Project-based learning is one of the most popular terms in education innovation today. We talk about PBL all the time and how it, combined with flipped classrooms, can basically change the way education works. It’s an exciting time to be sure.
Here at Educon yesterday, I had the chance to learn a bit more about design thinking from David Jakes. David's central point was that schools and teachers often get stuck in a "Yeah, but..." mindset when thinking about change.
Of course, we'd have to work to take active steps to redefine almost everything about our schools if a culture of "Do" is really going to be possible.
===> Grading will need to change -- from a focus on content mastery to a focus on demonstration of an ability to apply content in novel situations <===
Teaching kids how to curate information and discern what's trustworthy from what's bogus is a really important lesson for parents nowadays.
So it’s time to learn the art of curating the terabytes of content humans are bombarded with on a regular basis – it’s a survival skill and one that will provide an incredibly important advantage to kids in schools and the workplace of the future.
A friend recently shared this with me. Makes me think we need to think of more ways to capitalize on our kids strengths and when they are older make sure we match a job they are passionate about and also one that will build on their gifts.
Here's to others seeing ALL kids as competent!
The Autism Paradox
1. It's easy to recite an entire book but difficult to make up a story.
2. It's easy to line up toys but difficult to stay in line.
3. It makes perfect sense to climb on the sofa but little sense to sit on it.
4. Memorizing the Presidents in order - 10 minutes. Packing a school bag - 10 hours.
5. Family pictures on the wall are boring but that speck of dust next to it, now that's fascinating!
6. Talking about weather patterns - a piece of cake. Talking about my day - impossible.
7. Ability to focus on spinning objects - timeless. Ability to focus on homework - 3 seconds.
8. Being called by name - can't hear it. Some owl hooting in the distance - clear as a bell.
9. How to operate the remote control - zero instruction. How to button up pants - intensive instruction.
10. Navigating social rules - poorly skilled. Navigating from the back seat of the car - highly skilled.
ForbesTop 10 Emotional Intelligence Moments of 2012ForbesThis is the fourth consecutive year for this list, and 2012 had no shortage of moments that exemplified emotional intelligence (in some cases, a lack of it).
Contrary to the common wisdom that people in positions of power are more stressed than the rest of us, a new study finds that those in higher-ranking roles wield more control and, thus, suffer less stress and anxiety (#Anxiety, #Stress, #Cortisol,...
The Center for Critical Thinking works under the auspices of the Foundation For Critical Thinking, an educational non-profit organization, to promote essential change in education and society through the cultivation of fairminded critical thinking.
Critical thinking is essential if we are to get to the root of our problems and
develop reasonable solutions. After all, the quality of everything we do is determined by the quality of our thinking.
Whereas society commonly promotes values laden with superficial, immediate "benefits," critical thinking cultivates substance and true intellectual discipline. It entails rigorous self-reflection and openmindedness — the keys to significant changes. Critical thinking requires the cultivation of core intellectual virtues such as intellectual humility, perseverance, integrity, and responsibility.
Nothing of real value comes easily. A rich intellectual environment — alive with curious and determined students — is possible only with critical thinking at the foundation of the educational process.
50 art journal prompts to help spark your creativity.
Because I believe that every artist should have their own art journal to play in, to practice in, and to express their authentic selves, I’ve put together 50 art journal prompts for you to use when you just need to remove yourself from life and let go. You can print this list, put it in your art journal, and use these prompts whenever you want to spark your creativity.
Caralee Johnson Adams has worked as a journalist for nearly 25 years, covering education, health, parenting, and other issues.
Absence of parental support or encouragement (23 percent) Becoming a parent (21 percent) Lacking the credits needed to graduate (17 percent) Missing too many days of school (17 percent) Failing classes (15 percent) Uninteresting classes (15 percent) Experiencing a mental illness, such as depression (15 percent) Having to work to support by family (12 percent) Was bullied and didn't want to return (12 percent)
In this infographic, you'll get an overview of the 16 types to give a sense of how these bigger-than-life personalities fit in the Myers-Briggs philosophy. The official test is based on Carl Jung’s work in psychological typology.