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8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom – The Principal of Change

8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom – The Principal of Change
As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today’s classroom. I really believe that classrooms need to be learner focused. This is not simply that students are creating but that they are also having opportunities to follow their interests and explore passions.1 The teacher should embody learning as well. Will Richardson recently wrote this in a comment on one of my recent posts on what teachers need to be like in our current day and the focus that needs to be on learning: …we need teachers who are masters at developing kids as learners who are adept at sense making around their own goals. Teachers who are focused on helping students develop the dispositions and literacies required to succeed regardless of subject or content or curriculumThis moment is all about learners having an amazing new freedom to learn, not teachers having an amazing new freedom to teach. 1. What I have missed?

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10 Crucial Characteristics of Great Leaders – The Principal of Change Leadership is not an easy endeavor. When you think you are doing well, things can easily go sideways, or even backward. Because leadership is ultimately about how we deal with other people, we shouldn’t be surprised that the process is complicated. Yet when you think of the best leaders, they have so many of the same great qualities.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Top 10 Videos on 21st Century Learning 1- Expanded Learning Opportunities 2- What is 21st Century Education 3- Educate The Heart 4- Learn to Change, Change to Learn 5- Teachers Inspire Us ( this is really an amazing video I love it ) Christchurch Connected Educators: Choose to be More at Clarkville What’s it taken to CHOOSE TO BE MORE at Clarkville? From Pene Abbie, Principal, Clarkville School We are a small, semi-rural school on the outskirts of Christchurch, people used to say they wanted to send their children to our place because of this – being small and rural! It seemed that these two traits immediately determined a culture of great learning. Those of us on the inside knew it took more than this and we have spent the last seven years “reshaping our learning culture.” So what does this mean – and why, if our learners are doing pretty well, would we want to do anything differently?

Top 10 Apps For Your School - Educate 1 to 1 There are a multitude of apps that could make this list and schools may wish to consider adding to the portfolio without overloading the users. It is interesting how ‘top’ apps are usually generic in nature and that they allow teachers and students to be creative with their use. Of course there will always be subject specific apps that enhance learning. However, initial app deployment should be based on scarcity and familiarity to help teachers, parents and students cope with all this new information. As a benchmark, more than twenty apps is overwhelming and not recommended. This list of recommended apps changes less often than you’d think and most of them are free!

Keynotes - Kevin Brookhouser Kevin is available to speak to your group on a broad variety of topics including Project Based Learning, Digital Citizenship, Online Security, Google's 20% Time in the Classroom, Public Speaking Development, and The Design Thinking Process. Keynotes The 20time Project: Fueling Future-Ready Students March 17, 2015 Phoenix, AZ 4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student) I just graduated from Nashville Big Picture High School, and this is where I'm at in my life: I made a 20-minute documentary about my graduating class of 2016.I am getting paid to go to different places throughout Tennessee this summer to make videos explaining the products and services of various companies.I have a possible video job lined up when I enter college.I recently made a video for Edutopia. (It's not every day that an educational foundation run by George Lucas asks you to make a video for them -- especially at the age of 17!) I've been able to accomplish all of this because my school gave me the freedom to make my own choices.

Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy Only a decade and a few years in, how can we fully describe the twenty-first century learner? So far, this we do know: She is a problem solver, critical thinker, and an effective collaborator and communicator. We also know that a deeper learning environment is required in order to nurture and grow such a learner. Watch a high school student talk about developing 21st-century skills through deeper learning. Small Change, Big Impact - Design Thinking in Action, Phase 1 - Matt Ives Matt Ives This is a write up of an experiment in Design Thinking I recently went through. The task was to make a small change to my learning environment with the aim of positively impacting learning. To jump to the end for a little bit, this process I’ve gone through has been a transformative one. It’s dawned on me, sitting here reflecting after it all, that even the smallest changes can have massive impacts. All it takes is an open mind, a juicy problem, and an eye to action.

5 Tips To Help Integrate iPads Into Your School - Educate 1 to 1 This fact there are over 14 million iPads in schools illustrates how many ‘decision makers’ have chosen the iPad as a tool for learning. As we continue to integrate the iPad into schools, it is worth reflecting how the initial setup and training can have a real impact on the success or failure of a 1-to-1 programme. The recommendations below are borne out of a desire to help teachers without overwhelming them and to model good practice to students. There are many apps that could have been chosen, but those mentioned below are generic and able to serve a purpose across the curriculum. Early engagement can be facilitated by linking email accounts to the iPad and suggesting users sign up to apps like Flipboard or perhaps a daily newspaper. Interest in the content means that basic gestures on the device will be used.

Innovation Reflection Pond: Gazing At Past Student Projects Looking at my past student projects reminds me of a Koi pond. Letting my students look at past student projects is like bringing your nephew to visit a favorite Koi pond: you can just see them thinking and reflecting and you find yourself both visiting the past and gazing into the future. I’ve always wanted to have a calm spot where my students can gaze at past innovation projects. I’m going to use this post as a “project pond” and continually update it with pictures and links to past student’s projects. Thanks for stopping by. Project #1 2014: Park and Ponder

Why Can't Teachers Make Decisions on Their Own? Today's guest blog is co-authored between Peter DeWitt and Jenni Donohoo. Donohoo is a Provincial Literacy Lead in the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch in the Ontario Ministry of Education. The phrase 'shared decision making' might conjure up different ideas by teachers based on their past experiences.

Should I teach problem-, project-, or inquiry-based learning? SmartBlogs Lately, there have been a bunch of buzzwords floating around the education world that all seem to mean the same thing. You’ve probably heard them: problem-based learning, project-based learning and inquiry-based learning. Is there a difference?