Webtool A Week | But Does It Help Students Learn? You can find a Symbaloo webmix of all the tools featured on the blog here. Feel free to share… Week 39: Google Whilst the way Google operate is not to everyone’s liking their products have begun to change the way many schools operate. 20 million students worldwide are using Google Apps according to Jeff Dunn in his article about going Google. From the now commonplace Google Docs for collaboration in the classroom, Forms for surveys, Chat for quick discussions to the less well known tools such as searching by reading level, Google has an increasing range of tools to help the teacher and student alike. There are an increasing number of Chrome extensions (tools that live inside of your Chrome Browser and provide additional functionality by connecting to other web utilities), 12 of which are discussed in this Edudemic article. If Android apps become available through a browser (a Chrome coloured Android robot has been spotted at Google HQ) then the popularity of Chromebooks would rocket.
Twitter Questioning - Top Ten Strategies “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein Questioning is the very cornerstone of philosophy and education, ever since Socrates ( in our Western tradition) decided to annoy pretty much everyone by critiquing and harrying people with questions – it has been central to our development of thinking and our capacity to learn. Indeed, it is so integral to all that we do that it is often overlooked when developing pedagogy – but it as crucial to teaching as air is to breathing. Most research indicates that as much as 80% of classroom questioning is based on low order, factual recall questions. Effective questioning is key because it makes the thinking visible: it identifies prior knowledge; reasoning ability and the specific degree of student understanding – therefore it is the ultimate guide for formative progress. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Q1. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Added Extras: Like this: Like Loading...
Guide to Developing Good Questions | Steve Mouldey This question development guide was one first developed in a previous school which I have updated recently. The Word version of this is formatted nicely but this gives a good idea of how it works: Brainstorm of your early ideas Questions/topics/areas/issues related to theme that you may be interested in developing further Relevance of your topic What big ideas and/or concepts will I learn about from doing this topic? How do my ideas for an inquiry so far relate to what we have been doing in class? Developing good inquiry questions There are two main types of questions: Questions which require you to simply gather information.Questions which require you to make a reasoned judgement about information. Here are some examples of the two types of question: Now that you have brainstormed some ideas, what is your final choice of a topic? What is the inquiry question you will use to explore this topic? To ensure you have a powerful inquiry question, use the following criteria: Yes (continue) No (continue)
Using Questioning to Stimulate Mathematical Thinking Good questioning techniques have long being regarded as a fundamental tool of effective teachers. Unfortunately, research shows that 93% of teacher questions are "lower order" knowledge based questions focusing on recall of facts (Daines, 1986). Clearly this is not the right type of questioning to stimulate the mathematical thinking that can arise from engagement in open problems and investigations. Many Primary teachers have already developed considerable skill in good questioning in curriculum areas such as Literacy and History and social studies, but do not transfer these skills to Mathematics. Teachers' instincts often tell them that they should use investigational mathematics more often in their teaching, but are sometimes disappointed with the outcomes when they try it. There are two common reasons for this. Types of Questions Within the context of open-ended mathematical tasks, it is useful to group questions into four main categories (Badham, 1994). 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. References
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlor game based on the "six degrees of separation" concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. That idea eventually morphed into this parlor game, wherein movie buffs challenge each other to find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific Hollywood character actor Kevin Bacon. It rests on the assumption that any individual involved in the Hollywood, California, film industry can be linked through his or her film roles to Kevin Bacon within six steps. The game requires a group of players to try to connect any such individual to Kevin Bacon as quickly as possible and in as few links as possible. It can also be described as a trivia game based on the concept of the small world phenomenon. In 2007, Bacon started a charitable organization named SixDegrees.org. History The headline of The Onion, a satirical newspaper, on October 30, 2002, was "Kevin Bacon Linked To Al-Qaeda". Kevin Bacon
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Some thoughts on questioning….. DHS drama teacher, Learning Leader and occasional blogger Lesley Graney has been thinking about questioning…… There is a lot of chat about the Big 4 in our school. It’s everywhere; if only the big 4 were sleep, cheese, red wine and Strictly Come Dancing, it would be easy for me. But no, the Big 4 are ‘Challenge’, ‘Independence’, ‘Feedback’ and ‘Questioning’. For me it would be: Challenge - surely the most difficult with a name like that.Independence - I know we are all capable of it; we learn to walk, ride a bike, work out a new phone or in my case we don’t. So my easiest would be questioning. We started with questioning this week. I have tried to give feedback to my husband for example this evening when he said the plughole needed ‘defuzzing’ as the water is draining slow. So, back to questioning. Then actually I thought about it. Consider my husband and I again, who you are getting to know a lot about through these blogs. Me: “How was work today?” Him: “Fine” Son: “Yes” Like this:
Making best use of exam questions I have written before about Diagnostic Questions. A good diagnostic question can reveal a lot about a student’s thinking. Many of the questions we have written for the York Science Project have drawn on research evidence to provide the alternative answers that students might select. When preparing diagnostic questions for GCSE classes there are two other rich sources of alternative answers that have been given by students – the Mark Scheme and the Report to Centres. Here is an example. This question part of question 2 on the OCR GCSE Science Gateway B711/02 (higher tier paper) in June 2012. In the Report to Centres the Principal Examiner for the paper wrote : “Just less than half the candidates gained the mark…… The most common correct answer was dehydration. The mark scheme for the question was this: The guidance column in the mark scheme identifies some of the answers that candidates were writing and indicates markers whether or not to accept the answers.
Class Teaching | Sharing best practice in secondary teaching and learning How to Teach Critical Thinking Robert H. Ennis, firstname.lastname@example.org The actual teaching of critical thinking is a function of many situation-specific factors: teacher style, teacher interest, teacher knowledge and understanding, class size, cultural and community backgrounds and expectations, student expectations and backgrounds, colleagues’ expectations, recent local events, the amount of time available to teachers after they have done all the other things they have to do, and teacher grasp of critical thinking, to name some major factors. Underlying Strategies (The three underlying strategies are “Reflection, Reasons, Alternatives” (RRA): 1. 2. 3. Fundamental Strategies 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Tactics 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Mid-level Strategies 21. SEBKUS: When doing appraisals and planning investigations and other actions, make full use of and try to expand your Sensitivity, Experience, Background Knowledge, and Understanding of the Situation.