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Universal Design for Learning - (New Web Page)

Webpage- 4 March 2024 [Tools/Strategies>Universal Design Learning

🌟 Exciting News! Explore the new Universal Design for Learning (UDL) page on the Inspiring Inquiry website! UDL champions inclusivity and differentiation, catering to diverse learning styles. Uncover a host of resources backing UDL strategies that support inquiry-based teaching, and learner agency. Elevate your classroom dynamics with innovative methods tailored to each student's distinct requirements

Four Must-Ask Questions to Spark a Love for Learning

Video - 24 Feb 2024 [Leadership Videos P2

Discover how to ignite a love for learning in your school! In the YouTube video "Four Must-Ask Questions to Spark a Love for Learning," hosted by Toddle, Tom Murray, Director of Innovation at Future Ready Schools, champions personalized, real-world learning over rote methods. He showcases innovative practices like vocational training and technology integration, emphasizing leaders' role in fostering inclusive environments. Watch to energize yourself as an advocate in transforming education into a lifelong passion!

The Importance of Dance

Dance - 20 Feb 2024 [Single Subjects >Dance

Discover why dance deserves equal importance in schools as math and science. The late Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica's compelling article from 2018 explores the intrinsic value of dance, its social benefits, and its positive impact on academic achievement. This should be no surprise to inquiry-based educators! Gain valuable perspectives on nurturing well-rounded students and promoting inclusivity in arts education.

Google's New Gemini AI App

AI - 20 Feb 2024 [AI Tools

Discover the innovative features of Google's Gemini app! Teachers can engage students effectively with interactive lessons and real-time feedback. Much like Chat GPT and Claude 2 Gemini has a user-friendly interface which can support with lesson planning and supporting diverse student needs. It is worth a look!

Beating Plastic Pollution

Video + Report - 18 Feb 2024 [Plastic in Our World

Teachers, empower your students by discussing the UN's report: Turning off the Tap: How the world can end plastic pollution and create a circular economy.  The report calls for systemic changes to combat plastic pollution. You can enhance learner agency by inspiring them to reduce plastic use, redesign products, and embrace a circular plastics economy. Together, explore the three crucial shifts: reorienting consumption, promoting reuse, and enhancing recycling. By sharing these solutions with your students, you ignite their passion for environmental stewardship and empower them to make a difference. Let's spark discussions and take action for a healthier planet!

How Children Learn

Book - 17 Feb 2024 [Professional Reading

Unlock timeless wisdom with "How Children Learn" by John Holt! This classic book has been enriching educators for years, and its relevance has only deepened with time. Explore the enduring principles of curiosity-driven learning, individualized instruction, and the pivotal role of play. Discover why Holt's insights remain essential for today's teachers as they embrace autonomy, foster resilience, and inspire lifelong learners in their classrooms. ** Also, here's a Must read: Review of How Children Learn by Peter Gray.

Right Kind of Wrong

Book - 14 Feb 2024 [Professional Reading

Attention Teachers! Dive into Amy Edmondson's transformative book, "Right Kind of Wrong," and revolutionize your approach to failure in the classroom. Edmondson challenges traditional views, offering practical strategies to navigate failure wisely. Learn to embrace fallibility, cultivate growth environments, and redefine your relationship with mistakes. Gain invaluable insights to inspire your students and foster a culture of resilience and progress. Equip yourself with the tools to turn failure into a catalyst for learning and growth. Don't miss out on this essential read! **View a short video clip of Amy discussing her book.

The Voices of Children

Blog - 12 Feb 2024 [Blogs/Websites

Don't miss the amazing early childhood blog! During a 1997 visit to the Diana School in Reggio Emilia, Pam Oken-Wright encountered a revealing triptych outside a classroom. Hand-written notes and drawings captured children's daily experiences for parents. Recognizing its potential, she began keeping a daily log of her classroom's group process, essential for teacher research. The documented moments of brilliance were too valuable to hoard. Thus, she welcomes you to a world of hundreds of lessons from children's voices.

The NRICH Project

Resource - 11 Feb 2024 [Math Resources

Seeking math strategies, resources, or professional development? Look no further than the NRICH website. NRICH provides a wide range of math problems and solutions designed for teachers and students alike. The Features section is especially captivating, prompting students with problems and encouraging the use of varied strategies and vocabulary. Explore the Primary Curriculum Mapping and Supporting Student to Work Collaboratively sections for more insights.

Creating Cultures Of Thinking Podcast

Podcast - 7 Feb 2024 [Visible Thinking

Want to build cultures of thinking in your classroom? Don't miss this Thought Stretchers Education podcast with Harvard researcher Ron Ritchhart on the teacher mindsets that transform learning. Discover why facilitative questioning and productive struggle are so key. Plus, get Ritchhart’s tips on planning units for deeper understanding and how we can advocate these methods for broader societal purposes beyond academics. This is an insightful listen for any teacher aiming to take their practice to the next level.

Healthy Childhood Development Through Outdoor Risky Play

Position Paper - 4 Feb 2024 [Play

I think we all knew that risky play was beneficial for children, so it is heartwarming to read how the Canadian Paediatric Society's groundbreaking report on "Healthy Childhood Development Through Outdoor Risky Play" is reshaping perspectives on children's play. By reading this report and the LetGrow article you will discover why risky play is deemed preventive medicine, reducing anxiety and fostering courage. Gain insights from psychologists and educators about the value of unstructured, child-led play in developing vital life skills. Uncover the transformative impact of outdoor play on overcoming childhood challenges.

How do Public and Private Schools Differ in OECD Countries?

Research Paper - 30 Jan 2024 [Community of Learners

Ever wondered about what are the educational benefits/deficits of attending a private vs public school?  Read the latest OECD report to find out...you may be surprised at what you discover, especially about the country you teach in.  In 2021, 18% of students in OECD countries attended private schools, predominantly in pre-primary and upper secondary levels. Private schools exhibit autonomy, better COVID-19 adaptability, and fewer resource shortages. However, they often contribute to social segregation by enrolling more advantaged students. Academic performance advantages in private schools diminish when socio-economic factors and school profiles are considered.

Become a SDG Fact-ivist!

Lesson - 29 Jan 2024 [Sustainable Development Goals

Here's an opportunity to promote learner agency! Have you class participate in Fact-ivism, a dynamic collaboration by World’s Largest Lesson and NetApp! Empower your students to create impactful SDG posters using data they care about that will help to drive action for UN SDGs. By teaching data literacy, we equip students to become 'fact-ivists' who use information for change. To get started, download the lesson plan which integrates math, art, research, learner agency, and action. Together, your students can participate in shaping a world where data fuels progress and helps to achieve the Sustainable Global Goals!

Making Learning More Playful

Videos - 28 Jan 2024 [Play

Despite play's importance in early education, its presence wanes as students progress. Yet, research confirms its effectiveness in fostering diverse learning. So, how do schools infuse joy and child-centric approaches, integrating play across grades? Explore these short but informative videos, hosted by Edutopia, to understand the transformative potential of play-based pedagogy that can enhance your classroom.

The Myth of the Quick Learner

Research Paper - 27 Jan 2024 [Educational Research

A Carnegie Mellon University study surprisingly found no evidence of faster learners among 7,000 individuals using instructional software. Despite varied starting points, all progressed similarly through practice exercises, challenging the notion of innate talent. The research suggests that teachers should take into account a child's prior knowledge and emphasizes effort and effective practice over innate ability. Well-designed practice and feedback facilitated learning, especially in math and science. The study suggests rethinking attitudes toward low achievers, emphasizing practice, feedback, and effort for mastery. **Recommended by Cath Murdoch.

What is a Montessori School?

Video - 26 Jan 2024 [Leadership Videos P2

In this inspiring video from the Toddle Leadership Project, Gavin McCormack shares his journey from Montessori teacher to founder of Upschool, a free online global learning platform. Emphasizing learner agency, he underscores Montessori's focus on student choice, engagement, and a prepared environment. 

***The Upschool website mentioned in the video offers free resources and courses, aligning with its mission to empower students to find their voice and create positive change. Well worth checking out.

SDG Book Club

Resource - 25 Jan 2024 [Sustainable Development Goals

Looking for a list books related to the Sustainable Development Goals? Look no further...discover the SDG Book Club's curated list of books that engage children aged 6 to 12 with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The club offers selections in all six UN languages, inviting students, educators and parents to explore diverse perspectives and foster an understanding of global issues. Through literature, the club encourages interaction with the principles of each of the 17 SDGs, promoting awareness and education on sustainable development.

Student Agency for 2030

Article - 24 Jan 2024 [Leaner Agency

This informative article explores the important and timely concept of “student agency” - students' capacity to shape their own futures. It explains how agency motivates learning and defines key nuances like “co-agency”. Though interpretations vary globally, actively empowering student voice emerges as a priority everywhere. The proposed “Sun Model” visualizes degrees of participation for enabling student potential. Go to this must read document to learn more.

Enrol You Class into the Sustainable Goals Project

Activity - 19 Jan 2024 [Sustainable Goals

ACT SOON! The Sustainable Goals Project is a free global collaboration project for all PreK-college classrooms around the world. Once registered, on January 22nd, you will receive an email that shares your assigned classroom Global Goal. Classrooms will be teamed with similarly aged students and will work for six weeks through guided inquiry and exploration. All learning experiences are designed for flexibility for online, face-to-face, and hybrid learning environments. 

Click HERE. Registration open now through January 2024.

Provocations to Spark Your Students to Think, Wonder and Question

Resource - 19 Feb 2024 [Inquiry Resources

Discover an array of engaging resources designed to ignite your students' curiosity and foster meaningful discussions. From thought-provoking prompts to captivating content, these platforms spark curiosity and encourage active participation. Explore how these conversation starters can enhance critical thinking, listening, and oracy skills, complementing your units of inquiry. Dive in and enrich your classroom experience today!

How to Differentiate Learning in Your Schools

Video - 16 Jan 2024 [Differentiation

In the video "How to Differentiate Learning in Your Schools?" from Toddle's School Leadership Project, Carol Ann Tomlinson shares transformative insights on creating inclusive classrooms through differentiation. Discover the power of personalized teaching, interest-based learning, and continuous educator growth. Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your approach—watch the video for a dynamic educational shift!

Proof Point: The Myth of the Quick Learner

Article - 14 Jan 2024 [Designing Learning

Discover the vital role of understanding students' prior knowledge and the impact of guided practice and feedback in effective learning. The Carnegie Mellon study challenges assumptions about learning speeds, highlighting the benefits of tailored approaches for all students and their profound impact on effective learning.

Wall Documentation in an Inquiry Classroom

Blog - 14 Jan 2024 [Learning Environment

Explore Kath Murdoch's 2023 post on the transformative shift to uncomplicated wall use. Social media's role revitalizes visual sharing, transitioning from 'Pinterest'-inspired to collaborative, authentic learning-focused walls. Explore the tangible, accessible nature of displays, shaping values and community dynamics.

Why are Maths and Reading Scores Dropping Globally? Analysis of the PISA 2022 Results

Podcast - 13 Jan 2024 [Reimagining Education]

Addressing the 2022 PISA findings, this podcast discusses a global decline in math and reading scores among 15-year-olds, attributing it to the pandemic, decreased parental engagement, and increased technology distractions. The podcast stresses the need for responsible technology use and understanding that school is not just a place where students learn, but where everyone learns.

Free STEM Resources Provided By Public Libraries

STEM Resource [Technology/Digital Learning Resources] 12 Jan 2024

When in search of STEM resources, why not check out your local public library. The website "Free STEM Resources Provided By Public Libraries," explores the definition of STEM and provides a range of complimentary STEM resources specifically tailored for K-12 students.

Putting Student Questioning at the Heart of Inquiry

video [Inquiry Resources] 9 Jan 2024

View this short video that demonstrates how utilizing questions generated by students can spark engagement, motivation, inquiry and a deep understanding of the investigated topic.

Chapter International Online Workshops

Professional Development - 7Jan 2024

Here is a list of Chapter International Online Workshops - January - April 2024.

"Just Because" by Matthew McConaughey

Read-a-loud Book [Learning Experiences/Literacy] 7Jan 2024

🌈 Spark curiosity and student agency with "Just Because" – a captivating picture book perfect for primary school read-alouds. Through whimsical storytelling and engaging illustrations, this book inspires active participation, fostering a love for exploration and learning. A must-have for your classroom library!

Psychological Safety

New Webpage [Tools/Strategies] 5 Jan 2024

Whether you're an educator aiming to enhance learning through group activities or a leader guiding adults within your school or team, the common question prevails: How can I establish an environment that ensures success and fosters growth? Research consistently points to a key factor in promoting effective teamwork and creativity: Psychological Safety. Learn more about Psychological Safety here.

Keys to Success For Student Group Work

Article [Designing Learning] 27 Dec 2023

Embarking on a group project can be both exciting and challenging for students, offering opportunities for shared learning and diverse perspectives. Effective management is crucial for a positive and productive experience. This article provides some helpful 'dos and don'ts' to guide successful group work and student grouping.

Videos For AI Leaders

Videos: [AI in the Classroom] 24 Dec 2023

Discover the transformative power of AI in easing leadership responsibilities through three insightful videos

Climate Action, COP 28, and Plastic Recycling

Various: 19 Dec 2023

The following links connect to articles and videos worth viewing/reading to stay current about the world's efforts toward climate action from many perspectives.

Is Social Media the Leading Cause to Teen Depression?

Article [Tom Barrett]: 17 Dec 2023

The incidence of adolescent depression has markedly increased by twofold since 2011, accompanied by a rise in feelings of isolation and a decline in overall life satisfaction among teenagers. This concerning trend is closely linked to the substantial uptick in smartphone and social media usage over the past decade. This prompts the question: What is our role as educators in facilitating safe interactions with social media for the students under our guidance? 

How Can Schools Better Support Neurodiverse Students?

Video: 13 Dec 2023

In this interesting and informative video, from Toddle, Dr. Temple Grandin stresses the significance of recognizing diverse thinking styles in education and the workplace. She advocates for inclusive teaching methods, urging schools to adapt and collaborate with students employing unique learning strategies. Dr. Grandin promotes early intervention and emphasizes the benefits of embracing diversity to enhance overall learning outcomes in a more inclusive educational setting.

Why We Teach

Video: 10 Dec 2023

This brief video is sure to bring joy to your face. In a world filled with negativity, it's important to be reminded of the positive impact we have on the students we educate. The video was created by the RMtR Backbone, Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium. Their mission was to personally convey to a student (or students) that they play a crucial role in why teachers come to school and love their profession. Witness the profound impact of these heartfelt messages on both the students and the teachers themselves.

UOI Resource Video

Video: 10 Dec 2023

This short video is both impactful and highly valuable for an in-depth exploration with grade 4-8 students. It serves as a compelling resource, especially when delving into topics such as migration, equity, global citizenship, human rights, ethics, and more. The narrative follows the journey of two polar bears forced into exile by global warming, as they seek to coexist with brown bears they encounter along the way. Beyond the significance of the content, the film-making technique employed provides an additional avenue for inquiry and discussion.

Collaborating With and Assisting Colleagues

Video: 10 Dec 2023

In this brief video, Kath Murdoch explores strategies for collaborating with and assisting colleagues as they navigate unfamiliar pedagogical concepts. Drawing parallels between the inquiry methods employed in her classroom, such as personal engagement and observation, she highlights how these practices can be applied in our interactions with fellow educators. Although concise, the video serves as a thought-provoking stimulus for contemplating ways to mutually support each other in the learning process.

Research Animations

Research Videos [Edutopia]: 9 Dec 2023

View Edutopia's popular collection of animations that examine 21+ studies about learning and surface findings that matter for teachers and students, all gathered in one place. Just for you.  

Research highlights effective learning methods: distractions tax working memory, inclusive education benefits disabilities, prior knowledge aids literacy, handwriting activates reading circuitry, brain breaks enhance learning, drawing boosts comprehension, and spacing learning sessions improves retention. Teacher wellness, bias in kids' books, whole-body movements for alphabet learning, the importance of recess are emphasized and much more.

Why Knowledge Is A Necessary But Not Sufficient Educational Outcome

Article [Thought Stretchers Education]: 8 Dec 2023

It intrigues me that the release of the 2022 PISA results, revealing a decline in math, literacy, and science scores, has prompted a demand for a renewed focus on fundamental education, highlighting knowledge acquisition. Nevertheless, I contend that a successful education necessitates equilibrium. While knowledge is undeniably important, it represents just one aspect of the broader range of educational outcomes.

To truly enable students to excel, they require not only knowledge but also the capacity to apply and expand upon it, think critically, learn autonomously, and tackle problems through inquiry. A comprehensive education encompasses diverse traits, characteristics, and abilities that collectively empower students. Read more about why 'Knowledge Is A Necessary But Not Sufficient Educational Outcome'.

PISA 2022 Results

Documents: 5 Dec 2023

Embark on an insightful exploration of your country's educational landscape by delving into the PISA 2022 (COVID year) results. The results offer a nuanced perspective on proficiency in mathematics, reading, and science. 

The findings illuminate an unprecedented downturn in performance across the OECD, with a notable 10-point dip in reading comprehension and an alarming nearly 15-point decline in mathematical aptitude compared to the 2018 assessment. This substantial regression amounts to an educational setback equivalent to approximately three-quarters of a year's worth of learning, underscoring the profound and far-reaching impact of the global pandemic on educational outcomes.

** Click on one of the images to view/download the documents

Science Video Sources for Teachers

Website [TCEA]: 3 Dec 2023

Are you looking for short videos to use as bell ringer activities in science class? Or maybe you’re wanting to integrate videos into your lessons? Discover a roundup of video sources you won’t want to miss.

Social and Emotional Skills: Latest Evidence on Teachability and Impact on Life Outcomes

Research [OECD]: 3 Dec 2023

Explore the newest research on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) with insights from the OECD. Across the globe, education systems increasingly acknowledge the critical importance of social and emotional skills (SES) for both students and societies. The OECD has actively advanced SES understanding through the OECD Survey on Social and Emotional Skills (SSES). This working paper tackles conceptual and empirical challenges within the broader initiative to reassess the evaluation of social and emotional skills, providing clarity on the SSES framework and delving into the teachability and comparative aspects of SES. Additionally, it compiles evidence linking SES to life outcomes and seeks to bridge conceptual gaps in the existing literature. Don't miss this opportunity to stay informed.

Room to Grow: Math Podcast

Podcast: 2 Dec 2023

Room to Grow is the math podcast that brings you informative discussions on trending topics in math education in short segments. They’re not there to talk at people. They’re there to think and learn with others — because when it comes to mathematics there’s always room to grow! Check these two podcasts out:

How to Use Universal Design for Learning to Create Assessments

Article: 2 Dec 2023

When employing UDL in assessments, the focus is on maintaining rigor while ensuring accessible, grade-level instruction. Integrating frequent feedback opportunities supports UDL principles, enabling personalized steps for students and teachers. In effective instruction, assessment, feedback, and reflection should be integral, fostering growth, shaping identities, and building a sense of community through consistent, actionable input on strategies and learning behaviours.

Also See: Universal Design for Learning

Active Observation for Early Years - A toolkit

Resource: 26 Nov 2023

As early years educators, we adeptly juggle roles like plate spinners, staying ahead with vigilant eyes. Imagine deliberately slowing down and embracing the power of observation—an invaluable tool that transforms us from teachers to responders, facilitators, inquirers, and researchers. 

Utilize this toolkit from Toddle to: reflect on observation's significance, collaborate with your team to establish a shared vision, employ new strategies to enhance observational skills, and actively use observations to elevate learning and development in your educational space.


Resource: 26 Nov 2023

Looking for a professional learning resource to help teachers and leaders promote self-regulated learning. Then, you should have a look at 'Activate' (e-book) which is a card-based professional learning resource which supports teachers, leaders and support staff to promote self-regulated learning. Activate enables teachers and leaders to ‘activate’ pupils to become the drivers of their own learning - an especially crucial skill in the post-COVID era.

The Ultimate Guide to UDL

Website: 22 Nov 2023

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not just a framework for curriculum design. It is a belief that all students are capable of learning and that instructional methods, when implemented intentionally, can help all students succeed. So, what does this look like? Check out the website created by Novak Education that includes many articles and resources.

Also listen to the Podcast by Katie Novak where she discusses UDL and explore other UDL resources.

A Culture of Agency: Fostering Engagement, Empowerment, Identity, and Belonging in the Early Years

Book: 21 Nov 2023

Foster a profound connection with young learners by instilling a sense of autonomy and inclusion. Kath Murdoch wholeheartedly endorses 'A Culture of Agency' for its accessibility, practicality, and thorough exploration. The book equips teachers, especially those in early education, with a wealth of ideas to reconceptualize even the most basic elements of teaching, nurturing learner agency. 

From Agency to Zest

Book: 21 Nov 2023

From Agency to Zest presents a captivating exploration of concepts integral to inquiry-based learning, skillfully penned by the esteemed educator and inquiry authority, Kath Murdoch

What Do We Do All Day: Books, Books and More Books

Books: 24 Nov 2023

The 'What We Do All Day' website provides a plethora of engaging screen-free activities for children, along with book recommendations and straightforward learning ideas readily accessible to you. Explore a wide array of topics! I recommend that you utilize the search feature to discover specific books or topics, including read-aloud books, chapter books, science, math, art, and more.

How long will I live?

PDF: 19 Nov 2023

Watch this TED Talk about why Wolfgang Fengler created a website that helps people understand their position among 8 billion people, anticipate milestones, and consider factors like shared birthdays and life expectancy. Check out the website for free to find out your life expectancy and more.  Very Cool!!!

Anthology of Approaches to Progress Reports

PDF: 19 Nov 2023

This guide, from Toddle ,delves into the enigmatic nature of the Report Card or Progress Report, addressing key questions: What is the optimal reporting approach? Is there a singular right method? How can our teaching and learning approach be effectively communicated? And, crucially, how can we convey student growth in a parent-friendly manner?

Also see: Words, Phrases and Sentence Starters for Reporting

The Future of AI in Schools

Podcast [Toddle]: 18 Nov 2023

In this video, "The Future of AI in Schools," hosted by Cindy Blackburn [Toddle], speakers John Hattie, Dylan Wiliam, and Arran Hamilton explore the potential impact of artificial intelligence on education. The evolving role of AI in reshaping learning is emphasized, requiring students to make informed choices and learn independently.

Become a Problem-Solving School

New Initiative [Nrich]: 15 Nov 2023

Nrich is introducing an exciting new initiative named 'Problem-solving Schools' designed to assist schools in elevating the significance of mathematical problem-solving and fostering the development of proficient problem-solvers. Central to the initiative is the 'Charter,' a comprehensive framework aimed at facilitating reflection on your current teaching practices and establishing agreed-upon areas for improvement. Participation in this initiative is free, and you can register to become a part of it. For additional information, please visit Nrich's website.

Also see more math programs from Nrich.

Theories of Learning in Education

Article [National University]: 15 Nov 2023

Teaching is not a one-size-fits-all approach. The better you comprehend and adjust to the diverse learning styles of students, the more empowered you will be to establish an environment that is both inclusive and conducive to learning. 

This guide offers insights into essential teaching principles. Read the article to learn more about learning theories, their significance, and ways to effectively apply them in your teaching for the benefit of your students.

Adapting Chalk Talk Protocol

Article [Edutopia]: 12 Nov 2023

This piece from Edutopia promotes the idea of diversifying chalk talks to maintain a balance between predictability and keeping learners engaged. Over time, sticking strictly to a routine can lead to disinterest. To counter this, educators can preserve some aspects of the classic chalk talk while integrating new, creative techniques. This method allows them to leverage students' current knowledge while ensuring that the learning environment stays lively and captivating.

Student Profile Document

PDF: 10 Nov 2023

Check out the Student Profile document provided by Toddle . It will help you document a comprehensive record of a child's overall growth, considering their experiences within different ecological systems.

This method of tracing a child's educational progress through their student profile guarantees that support, learning, and growth are tailored to meet each child's distinct requirements, resulting in more profound and influential learning experiences.

7 Learning Zones to Create in Your Classroom

Article: 8 Nov 2023

By creating distinct zones within a classroom, educators can address the unique needs of students throughout different parts of their day. This article provides some examples of zones that can be incorporated in your classroom, and the impact they can have on students’ learning.

ChatGPT Prompt Formula for Teachers

Video/article: 8 Nov 2023

The full potential of chatbots is typically realized when they are engaged with using carefully constructed prompts. This article and accompanying video guide you through a six-element prompt strategy designed to achieve the desired outcomes. To begin, watch the video that introduces the "Mega-prompt" formula, which is aimed at optimizing chatbot interactions. 

Following that, dive into the article, which offers an in-depth exploration of this innovative formula and provides tailored insights for educators and teachers eager to harness ChatGPT's capabilities for enhancing their teaching methods and engaging students more effectively.

Ron Berger on 20 years of 'An Ethic of Excellence'

Webinar: 5 Nov 2023

In this must watch, informative and inspiring video hosted by James Mannion, Ron Berger author of "An Ethic of Excellence," and founder of Expeditionary Learning (EL) Education,  underscores the significance of quality work and critical thinking in education, transcending the traditional vs. progressive teaching debate. His teaching journey champions apprenticeships for educators and evolving teacher training methods. The video would make for a provocative provocation for staff about what makes a great school.

60-Second Strategies 

Short Videos: 5 Nov 2023

Edutopia has compiled a series of 60-second videos that promote effective classroom strategies applicable to all grade levels. While some of these practices may already be familiar to you, there might be a handful that are new and worth exploring. For instance, consider the "Ask 3 Before Me" strategy, which encourages a student to seek assistance from three peers before approaching the teacher for help. I propose extending this strategy as a gauge of the class's overall comprehension. If a student approaches me for assistance after consulting three classmates, it raises questions about why the peers couldn't address the issue. Consequently, my inclination would be to involve those three students in a discussion to pinpoint the source of the challenge. Such an exploration might necessitate a brief interruption of the lesson to provide a targeted reiteration of a concept or procedure.

Google’s Read Along Website 

Website: 4 Nov 2023

Last year (2022) Google launched a useful website called Read Along, which helps children learn to read using speech recognition and text-to-speech technology. The app's virtual assistant, Diya, helps children pronounce words and can be used to speak unknown words. Teachers can use the website to support struggling readers; to differentiate instruction; to support English language learners by providing pronunciation assistance; and to support independent reading and practice by providing a fun and engaging platform for students to read and learn on their own.

Leadership Videos 

Various Videos and Podcasts: Fall 2023

World Economic Forum’s Education 4.0 Taxonomy & IB ATL 

Document: 1 Nov 2023

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published a 21st century Education 4.0: A Taxonomy for the Future of Learning document. The document presents a comprehensive set of skills, attitudes, and values to prepare young learners for well-being in the economies of the future. Also, you can view a one-page document by Christine Orkisz Lang that demonstrates how the World Economic Forum 4.0 Taxonomy and ATL skills align – almost perfectly.  

New AI Apps That Are Worth Checking Out

AI Applications: 28 Oct 2023

*** Also you might be interested in viewing the video by Dr. Lynne McKnight Herr entitled: AI Essentials for Teachers. The video provides an overview of how to use AI and various AI tools in the classroom.

How Students Can Use Artificial Intelligence As A Learning Partner

Article + Video [A J Juliani]: 28 Oct 2023

In this thought provoking article A J Juliani writes about how artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly impacting various aspects of our lives as educators.  He also includes a video that  discusses seven ways to leverage AI for learning. The article is a good starting off point including AI in your teaching.

Strategies for Promoting Digital Citizenship and Device Ownership

Article [TCEA]: 28 Oct 2023

Explore six strategies for promoting digital citizenship and device ownership among students in the classroom.  Digital citizenship refers to the responsible and ethical use of technology and the internet. It encompasses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that individuals need to navigate the digital world safely, responsibly, and respectfully. The purpose of promoting digital citizenship is to empower students to become responsible digital citizens who can make informed decisions, engage in positive online behaviour, understand how to protect their privacy and security, and contribute positively to the digital community.

AI Guidelines and Toolkits for Creating Responsible Use Policies

AI Toolkits and Guidelins: 28 Oct 2023

These guidelines and toolkits will help education system leaders, school administrators, and teachers develop a vision statement, set of principles and beliefs, or a responsible use policy for AI in schools.  This is extremely important because teaching students and teachers about the ethical use of AI is critical if AI is to be used in schools.

New!! Learn All About How to Write AI Prompts

Webpage: 20 Oct 2023

If you are using AI apps such as ChatGPT, Claude 2, Magic School, etc. you should check out Inspiring Inquiry's  new "AI Prompts" webpage. There you can view a variety of resources that will help you in writing AI Prompts for developing learning experiences, unit planning, brainstorming, summarizing, analyzing, and much more. 

Ways Classroom Design Impacts Executive Functioning

Article [Edutopia]: 20 Oct 2023

Effective classroom design can help elementary students develop skills like organization and task initiation. Designing a space is not decorating. Instead, it should impact learning and have a purpose. In planning for next school year, this would be a good article to read from Edutopia.

Moving From Maths Anxiety

Video & Website: 28 Oct 2023

Watch this 5 minute classroom video from YouCubed showing a 4th grade teacher using a big ideas approach to see what a low anxiety maths classroom looks like. This would be a great video to share with math colleagues and/or at during PD focussed on developing an anxiety free math classroom.  Also, you can connect to YouCubed OECD Guidance Archive and the OECD Learning Compass.

Zearn Math

Website: 18 Oct 2023

Zearn is the top-rated math learning platform that helps students explore concepts, discover meaning, and make sense of math. It is free for classroom teachers and there is a pay option for schools. Zearn is striving for a large cultural change in student attitude, hoping to move toward a new normal where math isn’t perceived as uniquely scary. Zearn can be used for differentiating instruction, discovering prior knowledge, review, personal inquiry and learning math content. To use you will need to create a free account. It is quite good and worth a try.

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