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Managing the pressure of the 'difficult' class - The Learner's Way - 33 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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The Most Audacious 'Class' I've Ever Seen - Blog - HappySteve - 27 views

  • We use a 'landscape/frame/gateway' approach that overlays freedom and agency onto a sophisticated curated learning landscape that takes 100s of hours to set up. 
  • Audacious. 180 kids, 1 space, NO TEACHERS. They put precautionary measures in place. No gap in duty-of-care. But: one huge risk. An audacious risk. Step back. Create space. Allow agency. Truth is, for the rest of the year it will be: 180 kids, 6 to 8 teachers, 1 space, and a virtual learning platform to rival the Khan Academy.
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    Lookk, before you do anything, just watch this footage. Then, optionally, read my waffle. But watch this footage. As jaw-dropping to me as any TED talk. Try to spot the teacher. OHHHH there aren't any. Yet the kids are working in synchronicity. WHY? HOW? Answer this, and you've cracked the paradigm-change nut we're smack-bang in the middle of:
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Study: Class size doesn't matter - The Washington Post - 9 views

  • traditionally collected input measures — class size, per pupil expenditure, the fraction of teachers with no certification, and the fraction of teachers with an advanced degree — are not correlated with school effectiveness.
  • frequent teacher feedback, the use of data to guide instruction, high-dosage tutoring, increased instructional time, and high expectations — explains approximately 50 percent of the variation in school effectiveness
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    Two Harvard researchers looked at the factors that actually improve student achievement and those that don't.
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History in 140 Characters: Asking Educators to Use Twitter - Naomi Coquillon - Technolo... - 51 views

  • When I discuss Twitter in workshops, responses range from "I just don't have time for that -- it's enough to keep up with email and Facebook" to "you just can't have a conversation on Twitter." And I understand. I wasn't always so fond of Twitter. I wondered how I would ever say anything useful in 140 characters
  • Verizon Thinkfinity, "Why Use Twitter? Tell Us Your Tips"
  • to provide our followers with the latest news about our resources or great material from other institutions, as well as being a way to get in touch with us.
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  • What I've come to love as I use Twitter, and the value I share with these teachers, is being exposed to more thought-provoking articles than I ever had before, and learning of new resources just as soon as they become available.
  • Thirty Interesting Ways to Use Twitter"
  • "Help a Fellow Teacher Get on Twitter,"
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    ideas and links to other resources for creatively using twitter in the classroom
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Texting vs. Teaching: Who Wins? - Class Struggle - Jay Mathews on Education - 0 views

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    The standard adminstrative response is to try a new rule--like texting only during lunch--that might or might not alleviate the problem, when the answer to almost every educational mishap or distraction is not more rules, but more good teaching.
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