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New Beginnings and Adventures | Ms. Graham's and Mrs. Holden's Class Blog Wow. This has been a most remarkable beginning to Grade 4. In our first post, we asked what you thought was wonderful about a new school year – here are the responses from our AnswerGarden! You can see how important new friends are to us. New Beginnings and Adventures | Ms. Graham's and Mrs. Holden's Class Blog
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Anne Murphy Paul: Why Floundering Makes Learning Better Anne Murphy Paul: Why Floundering Makes Learning Better Call it the “learning paradox”: the more you struggle and even fail while you’re trying to master new information, the better you’re likely to recall and apply that information later. The learning paradox is at the heart of “productive failure,” a phenomenon identified by Manu Kapur, a researcher at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore. Kapur points out that while the model adopted by many teachers and employers when introducing others to new knowledge — providing lots of structure and guidance early on, until the students or workers show that they can do it on their own — makes intuitive sense, it may not be the best way to promote learning.
Best Teacher I Ever Had

Best Teacher I Ever Had

Best Teacher I Ever Had by David Owen Extracted from Reader's Digest (Asian Edition), April 1991, pp. 47-48. Mr.
What measures the best teacher? More than scores, study shows What measures the best teacher? More than scores, study shows By Stephanie Simon (Reuters) - Effective teachers can be identified by observing them at work, measuring their students' progress on standardized tests - and asking those students directly what goes on in the classroom, according to a comprehensive study released Tuesday. The three-year, $50 million Measures of Effective Teaching study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found it was difficult to predict how much students would achieve in a school year based on their teacher's years of experience or knowledge of pedagogical technique. But researchers found they could pick out the best teachers in a school and even predict roughly how much their students would learn if they rated the educators through a formula that put equal weight on student input, test scores and detailed classroom observations by principals and peers. Taken alone, each of those measures was fairly volatile.
Learning to learn: 10 essential skills for teachers! August 19, 2012 by NovaNews Learning to learn – an interesting phrase which holds an interesting thought, don’t you think? They are words that popped into my mind just now when I was reading the words of another: Leo Babauta: 9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn. Originally published on his blog zenhabits … breathe I actually came across this post on Daily Good: News that inspires. I found my thoughts getting mixed up though with the words of a colleague who had just posted a reflective comment. Learning to learn: 10 essential skills for teachers!
Three Steps to Layering the Curriculum « How the Brain Learns: The Blog Layering the curriculum is a simple way to differentiate instruction, encourage higher-level thinking, prepare students for adult-world decision making and hold them accountable for learning. Any lesson plan can be converted into a layered unit with three easy steps (Nunley, 2004, 2006). Step One: Add some choice. Choice transforms a classroom instantly. Choice suddenly turns unmotivated students into motivated ones, ensures student attention, and gives students the perception of control. Three Steps to Layering the Curriculum « How the Brain Learns: The Blog
We’ve all known them — that elite group of teachers we deem the great ones. Why are they an elite group? And why don’t all, or at least most, teachers fall into this esteemed category? To attempt to answer those questions, let’s first answer a few others. Can ANYONE be a great teacher? SmartBlogs Can ANYONE be a great teacher? SmartBlogs
How To Get Involved in the Peeragogy Project | How To Get Involved in the Peeragogy Project | Hello and welcome! The peeragogy project was kicked off around the time of Howard Rheingold’s January 23, 2012 Regents Lecture at UC Berkeley on Social Media and Peer Learning: From Mediated Pedagogy to Peeragogy. We have put together a handbook about peer learning: you’re reading it — maybe on our website, or in your hammock with the beverage of your choice and our print on demand paperback. Or maybe you grabbed our free PDF or some other remixed version in some other format or flavor from some other place (which would be cool!).
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How They Get It: A New, Simple Taxonomy For Understanding How can you tell if a student really understands something? They learn early on to fake understanding exceptionally well, and even the best assessment leaves something on the table. (In truth, a big portion of the time students simply don’t know what they don’t know.) The idea of understanding is, of course, at the heart of all learning, and solving it as a puzzle is one of the three pillars of formal learning environments and education. 1.

How They Get It: A New, Simple Taxonomy For Understanding

Effective thinking-centered instruction aims to achieve two educational objectives: To cultivate the active use of knowledge, and To help students become self-regulated learners. Toward that end, this section of The Thinking Classroom highlights four thinking-centered approaches for infusing high-level thinking instruction into your regular curriculum. The Ways of Teaching Thinking region features a preview and description of each of the approaches. Why These Four Approaches? The Thinking Classroom: Ways of Thinking

The Thinking Classroom: Ways of Thinking

by Maria Popova The importance of “the umwelt,” or why failure and uncertainty are essential for science and life. Every year for more than a decade, intellectual impresario and Edge editor John Brockman has been asking the era’s greatest thinkers a single annual question, designed to illuminate some important aspect of how we understand the world. In 2010, he asked how the Internet is changing the way we think. In 2011, with the help of psycholinguist Steven Pinker and legendary psychologist Daniel Kahneman, he posed an even grander question: “What scientific concept will improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

cational Psychology: 20 Things Educators Need To Know About How Students Learn
7 Steps To Effective Feedback cc licensed image shared by flikr user Last week, our educoach chat (a twitter chat dedicated to instructional coaching and professional learning) focused on the topic of giving feedback. We shared our own experiences giving and receiving feedback and reacted to articles from the most recent issue of Educational Leadership (September, 2012, Vol. 70, No.1). Feedback is a topic we delved into in depth this summer as part of our book discussion chat on John Hattie’s . Synthesizing more than 900 educational meta-analyses, researcher John Hattie has found that effective feedback is among the most powerful influences on how people learn.
Five Powerful Feedback Principles That Improve Student Learning - Philadelphia, PA
The Flipped Classroom Just been reading a white paper from Cisco about the Flipped Classroom -- linked here for download FlippedClassroomWhitepaper_D8_V5. The paper describes how the teaching and learning model used around the world today has it roots in the 18th century. This is based the premise that lessons are delivered in real time by teachers and lecturers and then students do further study and review the content. Following is an extract from the paper which sets the scene. “For the first 19 years of his career in education, Jon Bergman–like most educators–rarely had the time to speak to more than a few students each day in his high school chemistry classes.
Jeremy Wilburn/Flickr The flipped classroom model generated a lot of excitement initially, but more recently some educators — even those who were initial advocates — have expressed disillusionment with the idea of assigning students to watch instructional videos at home and work on problem solving and practice in class. Biggest criticisms: watching videos of lectures wasn’t all that revolutionary, that it perpetuated bad teaching and raised questions about equal access to digital technology.

Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos

Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms' Published Online: August 27, 2012 Published in Print: August 29, 2012, as Educators View 'Flipped' Model With a More Critical Eye Includes correction(s): September 4, 2012 Benefits and drawbacks seen in replacing lectures with on-demand video A growing number of educators are working to turn learning on its head by replacing traditional classroom lectures with video tutorials, an approach popularly called the "flipped classroom."
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