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As a part of Seattle University's Student Development Administration 'Foundations of Student Affairs' course we were asked to define our philosophy of educat...
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What IS engagement?  What would the kids say?

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Problem Based Learning, Part One: Learning to Create Questions and Find Answers Using QAR & Wikis

Problem Based Learning, Part One: Learning to Create Questions and Find Answers Using QAR & Wikis | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
One of the most important skills students need to learn for successful Problem Based Learning is asking and answering questions.
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The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Here is what appears to be an alternative take on what makes kids tick.  Love this article on engagement!  

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PD followed by Teacher Coaching Boosts Achievement

PD followed by Teacher Coaching Boosts Achievement | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Teacher-coaching linked to a well-known teaching framework paid dividends for student achievement in the secondary grades, according to a study published today in Science magazine.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, December 5, 2012 3:54 PM

In all, the study found a 0.22 standard deviation increase in the scores of students taught by teachers who received a special form of teacher-coaching—roughly the equivalent of an increase from the 50th to the 59th percentile—relative to the students taught by teachers in a control group.


"This study shows dramatically, clearly, when you implement a [teacher] measure rigorously and couple it closely to a PD system, you get dramatic improvements in student achievement," said Robert C. Pianta, a professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

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Coaching after PL works!

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Types of Feedback and Their Purposes

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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.

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Who owns the learning in your classroom? Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom

Who owns the learning in your classroom? Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"......And how much of the whole “flipped classroom” model is based on the practice of homework that is dubious at best and onerous at worst? As education author Alfie Kohn has long argued, homework represents a “second shift” for students, and there’s little research to suggest they get much out of it — whether they’re watching videos or filling out worksheets after school. Gary Stager too has been highly critical of the practice (you can read his recent Storify of his tweets on the topic): “I believe teachers who lecture should be remediated,” he tweeted. Now that’s a flip.

And as the year rolls to a close, some teachers who’ve experimented with flipping their classrooms are evaluating the practices and questioning the hype about its transformative potential. Shelley Wright, for example, had written a blog post last year about why she loved “the flip.” But by October of 2012, she’d penned another: “The Flip: The End of a Love Affair.” She noted that she didn’t really disagree with anything she’d said last year, but that flipping the classroom “simply didn’t produce the tranformative learning experience I knew I wanted for my students.”

“It’s not about fads – it’s about ownership,” she continued....."


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Connection Between CCSS and Student Motivation

Connection Between CCSS  and Student Motivation | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

I believe that a tell-tale sign of a change initiative that has merit is one that quickly takes teacher conversation to the student motivation question.

 

Love this post.  Motivation, engagement and education are topics I am passionate about.  To impact our learners, we must understand what motivates them.  This understanding will certainly change how we do what we do in our classrooms.  


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What does Cultures of Thinking look like?

What does Cultures of Thinking look like? | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

On this page, I will try and post a few videos that help to illustrate both good teaching as well as the principles and practices associated with the Cultures of Thinking initiative.  When watching any video of teaching, one can always view it through the lens of the 8 Cultural Forces.pdf.


                      Ron Ritchhart  

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Classroom Questioning: What Type Do You Use Most?

Cultures of Thinking and Ron Ritchhart

 

Questioning is a vital part of thinking, teaching and learning.  We need to consider the purpose of every activity our students engage in while always looking to build higher level questioning into the daily routine. 

 

Generative:  Exploring the topic

• Authentic questions or wonders that teacher doesn’t know the answer to.

• Essential questions that initiate exploration of a topic

Constructive:  Building New Understanding

• Extending & Interpreting

• Connecting & Linking

• Orienting and focusing on big ideas, central concepts, or purpose

• Evaluating

 

Facilitative:  Promotes the learner’s own thinking & understanding

• Requesting elaboration, reasons, evidence, justification

• Generating discussion among the class to hear different perspectives

• Clarifying and Uncovering

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10,000 Hours to Mastery: The Gladwell Effect on Learning Design

10,000 Hours to Mastery: The Gladwell Effect on Learning Design | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
I just finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, Outliers. In one of its chapters, he explains the 10,000-hour rule.

 

Great book.  I saw this come alive in my son who, at 16 "wanted to be a musician" but was going through a period where hanging out with friends was all he could think about.  Having read the book, I challenged him to the 10,000 hours premise (and asked that if he wanted my backing on the music, he had to Prove to me his sincerity).  Well.........he became hyperfocused at that point and indeed, mastered percussion in ways that astounded me.  

 

Practice.  A vital piece of mastery.  Without time on task, you have mediocrity.  

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When I coached hockey, I used to tell my players and parents that if you practice something well for 10, 000 hours expect good results. If you practice something poorly for 10, 000 hours, expect frustration and poor results. I think when people realize doing something well requires commitment and perseverance to practice they can become enlivened in their learning.

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The 7 Styles Of Learning: Which Works For You? - Staying Engaged

The 7 Styles Of Learning: Which Works For You? - Staying Engaged | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
You love to learn. Your students, colleagues, and parents love to learn. But what kind of styles of learning are most effective for each party?

 

Verbal is my least favorite.  I suspect this is because of significant bi-lateral hearing loss for the first decade of my life.

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The Innovative Educator: Technology: Tool of Engagement or Distraction? | Web2.0 Education

The Innovative Educator: Technology: Tool of Engagement or Distraction? | Web2.0 Education | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
RT @jelmerevers: It all depends on the student and context- Technology: Tool of Engagement or Distraction?

 

As always..............moderation and balance are needed.  Once you muck around in the the information (often using technology) you need to reflect and do something with what you have.  This does require silence.  But then again, you will go bak to technology to slam it all together.  

 

Moderation.  Both/and.........

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Instagrok - a promising curation tool interactive web search engine for learners

Instagrok - a promising curation tool interactive web search engine for learners | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

 

instaGrok allows students to keep a journal of their work . The journal is automatically populated with the websites a student visits, allowing them to keep an evolving annotated portfolio of their work. A teacher can see and comment on their students’ journals, or they can be shared with classmates so they can learn from one another! Here you can find age-appropriate educational content on any topic presented with interactive multimedia interfaces generates quiz questions based on student's research activity and skill level supports creation of research journals and concept maps for learning assessment .

 


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20 Ways to Use Edmodo for Engagement

20 Ways to Use Edmodo for Engagement | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
** Watch the 20 Ways to Use Edmodo webinar for more details. **   1. Assessments Utilize the Edmodo quiz builder or poll feature to assess students’ learning during or after a unit of study. &...

 

Lots of options!  But remember:  Purpose first; tech second.  

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Learning about Learning: Hattie and Visible Learning

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In Visible Learning John Hattie basically says that almost everything we do in our efforts to help students in schools has a positive effect on students. However, much of what we do actually isn&#8...
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The Ross Boss Teacher: Reflection From My First Edcamp

The Ross Boss Teacher: Reflection From My First Edcamp | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Dying to go to my first EdCamp.  Dying to create our first EdCamp!  : )

 

Can you imagine?  Leaving if the session isn't for you?

 

thanks for the reflection!  


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PD: How do educators get to know what they don’t know?

PD: How do educators get to know what they don’t know? | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
When it comes to education reform, there are in general two major camps, but there are also several variations of each. I really love this. I think each person needs to come up with a personal plan.
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Staying Engaged

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I had a lively conversation with some great educators on Twitter recently.

 

Changing times means different learners and therefore different teaching.  

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Multitasking: There is no myth, only misunderstanding

Multitasking:  There is no myth, only misunderstanding | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Is multitasking really more efficient?...

 

Oh, my.........this article is so obviously biased in favor of folks who think in a linear fashion.

 

Not meaning to provoke, but the phrases:  "hate to bust your bubble" and "you probably take great pride in being a multi-tasker" do put folks like me on defense.

 

We never claimed to feel proud .  We are just being who we are.  In all honesty, we don't feel there is a problem.  We don't think we are doing two things at once.  We think we are maximizing our learning.  We aren't trying to save time, we are trying to spend our time in ways that keep us engaged.   

 

"Multitasking involves engaging in two tasks simultaneously. But here's the catch. It's only possible if two conditions are met: 1) at least one of the tasks is so well learned as to be automatic, meaning no focus or thought is necessary to engage in the task (e.g., walking or eating) and 2) they involve different types of brain processing."


Listening to lectures and picking out vital words is something most students HAVE automatized.  This is especially true if you pair your words with a visual graphic on a PPT slide.  We see it:  DONE.  When you interpret the slide verbally for five or more minutes, it IS possible we already did that .  So..........we send our resources elsewhere- often using technology to extend the new learning you just sent our way.  


Interpreting visual graphics and listening to verbal lectures ARE two different tasks.  SO- yes:  we can do both if we learn like that.  


It saddens me that this research and this article have tainted the understanding of many people.  I suspect linear thinkers use it to promote (and validate) how they think.  : (

 


 

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Engaging All Kids: Education Revolution Begins from the Ground Up!

Engaging All Kids:  Education Revolution Begins from the Ground Up! | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"In the context of a gathering on November 10, 2012*, nine leading voices on education and child development — Carol Dweck, Richard Gerver, Nikhil Goyal, Ken Kay, Alfie Kohn, Steven Jones, Wendy Mogel, Ken Robinson, and Yong Zhao — engaged more than 600 educators and parents from 125 private and public schools in reflection on our deepest commitments to the lives and the learning of school-aged children at school and at home. What follows is a statement of common principles — shaped by participants’ input and these leaders’ collaborative reflection and design — that may help schools and families to determine how best to support our highest aspirations for the welfare of the children in our care."

 

A PDF of the "covenant" delineating core principles of the change needed can be found here:   http://www.curtiscfee.org/info/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PSP2012-CHILD-COVENANT.pdf

 

 

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8 Cultural Forces That Define Engaged Classrooms

Ron Ritchhart has delineated the 8 forces that create the culture of our classrooms.Find out what they are, here!    

 

Want to see a room of engaged students?  Observe in  a classroom that has embraced the Cultures of Thinking philosophy!

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Creative Educator - Learning in the Creativity Age

Creative Educator - Learning in the Creativity Age | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Wonderful article!  Tips for encouraging creativity in the classroom.


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Cultures of Thinking REsources

Cultures of Thinking REsources | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

An incredible amount of resources for the understanding of Cultures of Thinking.  

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Digital spaces for learning and engagement: Are You Behind?

Digital spaces for learning and engagement:  Are You Behind? | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Great questions:  

1.  Does your current vision of what you want learning to look like include learning in digital spaces?

2.  Do you have/use  school supported on-line spaces?

3.  Do you allow student devices?

4.  Do you design with  mobile learning in mind?


Vision. Spaces. Devices. Access everything, anywhere, on anything.

 

Do you have that?

 

If not, you’re behind.


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Create Your Own Un-Conference -- THE Journal

Create Your Own Un-Conference -- THE Journal | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
EdCamp is a grassroots movement of do-it-yourself professional development "un-conferences." In just a year and a half the phenomenon has gained serious momentum thanks in part to networks on Twitter.

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