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One of the most powerful pedagogical strategies to transform learning, create student-centered classrooms, promote communication and develop social skills, is the use of cooperative learning strategies. I've seen the effectiveness of well-implemented and consistent use of CL in classrooms across several continents. It works with any age group, and in every subject.In this video, the teacher demonstrates what she calls "second set partners". This is basically a variation of Think-Pair-Share, that involves the sharing of ideas between partners, and then turning to another partner to paraphrase what their first partner hasSEE DETAILS
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During the RITE Education Team's recent school support visits to schools in Kelantan and Terengganu, we modeled to teachers and school leaders how Cooperative Learning structures can transform learning instantly. When implemented correctly, the use of these structures delivers an embedded social curriculum that helps learners acquire the much misunderstood 21st century competencies. Structured cooperative learning provides opportunities for collaboration and teamwork, communication as well as creative and critical thinking without the need for technology or expensive resources.  Cooperative learning can therefore be implemented in all schools - regardless ofSEE DETAILS
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It is essential for teachers to get continuous feedback from their students.  This helps them to plan lessons that meet the individual learning needs of all their students.  Even more importantly is the impact that self assessment and metacognition (thinking about your thinking) has on student achievement.  It is important that students are guided in using these strategies effectively.  They would need to understand that it is good for their learning to ask questions about those things they learnt that might be unclear to them. Text Hover
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There is a huge emphasis on HOTS and the development of thinking skills in Malaysia, but I am afraid that a lot of it is just plain TALK and THEORY. Teachers are constantly told what they should be doing, but there is not enough support for teachers to show them HOW to do it in their lessons. A lot of time and effort goes into the development of training modules, and teachers spend a lot of time attending Professional Development sessions – but at the end of the day, whenSEE DETAILS
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Almost daily I am inundated by questions from school leaders and teachers in Malaysia on how to implement 21st century pedagogy and skills in their schools. There are so many myths, and a lack of congruence between what teachers are told to do, versus what students are still be required to do in national exams. Teachers have to abide by so many different and often changing programmes that as cascaded down from various sections of the Education Ministry and very often no-one stops to really ask the opinion of theSEE DETAILS
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For Maths teachers. I found this series of amazing teaching resources and tips from the Georgia State education dept. Downloadable free - https://www.illustrativemathematics.org/content-standards/5/NBT/A/1/tasks/1799 Text Hover
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Text Hover Are you experiencing problems with student attendance? Harvard University published a study that was done to involve parents as partners in reducing student attendance – and it worked – with up to 18% improvement in attendance amongst the students with low grades and 11% in the general school population. Read the article and then work with your PIBG and SLT on a strategy that you can use to communicate very regularly with parents on the importance of attendance. There are so many apps you can use for free! Remember:SEE DETAILS
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Teenagers often act irresponsibly and parents find themselves at a loss on trying to understand why. Well, neuroscience provide some insight that could help to bring better understanding.https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/01/29/why-teens-are-impulsive-addiction-prone-and-should-protect-their-brains/ https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/01/29/why-teens-are-impulsive-addiction-prone-and-should-protect-their-brains/
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Connecting Art and Science. It saddens me to see how the Arts are not fully appreciated in schools in Malaysia. In an interview with SPM students, they expressed their wish for the discrimination against Arts stream students to end. They wanted to be able to do the Arts and Sciences together, without the usual attitude that those who do the Arts are less able, less intelligent!!! Fortunately we also know that there is a strong focus on STEAM (with Arts) included as the realisation that innovation and creative design alsoSEE DETAILS
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I’m often asked about STEAM and how to go avout implementing it in a school. It is unfortunate that in Malaysia we are more focused on the STEM agenda with folks thinking that integrating the arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will water it down but it is not the case at all. S:  Physical and Social SCIENCES T:  Incorporation of TECHNOLOGY E:  Principles of ENGINEERING and Design A:  English Language ARTS M: Application of MATHEMATICS Just imagine studying the patterns and architecture in birds nests and applying those in constructing an original work of art. To me the bestSEE DETAILS

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Over the past few years I’ve met so many interesting people who are all passionate about what they do. These are people who are not focusing on their jobs or careers, but have a passion for the causes they are promoting. People with passion for life and who have a clear mission in life, will not be counting the years/months/weeks till retirement. No, like the honorable Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad who is an amazing man. He dedicates his life to a clearly defined mission – and thisSEE DETAILS

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