A summary of the results from the 2012 Student Engagement Survey administered by the Learning Achievement Coalition of Oakland County, Michigan.
The survey was given to Teachers and 8th grade students in 13 middle schools in Oakland County
Teacher surveys = 369 Students = 2,722
The results indicate that student and teacher perceptions differ on a variety of important measures. Most glaring is about relationships: teachers tend to focus on the group; students want to be known as individuals.
Micro Lab Protocol: The purpose of this routine is to deepen thinking and understanding by engaging students in synthesizing and organizing their ideas This protocol is designed to ensure equal participation and make sure everyone contributes. It works best when students are in groups of three. A protocol is distinguishedl from a routine in that the rounds of sharing are timed by the teacher to keep all the groups on track, and focused. There are four key parts to this protocol: a) First person shares (1-2 minutes), b) Pause for 20-30 seconds for group members to reflect, c) Repeat for persons 2 and 3, d) Discuss as a group (5-10minutes)
Visible Thinking is a broad and flexible framework for enriching classroom learning in the content areas and fostering students' intellectual development at the same time. Here are some of its key goals:
Deeper understanding of content Greater motivation for learning Development of learners' thinking and learning abilities. Development of learners' attitudes toward thinking and learning and their alertness to opportunities for thinking and learning (the "dispositional" side of thinking). A shift in classroom culture toward a community of enthusiastically engaged thinkers and learners.
Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding [Jay McTighe, Grant Wiggins] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. What are essential questions, and how do they differ from other kinds of questions?
In a post on his Scientific American blog, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman writes about a study just published in Creativity Research Journal.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
This is exactly why I scoff at the hoopla around "task-switching". Those disliking it are typically the least creative and most unable to consider more than one thing at a time. Brisk activity by creatives is not a "choice", it is how they are wired. There are pros and cons to this; there are pros and cons to slow inaction!
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
My concern with my own children has always been (especially with math): "Did they do an error analysis? Did you learn from errors?" Most often, this brought blank stares.....................from my kids and their educators.
"Why is it that some prefer to study with classical music playing in the background while others soothing when working on difficult Math exercises ? What is it that makes the human brain feel entertained when listening to music ? Do we have special neurons that interpret musical signals and thus fires up dopamine into different areas of our brain making us feel relaxed ?"
Do you want to be fully creative? To not only have wild ideas, but to actually create and bring remarkable things to life? Learn the 4 roles you need to perform, how they help unleash your creativity and how to master the skills each one requires.