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25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers

25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers
The need to develop critical thinkers has never been as urgent as it is now. In a world that is digitally focused and where there is an outpouring of information surfeit, students need to be equipped with the right tools to live up to the new learning exigencies. Critical thinking as a skill is the mother of all other skills and one that underpins and solidify students overall learning. Given the importance of cultivating a culture of critical thinking inside our classrooms and to help teachers have access to a wide range of resources on how to teach and enhance students critical thinking skills, Educational Technology and mobile Learning has devoted an entire section to everything teachers need in order to teach and integrate this skills in their teaching. You can access it HERE. Today, we are adding another great resource. Courtesy of: Mentoring Minds Related:  Inglés

Explore the world without leaving your classroom | Teaching in the Primary Years Article written for Education Today Classrooms in the 21st Century should not be confined by its four walls. Technology allows teachers to create learning experiences for their students that enable them to be immersed in locations all over the world, all without leaving their school. These experiences bring learning to life, engaging and motivating our students to inquire and wonder about the world in which we live. We live in a world that is continuing to be flattened by the accessibility the internet and technology brings. As teachers, we converse with our students about locations and landmarks from all around the world. Google has created a variety of technologies that enhance teaching and learning by allowing students to explore and have experiences all around the world. My favourite tools include; Google HangoutsGoogle Maps (Google Views) Google MyMapsGoogle Art Project Google Expeditions Google Hangouts Google Hangouts are fantastic. Google Hangouts on Air record your Google Hangout.

Saison des semailles. Le soir Victor HUGO (1802-1885) C'est le moment crépusculaire. J'admire, assis sous un portail, Ce reste de jour dont s'éclaire La dernière heure du travail. Dans les terres, de nuit baignées, Je contemple, ému, les haillons D'un vieillard qui jette à poignées La moisson future aux sillons. Sa haute silhouette noire Domine les profonds labours. Il marche dans la plaine immense, Va, vient, lance la graine au loin, Rouvre sa main, et recommence, Et je médite, obscur témoin, Pendant que, déployant ses voiles, L'ombre, où se mêle une rumeur, Semble élargir jusqu'aux étoiles Le geste auguste du semeur.

Study Skills Guide: Improve Reading Comprehension Skills Good reading comprehension comes only with practice. The basic aspects of reading, such as word recognition, phonetics and fluence, can be mastered in just a few years. However, throughout this process reading comprehension must be emphasized. Students may be able to eloquently repeat the words that the see on a page all day, but without reading comprehension skills, they're unable to fully understand the content, predict what will happen next, recognize characters, gain insight or understanding to build upon, or relate what they're reading to their own life's experience. Sadly, classrooms across the United States have students who struggle with reading comprehension. Students frequently enter college without understanding how necessary good reading comprehension skills are for academic success. Pre-reading survey Before reading a text, complete a pre-reading survey for a brief summary of it. Define your purpose Read the text Take notes or highlight important concepts Post-reading review

The Happiness Code Last summer, three dozen people, mostly programmers in their 20s, gathered in a rented house in San Leandro, Calif., a sleepy suburb of San Francisco, for a lesson in ‘‘comfort-zone expansion.’’ An instructor, Michael Smith, opened the session with a brief lecture on identity, which, he observed, can seem immutable. ‘‘We think we behave in certain ways because of who we are,’’ he began. The goal of the ‘‘CoZE’’ exercise, Smith explained, was to ‘‘peek over the fence’’ to a new self; by doing something that makes you uncomfortable and then observing the result.

Pearson Prentice Hall: eTeach: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension by Patricia Babbitt Introduction Most Effective Strategies Practical Applications of Reading Strategies Summary Resources Remember the adventures that lived and breathed between the pages of a really good book when, as a young reader, you slipped away undiscovered into your own magical world? But surprise need not lead to a permanent state of frustration. Theoretically speaking, if the daily reading curriculum uses research-proven methods, students should develop skills for comprehending the text. Comprehension monitoring Cooperative learning Graphic organizers Story structure Question answering Question generating Summarization Multiple Strategy Comprehension monitoring Reading activities can be divided into three categories, depending on when they take place: pre-reading, reading, and post-reading. Pre-reading: Collecting and defining vocabulary terms from the text will assist students in understanding words that otherwise may interrupt their reading. Cooperative learning Explain why….

The Genius of the Coen Brothers' Movies Explained On my fourth or fifth viewing of No Country For Old Men, I noticed something in the insanely tense gas-station-coin-toss scene that blew my mind: All the hoses behind the store keeper, who is inevitably spared by Chigurh the killer, look like hanging nooses. I hadn't noticed it before. But there they were, ominously foreshadowing the death about to unfold. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Chigurh kills the shopkeeper. [h/t: Digg]

Why Finland has the best schools The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, “Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States.” Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in Joensuu, Finland, which is about as far east as you can go in the European Union before you hit the guard towers of the Russian border. OK, I wasn't just blindly following Gardner — I had a position as a lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland for a semester. But the point is that, for five months, my wife, my son and I experienced a stunningly stress-free, and stunningly good, school system. In Finland, children don't receive formal academic training until the age of 7. Unlike in the United States, where many schools are slashing recess, schoolchildren in Finland have a mandatory 15-minute outdoor free-play break every hour of every day. But what if the opposite is true? “Do you hear that?”

fastcompany On a trip to Moscow, one of my Russian colleagues whispered to me, "Erin, you might want to smile less while in public." When I looked questioningly at her, she responded, "We Russians have a saying: 'If a person smiles at you on the street, you know that that person is either crazy—or American.'" Different cultures use different types of behavior when they interact with strangers for the first time. That can dramatically increase the stakes on some of the early encounters between international colleagues and potential business partners. Something as simple as small talk suddenly becomes a make-or-break situation: Either blow your first impression completely, or start building trust right away. What Not To Ask, Say, And Do In the U.S., where I was raised, it's common not only to smile at strangers but to ask about their families and talk about your own children to people you've just bumped into. I learned this lesson after first moving to France. Peaches And Coconuts