Getty Images Design thinking can seem a bit abstract to teachers. It’s not part of traditional teacher training programs and has only recently entered
"A sixth grade health-related project required students to work with Kaiser Permanente to improve some of their products. Students interviewed real patients to understand their health experiences and to improve them."
“Adaptive expertise tries to push beyond the idea of mastery,” said Jennifer Groff, an educational engineer and co-founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign. “You may be proficient, but without adaptive expertise you can get stuck very quickly as the world shifts.”
Activities such as rhyming and rhythm, physical movement, multi-modality input, hands-on lessons, discussion, participatory experiences, constructivism, emotional experiences, personal meaning, and relevance, must become an integral part of every teacher’s daily lessons.
This is a great conversation starter for my #csusmedu and #usdedu students. . .
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
While discussion creating "problem-finders" not just problem solvers in terms of education, Pink says:
For instance, breaking the boundary between school and the world -- by tackling not hermetically sealed school problems but examining real issues in a students' community. It could mean giving students more say over what they study. It probably means a more multi-disciplinary approach -- because often what seems like, say, an engineering problem is really or political or economic or behavioral challenge.
In a classroom with a traditional teacher, the students are relying on the educator to feed them the proper instruction, principles, and training. In a classroom with a facilitator, he or she sets up a learning environment and largely gives the students the ability to learn on their own. Facilitators are often used more in adult settings where it’s thought that adults can handle independent learning more readily. But is this really true?
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Unfortunately, money often drives many of the current educational trends. Standardized testing is the benchmark for funding, and teachers are instructed to teach “to the test” to ensure good marks. Failure is not an option for many of the students who are terrified of a less than perfect report card.
Digital literacy is the topic that made the ETMOOC learning space so irresistible to me… I think as educators we spout off about wanting our students to be digitally literate, but not many of...
"Doug explained that digital literacy is quite ambiguous, and he doesn’t have all of the answers when it comes to defining these terms. He made a point to ask, How can we define digital literacy when we don’t know what literacy is?"
Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers.
This is a telling statement about current teacher education programs:
"Teachers-in-training say coursework focuses on technologies that help a teacher stay organized, rather than ways to engage students."
In recent months, I've been thinking quite a bit about the importance of online learning in preparing students for their roles in a democracy, especially as I work with Facing History and Ourselves to expand oursuite of online learning opportunities. Democracies require people to carry on discourse with those who hold different beliefs from their own. One of the best ways to prepare for life in a democracy is to live and learn among people with a variety of ideas, values, opinions, and backgrounds.
Absolutely true that we need to be put in more opportunities with communities (virtual and F2F) where we can engage in discourse with those may have divergent opinions and ideas!
Students who are studying to become teachers use social media in their personal lives more frequently than in-service teachers do, and they want to use ed tech in their classrooms—but their teacher preparation programs aren’t fully preparing them...
Let's see, technology to produce rather than consume, connect with social media, and utilize mobile devices. . .we can do that at CSUSM and USD, right ;-)
As debate over education reform sizzles, and as teachers valiantly continue trying to do more with less, a new study suggests that it might be worth diverting at least a little attention from what’s going on in classrooms to how those spaces are...
"So what did they find? Six of the design parameters--color, choice, complexity, flexibility, connection, and light--had a significant effect on learning. Light, as mentioned above, concerns the amount of natural light in the classroom and the quality of the electrical lights it contains."
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