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Thinking about thinking – What is your thinking?

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Years ago, while conducting research for my doctoral dissertation, I spent the morning in a classroom and was forever changed by a question asked of a child, “what is your thinking?” When “Felicia”...

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Building an effective learning environment | Tony Bates

Building an effective learning environment | Tony Bates | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it

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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, March 2, 3:47 PM
Really helpful unpacking of what needs to be considered when creating an effective (online) learning environment - appropriate to consider as more teachers are adopting a 'flipped classroom' approach but without the experience of working in the online space. 
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CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014 | CORE Education

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My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning - TeachThought

My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning - TeachThought | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
Ed note: This is the first part of a two-post mini-series (can you call two posts a mini-series?) The second part of this post will be published tomorrow morning, and will focus on the design cycle of genius hour and passion-based learning.

For the past eight years students in Year Six at Redlands have participated in a Personal Passion Project during Term Four.

It is a way to finish their time in Junior School with a project that connects their passion with all they have learned about managing inquiry/design based projects to that point. Over the years it has proven to be a highlight of the year and has produced amazing results. With a change to the Australian & NSW syllabus we have had to revise our approach to the Personal Passion Project and so now is the perfect time to reflect on the past and identify the lessons learned.

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25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy

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25 Question Stems Framed Around Bloom's Taxonomy

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, January 21, 2015 8:15 AM

Create engaging tasks and assess questioning skills with this useful template to stimulate high order thinking and inquiry in your classroom.

Carla Joyner's curator insight, May 2, 8:34 AM
Lesson planning and the use of questioning is critical to classroom management. It is not just how you handle discipline, but how you run your class to eliminate discipline problems.
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The Power of Digital Story

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Telling our story is an essential part of our humanness. It allows us to feel part of the community that knows our story, and it fosters empathy for those that surround us. Story is a powerful force in shaping mental models, motivating and persuading others, and teaching the lessons of life. Telling story extends back to a time when oral history dominated the tools of communication. And now the flood of technology tools that allow for instant communication has spun us back into a golden age where story again dominates the media landscape.

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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, January 12, 2015 5:45 PM

Great article on the power of story - and the enabling power of technology to allow students to produce and publish their own stories. Implications here not only for the learning process, but for the power of expressing and communicating ideas. 

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Resources for Teachers

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Resources for Teachers - Using assessment data and other tools and information to improve instruction for students

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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, November 17, 2014 1:10 PM

A very helpful post from For the Teachers which outlines three areas of planning in a flow-chart form:

* Concepts - The skills and concepts students will are expected to know or be able to do (at the end of a lesson or unit).

* Assesments - How the students will demonstrate what they have learned.

* Activities and Materials - The materials, activities and lessons that students will do or use to practice skills and gain information.

There is also a great visual that provides  101 Ways to Show What You Know (which may be downloaded as a pdf). This visual has four areas that students may show their knowledge/understanding:

* Visual

* Written

* Performance

* Spoken

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Fanning the Flame of Self-Directed Learning

Fanning the Flame of Self-Directed Learning | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
Five years ago, I attempted something for the first time as a college professor. I'd done it as a K-12 teacher over the years, but this was a first with traditional undergraduate students. I redesi...

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Roger Sommerville's curator insight, December 18, 2014 2:28 AM

Dr Bernard Bull provides us with a great reminder about the challenges of inquiry learning - both for the lead teacher and those engaged in their inquiries.

NAPP 2015 in New Zealand will benefit from reading and digesting Bernard's summary.

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Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

Well-designed project-based learning (PBL) has been shown to result in deeper learning and more engaged, self-directed learners. Learn more about the five co...

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21st Century Fluencies

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The 21st Century Fluencies are not about hardware, they are about headware and heartware. We need to move our thinking beyond our primary focus on traditional literacy to an additional set of 21st-...

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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, June 19, 2014 11:30 PM

A recent conversation with a colleague reminded me of the work around identifying 21st century  fluencies, and the alignment of thinking here with the key competencies in the NZ curriculum.

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50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students - Te@chThought

50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students - Te@chThought | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it

"Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter.

 

Ultimately questions spark imagination, conjure emotions, and create more questions. The questions asked by a teacher or professor are sometimes more glaringly valuable than the information transferred to the students. Those questions spark a thought, which leads to a fiercely independent search for information.

 

If students are the ones gathering that information then they’re the ones learning it and student-driven learning cements lessons into the students’ mind making any lesson more powerful with this strategy. Even though the following list of questions are broken into Mathematics, Literature and Science and Social Science, it’s really just a set of philosophically challenging questions that should be applied to any learning environment.

 

The questions are unrestricted and open the mind up to unfettered thought, perfect for innovation and understanding. The sections begin with Mathematical Questions because for the purpose of this list they’re the most general and therefore the most useful."


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Can Focus On ‘Grit’ Work In School Cultures That Reward Grades?

Can Focus On ‘Grit’ Work In School Cultures That Reward Grades? | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught?

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12 things you should learn for yourself

12 things you should learn for yourself | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
We learnt its better to learn from each other than to competeWe learnt by making mistakes not playing it safeWe learnt we are part of the problem and part of the answerWe learnt to engage with othe...

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Roger Sommerville's curator insight, April 21, 2014 4:08 AM

If we get to realising the contexts we are learning in then maybe we are better off.

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Teach Kids to Think About Their Thinking -- Metacognition

Teach Kids to Think About Their Thinking -- Metacognition | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
Teaching children to think about their thinking, or metacognition, is essential. When learners become conscious of their thinking, they can become aware of their strengths and strategies that are useful to their learning.
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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
By identifying thinking routines for students, teachers can help deepen metacognitive skills that are applicable to all areas of life.

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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, March 31, 2:32 PM
Many fear that learning in open environments, together with shifting the ownership of learning to the learners will result in chaos and an abdication of all teacher responsibility. Not the case, provided the focus of the teacher shifts to providing the essential frameworks for learners to scaffold their thinking and approach to learning - either individually or in groups. 
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The social web

Karen Melhuish Spencer challenges schools to support students to act with integrity online, to offer a curriculum that provokes deep questioning, and to allow students…

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How to Empower Students to Create Change | Edudemic

How to Empower Students to Create Change | Edudemic | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it

It is a great misconception to assume that social change can only be implemented by those who have already reached adulthood. In fact, many young people are transforming their world in ways that put adults to shame. As an educator, you can be the catalyst to help our youth continue to change the world for the better.


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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, January 20, 2015 11:57 AM

Authentic learning is a fundamental concept in modern learning practice, and what better way of achieving this than promoting learning activities that empower learners to change (for good) the world they live in - to feel empowered to do so, and to learn specific strategies and approaches for achieving this.

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Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset | Edudemic

Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset | Edudemic | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it

Can a teacher successfully educate students without becoming a lifelong learner? In the age of accountability and high stakes, it is unlikely. With all of the benefits and advantages that lifelong learners accrue, teachers who adopt this mentality are more than excellent educators: they’re excellent models for their students.


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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, January 12, 2015 5:42 PM

Lifelong learning is a concept often bandied around in the educational discourse. Everyone agrees that it is important - a 'given' in fact, but ensuring there is a consistent and coherent approach to developing the disposition that will ensure it happens is another issue. The four reasons for teachers to adopt a life-long learning mindset provided in this article are a good starting point for constructively engaging with the issue, and to use as a basis for making some strategic actions to begin or further develop a life-long learning mindset. 

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Playlist: 3 TEDx Talks from kids doing amazing things

Playlist: 3 TEDx Talks from kids doing amazing things | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
This Saturday and Sunday, TEDx communities across the globe will be celebrating TEDxYouthDay, a weekend of TEDx events dedicated to the ingenuity of kids worldwide. Every year we’re taken aback by ...

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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, November 13, 2014 7:04 PM

Inspiring stories like these remind us that the most powerful learning results in allowing learners to pursue a passion - not from following a regimented syllabus and being assessed on the basis of being able to regurgitate what has been remembered. Why is it that we celebrate these sorts of examples as the exceptions rather than the rule in our education system. Granted, not every student will be able to perform as exceptionally as these three - but every learner is capable of pursuing a passion and growing and learning as they work their way to their goal.

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The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century New Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century New Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it

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Derek Wenmoth's curator insight, December 10, 2014 8:09 PM

Good summary of the development of thinking about literacy and literacies in modern education - I like the flow from skills, to literacy to fluency. Important to note that the 11 skills identified here are not exclusive - I'm sure you'll think of others ;-)

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Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Questions that emphasize the mechanical on the analytical are out of the list.

In today's post, I am sharing with you this mini guide created by Foundation of Critical Thinking which you can use with your students to help them better comprehend and apply critical thinking in their learning. This could also be a very good resource teachers can draw on to enhance their questioning strategies.

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Федина Яна's curator insight, January 2, 2015 6:38 AM

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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, January 2, 2015 6:00 PM

Very useful guide for teachers.  

Dennis Swender's curator insight, January 3, 2015 3:16 AM

Important considerations for blogs, discussion posts, and short answer responses.

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The Pedagogy of Listening: Inspiration from the Reggio Emilia Approach

The Pedagogy of Listening: Inspiration from the Reggio Emilia Approach | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it
Technology Rich Inquiry Based recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary and 100,000th view. At this time we would like to thank our followers and readers for sharing in this journey of Reggio inspire...

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The 8 Must Have Skills for The 21st Century Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Must Have Skills for The 21st Century Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Passion based learning and learning to learn Sally | Scoop.it

"Here is a wonderful little visual I came across through Edudemic which outlines the 8 skills students need in order to live up to the expectations of the future job market. These skills which are highlighted in the recent report "The Learning Curve"  by Pearson are a big departure from the conventional literacy skills : Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.That being said, the report also underscored the fact that for kids (in developing countries) to get a grasp of the 21st century skills, they need to first master the basic literacy skills.

 

Developing countries must teach basic skills more effectively before they start to consider the wider skills agenda. There is little point in investing in pedagogies and technologies to foster 21st century skills, when the basics of numeracy and literacy aren't in place."


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Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning

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Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning

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Roger Sommerville's curator insight, June 28, 2014 12:39 AM

Mark Basnage has summarised for us the basis of successful learning in the 21st Century - this could be for adults or school age students.

..."think deeply and act as a practitioner of the discipline"

..."embracing failure as an opportunity for growth"

.."shine a light on the processes we use to discover ourselves"

 

It is great to see his ideas fit the 21st Century but do not get side-tracked by digital things.

 

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A Handy Chart Featuring 8 Ways to Do Formative Assessment

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