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@NAISnetwork Student Choice and Classrooms of the Future - President's Blog By John Chubb

@NAISnetwork  Student Choice and Classrooms of the Future - President's Blog By John Chubb | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"....In schools throughout the nation, teachers and school leaders are experimenting with classrooms of the future. I left California to visit NAIS schools in Hawaii. Kamehameha Schools, founded in the late 19th century to educate native Hawaiians, just opened a new middle school on Oahu. A school steeped in tradition, its new facility stunned me. Looking down the long “corridors” of the beautiful facility, I saw nothing but open space. Where there would normally be classroom walls, there were none. Hundreds of students were engaged, sometimes in traditional-looking classroom groups led by a teacher, sometimes in small groups or as individuals working independent of direct teacher instruction—in all cases, accessing resources via technology. I asked the school director about the total absence of walls, and she explained: not knowing what the future holds, the school did not want learning options constrained by architecture.


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This is truly a fascinating article and well worth a read. Experimentation is happening, but is it happening enough without interference?

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 6, 4:25 PM

Wonderful blog! As we grapple with the models of schooling and education that will serve learning best in this century we may discover that effective models of project based, engaged learning are found in our own past primary school experiences.--Lou 

 

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"...Too often, discussions of future schooling get hung up on the relative merits of teachers and technology. Of course, the future is about both. But the future is about empowering students, too. Students must ultimately leave school fully capable of learning on their own, and motivated to do so for a lifetime. This is nothing new; great teachers have always cultivated independence in their students, giving them more choices and control as they grow more self-sufficient. The greatest contribution of technology to future classrooms may be the many ways that it enables teachers to help students develop the intellectual independence and engagement that we prize so highly."

By John Chubb, President, National Association of Independent Schools

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Behavior Lessons for Leadership and Teamwork | Stanford Graduate School of Business

Behavior Lessons for Leadership and Teamwork | Stanford Graduate School of Business | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Body language is critical to your effectiveness in working with other people, says social psychology researcher Deborah Gruenfeld (Body language tips for #leadership and power via #Stanford Graduate School of Business

Via Howard Fulfrost
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I had a meeting several years that I felt was unneeded. For several days before the meeting, I parked the my thinking and pre-meeting preparation aside. Part way to the meeting, I felt somewhat anxious and unprepared. I pulled over and just relaxed. The meeting was a success for me. I doubt it was for the two who called it.

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Howard Fulfrost's curator insight, February 6, 6:01 PM

This is another organizational psychology (i.e., business) article that's really applicable to all interactions -- monitor your body language and keep your eyes on how others are moving their bodies.   


This is sage advice.  Monitoring and interpreting body language is a key to successful communications -- especially about tough topics.  For this reason, I almost always ask for in-person meetings in lieu of teleconferences.  I'm a much more effective communicator when I can see the person or people with whom I'm speaking.

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Lessons From The Samurai: The Secret To Always Being At Your Best

Lessons From The Samurai: The Secret To Always Being At Your Best | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What secret did the samurai of Japan know about always being at your best? It doesn't have to do with swordsmanship. It's a very simple idea we can all use.

Via Jose Luis Yañez
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The qualities discussed are important in the heat of battle. They can only help in dealing with our daily lives.

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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, February 7, 5:22 AM

Good read before the ☆ ツ RBS Six Nations Cup ツ Wales v Ireland match tomorrow.

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Phylicia Rashad: Cutting Arts in Schools Restricts Critical and Creative Thinking | NEA Today

Phylicia Rashad: Cutting Arts in Schools Restricts Critical and Creative Thinking | NEA Today | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Edward Graham Phylicia Rashad may be best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show from 1984-1992, but the Tony-winning and Emmy-nominated

Via iPamba
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The fine arts, creative writing, music, Phys Ed, etc. are all important to integrating children's lives fully and helping them find balance. It should not be all work without play. That makes Jack and Jill dull children.

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Terry Jones: Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace

Terry Jones: Innovation and Creativity in the Workplace | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Terry Jones: Author of On Innovation, Founder, former CEO of Travelocity and Founding Chairman of kayak.com, joins McCuistion for a rousing discussion on what innovation is and how to create it in your own organization.

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The percentages are probably pretty close. In education, we need to figure out the 70% we do well and keep it. That is not being done.

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Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second | TeachThought

Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second | TeachThought | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second” We’ve talked before about the role of technology in the learning process–mainly because we’re still trying to–as a field, industry, and culture–come to grips with its pitfalls and potential.


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed., Reucover
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This is central. Weaving curricula, technology, and pedagogy into a triple-helix strand is key.

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Educational Leadership:Building School Morale

Educational Leadership:Building School Morale | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | 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.
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Good morale and trust is important to releasing the creative spirit in the adults and children in schools.

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How Would Educators Change School Structure? | NEA Today

How Would Educators Change School Structure? | NEA Today | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The recommendations from the exchange are based on supporting instructional strategies that grow student engagement and increase the effective use of school time; solutions to improve the structure of the school day and year; and realistic...

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We need to help classroom teachers express their voices. What works in the classroom is different from classroom to classroom. That is where we need to begin the transformation rather than change.

 

Another key concept is it is about education, not school. School is a place. Education is a process or better yet processes of learning which involve pedagogical relationships which are nourishing and lead children through meaningful interaction with their world.

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Why teacher development isn't the solution to all performance problems

Why teacher development isn't the solution to all performance problems | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When "teacher training" is the default solution to all performance problems, its inevitable failure to improve teaching and student learning will be blamed on the professional development, not the ...

Via Mel Riddile, Nancy J. Herr
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First and foremost, training is for seals. Humans learn and that is the problem with a lot of the professional development. It assumes relevancy without asking the person who is told to consume it about the relevancy in their context. In that light, training and professional development cannot be the end-all.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, February 5, 10:24 AM

Training is only the tip of the iceberg with teacher improvement. Teachers with marginal performance need a connection to someone who cares about  their progress and is supportive of incremental successes as well as big improvements.  This person needs to be skilled in providing suggestions for tweaking performance in the teaching learning process. 

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When Is School Reform Not Enough?

When Is School Reform Not Enough? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Complicated teaching strategies, expensive school construction, and punitive evaluations cannot improve schools; real reform equalizes classroom experiences for all children, writes Ann Evans de Bernard.
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

The more we change things the more the stay the same. It is that way in the US and Canada. We need real structural changes but those holding the levers of power have their buffer class in place. We are now told the latest greatest thing is digital technologies, yet new research shows little is changing.

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David Hain's curator insight, February 5, 2:05 AM

System reform needed, not new tools as this year's fad...

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Educational Misfits

Educational Misfits | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

 

"Remember that at home no one ever asks a boy to go out and plow in the pasture just to learn how to plow, for there never is any useless plowing.  When he plows for his first furrow, it counts with his father’s work.

               

"The beginner never feeds the stock at odd times just to learn how to feed them. His care is always called for when it is needed. Every bit of work which the farmer’s boy does is real and essential. If he can be led to see the realness of his work in school, the rest is easy. So it is with the girls. No one asks them to sweep or make beds or set tables or take care of the baby just for practice or to learn how. The things they do are always helpful and useful.

               

"The vital push of necessity is back of it all. In school,  this can be brought about by increasing the number of things which seem to be a part of the necessary and real program of life."

 

Archibald Bennett, 1922

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Jim Lerman's insight:

I came across this piece while browsing through an antique book I picked up in a thrift shop some years ago. It amazes me that it was published 92 years ago and still resonates so accurately today. The title, "Educational Misfits", is somehow curiously odd and on point to me. We can, perhaps, understand the sexism as being embedded in the culture of the time.

 

I really enjoy collecting old books about American education and have a nice little shelf full.


Via Jim Lerman
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The passage echoes John Dewey and Alfred North Whitehead. Learning happens when it is in the context of meaningful life rather than far-off abstract and adult aims. It is an interesting title until one considers that this thinking has never taken hold in education systems in the US or Canada.

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Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement

Openness to Experience and Creative Achievement | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Openness to experience is the personality trait most consistently associated with creativity.

Via David Ednie
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We are not different people. We are one unifed entity which includes the creative, intellectual, spiritual, physical, and affective. When we look at great thinkers, we often see a holistic, integrated person.

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David Ednie's curator insight, February 3, 5:22 PM

Openness to experience is a better predictor of creativity than Intellect. I am I surprised? No! Think entrepreneurs - if you equate creativity in business to creativity in the arts. 

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5 Crippling HR Behaviors That Keep Employees From Becoming Leaders

5 Crippling HR Behaviors That Keep Employees From Becoming Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In HR (OD, Training, etc. - pick your title) we like to believe we develop our employees constantly and ongoing to become the next generation of leaders.  But many times our actions tell a very dif...

Via Anne Leong
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People in organizations need to be able to fail and learn from the failures in ways that help them grow into leadership.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 4, 8:09 AM

These 5 could be applied to all segments of a companies who are trying to identify, train and develop emerging leaders.

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Will Degrees in Creativity Be the Next New Hot Commodity?

Will Degrees in Creativity Be the Next New Hot Commodity? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Creative studies programs have been around since the 1960s, but as education and business leaders put more emphasis on creativity as a core academic skill, the discipline is growing. In a New York...
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The best we might hope for is space where creativity can emerge and support when it does. It is a personal set of qualities that shifts from person-to-person. I love walking in nature and keep a notebook close for thoughts that pop. That might not be everyone's best path.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 6, 4:56 PM

I certainly hope so. How about a Ph.D in Creativity? Sign me up.

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Cracking Open the Curriculum - Hybrid Pedagogy

Cracking Open the Curriculum - Hybrid Pedagogy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It’s hard, and the education system doesn’t like it. It’s tough on the fences, they might say, and gatekeepers frequently mistake damage to the fence as damage to the field.

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There is no question that curricula need to be lived rather than just planned. In fact, each person who engages a curriculum-as-plan (Ted Aoki) brings their curriculum and outcomes with them. Damage to the fence can be seen as two-fold. First, is the damage caused by learners, including teachers, trying to escape? Or, is because learners, including the teachers, are looking to get in on learning which connects with their lived experiences, their autobiographies, and their curricula?

 

The latter is hard and rewarding work. It is nothing short of a calling and vocation which cannot happen in education largely unchanged from the industrial model. The only changes are superficial and insufficient to meet the needs of learners. Real structural change takes us beyond digital technologies and to the heart of human relationships where we learn in the "in-between" spaces of those relationships on bridges between people and subject matter where we linger and while (Ted Aoki and David Jardine).

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Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativity

Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It's a long term, unwritten rule: We get our best ideas in the shower. Why does this happen? Here is an exploration of the science of creativity:

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Sometimes we have to be doing something other than focusing on the idea. The key is recalling the enlightened moment.

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Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up - KQED (blog)

Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up - KQED (blog) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up
KQED (blog)
“Not just academically, but as people.

Via Chris Carter
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

A lot of this makes sense i.e. embedded professional development, purposeful (I like mindful) use of technology, and inquiry based learning. The latter one suggests children are naturally curious.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, February 5, 8:54 PM

Yes to all 6 points, esp. #4!

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The Modern School: Reclaiming Creativity and the Language of Learning -- THE Journal

The Modern School: Reclaiming Creativity and the Language of Learning -- THE Journal | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our job as educators is not creating the workforce of tomorrow, argues Science Leadership Academy Founding Principal Chris Lehman. It's creating the citizenry of tomorrow. "If we shoot for the citizenry, we will get the workforce by default." Teachers must take back the language of the classroom, reclaim their creativity and create a shared vocabulary that makes sense to the children under their care.
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

I am concerned this is the new messaging. This is the second time this week I have read where an administrator must take back their voice. The other guy is someone I know and it never worked when I was there. It is great and I believe necessary that teachers' voices be heard. Often that has been an after thought.

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A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies

A Company Without Job Titles Will Still Have Hierarchies | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Status is as important to us as breathing.

Via Shaun Coffey
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Holochracies will challenge conventional thinking in organizations. The potential to have more fluid leadership is there, but it will take a lot of work. Hierarchies will emerge but will be shifting based on a given need.

 

Could you imagine schools set up this way? It would mean a lot of bureaucrats, plutocrats, and technocrats finding their way back into the classroom or new work.

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Educational Leadership:Building School Morale:Getting Beyond the Blame Game

Educational Leadership:Building School Morale:Getting Beyond the Blame Game | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | 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.
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Some of the issues are internal. My experience is there is a growing gap between what happens in the classroom and with those in school management outside the classroom. This does not help invite young people into the profession or retain them.

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Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Critical thought is a cognitive process that proposes the systematic analysis of information, opinion and statements that we accept in our daily life as valid or true. It is a basic skill for a competent, free and responsible citizen."


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A word other than debate, which suggests binaries of right and wrong, might be David Bohm's concept of dialogue where there is an allowance for different and reasonable perspectives. It fits with the ideas of Paulo Freire.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 18, 8:35 AM

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

Susan Walker-Meere's curator insight, November 9, 12:49 PM

I would add: Trans-disciplinary thinking.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 16, 3:48 PM

La pensée critique, une competence clé du 21ème siècle avec tant d'information qui nous arrive. 

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Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends - KQED MindShift

Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends - KQED MindShift | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz, KQED MindShift:
"Often frustration with the public education system is directed at teachers, even when they are following the standards and guidelines set out by the government. Everyone from politicians, to non-profits to parents tell teachers how to do their jobs better. So it’s no surprise that when the federal state education officials or school superintendents announce a new initiative that not all teachers are ready to jump on the new trend. Education has a long history of reform, each succeeded by another, and teachers have learned to pick and choose carefully where to put their energies.
 

“There is such a gap between policy talk and what happens on the ground,” said Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education at Stanford University and a former high school social studies teacher and district superintendent. Cuban, a respected voice in the education community, says it can take a long time for new policies to actually get implemented in classrooms, and as schools are gearing up, new policies often come in to replace the ones being implemented. It’s a frustrating cycle for teachers and often leads them to follow their own best judgement about what works in the classroom and ignore the winds of change that can shift so quickly."...

For full post, click on title above or here:
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/why-some-teachers-may-question-new-education-trends/


Via Roxana Marachi, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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I paraphrase Ted Aoki when I say that teachers are policy makers. Every time we say something, do something, use curriculum, use digital technologies we become political actors. We interpret the policies of "curriculum-as-a-plan" and bring it to life in the presence of students. We, as teachers and students, are learners with personal curricula.

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5 reasons to teach spelling and handwriting in the new year

5 reasons to teach spelling and handwriting in the new year | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Here’s a great resolution: Keep spelling and handwriting in the curriculum and use research-based tools to teach these skills explicitly and efficiently wi

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There is a group of people out there who think handwriting is passe. I hope they read this. It is about integrating technologies of alf forms i.e. writing and digital technologies.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, February 4, 5:22 PM

Five evidence-based reasons for teaching spelling and handwriting explicitly

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Study: Shy Kids Know the Answer—They Just Won't Say It Out Loud

Study: Shy Kids Know the Answer—They Just Won't Say It Out Loud | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
"Inhibited behaviors like shyness don't hamper language acquisition overall but instead relate specifically to how toddlers express themselves through words," researchers found.

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The willingness to take a risk in a social setting that school is highly complex. Not only does being introvert potentially inhibit a person's willingness to express themselves so does the way we ask students. Some students don't process as quickly as others and this is challenging. There are ways around both, but do teachers take advantage of integrating different expressive respsonse requests?

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Empower Students to Take Ownership of Learning

Empower Students to Take Ownership of Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Empowering students is not the same as abdicating control of your classroom. The ASCD’s journal Educational Leadership defines student empowerment as “student ownership of learning.” That is a good way to look at it – helping students take control of their own education. But how do you do that?


Via Andrea Zeitz, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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I always struggle with the word empower. When I think of the two root words for educate--educare and educere-the former is about nourishing the child and the second is about leading them out so they can lead their learning from a unique personal position.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, February 4, 10:45 AM

Excellent post about using student empowerment techniques for your assessments and for your classroom.

Lia Goren's curator insight, February 9, 8:37 AM

"Empoderar a los estudiantes no es lo mismo que abdicar el control de su clase." El empoderamiento de los estudiantes alude a la apropiación de la tarea de aprendizaje. "Esta es una buena manera de verlo - ayudar a los estudiantes a tomar control de su propia educación. ¿Cómo lo hacemos?"

Lia Goren's curator insight, February 9, 8:39 AM

"Empoderar a los estudiantes no es lo mismo que abdicar el control de su clase." El empoderamiento de los estudiantes alude a la apropiación de la tarea de aprendizaje. "Esta es una buena manera de verlo - ayudar a los estudiantes a tomar control de su propia educación. ¿Cómo lo hacemos?"