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Meatcognition. DumVoYKWwAAr qK.jpg large. 6 Factors Of Academic Performance. 3 Challenges for the Future of Education – The Principal of Change. Deeper learning .pdf. All it is cracked up to be? Some notes on Daniel Willingham’s ‘Why Don’t Students Like School?’ | imaginative inquiry. School Needs a Redesign, and Educators Can Lead the Way | EdSurge News. Action Research Report Adventure Learning (FINAL) Modern Learners 10 Principles for Schools of Modern Learning whitepaper. How to Challenge the Cruisers in Your Classroom. I had the privilege of teaching a forestry class this year to a group of 7th graders. During my initial assessment of student understanding of the core content of the class, I found that several learners understood the basic content.

In our school district, we define basic level of understanding as surface learning. Surface learning is one of three levels of learning that we use to identify student understanding of core content and skills: Approximately 7 weeks into the semester, I re-assessed my learners and found that most of the students who scored at or above surface level at the beginning of the semester scored a bit better but didn’t show much growth. I then asked these students what they thought about the class and they said it was “going great.” They said they liked the class, it didn’t seem boring, and it wasn’t too hard.

I then showed them the data illustrating that they didn’t show much growth. I needed more data. Complexity Confidence Contribution. Create a Growth Culture, Not a Performance-Obsessed One. Executive Summary Many C-Suite leaders are focused on how to build higher performance cultures. The irony, we’ve found, is that building a culture focused on performance may not be the best, healthiest, or most sustainable way to fuel results. Instead, it may be more effective to focus on creating a culture of growth. Building a growth culture requires a blend of individual and organizational components: an environment that feels safe, a focus on continuous learning, time-limited experiments, and continuous feedback.

Here’s the dilemma: In a competitive, complex, and volatile business environment, companies need more from their employees than ever. But the same forces rocking businesses are also overwhelming employees, driving up their fear, and compromising their capacity. It’s no wonder that so many C-Suite leaders are focused on how to build higher performance cultures. A culture is simply the collection of beliefs on which people build their behavior. Teacher Student Relationships Crucial to Results. Strong teacher student relationships are crucial. To a large extent, the nature of your relationship with your students dictates the impact that you have on them. If you want to have a positive and lasting difference on your kids, you need to forge productive teacher student relationships. Advocates of evidence based education know that students who have constructive relationships with their teachers are more likely to do well at school, and teachers who actively build such relationships have a strong effect on the lives of their students.

Source: Hattie, J. (2009). Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses On Achievement. Routledge. Strong teacher student relationships shape the way children think and act in school. When you have a good relationship with your students, they are more likely feel positive about class and about school in general. This is why I call them high-performance, teacher student relationships. But what do such relationships entail? Relational Styles. Understanding By Design Playlist. 8 Things Every Teacher Needs To Improve.

8 Things Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow by Terry Heick What do teachers need to grow? Training, books, words of encouragement, degrees and certifications, Professional Development (TeachThought Professional Development, for example), meetings, assistants, rules, policies, laptops–these are the traditional fare of teacher improvement. But to truly improve teacher capacity over time in a sustainable way, it’s more about mindset (it doesn’t always have to be a ‘growth’ mindset, either), curiosity, and a sense of progress and belonging. Below are eight things I’ve noticed that every teacher needs in order to grow. 1. Humility You’re probably very good at what you do–at least parts of it. But change requires self-awareness and a humble approach to your craft. Be honest with yourself–your strengths and weaknesses.

Honesty–coupled with humility–leads to growth. 2. As often as possible, strive for a balance of thinking, tools, strategies, and related resources. 3. Share it in diverse ways. 4. Stop Teaching Classes And Start Teaching Children. 16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms | Cult of Pedagogy.

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned. The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. I have made a terrible mistake. I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it! This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching my own classes; I am the High School Learning Coach, a new position for the school this year.

My class schedules for the day(Note: we have a block schedule; not all classes meet each day): Key Takeaway #1. Steele Thoughts: Things That Principals Know About Great Teachers. I have had the privilege of working with many great teachers. These are some things that are true about them: Great teachers don't always have the best lessons. But they always have the best relationships with kids.Great teachers understand that developing the right classroom climate is a prerequisite to teaching the right lesson.When a lesson does not go as planned, great teachers are not looking around the room... they are looking in the mirror.Great teachers always come to class ready to teach... but they are mindful of the fact that not all students come to class ready to learn.Great teachers understand the power of human connection, so they are diligent about building relationships with their students.

They are even relentless about connecting with the knuckleheads.Great teachers don't show up for WORK... they show up for KIDS! Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics | Cult of Pedagogy. Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor. Calculating Cognitive Depth For classroom teachers, the more important question is one of practice: How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level? One useful tool, Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.

Level 1. Recall and Reproduction: Tasks at this level require recall of facts or rote application of simple procedures. Level 2. Level 3. Level 4. Recently, educators have begun applying Webb’s DoK to help them design better instruction. 1. 2. 3. The verb does not define the level. 4. 5. Apply as Needed You may be asking at this point, “Well, what is a reasonable distribution? DOK levels are not sequential. DOK levels are also not developmental. To find the right balance, ask yourself these questions: What kinds of thinking do I want students to do routinely? I made my classroom look like the real world…and test scores soared. Anthony Johnson is an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Below, he describes his innovative classroom structure: “Johnsonville.” Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after graduation.

Are employees evaluated using bubble-in tests to prove they know the ins and outs of their job? Do they learn and use new skills one at a time in a vacuum? The questions sound a bit silly until you realize too often that’s what students take away from their education. Just like in the real world, my students show what they can do through projects, teamwork, and research. I’ve never been a big believer in teaching to a test.

Each student has the opportunity to become an entrepreneur, politician, banker, and more. As they would in a real business, they manage a database of their clients or suppliers, create advertising plans, and track their income to ensure they are making a profit. It encourages collaboration. Lit question topten. Ww2.kqed. Teachers Must Disrupt The Classroom In The Automation Age. 8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness. Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, a new book by David Berliner and Gene Glass, two of the country’s most highly respected educational researchers.

Although the book deserves to be read in its entirety, I want to focus on eight of the myths that I think are relevant to most teachers, administrators, and parents. Myth #1: Teachers Are the Most Important Influence on a Child’s Education Of course teachers are extremely important. Myth #2: Homework Boosts Achievement There is no evidence that this is true. Myth #3: Class Size Does Not Matter In an average high school, one teacher is responsible for 100-150 students on any given day. Myth #4: A Successful Program Works Everywhere Myth #5: Zero-Tolerance Policies Are Making Schools Safer Myth #6: Money Doesn’t Matter. Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback | Cult of Pedagogy. When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose | MindShift | KQED News.

Harvard education specialist Tony Wagner has been advocating that we reinvent the education system to promote innovation for years. He’s clear that content should no longer be at the center of school. Instead, he says a teacher’s main job should be to help students develop key skills necessary for when they leave school. He contends there are seven essential things young people need to be successful lifelong learners: Formulate good questionsCommunicate in groups and lead by influenceBe agile and adaptableTake initiative and be entrepreneurialEffective written and oral communication skillsKnow how to access and analyze informationBe creative and imaginative Wagner worries that unless the U.S. starts focusing on cultivating these skills, the nation will no longer produce innovative people who drive job growth.

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow. With so many classroom research studies published daily, you can be forgiven for missing some. The techniques below are super-tactical and, for the most part, unsung strategies that you’ll be excited to try tomorrow. Just remember two things. First, there are always limitations and nuances in research, so we suggest you click the links and dig deeper into the studies. Second, studies are just words without you—your application and adaptations give them power. Research on Engaging Students 1. 2. 3. Studying Tips to Give Students Tomorrow 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Instruction They’ll Remember 12. 13. 14. 15.

Improving Academic Achievement Scores 16. 17. How to Minimize Teacher Stress 18. 19. Don’t Contribute to Needless Cognitive Strain 20. 21. 22. 23. Research on Writing Instruction 24. 25. 26. 8 Ways to Differentiate a Worksheet | Classroom Tested Resources. Do you struggle to make one worksheet work for your whole class? Are you trying to differentiate without pulling your hair out? I have been there, and I feel for you.

While I am not a worksheet kind of teacher, I do understand that they have their time and place in just about every classroom. While they are necessary, they can be difficult to reach every student with, and in the modern classroom that poses some serious issues. Differentiation is such a buzzword these days, as it should be with individualized learning, but it can add a lot to a teacher's workload. It doesn't have to though! Highlighter A highlighter is a magical little tool. Sometimes I will ask the student which item they are struggling with and work with them on that item, and then highlight items that will compliment their learning based on that item. Evens or Odds Fold In Half This strategy, much like Evens or Odds works well when students should be completing about half of the items on a worksheet.

Select Items 1. 2. 3. Data and Feedback Informed Teaching and Learning | @LeadingLearner. We’ve identified data, feedback, research and experience as four important sources of information to assist with the further development and improvement of teaching and learning. The use of data and feedback to inform teaching and learning (DAFITAL) is our way of implementing Data Driven Instruction which can be found in Leverage Leadership. It is well worth reading. The B for Bang – We’re Ready to Go On first reading about data driven instruction it just made sense. Likewise for the three head teachers when they read it. It became our shared reader last year. The first part of the implementation involves subject leaders ensuring that all teachers have the interim assessments prior to the teaching of the schemes of learning. As part of embedding DAFITAL a new style of meeting will be introduced this year. The purpose of the meeting is to identify: Prior to the DAFITAL Meeting Grain size matters and varies between subjects and age so analysis needs to reflect this Following the Meeting.

A 3 Dimensional Model Of Bloom's Taxonomy - A 3-Dimensional Model Of Bloom’s Taxonomy by TeachThought Staff Well, technically it’s a 2-dimensional representation of a 3-dimensional model, but being limited as we are in 2016 to 2D screens, it is what it is. (Soon you’ll be able to 3D print what you see–download the plans and print it.

Or play with it in virtual reality. Eventually a hologram you can manipulate digitally–pass around the room like a tennis ball, then fling it into the ether….) Rex Heer at Iowa State University, who created the graphic, explains: Among other modifications, Anderson and Krathwohl’s (2001) revision of the original Bloom’s taxonomy (Bloom & Krathwohl, 1956) redefines the cognitive domain as the intersection of the Cognitive Process Dimension and the Knowledge Dimension. This document offers a three-dimensional representation of the revised taxonomy of the cognitive domain. A statement of a learning objective contains a verb (an action) and an object (usually a noun).

Why We Need to See Each Other Teach. I have always taught with my classroom door closed. Officially, it’s because I have trouble with distractions, which is not a lie: Just ask my family how often I yell for quiet when I’m trying to figure out my next Quirkle move. The unofficial reason is that I don’t really want other people watching me teach. Alone with my students, I’m a different person: I let my guard down in a way that I never do with co-workers, even people I’m comfortable with. My students get the most relaxed, funniest side of me, the side I’m not sure my colleagues would appreciate or approve of.

It’s not that I do anything inappropriate – not really, anyway – but I am definitely more likely to say “booger” and “crap” when my door is closed. For that reason, I’d rather not have guests in my room. Apparently I’m not alone. Oh, and he also wanted us to observe each other using the strategies in our teaching. People FREAKED OUT. Eventually, because it was mandated, they had to get over it. Here are some reasons why: When Helping Hurts. How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick. How Great Teacher Candidates Interview Differently. Eight Things Design Thinking has Taught Me, And Changed My Life - 7 habits of genuinely expert teachers. Principles of Effective Teaching.

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Questioning. Flipped Learning. 10 Design Questions by Marzano will improve your teaching. #TEDEdChat: Learning Capabilities| Jason Rogers | TEDxRundleAcademy. What Makes Teacher Collaboration Work? How To Create A Teaching and Learning Common-Sense Culture? by. 8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On.

Things Some Teachers Do That Makes It Hard to Be a Good Teacher. A Principal's Reflections: Engagement Does Not Always Equate to Learning. Things I did not learn in teacher college – The Reflective Educator. My Q-and-A with author Dan Pink: Using motivational questioning and more in the classroom | My Island View. Use Humor to Inspire Learning. Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff. Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools. How to Give (and Receive) Positive Criticism. Professor Carol Dweck 'Teaching a growth mindset' at Young Minds 2013. PowerPoint Doesn’t Suck; 10 Ideas To Make it Great. Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically.

A Crash Course In EVIDENCE BASED TEACHING. A Must See Visual Featuring The 5 Levels of Student Engagement. 5 Terrific Web Tools to Create Academic Digital Portfolios. A Great Poster on The 6 Questions Critical Thinker Asks. How We Learn: The Science. SAMR Table (update).png (PNG Image, 1027 × 500 pixels) - Scaled (99%)

What really works in lifting kids' academic performance. Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Ideas to Make Lectures and Presentations Interactive. The #5MinAchievementPlan by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner.


The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have. Leadership thoughts jameshutt. Beware: 10 Time Management Rules That You Are Breaking. Videos, Common Core Resources And Lesson Plans For Teachers: Teaching Channel. Teachmeet[Aus} | The official site for Teachmeets in Australia. 10 questions every educator should always be thinking about... How I do revision… | Class Teaching. Refuse To Be A Boring Teacher. 8 Mistakes You May Be Making When Writing Tests. Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices.

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If You're Not Reflecting, You're Not Trying. Ideaconnect - What Stops Some Teachers From Moving Forward? When teachers say they’ve not heard of Sir Ken. Nine Tools for Collaboratively Creating Mind Maps. I want to be a #SmartAss by. Tech and Edu Box of tricks. Could you be a teacher? » Hawkes Eye. The next level. How to start an amazing class blog! 6 Education SlideShares To Inspire, Improve And Innovate Your School. How can using edmodo help you to be a ‘quality teacher’? |

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