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Changing What We Teach (Paradigm Shift)

Changing What We Teach  (Paradigm Shift) | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Changing What We Teach: Shifting From A Curriculum Of Insecurity To A Curriculum Of Wisdom
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What is the correct path to sustainable learning?  Presently, we have a system of dropping and adding classes based on the most current societal (political) whim. For instance, computer "coding" is the current flavor of the month along with "entrepreneurship".  In past years, schools were pushed to add Chinese or a second language (Arabic, anyone?).  Ultimately, this amounts to another content or skill being pushed out the door.  And what gets added or removed from our nation's curriculum in the first place usually correlates to who owns the bully pulpit, be it politicians, the business community or a combination of both.  Educators, yes, they do have a voice but a much smaller voice these days. 

 

So, what if we adopted a system that moves beyond the content and skill-focused view of what gets taught and, rather,  focuses on how students learn, yes, their very own habits of the mind?  This article explores this thinking using literacy as it's most thought-provoking example of how that might work.  Brilliant piece~ 

 

Backward design beginning with, yes,.... people!

 

 

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What is the correct path to sustainable learning?  Presently, we have a system of dropping and adding classes based on the most current societal (political) whim. For instance, computer "coding" is the current flavor of the month along with "entrepreneurship".  In past years, schools were pushed to add Chinese or a second language (Arabic, anyone?).  Ultimately, this amounts to another content or skill being pushed out the door.  And what gets added or removed from our nation's curriculum in the first place usually correlates to who owns the bully pulpit, be it politicians, the business community or a combination of both.  Educators, yes, they do have a voice but a much smaller voice these days. 


So, what if we adopted a system that moves beyond the content and skill-focused view of what gets taught and, rather,  focuses on how students learn, yes, their very own habits of the mind?  This article explores this thinking using literacy as it's most thought-provoking example of how that might work.  Brilliant piece~ 


Backward design beginning with, yes,.... people!

 

 

 

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The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher - The Atlantic

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher - The Atlantic | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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Answer: There's plenty to do...

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Two New Resources On Coding for Teachers

Two New Resources On Coding for Teachers | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

Coding is becoming one of the essential literacies in the 21st century education. There is a growing demand now for teaching students how to code. In his wonderful TED talk titled "Let's teach kids to code", Scientist Mitch Resnick made this beautiful analogy: "When kids learn to code , it enables them to learn many other things, opens up many new opportunities for learning. It's useful to make an analogy to reading and writing, when you learn to read and write it opens up opportunities for you to learn so many other things, when you learn to read you can then read to learn, which is the same thing with coding, if you learn to code you can code to learn."


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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 14, 9:31 AM

Definitely worth checking out if you teach coding.

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From Hogwarts to Harvard: Quidditch

From Hogwarts to Harvard: Quidditch | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
In the deathly hallows of the MAC Quad, the Harvard Quidditch team practices in the rain — tumbling through the mud while riding atop PVC broomsticks. ...
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The only co-ed sport at Harvard and a number of other schools. The pictures are worth viewing, but not sure I understand the game very well.  

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Hawken School: The Woodstock Of K-12 Education (Lean Entrepreneurship)

Hawken School: The Woodstock Of K-12 Education (Lean Entrepreneurship) | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
VideoDescribing something as the “Woodstock of…” has taken to mean a one-of-a-kind historic gathering. It happened recently when a group of educators came to the ranch to learn how to teach Lean entrepreneurship to K-12 students. — We Can Do Better than Teaching Students How to Run a Lemonade Stand Over the last few years [...]
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Featured in Forbes Magazine as the national leader in entrepreneurship education. 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, September 23, 2014 8:48 AM

Hawken School is a national leader in high school entrepreneurship studies.  They've taken the Lean Launchpad curriculum and applied it to a high school.  To find out more about their upcoming workshops, please view the link.  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 23, 2014 12:23 PM

We have to be careful that economic agendas do not override the importance of what children need to be learning.

 

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Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE

Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 11, 2014 6:06 AM

ISTE was huge. So many people and so little room in the workshops. So this is a good thing since many of us stood in long lines and could not get access to the workshops we sincerely wanted to attend.

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The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic)

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic) | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
In just six years time, the skills you'll be looking for in star employees will be vastly different from those ideal in today's workers. Consider this your crystal ball.

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Rather Important to know as we design curriculum & 21st Century learning goals, especially for niche or magnet schools that focus on business & entrepreneurial skills...

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 8, 2014 10:46 PM

LOL, rare is it I'm glad I have the Big C and so making 2020 is doubtful, but this infographic made me exhausted and glad I don't have to master all this stuff (lol).

Edumorfosis's curator insight, July 9, 2014 7:50 AM

Si la universidad no se articula a la altura de los tiempos practicando el conjunto de destrezas necesarias para entrar al mundo laboral emergente, lo harán los profesionales por su propia cuenta. Las micro-firmas se encargarán de desarrollar proyectos o programas dirigidos a profesionales en búsqueda de nuevos horizontes de posibilidades. La Universidad Intelectual ya es cosa del pasado. La Universidad Social es el presente y el futuro de la Hiper-Educación... 

Beth Kanter's curator insight, July 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Good list of 21st Century work skills.

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Music, Art and Language Programs in Schools Have Long-Lasting Benefits - US News

Music, Art and Language Programs in Schools Have Long-Lasting Benefits - US News | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Subjects such as art, music and foreign languages have long-lasting benefits.
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Cognitive scientists know that what we consider "extras" at times are crucial to stimulating the mind...

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A crazy-looking map that always shows you where the nearest airport is

A crazy-looking map that always shows you where the nearest airport is | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

Jason Davies created the Voronoi diagrams above to show the airport that is nearest to every point on the surface of the earth. Only large airports with scheduled services are depicted here.


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You may have to navigate around this link to find what interest you. There may be a geography lesson here!  For example, here is a map of US airports:

 

 http://bl.ocks.org/mbostock/4360892

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Creating and Managing Digital Portfolios i iPads in Education Ning

Creating and Managing Digital Portfolios i iPads in Education Ning | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

"Polls continually reveal that employers are more interested in what you can do over what you studied and traditional resumes are slowly giving way to digital portfolios as the primary gauge of your employability. A portfolio is both a container and a presentation platform for your best work - whether that be written pieces, photography, videos, presentations, performances or anything else. There's no better place than school to start developing that portfolio and creating a system that enables students to edit and share digital portfolios should be high on your priority list."

 


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Alejandra Romahn's curator insight, February 24, 2014 7:40 PM

Curating content

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awesome sauce 

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Generation Like: Young People & Social Media (w/ Dr. Lisa Damour and others...)

Generation Like: Young People & Social Media (w/ Dr. Lisa Damour and others...) | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
In today's media, for many teens, you are what you like. Marketers know that too.
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This is a precursor to a Frontline piece about how teens see themselves today in terms of how many "likes" they have...and marketers use this to their advantage.  Listen...

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Should every school class be a computer coding class? - The Hechinger Report

Should every school class be a computer coding class? - The Hechinger Report | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

"This spring, at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, the fifth-grade Spanish class programmed computers to produce bilingual, animated photo albums. The seventh-grade science class rejiggered the code behind climate models ..."

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This article softly debates coding while featuring "Scratch" and the multiple learning goals achieved.  Moreover, there are terrific links as well as a focus on "unstuck" vis-a-vis the role of the teacher.  Excellent piece!

 

Link to Curricular Guide Using Scratch @ Creative Commons: http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 18, 9:12 AM

This article softly debates coding while featuring "Scratch" and the multiple learning goals achieved.  Moreover, there are terrific links as well as a focus on "unstuck" vis-a-vis the role of the teacher.  Excellent piece!

 

Link to Curricular Guide Using Scratch @ Creative Commons: http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/

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Kenyan schoolboys save girls from rape after learning 'no means no'

RT @SoulRevision: Kenyan schoolboys save girls from rape after learning 'no means no' http://t.co/8uLaPrqKvh http://t.co/7mMydowPcb
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Powerful training...

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Peter Senge: "Systems Thinking for a Better World" - Aalto Systems Forum 2014

Peter Senge's keynote speech "Systems Thinking for a Better World" at the 30th Anniversary Seminar of the Systems Analysis Laboratory "Being Better in the Wo...
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If you've not had the opportunity to listen to Peter Senge talk about systems thinking, complexity, etc. this is your chance.  We do not live alone.....we are interdependent...& how nature and human beings were always one and only separated in the last 100 years.  

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The Power of "I Don't Know"

The Power of "I Don't Know" | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Changing Attitudes
At the start of each year, I have to train students that I will not be feeding them answers. I will not be having them copy notes from the board. I will not hand out copies of words and definitions for them to study. I will not hand them fill-in-the-blank paragraphs that we will all fill in together.

Rather, I will teach them how to develop questions. And when they ask me for answers, I will happily and without embarrassment, reply with, "I don't know."

I will also teach them that when I ask them a question it's OK if they say, "I don't know." I won't make them feel bad for not knowing the answer. Instead, I will spend vital time teaching them that when "I don't know" pops into one's head, it is the trigger to find out. For me, the guide in the room, that means making sure that my own attitude does not reflect our society's assumption that "I don't know" is a weakness.

"I don't know" has been so negatively ingrained that it can make a student feel powerless enough that just the mere inkling of it tickling their brain can shut down learning. But to make "I don't know" a more positive phrase takes targeted lessons in empowering students to conquer their own confusion. It's important to permit them confusion, to permit them to admit that the pathway before them is blocked with overgrown foliage and weeds. Then you hand them a mental machete to clear the way themselves.

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One way to give power to an "I don't know" attitude is to teach internet literacy early and often, giving students the power to seek out answers themselves.

Today, I'm going to share the first three lessons I do to teach online literacy, and those that focus the most on harnessing the power of the search bar so that "I don't know" can really mean, "Wait! Let me find out!"

1. Make Google do the work. I do a quick exercise with my students about the brat that is the Google search. Incidentally, I give it a voice and personality for my students. I have them type into the standard search bar: video games in education and ask for the number of pages Google recommends. The answer is somewhere in the 800,000,000 range. "What?" I say as lazy Google. "I just gave you what you asked for." Then I challenge them to make Google do all the work. See, Google doesn't make people stupid, as a recent article once claimed. It just does what you ask it to, no more, no less. The challenge, then, is to think about how to be specific enough in your search that you make the search engine do the work for you.

From there, I have students customize the Google advanced search page. Use more specific key words; use the drop down menus such as those that focus on language, region, and date posted. Then, I show them how to filter for fair use. Then I have them click "Advanced Search." (From the results page, if you click on "Search Tools" you'll see the new number of hits.)

This leads to an inevitably more encouraging number than before. You might find that some students have only 5,000 hits. Some might have only 1,000. But what you're looking for are those students who can model what they did on the advanced search page that resulted in only 50 or 20 or even 10 hits that really apply to the topic. After all, if most students don't click past the first page of results on a search, it's vital to make sure that this first page is as applicable to their topic as possible.

2. Create a timed scavenger hunt. Group students with a short list of questions that need to be answered about a particular topic. Sure, I'm an English Language Arts teacher, but I ask eighth grade history questions on my scavenger hunt to reinforce the communication of content other than my own.

To find the answers, the students need to work together to develop the most efficient key word combinations to make Google do the more accurate searching for them. Make it a contest: Which group can most quickly find the correct answer, correctly cite the page on which it was found, and insert the answer and citation on the Google Document posted on the monitor in the front of the room?

3. Verify the Evidence. Embrace Wikipedia and all that it can teach. But make sure that a student knows the steps to verify what's legit and what's biased or even outright false. Wikipedia makes for a great lesson on keywords and main ideas. Take a passage that is related to your content. Have the students pull out the main facts, data, or keywords. Can they even recognize them? That's an informal assessment right there. Have them assemble these keywords into their own question and Google it. Have they found at least three other websites to corroborate the fact? I call this "triangulating the data," and it empowers students by giving them a strategy they can use to recognize falsehood online.

Sheridan Blau once said, "Honor confusion." The phase, "I don't know" is one that both honors confusion and stimulates the process of clearing it up.

How does your classroom honor "I don't know?" What strategies do you use to help them find their own answers? Please share in the comments section below.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, October 3, 2014 5:34 AM
1. Make Google do the work (Helping student learn how to use it wisely) 2. Create a timed scavenger hunt. 3. Verify the Evidence
Carey Leahy's curator insight, October 4, 2014 1:32 AM

Showing students how to make Google do the work with more specific search terms.  Author suggests a 'Timed Treasure Hunt' and verifying the results....

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The Science of Learning New Languages

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A helpful piece related to adults trying to learn a new language--the considerable challenges, and some pragmatic tips to overcome all the hurdles.  

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An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate | Teaching Tolerance

An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate | Teaching Tolerance | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
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Worth reading given the board crisis and current debates..

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Is coding the new literacy?

Is coding the new literacy? | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
Why America's schools need to train a generation of hackers.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 20, 2014 11:54 AM

I rarely read Mother Jones, but this  article is worth the time.

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Geography Education: Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures? (QUIZ)

Geography Education: Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures? (QUIZ) | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it

"The light that a city emits is like its glowing fingerprint. From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets of Milan, to the bright contrast of Kuwait’s ring-roads, each city leaves its own pattern of tiny glowing dots. See if you can ID these cities based on the way they shine."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 12, 2014 9:59 PM

This short quiz of 16 cities combines several analytic components of geography that you won't see in more standard map quizzes for regional geography;  this draws on some similar skills similar to the map quiz that was based on identifying the city based on Starbucks locations.  Some recognition of local spatial patterns from previous map analysis can make this quiz easier but there are still some cities that you haven't ever looked at from space before.  Things to consider as you attempt this quiz:  Which of the four possible selections can you rule out out?  What enabled you to eliminate those selections (e.g.-coastal, scale, size, grid pattern, transportation systems, density, etc.)?  What does to layout of the city tell us about the planning and historical origins of the city?  Is there one urban model that best helps us explain the configuration of this city?     


Tags: urbanmodels, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 citiestrivia.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 14, 2014 11:00 AM

Geography education

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THE ETIQUETTE OF GOOGLE+ : |

THE ETIQUETTE OF GOOGLE+ : | | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
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I am not feeling the Google+ love as much as many people apparently do, but admit that I am growing tired of FB.  I have a Google+ account and actually need to spend more time playing around with it. 

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White Paper: The Essential Characteristics of a Boy-Friendly Learning Environment

White Paper: The Essential Characteristics of a Boy-Friendly Learning Environment | Lean Toward Risk (to Reach Students) | Scoop.it
An often overlooked issue in today’s schools is the dire state of boys’ education. Research shows that institutions are failing to engage male students, and the outcome couldn’t be any clearer. Across all age, ethnicity, and economic demographics in the US, boys consistently account for the overwhelming majority of disciplinary referrals, failing g...

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Linda Alexander's comment, March 4, 2014 6:54 PM
I know Grand River Academy quite well. They would have an interesting perspective on this issue. Thanks for sharing it.
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Bloom's Digital - Web 2.0

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Siti Noraisha Mohamed Senin's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:01 AM

Bloom's Taxonomy accompanied with useful websites that make it easier to carry out the various levels.

Maria Richards's curator insight, March 29, 2014 4:31 PM

A brilliant tool for all educators.

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