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Slowing Down to Learn

Learning takes effort. Sometimes with some subjects for some people, learning takes much effort. As teachers, any small tip that gives us an edge is greatly appreciated. In this article from the MindShift website, author Patricia Jennings describes the value of a silent pause for increasing engagement within the classroom. Learn why, when, and how to increase the value of slowing down and pausing. Enjoy at ...

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/02/17/slowing-down-to-learn-mindful-pauses-that-can-help-student-engagement/
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Anatomy of a Great Teacher

Great teaching doesn't just happen. You don't wake up one day and recognize that you're a great teacher. The art, craft, and science of great teaching is developed over time as teachers exert effort to understand the intricacies of shaping the classroom environment, cultivate a collection of effective strategies to employ with their students, habitually sacrifice themselves to meet the needs of their varied student population, and maintain high goals and standards to which they motivate their students to attain. Today's featured article includes an incredible infographic that hilights the Anatomy of a Great Teacher. Be encouraged and educated by an excellent article and infographic from the ED News Daily website.

http://www.ednewsdaily.com/the-dna-of-great-teachers/
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Transforming Paper Worksheets

Niels Vanspauwen of Book Widgets (previous iBook Widgets) explains how to take a paper worksheet and transform it into a digital worksheet for today's modern devices. Neil explains how to make the worksheets fill-able, interactive, and auto-gradeable. Neil even provides directions on how to embed playable technologies such as video and audio files. It's a new day! And a new era! With new devices! And all this newness begs a change on the part of the teacher and the learner. Check out Niels article and modernize your classroom today!

https://www.bookwidgets.com/blog/2016/10/transforming-paper-worksheets
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Building a Thinking Classroom in Math

While this article from the Edutopia blog targets math instruction, we felt that is ideas were valuable and easily adaptable to the Physics classroom. As such, we encourage all teachers of Physics and similar subjects to read it and to learn about the collection of 14 variables and corresponding pedagogies that offer a framework for teachers to integrate thinking and problem-solving into their instruction. Enjoy at …

https://www.edutopia.org/article/building-thinking-classroom-math
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Growth Mindset Is Not Enough

As an educator, it is tempting to believe that students who adopt a growth mindset will automatically be prepared for the future. But just having a growth mindset doesn't guarantee success and fulfillment of one's potential. While a growth mindset is crucial, it is not sufficient. In this article from the Edutopia blog, educator and author Robert Ward identifies several other attributes that are crucial in order for students to grow into their potential. Enjoy his insight at …

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/growth-mindset-not-enough-robert-ward
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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

Students asking questions and then exploring the answers. That’s something any good teacher lives for. And at the heart of it all is curiosity. Researchers are now beginning to understand the nature of curiosity and why a curious brain is likely to learn more than others. Enjoy the insights at the MindShift blog.

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/10/27/whats-going-on-inside-the-brain-of-a-curious-child/
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Reduce Test Stress

Stress is inescapable. It is simply a stressful world that we live in. And for students, stress is heightened as high-stakes tests approach … or for that matter, as any test approaches. And unfortunately, stress does not help test performance. In this article from the Edutopia blog, neurologist and educator Dr. Judy Willis explains what teachers can do to help students reduce stress prior to a test. Learn more at …

https://www.edutopia.org/article/brain-based-strategies-reduce-test-stress-judy-willis
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Slowing Down to Learn

Learning takes effort. Sometimes with some subjects for some people, learning takes much effort. As teachers, any small tip that gives us an edge is greatly appreciated. In this article from the MindShift website, author Patricia Jennings describes the value of a silent pause for increasing engagement within the classroom. Learn why, when, and how to increase the value of slowing down and pausing. Enjoy at ...

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/02/17/slowing-down-to-learn-mindful-pauses-that-can-help-student-engagement/
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Ten Things Students Want Educators to Know

Hey Teachers! Educator and Sketch Note artist Sylvia Duckworth gives us another reason to love her collection of Sketch Notes with "Ten Things Students Want Educators to Know". Take some time to step through these 10 things and reflect upon how they might alter your teaching and your relationships with students. And to view more of Sylvia's creations, visit her Flickr site at ...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/15664662@N02/
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Twelve Rules for Teacher Heroes

Hey teacher! Imagine being called a "Hero." The fact is you are a hero … you teach students, and that's heroic work. And to make you an even more nostalgic hero, try these 12 tips for becoming a more heroic teacher. From the WeAreTeachers blog, the tips were excerpts from Katrina Field's book: "American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom" and the result of hundreds of hours of observations of and discussions with classroom teachers. Enjoy at …

https://www.weareteachers.com/12-rules-for-classroom-heroes/
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