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Michael Niehoff is a Getting Smart Columnist. He is a teacher, leader, blogger, and student advocate. Connect with him on Twitter: @mwniehoff

5 Ways Leaders Can Ignite and Support Deeper Learning

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Deeper transformational learning cannot happen or at least be optimized unless leaders support teachers in ways only leaders typically can.

Love & Logic: 9 Elements Focused on Fostering Powerful Relationships, Collaborative Learning Communities

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Instead of a list of rules and punishments, Love & Logic creates ways for teachers and students to collaborate while creating classroom norms and enforceable limits. These are implemented in loving ways without anger, repeated warnings or threats.

Students and Phones: Symbolizing The Battle Between Tradition and Transformation

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Banning cell phones only model compliance vs. real-world need to have social, cultural and professional environments. We need to teach, model and work towards creative solutions vs. making it a simple disciplinary concept.

Competency-Based Approaches Focus On Skills, Relevancy and Personalization

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Redefining learning outcomes and assessments by applying competency-based approaches will lead to more personalized and relevant learning.  

Education Needs A Lot More ‘YES’

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To foster innovation and transformational change, we must allow our students’ voices to be heard. Let’s learn to say ‘yes’ to their ideas!

To Transform Education, All Stakeholders Must Transform First

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Education might be the most valiant of human endeavors. But since it is also designed and implemented by those same humans, it may take all of us stakeholders to change first in order to see systemic change.
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Rev Up Robotics Aims for Computer Science Accessibility & Application

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Rev Up Robotics, the latest book from ISTE, is intended to be a hands-on, step-by-step guide for any teacher who wants to engage their students and teach real world skills through robotics. It is designed to help K-8 teachers in any content area get started in these skills, level-up practice and engage their students at higher levels.

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