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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?” 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? 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

In a world that is digitally focused and where there is an outpouring of information surfeit, students need to be equipped with the right tools to live up to the new learning exigencies. Critical thinking as a skill is the mother of all other skills and one that underpins and solidify students overall learning. Given the importance of cultivating a culture of critical thinking inside our classrooms and to help teachers have access to a wide range of resources on how to teach and enhance students critical thinking skills, Educational Technology and mobile Learning has devoted an entire section to everything teachers need in order to teach and integrate this skills in their teaching.

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. 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? Most research indicates that as much as 80% of classroom questioning is based on low order, factual recall questions. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Q1. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 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. This item has been hidden Physics Play all Dr. Shini Somara leads us through AP Physics 1 and 2. 10:40 10:02 10:09 10:06 11:04 10:59 9:54 9:20 9:55 9:21 8:56 This item has been hidden This item has been hidden. 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. 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. Eliminate Topical Research Rituals The first step in fighting against simple cut-and-paste thinking is to gather all teachers together to discuss and adopt a school-wide policy outlawing the assignment of topical research projects. "Students in this school will conduct research on questions of import that require they make answers rather than find them. 101questions. Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Library of Congress.

When are Students Engaged? (Updated 11/2013) Educational author and former teacher, Dr. Michael Schmoker shares in his book, Results Now, a study that found of 1,500 classrooms visited, 85 percent of them had engaged less than 50 percent of the students.

In other words, only 15 percent of the classrooms had more than half of the class at least paying attention to the lesson. So, how do they know if a student is engaged? What do "engaged" students look like? Teacher-Directed Learning You will see students... Paying attention (alert, tracking with their eyes) Taking notes (particularly Cornell) Listening (as opposed to chatting, or sleeping) Asking questions (content related, or in a game, like 21 questions or I-Spy) Responding to questions (whole group, small group, four corners, Socratic Seminar) Following requests (participating, Total Physical Response (TPR), storytelling, Simon Says) Reacting (laughing, crying, shouting, etc.)

Video Library on Questioning. Poptropica. 4 Strategies to Spark Curiosity. ThinkQuest. Wonders. The 4th Grade Arcade of Imagination and Creativity.