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5 TED Talks Teachers And Students Should Both Watch. Education is one of the most integral parts of our lives and something that tends to influence who we are, what we do and where we go in life. However, like everything in our fast changing world, it too is moving forward at an amazing pace and new research, technology and ideas are coming to the fore at an alarmingly fast rate. We’ve looked through some of the most amazing talks on the web and have compiled a number of our favourite videos on education. These are the stunning ideas that are at the very cutting edge of learning and have the potential to change the way we are taught and learn forever. Ken Robinson – How Schools Kill Creativity Ken Robinson is possibly one of the most famous education lecturers in the world and his TED Talk on ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’ is probably one of the most walked of the series. Robinson makes a very entertaining and interesting case that the way we are taught doesn’t help our natural creative impulses and in fact quells them.

Response to Intervention | Math | Math Problem Solving. Solving an advanced math problem independently requires the coordination of a number of complex skills. The student must have the capacity to reliably implement the specific steps of a particular problem-solving process, or cognitive strategy. At least as important, though, is that the student must also possess the necessary metacognitive skills to analyze the problem, select an appropriate strategy to solve that problem from an array of possible alternatives, and monitor the problem-solving process to ensure that it is carried out correctly.

The following strategies combine both cognitive and metacognitive elements (Montague, 1992; Montague & Dietz, 2009). First, the student is taught a 7-step process for attacking a math word problem (cognitive strategy). Second, the instructor trains the student to use a three-part self-coaching routine for each of the seven problem-solving steps (metacognitive strategy). Reading the problem. References Burns, M. Facebook. Knowing Our Students as Learners. Today, research and experience in increasingly global classrooms are revealing the complex interplay of factors that influence a student's learning. Educators understand that the business of coming to know our students as learners is simply too important to leave to chance—and that the peril of not undertaking this inquiry is not reaching a learner at all.

The story of our friend Arthur is a reminder of the consequences of ignoring a student's unique learning circumstances. Arthur: Dropping in from Another Planet Arthur was born in the Dutch West Indies, now Indonesia, and had just seen his sixth birthday when the Japanese invaded. Four years later, following the fall of Japan and the return of the Dutch to Indonesia, Arthur and his family, together with thousands of other camp survivors, were repatriated to the Netherlands, where Arthur was promptly enrolled in a government school.

Because I was behind in my reading, the teacher treated me as she would a much younger child. Suggestions for Writing a Philosophy Statement. The Best Education Posts of 2013: The Edutopia Top 10 Deep Dive. Image credit: iStockphoto Editor's note: Looking back on 2013, Edutopia has had a fantastic year. With more than 650 blog posts, 6700 comments and thousands of daily interactions with educators on our social media channels, we're thrilled to be connecting with so many talented and hard-working teachers, administrators, parents and students. To close out the year, we asked one of our newer bloggers, Vicki Davis, for her roundup of our ten most trafficked posts -- some of which were written in previous years -- and why they're still resonating with educators.

Looking at the ten blog posts that really grabbed our attention 2013, I'm struck by how many of these are timeless topics for teachers. It's obvious that teachers, rather than being told what to do, prefer clear examples of how it's being done successfully today. Every one of these posts revolves around big-picture concepts with specific how-to's. (It is also clear that teachers love lists!) 2. 3. 4. 5. 8. 10. A Trusted Source. Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students. Practice Makes Perfect For many students, the brain isn't a hot topic of conversation. This is especially true for younger students who are still trying to understand the world around them, and are still far from developing physiological self-awareness of the very thing that gives them that self-awareness.

But helping students develop "brain literacy" doesn't have to be a matter of dry science pumped full of confusing jargon. Understanding the brain can be empowering for students as they recognize their ability to strengthen it each time they use it. As a teacher, you can emphasize how using the executive functions, both in the classroom and outside of school, increases their strength for academic success. Practice makes perfect! To reduce anxiety about new "stuff" in the classroom -- whether related to Common Core State Standards, struggles with reading, or something else entirely -- you can find opportunities to emphasize students' ability to literally build the brains they want.

Facebook. Creating Thoughtful Readers Through Habits of Mind. Edited by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick How often have you heard comments of this nature or even said them yourself? People of all ages say they want to change some aspect of their lifestyle but have trouble accomplishing the task. Why is it so hard to alter behaviors? Cultivating productive mental habits is a lifelong process. Societal and economic changes as well as disheartening reading scores on standardized tests have caused schools to broadly emphasize literacy. Educators lament that their students lack the requisite knowledge, skills, and mental dispositions to read and comprehend text. A common cure for attacking literacy deficiencies is the use of appropriate strategies.

These intellectual processes or dispositions, frequently referred to as Habits of Mind, are emphasized in Art Costa's foreword for Strategic Reading in the Content Areas: Practical Applications for Creating a Thinking Environment (Billmeyer, 2004). What Is a Strategic Reader? Figure 12.1. Figure 12.2. Create a new Common Core rubric. Performance Based Assesments. PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT. Number 2 September 1993 WHAT IS IT? Performance assessment, also known as alternative or authentic assessment, is a form of testing that requires students to perform a task rather than select an answer from a ready-made list.

For example, a student may be asked to explain historical events, generate scientific hypotheses, solve math problems, converse in a foreign language, or conduct research on an assigned topic. Experienced raters--either teachers or other trained staff--then judge the quality of the student's work based on an agreed-upon set of criteria. HOW DOES IT WORK? Open-ended or extended response exercises are questions or other prompts that require students to explore a topic orally or in writing. These methods, like all types of performance assessments, require that students actively develop their approaches to the task under defined conditions, knowing that their work will be evaluated according to agreed-upon standards.

WHY TRY IT? WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY? Richard P. Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement. A while back, I was asked, "What engages students? " Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccuring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students? " 1. Working with their peers "Middle-school students are growing learners who require and want interaction with other people to fully attain their potential. " "Teens find it most interesting and exciting when there is a little bit of talking involved. 2. "I believe that when students participate in "learning by doing" it helps them focus more.

"We have entered a digital age of video, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and they [have] become more of a daily thing for teens and students. 3. "I believe that it all boils down to relationships. 4. Sunburst.usd.edu/~kreins/extras/Using Lesson Study and four column lesson planning with preservice teachers.pdf. Www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-cochrane-schturnaround-PD-essential-questions.pdf. Express 8.24 - You Can't Do That with a Worksheet.

You Can't Do That with a Worksheet Stefanie D. Livers Say goodbye to quiet mathematics classrooms organized by rows, with students completing 50 problems on a worksheet. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics set the bar high for both content and mathematical practices for students, and worksheets and traditional textbook approaches will not promote the mathematical thinking necessary for success. Students are required to think, reason, and communicate in the math classroom, and this requires high-quality tasks and teachers and students using questioning strategies so that students behave like mathematicians. The Common Core standards for math (PDF) introduce eight standards for mathematical practice: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Here is a worksheet example that seems to fit a standard for working with fractions but clearly misses the point of the mathematical practices: Raegan is going to serve 1/3 of a whole cake to each guest at her birthday party.

Mrs. Bell Ringer Exercises. Because of pressure to teach bell-to-bell -- the pedagogical equivalent of force-feeding geese to make foie gras -- many classrooms now start with bell work, short exercises that students complete while the instructor attends to attendance and other administrative chores.

Journal prompts and concept questions can focus students on nutritious academic content and initiate a positive tempo for the next 90 minutes of class. With the help of graduate student David Fictum, I collected several creative, practical and entertaining exercises that can function as bell ringers or sponge activities. Here they are: Journaling Education über-blogger Vicki Davis writes 20 things she is thankful for in a joy journal, citing research studies indicating that this practice produces greater long-term happiness than winning the lottery -- serious happy. Lateral Thinking Brain Food lists number and logic puzzles. Situation: A man marries 20 women in his village but isn't charged with polygamy.

Pop Culture. Www.nmta.nesinc.com/PDFs/NMTA_Faculty_Guide.pdf. How to Make a Good First Impression at a Job Interview. You know the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” That’s always the case when meeting someone for the first time, but especially so when it comes to a job interview. Here are five tips to ensure that you leave a great first impression — and score the job. Dress to Impress While you might live in sweats and t-shirts during your job-hunting days, your potential boss should never know that. When you meet with your interviewer, dress for the job that you want. Men should wear a suit and tie, and women should wear an interview-appropriate blouse and skirt, or pants. Shake Hands When you first meet the hiring manager, be sure to shake hands as you exchange initial greetings. Avoid Filler Words Your potential boss just asked you one of those interview questions that’s bound to stump even the most confident candidate.

Practice Good Posture Imagine that you get into the hiring manager’s office — and it’s full of uncomfortable furniture. Be Grateful Jennifer Parris. Reflective Practice - Reflecting on. Chapter 5: Activities - Facilitating Reflection: A Manual for Higher Education. Although the Reflection Circle is a basic structure for reflection, not all groups or group members are comfortable or interested in speaking up in this environment right away. Being creative and using a variety of activities helps to gain the participants' interest and can foster comfort and familiarity in the group. A mixture of approaches can also address a range of learning and communication styles. Some activities break the group into smaller units, allowing participants to become comfortable speaking in a less intimidating environment. Others spark discussion through the use of quotes, visualization and role plays.

Group activities thus offer a framework for reflection, and encourage participants to begin thinking critically about their experiences. Through exposure to a variety of viewpoints, participants develop their understanding of the issues and improve their ability to reflect without relying on structured exercises. A selection of group activities follows. What? What? A Preemptive Approach to Busy-ness - Federal Way, WA. Cross post from the @WashingtonASCD Emerging Leader blog. Time is speeding up as the condition of busy-ness creeps up on educators. Many of us are already filling our days up participating in (and sometimes facilitating) professional development, engaging in meetings, and completing paperwork as we ease back into our school-year lifestyle. Like fellow educators, I’m excited about making a difference this school year! I know it’s going to be tough as I balance family, work, dissertation, and…life.

So, I’m taking a preemptive approach to busy-ness by writing myself a letter that I’ll go back and read on November 2nd. I invite you to join me! Consider writing a letter to yourself this week. Below is a copy of my letter. Dear Hannah, It's November 2nd already! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. P.S. Mission: My mission is to collaborate, continually learn, and lead in order to support each student in receiving a high quality, whole child Pre-Kindergarten – 12th grade education.

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