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25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner

25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner
Critical thinking is the engine of learning. Within this complex process or so many other relevant themes that contribute to learning: creativity, analysis, evaluation, innovation, application, and scores of other verbs from various learning taxonomies. So the following infographic from Mentoring Minds is immediately relevant to all educators, and students as well. It’s a bit of a mash of Habits of Mind, various 21st century learning frameworks, and the aforementioned learning taxonomies, promoting collaboration, problem-solving, and real-world connections (standard “critical thinking fare” with Habits of Mind-sounding phrases such as “Open-Mindedness”). At the bottom, it pushes a bit further, however, offering 25 critical thinking strategies to help support progressive learning. While a few are a bit vague (#12 says to “Think critically daily,” and #17 is simply “Well-informed”), overall the graphic does pool together several important themes into a single image. Related:  lebromeo

thinking skills There is no logic in connecting an office copier with 'nose'. That is to say, there is no 'logic' in our normal undertanding of logic. This understanding is based on passive surface information systems. There is, however, the logic of active surface information systems, and that is the logic of a patterning system. In such a system, the putting together of 'copier' with the random input 'nose' is perfectly logical. At the same time, the juxtaposition is a logic of action. JUXTAPOSITIONAs many readers will know, the random juxtaposition is one of the many tools of lateral thinking. • What has smell to do with a copier? Smell is a sensation. • What could smell be used for? When copiers run out of paper or toner, there is usually a light signal - perhaps a red light. SMELL SIGNALWhat about a 'smell signal'? There could be different smells for different things. MOVEMENTThe above example illustrates the process of 'movement', which can be practised until a skill is built up in this operation.

{5 Steps Series} 5 Simple Steps to Get Kids to Read More (a lot more) It’s the beginning of a new school year. Teachers are talking up reading (and they should), assigning a specific number of minutes each evening (maybe they shouldn’t), and asking parents to sign off on said # of minutes of reading per day (a generally bad idea). Reading is important. No doubt. In this short post, I’ll lay out a few simple steps to get students to read more. To begin, if you want your students to read more, they need access to books. While a resource-rich school library provides resources for students and teachers, a classroom library serves one (captive) audience – your students. More books = increased reading = more capable readers. Among the primary findings of the Becoming a Nation of Readers report (1985) is that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” And, that doesn’t exclude reading to older students, too. Independent reading sometimes gets a bad rap. Final Thoughts

Brainstorming and Voting Amazingly Easy. Free Online Tool | tricider eLearning, Education Technology and Teacher Blog How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different by Terry Heick This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the development of personal thinking habits in 21st century learners. In an era dominated by constant information and the desire to be social, should the tone of thinking for students be different? After all, this is the world of Google. As a result, the tone of thinking can end up uncertain or whimsical, timid or arrogant, sycophant or idolizing–and so, devoid of connections and interdependence. The nature of social media rests on identity as much as anything else—forcing subjectivity on everything through likes, retweets, shares, and pins. But this takes new habits. Information Abundance There is more information available to any student with a smartphone than an entire empire would have had access to three thousand years ago. New contexts—digital environments that function as humanity-in-your-pocket—demand new approaches and new habits. Persisting.

Super Teacher Tools 6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads The following post is written by Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher . Join EdTechTeacher at the iPad Summit in Atlanta on April 10-12. The app store is loaded with options that allow students to create content on their iPads. From comic strip creators to mind maps, video editing and publishing, screencasting & digital books, the options for individual student creation are expanding. However, collaboration between students is often a critical component of any classroom activity or project and increasingly there are options available that allow for collaborative efforts across iPads. Below are six ways to support collaboration between student iPads that cover the spectrum of creation options that range from text to digital storytelling to video creation. Explain Everything ($2.99) A flexible and powerful screen casting option, students and teachers can collaborate on screencasts by exporting Explain Everything project files from an iPad. Google Drive (Free) BookCreator ($4.99) Subtext (free) Diigo

30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later. The goal of divergent thinking is to generate many different ideas about a topic in a short period of time. It involves breaking a topic down into its various component parts in order to gain insight about the various aspects of the topic. This type of thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence. The benefits of divergent thinking are huge, especially in a day and age where employers value skills over knowledge. Studies conducted by a Cornell University research team in 2012 found that divergent thinking improves language proficiency and performance. When it comes to leading a successful career, divergent thinking can be a huge help.

How to Implement Deep Learning Characteristics in the Classroom | The Educato... Deep learning is the foundation on which I instruct my students; whether it is through the use of practical thinking skills, human dimension activities, and/or data gathering. There are other deep learning characteristics I implement daily, but these are most commonly used in my classroom. These strategies help to... Deep learning is the foundation on which I instruct my students; whether it is through the use of practical thinking skills, human dimension activities, and/or data gathering. There are other deep learning characteristics I implement daily, but these are most commonly used in my classroom. These strategies help to keep me focused on one common goal for all my students: to promote better learning outcomes for all students-ones that are transformational. Engaging students actively in their own learning, and encouraging understanding of presented materials, should be the main goal of all educators. Practical thinking skills are an essential part of my lesson planning.

DATORN i UTBILDNINGEN Text: Monica Esborn Samarbete ger bättre kvalitet i lärandet - om Learning Study på Fenestra Centrum, Göteborg Varje år är det en internationell konferens kring Learning Study. I år har den precis gått av stapeln i Göteborg och Fenestra Centrum, en 6-9-skola i Göteborg var ett av målen för konferensens studiebesök. – Det började 2009 med att några matematiklärare från skolan gjorde ett studiebesök på Öjesjö skola i Partille och blev väldigt inspirerade, berättar Srdjan Muratovic, rektor sedan fem år på Fenestra Centrum, en friskola inom Academediakoncernen. Arbetet med Learning Study har inspirerats av de japanska lärarnas systematiska arbete med Lesson Study men inkluderar en grundtanke om lärande utifrån variationsteorin. – Det är första gången konferensen förlades utanför Asien och det är ingen tillfällighet att det blev Göteborg, menar lärarna och utvecklingsledarna på Fenestra Centrum, Lotta Funnemark och Sanna Schoultz. – Vi ville börja småskaligt och valde matematiklärarna.

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence Big Ideas In “Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird,” poet Wallace Stevens takes something familiar—an ordinary black bird—and by looking at it from many different perspectives, makes us think about it in new ways. With apologies to Stevens, we’re going to take the same premise, but change the subject by considering eight ways of looking at intelligence—eight perspectives provided by the science of learning. A few words about that term: The science of learning is a relatively new discipline born of an agglomeration of fields: cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience. Its project is to apply the methods of science to human endeavors—teaching and learning—that have for centuries been mostly treated as an art. As with anything to do with our idiosyncratic and unpredictable species, there is still a lot of art involved in teaching and learning. 1. Situations can be internal or external. On one level this is obvious, but on another it is quite radical. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Norrman utmanar Dropbox I Norge har den nya fildelningstjänsten, Filecloud, funnits sedan början av september och lockat till sig "något hundratal" kunder enligt Alexander Hagerup. Filecloud ska bli helt inriktad mot företag - det ska inte finnas någon konsumentversion av tjänsten. - Vi har sett ett behov av att lansera en fildelningstjänst riktad till företag. Nästan alla tjänster av det här slaget är konsumentorienterade och har fått lite företagstillägg och så är det plötsligt en företagstjänst, säger Alexander Hagerup, grundare av The Online Backup Company som står bakom tjänsten. Det finns tre huvudsakliga punkter som krävs för att tjänsten ska kunna sägas vara företagsinriktad, anser han: alla data ska vara krypterade vid lagring och överföring, det ska finnas full redundans och it-chefen ska ha kontroll. - Vi har lagt ner ungefär ett år på att utveckla tjänsten. Filecloud skapar en virtuell disk på användarens dator, som bara är nåbar efter inloggning via Fileclouds webbtjänst.

Games and your brain: how to use gamification to stop procrastinating 1.4K Flares 1.4K Flares × It is Thursday afternoon. Hump day. You are being humped. The one thing you wished to accomplish today remains unaccomplished, sitting there as a painful reminder of your failure, goading you to check Tumblr just one more time. And there’s your answer! Turning repetitive tasks into games is the secret sauce to getting things done. Where did gamification come from in the first place? The idea behind gamification—challenge, motivation, reward— have been present in video games from the start, and it was gaming’s growth from niche to mainstream in the 2000s that helped push game mechanics into new industries and fields. The spark for the gamification boom is often traced to technology apps like Foursquare, which popularized ubiquitous badges for highly engaged users, and social games like Zynga’s FarmVille, which achieved huge commercial success on Facebook with its infinite reward system. Why our brains are so attracted to playing games (image via) 1.) 2.)