Approaching Teaching: Week of March 17, 2019

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 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: Feedback Fanatic

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Changing the Grading Conversation. In this blog post learn about ten tools for changing the grading conversation. How can we  move beyond the limitation of the grade and use it for student ownership instead?
 
Learning From Mistakes. In this article from MindShift learn about a grading strategy that puts the focus on learning from mistakes.
 
Seeking Student Feedback. In this blog post from Cult of Pedagogy, explore five reasons why teachers should seek feedback from their students.
 
If you’ve never asked students for serious, honest feedback, you’re missing something. If you ask the right questions and give students the time and encouragement to supply quality answers, student feedback can benefit you in so many ways.
 

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator

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PYP ConnectED. In this episode of the Making Better Teachers podcast, learn more about PYP ConnectED: how it is bring teachers around the world together and the benefits of building professional communities.

Self-Paced Learning. In this episode of The Cult of Pedagogy podcast, listen to how one teacher differentiates learning for her students.

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Teaching Perseverance. In this short video from The Teaching Channel, learn more about the importance of challenging students and how to encourage them to persevere and take on challenges.

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast

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In Praise of the Think-Pair-Share. In this episode of the Cult of Pedagogy podcast, learn how to get the most from this timeless strategy.

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Building Knowledge. In this article from Heinemann, literacy authors Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis expand on the building knowledge through thinking-intensive learning.

Early Years Literacy. In this article, Learn how one early years program shifted their focus from focusing on big books and books that were written specifically for one skill set to using picture books that help students apply their literacy skills across all key learning areas.

Literacy Programs. In this Edweek commentary, the author reveals and explores the problem with literacy programs and suggests parameters that should be met in key areas when considering resources.

Student-to-Student Talk. In this blog post learn more about the “penultimate form of productive in-class discussion”.

Word Game Wednesday. In this blog post, find an exhaustive list of word games that offer students fun and engaging ways to strengthen their literacy skills.

MISSION: Mastery Learning Master

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When Students Lead. Read more here about how letting students teach can lead to their best learning ever.

MISSION: Math Maven

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MISSION: Teacher Leader

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Connecting with Students. In this episode of the Cult of Pedagogy podcast, learn more about “really connecting with your students”.

“More important than anything else you do as a teacher is the relationship you build with your students.”

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Coaching is More Than Asking Questions. Learn more in this article from Forbes about aspects of coaching that go beyond “just asking questions”.

The Micro-Teaching Advantage. Videotaping your teaching practice is one way to engage in instructional coaching for growth. Read more in this article from Educational Leadership about how it can make for a better debrief and more learning.

Managing a Classroom. In the article from Edutopia, discover a key to effective classroom management. The author shares a three-phase process helps build strong teacher-student bonds, which can reduce disruptive behavior.

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

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Develop Your Personal Learning Network. In this post from The SharingPYP Blog, former AIS Kuwait music teacher, Levi Allison, shares how he has leveraged his Twitter presence to feel less isolated as a specialist teacher.

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Assessing 21st Century Skills. This MOOC, offered by Coursera, is designed principally for practicing teachers who are wondering exactly how they can incorporate teaching and assessment of 21st century skills into their classrooms, labs or workshops. Learn more | Enroll.

MISSION: University Degree

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Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Wilkes University’s low-residency Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is designed for professionals seeking to transform the face of education. Through rigorous and relevant curriculum, which combines theory, applied research and interactive learning experiences, you will leave the program prepared to address the unique challenges faced in K-12, higher education or professional environments. The Ed.D. requires 60 post-master’s credits, including nine credits of dissertation. Attend three program residencies while participating in virtual class sessions and online learning. Learn more. | Apply.

Online Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Wilkes University is pleased to partner with the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) to offer the Master of Science in International School Leadership. This 30-credit master’s degree program is offered through a completely online format, allowing you the flexibility to obtain your graduate degree in as little as two years. Learn more. | Apply.

Tuition-Free Master’s of Education. The IB has collaborated with the University of the People and launched a tuition-free, online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) programme. The M.Ed. offers teachers and schools across the world an opportunity to further their careers, regardless of where they live and teach. Find out more here. Apply here to begin in 2019.

MISSION: Well-Being Wizard

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Building a Positive Staff Culture. In this article from edutopia, the author claims that building a positive staff culture takes work. If schools want a strong collegial atmosphere, they need to foster it intentionally—both across the school and on smaller scales.

Student Anxiety. Read this article to learn five things to say to students suffering from anxiety.

Young Brains in Trauma. Read this article from edutopia to learn about seven ways to calm a young brain in trauma.

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialization. This online self-paced course offered by the University of Colorado Boulder through Coursera, participants will examine kindergarten through high school SEL programs, looking at both established programs and less well-known community-based and youth empowerment approaches. Along with this examination of K-12 SEL programs, there is also a much needed emphasis on the teachers’ well being. Learn more. | Register now.

Approaching Teaching: Week of March 9, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: Feedback Fanatic

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Improving Feedback. Listen to this podcast, learn seven strategies for improving student feedback.

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The Feedback Fallacy. How can we encourage learning and productivity we elicit from others? This article, from The Harvard Business Review, sets out to help us understand the path to a more effective way of improving performance.
 
Telling people what we think of their performance doesn’t help them thrive and excel, and telling people how we think they should improve actually hinders learning.
 
Improving Feedback. Read this blog post, learn seven strategies for improving student feedback.
 
Response to The Feedback Fallacy. In this blog post, Jim Knight responds to The Harvard Business Review article shared above.
 
Why Am I Grading This? In this blog post, a teacher reflects on, and shares, a flowchart to help teachers think about the purpose of student work.
 

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator

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A New Teaching Playbook. In this blog post two international educators propose that after 100 years of the same teaching model, it’s time to throw out the playbook.

Process vs. Product. In this blog post from Cult of Pedagogy, read more about why students should share their process, not just their product.

When Students Thrive. Read more in this IB blog about how to create the conditions for students to thrive.

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Creating Cultures of Thinking. The 8 forces we must master to truly transform our schools with Dr. Ron Ritchhart, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Project Zero. March 29 – 30, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Learn more | Register.

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast

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Building Relationships with Books. In this blog post from Cult of Pedagogy, a first-year teacher shares how she builds relationships with students through books.

Fun Words. Two passionate reading teachers share some of their favorite books that have fun words. Read more here.

Igniting Student Writing. In this blog post from Middleweb, the author reflects on the importance of writing and how a tiny spark can ignite students to write.

We write for so many reasons, from practical to poetical. I want my students to embrace writing as a way of being human. Sadly, too many never fully realize the potential writing can bring to their lives. These children need a spark to ignite that passion, creativity, and awareness.

Shared Reading. In this blog post read about the joys of shared reading and why it should be part of every classroom’s daily literacy instruction.

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Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies. In the Coursera course offering, explore the social context and aims of literacy teaching and learning. The course takes has a ‘Multiliteracies’ perspective, which aims to expand the definition of literacy to encompass today’s multimodal communications, and the diversity of literacies across different social and cultural contexts. Enroll by March 10. 100% online. Learn more | Enroll.

MISSION: Mastery Learning Master

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Cognitive Load Theory. Learn more about cognitive load theory and its implications for teaching and learning. Read more here.

MISSION: Math Maven

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Reading Novels in Math Class. In this article from MindShift, learn more about how reading Novels in math class can strengthen student engagement.

MISSION: Teacher Leader

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Every Teacher Needs a Coach! Jim Knight contends there is not better professional development than working with your very own personal growth coach. Working with an Instructional Coach is all about personal professional growth.The focus is on the goals of the individual teacher. Read more here…and then contact a coach!

Managing a Classroom. In the article from Edutopia, discover a key to effective classroom management. The author shares a three-phase process helps build strong teacher-student bonds, which can reduce disruptive behavior.

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Self Regulation. In this free webinar with Dr. Richard Cash, learn more about self-regulation in the classroom and how it helps students learn how to learn. Learn more.

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

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Develop Your Personal Learning Network. In this post from The SharingPYP Blog, former AIS Kuwait music teacher, Levi Allison, shares how he has leveraged his Twitter presence to feel less isolated as a specialist teacher.

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Assessing 21st Century Skills. This MOOC, offered by Coursera, is designed principally for practicing teachers who are wondering exactly how they can incorporate teaching and assessment of 21st century skills into their classrooms, labs or workshops. Learn more | Enroll.

MISSION: University Degree

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Tuition-Free Master’s of Education. The IB has collaborated with the University of the People and launched a tuition-free, online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) programme. The M.Ed. offers teachers and schools across the world an opportunity to further their careers, regardless of where they live and teach. Find out more here. Apply here to begin in 2019.

MISSION: Well-Being Wizard

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Self-Care For Teachers. Check out this podcast focused on teacher wellbeing.

Approaching Teaching: Week of March 2, 2019

 What is your learning mission?

MISSION: Feedback Fanatic

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Reflection and Storytelling. In this blog post, a MYP educator reflects and shares ways to harness the power of reflection through storytelling and offers 10 ways to curate reflection.

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Rethinking Formative Assessment. In this webinar, learn more about how to use learning progressions to fuel student success. Wednesday, March 6, 15:00 (EST) / December 11, 23:00 (AST). Learn more | Register.

MISSION: IB Programme Innovator

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Don’t Answer. Ask! Never say ANYTHING in your classroom that a student can say themselves. This article offers suggestions to help teachers helps students to solve problems on their own and to answer their own questions.

“When a student asks you a question, you have two choices: You can answer them directly, provide them with information and allow them to move on. Or you can pose a string of simple questions and allow them to reach a conclusion on their own.”

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Minimal Guidance During Instruction. In this scholarly research article the authors explore why minimal guidance during instruction does not work through an analysis of the failure of constructivist, discover, problem-based, experiential, and inquiry-based teaching.

Revised IB Programme Standards and Practices. Read more here about the revised IB programme standards and practices.

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Creating Cultures of Thinking. The 8 forces we must master to truly transform our schools with Dr. Ron Ritchhart, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Project Zero. March 29 – 30, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Learn more | Register.

MISSION: Literacy Enthusiast

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Chat Stations. In this article from Cult of Pedagogy, the author shares a quick and easy tool to get students more active and engaged with content. The idea is “chat stations”, a discussion framework so simple you can use it tomorrow to liven up your instructional routine. These “chat stations” include discussion prompts that students visit just like stations, but instead of performing a complex task, they just have a quick discussion.

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Interview with an ESL Teacher. In this episode of the Cult of Pedagogy Podcast, we meet Kim, a middle school ESL teacher. She talks about the complexities of teaching English-language learners, like the power imbalance that arises when the kids speak English but the parents don’t, why ELL students won’t look their teachers in the eye, and the well-intended mistake so many content area teachers make when working with a diverse population. She describes technology tools that improve language learning, instructional strategies that make a huge difference, and what she would do if she could design standardized testing for ELL students.

“Teachers are so overwhelmed, they see an ELL kid as one more thing, rather than as someone who has something really powerful to contribute to the class.”

 

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Chat Stations. Here’s a video demonstrating how “chat stations” work. (See post above.)

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Strategies to Improve Adolescent Reading Proficiency. In this webinar, learn more about how to identify and address why students struggle. Wednesday, March 13, 15:00 (EST) / December 11, 22:00 (AST). Learn more | Register.
 

MISSION: Mastery Learning Master

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85% Review. In this blog post, learn more about making lessons 85% review and teaching to master.

MISSION: Math Maven

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Reading Novels in Math Class. In this article from MindShift, learn more about how reading Novels in math class can strengthen student engagement.

MISSION: Teacher Leader

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2018 Education Research Highlights. Researchers studied students’ brains as they learned and took another look at the marshmallow test, learning styles, and growth mindset. Read more about 2018 education research highlights in this article from edutopia.

5 Tips for Pedagogical Leadership. In this blog post, read about one professional’s five tips for being a true pedagogical leader. To what extent would you agree with her top tips?

Are Teachers Inadvertently Promoting Inequity? While some may claim Pinterest and TpT help teachers in a pinch, the daily use and growing reliance on low-quality and poorly-sequenced curricula only exacerbates educational inequity for students desperately needing access to “the best stuff.” Read more here.

Introverts and Essential Leadership Skills. Yale psychologists assert that introverts are better than extroverts at performing an essential leadership skill. Read more here about the importance of the ability to decipher human behavior that all good leaders share.

The Power of Collective Efficacy. When teams of educators believe they have the ability to make a difference, exciting things can happen in a school. Read more in this Educational Leadership article from ASCD.

MISSION: Technology Trailblazer

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20 Smartphone Apps. Check out these 20 fun apps to enhance student learning by putting their smartphones to good use . Using Social Media Well. In this short article, the author makes that claim that when we teach students to use social media (the right way), the possibilities are endless.

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You Have a Twitter Account! Now what? Learn more about how to leverage your Twitter account in this episode of the Cult of Pedagogy podcast.

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Microsoft Teams University. Microsoft Teams provides a single hub to collaborate real-time on documents, chat, meet online and integrate with educational apps. Upskill yourself here.

MISSION: University Degree

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Tuition-Free Master’s of Education. The IB has collaborated with the University of the People and launched a tuition-free, online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) programme. The M.Ed. offers teachers and schools across the world an opportunity to further their careers, regardless of where they live and teach. Find out more here. Apply here to begin in 2019.

MISSION: Well-Being Wizard

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Habits of Highly Affective Teachers. Want to make your school a better place for everyone? Learn more about how to make emotional health a habit in this ASCD article by Rick Wormelli.
 
Success and Straight As. If you always succeed in school, you’re not setting yourself up for success in life. Read more in this opinion piece from The New York Times about what straight-A students get wrong.