Join us at the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire Come one come all to the Melbourne Mini Maker Faire Community Day on Saturday 19 March 2016. The Victorian Department of Education and Training in association with the Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC) and Swinburne University of Technology are planning an exciting experience by providing…
“ Teachers are always on the lookout for ways to foster questioning skills in students. First of all, let’s define our subject. At skillsyouneed.com the topic of questioning is covered succinctly in this article. It asks us to consider why we question things. So why do we? We question to gather information. It helps us learn. We communicate and understand others through questioning. It helps us explore the world we live in. We also test acquired knowledge with good questioning skills. They are skills that serve us in school and in everything beyond it. Curiosity and questioning are what keep us interested and engaged in life.”
Via John Evans
“ What is needed to start a Makerspace in a classroom or school? Passion - You need to have passion and a belief in the educational value of maker-style projects. Space - This can be a whole room or only part of a room. Supplies - Start small with simple craft materials. Often sending a message out to colleagues and the community asking for donations of materials works well. Storage - Create a place to store materials when they are not in use and student projects as they are being worked on.”
Via Dennis T OConnor, Chris Carter, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
How do we go beyond rapport and establish good teacher-student relationships? How can teachers build relationships on empathy, trust, expectation, support, and understanding with students? Although these questions have no easy answers, thoughtful classroom structure can increase the likelihood of effective teacher-student relationships.
“ While project-based learning has existed for decades, design thinking has recently entered the education lexicon, even though its history can be traced back to Herbert A. Simon's 1969 book The Sciences of the Artificial. So why the resurgence of these ideas? Lately, I have heard teachers and school leaders express a common frustration: "We are _______ years into a _______ initiative, and nothing seems to have changed." Despite redesigning learning spaces, adding technology, or even flipping instruction, they still struggle to innovate or positively change the classroom experience. Imagine innovation as a three-legged stool. Many schools have changed the environment leg, but not the other two legs: the behaviors and beliefs of the teachers, administrators, and students. Consider this conundrum: much of what we know about teaching comes from 16+ years of observation as students. In no other profession do you spend that much time watching the previous generation before being told to change everything once you take control. Without the framework or scaffolding for that change, it's truly unreasonable to tell educators, "OK, start innovating."”
Via John Evans
Sometimes, higher up in secondary school, we forget to teach reading strategies, assuming students already have them. In many cases this stops them from achieving their best. The strategies outlined in the graphic here would be a good start to putting reading back on the agenda and teaching it explicitly.
“ Innovate is a verb. It’s easy to talk about, far harder to do. Yet, it’s the DOING that matters most. The daily grind in the details of the ebb and flow of progress forward, bit by bit. It’s in the tiny microscopic changes we make that are often hard to detect until we zoom out, after a bit of time, and see the forward motion. There is this panic of “Oh my gosh every school needs a makerspace” when our schools are FILLED with the resources we have to make. Inside our kids and each other. When we move, things happen.”
Via John Evans
“ TED Ed is one of our favourite video resources we have been recommending for teachers over the last few years. It features short video explanations (usually less than 5 minutes long) covering different educational topics. The clips are professionally animated using a wide range of visual illustrations to hook in the viewers and keep them engaged. We have already shared some very good TED Ed videos on Math, writing, and several other subject areas. In today’s post we want to highlight some challenging TED Ed riddles to share with your students. These are short brain teasers to engage your students in problem solving activities in which they have to make use of different learning skills to solve the riddles. Here is the list:”
Via John Evans
"I’ve been traveling the country speaking on the power of a student’s voice in his or her own educational experience along with the need for transforming learning spaces in today’s schools. Both topics are very important to me not only for my own passion as an educator, but as a parent of two children. I’ve personally seen the impact a learning space can have on a child’s experience within the classroom. Additionally, I’ve been fortunate to have my children surrounded by caring educators who value the importance listening to students. This week I have the pleasure of speaking at Blackboard World in D.C.
When I arrived at Blackboard World, I knew the first stop I had to make, the student maker space. Blackboard invited students from all ages to participate in a day of creating their ideal learning environments. The company partnered with the Smithsonian to provide resources and guides to help facilitate the activities. Children would rotate between 5 stations throughout the day – each station lasting roughly thirty minutes."
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. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
Louise Robinson-Lay's insight:
Asking questions is the best teacher work we can do. This article helps us to learn to ask better questions, and to assist students to do so too.
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