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Nigel Coutts

Initial Reflections on ICOT 2018 - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    The past five days have provided me with an amazing learning experience as I have attended ICOT 2018. With the conference just wrapped up and with Florida providing another remarkably wet afternoon, here are some initial reflections.  
Nigel Coutts

In anticipation of learning - ICOT18 - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Next week is set to be an exciting week of learning and sharing as teachers from across the globe make their way to Miami for the International Conference on Thinking (ICOT). 
Nigel Coutts

Building Home-School Connections for Continuous Learning - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    When schools communicate, and share strategies they are using to develop mindsets, dispositions and competencies with parents and when parents adopt these strategies and elements of a metalanguage for learning and thinking, our students are better able to integrate the desirable attributes. 
Nigel Coutts

Teacher Agency vs The Collective Voice - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    With good reason, much is made of learner agency but the concept of teacher agency is important too. If we hope to build a profession in which we are all self-navigating life-long learners, we must acknowledge the role that teacher agency plays. 
John Evans

Math Education: The Roots of Computer Science | Edutopia - 2 views

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    "Math matters for computer science because it teaches students how to use abstract language, work with algorithms, self-analyze their computational thinking, and accurately modeling real-world solutions."
Nigel Coutts

We've always done it that way - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Experience shapes our understanding of the world and our responses to it. Our past influences our decision making and constrains our imaginations of what is and is not possible. Understanding this is a crucial step towards change; a first step towards discovering a better way to do things. Until we understand how our experience is limiting our imaginations we will continue to be restrained by the way things have always been done. 
Nigel Coutts

More than knowing the right answer - The Learner's Way - 3 views

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    Being wise is about so much more than knowing the right answer. Indeed, it can be argued that knowing the right answer can be an obstacle to learning and understanding. As we move further into times where knowledge is ubiquitous and yet truth is increasingly hard to find, merely knowing the right answer can be an impediment. 
Nigel Coutts

Our curious ideas about intelligence - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    We have some strange ideas about intelligence, many of them are wrong. Some of our ideas can have a damaging effect on the people we label as intelligent. When we look at some of the research behind intelligence we find that our assumptions based on what we were once told about it need to be updated. 
John Evans

Sir Ken Robinson's Next Act: You Are the System and You Can Change Education | EdSurge ... - 1 views

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    Sir Ken Robinson's views on creativity are abundantly well documented. In his 2006 TED Talk-still the most-watched of all time-he claimed that "we are educating people out of their creative capacities" and charged the current education system with being too rigid in adhering to traditional academic subjects. Kids, he argued, need time to dance, draw, create and find what they're good at.

    But he hasn't given up on schools or education-far from it, in fact. For his follow-up act, Robinson is releasing a new book for parents on how to raise capable children who thrive in school. Make no mistake, though, he's still shaking up the system (and redefining what that actually means).
Keri-Lee Beasley

The data on children's media use: An interview with Michael Robb - Rafael Heller, 2018 - 3 views

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    Interview on children's media use.
    News = hyperbolic & alarming.
    Evidence = more balanced.
Nigel Coutts

Wrapped in Cognitive Cotton Wool - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    The dangers of making learning so safe and so easy it lacks any real sense of challenge. When we do this we deny our learners the opportunities they need to learn from mistakes and grow their minds. 
John Evans

2018 Discovery Education STEM Community Reading Lists | Discovery Education - 3 views

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    "With March being National Reading Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to immerse ourselves in STEM-infused literature! Books are so important to growing a STEM mindset, especially with the earliest of learners. Books open doors and windows to worlds and experiences which many students may never have the opportunity to enjoy in person; they give students examples of critical thinking, innovation, persistence, and creativity - all skills needed throughout a student's education and into their future careers. This month, instead of sharing my favorite STEM resources, I reached out to our STEMtastic Discovery Education STEM Community for help, and the response was overwhelming! Asking educators about their favorite books is like asking a chef about their favorite foods; you receive incredibly extensive lists that stretch your thinking to places you never imagined. What started as a list with three categories grew organically to encompass the breadth of literature supporting a STEM mindset in students, educators, and the everyday population."
Nigel Coutts

Making the best use of our time with Google Forms - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Teachers are a busy lot. We are a profession whose workload seems to be forever on the rise and as much as you do, there is always more to be done, more to be learned, new challenges to be surmounted and exciting new opportunities to be explored. For all of this it is important to make the most efficient use of the tools we have at our disposal. Google Forms can help. 
Nigel Coutts

Home Delivered vs Home Cooked Learning - Who's in the driver's seat? - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Do you like your learning 'home delivered' or do you prefer it to be 'home cooked'? Is learning something that you are the driver of or is learning something that happens to you? 
Nigel Coutts

Managing the pressure of the 'difficult' class - The Learner's Way - 4 views

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    Sometimes, it seems the class you are teaching is more than you can cope with. The truth is all teachers face times like this. The sad part is that many good teachers decide that the best move for them in these times is to leave the profession; a trend we need to fix. 
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