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15 Of Muhammad Ali's Most Inspiring Quotes - BuzzFeed News. Edutopia. If you're looking for some good summer reads, consider diving into the world of young adult fiction. For those of you who teach grades six to nine, these novels will equip you with reading recommendations for your students, and they're also great for starting book discussions with your students. Some of you may also have your own young adult living in your home -- or soon-to-be young adult. In that case, do some reading together, or preview these books and make suggestions. And if you're just looking for something engrossing and compelling to read, these will fit that bill. Top Ten Young Adult Reads My recommendations include classics that you might have missed, as well as a few others on my top ten: Little Brother My 12-year-old son and I read this gripping novel by Cory Doctorow over the course of a few days. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian The House on Mango Street This book is a series of poetic vignettes about a young girl growing up in Chicago's Hispanic neighborhoods.

21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher | TeachThought. By Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D., learningunlimitedllc.com Update: This post was originally published in February, 2013 Vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing.Vocabulary is a foundational component of an effective K-12 comprehensive literacy framework. I’ve posted previously about the importance of effective vocabulary instruction and developed a popular Infographic featuring the “Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Vocabulary Instruction.” In today’s 21st century classrooms, digital tools should coexist alongside more traditional tools. The following digital tools show promise to support word learning, review, and play with language. 21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher Reference Tools 1. 2.

Looking for a visual thesaurus? 3. 4. 5. 3 Tips to Rock the Google Level 2 EDU Certification. Toronto, Canada Want to become a Google for Education Certified Innovator? You'll need Certified Educator Level 2 to do it. Applications Due: May 10th! The new Google Certified Educator Certifications were established to give teachers official recognition of their mastery and understanding of Google Apps for Education. “To get certified or not get certified?” When the Google Certification program launched a few months ago, I debated taking the exams.

“Why do I need to get certified? Life gets busy and it’s easy to put something aside that is optional. Prior to the exam, I perused the Level 2 Training modules, tried some of the unit quizzes, and felt like I was ready to go. Within minutes I received this email: I was crushed. I reviewed the modules for Level 1, took the Level 1 exam and passed (much easier!)

Hardest part of the exam? The practical part of the exam was fun. I am happy to report that minutes after I pressed “End Exam”, I received this notification: The 13 Best Chrome Extensions by Google You Probably Aren't Using. Google wants us to stay in our browser and not go anywhere else. The Chrome Web Store is just six years old and it has already fenced us into using our browsers for productivity. But it has also given us the bridges to connect with the right kind of extensions. Chrome extensions do the heavy lifting and thanks to them the browser isn’t a vanilla box anymore. There are millions to choose from. Official Chrome extensions are supports for other Google products. Maybe you know about some of these official extensions…maybe you don’t. We start with the most beautiful of them all… Earth View from Google Earth Use: Make every new tab more interesting.

Staring at a blank tab even for a second is boring. Want to soothe your bedraggled mind? And while you are out giving your browser tabs a makeover, try the Google Art Project official Chrome extension too. Google Dictionary Use: Get word definitions as you browse the web. Going into the Options allows you to set up a few more things. Google Similar Pages. Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success.

Much of that understanding stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, synthesized in her remarkably insightful Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library) — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality.

Outstanding Meetings | How groups drive improvement | Dan Nicholls. “Right at the heart of what makes humans unique is their social interaction and most importantly empathy… we are hardwired to connect social interaction with survival and that no connection can be more powerful; this is deep in our nature.” (Geoff Colvin, 2015) It is probably true.. that we spend a significant amount of time in meetings and yet they vary greatly in terms of their impact. The way groups interact, their culture, structure, quality of interaction, expectations and the groupthink dynamics mean that meetings can be prone to encouraging poor decisions, wasting precious time, limiting progress and not delivering the ambition of the people attending. and.. we are prone to accepting the norm and becoming conditioned to how meetings run and teams interact in our organisation.

Which begs the question.. what are the key aspects of effective meetings/groups? (How do your meetings rate against the checklist in the Maybe then… section?) What if.. it is all in the preparation. What if.. Outstanding Meetings | How groups drive improvement | Dan Nicholls. Planning for differentiated learning at Wairakei School. Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL. I like reading professional material. I would posit that most teachers do.

Professional reading (OK, all reading, really) allows our thoughts to constantly shift, transform, and travel to currently uncharted mental territory. If we are lucky, we encounter a watershed idea or concept that shatters our thoughts and understanding to such an extent that it requires a complete rebuilding of our philosophy. I was provided such a moment when I read Mark Barnes’ Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in a Student-Centered Classroom in the spring of 2015. Mr. My Goal It was my intention to simultaneously promote mastery learning as well as increase students' ability to metacognitively assess their work against a given set of standards. Remove grades from the daily equation. My Plan I knew that I needed to maintain accountability to various stakeholders in this process -- the students, their families, and the administration. The Results. SE2R Can Revolutionize How We Assess Learning | AdvancED.

A student and teacher huddle around a laptop computer. The student clicks an Internet tab, and her classroom website fills the monitor. She opens one page that contains a reading project and another with embedded media, including a narrated slide show. Another click and she introduces her personal blog, which houses dozens of writing samples on an array of topics. “You asked me to review the video on reflection letters,” she explains to the attentive teacher. “So I went back to these three posts and added the vocabulary you said was missing.” The teacher smiles and says, “Okay, we need a report card grade. This is how evaluation and reporting works in the student-centered classroom that I like to call a Results Only Learning Environment (ROLE).

With the emergence and ubiquity of digital tools and mobile devices, the way we assess learning is changing. SE2R Creates Mastery Learning Narrative feedback in a Results Only Learning Environment is based on SE2R: SummarizeExplainRedirectResubmit. John Hattie: 10 myths about student achievement. John Hattie: 10 myths about student achievement busted John Hattie’s 15 year meta-analysis of over ¼ of a billion students worldwide has enabled him to identify what really aids student achievement.

In an interview with Sarah Montague for BBC Radio 4, he dispels some popular myths about what does and doesn't matter in your school. Factors affecting student achievement – Hattie’s take: 1. Class Size – Reducing class size does enhance student achievement but only by a marginal amount. Our preoccupation with class size is an enigma; what’s really important is that the teacher learns to be an expert in their own class, no matter what size it is. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

We teach children to be passive and listen in the classroom, whilst a great teacher does the opposite: letting their students be active both in what they know and what they don’t. How can you identify if you're being an effective teacher? 9. 10. How can we improve the UK education system? How school leaders can address teacher workload issues. Much is said in the media about schools being stressful places and, perhaps, education is nearing crisis point in terms of what is being asked of teachers.

Workload is an issue that simmers on and, if not addressed, can have a significant impact on staff morale and school culture. It is, therefore, of little surprise to read that teaching is one of the most stressful professions to enter and be a part of. While external agencies and government bodies play an obvious role in creating teacher workload and stress through their mandated requirements, school leaders also make decisions in either contributing to or alleviating the problem.

We should not, however, ignore that teachers themselves may use practices that are neither effective nor efficient, making things harder than they should be, further compounding the problem. While many schools have invested in well being initiatives for their schools, the issue of teacher workload surfaces time and time again. 2. Questions Learners Should Be Addressing Every Day at School. I believe it is every educator’s responsibility to help insure that learners are addressing the following questions during each school day: What questions am I asking today?

What answers am I seeking today? What am I exploring today? What am I making today? What am I finding exciting today? Like this: Like Loading...