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To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation

To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation
Listen to this post as a podcast: If no one has ever encouraged, pushed, or insisted that you build more higher-order thinking into your students’ learning, it’s possible you’ve been teaching in a cave. Higher-level thinking has been a core value of educators for decades. We learned about it in college. We hear about it in PD. We’re even evaluated on whether we’re cultivating it in our classrooms: Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, a widely used instrument to measure teacher effectiveness, describes a distinguished teacher as one whose “lesson activities require high-level student thinking” (Domain 3, Component 3c). All that aside, most teachers would say they want their students to be thinking on higher levels, that if our teaching kept students at the lowest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy—simply recalling information—we wouldn’t be doing a very good job as teachers. If this sounds anything like you, I have a suggestion: Try a curation assignment. That’s what I’m proposing we do.

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From the Archives: Joyce Valenza on Digital Curation – School Library Connection Blog With an S LC @ The Forefront seminar coming up with Joyce Valenza and Brenda Boyer on December 15, now is the perfect time to revisit Joyce’s article from 2012. In it, she talks about the importance of digital curation and its place in school librarianship. Sign up for “OER: Issues, Possibilities, and the Promise of Curation” on EdWeb here. The Internet firehose analogy rings even truer today, twenty years after Internet access saw its beginning.

The Questioning Toolkit - Revised The first version of the Questioning Toolkit was published in November of 1997. Since then there has been substantial revision of its major question types and how they may function as an interwoven system. This article takes the model quite a few steps further, explaining more about each type of question and how it might support the overall investigative process in combination with the other types. photo © Dunning–Kruger effect - Wikipedia The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: high-ability individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.[1] Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in those of low ability and external misperception in those of high ability: "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others

Steven Schick: In Pursuit of an Externally Facing Artistic Practice – The Log Journal New Music Gathering, a community-oriented annual meeting of composers, performers, scholars, presenters, and admirers of contemporary concert music, is underway now at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Running May 11-13, the Gathering hosts a wide variety of events, including concerts, lectures, discussions, consultations, and a signature innovation: composer-performer “speed dating.” The theme of this year’s Gathering is “support,” a subject keynote speaker Steven Schick – a percussionist, conductor, author, and organizer – took up with customary insight and poetic grace.

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How to Make a Quiz Work Harder for You When you give a test or quiz, do you basically just grade it, give it back to students, go over the answers, then move on? If you don’t do anything else with the information, if you don’t look carefully at how students answer your test questions, you’re missing a BIG opportunity. Assessments should give us loads of information about what our students understand, what they don’t understand, and how well we’ve taught them.

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