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"How Long Do You Spend Grading Articles of the Week?" - Dave Stuart Jr.

"How Long Do You Spend Grading Articles of the Week?" - Dave Stuart Jr. | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
"Dave, how long do you spend grading articles of the week?" I sometimes hear that question when I tell folks about Kelly Gallagher's article of the week (AoW) assignment.
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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 12:28 PM

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"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 30, 2014 9:06 PM

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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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 8:35 AM

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

Susan Walker-Meere's curator insight, November 9, 2014 12:49 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 3:48 PM

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

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Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching

Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Maryellen Weimer, PhD:


Here’s a great resource: the Teaching Practices Inventory. It’s an inventory that lists and scores the extent to which research-based teaching practices are being used. It’s been developed for use in math and science courses, but researchers Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert suggest it can be used in engineering and social sciences courses, although they have not tested it there. I suspect it has an even wider application. Most of the items on the inventory are or could be practiced in most disciplines and programs


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 19, 2014 2:51 PM

This inventory, published by the University of British Columbia was developed by an impressive team from Canada, headed by Nobel Prize winning physicist Carl Wieman.  Fine research. Deep and worth the dive.

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10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher

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"Teaching isn’t easy.

It will challenge your content knowledge, pedagogical skills, charisma, diplomacy, communication, statistical analysis skills, and a dozen other strands you didn’t know where strands. Some teachers may try to tell you that being happy doesn’t matter. That it’s about results. Data. Performance. Or more rhetorically, the students."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 18, 2014 11:44 PM

How can we become better teachers? One way is to reflect on our practice. There are times when we team teach or collaborate, but for most teachers our days are spent in our classroom with our students. This post provides 10 great suggestions on ways to reflect on your teaching. Below are a few of the ideas.

* Record video of your lessons (and then share the video with colleagues and have them provide feedback also).

* Ask the students for feedback (this may be a bit scary, but chances are they will have some insights that would assist you)

* Surround yourself with enthusiasm & possibility (all too often we see the negative...try going in the opposite direction and see what happens.

Seven additional ideas are found in this post. Check it out and make some notes for what you might try next year.