Education Week This post is by Libby Woodfin, a former teacher and school counselor and the director of publications for Expeditionary Learning. It's not as easy as you might think. Teachers have many tools at their disposal that can facilitate deeper learning--long-term projects, hands-on activities, and, often, new technologies. You'll often find find deeper learning in that context, but not always. You also may find deeper learning in the context of a more traditional classroom environment. So how do you know if it's deeper learning? With the right set of instructional choices, students take control of their learning. Deeper instruction that challenges students In the video we see students wrestling with the themes in Macbeth--not unusual in high school English classes. Challenge is at the heart of deeper instruction. Deeper instruction that engages students Engagement is not a gimmick; it doesn't require shiny objects (e.g., technology) to make it happen.
A Taxonomy Tree: A Bloom's Revised Taxonomy Graphic A Taxonomy Tree: A Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Graphic by TeachThought Staff If you’re a TeachThought reader, you know that thought is at the core of our content–curiosity, critical thinking, self-direction, and play among other slivers of learning. This is especially true as it relates to teaching, learning, and technology. At the point where teaching, learning, and thinking overlap sits the concept of a learning taxonomy. And at that the center of that overlap is Bloom’s Taxonomy, certainly the most iconic of the thinking frameworks we use today. And somewhere in that center of overlap is this graphic. If there is one thing teachers can’t get enough of, it’s Bloom’s taxonomy posters. In terms of graphic commentary, it’s a straightforward take on Bloom’s updated taxonomy (Create on top).
10 Ways to Teach Innovation Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the box thinking. The burden of reinvention, of course, falls on today’s generation of students. So it follows that education should focus on fostering innovation by putting curiosity, critical thinking, deep understanding, the rules and tools of inquiry, and creative brainstorming at the center of the curriculum. This is hardly the case, as we know. Move from projects to Project Based Learning. Teach concepts, not facts. Distinguish concepts from critical information. Make skills as important as knowledge. Form teams, not groups. Use thinking tools. Use creativity tools. Reward discovery. Be innovative yourself. Related
Using “Frameworks” to Enhance Teaching and Learning September 17, 2012 By: Patrice W. Hallock, PhD in Teaching and Learning I want to explain the use of what I call “frameworks” in my college teaching. The tool I call a “framework” is a visual structure to capture students’ thinking. The frameworks are required work although not graded, and they serve a dual purpose:(1) They provide students with an opportunity to make notes about their reading and course content. (2) They provide me with an opportunity to evaluate how students are thinking about course content. Helping students understand what they read I generally assign frameworks on a weekly basis, to be completed with course reading outside of class. After students have had an opportunity to use student-generated frameworks from previous classes, they then have an opportunity to create their own. The use of the frameworks is grounded in principles of learning and cognition. For me, capturing all of this in one document means I am also collecting data on my own teaching. Dr.
Less Is More: The Value of a Teacher's Time This past weekend, I had the privilege of being part of a panel at the Maryland State Education Association's Education Policy Forum with 2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb, Maryland Teacher of the Year Jody Zepp, and educator-turned-influential radio host Marc Steiner. We convened in front of policymakers, superintendents, and other thought leaders. It sounded title-rific until we actually started talking about the profession we love and lead. One of the first questions we were asked was: "If you could build a school, what would it look like?" The Unseen Work Yet the best investment that seemed most tangible to the policymakers right in front of me was time. If I started a school right now, I would restructure school time nationwide. Seats shifted, because the talking points always fall into similar arguments: Students need more time with teachers. More Time to Plan Some of the effective uses of time that I've seen include: A Better System
Research in Critical Thinking The Center conducts advanced research and disseminates information on critical thinking. Each year it sponsors an annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform. It has worked with the College Board, the National Education Association, the U.S. Department of Education, as well as numerous colleges, universities, and school districts to facilitate the implementation of critical thinking instruction focused on intellectual standards. The following three studies demonstrate: the fact that, as a rule, critical thinking is not presently being effectively taught at the high school, college and university level, and yet it is possible to do so. To assess students' understanding of critical thinking, we recommend use of the International Critical Thinking Test as well as the Critical Thinking Interview Profile for College Students. Logic as Theory of Validation: An Essay in Philosophical Logic View Abstract - View Full Dissertation (Adobe Acrobat PDF) by Rush Cosgrove
How Student Centered Is Your Classroom? In the education world, the term student-centered classroom is one we hear a lot. And many educators would agree that when it comes to 21st-century learning, having a student-centered classroom is certainly a best practice. Whether you instruct first grade or university students, take some time to think about where you are with creating a learning space where your students have ample voice, engage frequently with each other, and are given opportunities to make choices. Guiding Questions Use these questions to reflect on the learning environment you design for students: In what ways do students feel respected, feel valued, and feel part of the whole group? Balancing Teacher Roles So let's talk about that last question, and specifically, direct instruction versus facilitation. Facilitation: open-ended questioning, problem posing, Socratic seminar, and guided inquiry Direct instruction: demonstration, modeling, and lecturing Coaching: providing feedback, conferencing, and guided practice
MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context As an experiential educator who has fully embraced technology as a means for allowing and facilitating learner voice, creativity, innovation, inventiveness, the Maker Education movement fits into my vision about what a good education entails. I have been blogging and presenting about Maker Education – see But recent discussions with other educators and administrators made me realize that the idea of maker education is often vague and seems unrealistic in terms of regular classroom instruction. As such, in the future, I am going to associate and discuss Maker Education in the context S.T.E.A.M. – science, technology, engineering, arts (including language arts), math, hopefully, encouraging regular classroom teachers to integrate maker education projects into their classrooms. What follows are some resources and articles I compiled to provide educators as part of this discussion. Like this: Like Loading...
8 Pathways to Every Student's Success Teachers who transform lives understand not only how to teach curriculum, but also how children develop into capable, caring, and engaged adults. They see beyond quantitative measurements of success to the core abilities that help students live healthy, productive lives. Famous educator Maria Montessori wisely remarked, "The greatest sign of success for a teacher. . . is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.'" The world has changed dramatically since the early 1900s when Montessori made her mark in education. Yet the same goal remains: scaffolding children toward self-sufficiency. In a nutshell, it happens when we understand how children and teens successfully mature to adulthood and how we impact their growth in key developmental areas. I created The Compass Advantage™ model as a visual, research-based, engaging way for families, schools, and communities to apply the principles of positive youth development. Image credit: Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD
A Must Have Chart Featuring Critical Thinking Skills Critical thinking is an essential skill in our life.It is through thinking critically that we get to sideline our biases(cultural, racial,ethnic...etc) and see the clear picture.Critical thinking is a sort of meta-thinking, that is thinking about thinking. It is a key to self-reliance : memorize the solution to a particular problem and you may master the solution to that particular problem, but improve your critical thinking and you ll get yourself the tools to create your own effective solutions to a multitude of unfamiliar problems. related : Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities : analyzing, conceptualizing, defining, questioning, inferring, listening, reasoning, synthesizing...etc When you think critically, you are actually engaged in a process of evaluating information and thoughts in a disciplined way. It is a way to refine your thoughts and think and assess information more comprehensively.
El martirio de un estudiante acosado La escena de la puerta del colegio —su hijo de 15 años abrazado a su hermana, de tres, con “ojos llorosos y mirada perdida”— estremeció a la madre. Intuyó al instante que estaba ante un nuevo episodio del “grupito de siempre” contra su hijo. El que hacía años que venía amargándole la vida. Era 31 de marzo de 2011 y A. (todos los protagonistas de este reportaje son menores de edad) confesó a la madre que tenía miedo por si le pegaban los del “grupito”. Ese día fue el último que acudió al colegio Santo Ángel de la Guarda, de Sevilla. Un juez de menores de Sevilla absolvió a los expedientados por falta de pruebas El juicio duró cuatro días. Según el sumario judicial, los primeros problemas empezaron en 2009. Un día, en clase de informática, uno del “grupito” convenció a otro para que dibujase un champiñón con un cigarro en forma de cabeza. Algunos alumnos tenían la costumbre de tirarse bolígrafos unos a otros en los cambios de profesor. Álvaro de Cózar
Empowering Student Relationships With Media Debates over children and media use are nothing new, but the technologies by which children primarily interact with media have changed significantly. Most guidelines related to "screen time" were developed when television was the dominant media, but new technologies are making us question the value of older research. In its most recent report on the subject, the American Academy of Pediatrics makes reference to "important positive and prosocial effects of media use," and a call for expanding media education programs in schools. It is therefore incumbent on individual educators to help students interact with media in ways that are critical and empowering. A New Taxonomy In defining empowered uses of media, we have to go beyond notions of screen time or even content (although we can still avoid content that seems harmful or inappropriate). Image Credit: Josh Weisgrau Consume At the lowest level, we have consumption. Curate This is followed by curation, or "Why are you watching this?” Create