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Make Learning a Lifelong Habit. I recently worked my way through Edmund Morris’s first two Teddy Roosevelt biographies, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex.

Make Learning a Lifelong Habit

Roosevelt wasn’t without flaws, but he was by nearly all accounts fascinating and intellectually voracious. He published his first book, The Naval War of 1812, at 23 and continued to write on everything from conservation to politics and biography. Why Student Voice Matters. Why should we be concerned about student voice?

Why Student Voice Matters

In an introduction to one of Paulo Freire’s later works, Henry Giroux argued that “all human beings perform as intellectuals by constantly interpreting and giving meaning to the world.”[1] In his own conclusion to the same publication, Freire maintained that in seeking to transform society in the interests of a more habitable, democratic and liberated world, the task ahead is “not to take power but to reinvent power.”[2] Young people in schools are indeed intelligent beings who live their lives in these often highly regulated spaces and constantly interpret and give meaning to their lives, but whose interpretation and meaning-making is often marginalized at best and even frequently ignored.

For many it is the case that they can neither take nor make power in any reinvented form. Pessimistic as these words may seem, there is clearly change afoot. Power over others is never equal, even among young people themselves. The slow take-up 1 H. 28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - 28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies by TeachThought Staff For in-person professional development from TeachThought on effective instructional strategies or any other topic your school or district might need, contact us today.

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Student-centered teaching is teaching designed for the student. This means that planning often begins with the student in mind as opposed to a school policy or curriculum artifact, for example. Done well, it can disarm some of the more intimidating parts of academia, while also shortening the distance between the student and understanding. Put another way, student-centered teaching is teaching that is ‘aware’ of students and their needs above and beyond anything else. The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning. For the past several decades, I have had my feet in both elementary education and teacher training and development.

The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning

Regardless of age, grade level, and setting, I include hands-on and experiential learning as a integral part of my instruction. It is learning by doing with a reflective element which, in turn, creates conditions for deeply engaged learning. Experiential education is a philosophy in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities. Throughout the experiential learning process, the learner is actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems, assuming responsibility, being creative, and constructing meaning.

Top 8 eLearning Barriers That Inhibit Online Learners Engagement With eLearning Content - eLearning Industry. In a perfect eLearning world, everyone would have wide open schedules and endless attention spans.

Top 8 eLearning Barriers That Inhibit Online Learners Engagement With eLearning Content - eLearning Industry

They would look forward to every eLearning module and activity, and intrinsic motivation would abound. Unfortunately, eLearning professionals have a variety of obstacles to contend with. But when we find the winning combination and jump over the hurdles, we can provide amazing eLearning experiences. Sloyd Education Theory: Making Things With Your Hands Makes You Smarter. I love learning, and I hate school.

Sloyd Education Theory: Making Things With Your Hands Makes You Smarter

Sitting in a classroom while a teacher drones on is my idea of torture. It's unnatural and it's boring. But if there's a physical problem to solve—let's say I'm making something in the shop, and it keeps breaking, and I have to find things to read/listen to/watch in order to figure out why it keeps breaking, and then I make it and it doesn't break, I love that. Otto Salomon, a revolutionary Swedish educator in 19th-Century Sweden, also realized that classrooms were boring. He also found that children misbehaved as a result. Salomon looked upon the contemporary elementary school as being too theoretical—and even that in a most insubstantial way since factual knowledge was learned by heart and repeated. Me & MyCity Program Teaches Sixth-Graders in Finland Real-Life Skills. It’s 9:45 a.m., and the “game” officially begins in one hour.

Me & MyCity Program Teaches Sixth-Graders in Finland Real-Life Skills

Dozens of Finnish sixth-graders are standing nervously in cubicles in a 6,000 square-foot space resembling a miniature city, equipped with its own city hall, grocery store, and bank. Many of the children are whispering and finger-pointing, as they adjust to this unusual learning environment during their brief orientation. Each student has been assigned a profession (such as a reporter, a sales associate, or a custodian) in a particular business, in a specific cubicle, where he or she will work until the last shift ends at 1:25 p.m.

For weeks, these sixth-graders have prepared in their classrooms for this one-day visit, studying the topics of entrepreneurship, working life, citizenship, and the economy. Nine-year-old boy prints a mechanical hand for his teacher. Calramon Mabalot is a pretty wild kid.

Nine-year-old boy prints a mechanical hand for his teacher

He likes 3D printing and, along with his brother, he builds lots of cool projects – including a mechanical hand for a local teacher he met while building 3D projects. In an interview with 3DPrintingIndustry, Mabalot described how he designed and built a prosthetic hand complete with full articulated fingers. Why did he want to build a 3D-printed arm? Five Flames 4 Learning. Teachers activate learning.

Five Flames 4 Learning

They are catalysts for ideas and concepts. With a thoughtful question or timely prompt, they set thinking into motion. This spurs action from their students – actions in thought or physical tasks. In the truest scientific sense, catalysts remain unchanged by this interaction but in knowledge building, the catalyst becomes transformed by the sharing and sense-making process. This past week an image and tweet was a catalyst for my own thinking. Stop Teaching, So Students Can Start Learning. I have an issue with the use of the word ‘teaching.’

Stop Teaching, So Students Can Start Learning

We often use ‘teaching’ and ‘learning’ synonymously. Why Your Creative Mind Works The Best In The Cafe. Getting away from the house, office or regular workspace has an amazing effect on the creative mind. But even for those with the freedom to work from anywhere, creativity soars highest in a particular place- cafes and coffee shops. Historically, some of the greats artists, writers and musicians frequented cafes to ponder on great ideas and cultivate their creative energy.

Now they’ve become a hotbed for modern creatives such as entrepreneurs, graphic designers and even DJ s. Yet most of us are still not completely sure exactly why we gravitate towards our favorite cafes. Some say it’s the whiff of freshly brewed coffee and getting a caffeine fix that fires up creative juices. How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn.

Everyone has a pet theory on how to improve public education: better professional development for teachers, more money, better curriculum, testing for accountability, teacher incentives, technology, streamlined bureaucracy. Policymakers have been trying these solutions for years with mixed results. But those who study the brain have their own ideas for improving how kids learn: focus on teaching kids how to learn. “The more you teach students how to learn, the less time you have to spend teaching curriculum because they can [understand] it on their own,” said William Klemm, senior professor of neuroscience at Texas A&M University at the Learning and the Brain conference “Making Lasting Memories.” “I think the real problem is that students have not learned how to be competent learners,” he said. Study: RTI Practice Falls Short of Promise. Published Online: November 6, 2015 Published in Print: November 11, 2015, as RTI Practice Falls Short of Promise, Research Finds Teacher Rebecca Decker works with students at Lone Star Elementary in Fresno, Calif., in 2011.

Solving America's Crisis of Academic Motivation. A decade ago the National Research Council released a report that showed that between 40 and 60 percent of U.S. high school students are disengaged from learning and don’t put much effort into school. Since that time, other studies have found that student motivation is a problem at all levels of the educational system, and that students’ desire to learn decreases steadily from the start of elementary school until they graduate from high school or dropout. On a recent national survey, 69 percent of teachers reported that low academic motivation is a problem in their classrooms - a higher percentage than cited poor student behavior, bullying, or a negative school climate. Rising awareness of this crisis has helped to fuel growing interest in research on motivation among America’s educators, staff at academically-focused youth programs, and millions of parents.

This Scientist’s Ideas Of What Testing Does To Kids Is Really, Really On Point. By Brandon Weber Lawrence Krauss here asserts here that perhaps equally important as "The Three R's" is teaching the ability to think. To reason, to find answers after asking questions. That is, after all, the essence of learning once you get past the basics. When things kinda go off the rails is when local school boards get to decide what is taught.

Those are largely made up of individuals who have no educational training. Deeper Learning Demands Deeper Leading—and Technology Can Help. Idea to retire: Technology alone can improve student learning. Editor's Note: This article was first published on TechTank as part of the Ideas to Retire series. Read more essays in the series here. How Personal APIs Let Students Design Their University. 10 Wildly Successful People on How They View Failure. Whether you’re an author, an entrepreneur or a musician, the road to success is often paved with rejection and failure. The future of learning: Technology coupled with human interaction. The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Wrong. How to Really Master a Skill. Malcolm Gladwell gave us the 10,000-Hour Rule. The Overselling of Ed Tech. Maybe we shouldn't be surprised that the idea of using digital technology in the classroom tends to be either loved or hated.

After all, anything that's digital consists only of ones or zeroes. The Overselling of Ed Tech. Carol Dweck Makes Strongest Statement Yet On Growth Mindset Misuse. Professor Carol Dweck has been speaking and writing about what she considers as misuse of the growth mindset concept (you can see links to those articles hear the bottom of The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.” Earlier this week, in an article (Growth mindset doesn’t promise pupils the world) at TES, British education website, she made what seems to me to be her most strongly-worded caution to-date: Unfortunately, though, she did it in the context of challenging the work of Anders Ericsson, who has done the groundbreaking research on the concept of deliberate practice (see The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberate Practice). Listen, I don’t think you’ll find many others who admire and apply Professor Dweck’s work more than me (even though I have critiqued it on occasion – see Our Students Are Not Supermen & Superwomen and The Limits To The Power Of A Growth Mindset (& The Dangers When We Don’t Recognize Them).

Digital vs Digitized Learning. Wix Launches WixEd, A Free Online School For Website Design. DIY website creator Wix wants to make starting a career in web design as easy as it’s made building your own site. Today, the company is launching WixEd, a free online education program that teaches Wix users everything they need to know to launch their own website design business. The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths. 3 Things Silicon Valley Taught Me About School Leadership. How Does Poverty Influence Learning? Are You Prepared For The Future Of Social Learning? Learning a Different Way « Chris Cline WCPS. Learning theory in the 21st-century classroom by @marciarpowell SmartBlogs.

Why Kindergarten Is The New First Grade : NPR Ed. Sixteen Steps Every Educator Should Take in 2016. The 3 Stages of Documentation OF/FOR/AS Learning. High Possibility Classrooms: Student Agency Through Technology-Enhanced Learning. Emotions, Learning & the Brain: Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience. Youtube. What’s Worth Learning in School? The Learning Styles Myth is Thriving in Higher Education. Crowdsourced Learning — Because Education Goes Beyond Classrooms. — Readers Writers Digest. Why I struggle with learning objectives and success criteria. Can Online Learning Ever Beat the Real Thing?

Great New Video: “When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right” The Anatomy of a Modern eLearning Course. 3 Growing HR Trends Training Managers Can’t Ignore. What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning. Tech: The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New. Tech: The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New. How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival.

Take Note of This: Handwritten Notes are More Effective than Typed Ones - Health. For More Effective Studying, Take Notes With Pen and Paper — NOVA Next. A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop. In Defense of Education  Anywhere Anytime Learning is Changing: Implications for Parents, HigherEd and K-12. The Best Advice for Creating Student-Centered Learning. What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure.

The family who built a cafe just for their son. Learning in an Era of Abundant Information and Fleeting Expertise. The top 10 edtech lessons I’ve learnt after 15 years in schools. How Your Personality Determines How You Learn. What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop. Love of learning is the key to success in the jobless future. This activity can boost memory by 29%

Can neuroscience solve the mystery of how students learn? Learning with 'e's. Children 'in complete meltdown' over exams. Stop It Already. “Actively Learn” Looks Like A New Tool My Students Will Be Using A Lot. Tweeting And Texting In Class May Distract Students, But It May Also Help Them Learn: Study. Adults, Computers and Problem Solving - What's the Problem? - en. 10 characteristics of authentic learning. Lifelong learning should play a role in Global Citizenship Education - European Association for the Education of Adults. Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference? Here's What Scientists Aren't Telling Us About Learning. Challenges in Education: A Student's-Eye View. Eye-Opening Ads Show What It's Like For Kids With Learning And Attention Issues. Avoiding "Learned Helplessness".

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn. Why "Content Coverage" is Over: A Manifesto! Exploring Self-Driven Learning and Student Motivation (Ferlazzo) Top 20 psychological principles for teachers #3 “Learning is not limited by general stages of development” Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do. Seven Laws of the Self-directed Learner. Pens And Paper Are Holding Your Kids Back, Says Microsoft. This Is The Future Of College. 12 Rules Of Great Teaching - Helll-ooo! Watching Videos Does Not Necessarily Lead to Learning. 4 Fundamental Problems With Everything You Hear About The Future Of Education.