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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives.
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The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.

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Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners

Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Understanding what struggle can do for the brain can help learners, explains Stanford professor Carol Dweck.
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The meaning of effort and difficulty has been transformed. Before, effort and difficulty made children feel dumb, they made them feel like giving up; but after finding out how their brain works children know that when effort and difficulty arise, that’s when their neurons are making new connections, stronger connections. That’s when they’re getting smarter.”

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Feedback on writing

Feedback on writing | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Why is feedback important and how do you give feedback on writing? In this post you will find information about feedback, self- assessment and peer feedback, ideas on how to correct as well as a fe...
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Writing has alwasys been an issue in ELT, especially since we never take the time to teach students how to write properly, we only ask them to take out a piece of paper and write about a topic. Anyway, they need some feedback on how well (or poorly they did), here are some ideas on how to do it.

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Response: Ten Principles for Vocabulary Instruction

Response: Ten Principles for Vocabulary Instruction | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
In today's third, and final, segment on vocabulary instruction, Laura Robb and Amy Benjamin share their thoughts, and I also include readers' comments.
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There is an urgent need to teach vocabulary systematically in order to improve students' reading skill so they can tackle complex texts. To develop proficient readers, I recommend that teachers across disciplines present ten to fifteen minute daily vocabulary lessons using The Big Ten.

It is also very important to bear in mind that vocabulary does not equal spelling, knowing how to write a word and memorizing or wiriting it's meaning does not mean a child is able to use the word in different contexts.

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MindShift - Timeline Photos | Facebook

MindShift - Timeline Photos | Facebook | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Some ways to think about where education has been and where it could be going via LikeToWrite http://bit.ly/1rquSEE
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But it is so hard to chage the old chip.

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Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On

Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On
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Many projects, problems, situations, and field trips do not yield lasting and transferable learning because too little attention is given to the meta-cognitive and idea-building work that turns a single experience into insight and later application.

For example, merely playing football over and over again, need not cause understanding and transfer. It takes a deliberate processing of the game experience, you need to ‘think football’ in order to really understand the game and play it well, and within a game ask questions like:

What’s working for us?What’s not working for us?What’s working for the other team?So, what do we have to do in the 2nd half?
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How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

How the Power of Interest Drives Learning | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Research shows that interests powerfully influence our academic and professional choices. When we're interested in a task, we work harder and persist longer, bringing more of our self-regulatory skills into play.
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So what is interest? Interest is a psychological state of engagement, experienced in the moment, and also a predisposition to engage repeatedly with particular ideas, events, or objects over time. Why do we have it? Interest acts as an “approach urge” that pushes back against the “avoid urges” that would keep us in the realm of the safe and familiar. Interest pulls us toward the new, the edgy, the exotic. Interest “diversifies experience.” But interest also focuses experience. In a world too full of information, interests usefully narrow our choices.

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Let's Be Honest: We Don't Know How to Make Great Teachers

Let's Be Honest: We Don't Know How to Make Great Teachers | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Even though states and districts are choking on data, Bernard Fryshman writes, there's still very little understanding of what constitutes great teaching.
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Preparing a teacher is in a certain sense far more challenging than preparing other professionals. For all its variations, the physician’s focus on the human body is limited. So is the building studied by the architect and the court of law facing the lawyer.

The classroom awaiting the teacher, on the other hand, is almost infinite in its variations. We mentioned the hundred or so language groups. Now consider categories such as race, religion, sex, economic background, and age. Keep in mind variations in ability, in social problems—interests, physical and mental changes—the list is unending. In a word, there is no professional preparatory program that can encompass every population, let alone every eventuality.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
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In this school, as in the majority of schools around the world, students were learning plenty of information, but not much about how to gather or create their own data, until a student came up with a project, students were going to chose what to learn, when to learn it and how to do it. The selected gorup explored math, science, social science and literature topics that interested them, choosing one question each week, researching it, and presenting their findings to the group. They also chose books to read, discuss and write about in some form; worked on a semester-long individual project on a subject that excited them (the only requirement was that the project require effort, learning and mastery); and collaborated on a three-week-long group endeavor (they decided to make a video about education and their project). They were responsible for giving a final presentation about their project, which helped to give them a specific goal to work toward.

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What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Setting aside the two predominant narratives of education, there's a third vision taking shape that's yet to be defined. What would a reimagined education system value and teach?
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Education needs to radically shift away from current models. The new model should strive to create powerful learning experiences and hold that technology as a crucial factor in future learning.

We need to begin to think about schools in a fundamentally different way, we should focus on creating an education system that supports inquiry-based, student-centered learning, where students are encouraged to find entry points into the mandated curriculum in ways that are meaningful to them. Technology, of course is an integral part of this vision because it allows students to create and demonstrate their knowledge.

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Hacking School: One Teenager’s Path to Happiness

Hacking School: One Teenager’s Path to Happiness | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Teenager Logan LaPlante explains why he's committed to making his education about learning how to live a healthy and happy life, not just how to make a living.
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Just listen to this kid, we need to learn so much from him

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How Flipped Classrooms Are Growing and Changing

How Flipped Classrooms Are Growing and Changing | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
The teaching method is approaching “mainstream” status, according to the report.
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The flipped classroom concept, pioneered by teacher and author Jon Bergmann, swaps homework time with lecture time, meaning students first listen to or watch a lecture about a topic outside of school before learning more about it in class.

The concept has been around for years, but it's now coming close to "mainstream" status. Pero en Perú ni la sombra.

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The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful

The Case for the New Kindergarten: Challenging and Playful | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Making kindergarten intellectually stimulating does not preclude making it fun and play-based, as well, write Daphna Bassok, Amy Claessens, and Mimi Engel.
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Kindergarten classrooms are also far more academically oriented.  Research shows that most kindergarten teachers now think academic instruction should begin in preschool and indicate that it's important for incoming kindergartners to already know their letters and numbers. Today's kindergarten teachers are spending much more time on literacy and expect their students to learn to read before 1st grade. The implications of these changes are not clear.

Recent accounts of these new norms have been decidedly negative, describing a "crisis in the kindergarten," with anecdotes about experienced kindergarten teachers opting to resign rather than adapt to what they see as highly inappropriate expectations.

Engaging and challenging academic instruction should (and can) be developmentally appropriate, and it does not have to be overwhelming, stressful, or boring. It does not have to supplant play or child-initiated activities. And it certainly does not have to involve worksheets, one-size-fits-all lessons, or an overemphasis on assessment.

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Four Steps for Jumpstarting Global-Collaboration Projects

Four Steps for Jumpstarting Global-Collaboration Projects | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
A globally connected workplace will be the norm for this generation of students, writes instructional coach Ben Curran, requiring a unique and deep skill-set that teachers must help students develop.
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When students graduate, they will be expected to work across great distances and collaborate with colleagues via complex technologies. A globally connected workplace will be the norm for them, not the exception. This shift requires a unique and deep skill-set that teachers must help students develop.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.
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Students asking questions and then exploring the answers. That’s something any good teacher lives for. And at the heart of it all is curiosity.

We know now that when kids are curious, they’re much more likely to stay engaged, and to learn.

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.
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So, can educators help their students become more creative? Some teachers are moving in that direction, loosening the rules, giving students choice, celebrating ideas and behaviors that challenge the status quo, but without a drastic reimagining of the structures within which educators work, true creativity could be hard to find in school.

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The key to making the shift to active learning (and why technology is not enough)

The key to making the shift to active learning (and why technology is not enough) | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Technology helps students with connecting, creating and sharing, but devices are invisible in my definition of active learning. We need to be chanting: empowerment, collaboration, equity, agency, self actualization, and transcendence for kids and for us all within a system that serves as the birth place for every other profession. We need to be chanting these things instead of technology, technology, technology.
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Even if the teacher is talented, the environment itself co-conspires against deep learning (for both the teacher and her learners) and application of what is learned in an authentic context. When we combine short instructional periods, classroom spaces that do not support dialogue or collaboration, overcrowded classrooms, inequalities between districts, high-stakes testing pressure and the disconnect many students feel today between what the real world offers and typical classroom culture — no wonder we are ALL frustrated with the system.

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By Not Challenging Gifted Kids, What Do We Risk Losing?

By Not Challenging Gifted Kids, What Do We Risk Losing? | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Intellectually talented kids “don’t get the attention of policymakers,” said psychology professor David Lubinski of Vanderbilt University. “But if you’re trying to solve problems in the world like climate change and terrorism and STEM innovation, and transportation and managing our healthcare, you want intellectually precocious youth who have had their intellectual needs met.”
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It’s easy to assume that for extremely bright young pupils, life in the classroom is a snap. But when conventional school curricula fail to stimulate their hungry young brains, leaving them bored and stymied, these kids may get lost in the system. Some end up with C averages and slip into truancy, and many may never blossom to their full potential. It’s a big loss for lots of reasons, including the fact that these precocious kids represent a unique pool of talent for generating new ideas and innovations. And because of inadequate policies, we may be losing opportunities to nurture the Henry Fords and Marie Curies of the future.

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Breaking the Mold: School Fosters Design and Discovery

Breaking the Mold: School Fosters Design and Discovery | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Modern learning is more about discovery. It’s not so much waiting as doing, says Will Richardson. Learners should be empowered to continue learning and to use their interests to fuel projects that they care about. Richardson had some ideas about how teachers can begin to move away from content delivery and towards a model that is supportive of individual learners.
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In Peru, those with control over education policy are making decisions on the old model of schooling — knowledge held by teachers who deliver information to students — while young learners are clamoring for something different.

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So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class ...

So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class ... | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Should one of the world’s richest men get to dictate the future of how we learn about our past?
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Love it, that´s why he´s a genious. This is how Bill Gates thinks history should be taught in schools.

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Report: English as a medium of instruction | British Council

Report: English as a medium of instruction | British Council | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
The increase in English as a medium of instruction (EMI) has important implications for education. This research begins to map the use of EMI in order to understand why and when it is used.
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There is a fast-moving worldwide shift towards using English as a medium of instruction (EMI), not so  long ago known as CLIL, for academic subjects such as science, mathematics, geography and medicine. EMI is increasingly being used in universities, secondary schools and even primary schools.

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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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Instead of passing paper, digital or otherwise, back and forth between students and teacher, what if we allowed students to do real work for real audiences that can read and interact far beyond the limits of the school walls, schedule, and curriculum? What if we let our students do work that they actually cared about and wanted to create, not for a grade but because of its potential contribution to and effect on the world?

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How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you'll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved. Here, we try to answer your questions about the different integrating components of a design learning experience into familiar, pre-existing scenarios that play out in every school.
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For all of us that have read, heard, talked, discussed and tried teaching by design or the backwards design, here's the how

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Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy

Take Action: Verbs That Define Bloom’s Taxonomy | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
A neat visualization of the verbs associated with Bloom's Taxonomy.
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I have always believed that there has to be more than just, summarize, analyse or critique

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Should I Become a Teacher?

Should I Become a Teacher? | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching is not a default profession. Not any more. If you think it's something you can just wander in and do because, well, it's a job, then teaching will eat you up and spit you out faster than a vegetarian with a mouthful of cow tongue....
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But I still feel sad every time I hear about one of my colleagues telling a student, "No, no. Whatever you do, don't become a teacher."

I still believe in teaching. I still believe in public education in this country. But at the same time, I don't think it's for everybody. Here are some warning signs that the profession might not be for you.

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Adaptive Learning: Are We There Yet? -- THE Journal

Adaptive Learning: Are We There Yet? -- THE Journal | Hot Issues in Education | Scoop.it
Partnerships between tech companies and publishers are turning an ed tech buzzword into a reality, but, as one expert says, "It's going to take some time to get it right."
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Along with that increasing interest and expanding vendor landscape has come a  fair bit of confusion about exactly what the term "adaptive learning" means. In  conversation, it's almost synonymous with "personalized learning," but in  practice, these are different concepts, and K-12 districts investigating systems  that promise to deliver adaptive learning should understand that difference. Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/05/14/adaptive-learning-are-we-there-yet.aspx#g1fOO7GBz3813mCT.99

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