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5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious
5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious by Terry Heick Note this post has been updated from original publishing in February of 2013 Understanding where curiosity comes from is the holy grail of education. Education, of course, is different than learning. Education implies a formal, systematic, and strategic intent to cause learning. This approach is clinical and more than a smidgeon scientific. Of course, very little about learning is scientific. An analogy might help. learning:education::true love:dating service True love may very well come from a dating service, and dating services do all they can to make it happen, but in the end—well, there’s a fair bit of hocus pocus at work behind it all. Hubris and Education Education is simultaneously the most noble and hubristic of all endeavors. In a better place. Causing this in a classroom is possible, but is as often the result of good fortune than good planning. Here, let me try. I want to show you what I can do. I want to know. 1. 2. 3. 4. Related:  Students

5 Things Students Expect From Their Teachers (This is Part One in a two-part series about the expectations of learning relationships. Please check out Part Two: "5 Things Learners Expect From Their Educators.") As the summer is winding down, we’ve begun mapping out the first few weeks of classes in September and also sketching out our goals for the new school year. Teachers want their students to be responsible and curious. If we gave students a choice about which classes to attend each day, would they choose our subject? The partnership between student and teacher relies on expectations. What do students expect from their teachers? 1. Students yearn to feel inspired by what they are learning. 2. Students, especially middle schoolers, will always look at their teachers with a charitable disdain for their patently uncool status. 3. The most common complaint from students of any age is, "That's not fair!" 4. The most critical element in creating a successful learning community is the mood of the class. 5.

Two Letters That All Students Should Receive Details on voting for this post in the 2013 Edublog Awards can be found below the post. It’s already back-to-school time in many parts of the U.S. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be publishing, or re-publishing, much of my back-to-school content to help you start the new school year right. Today, I feature two “Dear Student” letters that I wish all students, of all ages, everywhere would receive from their teachers. The letters were written by Arin Kress, a self-described “5th grade teacher in Ohio who is constantly learning.” The first letter encourages students to think about what their genius is. Dear 5th graders, Hi! I know that sounds odd – but please keep reading. I’ve thought about challenging you.I’ve thought about embracing your differences.I’ve thought about your strengths.I’ve thought about your weaknesses. And I have a secret that I can’t keep in for another few weeks. You Are All Geniuses. Shhh! Ms. Today I learned what it means to matter. So here’s your first assignment. P.S.

Replacing Teachers with Emotion Image credit: iStockphoto Teachers mean well. By teachers, I mean you. You mean well. After all, you're here, aren't you -- looking for resources to become a better teacher or administrator? That part's simple: it's emotion that makes them tick. Emotion in Children The need to belong, the desire to be understood, the instinct to understand -- these are all universal human emotions that do not fade with time, vary across generations, or stop just because you've got algebra to teach. But in western education -- being the purveyors of both ambition and science that we are -- we've tried a more analytical route, attempting to decode how learning happens (and the human genome as well, not ironically). While every multiple choice question has a distractor -- an answer to tempt the responder to choose the answer that's nearly right -- it might be that assessment itself is the distractor, because few experiences are as cognitively arresting as a rigorous academic exam. It supersedes learning.

Eberopolis: Assessing Student Work Having just temporarily recovered from working on report cards, I thought I'd share a little about a technique I use for grading student work. Rather than standard letter or number grades, we grade our students on a scale of 1-4. We have specific rubrics for our standards, but they're generally designed like this: A "one" means that even with additional support and scaffolds, the student is not yet successful with the task.A "two" means that the student can do the task with support.A "three" means the student can complete the task accurately, consistently, and independently.A "four" means the student shows a level of understanding that exceeds expectations for fourth grade. At the beginning of the year, I introduce this using the terms "novice," "apprentice," "practitioner," and "expert." (Forgive the faded, gross-looking green marker. We use this poster to talk about the meaning of each term, and I'll regularly have students hold up 1-4 fingers to self-assess at the end of a lesson.

Public Critique During our monthly TLCs at Temple Moor we have recently been focussing on student ownership of learning – alongside this the Learning Team have been working hard on designing and implementing a creative, realistic and purposeful assessment policy for the whole school and faculties. For me the term assessment or marking can lead to a confused message – we need to focus on feedback, specifically the quality of feedback given either by teachers or by students to each other. Peer assessment is obviously an important part of feedback and as Black and William (2009) stated one of the five major strategies for effective assessment for learning is “activating students as the owners of their own learning”. …the usual comment – does the missing “it” also show that students don’t put a great deal of time and effort into their comments for each other? Public Critique A huge thank you to Darren Mead and Neal Watkin for showing me the way on this. Be KindBe SpecificBe Helpful Like this: Like Loading...

26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer - 26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer by Terry Heick These questions are more about the student than you, your classroom, or education. What every student should know starts with themselves and moves outwards to your content area: self knowledge–> content knowledge. As an educator, your job is lead students to understanding, but student self-awareness and self-knowledge should precede that. If it hasn’t already come, the first day of school is probably imminent for you, and these kinds of questions could come in handy there as well. Strategies for Implementation These kinds of questions seem a bit…challenging, but if students can’t even begin to answer them, well, we have a problem don’t we? Based on some feedback we’ve gotten from our facebook community, here are a few tips to use this resource: 1. 2. Have students choose to respond to the ones the want to respond to, and skip the ones they don’t 3. 4. Each question can act as a writing prompt. 5. 6. 7. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience From natural disasters to economic meltdowns, from wars abroad to tragic shootings close to home, this year brought to light the increasing complexity of the world in which we raise kids. Our natural instinct as teachers, parents and caretakers is to protect children from hardship, yet we know walking between the raindrops of adversity is not possible. Instead of sidestepping challenge, we can teach kids to cope positively, to learn and grow from adversity. Understanding the Roots of Resilience Have you ever wondered why one student may be more resilient than another? You may guess the difference lies in their genetic disposition or family circumstance. The ABCs of Resilience Students can adjust their own cognitive style by learning about the ABCs of resilience. If you asked Lisa or Jenny why she was unhappy upon receiving low math grades, she would probably look at you quizzically. Myth: Adversity Leads to Consequence Reality: Adversity Leads to Beliefs Leads to Consequence

Benefits of SEL There is a growing awareness in the U.S. among educators and policymakers about the importance of social and emotional development for successful student performance in preschool and elementary school. The five sets of SEL competencies are important from very early in life but are especially relevant as children begin to spend time with adults outside the home and to socialize with peers. Social and emotional skills play a role in determining how well-equipped children will be to meet the demands of the classroom. They also help determine whether students are able to engage fully in learning and benefit from instruction. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students.

Google's Schmidt: Teens' mistakes will never go away Is there room for another ride-hailing startup? That's what a new smartphone app called Ride is hoping to find out. It's muscling into the increasingly crowded field of ride-hailing startups, dominated by Uber and Lyft, by focusing on carpooling, rather than replacing the taxi. Ride, which launched its app across the US on Tuesday, touts its service as being able to help take cars off the road, ease congestion and "reinvent the commute" for riders. The way it will do that is by partnering with businesses to use its app that matches employees traveling along similar routes. Uber and Lyft, by contrast, let passengers use a smartphone app to hail a town-car service or a personal driver using their own car. "We really believe Ride fits a need that nobody was solving," Ride CEO Ann Fandozzi said. New ride-hailing services are popping up on what seems like a weekly basis. Ride isn't the only company focused on business partnerships. Ride is headed by people familiar with the car-hailing world.

15 Must Have Google Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills April , 2014 Google is one of the primary search engines students turn to when doing their research. On the face of it, searching Google seems as simple as typing in a search query and waiting for returned results. In fact, effective Googling is way trickier than that. To be able to tap into the real potential of Google and to understand how to get accurate search results, students need to learn different search tips and skills that most of them overlook or at best ignore. Google search tips section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning features a wide variety of materials and resources that teachers can use to teach their students about the art of effective Googling. Click here to check the entire lesson plan map. Lesson 1: How can appropriate search terms and queries guide targeted searches?

10 Great Homework Help Websites for Students April 15, 2014 The web is teeming with good places where your students and kids can get help with their homework. Sometimes it does take a lot of time to find such good resources, however, to save you time and to provide you with some excellent platforms to start with when recommending homework help websites, I compiled the list below featuring a variety of web resources for this purpose: BrainPOP BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.All lessons starts with a video introduction and cover various topics. BrainPOP includes games, quizzes, and activity sections for science, health, social studies, math, and writing. Shmoop Shmoop provides a wide variety of study materials to kids and teens to help them learn about different subject areas including literature, Math, science and many more. Game Classroom Game Classroom is a website that provides kids with a variety of educational games and learning tips. NASA Space Place