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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.

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

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.

Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback. When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose. Harvard education specialist Tony Wagner has been advocating that we reinvent the education system to promote innovation for years.

When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose

He’s clear that content should no longer be at the center of school. 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.

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow

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. 8 Ways to Differentiate a Worksheet. Do you struggle to make one worksheet work for your whole class?

8 Ways to Differentiate a Worksheet

Are you trying to differentiate without pulling your hair out? I have been there, and I feel for you. Data and Feedback Informed Teaching and Learning. 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.

Data and Feedback Informed 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. 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.

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(Soon you’ll be able to 3D print what you see–download the plans and print it. Or play with it in virtual reality. Why We Need to See Each Other Teach. I have always taught with my classroom door closed.

Why We Need to See Each Other Teach

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. When Helping Hurts. It's never easy seeing a student experience distress, but well-meaning adults (myself included) too quickly and too often rush to the rescue.

When Helping Hurts

There are times to intervene, but we must be more judicious in knowing when to let students cope with failure on their own. Otherwise, we will raise a risk-averse generation whose members lack resilience and the crucial ability to rebound from failure. To prevent that outcome, teachers and educational leaders alike must be mindful of several situations where helping hurts. Extrinsic Motivators As a teacher, few things pain me more than when adults offer students rewards for performing well in school. How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick. By Samara Freemark and Stephen Smith, American RadioWorks UCLA researcher Dick Schmidt gazes across the driving range at a line of golfers trying to improve their game.

How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick

It’s a breezy day at the Westchester Golf Course and there’s a relentless roar of jet traffic from the nearby Los Angeles airport. How Great Teacher Candidates Interview Differently. One principal’s interview mindset: If you are a candidate interviewing for a teaching position, I want to take a genuine moment to explicitly share what you are up against.

How Great Teacher Candidates Interview Differently

As a principal, I am looking for a candidate, who demonstrates a love for kids; who articulates a clear picture of what their classroom will look, sound, and feel like; who reveals incredible content knowledge; who takes ownership in their own professional learning; and the most important obstacle you are up against is this internal question, “Would I want my own child in this teacher’s classroom?” Click here for interview questions I use to reveal much more about a candidate than just how skilled he/she is at interviewing. As a principal, my goal is to find the best of the best. Eight Things Design Thinking has Taught Me, And Changed My Life - 7 habits of genuinely expert teachers. Science is not ‘organized common sense’; at its most exciting, it reformulates our view of the world by imposing powerful theories against the ancient, anthropocentric prejudices that we call intuition.

Stephen J. Gould. Principles of Effective Teaching. Teachers are always being offered lists of principles, axioms, tenets, precepts – the magic beans of teaching. We’re desperate to make sense of it all – to make something very complicated, simple and easy to grasp. Whether it’s the #5minplan series from @TeacherToolkit or something like my own Lesson Observation Checklist, there’s a demand for handy ready-reckoners of one form or another. This diagram from Andy Tharby and Shaun Allison’s Every Lesson Counts, is a rare example of where this has been done well – not least because they’ve got a whole chapter in the book to support each of the ideas summed up neatly here: The work by Barak Rosenshine, compiling ten golden nuggets from research, is another good example. Helpfully, there’s a fair degree of overlap.

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding. What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately.

" Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps. Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E. Stake, "that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative.


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Questioning. Flipped Learning. 10 Design Questions by Marzano will improve your teaching. 10 design questions by Marzano will improve your teaching I have been spending a bit of time recently, getting familiar with the teachings of Dr. Robert Marzano. If you are not familiar with his work, here is a condensed bio: Marzano is cofounder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory in Englewood, Colorado. He is the author of more than 30 books and 150 articles involving research on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership and, school intervention.

#TEDEdChat: Learning Capabilities. What Makes Teacher Collaboration Work? Today’s guest authors are David Sherer and Johanna Barmore. Sherer is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He specializes in research on policy implementation and the social dynamics of K-12 school reform. Barmore is a former teacher and also a current doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She studies how policy impacts teachers' instructional practice as well as how teachers learn to improve instruction, with a focus on teacher education. 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. No matter where I am, whether it is a physical location or virtual, I am always hearing conversations about how technology can be used to effectively engage students. 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. 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. This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. Professor Carol Dweck 'Teaching a growth mindset' at Young Minds 2013. PowerPoint Doesn’t Suck; 10 Ideas To Make it Great. I have often heard of people saying, “we shouldn’t just keep teaching our kids PowerPoint anymore”‘ as if it is some terrible technology. Presentation software (PowerPoint, HaikuDeck, Keynote, Prezi, etc.) is actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it, but as with many things surrounding the technology, we need to go way past how to create something, and focus on how we use it.

For example, if you create a PowerPoint with tons of text that is hard to read, and you simply copy and paste mass amounts of information into slide after slide, with no compelling visuals, the use of the technology is weal, not the technology itself. It has done its job. Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically. December 26, 2014 Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. 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. The official site for Teachmeets in Australia. 10 questions every educator should always be thinking about... How I do revision… Refuse To Be A Boring Teacher. 8 Mistakes You May Be Making When Writing Tests. Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices. Progress over time #POTteaching: by. Leadership. 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.

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27 Tips For Mentoring New Teachers. Edcanvas.