Learning and Teaching

6 articles on teacher-assigned summer reading | @mcleod – Education Article

The school year is ending for most children here in America, and that means we also often see the imposition of schoolwork on students’ free time over the summer months. Here is a quick collection of six articles and blog posts on teacher-assigned summer reading: Read them or don’t… It’s summer. Read what you want! Image credit: Kids play soccer This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod) Read Full Article

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2 books for 2 different needs | @mcleod – Education Article

It’s always gratifying when something you write resonates with others. That’s particularly true when it’s something as big as a book (even a small book). I have had the wonderful opportunity over the past year and a half – thanks to series editor Bill Ferriter and the amazing folks at Solution Tree – to publish two very different books, both of which are intended to meet very specific needs of school leaders and classroom educators and both of which have…

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New book chapter in Multimedia Learning Theory! | @mcleod – Education Article

I am pleased to announce that my book chapter in Multimedia Learning Theory: Preparing for the New Generation of Students is now available! My chapter is titled Multimedia Learning and the Educational Leader. Here’s an excerpt from the Systemic Improvement section of the chapter: One important role of principals and superintendents is ensuring that employee position announcements, job descriptions, hiring processes, mentoring systems, training, and evaluation criteria all enforce school organizations’ need for robust multimedia learning and teaching. Few school…

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Podcast – How to take our leadership and teaching to new levels | @mcleod – Education Article

January 23, 2019 by Scott McLeod I recently had the good fortune to talk with Aaron Maurer, an amazing Iowa educator who I’m proud to call friend. Aaron also received one of ISTE’s 2018 Making It Happen Awards! Aaron invited me to participate in his Coffee for the Brain podcast and the end result is below. Happy listening! … This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod) Read Full Article

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Time, place, path, and pace | @mcleod – Education Article

Upcoming travel and events May 29 – Central New York School Boards Association Annual Meeting, Skaneateles, NY June 10-11 – EdPrepLab, New York, NY June 12 – Albemarle County Schools, Charlottesville, VA June 22-26 – ISTE Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA July 25 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, Martinsville, VA August 12 – Oberon Middle School, Arvada, CO August 13 – Longmont Christian School, Longmont, CO August 20 – Northwestern Lehigh School District, New Tripoli, PA August 20 – Northern…

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Is the purpose of school really low-level content and procedures? | @mcleod – Education Article

In The Genius Myth, Michael Meade said: If each person has natural gifts and innate talents, then the true nature of education must involve the awakening, inviting, and blessing of the inner genius and unique life spirit of each young person. [Kindle location 371] In You, Your Child, and School, Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica said: We all create our own lives. Helping your children develop what is inside them is the best guarantee of them creating a rewarding…

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2 questions about cheating, copying, and student ‘integrity’ | @mcleod – Education Article

We’re so quick to bemoan the lack of ethics in our students. They cheat. They copy. They take shortcuts on the work. We complain incessantly about their work ethic, their commitment to their classwork and homework, and their failure to find interest or meaning in the learning tasks we put before them. Lost in these laments is any recognition that a vast amount of what we ask our students to do in school is indeed actually meaningless. From a life…

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The ability to say no | @mcleod – Education Article

Mike Crowley had a wonderful blog post the other day about the need for self-care and giving educators permission to say ‘no’ instead of jeopardizing their professional efficacy or mental health. Vicki Davis also wrote recently about the need for educators to say no, which then frees up space for them to say yes to other things that are important to them. Both are thoughtful posts and I agree with everything they said. AND… Our students almost never get to say…

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It’s 2018, not 1918. Basic skills are not enough. | @mcleod – Education Article

Here is a quote from Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis (who is a friend of mine). The context is a statewide conversation about higher education standards for Kentucky high school graduates. On Tuesday, Lewis said the current system already penalizes students by not actually preparing them for success. “When we give them a diploma without ensuring that they have basic skills and they go to post-secondary education and they hit a brick wall – when they get into those…

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Be proud of your pockets of innovation. AND… | @mcleod – Education Article

Every school system has pockets of innovation. Those three forward-thinking teachers in the elementary school, that one grade-level team in the middle school, the department that’s really trying to do something different at the high school, that amazing principal over there, and so on. As school leaders we’re proud of – and point to – that cutting-edge work and rightfully so. But we also have to recognize that pockets of innovation mean that inequities exist. What if you’re a student…

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If you want deeper learning… | @mcleod – Education Article

… you must have deeper teaching. You can’t get to deeper learning with worksheets and end-of-chapter review questions. You can’t get to deeper learning with self-paced adaptive learning modules that emphasize facts and procedures. You can’t get to deeper learning with multiple-choice software and apps. You can’t get to deeper learning without actually changing day-to-day lessons and units. You can’t get to deeper learning without shifting toward critical thinking, problem-solving, student agency, and authentic work. You can’t get to deeper…

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Unthoughtful consumption | @mcleod | Dangerously Irrelevant – Education Article

We spent the last 200+ years (at least) pushing consumption models of learning on most of our students. We asked them to be passive recipients of whatever information came from the teacher or textbook. We gave them few opportunities to question the reliability or validity of the information that we spoon-fed them. We trusted that someone else did the filtering for us and them beforehand. And in many cases, we actually punished kids who dared to ask questions or present alternative…

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Podcast – Moving from digital substitution to deeper learning | @mcleod – Education Article

Betsy Corcoran, CEO of EdSurge, asked me to do two podcast interviews with her while I was at the EdSurge Fusion conference in San Francisco in October. The second recording is now available. Betsy asked me to discuss the 4 Shifts Protocol; my new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning; and how we should be thinking about instructional redesign for deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion. Happy listening! This is only a snippet of a…

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