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WebbsDOK. Scaffolding for Deep Understanding. How CAN we help our students be the kind of thinkers we want?

Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

My friend and colleague, @brendasherry, recently wrote a thoughtful post called What is Deep Understanding? She asked several excellent questions: what is deep understanding? Can schools really provide the learning environment to nurture and develop it? In thinking about these questions, I would like to ask: “How can we help novice learners become more expert learners?” Novice Learners versus Expert Learners Having said that, let’s look at the difference between novice and expert learner. Novices typically don’t plan, monitor, and reflect on their learningThese metacognitive skills include setting goals and subgoals; identifying approaches; monitoring one’s progress to the task; revising goals where necessary; and, reflection after task completion.Expert learners use ‘multiple representations’to build a fuller, more complete understanding.

Scaffolded Journal Writing. Punctuation in novels. Punctuation in novels When we think of novels, of newspapers and blogs, we think of words.

Punctuation in novels

We easily forget the little suggestions pushed in between: the punctuation. But how can we be so cruel to such a fundamental part of writing? Inspired by a series of posters, I wondered what did my favorite books look like without words. Can you tell them apart or are they all a-mush? Yes, the contrast is stark. Want to see more? As I mentioned above, the difference between these novels is stark. Blood Meridian is short sentences. Here is a comparison of some other books — notice how large a break A Farewell To Arms was from the past. Punctuation does more than simply carve out a space for words. Untitled. 25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers.

The need to develop critical thinkers has never been as urgent as it is now.

25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers

Alphabet of the obsolete. A Wonder Room – every school should have one. The large white 1950s telephone could have been a prop from the set of Mad Men.

A Wonder Room – every school should have one

It shares a shelf with a vinyl-clad Vector Radio that looks as though it should be permanently tuned to Radio Luxembourg. Nearby is a black typewriter so old it might have been used in Billy Wilder's adaptation of The Front Page. All three items seem to fascinate the young visitors to the Wonder Room at the Nottingham University Samworth academy (Nusa), a shiny new school sponsored by the university in Bilborough, a former council estate. The room is crammed with curiosities – the pre-war typewriter is particularly popular with pupils more used to the sleek and silent computer technology of the 21st century. "It seems so down-to-earth and real," says David Robson, 14. Dr Matthew McFall looks on, beaming. Some of the items have been contributed by members of the teaching staff, but most have come from the home of this inveterate hoarder. Questioning Toolkit.

Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls.

Questioning Toolkit

They are central to our lives. Defining Critical Thinking. It entails the examination of those structures or elements of thought implicit in all reasoning: purpose, problem, or question-at-issue; assumptions; concepts; empirical grounding; reasoning leading to conclusions; implications and consequences; objections from alternative viewpoints; and frame of reference.

Defining Critical Thinking

Critical thinking — in being responsive to variable subject matter, issues, and purposes — is incorporated in a family of interwoven modes of thinking, among them: scientific thinking, mathematical thinking, historical thinking, anthropological thinking, economic thinking, moral thinking, and philosophical thinking. Critical thinking can be seen as having two components: 1) a set of information and belief generating and processing skills, and 2) the habit, based on intellectual commitment, of using those skills to guide behavior. Critical thinking varies according to the motivation underlying it. Another Brief Conceptualization of Critical Thinking. 50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy - Bloom’s for Kindergarten: Simple suggestions for applying the taxonomy to kindergarten-level children.

50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy -

Lesson Planet: This source gives the goods on creating complete lesson plans using Bloom’s Taxonomy. Prezi: Enjoy this stylish Prezi presentation on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Questioning - Top Ten Strategies. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

Questioning - Top Ten Strategies

The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein Questioning is the very cornerstone of philosophy and education, ever since Socrates ( in our Western tradition) decided to annoy pretty much everyone by critiquing and harrying people with questions – it has been central to our development of thinking and our capacity to learn. Indeed, it is so integral to all that we do that it is often overlooked when developing pedagogy – but it as crucial to teaching as air is to breathing. We must ask: do we need to give questioning the thought and planning time something so essential to learning obviously deserves? Do we need to consciously teach students to ask good questions and not just answer them? CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music - Nigel Stanford. White Oak teacher creates a Lego wall for her classroom.

A Coweta teacher is using her passion for Legos to bring more creativity to her students, by creating a Lego wall in her classroom.

White Oak teacher creates a Lego wall for her classroom

“I am always looking for innovative ways to engage students,” said Paula Corley, REACH teacher at White Oak Elementary School. “A few years ago, my passion for Legos was reignited with my own child and his interest. Blooms Taxonomy Flip Chart for Student Use. Virtual Tours and Fieldtrips. Virtual Fieldtrips, Virtual Tours Virtual Tours of Museums and Exhibits Tour The American Museum of Natural History You can find 360 degree tours of dioramas, pictures, and video.

Virtual Tours and Fieldtrips

CrashCourse. Technology and the Curious Mind. Visible Thinking. Purpose and Goals Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students' thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them Who is it for? Visible Thinking is for teachers, school leaders and administrators in K - 12 schools who want to encourage the development of a culture of thinking in their classrooms and schools.

Key Features and Practices At the core of Visible Thinking are practices that help make thinking visible: Thinking Routines loosely guide learners' thought processes and encourage active processing. 12 Best YouTube Channels for Kids and Teens. YouTube's statistics never cease to amaze: more than 1 billion unique users per month, over 6 billion hours of video watched per month, 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. Fine, but what if you want to find something for your kids to watch besides expletive-laced game commentary and twerking videos? You're in luck. Among the millions and billions, there's a tiny slice of really good stuff -- stuff that's creative, innovative, eye-opening, mind-expanding, and even practical.

But the truly excellent content is not always easy to find. Just when you think you've found a kid-friendly channel, your kid clicks off into something totally age-inappropriate. Teaching for Rigor Marzano (1) Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement. A while back, I was asked, "What engages students? " Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders.

The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccuring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students? " 1. Working with their peers. 7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom. 7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom by Barbara Blackburn, author of Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word Despite all the research, there are seven myths about rigor that are often heard. 4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers. According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question.

There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common: Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectivesAcademic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutionsLearners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning processTeachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutionsLearners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner” Why Ask Why in the Classroom. Striving for Higher-Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge. How Creativity Works. Wring Out a Washcloth in Space. What Does Earth Look Like?

Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning. How to Mind Map. Questioning Toolkit. Unleashing Creativity. Beyond Cut-and-Paste. 101questions. Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress. When are Students Engaged? Video Library on Questioning.

Poptropica. 4 Strategies to Spark Curiosity. British archaeologist Mary Leakey described her own learning as being "compelled by curiosity. " Curiosity is the name we give to the state of having unanswered questions. ThinkQuest. Wonders. The 4th Grade Arcade of Imagination and Creativity.