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A Model for the National Assessment of Higher Orde

In our view, a rich, substantive concept of critical thinking, and it alone, provides an intelligible and workable means of meeting all 21 criteria. In this section we will briefly consider each objective in turn, not as a definitive response to the criteria, but merely to suggest the fuller response in Section Three below.

 

Section Three: The Four Domains of Critical Thinking

What are the four component domains of critical thinking and their implications for the assessment of higher order thinking?

 

 

 


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You Can Learn to Love Criticism. Here's How. - InformED

You Can Learn to Love Criticism. Here's How. - InformED | school improvement process | Scoop.it

"Stephen King's first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas.' Oprah Winfrey was fired as an evening news reporter for Baltimore's WJZ-TV because she couldn't separate her emotions from her stories. Steve Job was fired from the company he started, Apple, but was desperately brought back in to save in 1997."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 19, 6:40 AM

What is similar about all the situations mentioned above? In each, the individual was criticized, but they each moved on and became public figures who were incredibly successful. They learned from criticism.

This post explores criticism, sharing a section on how criticism originally focused on literary criticism, which was also at a time when many could not read or write, and tracing the history forward to today, where we often use the word feedback.

The post provides insight into why people often react negatively to criticism and then moves to ways to embrace criticism. Below are three examples from the post. More information on each is in the post as are additional ideas...and think about this as a type of mindset that may help our learners move forward.

* Be intellectually humble.

* Remember your own human tendency to criticize.

* Lower your defenses and take responsibility.

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A Principal's Reflections: A Title Doesn't Make You a Leader

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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator

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The educator becomes a connected educator and through sharing, is an active participant and contributor to the connected educator movement.

Being a connected educator means connecting with other teachers to exchange ideas, improve your teaching practice, and in turn, make a change in education. It is only through being connected that we can collaborate and help to foster learning for the 21st century and beyond. (Being a Connected Educator)

The gap between what is and what could be in education is larger than it ever has  been.  I believe this is largely due to technology and the ability to establish global connections because of social media. Educators are more connected and more aware about education trends than any time in the history of public education.

Imagine how education could be transformed if all educators use their own personal, often passion-driven voices. The bottom line is that if any individual educator believes there are flaws in the education, that it can be done better, then s/he has the responsibility to say something. I reaching the point that I am starting to believe it is a moral imperative for educators to share what they know to be true with other educators; and with administrators, students’ families, community members, politicians . . . the larger global society.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=practice

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 31, 9:34 PM

I don't think this is a new responsibility, but it is important.

 

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, April 1, 10:50 AM

J'aime ce post parce qu'effectivement, tout prof devient de facto une source pour les autres en matière de connaissance. Pourquoi pas le partager ?

Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, April 6, 9:50 AM

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better way to pay it forward than through shared learning... education.

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There is much talk these days about the school principal as “instructional leader.” While the purpose of schools is ultimately about student learning, a principal risks getting “lost in the weeds” if her primary focus is on classroom instructional practice. Why is this the case? Because instruction is the result of the ideas, decisions, priorities and values of the people in the organization. In short, the overall instructional landscape is a byproduct of the school’s adult culture. Peter Drucker puts it bluntly (and unforgettably): “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”


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There's been quite a bit of buzz about documentary films that take a look at issues within the American education system. Whether you agree with the point of view of any of these films or not, they are sure to get you thinking.

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Want Your Team Engaged? Then Lead Them

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Students Do Better When Public Schools Get More Money

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"Recent research, however, has found that when schools have more money, they are able to give their students a better education. A new study on those who went to school during the school-finance cases a few decades ago found that those who attended districts that were affected by the rulings were more likely to stay in school through high school and college and are making more money today. The authors, Kirabo Jackson and Claudia Persico of Northwestern University and Rucker Johnson of the University of California, Berkeley, released a revised draft of their as-yet-unpublished paper this week. The benefits were most obvious for students from poor families. They found that a 10 percent increase in the money available for each low-income student resulted in a 9.5 percent increase in students' earnings as adults. A public investment in schools, they wrote, returned 8.9 percent annually for a typical pupil who started kindergarten in 1980. The findings are evidence that public schooling can be a way for children who grow up in poverty to overcome their circumstances, Johnson argued." | by Max Ehrenfreund

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 29, 10:37 PM

I don't agree with this premise necessarily. It might be true, but my experience was that most School managers were so inept in spending the money they were given that is hard to know for sure.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 8, 6:54 PM

This is an interesting and provocative post well worth reading.

 

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This is good--as a new principal you need to create elevator pitches on several subjects, and this is one of them! If you don;t have them, people will not get the information they need, and then they will be left to make something up!

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