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Teacher Collaboration: When Belief Systems Collide

Teacher Collaboration: When Belief Systems Collide
It's impossible to explore how we can work more effectively together in schools without considering conflict -- an inevitable part of working together. Conflict can be challenging and destructive, or it can lead to a deeper understanding between people, and perhaps higher quality work from a team. There are many reasons why conflict can exist within a school or a team of educators. 6 Belief Systems In his book, Cognitive Coaching, Robert Garmston (with co-author Arthur Costa) identifies six predominant ideologies that influence educators' decision-making: Religious Orthodoxy: This ideology aims to teach the habits and values that will lead to that religion's realization of how life ought to be lived in accordance with that faith. You, Your Principal, and Your Colleagues After reading these descriptions, go back and rank them according to your personal priorities and belief systems. Let me be clear about one thing -- it's not "bad" for a staff to hold different ideological positions. Related:  A classer 15heatherserlsPD

Your School Year in Numbers Dean Shareski recently shared a post where he has a compelling video that talks about his “year in numbers” (inspired by this Dan Meyer post), where he has compiled some information about 2012. (I made the video!) Many schools say that too many people focus on “test scores”, yet how often do we share (in engaging ways), the stats that are really important to many of our community. Wouldn’t a video like this for a school year, or broken up into semesters and terms, share some REALLY important stats that many miss out on that goes beyond showing our kids as “test scores”? For example, how much has your school raised to serve others? How many hours of coaching and practice have happened? The thing that I want to be careful of though is that schools aren’t necessarily sharing stats like, “How many books we have read?” This is something that shares YOUR story and doesn’t allow for the narrative of your school to be told by others or be determined only by test scores. What do you think?

Learnable Programming Here's a trick question: How do we get people to understand programming? Khan Academy recently launched an online environment for learning to program. It offers a set of tutorials based on the JavaScript and Processing languages, and features a "live coding" environment, where the program's output updates as the programmer types. Because my work was cited as an inspiration for the Khan system, I felt I should respond with two thoughts about learning: Programming is a way of thinking, not a rote skill. Thus, the goals of a programming system should be: to support and encourage powerful ways of thinkingto enable programmers to see and understand the execution of their programs A live-coding Processing environment addresses neither of these goals. Alan Perlis wrote, "To understand a program, you must become both the machine and the program." How do we get people to understand programming? We change programming. Contents A programming system has two parts. The language should provide: Wait.

Derrière les dérapages racistes de l’intelligence artificielle de Microsoft, une opération organisée Le Monde.fr | • Mis à jour le | Par William Audureau « Il faut que nous fassions en sorte que tout le monde détourne Tay, des supporteurs de Trump au #GamerGate. » Le tweet est posté le 23 mars à 22 heures par un internaute se présentant comme Brighton E. Whytock, l’un des premiers à avoir exhorté publiquement à détourner l’intelligence artificielle conversationnelle apprenante de Microsoft. Plusieurs heures plus tard, la firme de Redmond a dû désactiver Tay, qui était censée imiter sur Twitter les réponses d’une adolescente, mais s’est finalement retrouvée à faire l’apologie d’Adolf Hitler et du négationnisme, ou à publier des messages au contenu tantôt sexiste, tantôt antisémite ou raciste. Lire aussi : A peine lancée, une intelligence artificielle de Microsoft dérape sur Twitter Pendant sa journée d’existence, Tay aura été victime d’une opération massive de détournement de ses capacités conversationnelles. Noyaux et motivations variés Brighton E. Défaut d’anticipation

Who Teaches The Teachers? by Simon Oxenham That’s a question now being raised after a major report from the National Council on Teacher Quality found most teacher training textbooks and courses aren’t based in evidence and contain large amounts of myths and misinformation. One researcher is now posing the question – if not textbooks – where do teachers, can teachers, and should teachers get reliable information? The numbers above are clearly heavily skewed at the tech savvy end of the spectrum due to being based on a small opportunity sample obtained from Twitter – obviously this isn’t a scientific study. Traditionally textbooks are widely treated as the pinnacle of evidence and lowly blogs, well... less so. Obviously all blogs were not created equal and there are certainly unreliable blogs out there. There are however a great deal of excellent blogs out there by expert educators, so after consulting with Dr. + Class Teaching – A blog managed by Shaun Allison, Deputy Head of an English high school.

Home - The Journal of Teaching English With Technology (TEwT) The Modern Day Multilingual Principal “One of the most difficult organization’s to lead and create deep change within is education and school…since everyone has been through it, everyone believes they know best on how it should be done and look.” Changing the culture of a school and be a very traumatic and difficult proposition. Especially when trying to implement anything that is different or cutting edge. Whether that be technology, strategies, structures, systems, or the environment. But why? An easy answer to the difficulty of the change in school comes in two parts; time and stakeholders. Let’s tackle time, first. Second, very few, if any, other organizations have as many stakeholders that schools and school leaders are beholden too. Not an easy task. Which is why it is crucial for a modern day principal to be multilingual. Leader: A principal has to be able to lead change and serve as a change agent for their school. Just a few examples of why a modern day principal needs to be multilingual. Like this: Like Loading...

Google Course Builder will catalogue and deliver the world's educational content Following hot on the heels of Stanford's announcement that it would be taking on iTunes U with its own free course software, Google has just released a new "Course Builder" tool. Following a trial course in July that saw 155,000 registered students (with 20,000 completing it), the search giant has bundled the technologies used into an open source package available to anyone here. The tool includes all of the formalities you would expect from a full educational course, including a registration process and schedule alongside certificates and the standard content repository that you would expect. Unlike services like iTunes U, the result is much more holistic -- this feels less like a way for a casual user to "play along" with the real course taking place at a university and more like a dedicated service in itself. Interestingly, Stanford also features as one of the first organisations said to be "considering how this experimental technology might work".

Toute La Poésie Française. What is Pinterest? | Go Digi Go Digi learning guides have been designed to be easy to read. The first part of the learning guide is the title, the level of difficulty, the minutes it takes to read and the average rating given by other Go Digi users. Every guide also features what you will need to follow the guide. The next part of the guide is the introduction and main body of the learning guide. Go Digi learning guides sometimes feature handy tips too. The bottom section of guide features a summary, popular websites relevant to the topic, the topics which the guide has been tagged with (tagging is another way to categorise content), and if there are any related guides they will be at the bottom of the guide. Every guide also has an opportunity for users of the Go Digi online platform to give us feedback and rate the guide on its usefulness.

English Language Teaching English Language Teaching (ELT) is a double-blind peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to promoting scholarly exchange among teachers and researchers in the field of English Language Teaching. The journal is published monthly in both print and online versions by the Canadian Center of Science and Education. The scope of ELT includes the following fields: theory and practice in English language teaching and learning, teaching English as a second or foreign language, English language teachers’ training and education. Authors are encouraged to submit complete, unpublished, original, and full-length articles that are not under review in any other journals. The online version of the journal is free access and download. Statistics 2014 Q2: Articles Received: 110; Accepted: 61; Rejected: 49; Published: 48; Retracted: 2 2014 Q1: Articles Received: 122; Accepted: 56; Rejected: 74; Published: 47; Retracted: 0 2012 Q4: Articles Received: 77; Accepted: 53; Rejected: 25 Issues Announcements

The principal-leader checklist The role of the building principal continues to change at the pace of a whitewater current. In order to support teachers and student achievement in 2013 and beyond, the principal-leader will need to have a clear understanding of his or her role. Leadership books address vision, management, empowerment, modeling, coaching, rewarding and strategic planning. Each of these are essential for leaders in business, government and education. In 2013, the principal-leader will need to teach, help and guide in the following ways. Assessing Assessing includes student assessment, reflecting on your leadership decisions, assessing the quality of instruction and assessing the school’s current reality. Collaborating The principal-leader should model collaboration for school staff. Implementing Schools will continue to implement the Common Core State Standards in 2013. Promoting Teacher-leaders are the linchpin of a school. Shifting The Common Core State Standards outlined six instructional shifts.

Udacity and Online Pedagogy: Players, Learners, Objects | Online Learning | HYBRID PEDAGOGY This sentence is a learning object. Wayne Hodgins, the “father of learning objects,” first came up with the idea for them while watching his son play with LEGOs. The basic notion is that we can create units of learning so fundamentally simple and reusable that they can be applied in different ways to different objectives and lessons, no matter the context. Hodgins’s dream was of “a world where all ‘content’ exists at just the right and lowest possible size.” Like a single sentence. The problem is that learning cannot be reduced to “testable reusable units of cognition.” A proactive (not reactionary) approach to digital pedagogy sees learning as irreducible to 1s and 0s and engages learners as more than mere columns in a spreadsheet. Shortly after “Broadcast Education: A Response to Coursera” appeared on Hybrid Pedagogy, Sean received a message from Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Udacity. But Udacity isn’t silly. [Photo by Walter Benson]

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