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All About Asking Better Questions. Asking questions is such a basic tool of teaching, yet how many of us have ever been taught to ask good questions?

All About Asking Better Questions

As I started researching for this post, I realized how little I actually knew about asking questions. I asked hundreds of questions a day but had zero training. 4 Types of Questions To Ask Gifted Kids. 10 Metacognitive Prompts To Help Students Reflect On Their Learning - 10 Metacognitive Prompts To Help Students Reflect On Their Learning by TeachThought Staff & Peter Pappas It’s well-established that reflection is critical in the learning process.

10 Metacognitive Prompts To Help Students Reflect On Their Learning -

While it sounds formal, ‘reflection’ simply means to ‘think again’ about something that happened. Reflection is a natural part of learning and in many cases doesn’t even need to be ‘promoted.” Given time and collaboration, students (and adults) tend to talk about experiences and learn from that kind of reflection. Why this is true is a deeper diver, but it’s clear that when the brain ‘experiences’ something, it doesn’t necessarily ‘see it’ accurately. (37) 60-Second Strategies. Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Thinking or Remembering? How To Introduce Depth and Complexity. 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking. Via TeachThought.

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking

Listening Comprehension, Listening that sparks learning. Edutopia. 7 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking in the Classroom. The world is unpredictable.

7 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking in the Classroom

The corporate ladder is now a maze, which means our students will need to think divergently. In this article, we explore how to integrate divergent thinking into our everyday classroom practices. If you enjoy this blog but you’d like to listen to it on the go, just click on the audio below or subscribe via iTunes/Apple Podcasts (ideal for iOS users) or Google Play and Stitcher (ideal for Android users). When I was a kid, my twin brother and I loved watching American Gladiators. You remember, Lace, Zap, Blaze, Ice, and all the other characters whose names either sounded like street drugs or onomatopoeia. It was epic. Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies. Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life?

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about and think with pictures. Standards Support Visual Literacy Instruction Visual literacy is a staple of 21st century skills, which state that learners must "demonstrate the ability to interpret, recognize, appreciate and understand information presented through visible actions, objects and symbols, natural or man-made. " Putting aside the imperative to teach students how to create meaningful images, the ability to read images is reflected in the following standards. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7: "Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos or maps) with other information in print and digital texts. " The Great Question Press. Useful Tips on Writing Essential Questions.

Written by: Keren Perles • edited by: Wendy Finn • updated: 9/11/2012 Essential questions can make the lesson planning process more effective, but many teachers struggle to write quality essential questions for their lessons.

Useful Tips on Writing Essential Questions

Read on for a step-by-step guide to writing essential questions. 1. Engage, Expand and Encompass Through Technology. Engage, Expand and Encompass Through Technology. Race and the Literary Canon. “OK,” I say to my students, “this is a book written 57 years ago about events that would have happened 84 years ago. Are the things being discussed here still relevant today? Why or why not?” My students pause. We’ve just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel their parents probably read as well at some point. In many ways, the book feels far removed from my students when they first pick it up. However, as we’ve read and researched, my students have come to realize that the story of Tom Robinson and his unfair persecution in Maycomb, Alabama, is still very relevant. Edutopia. Challenging students to dig in and achieve their potential during instructional hours confronts a mighty obstacle: the principle of least effort, the idea that people apply nominal effort to achieve a basically acceptable result instead of pushing themselves in pursuit of greatness.

We might be tempted to conflate low effort with laziness, but that misses an important physiological point: To conserve finite attention funds, our brains are designed to avoid tasks that are cognitively demanding. Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes two modes of thinking. 48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area - 10 tips for talking about news, politics and current events in schools. In schools everywhere, students are deeply affected by current events.

10 tips for talking about news, politics and current events in schools

Certain policy changes and related commentary can cause children to experience fear, confusion and anxiety. For example, some kids might fear deportation. Others might be upset about hurtful generalizations they hear regarding their cultures and countries of origin. A lot of kids might fear the loss of rights. Teachers around the world have shared that having conversations about these topics is challenging, and sometimes they end up avoiding these conversations altogether. 1. 2.

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor. Calculating Cognitive Depth For classroom teachers, the more important question is one of practice: How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level?

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

One useful tool, Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Edutopia. Public Library of Critical Thinking Resources. Questioning Strategies — Verso Learning. Questioning Toolkit. Essential Questions These are questions which touch our hearts and souls.

Questioning Toolkit

They are central to our lives. They help to define what it means to be human. Most important thought during our lives will center on such essential questions. Rediquest - Home. Teaching strategies. Global education covers complex and controversial issues.

Teaching strategies

This is a selection of teaching and learning approaches that develop knowledge and skills to respond to global issues. 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking. One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. What Are 21st-Century Skills? Learning to collaborate with others and connect through technology are essential skills in a knowledge-based economy. ATC21S started with a group of more than 250 researchers across 60 institutions worldwide who categorized 21st-century skills internationally into four broad categories: Ways of thinking. Blooms, learning styles and thinking organisers. How do thinking/graphical organisers or mind mapping tools fit with Learning styles and Bloom's Revised taxonomy.

The key element to a thinking or graphical organiser is, in my opinion, the key or focusing question. No matter how complex or developing the model or organiser you are using, if the focusing question or topic is weak the end result will be poor. Bloom's and the Three Storey Intellect. A colleague has given me an excellent poster she has developed on the three storey intellect. As a taxonomy of higher and lower order thinking, it is a clean and simple model.