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Writing To Think: When a Student Can't Write It, Can She Think It?

Writing To Think: When a Student Can't Write It, Can She Think It? | Schoolio | Scoop.it

In 2008, Fran Simmons, an English teacher at NewDorpHigh School in New York—at that time one of the lowest-performing secondary institutions in the nation— devised a simple test for her students in an effort to keep district officials from pulling the plug. First, she asked her freshman class to read Of Mice and Men. Then, using information from the novel, she asked them to answer the following prompt in a single sentence:

“Although George …”

She was looking for a sentence like: Although George worked very hard, he could not attain the American Dream.

What Simmons received was alarming in the truest sense of the word. Some students wrote passable sentences, but many could not manage to finish the line. More than a few wrote the following:

“Although George and Lenny were friends.”


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:49 PM

This in-depth post explores the issue of language impacts our ability to think. After an introduction the post is split into three sections.

The first section explores "the psycholingusitic case for writing education." It is noted that the Common Core states that students in grades 6-12 "should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.” 
And following this raised a different question:
"If a student can’t write it, however, why should we assume that she can think it?"

What follows is a look at language, where we see that the language we learn impacts us in many ways, that some cultures have many words for a word like snow while others do not, that cultures whom have language that have "gendered objects" impacts how people view the objects. 

The second section explores "Can you teach better math and science be teaching writing?" Information is provided about New Dorp High School (in New York). The school implemented a program that included "writing-to-learn" across the curriculum (except for math) and discovered that major gains in writing were apparent by the second year. 

The third section "highlights ten features of writing education that can be used to enhance student learning across all subject areas, ultimately resulting in higher academic performance."

The first two suggestions are below (all are quoted from the post).

1. Vocabulary Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that the concept of a word may change depending on the context in which it is used.
2. Syntax Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that every math problem and essay prompt has a hierarchical structure. 
Click through to the post to learn more about these two features of writing and about eight additional features.

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:23 PM

This article gives compelling evidence that the ability to write effectively is closely linked to the ability to think coherently. The author writes, "Students’ inability to write was contributing to their inability to think, severely impeding intellectual growth across many subjects."



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Educators’ Guide to RSS and Google Reader Replacements | The Edublogger

Educators’ Guide to RSS and Google Reader Replacements | The Edublogger | Schoolio | Scoop.it

"For me, the most annoying part of Google Reader shutting down on July 1 is ensuring that we all continue to appreciate that understanding how to harness the power of RSS is an important skill for educators and students."


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Can 1st Graders Make An iMovie in 20 Minutes?....YES!

Can 1st Graders Make An iMovie in 20 Minutes?....YES! | Schoolio | Scoop.it
The reality of teaching is, at the end of the year there are things that disrupt your normal schedule. Field days, assemblies, testing.....it's all in there.

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Yes We Can!

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11 Mind Mapping Apps for the iPad

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Mind mapping is a method that works for quite a lot of people. Brain storming, idea mapping, thought generation, think tanks – call it what you will. Traditionally done on large pieces of paper, why not use your iPad to create mind maps? You could use these for your own purposes, or “convert” those large flip charts into a smaller, digital version.


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Daniela Ayala's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:45 AM

Mind mapping for Ipad

Lucy Beaton's curator insight, June 25, 2013 10:43 PM

Great!

Connie Wise's curator insight, July 26, 2013 6:06 PM

Many are not free apps

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25 Ways To Use Pinterest With Bloom's Taxonomy

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Recently, I've been spending quite a bit of my time researching how to use Pinterest in the classroom in a way that is meaningful and relevant. I've posted a couple of articles about Pinterest befo...

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Lee Hall's curator insight, June 20, 2013 3:04 PM

I think Pinterest is great for teachers to collect their ideas, but their are some things posted on Pinterest that are not appropriate for students to see.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:56 AM

This is a great example of how to use the Infographic format to educate and share knowledge with others.  It make sense that a teacher would do it.  Fantastic!

Audrey's curator insight, March 8, 2014 5:38 PM

Once you start using these two learning strategies teaching becomes a real pleasure as students will be teaching the topics.  In addition they will be able to give evaluative and analytical commentary.  

Audrey for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk .  

 

This certainly works for psychology at www.hotmoodle.com

 

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7 Awesome Visual Alternatives to Google Docs

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You don't need a degree in rocket science to know that visually organized data appeals more to students than plain text-based scribble. The visual stimulus is quickly captured by the brain and...

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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning

Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning | Schoolio | Scoop.it

"The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement based on the evolution from Education 1.0 to Education 3.0."


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Peter Evans's comment, July 19, 2013 2:28 PM
A useful summary table although I'd emphasise that the different 'versions' of education all have their place - v2.0 does not supercede v1.0
Elke Watson's comment, July 19, 2013 4:49 PM
Thank you. I'm not quite ready myself to do away with teaching professionals or brick and mortal education. I value learning in a group context. I found the second summary table more useful (pedagogy, andragogy, heutagogy)
Veronica Hoyos's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:22 PM

We could talk of the evolution from Education 2.0 to education 3.0 after carrying an evaluation on the impact of the Web 2.0 in education

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Hey science teachers -- make it fun | TED.com

High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) -- and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand.

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Gracie Hoidal's curator insight, August 2, 2014 2:35 PM

I love TED talks so when I came across a science one, I was pretty excited. I feel like this refers to a lot of my classmates because they don't understand science but I love it.

Xavier Fazio's curator insight, August 22, 2014 2:13 PM

Nice perspectives

zehava appel's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:26 AM

ורד אמרה שהסרט מומלץ למורים למדעים ובכלל

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A Nice Blooms Taxonomy App for iPad

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We have recently been talking a lot about Blooms Taxonomy here in Educational Taxonomy and Mobile Learning. Our Blooms Taxonomy section has also grown exponentially to include all the web tools and...

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Ramond Smith's comment, May 5, 2013 3:26 PM
at what rate can one buy a fairly used ipoa and other phones?
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Create Interactive Videos And Publish Them To Facebook With Clickberry

Create Interactive Videos And Publish Them To Facebook With Clickberry | Schoolio | Scoop.it
Clickberry provides users with a number of interesting video editing options such as overlaying hyperlinks, tagging friends or linking to any online video

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Người Họ Lê's comment, May 5, 2013 11:27 PM
Cloud storage with 1GB free space.
Olga Boldina's comment, May 6, 2013 11:28 AM
Thank you for your comment. I hope I`ll get some more information about it!
Pamela Bartar's curator insight, May 8, 2013 2:24 AM

interesting beta version

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What Are The Habits Of Mind?

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"Habits of Mind are dispositions that are skillfully and mindfully employed by characteristically intelligent, successful people when they are confronted with problems, the solutions to which are not immediately apparent.  When we draw upon these mental resources, the results are more powerful, of higher quality, and of greater significance than if we fail to employ those habits."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 19, 2013 9:40 PM

The Habits of Mind come into play when you think about how to solve problems. They are not performed in isolation. When a problem arises you are drawn to the skills necessary to solve it. As teachers we may choose to use the Habits of Mind as we consider skills we want our students to learn and to use in the classroom. For more information on the habits (with a more thoughtful discussion on each of them) check out Chapter 2 of the book "Learning and Leading with the Habits of Mind" available on the ASCD website at http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108008/chapters/describing-the-habits-of-mind.aspx.

Anne Sturgess's curator insight, April 20, 2013 11:42 PM

Great poster.

Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, May 23, 2013 11:22 PM

Habitos mentales para el aprendizaje basado en problemas. cuando no conocemos la solucion ¿cuales son los habitos que nos hacen alcanzar el exito en la tarea?

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Why use iPads in Education?

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To be successful when using technology in education, it is important to focus on engagement, creativity, inquiry-based learning and differentiated instruction rather than on the technological tools...


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