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Visible Thinking

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Visible Thinking: Purpose and Goals
Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students' thinking with content learning across subject matters. An extensive and adaptable collection of practices, Visible Thinking has a double goal: on the one hand, to cultivate students' thinking skills and dispositions, and, on the other, to deepen content learning. By thinking dispositions, we mean curiosity, concern for truth and understanding, a creative mindset, not just being skilled but also alert to thinking and learning opportunities and eager to take them

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Visible Thinking Routines for Blogging

Visible Thinking Routines for Blogging | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
Our school's fabulous PE teacher, Claire Arcenas, is bringing blogging to her PE classes. She is incorporating Visual Thinking Routines to help her students become reflective commenters. In a recen...
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Teaching for Understanding (Harvard GSE)

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Great quick clip on Teaching for Understanding (Harvard GSE) ~ Preparing students for the unknown.  

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Educational Leadership:Reshaping High Schools:Put Understanding First

Put Understanding First by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

"The high school curriculum should start with the long-term goals of schooling: meaning making and transfer of learning.

A local newspaper reporter asks students attending the town's high school to give their school a letter grade from A to F. One young man, a senior, rates his high school a B. When asked to explain, he replies with a single word: "Boring.""

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Autonomy and the need to back off by design as teachers

Autonomy and the need to back off by design as teachers | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
  My greatest learning as a teacher came on the soccer field. We had been working for a few weeks on the same key ‘moves’ on the field related to creating ‘space’. After a few practices, the team l...
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Visible Thinking -- Pictures of Practices

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Pictures, ideas, and clips of visible thinking in the classroom. 

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Ask the Cognitive Scientist ~ Why students think they understand when they don't ...

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"Ask the Cognitive Scientist
Why Students Think They Understand—When They Don't
How does the mind work—and especially how does it learn? Teachers make assumptions all day long about how students best comprehend, remember, and create. These assumptions—and the teaching decisions that result—are based on a mix of theories learned in teacher education, trial and error, craft knowledge, and gut instinct. Such gut knowledge often serves us well, but is there anything sturdier to rely on?

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field of researchers from psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, and anthropology who seek to understand the mind. In this regular American Educator column, we will consider findings from this field that are strong and clear enough to merit classroom application."

By Daniel T. Willingham

 

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What Every Middle School Educator Should Know « Bright Futures

What Every Middle School Educator Should Know « Bright Futures | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
Using a combination of models and approaches, (e.g. Understanding by Design, Interdisciplinary Studies, Integration), these schools work to investigate how best to organize the curriculum content and concepts for young ...
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New study yields instructive results on how mindset affects learning

Very good introduction to Mindsets and the work of Carol Dweck.


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Teaching through “Questioning” Rather Than “Telling” | Clif's Notes

Teaching through “Questioning” Rather Than “Telling” | Clif's Notes | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
Harvard’s Project Zero: Part 2 One of the principles that is of major emphasis at Project Zero is teaching for understanding.

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Teaching for Understanding

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Project Zero's Teaching for Understanding: Enhancing Disciplinary Understanding in Teachers and Students was supported by The Spencer Foundation.

The Teaching for Understanding project was a five-year research program designed to develop and test a pedagogy of understanding. The project targeted the middle and high school years and focused on teaching
and learning in four subjects (English, history, math, and science) and interdisciplinary studies. Since the project's inception, researchers and practitioners have collaborated to develop, refine, and test the pedagogy.

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What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It?

Assessing understanding might be the most complex task an educator or academic institution is tasked with. Unfortunately, professional development gives a lower level of attention to developing quality assessments, training that is rarely commensurate with this complexity. The challenge of assessment is no less than figuring out what a learner knows, and where he or she needs to go next.

In other words, what does a learner understand?

This in itself is an important shift from the days when curriculum was simply delivered regardless of the student's content knowledge.
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Making the Case for Student Control of Devices | 1 to 1 Schools

Making the Case for Student Control of Devices | 1 to 1 Schools | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
Deciding what apps they use; preventing them from managing their devices; undue censorship of internet activity; using software to watch their screens during class — these are control issues. It's ironic that we ...
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Make Thinking Visible Routines

A collection of 4 sets of thinking routines.
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A Teacher Thinking Visibly

A Teacher Thinking Visibly | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
See, Think, Wonder Back in February, I signed up to take the Making Thinking Visible course offered through Harvard Project Zero. I had seen the teachers in the elementary school at YIS go through ...
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Understanding by Design® framework - Videos, Articles, Resources, Experts

Understanding by Design® framework - Videos, Articles, Resources, Experts | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
UbD = Understanding by Design

"Thousands of educators across the country use the Understanding by Design framework, created by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, to get a handle on standards, align programs to assessments, and guide teachers in implementing a standards-based curriculum that leads to student understanding and achievement."

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Clarifying Transfer & How It Impacts What We Think Students Understand

Clarifying Transfer & How It Impacts What We Think Students Understand | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
Preface: In collaboration with Grant Wiggins of Understanding by Design and Authentic Education, TeachThought will be bringing you Grant's industry-leading expertise on understanding, learning frameworks, and…...
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The Common Core Standards require careful reading by school staff

The Common Core Standards require careful reading by school staff | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it

By Jay McTighe

We recommend that schools set the expectation and schedule the time for staff to read and discuss the Standards, beginning with the “front matter,” not the grade-level Standards. We also recommend that staff reading and discussion be guided by an essential question: What are the new distinctions in these Standards and what do they mean for our practice? Since the Standards are complex texts and demand a “close” reading, we recommend that staff carefully examine the table of contents and the organizational structure; the headers (e.g., Design Considerations; What is Not Covered, etc.), the components (e.g., Anchor Standards and Foundational Skills for ELA; Standards for Mathematical Practice), and the Appendices (ELA).
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Visible Thinking -- Core Routines

Visible Thinking -- Core Routines | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it

"The core routines are a set of seven or so routines that target different types of thinking from across the modules. These routines are easy to get started with and are commonly found in Visible Thinking teachers' toolkits. Try getting started with with one of these routines.

What Makes You Say That? Interpretation with justification routine

Think Puzzle Explore A routine that sets the stage for deeper inquiry

Think Pair Share A routine for active reasoning and explanation

Circle of Viewpoints A routine for exploring diverse perspectives

I used to Think... Now I think... A routine for reflecting on how and why our thinking has changed

See Think Wonder A routine for exploring works of art and other
interesting things

Compass Points A routine for examining propositions"

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Grant Wiggins: Defining Assessment

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"Grant Wiggins is a nationally recognized assessment expert who has been working in assessment reform for more than twenty-five years. He is president of the educational consulting firm Authentic Education, and with Jay McTighe, co-author of Understanding by Design, an award-winning framework for curriculum design used around the world. In this interview, Wiggins shares his thoughts on performance assessments, standardized tests, and more.

 

Q & A:

What distinctions do you make between "testing" and "assessment?"
What is authentic assessment and why is it important?
Why is it important that teachers consider assessment before they begin planning lessons or projects?
How do you assess project-based learning?
How can technology support and enhance assessment?
How do you respond to the argument that teachers don't have enough time to design and conduct authentic or performance-based assessments?
Standardized tests, such as the SAT, are used by schools as a predictor of a student's future success. Is this a valid use of these tests?"

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Excellent list of UbD Resources provided by McTighe & Associates

Jay McTighe's web site is full of links and articles to many, many resources for UbD, including a template for UbD 2.0.  

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Project Zero at Harvard University: Information and Strategies Every Educator Needs | Clif's Notes

Project Zero at Harvard University: Information and Strategies Every Educator Needs | Clif's Notes | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
Harvard's Project Zero: Part 1 I had the privilege of participating in Harvard University's Project Zero Classroom last summer.
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What is UbD? Grant Wiggins Answers, with Video Cases

An overview - with examples from schools - of Understanding by Design, by co-author Grant Wiggins (What is Understanding by Design?
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The Perfect Match: Technology Integration and Understanding by Design | always learning

The Perfect Match: Technology Integration and Understanding by Design | always learning | classrooms for understanding | Scoop.it
I've done a lot of technology integration projects over the last seven years, but this year I started doing things a little differently.
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