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Asking Questions to Improve Learning. When you prepare for class, office hours, and help sessions, compose specific questions that you will ask your students (or that you anticipate they will ask you).

Asking Questions to Improve Learning

Doing so will help you increase student participation and encourage active learning. The strategies below will also help you formulate questions for exams and paper assignments. Active learning extends beyond the classroom. When you ask questions in the classroom, you are modeling a process that students can and should use themselves; encourage your students to use the following questioning strategies to assess what they have learned, to develop their thinking skills, and to study for exams.

General Strategies for Asking Questions When planning questions, keep in mind your course goals. Responding Effectively Wait for students to think and formulate responses. Why Ask “Open” Questions? 1. What is the most important idea that was generated in today’s discussion? 2. Could you elaborate on that point? 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 53 Ways to Check for Understanding. Excellent Tool to Create Rubrics for Your Class. November, 2014 Rubistar is a great free web tool that teachers can use to create educational rubrics to use in class.

Excellent Tool to Create Rubrics for Your Class

By definition, a rubric according to Geidi Andrade, is "a document that articulates the expectations for an assignment by listening the criteria, or what counts, and describing levels of quality from excellent to poor". As a teacher you can create rubrics and use them for a variety of purposes. These include: grading students assignments, providing focused feedback on works in progress, preparing lesson plans and many more. " Rubrics can teach as well as evaluate. Kill The Report Card. Created by Reid Wilson via Report cards drive my teaching.

Kill The Report Card

There, I said it. I know it’s the last thing we are supposed to say, because we strive so hard in international schools not to teach to the test. But, the truth is, it’s the elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about for fear of being judged. It doesn’t really matter whether I’m teaching to a standardized test or a report card based on unrealistic curriculum frameworks, I’m still teaching to something. In all likelihood, 75% of these report cards are going to be looked at once by parents and never seen again. Instead of allocating two entire months a year to collecting data and writing report cards, I wonder if our time and energy could be better spent somehow. We like to think that we hold ourselves to high standards. In place of them, we’ve found substitutes that diffuse the potency and are more tolerated. “This is just part of education. So, how can we make it right?


24 Questions to Enhance Students Reflective and Critical Thinking Skills. August 31, 2014 Reflection is a fundamental skill from which is branched out all other thinking skills.

24 Questions to Enhance Students Reflective and Critical Thinking Skills

Reflection is a form of meta-thinking, a process of deep contemplation and pondering. It is also the basis of critical thinking for we can not raise critical thinkers if we do not have good 'reflectors'. When students are taught the art of reflecting, they become independent learners who are engaged in a constant process of assessment and re-assessment of their learning needs and strategies. Reflection is all about questioning.

Using Exhibits as Assessment. 21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding. Formative assessment with hexagons. Formative assessment is something I’ve been putting a lot more emphasis on over the past few years.

Formative assessment with hexagons

I’m so sick of just relying of end-of-topic exams to gauge what students have learnt. I want my students to continuously question how they are going and make changes to their learning accordingly. This is one of the reasons that my faculty has embarked on a Structured Observed Learning Outcomes (SOLO) journey this year. One of the ways that many teachers using SOLO use to assess student learning is with SOLO hexagons.

SOLO hexagons involves the major concepts or ideas from a topic to be placed individually onto hexagons. Here’s a video showing one way of using the SOLO hexagons in a UK science class. Here’s an explanation of how to use SOLO hexagons from the SOLO guru, Pam Hooke. I changed the hexagon activity slightly to suit the needs of my students. Here’s some samples of the hexagons my students made. Some things I noticed was that: Like this: Like Loading... Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - Assessment, CCSS, Competency-based learning, deeper learning, education, learning, teachers.

Today Digital Promise and Getting Smart released “Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning: Competency-Based Teacher Preparation and Development.”

Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning - Getting Smart by Getting Smart Staff - Assessment, CCSS, Competency-based learning, deeper learning, education, learning, teachers

This white paper outlines the attributes of next-generation teacher preparation and makes recommendations to support the development of teacher preparation and development systems. Co-authored by Getting Smart’s Tom Vander Ark and Dr. Carri Schneider with Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise, the paper outlines how the role of teachers is changing amid broader shifts to personalized, blended, and deeper learning. In order for the current state of teacher preparation, professional development, and accreditation to evolve accordingly, the authors recommend professional learning opportunities that offer: In addition to the paper, don’t miss the complementary infographic, “Competency-Based Teacher Preparation & Professional Development,” that offers a visual outline of the paper content. For more information, download the paper. Formative assessment strategies for success. During a recent eSchool News webinar, experts revealed how formative assessment can support the curriculum A key takeaway was that formative assessment is a process, and not a “one moment in time” event.

Formative assessment strategies for success

Extending cultures of learning through visible thinking. Formative. Thought of the Day: Friday, November 29th, 2013 - PYP PE with Andy. RR-08-30. AssessmentPolicy. Curriculum - Formative assessment. Formative. 14 Free Apps for Higher Order Thinking. Apps for higher order thinking can be a great push for your students to explain their thinking and create their own digital portfolio items.

14 Free Apps for Higher Order Thinking

Apps that focus on higher order thinking can help your students start using focused thought processes to address new questions, investigations, and basic HOTS skills. Each of these apps can be used to complement and execute Bloom’s Higher Order of Thinking framework, focusing on analyzing, evaluating, and creating. With these high order thinking apps, you can focus your students on: raising questions vital to discussiongathering and assessing information systematicallytesting conclusions against criteriathinking with an open mind about alternative theories and solutionscommunicating complex ideas effectively Please enable JavaScript to view the <a href=" onclick="__gaTracker('send', 'event', 'outbound-article', ' 'discussion by Sidelines.') Share this post with friends and colleagues: