I believe that the SHIFT ELearning blog might just be finding inspiration from me!  Here is a recent post from SHIFT which explains some brilliant statistics about the wonders of micro learning  which is taking the corporate world of staff development by storm.  Enjoy reading more reasons why I’m right!

 

 

Lately, I have been seeing pins on Pinterest with a similar format.

I love them so much that I have been pinning them to my Differentiation Pinterest Board to read later. I finally had an opportunity to check out the website that they were all coming from and I had to share it with you!

 

Understand.org is a website designed for parents of children with learning and/or attention difficulties.

While the website targets parents, there are plenty of resources for teachers and specialists.  The professional jargon is minimal and information is concise.  While we are all able to access the technical language associated with pedagogy and therapy, we would all rather read a simply worded summary.

If you are a Literacy Coach, Numeracy Coach, Special Education Teacher or other specialist, you will find the parent toolkit helpful for activities that can be used in PD programs. There are several games that parents/ teachers/ family members can play to experience what it can be like to have various learning difficulties.

I can see this website becoming a go-to site for material to share with my colleagues at school.  As well as characteristics of learning difficulties, this website has information about the social and emotional side of learning difficulties.  There are also recommendations for parents about communicating with their school and accessing assistive technology for their child.

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Source: Is DI Really As Easy As What I Have Been Lead to Believe?

A new follower, Teaching and Learning Notebook, asks a great question. Then she answers it. Spoiler Alert… Differentiated Instruction is not easy!
But here is the good news. Collaboration can make it easier.

Learning from each other makes us better Teachers and that leads to better outcomes for our students and (just like the Hokey Pokey), that’s what it’s all about!

Cult of Pedagogy has a website, blog, Pinterest boards, and probably more social media accounts that you can follow and visit.  I was introduced to Cult of Pedagogy through Pinterest, so here is the Cult of Pedagogy Pinterest Profile for you to check out.

Cult of Pedagogy is worth a look for any teacher or pedagogy coach.  I am certain that you will find something useful for you and your classroom.  Get going: learn something new, think about your teaching practice, discover new strategies and read some real life stories from teachers just like you.

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I am working on my unit and lesson planning for term 2 and I came upon this article by Terry Heick. His summary is short and sweet while including some ideas on how to engage students in each Habit of Mind.

Heick has very succinctly explained the importance of The Habits of Mind in the modern classroom and why explicitly teaching them facilitates student success.

‘…the Habits of Mind that (often predictably) lead to success or failure in the mastery of given standards. In fact, it is not in the standards or assessments, but rather these personal habits where success or failure — in academic terms — actually begin.’

While the idea of explicitly teaching Habits of Mind are not at all new, it might be new to you or your school context.  It might be something your administration is mandating or encouraging.  You might decide to try and implement these all on your own.  The fact remains that the Habits of Mind are all about attitude towards learning and problem solving.  Helping our students to develop positive attitudes and strategies for tackling problems is key to the success of our students.

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