Gerstein: 21st Century Educator Self-Assessment [TABLE]


edselfassessmentUser Generated Education blogger Dr. Jackie Gerstein presents this table of twelve skills and related attributes today’s educators can develop to effectively assist them in evaluating if and how effectively they are working with learners. Read more and find additional resources on her original post.

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40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally

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Tomato_Eyes What does it mean to “have tomatoes on your eyes?” Find out below…

By Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May

It’s a piece of cake. You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? Idioms are those phrases that mean more than the sum of their words. As our Open Translation Project volunteers translate TED Talks into 105 languages, they’re often challenged to translate English idioms into their language. Which made us wonder: what are their favorite idioms in their own tongue?

Below, we asked translators to share their favorite idioms and how they would translate literally. The results are laugh-out-loud funny.

From German translator Johanna Pichler:

The idiom: Tomaten auf den Augen haben.
Literal translation: “You have tomatoes on your eyes.”
What it means: “You are not seeing what everyone else can see. It refers to real objects, though — not abstract meanings.”

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How we learn – a change of approach to teaching academic PE


How we learn

I have read a great deal in 2014, but no one book has had more impact on changing my teaching practice then ‘How we learn’ by Benedict Carey. Carey is a health and science writer, currently for the New York times, who has an interest in the burgeoning field of how we learn and how the memory works. In the book, he expertly shares research on these topics, in a way that is both accessible and engaging, describing how to implement some effective strategies. A lot is common sense and is probably old news to many teachers, however the research he shares has been widely known for decades is relatively new to me.

In previous posts I have explained about my approach to teaching A-Level PE and the failures of my pupils in the past that I have belatedly taken responsibility for. This year I sought out advice from experienced and successful…

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We Need to be Gritty about Getting our Kids Grittier [VIDEO 3:12]


“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future.” So begins this energetic three minute talk by Angela Duckworth as part of a longer TED talk. She describes her initial work studying grit in students attending Chicago Public Schools. According to the data she collected over that first year, grittier kids were much more likely to graduate. It was a better indicator than IQ or household income level or standardized achievement test scores. And it has nothing to do with having specific gifts or talents. In fact, grit may be inversely proportional to talent. The best indicator for being able to develop grit in kids? having a growth mindset. As she summarizes her remarks, she proclaims, “We need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier!”

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volleyball stations with record keeping

Vball stations record cards

Promote individual and partner practice, reinforce proper technique, help students learn and improve for themselves. Around 2-4 minutes per station students record highest number consecutive hits. Students work around the stations 3 different days, hopefully seeing improvement, and upon completion the 3rd day reflect on why they did or did not improve in any of the activities. See attachment.

7 Ways to Increase Student Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC]



The level of student engagement can vary from student to student, and lesson to lesson so it may be difficult to get a general feel for how engaged a class is as a whole. To that end, Schlechty (2002) also outlined three categories that can be used to measure the level of engagement for an entire classroom.

  • The Engaged Classroom
    In the engaged classroom you will observe that all students are authentically engaged at least some of the time or that most students are authentically engaged most of the time.  Passive compliance and retreatism is rarely observed and rebellion is non-existent.
  • The Compliant Classroom
    The compliant classroom is the picture of traditional education. This type of classroom is orderly and most students will appear to be working so it would be easy to infer that learning is taking place. However, while there is little evidence of rebellion, retreatism is a…

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How to run a brainstorm for introverts (and extroverts too)

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How-to-brainstormCocktail party trivia: Brainstorming was invented in the 1930s as a practical idea-generation technique for regular use by “creatives” within the ad agency BBDO. That all changed in 1942, when Alex Osborn — the “O” in BBDO — released a book called How to Think Up and excited the imaginations of his fellow Mad Men.

Since 1942, the idea-generation technique that began life in a New York creative firm has grown into the happy kudzu of Silicon Valley startups. Somewhere near Stanford, an introvert cringes every time the idea comes up of sitting in a roomful of colleagues, drawing half-baked ideas on Post-it notes, and then pasting them to the wall for all to see. (If this is you, watch David Kelley’s TED Talk on creative confidence, followed by Susan Cain’s on the power of introverts.)

I’ve run a lot of brainstorms over the years: with designers at…

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