All Blog Posts Tagged 'teaching' (112)

How to win the "best schools" race - don't play the game!

A week ago my knowledge of the education system of Finland was, to be honest,  almost non-existent.   I knew that they were consistently ranked number one of all “Western” countries in PISA testing but had no idea how they did it.  Then, last weekend, I attended a keynote address by Professor Teemu Leinonen, Professor of New Media Design and Learning at the Media Lab of Aalto…

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Added by nevbar1 on July 24, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Forward to 1960 ...Marshall McLuhan’s “Tribal Drums” – more relevant today than ever?

It is common when blogging  to re-post video that is current, up to date, modern.  I’m breaking with that trend on this post by linking to a clip dating from 1960.

 Marshall McLuhan was a key thinker in the early days of electric  media – when television and radio were emerging forces.  He achieved near guru status with his concept of “The Global Village”.   The…

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Added by nevbar1 on July 19, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Mathematical Maverick – Dan Meyer – “Be less helpful”

If mathematics has a poster boy it is – or at least should be – Dan Meyer.  Meyer is something of a rarity in the field of public discussion of mathematics; he is not an academic, he is not an  educational administrator,  he is a teacher -  someone who works in real classrooms with real students with real mathematics.    It is this “real world” context that makes him worth listening to – and which provides the grounding for his instruction.

Meyer is an advocate of authentic…

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Added by nevbar1 on June 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Mathematicians' Lament - Paul Lockhart

Following on consistently in my habit of being the last kid on the block to discover something I recently fell upon “Mathematician’s Lament” by Paul Lockhart.  



The history of the book is interesting in itself – it actually started life as a 25 page type written document that was presented to math guru Keith Devlin at a conference.  Devlin was intrigued and impressed by… Continue

Added by nevbar1 on June 16, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Set a Wayside Teaching Goal for Next School Year

Originally posted on The Freshman Transition Network.


Are you required to create formal growth objectives for next year?  Or are you simply interested in finding new ways to grow professionally regardless of whether or not you are required to have formal objectives?  Would you like to reach more effectively your most needy students?  Do you hope to have a lasting impact in the lives of the young people you…

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Added by Scott Habeeb on June 2, 2011 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Do we blame dentists for tooth decay?

I’ve been reading a lot of assignments of late to do with literacy generally and the “literacy wars” in particular.   Perhaps predictably the students fall comfortably into the “phonics” or “whole language” camps – few have made the accurate observation that both approaches co-exist in the classrooms of effective teachers.   Some have stretched a little further to include the…

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Added by nevbar1 on May 31, 2011 at 1:26am — No Comments

Shambles Newsletter May 2011 ... online

Shambles Newsletter May 2011 .. now online
and it lives at
or use the short url …
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Added by Shamblesguru (Chris Smith) on May 14, 2011 at 8:13am — No Comments

Students leaving a legacy - Alan November

We live in an era of bells and whistles and razzmatazz, the 30 second sound bite, flash animations and “edutainment”.   For a message to “hit home” it has to be delivered with all the “bells and whistles” that are possible. Right?  Wrong.



Educational consultant Alan November proves that powerful thoughts, spoken softly in the most traditional manner of all - a teacher in front of some students with only some slides (still images) to help him, can be riveting.…

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Added by nevbar1 on May 8, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Easter...and the Khan Academy

It’s Easter.   I’m sitting with my coffee with an Easter egg, enjoying the delicious blending of coffee and chocolate while reading, with considerable pleasure it has to be said, some fascinating traffic on the blogs around the world – many of them debating the merits or otherwise of the Khan Academy and the recent speech at TED by the Academy’s founder Salman Khan.   Then…

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Added by nevbar1 on April 23, 2011 at 2:21am — No Comments

6 Essential Elements to Get Your Idea Across – Part 1

I just started reading the book Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath which is about why some ideas take off and others don’t. It’s actually blowing me away. The thought of making an idea stick is not just for advertising people but it should be on the minds of anyone trying to get a point across. For example if you are a teacher presenting to students or a student doing a presentation, an entrepreneur selling a new concept or trying to…

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Added by Sal P on April 7, 2011 at 11:39am — No Comments

10 Excellent iPad Applications for Teachers

With the iPad2 on the launching pad, it’s a great time to share this list of useful iPad apps for teachers from guest writer Paula Dierkens.

 

There’s no doubt that the iPad is an excellent device, and if you own this gadget, it makes sense to pick up the applications best suited to your lifestyle and profession. So if you’re a teacher, here are ten great iPad apps that you must try…

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Added by Kelly Walsh on March 7, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

The continuing quest to be a better teacher

I remember when I joined the university about 17 years ago (it feels like only yesterday!) I was given the task of handling a laboratory class. I already had some experiences as a graduate assistant during my time as a Ph.D. student so it was not very difficult. I think I did quite a good job designing new experiments, interacting with the students and helping them with the experiment and marking the lab report. During the first few months, I had to attend induction courses including one or…

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Added by A. A. Karim on February 18, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

How does students' prior knowledge affect their learning

This presentation is a summary of important points from the first chapter of the book "How Learning Works - 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching" by Ambrose and others. In Chapter 1 (How Does Students' Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning) the authors discuss the importance of teachers to recognize that students bring with them prior knowledge acquired naturally through daily life activities or in prior courses they have studied. Some of the prior knowledge are relevant but some are… Continue

Added by A. A. Karim on January 18, 2011 at 1:16am — No Comments

Landing An Interview With KC Distance Learning

I've been trying to land a job with KC Distance Learning for over a year. My interest in online education began three years ago, when I chose to homeschool my oldest child who had recently been given an IEP and was still not doing so hot in the classroom. Since I was a teacher and had just recently left my position due to a relocation, I was jobless and needing a focus. I decided to take on the education of my own child and after careful research into the world of homeschool curriculum I…

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Added by Rashel Fitchett on December 7, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Teaching About Thanksgiving - Top 3 Websites from LessonGateway

With the Thanksgiving season fast approaching many teachers are developing lessons about both the holiday and how the Pilgrims established their settlements in Plymouth. There are numerous websites with information to help with this - here are the ones we rate as our 'Top Three'.



Teachers of younger students will appreciate…

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Added by Greg from LessonGateway.com on November 14, 2010 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

Next Generation Learning Challenges

There is a place that encourages better learning as well as teaching techniques while promoting new and evolving technologies as the tools to achieve more effective results.


Click here to visit the website of "Next Generation Learning Challenges".


Tis site will be of interest to teachers and students alike interested in best practices to achieve better results in the education of our youth in…
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Added by Gary Gray on October 11, 2010 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Autism resource for educators

Hi,


I just wanted to pass along an information piece that I have happened upon which should be of interest to anyone in the education field that is working with children with Autism. (especially Canada)


Click Here to open the brochure containing important info as well as the website address.


I hope that you find this information helpful in…
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Added by Gary Gray on October 10, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Togetherville "Heart Your School" Sweepstakes

Togetherville.com is a kid-focused social platform built on three core tenets: education, entertainment and expression.



In addition to providing kids with a way to share their thoughts and concerns about their education, Togetherville has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to give kids a chance to show their school pride, join the discussion on education and give their school a chance to win…

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Added by Derek Baird on October 10, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

TEFList - a new way to find an English teaching job

Well, it is finally here! TEFList, the video ELT job site. A l ot of work went into it and it really does some amazing things. Ning is charging us through the nose and I hope any revenue provided by TEFList will help our community survive.



1) All the jobs in ELT in one spot (no being a chicken with your head cut off)…

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Added by ddeubel on September 2, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Technology and Teaching Languages

My thoughts on how technology is part of the curriculum for language teachers. You might also like my ebook of top sites for language teaching



Here is a presentation in brief - focusing on how technology relates to curriculum. Some tips, some thoughts .......…





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Added by ddeubel on July 11, 2010 at 9:05pm — 1 Comment

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