Middle Grades Makers: Invent to Learn A MiddleWeb Blog “We must reimagine middle school science and math not as a way to prepare students for high school, but as a place where students are inventors, scientists, and mathematicians today.” So say Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager in this exciting guest article about the Maker Movement and its implications for kids, schools and STEM studies. Martinez and Stager are the authors of a must-read book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Invent to Learn: Makers in the classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary S. Sylvia Libow Martinez The last decade and more has been a dark period for many schools. What’s more, the national rhetoric about the importance of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has sadly, for many schools, not been reflected in a revitalization of science or math curriculum. Fortunately, there’s a technological and creative revolution underway that may change everything – the Maker Movement. Gary S. The Maker kids
Learning theory: models, product and process Photo by Antenna on Unsplash Contents: introduction · what do people think learning is? · learning as a product · learning as a process · experience · reflective thinking · making connections · committing and acting · task-conscious or acquisition learning, and learning-conscious or formalized learning · the behaviourist orientation to learning · the cognitive orientation to learning · the humanistic orientation to learning · the social/situational orientation to learning · the constructivist/social constructivist orientation to learning · further reading · references · how to cite this article See, also, What is education? Over the last thirty years or so, ‘learning’ has become one of the most used words in the field of education. Yet, for all the talk of ‘learning’, there has been little questioning about what it is, and what it entails. There has been a similar situation in the field of education. [O]ther kinds of social learning are more sophisticated, and more fundamental. Taxonomies
The 12 Must-Have Skills Of Modern Learners If you consider yourself a modern learner and take advantage of modern technology in order to improve yourself, then you probably have some or most of these characteristics. If you use technology to bolster your understanding of a particular topic, use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle tough questions, or simply collaborate across networks (online and in-person), then you’ve got some of the skills of modern learners. That’s the idea behind this fabulous visualization from User-Generated Education . Another critical skill I want to point out is empathy and global stewardship. What’s your favorite skill?
Search - art Looking for a tag in this wiki? We found 2 tags with "art" in their names: art, participants - all tags Final questions: How do you define 'the arts' for this discussion? Why should we incorporate the arts into our teaching and learning? How do the arts help support inquiry learning? and I'm very excited DwyerTeacher 9:00 PM Welcome to #pypchat! Arts in the Classroom (Arts in the Classroom.pdf) Interdisciplinary Curriculum - Chapter 1 from Heidi to create a new piece of art form (ie. and sequence 2008 Arts scope and sequence 2009 The Primary Years Programme: A basis for practice 2009 PYP ... and sequence ? influence the choice of guiding questions. ://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/gameintro.htm) ? by @brettelockyer Inquiry into Change - video shared by @emmalinesports Using art to inspire maths - a ... on 11th September 2014 Art as a provocation (blogpost) The power of provocation and reflection the progress in math and language arts in the portfolio ? of #pypchat 25. 2 May 2013.
How These Amazing, Kid-Friendly Languages Are Hooking Tomorrow's Programmers SmartBrief Exclusive Preview How These Amazing, Kid-Friendly Languages Are Hooking Tomorrow's Programmers By Margo Pierce 05/30/13 This article appears in the May 2013 issue of T.H.E. Journal . Forty years ago, when large mainframe computers roamed the earth, few experts gave much thought to how these mammoth machines could be used for education, and fewer still about how they could help young learners create, explore, and learn through technology. While Logo's use spread throughout the 1970s, programming never achieved the influence in schools that Papert had envisioned. "We really need to broaden, to rethink what it means to be fluent in today's society," says Mitch Resnick , the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at MIT . In schools where programming is taught, it often acts as a stand-alone class or as part of an after-school program. "Just because something's fun doesn't make it easy.
Visible Thinking Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage? The routine helps students make connections between new ideas and prior knowledge. It also encourages them to take stock of ongoing questions, puzzles and difficulties as they reflect on what they are learning. Application: When and Where can it be used? Launch: What are some tips for starting and using this routine?
How Can Teachers Foster Curiosity? By Erik Shonstrom Education Week Published Online: June 3, 2014 Published in Print: June 4, 2014, as How Can We Foster Curiosity in the Classroom? Commentary By Erik Shonstrom Fostering curiosity is the key to learning, yet it's difficult to achieve in the classroom. Because all students can learn, much of educational reform has been dedicated to bolstering numbers in the "meets expectations" category of student assessment. Students who do well in school are often curious or ambitious. What is curiosity? —iStockphoto.com Curiosity is a seeking and an exploration. Research supports this view. Loewenstein noted that curiosity has three attributes: intensity, transience, and associations with impulsivity. Curiosity is inherently dynamic and propulsive, not sedentary and passive. "The only rational answer to the conundrum of curiosity is to disengage our educational system from standardized testing." Teachers have turned to technology to satisfy this insatiable urge to explore. The ones who want to learn are easy.
Game Word Generator - The Game Gal When I was putting together this site of games, I discovered that my printable word lists became very popular. I had word lists for pictionary, charades, and other games, and visitors seemed to really like them! So I got to thinking, what’s one step better than a printable list of words for playing pictionary? An online word generator! Here I’ve taken all the words on my printables, plus hundreds more, and combined them into different categories for playing games like pictionary, catchphrase, charades, or any other game you want. Here’s how it works: First, select a Game (the game menu also includes a Holiday option). My amazing husband also made an iPhone app with all the same content. Finally, I love feedback!
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. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. 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. Many teachers force students (proverbial gun to head) to ask questions at the outset of units or lessons, often to no avail. 2. Questions are more important than answers. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Monkey see, monkey do. 10.