How Saying and Showing to Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School

Excerpt from this article:

I have always known how important it is that students know their teacher believes in them; I knew this as a teacher and more recently became more acutely aware of it as a parent. When my daughter was five, she realized the teacher of her class in England was giving other students harder math problems, and she came home to me and asked why. When she realized that the teacher did not think she had potential—and sadly, this was true; the teacher had decided she had limited ability—her self-belief was shattered, and she developed a terribly fixed mindset that damaged her learning and confidence for a long time afterward. Now, some years later, after a lot of work from her parents and some wonderful teachers, she is transformed: she has a growth mindset and loves math. Despite the fact that the teacher never said to my daughter that she did not believe in her, she managed to communicate that message loud and clear, and this was understood by my daughter even at the young age of five.

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Maybe there’s a reason “college prep” kids sometimes underperform.

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The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter

From this article.

eduHashtagsTwitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and worth your time. So here’s a useful guide that we curated from Edudemic’s archives in an effort to put something together that was a bit easier to read than random blog posts. We hope you enjoy and will be regularly adding to this guide so feel free to leave your ideas down in the comments or by, what else, tweeting us @edudemic anytime!

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Tons of additional information on that page.

You ask students to try new things. Time to walk the talk.

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Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives

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“The problem is not to get incrementally better with our current education system,” said Tony Wagner, expert in residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab. “The problem is to reimagine it.” Wagner is not the first to call for a make-over of the education system, and he certainly isn’t the first to advocate for content that connects with students in authentic ways or that teaches real world skills. His voice joins with the countless educators clamoring for the freedom to pursue those same goals.

The article is a good read. And so is Tony’s book. Some other good books here.

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What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?

From this article on KQED’s Mind/Shift

In my book, OPEN: How We’ll Work, Live And Learn In The Future, I argue that a relentless focus upon high-stakes accountability — through student testing and teacher evaluation — has done little to improve outcomes, and has de-professionalized and demoralized teachers.

On the other hand, the flourishing of social collaboration among educators offers hope for a profession under siege, because it’s through self-determining their own professional learning that teachers and administrators can both offset the worst effects of being told how to do their jobs and accelerate innovation.

After the failure of command-and-control, there is now a growing interest in self-managed work-groups, radical transparency and open learning systems as productivity and innovation drivers. What would that look like for educators?

Some food for thought as you prepare to meet the future. Read more.

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The Mac Lab Way

mlwSmJust sharing a tale you may or may not find of value.

The Mac Lab Way v1.0

Links, credits, and clarifications at the bottom of the page.

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NEW: Google for Edu Training Center

From the site:

Learning never stops

Dedicated educators are lifelong learners. With that in mind, we’ve designed free, online training for the classroom that helps educators do what they do best, even better.

Guided training paths just for educators

Whether you’re here to learn one new thing or to start the path to Google mastery, we’ve got you covered. The training center has content to meet you where you are and get you where you want to be.

Show what you know with certifications

This is your time to shine and join the ranks of Google Certified Educators around the world. Get certified on your level to demonstrate your knowledge with our online tools.

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As we position ourselves to be the recipients of the district’s 2016/17 1 to 1 rollout, we need to become adept at these online tools. Check out these self-paced, self-directed professional development options.

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Impatience with Irresolution

Delivered by a math teacher but relevant to all subjects.

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