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Asking Better Questions: 6 Ways to Improve Classroom Discussions

Asking Better Questions: 6 Ways to Improve Classroom Discussions | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Although many of us don’t realize it until we step foot into our own classrooms, we quickly learn that facilitating a lively, but controlled, classroom discussion is truly an art form. While most…
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The question is ... do you think deeply about the questions you ask? Are you out to fulfill an intention or jsut get an answer? Do you wait for another answer ... even if they have got it 'right'?

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Phil Chappell's curator insight, December 24, 2013 3:15 PM

Short article on question types vis-a-vis the kinds of responses they'll encourage. 

Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 31, 2013 3:30 AM

Nice little piece with concrete examples of the kinds of questions teachers can ask to promote different types of reflection and analysis from learners.

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What if young people designed their own learning?

What if young people designed their own learning? | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Our education system fails to amplify students' creativity and interest in learning. To continue along the current path is increasingly unscientific, unjustifiable and plain dull.
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This is pretty much what Templestowe College already does! The authors should talk to Peter Hutton!
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There are a number of schools in the US with this kind of focus, and many are thriving. -Lon

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‘Big data’ was supposed to fix education. It didn’t. It’s time for ‘small data.’

‘Big data’ was supposed to fix education. It didn’t. It’s time for ‘small data.’ | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
'It is becoming evident that big data alone won’t be able to fix education systems. Decision-makers need to gain a better understanding of what good teaching is and how it leads to better learning in schools.'
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Evidence shows that formative and other school-based assessments are much more likely to improve quality of education than conventional standardized tests.
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How Hungry Was the Caterpillar?

How Hungry Was the Caterpillar? | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Encouraging young math learners to record their thinking and problem solving helps teachers see where their students are on the learning path
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Encouraging young math learners to record their thinking and problem solving helps teachers see where their students are on the learning path
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Has Our Instruction Made a Difference?

Has Our Instruction Made a Difference? | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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.
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How do we know whether our instruction has made any difference? Even when we employ a range of formative assessments and use the assessment results to guide our instructional decisions, we haven't necessarily answered the question of whether our teaching increased students' learning, and by how much.
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Using Global Feedback to Build Growth Mindset

Using Global Feedback to Build Growth Mindset | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Can supportive feedback from a diverse internet audience help students grasp the benefits of a growth mindset? Sixth grade history teacher Tim Kramer says yes.
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Recognition from outside the classroom sparks something in students that leads to bigger and better things.
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Service learning in schools

A new online publication for school educators from the Australian Council for Educational Research.
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Service learning is a means by which schools can put this contemporary understanding of education into practice in a way that is meaningful for students and the community.
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 Learning-Focused Feedback

What feedback works for learners?

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Let's take a look at three different feedback models derived from the literature and the insights we can take away from each one.
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Three Tips for More Engaging PBL Projects

Three Tips for More Engaging PBL Projects | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful tool to promote student engagement. It allows students to investigate real-world challenges and problems and create
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Many PBL projects focus on real-world design challenges, and just like in the real world, designers fail. In fact, many intentionally fail quickly to learn.
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» Keeping Curious Minds Curious: Are You Motivating Your Students?

» Keeping Curious Minds Curious: Are You Motivating Your Students? | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
We as educators often see engaged students as the ones who are being quiet, giving us full eye contact, and waving those eager hands to answer our questions.
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Students are much more likely to be involved when they see their teacher having a blast. They will be thinking, “Why is this crazy guy smiling and having fun? I want to have fun, too.”
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Is there another way to think about schooling? 

A new online publication for school educators from the Australian Council for Educational Research.
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As a profession, we face the challenge of finding ways to improve the performances of Australian students by making excellent annual learning progress an expectation of every student. Meeting this challenge will require experimentation with alternative ways of thinking about teaching, learning, assessing and reporting and improved mechanisms for the profession-wide sharing of what is learnt.
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How I Learned to Be Strategic about Writing Comments

How I Learned to Be Strategic about Writing Comments | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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.
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If I wanted my comments to fuel improvement, I realized, I had to build in time for learners to revise their work after receiving my suggestions. Not only did I change the timing of my feedback, but I also streamlined my process of writing comments, allowing myself more time to shift instruction in response to what I'd learned from reviewing work.
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Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn: The Key to Student Motivation and Achievement

Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn: The Key to Student Motivation and Achievement | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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.
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When students have more choices about their learning, they can find ways of learning that match their personal needs and be more engaged
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Principals: Teaming with Families & Community

Principals: Teaming with Families & Community | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
How can principals build sustained partnerships between schools and families? Ron Williamson and Barbara Blackburn suggest strategies for vibrant connections.
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All parents want to be active partners in their children’s education. An important part of parent engagement is their sense of efficacy, believing that they can contribute to their child’s education.
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1 million Students Risk Reading Failure, says Dr Jennifer Buckingham

1 million Students Risk Reading Failure, says Dr Jennifer Buckingham | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Scientific evidence for effective teaching of reading: Jennifer Buckingham from The Centre for Independent Studies explains 5 keys for reading success
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we have, at The Centre for Independent Studies, developed a project called Five from Five. It's called Five from Five because we're talking about the five key elements of an effective reading instruction program. And that those elements should be in reading instruction from the first year of school when most children are about the age of five.
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To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions

To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
“It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don’t care about,” says the neuroscientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang.
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With that question, one that connected the abstract concepts of human evolution and the very concrete, personal experiences of racial tension in the school, her students’ resistance gave way to interest.
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More than Pretty Pictures

More than Pretty Pictures | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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.
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Students' artwork becomes more than pretty pictures when it is used to develop and document learning.
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Finland – where ‘equality starts at the blackboard’

One educator reflects on the Finnish school structure and culture, teacher education programs and processes.
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The Finnish Education System therefore can be characterised by trust, freedom, flexibility and a concern to put the wellbeing of children at the forefront, with teachers contributing to a supportive and close relationship with their students balanced with delivering appropriate content and providing a high standard of academic direction in an equitable manner.
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Equipping students with ‘enterprise skills’

Teachers can better prepare students for future careers by helping them develop 'enterprise skills' such as digital and financial literacy, critical thinking and teamwork, according to analysis of millions of job ads.
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And this is what we work with schools on!
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Reading for pleasure

Teacher speaks to Professor Rosemary Johnston about the findings of the Kids & Family Reading Report Australia, and the implications for educators and school leaders.
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The more children read, the better readers they become. And then the better readers they become, the more they enjoy reading. Now, that might seem obvious, but it's extremely important in this day and age when there is so much competition from other devices for children's time.
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» Chemical Reactions in the ClassroomASCD Inservice

» Chemical Reactions in the ClassroomASCD Inservice | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Instead of student engagement, we should focus on brain engagement! It is possible to influence students’ brain chemistry.
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According to brain-based education expert Eric Jensen (2013), the brain chemicals that can be influenced and affected in the classroom are serotonin, dopamine, cortisol, and norepinephrine. Stimulating these four neurotransmitters will lead to the brain being fully engaged, therefore creating the ideal learning environment.
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Nationwide study examines science of how kids learn

Nationwide study examines science of how kids learn | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers are going to unprecedented lengths to measure classroom success.
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Now THIS is what I call evidence based practice!
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Data collected about student behaviour doesn't help improve teaching or learning

Data collected about student behaviour doesn't help improve teaching or learning | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Schools and universities pump lots of time and money into collecting data on learning analytics, but there is no research to show that such data actually helps to improve learning outcomes.
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At present, quality is being defined by the data that is available instead of the feedback we need about learning and teaching in schools and universities
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Need to remember something? Better draw it, study finds

Need to remember something? Better draw it, study finds | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that drawing pictures of information that needs to be remembered is a strong and reliable strategy to enhance memory.
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drawing pictures of information that needs to be remembered is a strong and reliable strategy to enhance memory.
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How ‘Productive Failure’ In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick

How ‘Productive Failure’ In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Building struggle into lessons can help students learn better than using direct instruction, according to research, and Singapore's education system is
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productive failure is not just a maxim about persisting through challenges; it’s an effective teaching strategy that enables students to not only do well on short term measures of knowledge, like tests, but also affords better conceptual understanding, creative thinking, and helps students to transfer learning to novel situations
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Help Students Choose to Learn

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one of the challenges with providing students with choices is that it means sharing some power and control. As a teacher, you can't help but wonder what will happen if your students make the wrong choices. He said teachers should allow their students to learn from the experience of making the wrong choice, especially when it comes to shorter assignments. However, for longer assignments teachers should not be afraid to intervene if a student makes a choice that is not beneficial to their learning.
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