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Unschoolers learn what they want, when they want Students chat outside at Sudbury Valley School in Framingham, Massachusetts. Unschooling gaining popularity thanks to frustration with public education systemIn unschooling the child is in control of his/her learningPsychiatrist cautions that pre-adolescent brains can't leap to higher levels without help (CNN) -- Six-year-old Karina Ricci doesn't ever have a typical day. She has no schedule to follow, no lessons to complete. She spends her time watching TV, doing arts and crafts or practicing the piano. Top 10 Social Media Competencies for Teachers Infographic Social Learning Infographics Online social networking is a game changer in the learning landscape. The potential of social media in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction. The Top 10 Social Media Competencies for Teachers Infographic presents ten crucial social learning and educational networking skills for 21st century teachers: Help students use educational networking tools to solve information problems and communicate digitally with experts, peers and instructors.Know the major Web 2.0 categories and tools that are useful in the K-12 setting.

14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers 14 Brilliant Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Bloom’s Taxonomy is a useful tool for assessment design, but using it only for that function is like using a race car to go to the grocery–a huge waste of potential.

Day Blog (schoolyard subversion) Welcome to Unschooling What is it? When I first discovered Sudbury schools, I found them interesting. As I began to research them more, I found them fascinating. It was only shortly ago that I found the missing piece of the puzzle: unschooling. Teacher Agency: Self-Directed Professional Development “I can’t wait for and am so excited for the three day ‘sit and git’ professional development in-service at our school” said no teacher possibly ever. “Let’s face it: Professional development, as we have known it for years now, has yielded little or no positive effects on student learning.” Thus complain the many weary professionals who flinch at the mere mention of the word “workshop.” Sweden's Newest School System Has No Classrooms There’s a whole new classroom model and it’s a sight to behold. The newest school system in Sweden look more like the hallways of Google or Pixar and less like a brick-and-mortar school you’d typically see. There are collaboration zones, houses-within-houses, and a slew of other features that are designed to foster “curiosity and creativity.” That’s according to Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden. Their most recent school, Telefonplan School (see photos below via Zilla Magazine) in Stockholm, could very well be the school of the future.

Six Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner I cringe when I hear an adults joke about not having read a book since high school. I especially cringe if the person who says that has any regular interaction with young people. It’s not so much the lack of reading that bothers me most; it’s more the pride that often accompanies the comment. Parents, educators, youth ministers, and anyone else who works with kids should be the very model of what it means to be a lifelong learner. We should set the standard for both personal and professional growth and those around us— especially young people— should want to follow our example. But sometimes we get busy or complacent or apathetic.

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