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29
Jul
2

...be here now...

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I started my career in education almost 27 years ago working with students who struggled. I taught them about the power of “be here now” to help them to monitor their attention so that the time they spent learning (whether they were listening to a teacher, involved in a classroom activity,...
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11
May
5

Using technology to promote a commitment to reflection in the classroom

Posted by Giselle Martin-Kniep
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The Summer 2009 issue of the Journal of Staff Development has a fascinating article titled: "See me, hear me, coach me." by Marcia L. Rock and several other authors. The article showcases a success story of a 2nd grade teacher who is being coached via Skype and a bluetooth ear piece...
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18
Jul
3

Learning and Living with the Dispositions of Practice

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How do schools promote a culture that is infused by the Dispositions of Practice? How are these upheld? By whom? A few weeks ago, I had a chance to attend the Second Annual Showcase Celebration of Learning at the Little Flower School District located in Wading River, New York. This is...
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24
May
3

Who do you want to be in a learning community?

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It may be interesting to consider if the development of virtual communities is parallel to the development of other social networks and to cultures in general. Derek Wenmoth, an active blogger, suggests that people who participate in blogs evolve though four different phases as they gain understanding and confidence. His phases...
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24
Jan
6

Provocative prompts protocol

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This is one of our favorite protocols for text-based discussions in that it allows people who have read a text before-hand to engage side by side with others who just encountered the text minutes before beginning the discussion. The protocol uncovers different perspectives related to a text and promotes a commitment...
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23
Jan
4

And so they write... seeking the voice of practice

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Ten individuals gather in a green round room surrounded by a recently manicured lawn. Some sit on the floor; a few on couches or chairs either holding a pad and pen, or cradling laptops; and others at a rectangular table facing computer screens or somewhere deep in space. It is a...
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