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Extreme Learners - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Extreme Learners - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
What follows are some resources and ideas related to being and encouraging extreme learners.

Extreme learners are renegades who take charge of their own education. They apply novel feedback mechanisms and optimize their learning experiences. They have learned how to learn. And you can, too. Extreme learners defy traditional definitions of teacher and student. They design their own curricula from online courses, get their hands dirty at community laboratories and hackerspaces, and seek out mentors. They help others learn, participating in an active learning exchange. They are teachers as much as they are learners. (Extreme Learners)

It’s the hunger for learning rather than raw intellect that distinguishes Extreme Learners from the gifted. Intensely motivated and harboring a breadth of interests, they also consider ignorance a temporary and reparable condition. What’s the lesson here for schools? In short, standardization, repetition, and rigidity are deadly for the curious. “Nothing bores me more than seeing a list of redundant facts I have to memorize,” Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski said. Biology class dragged for Thomas Hunt, but the school turned him down when he tried to replace a few classes with work in a lab outside school. “High school is a big day care system,” Roth said. The main takeaway for teachers is, give students more flexibility and choice over what they’re working on,” Milton Chen said. “Give kids the tools to identify their interests and gather information. And help them find like-minded people to work with.”  (What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’?)

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Learners or Memorizers?

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Can the internet redesign the way students learn?

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED

25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or are you stuck with the brains you’ve got? Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says most of us have either a “fixed” or “growth” mindset when it comes to learning. Most of us can get through sixteen years of schooling regardless of which mindset we have, but when it comes to lifelong learning–learning for the sake of learning, without outside pressure–only a growth mindset will cut it."


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Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 20, 2014 2:47 PM

I am a firm believer of lifelong learning and this

Li Banban's curator insight, October 21, 2014 1:23 AM

keep a growth mindset! its never too late to  learn.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 7, 2014 9:43 AM

These are excellent teaching and learning resources to add to your 21st Century learning environment to promote lifelong learning.

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iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL)

iPads for Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (iCALL) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
CALL Scotland - Provides specialist expertise in technology for children who have speech, communication and/or writing difficulties, in schools across Scotland.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, August 12, 2014 7:48 PM

Another excellent resource from CALL Scotland.


The book includes chapters on:

  • Getting to grips with the iPad
  • Apps to support teaching & learning
  • Accessibility Options
  • iPad Accessories
  • iPad Resources
  • iPad in Assessments and Exams
  • Managing & Implementing the iPad
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Managing Curriculum Materials between Windows and iPads
  • iPad Management using iTunes: some useful tips.


It aims to support readers who are not necessarily technical specialists and who want to use the iPad with children or adults with additional support needs, special educational needs or disability.

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What is Learning Analytics? – Infographic

What is Learning Analytics? – Infographic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs."


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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 2014 6:51 PM

This is definitely something that has piqued my interest to read more. about this topic..

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, July 21, 2014 12:47 AM

a simple but useful infographic!

John Lemos Forman's curator insight, July 21, 2014 3:55 AM

Muita expectativa mas ainda poucos resultados concretos ... De qualquer modo, esta se formando uma percepção de que o modelo educacional vai ser fortemente impactado nos próximos anos

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4 Belief Statements Underlying Student Performance

4 Belief Statements Underlying Student Performance | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"David Dockterman would like to see more productive failure. But as a lecturer at Harvard’s GSE, Dockterman sees students afraid to blemish a polished transcript. As Scholastic’s chief architect of learning sciences, he sees K-12 students all too familiar with failure and schools that don’t know how to support productive struggle."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 5, 2014 2:40 AM

The concept of growth mindset is often discussed in schools. Research shows that a students' mindset plays a role in how well they do at school. This post provides "4 belief statements that underlie student performance." Each statement is listed below, but click through to the post to learn more about the meaning behind the statement.

1. “I belong in this academic community.”

2. “My ability and competency grow with effort.”

3. “I can succeed.”

4. “This work has value for me.”

There are a number of links in the article and you may want to read the article located in EdWeek (published in Sept. 2013). This article looks at how our language as teachers impacts each student. Our words are important and we may not be aware of the words we use are impacting our students.

Also consider scrolling down and reading the comment by Tom Vander Ark. He discusses two areas that are forgotten in the discussion of mindset (and he includes grit here also) - the ability to transfer knowledge between content areas (an important component in Common Core) and "domain knowledge and skill." He provides suggestions on what we might try in our classrooms.

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Making Sense of Learning

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Chris Watkins, a reader at The Institute of Education in London wrote "Learning: a sense-makers guide" that provides four teaching practices that help learners make sense of their learning.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 28, 2014 9:13 PM

Learning can make sense and is similar to how we make sense of other things. We do it gradually through experiences and building knowledge as we go. Talking, thinking, and reflecting about learning are the key factors to understanding. In the sense-makers guide,  Watkins writes that there are four teaching practices that can help learners make sense of their learning:

 

> Notice learning

> Have conversations about learning

> Reflect on your learning

> Make learning an object of learning.

 

See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/04/making-sense-of-learning.html#sthash.jbiaHG5A.dpuf

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We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders

We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We must lead the shift to a way that maximizes opportunities for investigation, problem solving, and collaboration while maintaining assurance that each child is gaining knowledge, and is able to apply it both alone and with others.

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:33 PM

Excellent argument and validation for Instructional Leaders to be at the forefront of the cutting edge in instruction.  That involves conceptual learning, instructional technology that redefines the learning, and quality instructional implementation both in classrooms and in professional development.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 10, 2014 9:39 PM

It is wise not to allow allow large dichotomies, perhaps false dichotomies to dominate this debate. Critical thinking, collaborative work and knowledge of content are all important and attainable for good teachers, as they have been. It is a matter of emphasis. Check

http://sco.lt/7MGCh7 ;

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 2014 4:46 AM

But, we are almost 15% of the way into the century. Why has it not happened? And, it has not. Not even where I used to work.

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What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn?

What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Hear four kids talk about motivation and Kathleen Cushman's information about the conditions for motivation in the webinar and chat.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:06 PM

Have you ever wondered about motivation and what motivates us to learn? Kathleen Cushman presented in our Personalize Learning Webinar Series on Tues. January 21st by explaining that you start by drawing a straight line between... 


> what young people tell us about their learning experiences; 

> your own practice as educators and; 

> compelling scientific research into mind, brain, and education. 

 

Then she shared the eight simple rules of thumb that help us create the conditions for high motivation and high levels of mastery in the your learning environments!  - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/01/what-motivates-learners-to-want-to-learn.html#sthash.yBN3OEq0.dpuf

Audrey's curator insight, January 28, 2014 10:36 PM

It is important to hear from the learners how they are stimulated to absorb information. The earlier this is encouraged the greater the brain power, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 2014 11:07 PM

John Dewey called what motivates people to learn is "living motivation". We bring our stories and autobiographies to learning every day. We want to add to them in ways that help us construct a future of our choosing that fits within a community. It is about constantly transforming who we are.

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16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom

16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; and then 3) learning results are assessed. These assessments offer data to inform the revision of further planned instruction. Rinse and repeat.

But lost in this clinical sequence are the Habits of Mind that (often predictably) lead to success or failure in the mastery of given standards. In fact, it is not in the standards or assessments, but rather these personal habits where success or failure — in academic terms — actually begin."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 4, 2014 3:23 AM

Many of us discuss Bloom's taxonomy with students (although we may not refer to it using that terminology) but how many of us talk about Habits of Mind with our students. This post explores how we can use habits of mind to help our students providing suggestions as to how you might help your students learn them.

To see the full poster of the Habits of Mind: http://indysintriguingideas.edublogs.org/files/2010/08/16HabitsofMind1.jpg

Authentis Formations's curator insight, January 5, 2014 10:14 AM

Pour une bonne reprise...

Kimberly House's curator insight, January 6, 2014 8:06 AM

I echo Beth Dichter's comments. This is vocabulary we should be using with our students. Identifying habits and ways if thinking that lead to learning. 

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

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Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Mary Lou Buell's curator insight, December 6, 2013 10:30 PM

This makes so much sense to me--we have done a little of this with the cartoon and graph assignments. Thinking I should plan more.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 8, 2013 11:09 AM

Most of our students are probably visual learners....... this explains a  lot.

Open Doors's curator insight, January 12, 2014 10:59 PM

Helping children think in both pictures and words can help with language fluency and development of creative skills.

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How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology -- whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games –

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David Thornburg: Lectures Didn't Work in 1350—and They Still Don't Work Today

David Thornburg: Lectures Didn't Work in 1350—and They Still Don't Work Today | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A conversation with David Thornburg about designing a better classroom

 

“Of all the places I remember from my childhood,” David Thornburg writes, “school was the most depressing.”  The now award-winning educational futurist and creator of the “educational holodeck,” Thornburg’s early experience in the classroom prompted him to help others rethink traditional classroom design. In his latest book, From the Campfire to the Holodeck: Creating Engaging and Powerful 21st Century Learning Environments, Thornburg outlines four learning models: the traditional “campfire,” or lecture-based design; the “watering hole,” or social learning; the “cave,” a place to quietly reflect; and “life”—where ideas are tested.


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Engagement requires that STUDENTS are reading and writing, investigating, and talking and listening to each other about the content.  The move from teacher-centered to student-centered is critical if we are to get our students to think.  I remember the adage, "Whoever is doing the talking is doing the learning."  So true!

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Aldo de A. Barreto's curator insight, November 18, 2013 2:25 PM

Of all the places I remember from my childhood,” David Thornburg writes, “school was the most depressing.”  

Meryl van der Merwe's curator insight, November 18, 2013 8:27 PM

Great points here - I think I want to read his books

Annette Schmeling's comment, November 20, 2013 3:59 PM
Engagement is the key. When the teacher, or professor, themselves have fully engaged with the material and used multiple senses in mastering the content they are more apt to spark the passion and interest for others. Even their lectures will be more engaging.
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Designed for Learning!: My Reflections on 'Learning How to Learn'

Designed for Learning!: My Reflections on 'Learning How to Learn' | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

This year, I completed my third #MOOC course called 'Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects'. This course is offered by University of California, San Diego through Coursera and is taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley, Prof of Engineering at Oakland University and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, Francis Crick Prof at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Through this post, I want to reflect on my experience with the course and what I learned about learning. 


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ColinHickie's curator insight, December 23, 2015 11:51 PM

great insight

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Learning - How it Works & How to Do it Better

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Full Article: http://trainugly.com/portfolio/learning/ Our brains our designed to learn the best when we're operating at the edge of our abilities, stretched...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:49 AM

Learn why it is important to stretch your brain, to try new things (and to fail) and to continue to try and improve. Learn about our "Lizard Brain"  (also known as the amygdala),an important component of our brain that impacts how we learn, but the learning is related to the time when humans hunted in the wild. This part of the brain holds us back in many ways, and although it once protected us now it tends to hold us back.

What can we do about this? The video explores this and discusses some of the ways we can "dance" with this "Lizard Brain" and move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. For more information take the time to watch this video.

miracletrain 夢想驛站's curator insight, December 22, 2014 11:00 AM
Learning sweet spots!!!
Helen Teague's curator insight, December 23, 2014 2:28 PM

especially good at about 6 minutes in...  see also the trainugly.com website

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How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 14, 2014 3:01 AM

We do not teach grit. We may help students learn grit and resiliency through our role modeling.

 

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Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder'

Study: You Really Can 'Work Smarter, Not Harder' | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Research shows that reflecting after learning something new makes it stick in your brain.

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Reflection is crucial.  If we don't take time to reflect, we don't take time to improve.

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Sharrock's curator insight, July 30, 2014 5:28 PM

excerpt:

"Learning is more effective if a lesson or experience is deliberately coupled with time spent thinking about what was just presented, a new study shows. In “Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance,” a team of researchers from HEC Paris, Harvard Business School, and the University of North Carolina describe what they call the first empirical test of the effect of reflection on learning. By “reflection,” they mean taking time after a lesson to synthesize, abstract, or articulate the important points."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 31, 2014 2:06 AM

An important aspect of reflecting and learning is getting beyond what went well and, even when we think we have succeeded, look for the things that were different about this learning.

 

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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning."


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Bernard VULLIERME's curator insight, October 20, 2014 10:30 AM

Rien de nouveau sous le soleil du bon e:enseignant, mais plus d'exigences …

clare o'shea's curator insight, February 5, 2015 6:49 PM

and ask indviduals questions every 2-3 minutes - but always label the behaviour first! so it is a positive experience not a catching out!!

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 10, 9:57 PM

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions.. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning."

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Trends about Teaching and Learning in 2014

Trends about Teaching and Learning in 2014 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 1, 2014 10:56 PM

2014 is the year of personalized learning.


have a look to this simple and useful compilation of trends in Teaching and Learning for this year

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JOSE ANTONIO DIAZ DIAZ's curator insight, October 9, 2014 12:49 PM

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How do inquiry teachers….teach?

How do inquiry teachers….teach? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When I first became fascinated in inquiry-based approaches (too many years ago to say!), the focus for many of my conversations and indeed, my early research, was on how to plan.  Back then, learni...

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 4, 2014 7:43 AM

Here are techniques or approaches inquiry teachers use.

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Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

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"Critical thought is a cognitive process that proposes the systematic analysis of information, opinion and statements that we accept in our daily life as valid or true. It is a basic skill for a competent, free and responsible citizen."


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 18, 2014 12:35 PM

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

Susan Walker-Meere's curator insight, November 9, 2014 5:49 PM

I would add: Trans-disciplinary thinking; systems thinking for sustainability. Most people can not see the forest through the trees so miss the larger connections of the impacts that action, goods & services have on both environmental systems and human systems. 

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 16, 2014 8:48 PM

La pensée critique, une competence clé du 21ème siècle avec tant d'information qui nous arrive. 

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction. Searching for articles on this topic , I came across Doug Johnson's post on the 10 social media competencies for teachers [http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2010/7/31/top-ten-social-media-competencies-for-teachers.html ]. I like the competencies Doug included and decided to make an infographic featuring all of these skills.  Have a look and share with your colleagues.


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Epict Italia's curator insight, January 25, 2014 8:47 AM

Le competenze del docente che usa strumenti "Social"
1) Aiutare gli studenti a utilizzare gli strumeti di betworking per trovare informazioni e comunicare in rete con esperti, pari, docenti
2) Conoscere le principali categorier del Web 2.0 e gli strmenti utili per la didattica. COnoscere gli sturmenti a disposizione e utilizzabili nella propria scuola
3) Utilizzare strumenti di rete per comunicare con i colleghi, studenti e genitori
4) Navigare, valutare e creare contenuti su siti social (prezi, slideshaer,..)
5) Utilizzare gli strumenti sociali per creare, mantenere e imparare in una personale rete di apprendmento
6) COnoscere le regle di netiquette e gli standard di comportamento eticon in rete
7) Conoscere e insegnare le regole sul copyright e le questioni di pricacy in rete
8) COmprendere e insegnare l'impolrtanza della gestione dell'identità e della reputazione in rete
9) Scegliere e seguire un personale piano di autoformazione per rimanere infomrato su nuovi strumenti e applicazioni
10) Partecipare nella definizione a livello di Scuola delle regole di utilizzo degli strumenti social

chua meng joo's curator insight, February 4, 2014 4:06 AM

For development of our teachers.

Jessica Cox's curator insight, November 8, 2015 3:31 PM

Social Networking

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5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered

5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 31, 2013 8:59 PM

Justin shares 5 ways to create learner-centered classrooms. What a great way to start the new year by putting the learner at the center!

 

1. A student-centered classroom allows students to be an integral part of the assessment development process.

 

2. A student-centered classroom focuses on finding solutions to real-world problems.

 

3. A student-centered classroom is not about what the teacher is doing or what the teacher has done; it's about what the students are doing and what the students can do in the future.

 

4. A student-centered classroom embraces the notion that there are multiple ways to accomplish an individual task.

 

5. A student-centered classroom firmly believes that there is a partnership and a strong level of trust between educators and students.

Phillip Heath's curator insight, January 19, 2014 9:08 PM

Relationships will always be the heart of education

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Why is My Teen So Forgetful?

Why is My Teen So Forgetful? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
David Wilcox, of Musings on the Middle Years of Education, and I have worked together to create an infographic about the teen brain. It is based on a blog post he wrote over a year ago (Click here ...

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Teenagers--gotta love them!

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deni tafe library's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:57 PM

Some relevance for teeenage students

Audrey's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:24 PM

Thanks for this Beth.  I will add this to my tutorials for students.  It is very helpful, Audrey.  Also have a look at www.hotmoodle.com.

David Baker's curator insight, December 8, 2013 6:01 AM

I plan to share this at the School Accountability meeting I am chairing next week.  We have a standing agenda item - the middle school student.  This is a great resource and in a great format to start conversations at school and home.

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So? So What? What Now? How To Keep The Learning Going

So? So What? What Now? How To Keep The Learning Going | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"...in practice, curriculum maps are almost always not the “living, breathing” documents experts like Heidi Jacobs Hayes promote. They are instead very dead things—lifeless prisons of content to be covered, and boxes to be highlighted...For a curriculum map—or any planned learning experiences—to be vital—and vitally useful—they must be adaptive and circular rather than rigid and linear. ...they must encourage students to continue their pursuit of understanding and self-knowledge."


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Sue J Wilson's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:32 PM

"...in practice, curriculum maps are almost always not the “living, breathing” documents experts like Heidi Jacobs Hayes promote. They are instead very dead things—lifeless prisons of content to be covered, and boxes to be highlighted...For a curriculum map—or any planned learning experiences—to be vital—and vitally useful—they must be adaptive and circular rather than rigid and linear. ...they must encourage students to continue their pursuit of understanding and self-knowledge."

Roberta Orlando's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:01 PM

Interesting food for thought...worth reading ;)

Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 29, 2015 8:55 PM

Some very helpful and useful information.