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We've been using Twitter for about five months. 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. 10 Ways Twitter Has Made Better Teachers 10 Ways Twitter Has Made Better Teachers
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As I talked about in an earlier blog post, next year our school will be taking the next step up on our L2L journey. 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. The RRRRRvengers! The RRRRRvengers!
Resilience 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset: Which One Are You? « Michael Graham Richard 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
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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 | Class Teaching Developing Independent Learners | Class Teaching
British archaeologist Mary Leakey described her own learning as being "compelled by curiosity." 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. Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning
Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school Having children causes one to (re)think seriously about education and the role of 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. Videos to help you rethink education, learning, & school
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9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn, by Leo Babauta Kids in today’s school system are not being prepared well for tomorrow’s world. 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. 9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn, by Leo Babauta
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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. 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. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation. Note: The interactive graphics you see below have been updated. They can be found in a newer post on this blog. Digital Differentiation Digital Differentiation
Developing Independent Learners « Reflective Teacher and Learner 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. 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?
Today's research in adolescent development validates a statement made over 100 years ago by the great African American educator, Booker T. 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." What Teens Learn by Overcoming Challenges
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With | 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.
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