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Education Research Highlights From 2016

In 2016, we learned more about how teachers feel about their profession, from the reasons why they started teaching in the first place (#1) to why they leave (#6). We learned that science students do better when teachers share stories about the struggles scientists face instead of portraying them as geniuses (#3). We’re also learning more about why U.S. students are falling behind students in other countries (#12). Here are 15 studies published this year that every educator should know about. 1. Altruism drives many people to become teachers, according to this survey of over 3,000 public school teachers. Rentner, D.S., Kober, N., & Frizzell, M. (2016). 2. Are kindergartners spending too much time on academics? Bassok, D., Latham, S., & Rorem, A. (2016). 3. It turns out that the idea of genius might intimidate young learners. Lin-Siegler, X., Ahn, J. 4. Cherng, H. 5. Despite growing up as digital natives, many students have difficulty evaluating the information they find online. 7. 8. Related:  Evidence-based Practicemath researchClassrooms/Teaching

Dr. Kinsella 2 -- Teaching Vocabulary in the Middle Grades - Taking Center Stage-Act II (TCSII) (CA Dept of Education) In this Professional Learning Activity, Dr. Kinsella presents an instructional approach that bolsters students’ expressive vocabulary knowledge, outlines key steps for teaching a word, and explains the pivotal role of vocabulary in literacy and learning. Take Stock: pre-video reflection exercise Take Time: watch the video Take Action: initial activities designed to help educators implement the practices suggested Take it Away: answer questions designed to help educators identify support and resources needed to implement the suggested practices This professional learning activity is one of several in the TCSII Get into the Act! Dr. Back to Top

Anchor Charts 101: Why and How to Use Them, Plus 100s of Ideas - WeAreTeachers Spend any time browsing teacher pages on Pinterest and Instagram, and you’ll run across hundreds of ideas for classroom anchor charts. But you may have lingering questions about what they are, what purpose they serve, how to get started, and when to use them. Have no fear! WeAreTeachers has created this primer to inform you, and we’ve also included a huge list of resources to get you started. We have a feeling that once you get started, anchor charts are going to your new favorite thing. What is an anchor chart? SOURCE: Teaching With Simplicity An anchor chart is a tool that is used to support instruction (i.e. How do I create anchor charts? The first thing you need to know about creating them is that you do not need any special materials or artistic skills—just chart paper and a colorful assortment of markers. As you model a lesson or learning strategy and interact with your students through discussion, you fill in the blank spaces of the anchor chart. SOURCE: The Thinker Builder

The Tyranny of Being On Task I remember when I was first teaching and was getting ready for my first official observation and evaluation. I was very nervous. My principal had told me she would be looking for a classroom where students were on task. Heaven forbid that any students were off task. I thought that if my classroom even hinted that some students were off task, I would never be a successful teacher, and perhaps told to leave the teaching profession. I now know that it is unreasonable to ensure complete on task behavior from every student at all times, but back then I wanted a good evaluation, and I wanted my students to be on task so that they would learn and I could support them. Many years later, I taught in a school with a focus on project-based learning. There seem to be forces in education that push us to make sure students are on task. What Does the Science of the Brain Tell Us? Adults have built executive functions of the brain, and we receive a dopamine reward when we do the right thing.

6 Activities to Promote Computer Science Education Did you know that experts estimate there will be 1.4 million computing jobs open in 2020 and only 400,000 students to fill them? Since 2013, Computer Science Education Week has been held during the second week of December. This week is designed to make students and teachers more aware of computer science and the importance of building computing skills at early age. While enrolling all students in regular coding and other computer science classes may be the ideal solution, you can still take small steps towards encouraging students to take notice of computer science and how much fun it can be. Participate in an Hour of Code In 2014, the Hour of Code gained a lot of publicity when President Obama sat down to join students as part of the event. Don’t be afraid to go beyond an Hour of Code either. Elementary Secondary Hold a Computer Science Career Day Students often hear that there are tons of job in the tech industry, but do they know what those jobs look like? Show a Video

Kinsella 4 Index -- Building Language and Literacy Skills - Taking Center Stage-Act II (TCSII) (CA Dept of Education) In this Professional Learning Activity, Dr. Kinsella explores steps in effectively setting up discussion tasks for students. Take Stock: pre-video reflection exercise Take Time: watch the video Take Action: initial activities designed to help educators implement the practices suggested Take it Away: answer questions designed to help educators identify support and resources needed to implement the suggested practices This professional learning activity is one of several in the TCSII Get into the Act! Professional Learning Series. Dr. Back to Top …a child first has to learn the foundational skills of math, like______? – Thinking Mathematically I’ve been spending a lot of time lately observing students who struggle with mathematics, talking with teachers about their students who struggle, and thinking about how to help. There are several students in my schools who experience difficulties beyond what we might typically do to help. And part of my role is trying to think about how to help these students. However, first of all I want to point out just how difficult it is for us to even know where to begin! So where do we start? Take a look at the following quote. Really, take a minute to think about this. I’ve asked a few groups of teachers to fill in the blank here in an effort to help us consider our own beliefs about what is important. Here is the complete quote: Is this what you would have thought? Think about it for a minute. Visual perception and visual memory are used when we are: Symmetry games: Composing and decomposing shapes: Relating nets to 3D figures: Constructing unique pentominoes: So I leave you with a few questions:

12 Principles Of Modern Learning | TeachThought 12 Principles Of Modern Learning by TeachThought Staff What are the principles of modern learning? Well, that depends on how you define ‘learning’ and what you’d consider ‘modern.’ These broad categories are then broken up into four principles per category. Overall, though, defining ‘modern learning’ through inquiry, self-direction, and connectivity is at the core of what we preach here at TeachThought. 12 Principles Of Modern Learning: The 4 principles in of Modern Inquiry Learning, according to the graphic, are Compile, Contribute, Combine, and Change, with their respective Realities and Opportunities shown below. Compile Reality: The ability to save and retrieve information in a variety of formats Opportunity: Give modern learners virtually ‘unlimited’ capacity to retrieve and store information Contribute Reality: The ability to participate in more complex projects Opportunity: Enables learners to participate in more complex projects Combine Change Our Take Probably not that last thing.

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Science Looking to invigorate your science curriculum and teaching this year? Help Teaching’s team of teachers understands the time and commitment it takes to prepare meaningful science classes and lab activities, not to mention stay up-to-date with the latest scientific advances. Updated for the 2016-2017 school year, we have gathered links to over 70 of our favorite resources to help support rookie and veteran science teachers and homeschooling parents alike. Happy Teaching! Next Generation Science Standards Whether or not your state has adopted the new science standards, they have been released and are the talk of the science teaching community. Bozeman Science provides a free series of NGSS videos on each of the disciplinary core ideas. NGSS@NSTA provides current information about the implementation process and professional development opportunities, including free web seminars, to support science teachers looking to incorporate the standards into their curriculums. Breaking Science News

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