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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.


21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher. By Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D., Update: This post was originally published in February, 2013 Vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right.

21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher

For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? 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. 3 Tips to Rock the Google Level 2 EDU Certification. Toronto, Canada Want to become a Google for Education Certified Innovator?

3 Tips to Rock the Google Level 2 EDU Certification

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 13 Best Chrome Extensions by Google You Probably Aren't Using

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. And in that horde, it is easy to overlook the official Chrome extensions that belong to Google. Official Chrome extensions are supports for other Google products. 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.

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

How groups drive improvement. “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.”

How groups drive improvement

(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. How groups drive improvement. Planning for differentiated learning at Wairakei School. Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL. I like reading professional material.

Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL

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. SE2R Can Revolutionize How We Assess Learning. A student and teacher huddle around a laptop computer.

SE2R Can Revolutionize How We Assess Learning

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. 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.

John Hattie: 10 myths about 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. 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.

How school leaders can address teacher workload issues

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. 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?