With having so many different courses and teachers there have been a ton of helpful websites and articles used throughout the program.

Here is a collection of some that had the greatest impact on my own teaching and learning. I could have gone on forever but here are some…

Teaching and Learning

What Ed Said – General education blog but very good at challenging what you believe about teaching and learning.

Teaching Together for Change– Five factors that make teacher teams successful and make schools stronger

Myths in Education, or How Bad Teaching Is Encouraged– Interesting but controversial look at many beliefs in education that are dubious at best and downright wrong at worst. Worth reading and challenging your assumptions!

Learning styles: what does the research say?– Another makes you think article…

Developing communities of innovation by identifying innovation champions– How do you get PLC’s to work? Build them around change makers!

The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment– ‘Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?’

How do Students Learn?-” The purpose of The Science of Learning is to summarize the existing research from cognitive science related to how students learn, and connect this research to its practical implications for teaching and learning. ”

Visible Thinking Routines– As a big part of my first summer in the program revolved around using these routines and being part of a bigger change project this website was very valuable. Good explanations of the routines and the thinking behind them. Here is a link with many visuals for the routines.

Project Zero– Harvard’s Project Zero website full of information on multiple intelligences and Visible Thinking.

8 Cultural Forces That Define our Classrooms– Resources from Ron Ritchhart and Project Zero. Ways to help set up a classroom/school that has a culture of thinking.

The Science of Character – What determines your character? You do…but so does a lot more.

Ken Robinson – Fantastic series of Ted Talks picked by education legend Sir Ken Robinson picked the talks he loves — all full of insight, bright ideas and, of course, creativity.

What is Growth Mindset? – Growth mindset is a huge force in education. Start here for more info!

Growth Mindset Kit– “The Mindset Kit is a free set of online lessons and practices designed to help you teach and foster adaptive beliefs about learning.”

Growth Mindset– Nurturing intrinsic motivation and growth mindset in writing.

Verbal to Visual– Research strongly supports taking notes by hand instead of using a computer for most kids and in most settings. Teaching students to take good notes that they will review and use can be challenging. This tutorial teaches students how to make visual notes that focus on meaning and highlighting important content. For a great overview of visual notes (also known as sketchnoting) watch this introductory video.

Kid President– Need a pep talk? Kid President is your go to pick me up!

Leadership 

Paradoxical Leadership– Leading a business in a modern world requires the ability to deal with multiple paradoxes. This video deals with this idea and explains it in a way that is clear and helpful.

It’s Not About the Nail– “Don’t try to fix it. I just need you to listen.” When people share about an issue, do they just want to be heard or do they care about the problem being fixed?

What Leadership Traits Matter the Most? – Interesting graph that shows what qualities are most sought in leaders. Part of a series of graphs that deal with perceptions of what makes a good leader.

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff– “Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students.”

Developing Growth Mindset in Teachers– In this five part series teachers can learn how to better have a growth mindset in their own actions and model it for others.

The Lotus– The Lotus is a short book with the goal of developing authentic leadership for sustainability through collaboration. Through this link you can download the book in high quality for free.

What are some websites or articles that have made a difference for you? Share!

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