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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

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A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.
The post The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future appeared first on Edudemic.
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All seven of these skills can be practiced through Socratic Seminar. The first, critical thinking and problem-solving can be achieved through a combination of a quality text and provocative questions. The second, collaboration across networks and leading by influence, can be achieved by incorporating technology. The third, agility and adaptability, starts with listening carefully to others and appreciating other viewpoints. The fourth, initiative and entrepreneurialism, begins with being brave enough to speak your mind in front of a group of peers. The fifth, effective oral and written communication, is developed through deepening one's understandings through dialogue. The sixth, accessing and analyzing information, can be practiced through weighing evidence and citing sources. And the last, curiosity and imagination, can be fostered by students learning to ask their own questions.

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Ruben Bravo's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:35 PM

To build the furutre we want for our family and  for our communities we need to begin investing in the right mix of skills that will steer us through the path of development.

Bradley McClure's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:29 PM

Tony Wagner's book, "Creating Innovators" has strongly influenced what I know about teaching and why it is important that we understand how the world is changing. The seven skills that he mentions includes critical thinking and problem solving, along with six other vaulable skills. It would be a shame for us as teachers to perpetuate teaching without putting these seven skills at the core of our purpose. Critical thinking and Problem solving are connected to the other seven, particularly in light of the new P21 Framework that is beginning to take off in the world of education. 

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Socratic Seminar and You…Perfect Together – by Julie C. Lyons | Lumos Learning

Socratic Seminar and You…Perfect Together – by Julie C. Lyons | Lumos Learning | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Tips to teachers to improve their teaching by Socratic Seminar.
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A good summary for using Socratic Seminar in the classroom. There are a lot more advanced strategies and ideas around Socratic teaching to help push students into better and better thinking skills. Contact me for more!

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New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever

New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
For students to ask questions, teachers have to start the ball rolling with questions of their own. Check your own methods and discover new resources. (How EXACTLY do we ask good questions of students?
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I definitely agree with the author when he stated that Socratic Seminar was one of the best ways to socialize students to ask better questions and engage in their own learning. We want to have a gradual release of responsibility and Socratic Seminar is one of the best techniques in the classroom to achieve this.

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Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know

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TEST Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know
by Terry Heick
The above image comes from a presentation from Jesse Stommel , an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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A great article with a wonderful title! I wish I had come up with that definition for teaching. My favorite part was the separation of knowledge, wisdom and understanding. How often do we contemplate the differences between those three words? 

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From www.teachthought.com - August 26, 5:49 AM
TEST Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know 
by Terry Heick 
 The above image comes from a presentation from Jesse Stommel , an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Critical Thinking Pathways

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To teach critical thinking, consider applying six definitions of that discipline to the practices of authentic inquiry, PBL, and integrated studies.

Via Amy Burns
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Fantastic article that thoroughly explores the gauge concept of critical thinking. I loved the definition that critical thinking is "the ability to disagree with yourself." Although there are plenty of definitions out there in the world (some of them not useful at all), this seems to capture the spirit if critical thinking in a succinct way.

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Amy Burns's curator insight, August 20, 7:07 AM

Great links to dive further into critical thinking strategies. 

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Is Creative Thinking The Next Big Productivity Hack? - Huffington Post

Is Creative Thinking The Next Big Productivity Hack? - Huffington Post | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Is Creative Thinking The Next Big Productivity Hack?

Via Creativity For Life
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Creativity is essential to productivity. One good idea can transform a classroom or a business by lightyears. Creativity can be taught and practiced using simple techniques that anyone can use. For the Common Core, Socratic Seminar is the perfect vehicle for promoting creative thinking.

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From www.huffingtonpost.com -August 17, 7:40 AM
Is Creative Thinking The Next Big Productivity Hack?
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Are You Creating Confident Students?

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TEST Are You Creating Confident Students?
by Terry Heick
One approach to great teaching is facilitation: decentering yourself.
Charles Fischer's insight:

A great article on why Socratic Seminar is such a powerful tool. Moving yourself from "sage on the stage" to "guide on the side," or de-centering yourself, means your students will take more responsibility and can build their confidence.

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Helping Students See Themselves As Thinkers

Helping Students See Themselves As Thinkers | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
TEST Merging Metacognition & Citizenship
by Terry Heick
Ed note: This post has been updated from a previous post in 2013.
Why should someone learn?
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Those 12 questions could make a fantastic emergent curriculum! The students could map out their own learning through various projects. Imagine spending the month of September just exploring the question: What do I know? and all of the other cluster questions: What is knowing? How do I know something? What levels of reliability are there? And so on!

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From www.teachthought.com - August 6, 8:37 AM
TEST Merging Metacognition & Citizenship 
by Terry Heick 
Ed note: This post has been updated from a previous post in 2013. 
Why should someone learn?
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Socratic Seminar Strategies for the Second Grade Classroom

Common Core Demonstration Teacher Kristi Leader uses the Socratic Seminar strategy in her second grade classroom.
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What a lot of people don't realize is that Socratic Seminar can be used  in any grade - even Kindergarten!

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Two Heads Are Better Than One | Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog

Two Heads Are Better Than One | Pearson's Critical Thinking Blog | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Whether it is in school, at work, or elsewhere, many of us secretly shutter at the suggestion of working in a group. This reaction likely stems from a
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I hope it doesn't surprise people that collaborating helps develop deeper thinking. As the article mentioned, "The students who learned in groups reported having felt that they were given a more thorough understanding of the material than they would have gotten as an individual learner. This greater understanding was achieved through the pooled knowledge, experience, feedback, and perspectives of the group members."

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Finding Success in Productive Failure

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by Thao K. Huynh,  PGY2 Oncology Pharmacy Practice Resident, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Learning is an activity that requires our undivided attention.
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Productive Failure occurs in many constructivist environments where students are responsible for assembling their own learning. In Socratic Seminar, students use productive failure in order to test out ideas until they finally settle on the opinion that makes the most sense to them. The key is to make sure that the students are in a safe enough environment where they can actually have Productive Failure rather than just failure.

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21st Century Learning Coach 's curator insight, August 27, 8:58 PM

Learning is an activity that requires our undivided attention.

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50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

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TEST 50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think
by Lisa Chesser
Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions.
Charles Fischer's insight:

A fantastic list of questions to keep around the classroom and to hand out to the students!

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Sally Sternberg's curator insight, June 30, 9:16 PM

Great questions to really help students organize their thoughts and dig deeper.  

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When High School Students Struggle with Textbook Reading

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Many textbooks aren't even close to authentic reading experiences. Minimize student struggle by identifying purpose, assigning reasonable homework, and teaching them to self-monitor for understanding.
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Because many students struggle with textbook reading, they need time to practice IN CLASS with a variety of texts. Socratic Seminar provides the perfect opportunity because students have to take charge of their own understandings, they share their personal strategies and can practice, practice, practice!

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iPamba's curator insight, June 29, 9:42 PM

Sometimes we forget that post-secondary students often have difficulty coping with reading requirements, especially in courses that introduce them to new disciplines. Too often they are left on their own to sink or swim.

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Has Close Reading Gone Amok? (Part 1) | Burkins & Yaris

Has Close Reading Gone Amok? (Part 1) | Burkins & Yaris | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
In this post we examine IRA's WHAT'S HOT results, which leads us to wonder if close reading has gone amok.
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I really liked the quote, "This oversimplification of a sophisticated process, which involves trying to reduce close reading to a few objective responses in a workbook, is what often happens in education..." Close reading is no exception. Student, quite simply, need time to practice complicated skills. If scaffolding and worksheets are involved, then they need time to practice these skills AFTER the scaffolding has been taken away.

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

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Guest blogger Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.
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In Socratic Seminar, it is important to help students become better creative thinkers by creating a safe environment in which they can share their "risky" and tentative ideas.

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Critical Thinking vs. Creative Thinking

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The Common Core demands students think critically while staying connected and diving into text, yet employers desire workers who can think creatively, connect with people, and dive into their work....
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A great article that clarifies the important differences between critical and creative thinking. A must-read article for teachers!

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One school's nod to Socrates – and Common Core - The Denver Post (blog)

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The Denver Post (blog)
One school's nod to Socrates – and Common Core standards
The Denver Post (blog)
But the Socratic Seminar demonstrates that teaching approaches at the school go beyond that.
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The great thing about #socraticseminar is that even when students are at varying grade levels in terms of reading comprehension, they can all bring their experiences to the table. With experienced facilitators and effective strategies, all students can participate. 

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From blogs.denverpost.com - August 24, 6:47 AM
The Denver Post (blog) 
 One school's nod to Socrates – and Common Core standards 
The Denver Post (blog)  But the Socratic Seminar demonstrates that teaching approaches at the school go beyond that.
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Prioritizing Thinking - Philip Cummings

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Perhaps the most important thing my students need to know about me and our class as we begin the school year is the value we will place on thinking.
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Great idea for the first day of school in any class that focuses on thinking skills! The See-Think-Wonder sets a great tone for the entire year. I'm definitely starting the year with this!

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How To Overcome The Myths Of Creativity - Forbes

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How To Overcome The Myths Of Creativity
Forbes
To get them, we need positive reinforcement as our people build back their courage to start creative thinking again.” Here are his best tips for fostering creativity in your company and your life.
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Almost all of these suggestions can be applied to the classroom. Creativity can be practiced, just like anything!

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Every Voice is Necessary: Helping Socratic Seminar Strugglers - UP Global

The room is still with the unsure silence that marks the beginning of a Socratic Seminar; who will pose the first question, and more importantly, who will be the first to answer?
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One of the best ways to help struggling seminar participants is to use turn-and-talks or think-pair-shares. This allows them to first test out their ideas, hear other opinions, and gain confidence to share. Prepare those students ahead of time: "We're going to do a turn-and-talk and then I'd like to hear from _____________. Here's the question..."

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Critical Thinking Questions for Students that Promote Deeper Thinking

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Critical Thinking Questions for Students That Promote Deeper Thinking | Classification of Critical Thinking Skills that Students Need to Understand!
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A great resource for thinking about questions. Teach your students what the various types of questions are and have them start asking their own! Use Socratic Seminar to promote greater and greater thinking skills in your students.

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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

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Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.
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According to the article: "How to develop this ecosystem? Only two qualities are required: Imagination and bravery." Both of these components can be specifically addressed in Socratic Seminar, especially Bravery.

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.
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Asking great follow-up questions is the key to becoming an effective facilitator.

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How to Use Language to Subtly Project Power

How to Use Language to Subtly Project Power | Socratic Seminar | Scoop.it
Why framing the debate is such a powerful and subtle device.
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For Socratic Seminar facilitators, the projection of power is extremely important. Teachers who "display too mach power" during a seminar will drastically affect how many risks students will be willing to make, and how much critical and creative thinking the students do. Based on this article, as a general rule, facilitators should stick primarily to concrete details.

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Value of Talk at the Middle Level

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Why is talk important for learning? It helps us articulate what we know and believe and gives us the chance to try out different ideas to see if they have credibility under scrutiny from others. If we can learn to listen to others and really hear their arguments, we can then reflect on how they coincide with our own thinking and beliefs and refine our own thinking.
The challenge for middle grades teachers is: In our subject areas, with our content standards, how can we best help our students...
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Middle school students generally love to talk! In the classroom, it's important to distinguish chatting from "reasoned talk." Socratic Seminars provide the perfect structure for students to practice critical and creative thinking.

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The Courage To Think Critically

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TEST The Courage To Think Critically
by Terry Heick
For educators, as a term critical thinking is similar to words like democracy, global, and organic.
You hear people use them all the time, but no one seems to understand what they mean.
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Nice article about critical thinking!

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