TEACHING AS INQUIRY - MyPortfolio Schools. Some theory This outlines key ideas about action research.
A study can be called research if it is disseminated beyond an individual - for example, through peer review at a conference, in a publication. Action research is something that is shared - often in its development as well as its findings: Action research designs are systematic procedures done by teachers (or other individuals in an educational setting) to gather information about, and subsequently improve, the ways their particular educational setting operates, their teaching, and their students’ learning. Teacher researchers reflect on issues or problems they face, or select an area of focus, collect and analyse data, and implement changes based on their findings. The shared practice aspect is foregrounded in the next quote: Action research is understood to be a social practice involving research and reflection, documenting actions, interventions, and analysis.
Teaching as Inquiry. Spiral of Inquiry Guide to the six phases 2014. Professional Learning & Leadership Development. One that hasn't already been answered Higher level questions which get at explanations, reasons, relationships.
"How does...? ", "What happens when...? " Skills not Traits – Practical Theory. [This post has its roots in a wonderful professional development sessions led by Matt Kay, SLA founding teacher and author of the upcoming book Loaded Conversations.
Buy it when it comes out.] Think of the kid that frustrates you the most in your classroom or in your school. Maybe it’s the kid who can’t stop calling out or the kid who never lets an opportunity for a snide comment go or the kid who seems to slide into class two minutes after class starts every day. Google Scholar. Innovative Learning Environments. The Nine Types of Intelligence Every Person Has. Why Understanding These Four Types of Mistakes Can Help Us Learn. By Eduardo Briceño This article was first published in the Mindset Works newsletter.
We can deepen our own and our students’ understanding of mistakes, which are not all created equal, and are not always desirable. After all, our ability to manage and learn from mistakes is not fixed. We can improve it. 20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners. Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners.
She also has a dynamic style. Sitting through her workshop presentation was like being a student in her classroom. She presents on how to make the classroom engaging and motivating to all students, even the most reluctant learners, while modeling for her audience exactly how she would do it. The experience is a bit jarring because it’s so different from the lectures that dominate big education conferences, but it’s also refreshing and way more fun. Perez says when students are engaged, predicting answers, talking with one another and sharing with the class in ways that follow safe routines and practices, they not only achieve more but they also act out less. The Thinker Builder: 9 Ways to Differentiate Your Whole Group Instruction. Differentiating your instruction can be overwhelming.
I get it. When you hear the word "differentiation" do you automatically start breaking your class into small groups? Or maybe you start scouring Pinterest for ways to differentiate the task students will do after you teach a lesson. What I want to share with you here are ways you can differentiate your whole group instruction... tailoring the teaching you do to your whole class so it better fits each of your student's needs. Hang on now. 7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions.
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7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions by Terry Heick Questions can be extraordinary learning tools. A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. Self-Paced Learning: How One Teacher Does It. Listen to my interview with Natalie McCutchen (transcript) With few exceptions, I would bet that most teachers feel they could be doing a better job of differentiating instruction.
It’s not that we don’t want to do it—we know our students learn at different rates, that some need more help and others could be moving much more quickly than we let them. The problem for many of us is that we just can’t figure out how to manage it. The Tyranny of Being On Task. I remember when I was first teaching and was getting ready for my first official observation and evaluation.
I was very nervous. My principal had told me she would be looking for a classroom where students were on task. Heaven forbid that any students were off task. I thought that if my classroom even hinted that some students were off task, I would never be a successful teacher, and perhaps told to leave the teaching profession. I now know that it is unreasonable to ensure complete on task behavior from every student at all times, but back then I wanted a good evaluation, and I wanted my students to be on task so that they would learn and I could support them. Many years later, I taught in a school with a focus on project-based learning. Gmail - Free Storage and Email from Google.
The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education. The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education by Terry Heick I was speaking (tweeting) with Mark Barnes tonight, and he mentioned the idea of challenging existing forms and practices.
Assessing students’ maths self-efficacy and achievement. Educational Leadership:Teaching for Meaning: Teach Mathematics Right the First Time. Why Growth Mindset Isn’t Working in Schools…Yet. Inspiring Students to Math Success and a Growth Mindset. 32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies - 32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies by TeachThought Staff You want to teach with what’s been proven to work. That makes sense. In the ‘data era’ of education that’s mean research-based instructional strategies to drive data-based teaching, and while there’s a lot to consider here we’d love to explore more deeply, for now we’re just going to take a look at the instructional strategies themselves.
A post is not the best way to share this kind of information, honestly. Leading and learning: Thoughts about the future of education in New Zealand. A view from the edge. I have been asked to share my thoughts about education to a group of rural Taranaki principals. Thinking about it I am not sure if I am a relic from a past age or a person thinking of what might be. I certainly am not impressed with the standardized, target centred direction of the current government; Free market Stalinism.
Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves. Editor's Note: This piece was adapted from Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond by Larry Ferlazzo, available March 21, 2015 from Routledge. My previous post reviewed research on extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and described the four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.
In this post, I'll discuss practical classroom strategies to reinforce each of these four qualities. Autonomy Providing students with freedom of choice is one strategy for promoting learner autonomy. Educators commonly view this idea of choice through the lens of organizational and procedural choice. Ways we can make students interested in school. 7 beliefs about teaching routines that will cause you to lose your mind. The beginning of the school year is super exhausting because our days are filled with teaching students our expectations for every. single. thing. We have to teach them how we want them to head their papers, line up, keep their desks organized, solve conflicts with their peers, and so on. It’s a lot. In fact, the ninety-seventh time you’ve reminded kids PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR PAPER, you might feel like you’re about to lose your mind. Chances are good that your frustration is stemming from one (or more) of the following 7 mental traps.
Once you identify and root out these unhealthy, unproductive thoughts, you’ll find the process of teaching routines less frustrating. 1) This is not my job. Repeating yourself over and over again can be frustrating, but remind yourself: this is a normal part of teaching kids. Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick. Shelley Paul and Jill Gough had heard that doodling while taking notes could help improve memory and concept retention, but as instructional coaches they were reluctant to bring the idea to teachers without trying it out themselves first. To give it a fair shot, Paul tried sketching all her notes from a two-day conference. By the end, her drawings had improved and she was convinced the approach could work for kids, too.
“It causes you to listen at a different level,” said Jill Gough, director of teaching and learning at Trinity Schools. Are Your Students Engaged? Don’t Be So Sure. By David Price. Connections, Not Consequences. I was recently at an intermediate school observing the classrooms of teachers who had signed up for assistance in working with one or more of their difficult students. As expected, I saw a range of inappropriate behaviors among the kids I was asked to observe, including Keegan wandering around the room, Carlton with his head on the desk, Shaleesha and Louisa bickering over a pencil, and Manny making squeaky noises.
Successful Classroom Management. 7 Time Savers for Innovative Educators. The one thing all innovative educators need is more time. TRU Math Suite. Part of the Math Assessment Project has involved research into how the materials are used in classrooms, their effect on teaching practices, and how Professional Development can be used to support the goals of the Mathematics Assessment Project materials. Five Classroom Dimensions That Show Deep Math Learning Is Happening. 4 ways to disrupt tired classroom practices. A Good Infographic Featuring 10 Academic Search Engines for Educators.
ICT. Should Venting About Students be Banned? Jason Deehan , Teacher. Author, Co-founder of Pursued excellence in Korea, Kuwait, Canada. Currently doing same in the DR. Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn. Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything - Home Page. Are Your Students Engaged? Don’t Be So Sure. Navigating the Flood and Avoiding the Fog of Information Overload. 20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students. How ‘twisted’ early childhood education has become — from a child development expert. Nancy Carlsson-Paige is an early childhood development expert who has been at the forefront of the debate on how best to educate — and not educate — the youngest students.
She is a professor emerita of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Ma., where she taught teachers for more than 30 years and was a founder of the university’s Center for Peaceable Schools. She is also a founding member of a nonprofit called Defending the Early Years, which commissions research about early childhood education and advocates for sane policies for young children. Carlsson-Paige is author of “Taking Back Childhood.” The mother of two artist sons, Matt and Kyle Damon, she is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Legacy Award from the Robert F. Avoiding "Learned Helplessness". Training Center: Certified Educator Level 1. Making learning inclusive and meaningful. Eteach. Teaching CV template, job description, teachers at school, CV example, resume. How to Construct a Killer Resume, From Start to Finish. Leadership Development: InConversation.
Knowledge lost from our kids' learning: expert. How Good Teachers Carefully Decenter Themselves. Just what is gifted and talented? Mr Kemp – Mr Kemp's Blog. David Rogers: Feedback to the future–how do we make feedback better? #tlt14 musings. National Standards and the Damage Done, by Martin Thrupp. Could do better: why we must set young minds free. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Good Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy Vs Depth of Knowledge.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers. Design Thinking, Deconstructed. What the Future of Learning Might Look Like. 6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning. Reflection, Conversation, and Socratic Spaces. Critical Thinking Index Page. Leading and learning: Creative teaching readings - for teachers who want to fight back. Professional Development: Got a Twitter Minute? Jerome Bruner On The Scaffolding Of Learning. Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher. Express 9.22 - Building Relationships That Transform Futures. Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom. Teaching Through An Attitude Of Gratitude. Math 101: A reading list for lifelong learners. Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn.
Experts want 'outdated' Reading Recovery scrapped in favour of new programme. TheHappyTeacher: BRAIN BREAKS! How To Help A Student With Dyslexia Learn To Read. 5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices. 3 Ways I Changed the Way I Talked to My Students to Give Them the Benefit of the Doubt. School Change. Math Teachers Should Encourage Their Students to Count Using Their Fingers in Class. Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes. 8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Model. About Universal Design for Learning. How to get kids to love science. Why Teachers Need To Know The Wrong Answers : NPR Ed.