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Let Go of the Learning Baggage. We all want to learn better.

Let Go of the Learning Baggage

That means retaining information, processing it, being able to use it when needed. More knowledge means better instincts; better insights into opportunities for both you and your organization. You will ultimately produce better work if you give yourself the space to learn. Yet often organizations get in the way of learning. Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions. How do you think the most rational people in the world operate their minds?

Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions

How do they make better decisions? They do it by “chunking” away a massive, but finite amount of fundamental, unchanging knowledge that can be used in evaluating the infinite number of unique scenarios that show up in the real world. That is how consistently rational and effective thinking is done, and if we want to learn how to think properly ourselves, we need to figure out how it's done. Fortunately, there is a way, and it works. Before we dig deeper, let's start by watching this short video on a concept called mental models.


Questions. Home - Education Reimagined - Education Reimagined. Next Generation Learning Challenges - NGLC. Brain Research. 3.jpg 492×364 pixels. Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks. TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks by TeachThought Staff For professional development around these ideas, contact us.

Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks

As with any publication, blogs and websites are only as thoughtful as their design. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, no matter how “good” the content is, it’s useless. And sometimes you don’t even know what you’re looking for, and don’t know what you don’t know. This is part of the limitation of a blog, and the allure of social media sites like facebook and pinterest. For now, we’ll keep trying new ideas, which is where this collection comes in. The Utility Of Learning Models.

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Center for Curriculum Redesign. K-12 Online and Blended Learning Clearinghouse. About the Clearinghouse:

K-12 Online and Blended Learning Clearinghouse

- Top 10 Sites/Apps for a Flipped Classroom. Welcome to 3P Learning’s online learning community portal. Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? RAFT Bay Area - Resource Area For Teaching. RAFT Needs Your Support Join RAFT and Silicon Valley Community Foundation for Silicon Valley Gives, a one-day event to bring community and nonprofits together in a big way.

RAFT Bay Area - Resource Area For Teaching

Donations will be matched 1:1, $10 becomes $20! Read More It’s a day of unprecedented online giving on May 6th. Learning Theories. New School Technology – The Ugly Truth of Technology Integration. Over the last few months I have attended and presented several educational technology conferences and presentations.

New School Technology – The Ugly Truth of Technology Integration

In each of the presentations, the presenters have shared experiences and tools that have changed their teaching, improved student engagement, and demonstrated students owning their learning; all while making it look easy. As a presenter, I feel challenged to make whatever tool I am demonstrating look easy to use and implement in the classroom. But I think it is time I let you in on a little secret; integrating technology into the classroom isn’t always easy. In fact, integrating any technology into the classroom can be messy, clumsy, challenging and downright frustrating.

ForAllRubrics - Super Powered Rubrics. BalancEdTech - home. UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) 60+ Top Articles On Blended Learning - Getting Smart by Jaclyn Norton - blended learning, DigLN, IOLchat. What If Learning - A Christian way of teaching. Cybraryman Catalogue of Educational WebSites - Educational Web sites for Teachers, Educators, Parents, Students.

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Planning for Responsible Tech Integration. In February of 2012, full-time classroom teacher and technology author Bill Ferriter will be presenting to the Technology Committee of the Wake County Division of Principals on both the changing nature of teaching and learning in the 21st Century and the steps that school leaders can take to craft careful technology integration plans for their schools.

Planning for Responsible Tech Integration

This wiki page will house materials for this presentation. Thought for the Session Making technology decisions in schools is (sadly) a lot like herding cats. Can you figure out how? Shared Brainstorming Several years ago, the Wake Education Partnership released a report that asked a critical question: What DOES a world class public education that prepares students for the global economy look like in action? New Tech Network. Teacher to Teacher: Critical Thinking in the College Classroom. This web site provides personal, practical, and published materials collected to help you cultivate critical thinking skills in your students, especially first-year students.

How these materials are organized These materials are contained in 14 modules--ten focused on specific critical thinking skills, and four on specific teaching methods. These modules are then categorized using Halpern's (2003) framework for teaching critical thinking skills across disciplines. According to this framework, well-rounded critical thinking instruction helps students acquire: a critical thinking attitude or habit of intellectual deliberation; individual intellectual skills like analysis and inference; the ability to use these skills in new contexts, and the ability to reflect upon and evaluate one's own thinking (metacognition). In each module, you will find: Use the links at the top of the page to navigate and begin! Reference: Halpern, D.F. (2003). Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship.

As you read this, students all over the country are sitting for state standardized exams.

Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship

Schools spend up to 40% of the year on test prep, so that, shall we say, no child is left behind. Schools’ futures and funding depend on the number of students who fall into performance bands like "Advanced," "Proficient," and "Approaching Basic" based on bubble sheets and number two pencils. But this is not the rant you think it is. Let’s get one thing straight from the beginning: As a former high school teacher, I’m not opposed to standardized testing. Common assessments are a critical way of maintaining high expectations for all kids. Schools used to be gatekeepers of knowledge, and memorization was key to success.

Given this argument, many entrepreneurs see a disruptive opportunity to "democratize" education, meaning that everyone now has a platform from which to teach, and anyone can learn anything anywhere anytime. Which brings me back to my original point. 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning. No one questions that excellent teaching is the key to student learning.

5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning

The question we ask is: What skills will enable school leaders to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students? We realize how critical it is to provide leaders and teachers with the skills necessary to support excellent classroom practice and we also know that this work needs to be thoughtful, intentional, and focused. That’s the intent of our research-based instructional framework, the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™ (5D), composed of the core elements that constitute high-quality teaching.

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