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From Management to Engagement

From Management to Engagement
As educators, we are always looking for management strategies to try in the classroom. Note I said "strategies" -- not "solutions." Many Edutopia bloggers have written about strategies and ideas for classroom management. I've also written a blog on PBL management strategies, but many of those same strategies can be used in non-PBL contexts. When picking strategies, we have to know that because they are strategies, some may not work. However, there is a larger, more important issue to consider before venturing into management strategies to solve a problem in the classroom: engagement! It is crucial to focus on engagement rather than management. Here, Pink is talking about the three things that are needed for engagement, but they still hold true when we think about our classrooms and what we are asking of our students. Autonomy If you want your students to be engaged, facilitate self-directed activities and learning models. Mastery Our students like getting better at stuff. Purpose Related:  Pedagogical Ideas

Writing Multiple Choice Questions For Higher Order Thinking: Instructional Design and eLearning One of the biggest criticisms of multiple choice questions is that they only test factual knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can also use multiple choice questions to assess higher-order thinking. Higher Order Thinking in a Nutshell Higher order thinking goes beyond memorizing and recalling facts and data. The concept is based on various learning taxonomies. Because test items must be aligned with learning objectives, you’ll need to include higher-order thinking skills from the start. 1. One of the best ways to promote and assess higher-order thinking is to use scenario-based questions, particularly ones that simulate real work experiences. Before: What symbol does a formula always start with in Excel? After: If you want to total the first ten data cells in column B, which one of the following formulas should you use? Before: What is the first concern of an emergency worker? After: You arrive at the scene of an accident where people are panicked and yelling. 2. 3.

OUR BILINGUAL BLOG The Similarities Between Montessori And Digital Learning The Similarities Between The Montessori And Digital Learning by Carri Schneider first appeared on gettingsmart.com “Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts. All that is needed is to remove the obstacles. And this should be the basis of, and point of departure for, all future education.” Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood, 1936 At first glance, the intersections between Montessori education and high-quality digital learning are not immediately apparent. While a surface look at Montessori learning and digital learning reveals obvious differences, a deep-dive into their undergirding principles reveal a set of very similar core values. Here are five intersections between Montessori education and digital learning that I’ve observed as a parent to a Montessori preschooler, online educator and an education policy researcher. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

I Let Them Fail. I let my students fail. I actually walk away and allow it to happen. I don’t intervene. I don’t just try to make it easy. Because when I let them fail, they engage. Why Standardized Tests Don't Make Sense The 90-Second History Of Education 9.81K Views 0 Likes Well here's an insanely detailed infographic to peruse. It's the history of education and details the past, present, and future. How to Design Text Based Questions (And Teach Students to Answer Them!) - School Leadership 2 The following blog post is part of a blog series called "Comments on the Common Core," written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor,Lauren Davis. When I was a teacher, it was common practice to ask students for their personal responses to literature. I did that a lot in my classroom as a way to engage reluctant readers in a story. Now, the Common Core is emphasizing the importance of focused, text-based questions over personal opinion-based ones. This shift is making some teachers uneasy. They’re wondering if they have to toss their provocative personal-response questions out the window. An effective set of discussion questions might begin with relatively simple questions requiring attention to specific words, details, and arguments and then move on to explore the impact of those specifics on the text as a whole. Make sure your questions require students to go back to the text and reread a word or passage in order to gather evidence or construct a response.

Blog » Blog Archive » La Pepa on tour January 26, 2012 – 4:46 pm When I saw in the newspaper last week that a replica 17th-century galleon had arrived in the port of Sevilla, I realised it must be the same one I had seen some time previously, just before it left on a 6,000km voyage. Galeon de Andalucia docked in Sevilla, February 2010. The ship's original name plaque. Looking back through my posts, it took me a while to find the one about the Galeon de Andalucia. Partly because I wasn’t looking far enough back – I couldn’t believe that it was two whole years ago. Since then, the ship has been to the Middle East, Sri Lanka, the Phillippines, Shanghai, and back to Spain’s northern Atlantic coast. This time, we went aboard and explored the cabins, the Sala del Almirante and the below decks sections too. You can see the ship's original name engraved on its bell, as well as where it was built: Punta Umbria, in Huelva.

The 4 Newest Ways To Make Education More Interactive Sorry to have to say it, teachers, but few students want to listen to you talk about a subject for an hour, no matter how much you may love it. You think that you have prepared a nail-biting lecture of suspense about every war in which the United States has fought, and, by the War of 1812, your students are staring out the window, hoping for a superhero to fly in and rescue them from the classroom. Even for the most dedicated of students, books and lectures get boring. Keeping lessons fresh and challenging means keeping them interactive, and given it is almost 2013, incorporating this task is actually much easier than ignoring it. The incorporation of technology into classroom settings has shown a positive impact on the attention and scores of students. Below are some advances in 2012 which have changed the face of education and how students interact with technology, and each other: The Kineo Tablet : an 8-inch 1.3 GHz dual-core tablet aimed at schools that starts at $299. 2013 is coming.

Are textbooks an obstacle to learning? SmartBlogs In “We Don’t Need No Stink’n Textbooks,” Tom Whitby convincingly argues that textbooks are as obstructive to learning as they are ubiquitous in American classrooms. He suggests that most teachers’ inability to emerge from their comfort zones — of which textbooks are an essential component — hinders them from utilizing the incomparably better resources available throughout the Internet. Whitby is certainly correct: Textbooks are an obstacle to learning, and teachers rely on them extensively nonetheless. However, moving beyond textbooks requires a more penetrating solution than curating the Internet under the guise of a digital textbook as suggested in the article. The reliance on textbooks runs deeper than habit; it’s a product of intellectual laziness. In other words, we need to elevate the conversation. Textbooks have given several generations of educators a “pass” on confronting the difficult conversations surrounding the big ideas of a classroom.

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment 10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment by Terry Heick For in-person professional development from TeachThought on how to create an effective learning environment in your classroom or school, contact us today. Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual “things.” So we put together one take on the characteristics of a highly effective classroom. 1. This is not a feel-good implication, but really crucial for the whole learning process to work. The role of curiosity has been studied (and perhaps under-studied and under-appreciated), but suffice to say that if a learner enters any learning activity with little to no natural curiosity, prospects for meaningful interaction with texts, media, and specific tasks are bleak. 2. Questions are more important than answers. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

What does learning look like? A while ago, I created this poster “A Tale of Two Classrooms.” It wasn’t meant as a statement of “Classroom B is best.” It wasn’t even meant as a statement of “Classroom A is awful.” I look back on what I used to do and it was what worked for me at the time. Siles Bilingüe: general english CLASSROOM LANGUAGE - stages in the lesson Now you are studying bilingual 1º ESO, you will hear more and more English in your science and maths classroom and these expressions will sound familiar to you: - Good morning everyone!

27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking Publishing student thinking can be among the most powerful ways to improve learning. There are a variety of reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that the “threat” of publishing moves the lodestone from the classroom to the “real world.” This, of course, changes everything. What To Publish Note that publishing finished products and the thinking process itself are two very different things–and the idea here is to publishing the thinking itself: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Most of the following can also be used to publish the finished products–essays, documentaries, and other project-based learning artifacts. Below are 27+ ways to make this happen–and most are available as apps. WordPress.comKidblogVoicethreadYouTube AnimotoVimeoGoAnimateEdmodoStoryKitIdea SketchJingStorifyPreziScribdSlideshareTwitterWordleiMovieTumblrInstagramGoogle+SkitchiBooks AuthorMookletBloggerBook Creator Creative Book Builder Image attribution flickr user flickeringbrad

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