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Thirteen ways education could change

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 01 July 2021 10:05 AM SAST
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Article by Terry Heick

1. Elementary school might evolve
Modern learners must consume, evaluate, and integrate constantly changing data in highly-dynamic and visible contexts. In 2013 (when this post was originally published), most elementary schools were (are?) more less tiny high schools, with a balance of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and other ‘core’ skills, while character training supplements academic work. Though that balance tends more towards literacy than it does in most high schools, this minor adjustment is insufficient to meet the needs of a modern world.


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Seven good feedback principles

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 01 July 2021 8:55 AM SAST
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Stage 1: Clarify what good performance is
Students can only achieve learning goals if they understand those goals, assume some ownership of them, and can assess progress (Sadler, 1989; Black & Wiliam, 1998). If students do not share their teacher’s conceptions of assessment goals (and criteria and standards) then the feedback information they receive is unlikely to ‘connect’ (Hounsell, 1997).

One way of clarifying task requirements (goals/criteria/standards) is to provide students with written documents. However, many studies have shown that it is difficult to make assessment explicit, therefore, strategies must include verbal explanations.


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8 Essential Skills to Learn for New Teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 01 July 2021 8:15 AM SAST
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Written by Lily Jones

Here we walk you through the steps you'll need to take before the first day of school. Before getting a classroom of your own, I spent two years student teaching in the classrooms of veteran teachers. I had gone to professional development sessions and seen experienced teachers share their amazing practices. But I had never seen a beginning teacher in action before.

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The Truth About the Teacher Mindset

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 01 July 2021 8:05 AM SAST
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Witten by Lily Jones

I've said it again and again, both here and to the beginning teachers I coach: the job of a teacher is never done.

I say it so much because I still find it hard to swallow. I'm the kind of person who likes to make to-do lists and methodically check things off. This was how I spent my first few years of teaching -- making endless lists then drowning in them as I collected more and more things to do. 

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7 Essential Classroom Zones

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 30 June 2021 11:45 AM SAST
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Article by Veronica Lopez

Setting up some or all of these zones in your elementary classroom will help you and your students make the best use of your shared space. There are many elements to consider as you plan for the next school year. You always review critical pieces like standards, curriculum, instructional activities, and testing, but you also think about the classroom space and how to arrange desks, set up bulletin boards, and organize materials.


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Building Emotional Support for Teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 29 June 2021 10:50 AM SAST
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Written by Kyndal Easter

Administrators can take several steps to support teachers in facing the stressors of the job. Esspecially during these times, the pandemic isnt easy on anyone. Everyone is facing some sort of harsh reality or dealing with some kind of emotional crisis. As educators it is important tat we know that we are human be fore anything and that we also need emotional support. Here are somethings that our schooling enviroment can d for us.

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Written by Jon Konen

Never has a school year given us so much to gripe about… and never has the school break brought such a feeling of sweet relief. At the end of a year that left students, teachers and parents all feeling like we ran a marathon, and a year filled with uncertainty still ahead.Teaching is one of the fields hardest hit by the pandemic and it is still reeling and trying to find its footing as we speak. 

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Free online Teacher Resources

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 29 June 2021 8:20 AM SAST
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Times are changing and before we know it the future that we have only dreamed of and see in movies will be upon us. As educators we are always on the lookout for new inspiration and new ideas, but who has time to plow through the a million resources on the internet? Well, good news! We have  done the research for you, and here are a couple of sources for free teacher resources.

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Article by School of Education.

The number of mental health issues among school-age children has ballooned in the last two decades, causing great alarm and leaving educators strategising how to respond. Since 2013, major depression alone has climbed 65% for girls and 47% for boys, according to a recent report from from a major health insurer. Clearly, students need comprehensive support to deal with emotional disturbances that negatively affect their daily lives and potentially hurt their futures as well.

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Must Reads for New Teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 25 June 2021 4:05 PM SAST
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By Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong

Lots of educators suffer from back-to-school jitters, but teachers new to the classroom are especially prone to worries: What if I have a classroom full of troublemakers? What if my lesson plans aren’t rigorous enough? What if I have absolutely no parental or administrative support? Take comfort: Your colleagues have recommended some must-reads for newbies that are sure to help you get organized and energized. Here are a few of their picks.

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