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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges
Amidst the discussions about content standards, curriculum and teaching strategies, it’s easy to lose sight of the big goals behind education, like giving students tools to deepen their quantitative and qualitative understanding of the world. Teaching for understanding has always been a challenge, which is why Harvard’s Project Zero has been trying to figure out how great teachers do it. Some teachers discuss metacognition with students, but they often simplify the concept by describing only one of its parts — thinking about thinking. Teachers are trying to get students to slow down and take note of how and why they are thinking and to see thinking as an action they are taking. But two other core components of metacognition often get left out of these discussions — monitoring thinking and directing thinking. When a student is reading and stops to realize he’s not really understanding the meaning behind the words, that’s monitoring. Related:  School Libraries make a differenceLearner Centeredmsbb86

6 Online Collaborative Tools to Engage Students in Teamwork Nothing is more frustrating to a teacher than lack of attention from students. You have spent several weeks or even months working on some project that you thought would be a breakthrough, but nothing happens. Situations like this are very common in modern learning because a lack of interest to engage in teamwork is widespread. When I talk about online collaborative tools, I refer to web-based tools that enable teachers and students to perform a wide range of tasks, such as interactive discussions, online collaboration activities, sharing and accessing electronic learning resources, and many more others. Here is the collection of great online collaborative tools that I have gathered for you, enjoy! 1. The first tool on my list is a great one for sharing digital content and improving the engagement of the students. 2. This is a toolbox for teachers that takes classroom management to another level. 3. Virtualizing student content has never been easier! 4. 5. 6.

Learner-Centered Design – The Principal of Change The things that really struck me about this post is regarding the notion of serving the end-user. Similar to the pilots, schools need to be “learner-centred”, not “learning-centred”; there is a significant difference in these statements. I recently saw a quote being shared through social media and went something along the lines of “If a teacher explains the same thing to a child 100 times, and they still don’t understand, it is not the child that is a slow learner.” That really struck a chord with me. When I first shared my thoughts on the “8 Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset“, the first characteristic shared was “empathetic”. If that trait does not exist, how innovative could we truly be?

Grammar Auction: Turn grammar review into a game – tekhnologic This is not a new activity and you can find several descriptions of a grammar auction online. You may find these descriptions Grammar Auctions useful: Clare Lavery describes a Grammar Auction for teachingenglish.org.uk. Bjorn Norstrom describes a Grammar Auction for Dave’s ESL café’s idea cookbook. The other day, I was trying to find some inspiration because I was having a difficult time thinking of something to create for the website. Watch this video for an introduction to the template and instructions on how to edit it. After you have watched the video, continue reading to download the template and for a more detailed description about using it in the classroom. Watch the tutorial video to see how to edit and use the Grammar Auction template.Video run-time is 3 minutes and 26 seconds. Click on the image or the link below to download the template. Download the Grammar Auction template. The template consists of a title slide and one auction slide. Click on a ‘hammer’ button. Using Realia

When High School Students Struggle with Textbook Reading Many reports and research studies have documented the adolescent reading challenge -- too many students are unable to learn and build new knowledge from the texts used in their subject matter classrooms. In addition to the challenges of general comprehension, reading in a subject area presents additional challenges that many students are unable to tackle on their own. For example, textbooks are dense with information -- some important, some not so much. The chapters are long and packed with specialized vocabulary; assume background knowledge that students often don't have; include various types charts, tables and graphics; and are poorly organized, covering too many topics piecemeal. They are not structured like any other authentic reading. Students who read these textbooks are already learning many other new concepts and data, as well as thinking and reasoning in ways that are important to the subject matter. Textbook Reading Dilemmas 1. 2. 3. Strategies for Tackling Textbook Reading

Library Lovers' Day The theme for Library Lovers' Day 2020 is ‘Uncover something new’. Library Lovers' Day is an opportunity for library and information professionals to show off their libraries and for people across Australia to show their love for libraries. Ideas for your communication channels Encourage your patrons to spread the #LibraryLoversDay by having a competition for the best social media post using #LibraryLoversDay. Change your library’s Facebook or Twitter avatar and/or banner to the avatars and banners available in the resources section below. Ideas for your library Check out all the free resources that you can use to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day further down on this page. Check out the, 2019 Library Lovers' Day page, 2018 Library Lovers' Day page, the 2017 Library Lovers' Day news release or the 2016 Library Lovers' Day wrap up. Promo banner.

Getting Smart on Learner-Centered STEM Authored by Getting Smart, in partnership with Harmony Public Schools Download Smart Bundle here What do you get when you mix project-based deeper learning, STEM, college prep and personalized learning in a small supportive environment? You get the largest high performing school network you’ve probably never heard of–Harmony Public Schools. Getting Smart and Harmony Public Schools partnered to share more about Harmony’s “Learner-Centered STEM” model to inform and inspire others. The bundle features student, teacher and leader perspectives on student and teacher roles in a learner-centered setting as well as the importance of topics like school culture, distributive leadership, teacher professional learning, STEM partnerships and more. The bundle also shares videos and images of the impressive STEM projects that Harmony students create with support of their teachers and expert mentors and links to more information on the events, STEM festivals and competitions available to students.

ESL Warm Up Activities with Free PowerPoint Download | English Teaching 101 I use games and fun activities to warm up my class before the lesson begins, to break the ice or even as a time filler. Warmers bring energy to class and definitely fills the time with more learning when the lesson runs shorter than expected. Below are some of the games that I have been using in my ESL class. I decided to make them available for free again so I hope you would find them useful in your class. Disappearing Words In this simple activity, students are shown a word, phrase or sentence that disappears in 2 seconds! Game Type: Individual, Team Give Me 5! The teacher calls out a student to give 5 things on a given category in 30 seconds! Game Type: Individual Word Snake Each team makes a line near the board, then one student per team comes up to the white board and writes a word. Game Type: Team YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: No-prep ESL Vocabulary Games for Young Learners Hidden Pictures Hot Seat Game Type: Pair, Team Categories Guessing Game Game Type: Pair, Group Pelmanism Sleeping Pandas

Phys98_SelfEvalRubrics1.pdf Three strategies to help students navigate dodgy online content A recent Stanford University Report revealed that students’ abilities to distinguish between questionable and valid online content needed work. In one example cited in the report, researchers set high school and university students a task to evaluate the credibility of information found on the MinimumWage.com site. Only 9% of high school students and 6% of university students could identify the site was actually a front for a right-wing think-tank. The lack of critical judgement displayed by high school and university students in this example is, as the report’s authors identified, a challenge that’s bigger than fake news. It doesn’t just affect young people, either. Here are three strategies based on the findings of the Stanford Report to help navigate the online information minefield. 1. A traditional approach to educating about these challenges has been conducting “website evaluations” using a checklist. 2. 3. Adjectives describe how something feels, looks, sounds and acts.

Tips for Teachers To Allow Students to Take Ownership of Their Learning About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation. Black Box Thinking for Teachers - Teaching and Learning Guru Black Box Thinking is a philosophy which allows learning to emerge from mistakes. The phrase was coined by Matthew Syed in his excellent book of the same title, where he examines performance and critical self-evaluation in sport, aviation, politics and many other fields. He took the term from the “black box” flight recorders fitted to aircraft, which contain vast amounts of data, to be used to inform future improvements, especially following the poor performance of human beings, the failure of systems and procedures, unexpected events and even complete disasters. How does black box thinking apply in education? In education, just as in aviation, we continually train ourselves and others, to help ensure consistently high performance. When teaching doesn’t work… A few years ago, Steve, a friend of mine working in another school called me on A Level Results Day. When the “data” doesn’t add up… Steve recalled some of the papers from the exam board to see what had gone wrong. Assess regularly.

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? 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. A key feature of the Visible Thinking approach is the Teacher Study Group as described in the School-Wide Culture of Thinking section. License

What is information literacy? - CILIP: the library and information association What is information literacy? CILIP's Information Literacy Group has released CILIP Definition of Information Literacy 2018 at the LILAC Conference and reinforces the relevance of information literacy in the current age: “Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society.” A lot has changed since 2004 when the first CILIP definition of information literacy was devised. There is a greater recognition of the value of information professionals as teachers in either formal or informal settings and across the sectors. • Everyday – when people find information online • Citizenship – helping people to understand the world around us • Education – developing critical thinking skills at all stages of education, from school to higher education • The workplace - Contributing to employability

Finding the Most Creative Ways to Help Students Advance At Their Own Pace In 2005, New Hampshire’s Department of Education set a policy requiring schools to implement a competency-based system, but didn’t define the specific skills each school would be expected to master. State education leaders hoped that the policy would push schools towards a system in which students would not advance unless they could demonstrate proficiency in every core competency. But schools across the state have interpreted the directive in very different ways and set those competencies both broadly and narrowly. “There wasn’t any training nor was there funding for it,” said Ryan Kaplan, Principal of Windham High School in New Hampshire.” The question of student pace — the main feature of a competency-based system — has not been the most important to Windham teachers and administrators. Bernasconi is skeptical of allowing each student to move at his own pace through content, worrying that a system like that will lose its rigor. Bethany Bernasconi agrees.

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