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Using Data to Guide Instruction and Improve Student Learning - SEDL Letter, Linking Research and Practice, Volume XXII, Number 2

Using Data to Guide Instruction and Improve Student Learning - SEDL Letter, Linking Research and Practice, Volume XXII, Number 2 | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Research has shown that using data in instructional decisions can lead to improved student performance (Wayman, 2005; Wayman, Cho, & Johnston, 2007; Wohlstetter, Datnow, & Park, 2008). No single assessment can tell educators all they need to know to make well-informed instructional decisions, so researchers stress the use of multiple data sources. Generally, schools collect enormous amounts of data on students’ attendance, behavior, and performance, as well as administrative data and perceptual data from surveys and focus groups. But when it comes to improving instruction and learning, it’s not the quantity of the data that counts, but how the information is used (Hamilton et al., 2009).

 
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Research in Brain Function and Learning

Research in Brain Function and Learning | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
It is important for teachers and parents to understand that maturation of the brain influences learning readiness. For teachers, this is especially important when designing lessons and selecting which strategies to use.
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Copywriting 101: The Principles of Irresistible Content

Copywriting 101: The Principles of Irresistible Content | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Learn how to take off your marketer hat and transform into a killer copywriter. You can do it. Really.

Via Alessandro Rea, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Alessandro Rea's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:07 AM

“I can’t write.”

It’s the resignation declaration of the self-defeated. It’s also a fat slice of baloney.

You won’t write? You don’t want to write? I’m willing to buy these statements. But “can’t?” Sorry friend, you can.

You’ve been writing your whole life. You write now. You write emails, greeting cards, shopping lists, meeting notes, etc. In your school years, you wrote every day. When you graduated you wrote a resume.

But now, a blank screen transforms you into an anxious, insecure mess.

 

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/copywriting-101-content-principles-ht ;

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How to focus in the age of distraction

How to focus in the age of distraction | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Via Seth Dixon, Jeroen Clemens
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This is valuable at a few different levels. It all comes down to habits and skills. students need this kind of reinforcement from home, school, and other points of contact (clergy, counselors, employers, etc.).

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Sharrock's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:09 AM

This is valuable at a few different levels. It all comes down to habits and skills. students need this kind of reinforcement from home, school, and other points of contact (clergy, counselors, employers, etc.).

David McGavock's curator insight, October 24, 2013 8:18 AM

Surviving in the 21st Century requires choices and knowing what pulls your attention.

Marta Torán's curator insight, November 7, 2013 3:45 AM

Un mapa mental para que nos "enfoquemos".

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you’re just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students’ critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, October 18, 2013 10:18 PM

Fantastic step-by-step, very practical approach demonstrated here. Project-based learning also follows a similar process.

Les Howard's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:00 AM

Great tips for an important topic. Going to try tip 5.

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The "What Works Clearinghouse" | Teaching Practices - NCLD

The "What Works Clearinghouse" | Teaching Practices - NCLD | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Effective teaching practices - The U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established to provide educators, policymakers and the public with a central, independent and trusted source of information.
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Developing Your Intuition For Math | BetterExplained

Developing Your Intuition For Math | BetterExplained | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Our initial exposure to an idea shapes our intuition. And our intuition impacts how much we enjoy a subject. What do I mean? Suppose we want to define a
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How to build a fictional world - Kate Messner - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-build-a-fictional-world-kate-messner Why is J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How ...
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Game developer focuses on social emotional learning (podcast) - CNET

Game developer focuses on social emotional learning (podcast) - CNET | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Game developer focuses on social emotional learning (podcast) CNET Trip Hawkins, the founder of Electronic Arts and EA Sports, is turning his attention to social emotional learning with a new game to help 6- to 12-year-olds develop social skills...
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How To Write Controversial Topics In A Responsible Fashion

How To Write Controversial Topics In A Responsible Fashion | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
When giving advice to new bloggers as to what kind of content grabs the most readers, the most comments, and the most shares on social media, most elder statesmen of the blogging community will say that controversy sells.

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D, Sarah McElrath, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 4, 2013 9:41 AM

Writing about controversy is hard. Those who are attempting to report on controversy need to be objective. Objectivity can be difficult to manage, especially with controversial topics because controversial topics invite, well, controversy--argument, dissent, etc.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 25, 2013 5:37 AM

Looks at blogging --but could be used for debate and other forms of writing/presenting.

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Study: Musical Training Teaches Us to Detect Our Own Mistakes and rapidly make needed adjustments

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New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments.

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"According to this research, people who spend many hours in the practice room not only process information unusually efficiently, but they also do a superior job of not letting occasional errors derail them.

These findings "suggest that playing a musical instrument might improve the ability to monitor our behavior and adjust our responses effectively when needed," (...) In addition, “higher levels of musical practice were also associated with a better engagement of cognitive control processes, as indicated by more efficient error and conflict detection,” the researchers report. Participants who had spent more quality time with their instruments had "a better ability to detect errors and conflicts, and a reduced reactiveness to these detected problems.” (...) In other words, if you hit a wrong note, it’s important to be immediately aware of what you did wrong, but it’s just as important to not hesitate or second-guess yourself. You quickly take stock what happened and move on—a skill the musicians in the study applied to these two tests, and one players can presumably apply to an assortment of everyday challenges."

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Amira's curator insight, October 20, 2013 3:20 AM

"According to this research, people who spend many hours in the practice room not only process information unusually efficiently, but they also do a superior job of not letting occasional errors derail them.

These findings "suggest that playing a musical instrument might improve the ability to monitor our behavior and adjust our responses effectively when needed," (...) In addition, “higher levels of musical practice were also associated with a better engagement of cognitive control processes, as indicated by more efficient error and conflict detection,” the researchers report. Participants who had spent more quality time with their instruments had "a better ability to detect errors and conflicts, and a reduced reactiveness to these detected problems.” (...) In other words, if you hit a wrong note, it’s important to be immediately aware of what you did wrong, but it’s just as important to not hesitate or second-guess yourself. You quickly take stock what happened and move on—a skill the musicians in the study applied to these two tests, and one players can presumably apply to an assortment of everyday challenges."

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Students Can Learn by Explaining, Studies Say

Students Can Learn by Explaining, Studies Say | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Researchers at a national conference discuss how asking students for explanations can deepen their understanding.

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Frank Carbullido's curator insight, June 20, 2013 7:51 PM

Harness their own curiosity by asking them, with careful question framing, to come up with their own explanations.

 

Simple, but powerful.

 

Also, check out one of the cited source, "Analogy in Learning and Reasoning" to learn more about the mechanics of learning through analogy (and some of the problems).

 

All great stuff for helping learners become more autonomous. 

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Running the Business of Science

Running the Business of Science | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Just like any other business, the way science gets done has undergone a rapid transformation in the past 30 years, especially in the context of the Internet revolution.
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Game-based Learning Is Playing for Keeps -- THE Journal

Game-based Learning Is Playing for Keeps -- THE Journal | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The Institute of Play's Katie Salen helps educators understand the valuable connection between digital gaming and classroom instruction.

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Vicki Butler's curator insight, January 29, 2013 1:57 PM

If you have never heard Katie Salen take a moment to find her in action. Check out her video on Dangerously Irrelevant! http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/tag/katie-salen ; I heard her speak at a Pegasus conference in Seattle a few years ago. Inspiring!