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Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking

Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking
How KIPP educators instruct their colleagues to enhance their classroom practice. KIPP King Collegiate High School principal Jason Singer trains his teachers to lead Socratic discussions (above); Katie Kirkpatrick (right), dean of instruction, developed a step-by-step framework -- described below -- for teaching students basic critical-thinking skills. Credit: Zachary Fink Thinking critically is one thing, but being able to teach it can be quite another. Katie Kirkpatrick, dean of instruction at KIPP King Collegiate High School, developed the school's Speech & Composition class, a requirement for all students. Define what critical thinking in the classroom is. It's an approach to teaching that allows students to make sense of the content. How is your training session structured? It's a three-hour training on the frameworks that I use in my own course, which I generated from the Toulmin Model of Argumentation. What are the right kinds of questions to ask? That's just a first step.

The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments As I’ve mentioned, I’m part of a group of teachers working with The Center For Teaching Quality that’s preparing a policy report on Teacher Working Conditions and how they relate to student learning. I’ve previously shared some of the materials I’ve found useful in my research — see The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation. You might also be interested in The Best Posts For Learning About The NEA’s New Policy Statement on “Teacher Evaluation and Accountability.” Also: The Best Resources On The Newly-Released California Educator Excellence Task Force Report. I thought I’d share some more resources in this new list. Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments: Today, Jay Mathews wrote a column in the Washington Post titled Intriguing alternative to rating schools by tests. NEA Partners With Teach Plus & Creates Online Rating System For Student Assessments Here’s an excerpt: Wow!

Scientists have said...: A chartered assessor in every school? At the ASE summer celebration conference I somehow managed to agree to present, on behalf of a working group, an education policy idea to a panel of the great and the good, chaired by Warwick Mansell. This is the idea my group came up with: We would like the assessment system to support students in their learning, rather than be the driver of their learning. Currently, exams are reasonably useful for capturing some of the factual knowledge that students have learned, as well as a limited skills set that they can use with their knowledge. However, exams are not good ways to capture the procedural knowledge and skills that are also important for the mastery of a subject. For some knowledge and skills, teacher assessment is a much better way of capturing what a student knows and can do. However, the challenge is that in the high stakes testing culture that we have today, there is always an incentive for teacher assessment to be rather more generous than might be appropriate.

Six Steps to Master Teaching: Becoming a Reflective Practitioner Becoming a master teacher takes continuous effort. To avoid the loss of enthusiasm or static practice, teachers need to focus on their own professional development. Notably, the single most significant indicator of student success is an excellent teacher; nevertheless, no one can be professionally developed without his or her consent. To remain vitalized, teachers need to spend time outside the classroom with other dedicated individuals. The educational mandates from state, federal and local legislators are not targeted at improving teaching and learning. Although many are well-intentioned initiatives to assist school success, they are not sufficient for improving teaching excellence throughout an entire professional career. The Need for Mentors Over the course of a lifetime, master teachers are continuously improving their craft, listening to their students, re-tailoring lessons and finding the gaps in instructional practices. Think of great athletes. 4) Design Curriculum That Works

GCSE overhaul in England made final by Ofqual 1 November 2013Last updated at 10:23 ET By Angela Harrison Education correspondent, BBC News Many changes are planned and under way for England's exam system Exams regulator Ofqual has confirmed the changes it is making to GCSEs, in what it calls the biggest shake-up of exams in England for a generation. A new grading system will use numbers instead of letters, and coursework is being scrapped for most subjects. The changes will be in stages, starting with pupils due to take GCSE exams in 2017. English and maths will be the first subjects affected. Pupils will begin studying the new courses in English language, English literature and maths from the autumn of 2015. And about 20 other popular GCSE subjects will be revamped in the same way, ready for teaching a year later, in 2016, with the first exams for those taken in 2018. 'Fresh content' The changes apply to England only. Continue reading the main story Around the UK The GCSE changes being announced will apply only to pupils in England.

How High-Performing Nations Teach Global Skills By Heather Singmaster Education specialists have been looking to practices in other countries for quite some time. Many of the questions remain unchanged: What explains the Finland phenomenon? What is it about Singaporean math? A far deeper question is starting to emerge: how do high-achieving nations teach global skills? Here is a summary of what four nations have done: China In China, there was a major overhaul of the education system in the mid-1990s. China is currently involved in another round of education reform, the 2020 education reform plan, which will update the curriculum to meet real-world needs. China also has announced a new plan to send 50,000 principals to study successful schools in other countries in order to gain new perspectives and learn best practices. Singapore In 2010, the Singapore Ministry of Education announced a plan to strengthen their curriculum around a framework of 21st century competencies. Competencies for a Changing World: Korea India

Yearbook 2014 - Cidree - Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe. Edited by Frode Nyhamn and Therese N. Hopfenbeck In this book, we presents articles from actual implementation initiatives in ten different European countries. There is a considerable interest in the issue of implementation these days. The articles in the CIDREE-yearbook of 2014 present some general learning points based on the experiences of the CIDREE members on the issue of implementing education policy. YB 14 From Political Decisions to Change in the Classroom.pdf (pdf, 7.71 MB) 10 Ways to Create Comics Online Creating cartoons and comic strips can be a good way to get reluctant writers writing. While creating comics you and your students can work through the elements of fiction in a context that is fun and familiar to them. Witty Comics provides a simple platform that students can use to create two character dialogues. Artisan Cam is more than just a comic creator, it is a comprehensive collection of online art activities. The Super Hero Squad invites kids to create their own super hero comic strips and comic books. Pixton is a drag-and-drop cartoon creation tool which allows anyone regardless of artistic ability to create comics. Strip Generator allows anyone, even people who claim they can't draw, to create a good-looking black and white comic strip. PikiKids provides a variety of layouts to which students can upload images then edit the images or add text bubbles and titles. Write Comics is a free, simple tool for creating comic strips.

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