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I know a teacher—a great one, actually—who, in private, refers to his students as “bricks.” As in, “dumb as a brick.” You almost never hear that level of candor among teachers, and not just because every parent’s got a lawyer on retainer.
Via Beth Dichter
An article from Educational Leadership on "how to engage students whom seem unreachable, who resist learning activities, or who disrupt them for others." Larry Ferlazzo reflects on his yers of teaching and shares ways he engages students by developing "their intrinsic motivation."
The post provides eight detailed recommendations. The infographic above shares the short hand version!
Via Beth Dichter, sofilab
Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.
"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"
"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.
Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."
This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.
And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"
What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10
Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/
(Image credit: Behance.net)
Via Robin Good, João Greno Brogueira, Amanda McAndrew, Official AndreasCY, LaiaJoana
Response to intervention (Rtl) provides tiered levels of supports to all students and allows for increasingly more inten- sive and individualized instruction. Similarly, universal design for learning (UDL) addresses needs of students by proactively plan- ning for instructional, environmental, and technology supports to allow all students to effectively access and engage in instruction. Although these two frameworks are widely accepted as structures for supporting students with diverse learning needs, the relation- ship between them has not been adequately developed. This arti- cle describes how an ecological Rtl framework that integrates scientifically based instructional strategies, proactive instruc- tional design, and purposeful technology use can provide a more seamless support system for all students.
Via Smaragda Papadopoulou