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A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools - Edudemic

A Pedagogical Framework For Digital Tools - Edudemic | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
We've needed a strong pedagogical framework for digital tools since the introduction of technology into education. Hopefully this helps.

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Wow!  "The teacher and student jointly select the subject matter that is to be worked with in the classroom. They are equal in this process, just as they are in their subsequent efforts to process the subject matter and produce common knowledge within the field."


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Wow!  "The teacher and student jointly select the subject matter that is to be worked with in the classroom. They are equal in this process, just as they are in their subsequent efforts to process the subject matter and produce common knowledge within the field."

 

Great idea.  

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Messy Learning and Tidy Classrooms

Messy Learning and Tidy Classrooms | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

My students will be making towers with straws today. Every Friday, we do a quick design challenge. It will get loud in here. Chaos will ensue. It will be safe, but it will be messy. Students will forget to throw pieces of straw in the trash.


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Love this!  The deal is, you simply have to become pals with the folks who vacuum.  Or you need to buy your own.  

 

At home, I go through about 2 yearly.  Small price to pay for sanity.  Without creating............: (

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 7, 2015 12:11 AM

Love this!  The deal is, you simply have to become pals with the folks who vacuum.  Or you need to buy your own.  

 

At home, I go through about 2 yearly.  Small price to pay for sanity.  Without creating............: (

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Understanding by Design Framework

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What do people think of this?  I like that it sticks to :  "Purpose first, logistics second" philosophy.  

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 7, 2015 12:12 AM

What do people think of this?  I like that it sticks to :  "Purpose first, logistics second" philosophy.  

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What do people think of this?  I like that it sticks to :  "Purpose first, logistics second" philosophy.  

ARNOLD's curator insight, August 7, 2015 2:53 AM

What do people think of this?  I like that it sticks to :  "Purpose first, logistics second" philosophy.  

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9 Grammar Games That Are Really Addicting

9 Grammar Games That Are Really Addicting | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Though grammar skills are a fundamental step in understanding, writing and reading the English language, grammar is not always a particularly fun arena to study. Faced with long lists of grammar rules and grammar rule exceptions to memorize, it’s no wonder so many of us throw in the towel on mastering technical English early in school.


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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 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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Mastery Learning and Formative Assessment for Engagement

Mastery Learning and Formative Assessment for Engagement | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

With this strategy, teachers first organize the concepts and skills they want students to learn into learning units that typically involve about a week or two of instructional time. Following initial instruction on the unit, teachers administer a brief quiz or assessment based on the unit's learning goals. Instead of signifying the end of the unit, however, this assessment's purpose is to give students information, or “feedback,” on their learning. To emphasize this new purpose Bloom suggested calling it a formative assessment, meaning “to inform or provide information” (see Scriven, 1967). A formative assessment identifies for students precisely what they have learned well to that point, and what they need to learn better (Bloom, Hastings, & Madaus, 1971).

 

Remember Daniel Pink:  Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose?  This would be the MASTERY piece.  When we teach and move along, pressured by the need to cover, we sabbotage engagement .  For some kids, it feels disrespectful.  Teaching for mastery is a must if learning is our goal.  

 

 

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Critical Thinking Lesson Plans: Civics Engagement

Critical Thinking Lesson Plans:  Civics Engagement | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Resources for creating lessons plans that push the thinking in Civics


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Civics Lesson Plans that encourage critical thinking.

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The Mind's Eye: An Important Metacognitive Tool For Creative Thought

The Mind's Eye: An Important Metacognitive Tool For Creative Thought | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A wonderful resource on creativity and metacognition.  

 

Includes lots of information:  "What is creativity:  

1. Novelty- a creative product, course of action or idea necessarily departs from the familiar; 2. Effectiveness- it works, in the sense that it achieves some end- this may be aesthetic, artistic or spiritual, but may also be material such as winning or making profit; 3. Ethicality- the term creative is not usually used to describe selfish or destructive behaviour, crimes, war-mongering and the like (Cropely 2010). Although Gardner asserts that creativity is amoral: novel useful ideas or products could either bring benefits or wreak havoc (Moran 2010). For example the science behind nuclear weapons systems could be considered to be creative in conception.   Moves along to discuss how to teach for creativity:  https://sites.google.com/site/creativityinpractice/conclusion    
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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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Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say

Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
There is a widespread belief among teachers that digital technology is hampering students’ attention spans and ability to persevere, according to two surveys.

 

The problem may be that the traditional way of teaching is not bringing forth learning .  It fails to engage in ways that maximizes the strengths of students  today .  Indeed, getting answers is easy and instantaneous.  Ride that pony in the direction it faces and be the kind of teacher who doesn't need to tap dance!  Facilitate learning in ways that allows kids to DO SOMETHING with the answers they get so easily via technology and the internet!  

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12 Things Collaborative Leaders Do

12 Things Collaborative Leaders Do | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Some of these behaviors could describe any leader. But when you look at them altogether, a pattern emerges that is quite different from traditional leaders.


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We need more leaders who do these things, otherwise they are managers.

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21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation -

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation - | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won't get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they're not motivated. Motivation,…
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Simple, simple.  

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Turn off iPhone, Take Hike, Creativity Soars [study]

Turn off iPhone, Take Hike, Creativity Soars [study] | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Humans have long recognized the value of “getting away from it all,” but a new study, co-written by a University of Utah psychology professor, attempts to put a measurable meaning on the old saying.

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Paying Tom Sawyer has its advantages..........and there are many~!

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, December 13, 2012 12:43 AM

I'm there (the man says typing into his computer at 1:00 am). 

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Engagement is

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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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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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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Coaching after PL works!

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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.

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 11:51 PM

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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What matters in teacher professional development? | SmartBlogs

What matters in teacher professional development? | SmartBlogs | Engagement Based Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
What's been your most valuable professional-development experience? Come on, there's got to be one!

 

1. Choice

2. Value

3,  Support

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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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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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Great share! Thank you!
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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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