Editor’s Note: The pros and cons of standardized testing is a tired argument, and isn’t a topic we touch on much here at TeachThought (purposely). But like it or not, testing remains a significant issue...
Getting teacher evaluation right should be a priority, and in my opinion, a higher priority than any other educational initiative on the table right now. How we evaluate teachers will impact more of what happens in our ...
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger...
I like how the authors break down the notion of understanding. This is from the article.
Pre-structural - students' understanding or existing knowledge is limited or non-existent, or the task is approached from an inappropriate angleUnistructural - students might know one key piece of knowledge but can't connect it to anything elseMultistructural - students can show understanding of several pieces of knowledge but are not yet able to tie them togetherRelational - students' understanding of several elements is strong and they can make the connections between themExtended Abstract - students can start to take their learning into new contexts, see their latest learning as part of a greater whole
Update: I intended, but didn’t, include guardians in the list of those who are stakeholders in a child’s education. I apologize to the many wonderful people who care for children and hold titles other than […]...
Joanne Lipman writes that today's educators are too soft. It is time to go back to the discipline of the past.
Heather MacCorkle Edick's insight:
Well, what do you think? I do remember that my favorite teachers were also the ones that challenged us the most and refused to allow us to be intellectually 'mushy.' We were expected to work hard and, when we failed, to work hard again. Are we doing our kids a disservice these days by creating environments in which failure is almost NOT an option? You decide.
The moment you've all been waiting for is here! The schedule for the Summer Professional Development series is now open to the public. The series features weekly webinars co-hosted by librarians, leading ed-tech ...
Heather MacCorkle Edick's insight:
I have been using EasyBib for years for as a research assistant that gathers and formats citations correctly. It's good to see them branching out here.
" Dr Ian Green from the School of Education here at Adelaide and I [Allan Carrington] have used Padagogy 101 (introduction to iPad in HE) and Padagogy 201 (more advanced use for L&T) to train over 600 faculty from universities in Australia. During my research I saw lots of great work done by others using Bloom’s Taxonomy including the Revised Taxonomy which has now become the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. However when I discovered the excellent pioneer work done by Kathy Schrock with “Bloomin’ Apps” I got the idea for the Padagogy Wheel. Dare I say it but it is the next version for mobile learning of the ongoing importance of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s is still fundamental to good teaching and learning."
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