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25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner. Critical thinking is the engine of learning. Within this complex process or so many other relevant themes that contribute to learning: creativity, analysis, evaluation, innovation, application, and scores of other verbs from various learning taxonomies.

So the following infographic from Mentoring Minds is immediately relevant to all educators, and students as well. It’s a bit of a mash of Habits of Mind, various 21st century learning frameworks, and the aforementioned learning taxonomies, promoting collaboration, problem-solving, and real-world connections (standard “critical thinking fare” with Habits of Mind-sounding phrases such as “Open-Mindedness”). At the bottom, it pushes a bit further, however, offering 25 critical thinking strategies to help support progressive learning. While a few are a bit vague (#12 says to “Think critically daily,” and #17 is simply “Well-informed”), overall the graphic does pool together several important themes into a single image. Make Close Reading Fun. Close reading has a reputation for being drudgery. Sure, the intense, focused reading and rereading of text that defines close reading does sound like, well, hard work.

A recent Dangerously Irrelevant post asks whether or not close reading will kill the joy of reading. Of course, I argue, no! Quite the opposite. Close reading should be so engaging that it enhances the joy of reading. Close reading is most effective when students find close reading to be fun. By fun, I don’t mean easy or mindless. Here are five features of close reading instruction that make students want and love to read.

Text Selection Passages don’t have to dense and dry to be worth a close read. Engaging Questions Is our destiny malleable or fixed? Students Take Control One of the tenants of close reading, the purposeful rereading of text, allows students to take ownership. Collaboration Far from silent reading or quiet work time, close reading lessons should be peppered with lively discussion and Aha! To Teach Facts, Start with Feelings. Recently, we heard from a teacher who decided to create a more dynamic approach to his history class . . . by teaching it backward, starting with the present day. "Here's the world around you and how it feels to live in it.

What happened over the last 20 years to get where we are? What happened in the decade before that? " Unsurprisingly, he met resistance from parents, who thought his approach was crazy. From a neurological perspective, though, starting a history class from the present makes perfect sense. Drawing Out the Story Our brains love to make connections. That's not news -- most teachers know that providing context is helpful when introducing new material.

What the human brain loves most of all is story -- logic and emotion tied together to bring meaning to a set of ideas. This issue goes beyond one teacher's idea for his classroom and is at the heart of why so many students say they don't care about school. Activating the Understanding But how do you make that change? The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning. Create, Integrate, Demonstrate - #ETTiPad. Personality test: what job would make you happiest? Work isn’t the only thing that influences happiness, but it’s where you spend a big chunk of your waking life. Can it really make you happy? Many factors come into play – the role, the way you’re managed, the organisational culture, how much you like your colleagues – but work that matches your motivation and your interests is far more likely to keep you absorbed and reasonably contented. What kind of job would make you happiest?

Here’s your chance to find out, based on the activities and subjects that most interest you. I get a buzz out of … How to use these scores Look at your top three scores. How can you use this information? John Lees is a career strategist and author of How to Get a Job You Love This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? The Limbic Reward System lights up when curiosity is piqued. (LA Johnson/NPR) By Maanvi Singh, NPR How does a sunset work? We love to look at them, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her 8th graders to really think about them, to wonder and question. So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion.

“I asked them: ‘So what’s moving? Once she got the discussion going, the questions came rapid-fire. Students asking questions and then exploring the answers. Blackwell, like many others teachers, understands that when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged. But why? Our Brains On Curiosity “In any given day, we encounter a barrage of new information,” says Charan Ranganath, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, and one of the researchers behind the study.

Curiosity Helps Us Learn Boring Stuff, Too What We Still Don’t Know Related. - edu Pulse. Powerful PD—one tweet at a time.By Kim Greene There comes a point when we have to acknowledge that one-size-fits-all professional development isn’t cutting it. Just as students need to be treated as individual learners, so do the teachers in your schools. And while your district may offer workshops and webinars, there’s another PD resource right at your teachers’ fingertips.

It’s open 24-7, connects educators from around the globe, and covers countless topics across grade levels and subject areas. It’s Twitter. We know what you might be thinking. We’ve assembled a guide for you to share with your teachers so they can make the most of Twitter as a PD tool. To get the scoop on Twitter as PD, we spoke with two tweeting teachers, Lyssa Sahadevan (@lyssareads), a first-grade teacher at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia, and Allison Hogan (@AllisonHoganEDU), a transitional kindergarten/first-grade teacher at the Episcopal School of Dallas. Content or grade-level specific: Educators: Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice.

Students who succeed academically often rely on being able to think effectively and independently in order to take charge of their learning. These students have mastered fundamental but crucial skills such as keeping their workspace organized, completing tasks on schedule, making a plan for learning, monitoring their learning path, and recognizing when it might be useful to change course. They do not need to rely on their teacher as much as others who depend on more guidance to initiate learning tasks and monitor their progress. Metacognition in the Brain How to Teach Students to Be More Metacognitive Reference Stephen M. For Further Reading. 23 Science-Backed Study Tips to Ace a Test. ’Tis the season to start studying. All over the country, students in high school, college, and grad school are going into panic mode, wondering how they’ll manage to remember an entire semester’s worth of information before the big final.

Luckily, we’ve got some advice to make those freak-outs a thing of the past. From talking out loud to taking gym breaks, here are 22 ways to (gasp) get psyched about studying and ace those exams. Remember Your Stuff 1. Study when sleepy. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Stay Focused 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering les...

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys.

I have made a terrible mistake. I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching my own classes; I am the High School Learning Coach, a new position for the school this year. My class schedules for the day(Note: we have a block schedule; not all classes meet each day): 7:45 – 9:15: Geometry Wow. How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning. Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic survival functions, social and emotional reactions to the world, and creative impulses.

Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to creatively solve problems, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, who wrote Musings on the Neurobiological and Evolutionary Origins of Creativity via a Developmental Analysis of One Child’s Poetry [PDF]. Her research tries to understand why emotions are so important to learning by examining what happens to brain functions. “Neuroimaging experiments show us that we use the very same neural systems to feel our bodies as to feel our relationships, our moral judgments, and our creative inspiration,” said Immordino-Yang, a professor at USC’s Rossier School of Education and an expert on the neuroscience of learning and creativity.

What Guys Look For In Girls - A Slam Poem. 21 Cool Anchor Charts To Teach Close-Reading Skills. Giving a student a zero teaches them a lesson. Here is some of the common sense around giving kids zeroes that doesn't make a lot of sense and is far too common. Giving a kid a zero teaches them a lesson. Yes, zeroes do teach lessons, but they are not the lessons you might be thinking. You can get your way with people who are weaker than you are by hurting them. One problem with this strategy is that the more you use power to control someone the less real influence you will have on their lives. As a parent and an educator, the prospect of reducing my influence with my children and students is unacceptable. This is why I've come to believe that children should experience their successes and failures not as reward and punishment but as information. We need to move away from thinking "when kids do something bad, we must do something bad to them" and move towards "we have a problem here; how are we going to solve it together?

" Zeroes motivate kids. Yes, zeroes motivate kids -- they motivate them to quit. Let me explain. Quiz Yourself: How Good Are You at Teaching the Art of Learning? WizIQ-Sign In. 8ways - 2014 ABORIGINAL PEDAGOGY BOOK. My Teacher Is a Monster: A Sweet Modern Fable About Seeing Through the Othern... By Maria Popova A gentle illustrated reminder that we can’t love what we don’t know. “Love,” wrote Leo Tolstoy in his poignant letters to Gandhi on why we hurt one another, “represents the highest and indeed the only law of life, as every man knows and feels in the depths of his heart (and as we see most clearly in children)…” Tolstoy believed that if only we managed to see through our superficial differences and our fear of the other’s otherness, we’d recognize instantly the universe’s basic “law of love” — something to which we are born attuned, only to forget as we enter adulthood.

Kids, of course, can often be especially cruel in their inability to accept otherness — but that’s why it’s especially enchanting to witness, let alone spark, the precise moment in which a child lets go of some learned bias and sees in another person his or her intrinsic goodness, a return to innocence and Tolstoy’s “law of love.” Suddenly, the leisurely environment strips them of their weekday roles.

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School. Jane Mount/MindShift The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year. Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. While those things are important, Alan November, a former teacher-turned-author and lecturer says the most important ideas to hammer home will help students learn on their own for the rest of the year.

“The name of the game is to find the right information with the right question,” said November during a workshop at the 2014 gathering of the International Society of Technology in Education in Atlanta. “My job used to be to give you the information, now my job is to teach you how to find the information.” “The best teachers were kids who had really struggled with the material and really understand what it’s like to learn.” “Kids literally take their teachers assignment and Google it,” November said. Fritz Kahn: The Little-Known Godfather of Infographics. By Maria Popova How a German gynecologist transformed science into visual poetry and laid the foundations of modern information graphics.

Around the time when Austrian sociologist, philosopher, and curator Otto Neurath was building his ISOTYPE visual language, which laid the foundation for pictogram-based infographics, another infographic pioneer was doing something even more ambitious: The German polymath Fritz Kahn — amateur astronomer, medical scientist by training, gynecologist by early occupation, artist by inclination, writer, educator and humanist by calling — was developing innovative visual metaphors for understanding science and the human body, seeking to strip scientific ideas of their alienating complexity and engage a popular audience with those essential tenets of how life works.

Fritz Kahn (1888–1968) Each passionately sought to devise a distinct graphic design language to replace the jargon and lay waste to an ever-growing Tower of Babel. 'Man as Industrial Palace,' 1926. Shouldn’t Education and Learning Be the Same Thing? Schooling and institutionalized education have become removed from true, instinctual, and human/humane learning. Humans have been learning since the beginning of time with major discoveries and innovations historically and currently emerging in spite of school.

This is the biggest problem I have with schools – most are contrived and coercive and do not honor the innate human need and desire to learn, discover, and evolve. If order to fully understand the purpose of school, the history of its evolution as an institution needs to be understood. What follows is part of A Brief History of Education in the Freedom to Learn series published in Psychology Today: If we want to understand why standard schools are what they are, we have to abandon the idea that they are products of logical necessity or scientific insight. They are, instead, products of history. From the Time Magazine article, How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century I am not advocating for the abolishment of school.

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