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7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
Bring TeachThought Professional Development To Your School! 7 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. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. The latter is a topic for another day, but the former is why we’re here. 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions 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. The upside? 2. Related:  Assessment & FeedbackInquiry-based learning Resources

23 Things Top Students Do They are the ones you catch out of the corner of your eye. They get their exam back, calmly flip through the few (if any) errors they made, and swiftly place their 94% into their bag. That’s right, I’m talking about the top students who make it look so easy. What we don’t realize is that under the surface there is a collection of positive habits and mindsets that make that person so successful in class. Not just a few, but an accumulation of many habits that combine to produce high-level academic performance. Here are 23 habits of top students that you can use as tips to do better in school: 1. In college, homework assignments generally make up 5-20% of your grade, but can be the biggest time-suck for most students. 2. Per time spent, reading the textbook is one of the least effective methods for learning new material. 3. It’s like an automatic reaction. 4. 5. Studying in short bursts tends to help you focus intensely because you know there is at least a short break coming. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Giving Assessment Feedback Devising strategies for feedback can save you time by reducing: the number of complaints from students who believe they have been unfairly marked the amount of time lecturers spend reading assignments that do not answer the question the amount of confusion between markers as to what the submission is supposed to look like. The time involved to set up the strategies will be more than recouped in the course of the semester. Plan for assessment feedback Modes of feedback You can provide assessment feedback to students in different modes, at different times and places, and with different goals. Figure 1: Dimensions of feedback modes In any one course, the feedback plan would ideally incorporate a mixture of dimensions, appropriate to the assessment activity and the students' needs. You can think of the STUDENT-LED/TEACHER-LED dimension as a dialogue between student and teacher, using feedback (Nicol, 2010). Prepare students for feedback Align feedback with assessment criteria Use comments sheets

18 more ways to introduce your lesson topic This term I’ve tried out a few different ways to introduce a lesson. These ones have worked well. They might be worth reading if you’ve exhausted my previous list! Song lyric gap fill Example: 3rd conditional, regrets Do a short gap fill on part of a song related to your topic. Regrets, I’ve had a few… (1.19 – 1.30) Topic: Geography Sporcle is full of great quizzes in various formats. Don’t tell football mad students that there are an abundance of Premier League quizzes on the site – unless you’re in need of a highly motivational end of class reward! A short performance – miming Example topic: past perfect Students watch a teacher do a short mime at the front of class and speculate about what happened. A short performance – character acting Topic: any book/story/news article involving a character Tell students that you will be in role as a character from the story they will read today. Recent examples I was a builder who had won the lottery Sights and Sounds Example topic: sports Ask them: Mind maps

The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning - 3. Some students need a push in the right direction Some students will come up with projects that are too simple with answers that could be easily Googled. We introduced the students to ‘High Order Thinking Skills’ and built these into the planning forms students complete. Projects need to include elements of synthesis, evaluation and creativity with the minimum requirement adjusted for individuals. We provide students with a list of verbs appropriate for the top levels of Bloom’s taxonomy and help them use these in framing their topics. 4. A student might have a passion for surfing and decide they are going to write a book about the history of the sport. 5. It can be hard to say no to a project but some are just not feasible. 6. Some projects will clearly take longer than you have available, others are simply too large in scale or will rely on the involvement of too many people. 7. One of the challenges for some students has been the ever changing project. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Brain Teasers And Games To Test Your Brain Here you can enjoy the Top 25 Brain Teasers, Games & Illusions that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but some younger minds too) have enjoyed the most. It is always good to learn more about our brains and to exercise them!. Fun experiments on how our brains and minds work 1. You think you know the colors? 2. 3. 4. Challenge your attention and memory 5. 6. 7. Optical illusions 8. 9. 10. 11. Language and logic puzzles 12. 13. 14. 15. A few visual workouts 16. 17. 18. Teasing your pattern recognition and thinking 19. 20. 21. 22. Brain teasers for job interviews 23. 24. 25.

20 Visual Timers For Children With Special Needs If you have a child with special needs you now how difficult transitions are. Children with special needs, especially children with autism have difficulty with moving from one activity or event to another. An effective solution to help with transitions has been the use of visual timers. Visual timers help teach the concept of time to children with special needs. It also gives them an understanding that every activity is limited to a set amount of time. So where can you find a visual timer for your child? Right here. 1. Recommended by Autism and ADHD experts, Time Timer is one of the most popular visual timers available on the market. 2. Time Tracker is a great visual tool for children with special needs. 3. The Time Tracker Mini is a smaller more simple version of the Time Tracker. 4. The Lux Talking Timer offers the flexibility to be used as either a precise clock or as a count up/count down timer. 5. 6. The Time Timer watch is a great product for young adults with autism or ADHD. 7. 8.

Assessment - Feedback and Assessment - Toolkit for Learning and Teaching - LeTS Validity: Assessment and curriculum design | Defining formative and summative assessment | Principles of Assessment | Ensuring reliability of assessment | In Practice | Resources Students often take their cues about what they need to learn more from assessment than from teaching. Helping students understand the different forms of assessment is part of the process of guiding them through the transition to the postsecondary environment. With the range of assessment methods available in learning and teaching, it is important that students understand what is expected of them and how to achieve the results to which they aspire by providing a clear and transparent explanation of the method used. It may be useful to discuss different forms of assessment, including formative and summative, in group tutorials. It is also important to advise students what constitutes unfair means in assessment, for example, plagiarism or collusion, and help them develop good academic practice. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers Editor’s Note: We often look at the qualities and characteristics of good teaching and learning, including the recent following pieces: How A Good Teacher Becomes Great What You Owe Your Students Ten Secrets To Surviving As A Teacher The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment How To Be A Mediocre Teacher 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently by Julie DuNeen, Sketch Note Via Janet Hamilton If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. What students take away from a successful education usually centers on a personal connection with a teacher who instilled passion and inspiration for their subject. Are teachers reaching their students? 1. How do you know if you are driving the right way when you are traveling somewhere new? 2. We can’t all be blessed with “epic” workdays all the time. 3. 4. 5. 6. This concept is similar for parents as well. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

IDEA: Kath Murdoch strategies for integrated learning | SmartPrimaryEd What is integrated learning? ** If you are interested in activities and strategies to use during inquiries, please also see: Making thinking visible, Thinking routines 1, Thinking routines 2 and Thinking routines 3. You can see more from Kath Murdoch on the post: IDEA: Kath Murdoch and Inquiry Learning An integrated curriculum is a way to teach students that attempts to break down barriers between subjects and make learning more meaningful to students. An advantage being the value of helping students to make connections within and across learning areas. Kath Murdoch’s inquiry-based Framework for a sequence of activities and some strategies that you can plan to utilise when you teach your inquiry: * tuning in Tuning in: * finding out Finding out: * sorting out Sorting out: Through dance and drama Free movementFreeze frameMimeThe conscience gamePuppet playsRole-playTalk showsSimulations Through media and visual arts Through mathematics Through music Through english * going further Going further:

17 Ideas to Help Combat Learned Helplessness By Sarah Tantillo Recently I’ve been thinking about the ways in which we either inculcate or prevent learned helplessness in students. Some teaching practices help strengthen students’ self-efficacy, motivation and confidence, while others have the opposite effect. Here’s some useful advice, sharing ways to deter “learned helplessness.” 1. IF: You assign classwork and then go over it before holding students accountable for having completed it… THEN: Students realize they can wait till the timer rings, then copy the answers as you go over them. SO DO THIS INSTEAD: Either circulate and assign credit (with a stamp or initial) as students work, collect it before reviewing, or provide and give credit for “notes from discussion” that students must complete in addition. 2. IF: You fail to make a pitch for the lesson’s objective… THEN: Students will wonder, Why are we doing this? 3. IF: You fail to model the work (esp. without interruption) and/or you skip guided practice… 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom 21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom by Lynn Usrey Every teacher wants to be able to make his or her classroom environment the optimum place for learning, interacting and engaging. Today, there is a wide assortment of free technology options available to enhance your instruction. How about starting with lesson creation? 1. 2. Need something for instant polling? 3. 4. 5. Connecting with home learning? 6. 7. 8. 9. Current Events and Video Sourcing – There are great well-known resources at YouTube and CNN Student News, but have a look at: 10. 11. 12. The Less-Is-More Approach (And Tools 13-21) Since technology is always changing, don’t hesitate to explore new tools and ideas. For later grade levels, there are tools such as Hippocampus and Vocareum with a emphasis on secondary education.

Feedback and feed forward What are the issues? There is a considerable body of research around the role of feedback in supporting learning and evidence of what constitutes good and effective practice. Nevertheless our 2012 study of the assessment and feedback landscape (pdf) found that approaches to feedback in universities and colleges remained extremely diverse. Issues include: Timeliness of feedback in relation to informing future assignmentsQuality of feedback in relation to supporting future developmentInconsistent approaches even within a single moduleFeedback not stored so that it is accessible to staff and students. This guide draws on our body of work around assessment and feedback. Towards longitudinal development Longitudinal development involves a shift from assessment of learning to assessment for learning. With a longitudinal approach, feedback is seen as more developmental and less corrective and short term. The concepts of feedback, feed forward and ipsative approaches are key: Find out more?

LearningApps - interactive and multimedia learning blocks Inquiry Pedagogy - 21st Century HSIE What is Inquiry Pedagogy? Pedagogy is defined as “any conscious activity by one person designed to enhance learning in another” (Watkins & Mortimer, 1999, p. 3). Inquiry pedagogy therefore, is based around a set of teaching and learning strategies that involve student-centred research and investigation that encourages metacognitive thought processes, discussion and collaboration. Carroll defines Inquiry Pedagogy as an understanding about society and its interactions that "requires us to seek out knowledge as well as apply historical skills to determine why events occurred and what motivated the people to take the action they took" (2012). References:Carroll, K. (2012). What does Inquiry Learning look like? Inquiry learning is based on constructivist theory, where learning is seen as a social process involving a mutual exploration of ideas through experiences and language (Cross, 1996). Alternate inquiry models include TELSTAR, the Action Research Model and Integrating Socially.

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