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The general capabilities underpin our futures-oriented curriculum.

Creative thinking - Carol McGuinness - Video search. Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists. Margaret Mead extolled the value of “spiritual and mental ancestors” in how we form our identity — those people to whom we aren’t related but whose values we try to cultivate in ourselves; role models we seek out not from our immediate genetic pool but from the pool of culture the surrounds us, past and present.

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

3 Simple Strategies to Develop Students’ Critical Thinking. This week we’ve focused on critical thinking using the model developed by the Foundation for Critical Thinking.

3 Simple Strategies to Develop Students’ Critical Thinking

By now you’re probably excited about the incredible potential that these tools hold…and a little overwhelmed. Where to start? Simple. The Key to Creative Classrooms. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

The Key to Creative Classrooms

" - Lao Tzu For several years, I visited public and private schools, incubators, and conferences in the U.S. and Europe looking for ways that we might bring creativity back into education. From Reggio Emilia in Italy to design thinking workshops in California to rural schools in the Midwest, I toured, observed, and interviewed staff and parents. During this experience, it became apparent that while most educators and parents believe creativity is important, very few know how to create an environment that stimulates and nurtures creativity. We know that effective teachers are the most important factor contributing to student achievement.

Teachers who understand, practice, and foster creativity provide the key to classrooms where student creativity and engagement flourishes. Pursuing such a practice for at least 21 days will provide tangible evidence of what creativity looks and feels like for different individuals. Awareness. Klou.

How do children learn to care enough about others that they reap the personal rewards associated with giving?


When young people develop empathy, they not only thrive in school and life, but they also impact their communities in positive, often extraordinary ways. Individual and societal success depends on raising and educating children who care about others. But we have misled today's children to believe that success is achieved through test scores, material wealth, and personal gain. In turn, there has been a measurable shift toward self-centeredness at a time when society depends more, not less, on people who give of themselves. Developed through emotional attachment with other human beings, empathy is our ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of other people. The Foundation of Caring and Engaged Citizenship Image credit: Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD. Ron Ritchhart sur Twitter : "Another instance if the word "work" getting in way of learning #CULTURESOFTHINKING...

Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically. December 26, 2014 Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically

Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Mess O' Potamia: civilising the cradle of civilisation. Illustration: The graphic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart read “Mess O’Potamia”, and pictured jeeps bristling with armed jihadists traversing desert wasteland as Iraq once again fell into chaos and the laps of TV gag writers.

Mess O' Potamia: civilising the cradle of civilisation

You don’t have to watch or read too many news items to detect an air of weary condescension directed at the latest round of bloodshed and barbarism to overtake Iraq. Does it ever end? Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on Q&A. Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill.

Worried about the shrinking presence of empathy in our schools?

Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

I know how you feel. With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Faced with an endless cycle of memorize, drill, spit back and test, teachers have become the wardens of a new educational reality that pits the head against the heart. Even if educators manage to skate past the dizzying array of standards and value-added evaluations, they must still contend with this fundamental divide: academic rigor, with its unflinching emphasis on measurable success, seems strangely at odds with emotional intelligence, a soufflé of moods and feelings. 21cld learning activity rubrics 2012.pdf. Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together.

Study Shows 21st Century Skill Development Clearly Linked to Career Success. Guest author Jon Fortenbury shares and expands on the implications of a recent study that indicates how much we are in need of improving how we educate students to succeed in today’s, and tomorrow’s, work place.

Study Shows 21st Century Skill Development Clearly Linked to Career Success

I emphasized similar concerns about this issue and the growing skills gap that many studies show on the horizon for the coming decades in my recent presentation at the UB Tech 2013 conference (note that if you sign up for a UB Tech account, you can watch this and dozens of other presentations from the conference for free). Societies across the world are facing this same challenge with their work forces. While educators are talking a lot about it, action on a wide scale has yet to follow. 21cld student work rubrics 2012.pdf.