Creative thinking decreases as children get older from: Robert McGarvey “Creative Thinking” USAIR, June 1990, p. 36 The following is from the web site of the United Kingdom Literacy Trust, November 6, 2005 From Glasgow, A conference in March, 2005, by the Scottish Book Trust, I quote: "Sir Ken Robinson, chair of the UK Government's report on creativity, education and the economy, described research that showed that young people lost their ability to think in "divergent or non-linear ways", a key component of creativity. Creativity as a Life Skill: Gerard Puccio at TEDxGramercy Get Short Link | Get Bookmarklet | Original Page | Black backgroundWhite background Gerard J. Puccio, Ph.D. Gerard is chair and professor of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State, a unique academic department that offers the world's only Master of Science degree in Creativity and Change Leadership. Creativity as a Life Skill In the face of a fast changing and increasingly more complex world, many argue that creativity and innovation are crucial 21st century skills. Unfortunately schools and organizations seem to be ill equipped to promote this critical skill.
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ART Art activities are excellent opportunities for encouraging language development. In planning activities, teachers should choose skills to target according to the child's developmental level and match opportunities for verbalization with the art task. The following list combines art and language development skills for children ages nine months through seven years. The language skills listed are ones which are frequently needed within art activities (e.g., sorting, counting, colors). Art: Tearing paper/crumpling paper (9 months). Assessing Writing - Genres of high-stakes writing assessments and the construct of writing competence Abstract High-stakes writing assessments currently exert a strong influence on the writing curriculum and instruction in schools across the United States. Under these circumstances it is important to examine the construct of writing competence on which these assessments are based, as well as the extent to which this construct supports the goals of secondary education. In this paper we conduct an exploratory analysis of the genre demands of high-stakes writing assessments from three states – California, Texas, and New York – with the aim of discerning, comparing, and evaluating the role that genre knowledge plays in the construct of writing competence measured by these assessments. Our method of inquiry includes both task analysis of the prompts and genre analysis of high-scoring benchmark papers written in response to these prompts. Keywords
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Common Core in Action: Why Collaboration and Communication Matter When students graduate from high school, there is a collection of important (or core) skills we want them to possess. That's where the Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor standards (CCRA) come in. With 32 anchor standards in total in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language, these anchor standards are generalized and quite broad. However, you can find more specific skills for teaching each of the anchor standards embedded within the grade-level Common Core state standards (CCSS). So what we teachers need to know is that the authors of the Common Core believe the CCRA are skills each seventeen- or eighteen-year old should have if they are to be prepared for work and/or university upon secondary graduation. That said, the rest of this blog post is devoted to the following speaking and listening anchor standard:
The Arts: Promoting Language & Literacy of Young Children Louise J. Corwin Art has traditionally been an important part of early childhood programs. The arts in early childhood education is spontaneous, creative play—drawing, painting, self-expression, singing, playing music, dancing, storytelling, and role playing. Pre-school age children love the arts because that is what they do naturally. The arts engage all the senses and kinesthetic, auditory, and visual modalities. NAEP - What Does the NAEP Writing Assessment Measure? Students participating in the 2011 NAEP computer-based writing assessment responded to tasks designed to measure one of three communicative purposes common to many typical writing situations: To persuade, in order to change the reader’s point of view or affect the reader’s action. To explain, in order to expand the reader’s understanding.
College students struggle with organizational skills A new nationwide survey commissioned by FileMaker, Inc. reveals that college students are having problems with workload and organizational skills affecting their grades. The survey, conducted by Greenfield Online, found that nearly half of college students (47 percent) feel their high school did not prepare them with the organizational skills required to do well in college. And 54 percent felt they would get better grades if they "got organized and stayed organized." And for a generation of students raised on computer technology, the survey also surprisingly found that almost half of college students still manage their tasks and schedules by handwriting on a personal calendar. The survey also revealed 48 percent of students feel that partying "affects their grades."
Living in a Digital World We Don’t Understand Teaching 21st-century skills for 21st-century jobs GUEST COLUMN | by Cat McManus The term “21st century skills” gets thrown around a lot in educational circles. Some use this term to mean “computer literacy.” Others expand the concept to include a “range of skills and competencies that go beyond what has traditionally been taught in the classroom, [including] critical thinking and problem solving; communication, collaboration; and creativity and innovation.” How Young Children Learn Language In the early childhood classroom, silence is not golden. Spoken words are opportunities for learning that should take place throughout the day - especially during conversations between children and between teachers and children. Human language is a remarkable way to communicate.