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Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal

Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:


raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; andcommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems."


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Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:55 AM

Kathy Schrock rocks.

Jimun Gimm's curator insight, December 16, 2014 8:56 AM

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Fiona Tavares's curator insight, January 5, 11:00 AM

Including use of Tellagami 

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11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth

11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habits of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one important thing in common: they make your job harder."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 13, 2014 10:26 PM

For many of us this school year has come to an end or will shortly. Perhaps it is time to reflect on our year and consider habits that might need to be changed. This post looks at 11 habits. A few are listed below.

* Not learning from colleagues. This seems simple, but given how busy our day is it is tough to find time to observe another teacher, or have someone tape you and ask others to provide you with feedback.

* Assuming a lesson taught is a lesson learned. Have you asked yourself how many times you have repeated a portion of a lesson? With the range of students in our classrooms the need to rephrase, review, reteach key points may be more necessary than we think.
* Failing to establish relevance. At times this may seem difficult to do, but for our students to learn we need to make our topic relevant to them. When you are successful with this share your ideas with others!
Click through to the post to see 8 additional habits that you may want to change.
Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 14, 2014 11:15 AM

#11 - Not getting to know your students. I think this is the most important tip -- but they're all good. 

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S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction

S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
S: STUDENTS and StorytellingA: Awesome ASSESSMENT (Teacher-Driven and Student-Driven)S: SOCIAL (Voice and Collaboration)S: SEEK: Research and Visualization (Finding it, Citing it, and Displaying it)Y: YOU: Think about Your Own Thinking…
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:18 PM

This infographic has many ThingLinked activities and resources. To get to them click through to the post. The infographic includes five pieces of support material, including over 60 SAMR examples and resources. There are also four questions that may help you determine if the technology is an enhancement or transformative. One is below.

* Does the technology/tool allow for collaboration (e.g. within a school, district, state, nation, globe, experts, PLN)?

This post is chock full of information as well as introducing the new acronym SASSY (see infographic above).

Ruby Day's curator insight, February 14, 2014 3:54 PM

Useful resources for programme design

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5 Fundamental Assessment Resources From Learnist

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"Education is all about the numbers these days. My personal preference is just the opposite.

I have this fantasy where I toss grades in the garbage. In this dream, I let everyone redo things and have conferences to discuss improvement."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 18, 2013 10:50 PM

As teachers must is expected from us daily and more and more we are asked to do assessments. Many of us think of testing as soon as we hear assessment. This post discusses assessment stating "assessment isn’t always employed correctly. It sometimes gets over, under, or misused. Assessment should work seamlessly into the classroom routine. The traditional test can be intrusive and stressful. True assessment flows into the lessons and gives a constant pulse on student learning."

The author then provides links to five Learnist boards that focus on assessment, specifically:

* Simple Ways to Monitor Student Progress

* Assessment

* Exemplar Rubrics for Assessment

* Socrative Response Systems

* Metryx

The first three boards have seven to ten resources. The last two links are on a board that is called 21st Century Assessment - Digital Documentation and additional resources are also found here.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:14 PM

"Education is all about the numbers these days. My personal preference is just the opposite." This is an interesting line. What makes it necessary to measure only with numbers?

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Personalization: Assessment AS Learning

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Assessment AS learning (Personalization) is based in research about how learning happens, and is characterized by learners reflecting on their own learning and making adjustments so that they achieve deeper understanding. The teacher’s role in promoting the development of independent learners through assessment as learning is to:


> model and teach the skills of self-assessment

> guide learners in setting goals, and monitoring their progress toward them

> provide exemplars and models of good practice and quality work that reflect curriculum outcomes

> work with learners to develop clear criteria of good practice

> guide learners in developing internal feedback or self-monitoring mechanisms to validate and question their own thinking, and to become comfortable with the ambiguity and uncertainty that is inevitable in learning anything new

> provide regular and challenging opportunities to practice, so that learners can become confident, competent self-assessors

> monitor learners’ metacognitive processes as well as their learning, and provide descriptive feedback

> create an environment where it is safe for learners to take chances and where support is readily available

 

Reporting in assessment AS learning is the responsibility of learners, who must learn to articulate and defend the nature and quality of their learning. When learners reflect on their own learning and must communicate it to others, they are intensifying their understanding about a topic, their own learning strengths, and the areas in which they need to develop further.

 


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Build K-12 CC standards-based rubrics in under a minute!

Build K-12 CC standards-based rubrics in under a minute! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The ThemeSpark™ free web-based teacher tool was designed by former teacher David Hunter. The creator of the innovative Zombie-Based Learning curriculum, he founded our parent company EdCourage, Inc. to offer powerful teacher tools that easily add Authentic Learning to standards-based curriculum. David will be presenting on this topic at ASCD15 in Houston.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 27, 2014 12:50 PM

I set up an account and built a 21st Century Skills Collaboration rubric based on Common Core in less than a minute. Very clever. You can combine standards from different tracks and them share via web address or social media or download. 


This product delivers.  Give it a try. 

Anica Petkoska's curator insight, October 30, 2014 6:56 AM

The ThemeSpark™ free web-based teacher tool

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How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples

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"It’s tempting to say that no matter how much technology pushes on education, every teacher will always need to know iconic teacher practices like assessment, curriculum design, classroom management, and cognitive coaching.

This may end up being true...Below are 15 tasks that are less skill-based. and a bit more conceptual, collectively representing how teaching is changing."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 5, 2014 9:50 PM

I suspect that every teacher has seen major change over the last few years. This post provides a look at changes that have happened, or are in the process. The first seven provide the change and a look at the old, the new, the difference and a short summary. One example from the post is quoted below.

Personalization

The Old: Administer assessment, evaluate performance, report performance, then–maybe–make crude adjustments the best you can

The New: Identifying, prioritizing, and evaluating data for each student individually–in real time

The Difference: Precision

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Rudy Azcuy's curator insight, May 6, 2014 8:38 AM

How do you see education changing? How prepared are our schools for these changes?

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding ~ TeachThought

27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding ~ TeachThought | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Checking for understanding is the foundation of teaching.Whether you’re using formative assessment for data to personalize learning within a unit, or more summative data to refine a curriculum map, the ability to quickly and easily check for understanding is a critical part of what you do. (Which was the idea behind our post last March, “10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds Or Less.”)


"The following infographic Mia MacMeekin offers up 27 additional ways to check for understanding. Some aren’t necessarily quick–”Test what you learned in a new situation”–but there are a dozen or more other ideas that are worth adding to your teacher toolbox, many of which aren’t content-related, but rather cognitively-related (Locate 3 people who agree with your point of view.)"


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Formative assessment to drive future instruction.  Love it!

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Cultus's comment, November 11, 2013 1:35 PM
The following infographic Mia MacMeekin offers up 27 additional ways to check for understanding. Some aren’t necessarily quick
Ness Crouch's curator insight, November 12, 2013 2:24 PM

Simple but useful.

Mary Clark's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:32 AM

Several of these would be easy to use with library lessons.

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Improving Written Feedback - HuntingEnglish

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by Alex Quigley

 

"This week I gave a seminar at TeachMeet Clevedon. I am going to post more fully on my topic of teachers getting better by undertaking ‘deliberate practice‘ sometime soon. One smaller aspect of my presentation was how teachers can improve written feedback, both to improve learning and to marginally reduce the time taken to give written feedback. With the gift of more time we can free ourselves to pursue becoming a better teacher more deliberately: with reflection, planning and deliberate practice. Of course, written feedback is so crucial that it can improve teaching and learning significantly, therefore it deserves our attention in its own right.

 

"The following list of tips is a synthesis of my experience and that of my English department (see our policy for feedback here). It also draws upon many excellent teachers and their cumulative experience of effective written feedback."

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