The Futures of School Reform, edited by Jal Mehta, Robert B. Schwartz, and Frederick M. Hess, is a collection of essays that try to push the boundaries of current education reform efforts in order to generate dramatic change through high leverage issues. In the second of the essays, “Building on Practical Knowledge,” Carnegie President Anthony Bryk, Senior Fellow Louis Gomez, and Mehta, who is at Harvard Graduate School of Education, advocate an approach to professionalizing the field of education by using the principles of a Networked Improvement Community.
You can transform your classroom. While there are many approaches to project-based learning, we have had the most success with the model our team developed -- a model called "The Seven Phases of a Project Cycle.
Initially, the student blogs were nothing more than a class journal posted online. However, over time, they became a place for student voice. They evolved as my thinking about blogging evolved. So, here is what I've learned along the way:
Task-based learning quote from John Norris via the Leaky Grammar blog:
"Though challenging, this vision of task-based language learning offers one comprehensive alternative to the status quo. That alternative may help us realize a language education practice that is valuable to a variety of discourse communities, the language learners who need and want to interact with them, and the language teaching profession whose job it is to facilitate their doing so."
Business and political leaders are increasingly asking schools to integrate development of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration into the teaching and learning of academic subjects. Collectively these skills are often referred to as “21st century skills” or “deeper learning.”
I want to explain the use of what I call “frameworks” in my college teaching. I have used them during nine years of teaching graduate and undergraduate classes, and my students tell me that they are particularly helpful.
How do you choose the best educational app for your classroom? Check out this great post from Tony Vincent on LearningHand, sharing his own rubric to help teachers evaluate educational apps and other rubric resources.
Fearless leaders embrace the goals reflected in the Common Core State Standards by “gifting” each student with the learning experiences and opportunities that were once reserved only for the “gifted,” says Yvette Jackson, in this interview. Preview Jackson’s new ASCD book (coauthored with Veronica McDermott), Aim High, Achieve More: How to Transform Urban Schools Through Fearless Leadership.
The sad reality is that most schools still believe that they are “teaching with technology” because they have a computer lab where they teach students important skills like word processing and how to create Power Point presentations. This may have been a worthwhile skill to teach 15 years ago, but the fact that we haven’t adapted as technology has is a clear example of how slow schools are to respond to the changing needs of our students.
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