. Professor Sugata Mitra sits down with AdvancED.

Sir Ken Robinson - Leading a Learning Revolution. Richard Lakin's Thanks2Teachers.com - A Wellspring of Teacher Appreciation and Teacher Inspiration > Home. 40 Ways Education Technology Will Be Used In The Future | Edudemic | Leadership Think Tank. 4 Steps To Succeed In The Digital Age [Slides] OK, I admit it. I am a sucker for a great slideshare presentation. I subscribe to a number of respected marketers, business people and brands who create slideshare presentations I think are worth reviewing. And then I like to review them here. Last week I saw this great presentation from Jeff Bullas (@JeffBullas) from the land down under. It’s called “How to Win in a Digital Economy.” Jeff writes some of the best blog articles on social media marketing, so I knew his slides would be great also. The Challenges: How to get found in a universe of over 500 Million + websites, 150 million blogs, 2.2 Billion banner ads served every day, 700,000 keyword searches every minute?

How to Succeed in The Digital Age Step One: Design and build online assets (website, blogs, social accounts). Connect an online store, social account and mobile platform to your website. Step 2: Develop Your Marketing Strategy. Step 4: Monitor, Measure and Modify. What Teachers Need to Know for Effective Technology Integration: Teachers’ TPACK | Eductechalogy. 12 Most Stifling Reasons You Aren't As Creative As You Could Be And How To Change That Now! Practice makes perfect. Creativity can be cultivated. It can be nurtured. It’s a steady practice. Create. Fail. 1. The first step is to silence the inner critic. 2. Countless greats have kept daily journals. 3. You have to come to the realization that you are good enough to create. 4. Instead of running away from your challenges, face them and explore what it is they’re trying to show you. 5.

Commit to everything with passion and action. 6. Essence is who you are. 7. Be prolific. 8. After you have squeezed your creative mind you can feel drained but it’s easy to fill up again. 9. Whether you are finger-painting with a kindergartner or creating a multimillion-dollar ad campaign, you still access the same neural pathways. 10. We often stumble in the creative process when we have an idea of how we think things “should be.” 11. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. 12. Things take time and patience is a virtue. So where are your fresh ideas coming from? Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (9781907312472): Ken Robinson.

The Trailer for the original Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. 100 words of wisdom from 7 Online ELT Teachers. Reading the World. Above And Beyond.