What should students learn in the 21st century? By Charles FadelFounder & chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign Vice-chair of the Education committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)Visiting scholar, Harvard GSE, MIT ESG/IAP and Wharton/Penn CLO It has become clear that teaching skills requires answering “What should students learn in the 21st century?” on a deep and broad basis. Teachers need to have the time and flexibility to develop knowledge, skills, and character, while also considering the meta-layer/fourth dimension that includes learning how to learn, interdisciplinarity, and personalisation. Adapting to 21st century needs means revisiting each dimension and how they interact: Knowledge - relevance required: Students’ lack of motivation, and often disengagement, reflects the inability of education systems to connect content to real-world experience.
ContinYou - Changing lives through learning Khan Academy: Learning Habits vs. Content Delivery in STEM Education Email Share March 20, 2012 - by Guest Author 0 Email Share Co-written by David Castillo and Peter McIntosh Most math education analyses in urban high school classrooms focus on delivery of content: What content to deliver, when to deliver it, how to explain it, what textbooks to use, how much home work to assign, and more. Improving content delivery helped, but not enough Oakland Unity High School is a four-year (grades 9-12) public charter high school located in the tough urban neighborhood of East Oakland. In the summer of 2010, we conducted a diagnostic test with all incoming freshman to evaluate basic algebra and arithmetic skills. The number of students scoring below basic (approximately score of 40 percent) decreased from 77 percent to 28 percent. By any reasonable criteria none of the answers to the old questions worked. Poor learning habits revealed the core problem We concluded that the real problem was making those poor habits an excuse for the wrong initiatives.
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These Listening Activities for Middle School Students Help Build Important Skills Following Directions Activity One fun way to improve students’ listening skills is to give them directions and see if they can follow them. It sounds simple enough, as teachers give directions all the time in class, but these directions are to draw objects in the right space. To add more interest, turn it into a competition. All of the students who correctly draw the items from the oral directions can win candy or a small prize. Note: You will need the key that is included below. Steps to Listening and Drawing Correct Shapes These directions are to be given orally in class. Step 1: Turn your paper horizontally. After the students have finished drawing the star, square, circle and triangle, they need to trade papers. Students should check that the paper they are “grading” looks exactly like the paper on the screen. Also, if a student forgot to shade in the square or place a “happy face” in the circle, the student should also mark this wrong.
Students with Disabilities | Imagine Learning Five Key Components of Reading No more roadblocks to reading. Students with disabilities often struggle to acquire basic reading skills. Explicit instruction in phonological awareness phonics fluency vocabulary comprehension Vocabulary Development A better way to learn the lingo. Vocabulary knowledge directly influences comprehension, so students with disabilities who struggle with comprehension need all the extra vocabulary instruction they can get. Contextualized instruction in basic vocabulary academic vocabulary content-specific vocabulary Listening Comprehension Help students develop an ear for understanding. Many students with disabilities experience difficulty in processing language. Students learn through selective listening verbal and non-verbal cues specific words and phrases Speaking (Songs, Chants, Conversations) A real conversation starter. Students with disabilities may have a hard time expressing themselves or interacting with peers at school. Common Core Standards
ShowMe 12 Ways to Create Videos Without a Camera or Software It wasn't that long ago that creating videos in your classroom meant that you had to have access to cameras and editing software. That is no longer the case. Now with nothing more than a reliable Internet connection you and your students can create all kinds of documentary, entertainment, and how-to videos. Some of the resources listed below are also featured in my free guide Making Videos on the Web where you will find how-to directions with annotated screen captures. JayCut is a free, online, video editing service. To use JayCut online you will need to join the JayCut community. Masher is a great, free, tool for creating video mash-ups. Animoto makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, and text. Flixtime is a video creation service that is quite similar to Animoto and Stupeflix. Photo Peach is a new service that allows you to quickly and easily create an audio slideshow, with captions, from images in your Flickr, Picassa, or Facebook account.
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