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10 Ways Twitter Has Made Better Teachers. We've been using Twitter for about five months.

10 Ways Twitter Has Made Better Teachers

We can't tell whether we are embarrassingly late to this near-universal social medium, or whether we are still ahead of the slow-to-change teacher curve. We're probably somewhere in the middle, and for us, that's a good thing. We are eager but judicious in latching on to new tools and trends (as anyone who has visited our straightforward Facebook page knows). On Twitter, we have benefited enormously from the innovative thinkers and generous sharers who have introduced us to eye-opening concepts, articles, and resources. Cramlington Learning Village « Reflective Teacher And Learner. The RRRRRvengers! As I talked about in an earlier blog post, next year our school will be taking the next step up on our L2L journey.

The RRRRRvengers!

It’s been one that has been going for around 5 years now and has been an exciting learning journey as it has progressed. One of the mistakes we have learnt from during its infancy came from not having a framework which we were driving L2L towards. Resilience. I was extremely privileged to be asked to record a short video for #TMClevedon last week by the rather wonderful Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist.


I decided to talk about Resilience: Our journey to become Independent Learners – this is the story so far of how at Temple Moor High School we are trying to develop our students to become resilient and independent learners. The presentation was also recorded on the night. Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset: Which One Are You? « Michael Graham Richard. Here is an excerpt from an article about Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University: Through more than three decades of systematic research, [Carol Dweck] has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t—why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson.

The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed. To anyone who is into personal growth and self-improvement, this seems obvious. But clearly, it is not obvious to everybody: look at this diagram by Nigel Holmes representing the two types of mindsets and I’ll sure you’ll recognize the attitudes of many people you know.

Fixed Mindset. E2F - Independent Learning - Independent learning. Developing Independent Learners. A group of staff met this week to discuss key skills and attributes to develop our students as independent learners: Use research skills to select appropriate informationSpeaking, listening and presnting their ideasEvaluate their learningRevision and summarising skillsGroup and peer learningLiteracy skillsAsk good questionsBe able to solve problems and work through open ended tasksDiscussion and debate As well as: Making sure they are equipped for learningHomework is used to develop organisation and self-management skillsDependence on the teacher is reduced by using the 5Bs when students get stuck – Brain, Book, Board, Buddy Bossbeing self-aware in terms of their learning – do they know their expected grade, what that means in terms of their learning, where they are currently and what they need to do to improve?

Developing Independent Learners

Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning. British archaeologist Mary Leakey described her own learning as being "compelled by curiosity.

Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning

" Curiosity is the name we give to the state of having unanswered questions. And unanswered questions, by their nature, help us maintain a learning mindset. When we realize that we do not know all there is to know about something in which we are interested, we thirst. We pursue. We act as though what we do not know is more important than what we do, as though what we do not possess is worth the chase to own it.

Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school. Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of school.

Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school

Education obviously is the most powerful thing in the world. And yet the old Mark Twain chestnut — "I never let school get in the way of my education" — speaks to the core of my own thinking regarding education. I am not an expert in education by any means, but like almost everyone, I have strong ideas based on my personal experiences going through formal, mass schooling. 25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms. 9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn, by Leo Babauta. Kids in today’s school system are not being prepared well for tomorrow’s world.

9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn, by Leo Babauta

As someone who went from the corporate world and then the government world to the ever-changing online world, I know how the world of yesterday is rapidly becoming irrelevant. I was trained in the newspaper industry, where we all believed we would be relevant forever — and I now believe will go the way of the horse and buggy. Unfortunately, I was educated in a school system that believed the world in which it existed would remain essentially the same, with minor changes in fashion. We were trained with a skill set that was based on what jobs were most in demand in the 1980s, not what might happen in the 2000s.

20 Essential TED Talks for Future Leaders. Digital Differentiation. Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills.

Digital Differentiation

At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Developing Independent Learners « Reflective Teacher and Learner. As part of the work I have been doing as part of my PLC group (see this previous post about PLC’s) I have been thinking a lot recently about different strategies that could be used to help pupils become better independent learners.

Developing Independent Learners « Reflective Teacher and Learner

The PLC group began our work by discussing what was meant by ‘independent learning’. Could you be an independent learner whilst working in a group? What Teens Learn by Overcoming Challenges. Today's research in adolescent development validates a statement made over 100 years ago by the great African American educator, Booker T.

What Teens Learn by Overcoming Challenges

Washington. He said, "I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed. " Discovering How to Learn Smarter. Big Ideas Getty By Annie Murphy Paul. Alistair smith learning. I work with Associates, Partner Schools and Organisations whom I trust and who share the same values. Associates In the field of education, individuals who are flexible enough to operate with and alongside classroom practitioners whilst having the whole school perspective are rare.

Where they do exist, they are already in schools! In professional sport, especially football, there are very few who break in to the industry without first having had success there. For Each to Excel:Preparing Students to Learn Without Us. Here's what I wonder: Can my 12-year-old son Tucker, a kid who lives for anything having to do with basketball, learn just about every math concept he needs to be successful in life in the context of playing the game he loves?

I posed that question on my blog a few months ago, and the post elicited more than 60 responses from readers who connected basketball to the study of bivariate data, complex equations, statistical analysis, slope, variables, predicting outcomes, probability, geometric shapes, mean, median, mode, averages, arc, force, angles, percentages, fractions, linear inequalities, volume, speed, mass, acceleration, and dozens of other concepts that are no doubt part of Tucker's K–12 math curriculum (Richardson, 2010). And when I showed him some of the great ideas that teachers had left on my blog, he lit up. "Really? " he asked. International Society for Technology in Education - Learning & Leading > Feature: Teach Your Students to Fail Better. What should we be teaching? By Kevin Washburn, on January 31st, 2012 What should we be teaching?

This question received significant attention at the November 2011 Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston. With the changes in our world and in our students, what should we, then, teach? 10 Important Skills Students need for the Future. The Power of Feedback. 5 Basic Elements of Cooperative Learning - Cooperative Learning. Today's Teachers Must Become Connected Educators. OMG: Engaging Students on Their Own Terms. Reflective Teacher and Learner. A View from the Middle Pedagogy and People over Places and Spaces. Thoughts and Crosses - Solving Equations Differentiation - reflectivemathsteacher's posterous.

Where does the time go!? 3 Tips on Flipping Your Classroom with #iPads #flippedclassroom. Think For Yourself - Before It's Too Late... Alistair smith learning. The Future Belongs to the Curious.