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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.


"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"


"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.


Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."


This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.


And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"


What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)



Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10


Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/


(Image credit: Behance.net)



Via Robin Good, João Greno Brogueira, Amanda McAndrew, Official AndreasCY, LaiaJoana, Rui Guimarães Lima, Ramon Aragon, Paulo Simões, Deborah Arnold, Peter Bryant
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

Wonmderful article.  Peter's response is deep!  Read it!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:43 PM

I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 10:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Why have your students work collaboratively? "Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher levels of thinking and preserve information for longer times that students working individually."

This post provides 20 suggestions to help collaborative groups work more effectively. A few are:

* Establish group goals.

* Keep groups mid-sized.

* Build trust and promote open communication.

* Consider the learning process asa part of the assessment.

The post includes links to a variety of resources and each point has an explantion with additional information.

Via Beth Dichter, João Greno Brogueira, Louise Robinson-Lay, AnnC
Channylt's curator insight, April 7, 10:56 AM

Great tips on how to facilitate collaborative learning. Learners that work collaborativley are engaged in their learning and have better learning outcomes. 

Marina Cousins's curator insight, April 10, 8:06 PM

I liked this article, as it highlighted to me the importance of collaborative learning is much better than individual learning.  As I have mentioned several times, the learning and assessment that takes place within my workplace has a strong behaviourist foundation of learning and repeating key words and actions to pass an assessment (it is a very individual approach to learning).


Many of my colleagues view this experience of learning & assessment in a negative way.  What are some of the ways to overcome this negative view of learning?


After reading this article, I will seriously consider using a collaborative learning style within my workplace (if I get the opportunity).  The advantage of using real world problems or clinical incidents is that it offers the learner the opportunitity to improve their critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability.  


Therefore, by using collaborative learning you can apply the following learning theories of cognitivism, constructivism, objectivism.

Hazel Kuveya's curator insight, April 10, 9:22 PM

Keeping the groups at moderate levels will ensure an effective exchange of ideas and participation in all involved, I can echo the same statement that two heads are better than one. It is also interesting to learn that collaborative teams attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer periods as compared to  their individual counterparts., yes the use of technology makes collaborative learning manageable.

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What Makes a Great Teacher, Pt. 2 — Student’s Perspectives

What Makes a Great Teacher, Pt. 2 — Student’s Perspectives | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
High quality instruction is vital to student success.  Sure, there are students who will “get it” no matter what the teacher does.  There are also those students who really struggle in ... (What Makes a Great Teacher, Pt.
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Have Students Create Their End-of-Year Legacy Now

Have Students Create Their End-of-Year Legacy Now | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Ask your students to imagine themselves at an assembly in June. All of their classmates, teachers, staff, even parents are there.

What would happen if you asked students to "create their end-of-the-year legacy" the first week of school, and you had them review the legacy at the end of each grading period?

This post explores these questions, and discusses the writing component as "one of the most poerful and efficient social-emotional and character deveopment interventions you can do for grades 5-12." The post discusses concepts that will need to be taught as well as questions you may want to use for discussion. 

Via Beth Dichter, Apres
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