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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions by Terry Heick Questions can be extraordinary learning tools. A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. The latter is a topic for another day, but the former is why we’re here. 1. The TeachThought Learning Taxonomy is a template for critical thinking that frames cognition across six categories. It imagines any learning product, goal, or objective as a “thing,” then suggests different ways to think about said “thing”–mitosis, a math formula, an historical figure, a poem, a poet, a computer coding language, a political concept, a literary device, etc. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. A literary device–a metaphor example, is usually studied in isolation. Function–Communicate the metaphor’s most ideal utility (how it can and should be used, and why). Self--Identity what you do and don’t understand about the metaphor The upside? 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Student Diversity - Gifted and talented students - The Australian Curriculum v7.5 Gifted and talented students are entitled to rigorous, relevant and engaging learning opportunities drawn from the Australian Curriculum and aligned with their individual learning needs, strengths, interests and goals. ACARA acknowledges that there are numerous models of curriculum adjustment relating to gifted and talented students, although these are not referenced in detail in this advice. The purpose of this advice is to focus on how teachers use the flexible design of the Australian Curriculum to meet the individual learning needs of gifted and talented students and make necessary adjustments to meet their individual learning needs. This section builds on the general Student diversity advice. Gifted and talented students vary in terms of the nature and level of their abilities; there is no single homogeneous group of gifted and talented students. Gagné’s model intellectualcreativesocialphysical. Other models of giftedness | Understand what you read Top 10 Videos on 21st Century Learning 1- Expanded Learning Opportunities 2- What is 21st Century Education 3- Educate The Heart 4- Learn to Change, Change to Learn 5- Teachers Inspire Us ( this is really an amazing video I love it ) 6- The Art of Teaching ( Sir Ken Robinson ) 7- Make your Voice Heard: Discover Democratic Education 8- An Introduction to Technology Integration 9- Project Based Learning Explained 10- The Future Starts Now BoomWriter: For Students Who Think They Hate Writing A Brilliant Resource For Students Who Think They Hate Writing By Ken Haynes, BoomWriter Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Ed note: The title is ours, not Ken’s. We used BoomWriter with students here at TeachThought and loved it, and reached out to Ken Hayes to write a guest post explaining how it works. For hesitant writers, or budding Wendell Berrys, it’s a great resource. As teachers and parents bemoan – and studies affirm – more technology has not necessarily translated into improved writing skills for most students. In fact, the negative effects of excess screen time and shorter attention spans due to social media are corroborated by recent studies that show only a quarter of American high school students are proficient in writing assessments, and one out of five have “below basic” writing skills. What Is BoomWriter? Developed by teachers for teachers, BoomWriter is easy to use for students and teachers alike. After a teacher signs up for free, here’s how BoomWriter works.

Bedtime story is key to literacy, says children's writer Cottrell Boyce The childhood tradition of a bedtime story is in serious peril, as experts warn that parents are not making the time to read to their children at the end of the working day and stop reading to them at too young an age. “Parents lead very, very busy lives,” said Diana Gerald, chief executive of the Book Trust, which encourages children and families to enjoy books and develop their reading skills. “We live in a world where parents are juggling work and home life. Lots of parents are working shifts and there’s a lot of pressure on families. People are increasing their hours.” A recent survey, by YouGov for the children’s publisher Scholastic, revealed last week that many parents stop reading to their children when they become independent readers, even if the child isn’t ready to lose their bedtime story. Frank Cottrell Boyce, who won the 2004 Carnegie medal for his first children’s book, Millions, was dismayed by the findings. Then it was his father’s turn. It didn’t end there.

Moving on from the KWL chart : student questions and inquiry Lately I have found myself questioning questions. They are indeed the heart and soul of inquiry. Questions give voice to our passions and our curiosity. When we bravely release a question into the air – we are vulnerable, open and ready to learn. Where once, question-asking was the teacher’s territory, in an inquiry classroom, students’ questions are as important – if not more-so than the teacher’s. Many of the sessions I have recently facilitated with students have focused on the art of question-asking. A couple of weeks ago, I worked with a lovely group of year 6 students who had been busily drafting questions for personal inquiries following their shared inquiry into Australia’s connection with Asia. Drafting some initial criteria for questions We spent the best part of an hour exploring the question “What makes a good question?” “The best way to find out things, if you come to think of it, is not to ask questions at all. • Try using the term ‘wondering’ rather than ‘question’.

Justwondering | musings of a passionate inquirer View digital copy Page 1 of 41 Title OSBORNE Norman Stanley : Service Number - 6058 : Place of Birth - Collingwood VIC : Place of Enlistment - Melbourne VIC : Next of Kin - (Mother) DOUGLAS Jean Contents range Series number Control symbol Access status Open Barcode © Copyright National Archives of Australia 2015 OSBORNE Norman Stanley : Service Number - 6058 : Place of Birth - Collingwood VIC : Place of Enlistment - Melbourne VIC : Next of Kin - (Mother) DOUGLAS Jean - Page 1 of 41 Google Apps For Education Now Has More Than 50 Million Users - Google Apps For Education Now Has More Than 50 Million Users by Cinthya Mohr, User Experience Lead, Google for Education In a junior high class in Queens, New York, Ross Berman is teaching fractions. He wants to know whether his students are getting the key concept, so he posts a question in Google Classroom and instantly reviews their answers. Across the country, in Bakersfield, California, Terri Parker Rodman is waiting at the dentist’s office. Google Classroom launched last August, and now more than 10 million educators and students across the globe actively use it to teach and learn together, save time, and stay organized. Classroom is part of Google’s lineup of tools for education, which also includes the Google Apps for Education suite – now used by more than 50 million students, teachers and administrators around the world – and Chromebooks, the best-selling device in U.S. Learning Better Together Removing The Mundane Giving Teachers Superpowers Growing Our Classroom

The Precious First Few Minutes Of Class The Precious First Few Minutes Of Class by Suzy Pepper Rollins Students file into class. “Your warm-up is on the board,” we announce. Two students fish for pencils in backpacks, one begs to get water, another needs to see the nurse, and attendance needs to be entered into the computer. More minutes pass, as students dump out backpacks and empty pockets in a panicked search for a scrap of paper they swear was secured last night. But the opening minutes are also the time when students’ brains are their freshest and they tend to remember more of what’s been taught during this period than any other time of the learning episode. These precious minutes can quickly establish a prior knowledge connection, vital to maximizing learning. Rather than begin class with a passive warm-up, success starters have the power to get every student motivated about the lesson and successful right from the bell. We’ve shared 12 Interesting Ways To Start Class Tomorrow before. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Claims, Evidence, Reasoning: Integrating Art & Science Antoinette Pippin teaches fifth grade at the Dr. Theodore T. Alexander Jr. Science Center School in Los Angeles. In this lesson, Antoinette’s students compare and analyze paintings by evaluating their scientific and artistic qualities. Grades 3-5 / ELA / Science Please enable Javascript to watch this video After analyzing a selection of artwork, students make claims about which painting they think is the most scientific. In Antoinette’s second lesson, students explore the concept of balance in both art and science by looking closely at an oval basin created in the 16th century. After classifying the various flora and fauna on the basin, students analyze whether or not the ecosystem is balanced. Throughout Antoinette’s lessons, she engages students in a “Claims, Evidence, Reasoning” protocol. As Antoinette supports her students to make claims, she also encourages them to engage in debate. Lily Jones taught K/1 for seven years in Northern California.

40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies 40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book by Terry Heick You can’t watch a video like you read a book; the modalities couldn’t be much more different. On the surface level a video uses light, color, sound, and moving images, with the potential for adding text and shape and color and light filters as overlays to communicate ideas, while the most basic text structures use alphanumeric symbols, paragraph and sentence structure, and an assortment of text features (e.g., white space, headings and subheadings, fonts, etc.) to convey their message. There is much, much more to it than this. The Interaction Between Video & Text Studies of the effectiveness of video in formal learning environments have yielded some confusing ideas, namely that content acquired via video consumption doesn’t easily transfer to the medium of text (Fisch 2002; Koran, Snow & McDonald 1971). Below are a few possibilities, many of which you’ll notice apply to non-digital media as well. 1. 2.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library April 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of School Library Month. As our libraries evolve in the age of digital information, they need our help more than ever to stay well-funded and supported so they can grow in their critical role as advocates of technology and information literacy. Should they become learning commons, gathering places for trading information, technology hotspots, makerspaces, or all of the above? The possibilities are wide open, as you'll see in this playlist of videos about the future of libraries. Video Playlist: Reimagining the Library Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian (04:42) A nice snapshot of how the library landscape is changing, from book vault to vibrant school learning hub and tech lab, and why librarians are at the heart of that. More Resources on the Future of Libraries