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Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know.

Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed., Lynnette Van Dyke, Helen Teague
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"Most striking, low-achieving students show “substantial deficits” in their awareness of the cognitive and metacognitive strategies that lead to effective learning—suggesting that these students’ struggles may be due in part to a gap in their knowledge about how learning works."

We cannot expect to narrow the gap until we take the time to provide low achieving learners, far too often those of low socio-economic status, with the tools to learn for themselves, to have the confidence to enjoy learning and be curious about the wider world.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 27, 2014 8:14 PM

The development for learning strategies within your teaching and learning environment. I use metacognitive learning strategies within all the courses that at teach at the university level.

Karen Bowden's curator insight, May 28, 2014 3:09 PM

"In our schools, “the emphasis is on what students need to learn, whereas little emphasis—if any—is placed on training students how they should go about learning the content and what skills will promote efficient studying to support robust learning,” writes John Dunlosky, professor of psychology at Kent State University in Ohio..."

Terry Doherty's curator insight, June 2, 2014 6:02 PM

Until I had a child, it never dawned on me that she needed to learn how to learn ... Oh, how I wish I had had this road map to get us started.

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How to Design a Growth-Minded School

How to Design a Growth-Minded School | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
How Might We design a school that encourages, nurtures and teaches a Growth Mindset? From Curriculum to Culture, here is a School By Design! *This post is based on Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset theo...
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From Curriculum to Culture, here is a School By Design! Developing a Growth-minded school is about growing learners into creative, risk-taking individuals with strong  intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, October 28, 2014 11:57 AM

Developing a Growth Mindset in education is crucial to shifting the culture of schools and reimagine the role of teachers, students and parents in a new school paradigm where learning is not directed by knowledge acquisition but by developing and creating. 

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HOW DO STUDENTS DEVELOP MASTERY?

HOW DO  STUDENTS DEVELOP MASTERY? | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
From Novice to Master… As we learn and develop mastery of a skill, our level of expertise grows and changes with our ability to know when and how to use that knowledge.  In the book How Learning...

Via John Shank, Lynnette Van Dyke, Les Howard, diane gusa, Dean J. Fusto
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This model describes 4 levels of mastery using measurements of competence and consciousness.  As novices, we are in a state of “Unconscious Incompetence”, where we don’t recognize what we need to know.  As we gain knowledge and experience, we transition to “Conscious Incompetence,” where we are aware of what we do not know.  Developing further, the third stage is “Conscious Competence,” where most of us remain.  We have considerable ability and knowledge at our craft, yet it is not automatic; we must still think and act deliberately.  The fourth and final stage is mastery, or “Unconscious Competence”.

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John Shank's curator insight, November 20, 2014 4:12 PM

This concept has very real implications for how students and faculty alike view information literacy skills and knowledge. #ALA #ALA_ACRL #infolit #blendedlibrarian

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

Great Teachers Don't Teach | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
Blogger Ben Johnson outlines constructivist and experiential teaching techniques that go beyond direct instruction.
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'Students learn best when they are in control of their learning. Students must do the heavy lifting of learning and nothing the teacher can say or do will change that. Real learning requires doing, not listening, or observing only. Yet what do we find in every public school and university? Teachers talking, talking and talking while students listen, daydream and doze."

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Tony Meehan's curator insight, October 29, 2014 6:23 PM

'Students learn best when they are in control of their learning. Students must do the heavy lifting of learning and nothing the teacher can say or do will change that. Real learning requires doing, not listening, or observing only. Yet what do we find in every public school and university? Teachers talking, talking and talking while students listen, daydream and doze."

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Teachers, Keep Your Eye On The Prize

Teachers, Keep Your Eye On The Prize | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
TEST We Need To Talk About An Injustice: Keep Your Eye On The Prize
by Terry Heick
TED Talks are great, but in lieu of their site and app and YouTube channel and podcast and erstwhile access, they jumped the shark for me a couple of years ago.
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One of the all time great TED talks surely.  A must for all in education (and outside it.)

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7 Most Useful Truths You Missed from Psychology Class

7 Most Useful Truths You Missed from Psychology Class | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
The most valuable things you can learn from the past few decades’ best books on psychology.
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Some useful insights into how we perceive ourselves and how others may perceive us differently.  An what we can do about it.

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Tony Meehan's curator insight, October 27, 2014 7:41 AM

Some useful insights into how we perceive ourselves and how others may perceive us differently.  An what we can do about it.

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Educational Psychology Interactive: Systems model of human behavior (Overview)

Educational Psychology Interactive: Systems model of human behavior (Overview) | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it

one must not only understand the entities in isolation, but must understand the relationships between or among entities. In this view, it is not enough to first study the development of thinking and then the development of emotion or to identify separate factors that make an effective school, rather these must be studied together in order to understand the relationships among the factors. This systems or organismic view reflects a transactional approach to educational and developmental psychology (e.g., Gordon, 1975; Schiamberg & Smith, 1982; Thompson, 1971) and provides the basis for the framework for studying human behavior presented below. Additionally, Koestler (1990) proposed that each individual component is a holon (simultaneously both a part and a whole) arranged in a holarchy (a never-ending relationship of parts to whole).


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Thoughtful, Interesting and concise piece articulating the complexities of human behaviour, identifying what influences and shapes us as individuals: Cognitive, Affective, Conative, Spiritual and Behavioural (overt action); and then going on to explain how it is we as individuals fit into the cosmos along with its layers of influence from:

Person (as above) 

microsystem (the family along with  local neighborhood or community institutions such as the schoolreligious institutions and peer groups as well as the specific culture within which the family identifies) 

Mesosystem (includes social institutions involved in such activities as transportation, entertainment, news organizations

Macrosystem (international region we live in and more abstract notions of culture, such as how the digital age impacts upon local culture)

Cosmos (the planet we live on, the star we get heat and energy from and the rest of the universe.



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12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | Wake Up World

12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | Wake Up World | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
“Michael Michalko from psychologytoday.com explores 12 things that are not usually taught to us at school.”
Via Charles Fischer, Dean J. Fusto
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This article highlights the challenges and risks inherent in being truly creative. Inevitably it will lead to conflict of priorities within an education system designed for a one size fits all dash for the best grades.
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Brain baloney has no place in the classroom

Brain baloney has no place in the classroom | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: A study published this week brilliantly debunks myths about the brain that pervade the education system
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Another interesting article putting paid to the neurononsense which has bedevilled the world of education for many years.

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How To Burn Yourself Out As A Teacher

How To Burn Yourself Out As A Teacher | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
How To Burn Yourself Out As A Teacher
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What to do, or stop doing, to guarantee burnout as a teacher, in 10 (or fewer) easy steps

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3 constructs to “getting” our students

3 constructs to “getting” our students | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
“Picture a classroom full of students and a lone teacher, who is riffing on some personal opinion she or he has. Now picture the look on the students’ faces as they listen to their teacher. Do you see faces of engagement or detachment?”
Via Dean J. Fusto
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This sums the article up nicely:"Plainly put, the importance of relationships with our students supersedes content delivery. In a study cited by the American Psychology Association, “positive teacher-student relationships — evidenced by teachers’ reports of low conflict, a high degree of closeness and support, and little dependency — have been shown to support students’ adjustment to school, contribute to their social skills, promote academic performance, and foster students’ resiliency in academic performance”"
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Teachers: Behavior is an Iceberg

Teachers: Behavior is an Iceberg | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it

What you see is only a small part of what's really there. Like an iceberg, the bulk of behavior's "mass" is found below the surface; it is what gives rise to the part that is visible.  

 


Via Anne Egros, Ivon Prefontaine, Dean J. Fusto
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Excellent visual reminding us what we probably should know in our dealings with more challenging learners.

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Anne Egros's curator insight, October 11, 2014 10:08 AM

What we must do as parents is, in the face of misbehavior, remember that 90% of what is going on is below the surface.


We must look deep to ensure the child is getting everything he needs, for behavior builds from there.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 11, 2014 2:50 PM

Suggesting that teaching is learning and relational.

 

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, October 15, 2014 6:38 PM

Since most APs deal with kids who have gotten off track, it's important to remember there is so much more to them than their behavior.

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Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity

Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, share the exciting possibilities for improving student learning by teaching young people about how their brains learn.
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it is like we have to teach learners to become aware of their brain, of its power once controlled by them to become successful.  Perhaps metacognition needs to be brought in in early years to avoid some learners becoming so fixed in their view of their learning capacities.

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7 Simple Ways You Can Help Students Pay Attention In A Traditional Classroom

7 Simple Ways You Can Help Students Pay Attention In A Traditional Classroom | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
TEST 7 Simple Ways You Can Help Students Pay Attention
by TeachThought Staff
For many of you, helping students “pay attention” is probably the wrong way to help improve what you’re probably trying to improve.
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Some basic stuff here but worth reminding ourselves to have a look at our own practice to see how it can be tweaked to greater effect.

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Feedback that Fits

Feedback that Fits | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it

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Excellent article on how to give effective feedback.

The power of formative assessment lies in its double-barreled approach, addressing both cognitive and motivational factors. Good formative assessment gives students information they need to understand where they are in their learning (the cognitive factor) and develops students' feelings of control over their learning (the motivational factor).

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America Needs an Education That Prepares Children for Life - Huffington Post (blog)

America Needs an Education That Prepares Children for Life - Huffington Post (blog) | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
The conclusion of the lead investigator after reviewing 75 years of data? "Happiness is love. Full stop." Our schools are not set up for this....

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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"The conclusion of the lead investigator after reviewing 75 years of data? "Happiness is love. Full stop."


So there we have it.  That four-letter word which rarely gets a look-in in the debate about education and, more importantly, learning.  We need LOVE in there as the bedrock for our own learning, our teaching, our subject specialism, our pupils, and probably most importantly, for ourselves.

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What Are The Habits Of Mind?

What Are The Habits Of Mind? | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
TEST What Are The Habits Of Mind?
by TeachThought Staff
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated from a 2012 post.
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"It is not enough to understand concepts and principles and to solve that one problem, as challenging as it might be. The essential outcome is to develop and expand the dispositions of skillful problem solvers who can apply their learnings to an ever-expanding array of challenges not only in commonly taught subjects in school, but also in their communities, in their world and in their lives."


Preparation for life...

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The Requirements For A Great Idea In Education

The Requirements For A Great Idea In Education | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
TEST The Requirements For A Great Idea In Education
by Terry Heick
Every afternoon, after failing to take a nap because I make everything harder than it has to be, I pout down to Starbucks for coffee, and to read.
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Rallying call for A Big Idea in Education.  As it stands education appears to be about stacking up the stats to demonstrate how effective institutions are.  And somehow in many cases this divorces education from learning.  We learn best when we are enthused and have our curiosity piqued.  


The author states: "Greatness, defined in education, is about inspired alignment to the form of the dance, but if it only makes mimics the form of the dance, making it faster or louder or more colorful, it’s not innovation at all. It’s amplification"


Time to slow the dance, step outside it and devise newer, wilder, more creative means of expression.. Time to fly......

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Educational Neuroscience (Wikipedia) | Neuroscience Hub

Educational Neuroscience (Wikipedia) | Neuroscience Hub | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
Learning is the act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthe...
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More on the emerging field of Mind, Brain and Education (MBE) science

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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '

Via Dorian Love, Dean J. Fusto
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A risky exercise in Alternative Provision but maybe this is what is required to get a true understanding of the frustrations of the most vulnerable learners who have fallen through the net from mainstream education.  AP teachers do a fantastic job getting the best out of these learners but imagine what would happen if we could put a process in which fine-tunes the teaching periodically.  I'm a fan already.

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Dorian Love's curator insight, October 25, 2014 6:28 AM

A real eye-opener!

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Maintaining Your Sanity In The Pressure Game Of Teaching

Maintaining Your Sanity In The Pressure Game Of Teaching | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
TEST Maintaining Your Sanity In The Pressure Game Of Teaching
by Kay Bisaillon 
Editor’s Note: You may have noticed we’ve taken a slightly different approach to connected educator’s month.
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Powerful, heartfelt and thoroughly relevant to all educators trying to maintain a clear focus on the learning of our young people.


"Use the question, “What does this do for student learning?” often."

What Can Educators Do?

1. Keep talking


2. Champion student learning


3. Keep listening


4. Keep trying


5. Be brave



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How To Be A Mediocre Teacher

How To Be A Mediocre Teacher | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
How To Be A Mediocre Teacher
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tongue in cheek look at the sheer effort required in order to remain dull, uninspiring and defeated in the classroom.  If you find yourself in here get out of the profession.

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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

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Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

Via Dave Wee, Dean J. Fusto
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Something in here for everyone I should think....

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20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator

20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
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Summary checklist to keep your teaching practice in tune with your learners.  We know so much about how learning happens.  (btw, fear is not one of them) We understand that success needs to be defined differently for each learner. And we know how to do this.  There are NO more excuses. 

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Andrew Burton's curator insight, October 27, 2014 5:31 PM

A useful checklist to stop you getting into bad habits - bigger picture thinking! 

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It's time to teach our kids happiness, says psychologist - Irish Independent

It's time to teach our kids happiness, says psychologist - Irish Independent | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
Psychologist Jolanta Burke says if you ask most parents what they want for their children, they usually point to happiness.
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Call it what you will, focusing on wellbeing and building resilience are keys to developing good, lifelong learners:

Jolanta Burke believes resilience can be encouraged in three ways:

• children can be taught to bounce back after disappointments - for example, if they fail exams

• they can be taught to build up a shield that protects them from hurt in certain situations

• kids can learn how to keep going and the importance of perseverence when facing up to the challenges in life


All good growth mindset stuff

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving | Learning in the 21st century | Scoop.it
By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D, Les Howard
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The key appears to be first to hook learners by allowing them to focus on whatever they are curious about, difficult sometimes for those from challenging backgrounds who may resist sharing what they are interested in, not having the confidence to stand out from the crowd to admit to having a special interest.  But effective learning can only take place for many of these learners when they are free from such inhibitions.  Then metacognition becomes all powerful.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 8, 2014 10:02 AM

The information in this article suggests a strong correlation between curiosity, which we know impacts learning, and students learning to be more metacognitive, especially the concept of students being able to "drive their own brain."


Mr Inniss's curator insight, October 8, 2014 6:39 PM

By even reading this you will be improving your ability to learn!

Sandy Kennedy's curator insight, October 9, 2014 9:21 PM

Metacognition is tied to success in learning. This article shows how it can be taught and also has links to other brain research in this area.