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Grammar matters and should be taught – differently. Click to enlarge I’m going to put it out there - most teachers don’t know enough about how the English language works [aka grammar], and this inevitably impacts upon student literacy outcomes.

Grammar matters and should be taught – differently

RALBY Instructional Rounds @ McCallums Hill Public School. Journal of Professional Learning. Lorraine Chaffer takes us through the Geography K-6 syllabus which becomes mandatory in 2017… The NSW syllabuses for Geography K-10 and History K-10 replace the 1998 HSIE K-6 Syllabus for primary schools.

Journal of Professional Learning

The new Geography syllabus was informed by the Australian Curriculum. History K-6 was implemented in 2016, while Geography K-6, optional in 2016, will be taught from 2017. For the first time, Geography has its own identity in a K-6 setting, bringing with it many challenges and opportunities. Before beginning to program, choose content and develop assessment activities for the Geography Syllabus K-6 teachers are advised to read the aim, rationale, stage statements and assessment advice and study the skills, tools and concepts, explanations and continuums. Challenges. A child's popularity is related to where the teacher seats them in the classroom. Teacher training doesn't usually include a module on how to arrange the seating of pupils.

A child's popularity is related to where the teacher seats them in the classroom

Perhaps it should - a new study by psychologists finds that where children are placed in the classroom is associated with how well-liked they are by their classmates. Yvonne van den Berg and Antonius Cillessen studied 34 classrooms at 27 elementary schools in The Netherlands. Students learn better when they think they're going to have to teach the material. Researchers say they've uncovered a simple technique that improves students' memory for passages of text.

Students learn better when they think they're going to have to teach the material

All that's required is to tell the students that they're going to have to teach the material to someone else. Fifty-six undergrads were split into two groups. One group were told that they had 10 minutes to study a 1500-word passage about fictional depictions of The Charge of The Light Brigade, and that they would be tested on it afterwards. The other group were similarly given 10 minutes to study the text, but they were told that afterwards they would have to teach the content to another student. A Decade of Lessons. Over the past 10 years as a classroom teacher, I have taught over 200 students, written over 600 newsletters and articles, and have received over 2,400 comments from over 250,000 visits to our 2 classroom blogs.

A Decade of Lessons

I have shared the ups and downs of teaching and learning and have learned a lot about my students, their families, the business of education and (especially) myself in the process. As I stand poised to change my path, I cannot help but reflect on my journey thus far. When I started teaching, I had many preconceived ideas about how I would deliver instruction, how I would make learning come alive for my students.

Entering the teaching profession late in the game led me to believe I would be bringing Wisdom with me. Corinne Campbell sur Twitter : "I like this description of what teaching is by @dylanwiliam... The tip of the iceberg. If you ask the general population about their perception of teaching, I am sure the response would be 9-3pm working day, lots of holidays.

The tip of the iceberg

Teaching is a profession that is still defined by its (industrial) conditions. The scope of teachers work remains categorised by a school week, a school term or a school year. The roots of the industrial model of schooling extend well into the 21st century. How many people including teachers themselves believe this is the totality of teachers’ work? 5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices. I remember how, as a new teacher, I would attend a professional development and feel inundated with new strategies.

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

(I wanted to get back to the classroom and try them all!) After the magic of that day wore off, I reflected on the many strategies and would often think, "Lots of great stuff, but I'm not sure it's worth the time it would take to implement it all. " We teachers are always looking to innovate, so, yes, it's essential that we try new things to add to our pedagogical bag of tricks. Nanabarb sur Twitter : "@georgiac @johnqgoh Yes. Very interesting. Google "Salford Uni Clever Classrooms"...

Nanabarb sur Twitter : "Confirmation for those creating engaging learning spaces. Research from Salford Uni shows improved student outcomes. THIS from Ian Gilbert of @ITLWorldwide ... great questions. Via ...


Why is school not working for so many young people? Accurate, inaccurate, or biased teacher expectations: Do Dutch teachers differ in their expectations at the end of primary education? - Timmermans - 2015 - British Journal of Educational Psychology. Questioning. Teaching Maths. Teaching Science. The Ultimate Playlist: 50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play #ntchat #edchat. 6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups. Klou. In education literature, "engagement" is a linchpin word, routinely cited as essential.


Yet many experts offhandedly provide vague definitions of the term, or skip defining it altogether. So what exactly is engagement? It depends on whom you ask. In a survey of education majors, Shari Steadman and I found that preservice teachers often confuse compliance with engagement -- essentially flattening the meaning of the term. Wrote one education major, "Engagement is an agreement between student[s] and teachers to be there and present during class. " The Teacher You Want to Be: Sir Ken Robinson on Centering the Child, Part 2. Like you, children are not born into one world: they are born into two.

The Teacher You Want to Be: Sir Ken Robinson on Centering the Child, Part 2

There is the world around them: the world of other people and things that exists whether or not they do as individuals. This world was there before they came into it and it will be there when they are gone. Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand - Are You A Whole Teacher?

Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand -

A Self-Assessment To Understand by TeachThought Staff Whole Child Learning is a thing; Whole Teaching should be a thing too, no? Here at TeachThought, Jackie Gerstein’s usergeneratededucation is at the top of our reading list, in large part for her thinking about the human side of formal education. We need to teach children skills, not subjects. By Brett Rolfe A group of students aged about eight to 12 are selling their school-made jam at a market stall this week. The trestle table is laden with glass bottles, each covered in a neat fabric circle tied with string.

Earlier in the week, their multi-age classroom may have looked chaotic to the casual observer, with small, animated clusters of students around the room. One group calculates the volume of fruit needed, while others figure out what they will need to charge to be profitable and older students research suitable sterilisation techniques online. How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”?

Big Ideas Culture Teaching Strategies Flickr:Saxtourigr In preparing students for the world outside school, what skills are important to learn? This goes to the heart of the research addressed in the Deeper Learning Report released by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science in Washington. Trim.51E615CF-6BF3-4C32-8563-D12AC57285D9 on Vimeo. Nanabarb sur Twitter : "Large recent study. Teachers stereotype students according to their level of poverty, gender or ethnicity. Still !!! Remixing schooling. If you’ve been watching the series Redesign My Brain with Todd Sampson, you’ll be familiar with the work of neuroscientist Dr Michael Merzenich. Dr Merzenich is a world authority on brain plasticity – the idea that the brain can continually re-wire itself.

Hence, the term ‘soft-wired’. Sam Seidel, author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education also believes that understanding how minds work and how people learn is critical to the current discussions on innovation and education. Zeina Chalich sur Twitter : "@pluke17 here's another one just for you! ☺️... Ian Jukes sur Twitter : "The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment. Tom Sherrington sur Twitter : "NEW TODAY: Teaching better. My pedagogical to-do list What's yours?" Jon Andrews sur Twitter : "What It's Like Being a Student 1978-9 by @CubanLarry Pt1: Pt2: How much changed by 2014? Anita Corney sur Twitter : "Gr8: RT@sirjohnfjones: Teaching is the art of asking great questions. Nicole Bridge sur Twitter : "Every day ask yourself, "Who did the math in my classroom today? Was it my students? Was it me?" #mctmduluth.

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers by Miriam Clifford This post has been updated from a 2011 post. There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”. Consider collaboration in recent history: Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google). But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together two minds that would change the future of computing? Yes, those two were of course Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of Microsoft. Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually. Groups tend to learn through “discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of other’s ideas.” Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually.

Engagement: not motivation, nor conformity. PRIME (PISA, reform, innovation, MOOC’s and engagement) figured strongly in our 2013 professional conversations about an education worth having. To a great extent the Learning Frontiers Project here in Australia drew so much of this together and galvanised significant support to envision and co-construct (with several key stakeholders) a meaningful and engagement-driven approach to learning redesign today and for tomorrow. Pasi Sahlberg in ‘Finnish Lessons’ and David Price OBE in ‘OPEN’ suggest than an education with purpose see’s collaboration between teachers (even schools, districts and support agencies) as a key driver to centralising efforts in engaging young people in learning.

There is significant professional capital to be unlocked and harnessed if it is allowed to be politically and logistically, and if it is trusted. Intel skoool™ Australia. Science and Maths Resources. Differentiated instruction- scaffolding model. 6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students.

What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? 32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms. 32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms: Spotting The Holes In Your Teaching. CultureShift.pdf. 4 myths about student-centered learning. Learning happens in the silence or the Power of Wait Time. Silence. Why kids aged under 14 don't need homework. Nanabarb99 : Great poster. How do we apply... What's the Difference Between Rich Tasks and Low Threshold High Ceiling Ones? Education Week. 5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered. The Definition Of The Flipped Classroom. The Definition Of The Flipped Classroom As one of the most popular trends in education in recent memory, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the flipped classroom.

Establishing A Growth Mindset As A Teacher: 9 Affirming Statements. Debunking the Genius Myth. Creative Teams - What 7 elements do they all share? - Barking Up The Wrong Tree. 4 Cs of effective team building programs. When it comes to designing a team building program you need to include skills development in the specific area in which the team is working as well as skills in being an effective team member. Often the former skill set is the one that is stressed with little attention paid to the latter.

It is the level of the team building skills that can often make all the difference to the outcome of the team’s endeavours. So what skills do team members need? When exploring which components should be in the team skills program there are four Cs to consider: So what is #Stickability? by @TeacherToolkit and @Head_StMarys. ASTsupportAAli : Download this document;... Must Have STEM Tools. 10 Silent Disruptors Of Student Academic Performance. The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year.