Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Assessing Creativity. WebbsDOK. Scaffolding for Deep Understanding. How CAN we help our students be the kind of thinkers we want?
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.
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. Untitled. 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.
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.
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.
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. 50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy -
Bloom’s for Kindergarten: Simple suggestions for applying the taxonomy to kindergarten-level children.
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. Iowa State U.: This is a wonderful tool to build learning objectives based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. The Differentiator: Teachers and students can work together using this source to design creative activities; provides resources, content and the verbs. Slideshare: Based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, this presentation shows how to apply the principles for high-order technology skills. The Literary Link: This is a list of book review questions to use in the classroom. Questioning - Top Ten Strategies. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein. 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.
“I am always looking for innovative ways to engage students,” said Paula Corley, REACH teacher at White Oak Elementary School. 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.
Tour an Ancient Roman Villa In this virtual tour, you can see the villa from all sides and enter the inside rooms. Tour The Collection at The National Gallery of Art You can perform a search by artist, title, or subject. Museo Galileo Institute and Museum of the History of Science The Online Catalogue of the museum presents the more than 1,200 objects on permanent exhibition through color images and detailed descriptions. Holocaust Museum Tour Find pictures, video, and art from the Holcaust Museum. 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. License. 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. 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. 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.
Let’s look at each, then turn our attention to the true meaning of rigor. Lots of homework is a sign of rigor.Rigor means doing more.Rigor is not for everyone.Providing support means lessening rigor.Resources equal rigor.Standards alone take care of rigor.Rigor is just one more thing to do. 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” The process itself can be broken down into stages, or phases, that help teachers frame instruction.
Why Ask Why in the Classroom. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” -Carl Sagan As an educator I always understood how important asking questions, especially why question was in the classroom. I believe asking questions empowers students to learn and encourages growth. Striving for Higher-Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge. How Creativity Works. Wring Out a Washcloth in Space. Two 10th-grade students wanted to know what happens when you wring out a water-soaked washcloth in zero gravity. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who currently lives on the International Space Station, was happy to oblige. Hadfield used a tightly packed washcloth (which he remarks looks like a hockey puck) that was available on the ISS. Rather than dipping the cloth into a vessel — which wouldn't hold water in space — Hadfield squirted water on the material. Once the cloth was soaking wet, Hadfield twisted the rag, and the water began to form a gel-like tube.
"Because of the surface tension of the water, it actually runs along the surface of the cloth and then up into my hand, almost like you had Jello on your hands," explained Hadfield. The students who posed the question — Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner from Lockview High School in Nova Scotia — won the Canadian Space Agency's international science competition for their experiment on surface tension 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.
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. Video Library on Questioning. Poptropica. 4 Strategies to Spark Curiosity. British archaeologist Mary Leakey described her own learning as being "compelled by curiosity. " ThinkQuest. Wonders. The 4th Grade Arcade of Imagination and Creativity.