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The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning

The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
As education continues the march toward a student-driven, project-oriented approach that values intelligent solutions to open-ended problems, it won’t be sufficient to focus on the wonderful discoveries and authentic work that result from an...

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Debra Evans's curator insight, July 11, 2013 5:52 PM

An excellent account of Inquiry. Thought provoking and presents a clear case.

bookjewel's curator insight, July 16, 2013 5:54 PM

Excellent insights

 

Debra Evans's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:11 PM

This is essential reading if you are serious about inquiry based Learning.

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it (Morehead 2012).


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Josh Round's curator insight, February 25, 9:11 AM

'Crucially, Dweck’s research is applicable to all people, not just students. Therefore, school leaders could ask themselves what effect might developing a growth mindset amongst staff have upon learning in a school?'

 

A useful concept here to promote experimental approaches and classroom based teacher development.

joelgalbraith's curator insight, February 25, 10:53 AM

If you're in the business of faculty and staff development, you have tho believe in the growth mindset.

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 26, 10:33 PM

"Parents around the dinner table and teachers in the classroom should ask, ‘Who had a fabulous struggle today? (Morehead 2012)"

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50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students

50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

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Edgar Mata's curator insight, February 21, 1:11 PM

50 preguntas para promover la meta cognición en los estudiantes.

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?"

 


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Kym Reinstadler, SCN Feature Writer's curator insight, February 8, 10:18 PM

A four-year-old asks, on average, 400 questions a day. By the time he or she reaches adulthood, they will ask very few per day. Speaking as someone who’s probably never going to grow up, allow me to emphasize that:

  • Why questions help to find the root of a problem
  • What If questions open up the floor for creative solutions
  • How questions focus on developing practical solutions
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 9, 11:11 AM

Anything that gives students a chance to ask their own questions is a good idea in my opinion.  When the questions invoke critical thinking, it's a double bonus!  Also, writing these questions on any pre-made box would work.  No need to be crafty with scissors and tape.

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2:04 PM

The student teachers need these tips to help them cultivate skills of asking probing questions to become better teachers tomorrow.

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A great overview of the Flipped Classroom

A great overview of the Flipped Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Looking for a short insightful overview of the Flipped Classroom concept? Dr Jackie Gerstein has this wonderful video clip where she explains the essence of flipped classroom. The video is very short, a little over 2 minutes but it really does the job. For those of you looking for more resources and guides on how to integrate this flipped learning paradigm into their instruction, this section has tons of materials to browse through.

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DK Find Out! A New Visual Encylopedia

DK Find Out! A New Visual Encylopedia | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 22, 9:16 PM

This visual encyclopedia comes from the publisher DK. It is new, and therefore somewhat limited but based on the website they have plans to grow it.

This would be great to use with younger students, ELL students and special education students. The site is easy to use and along with the categories shown in the image above you will also find sections called:

* What's New?

* Videos

* Quizzes

* Fun Facts

* Galleries

and coming soon a section called My Space.

As an educator you may create an account and access a lesson planner.

The DK Online World Desk Reference may also be on interest. You need to create an account to use it which takes seconds to do. This site "explores topics in physical and human geography for every country in the world, and practices critical-thinking skills."

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8 Pathways to Every Student's Success

8 Pathways to Every Student's Success | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Welcome to our blog series on how to apply the principles of positive youth development: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy.
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Both critical life skills & work skills…what a concept!

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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Holding students' attention is about activating the right neural network. Strategies include recognizing how focus feels, giving incentives, and adjusting the pace of your teaching.
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A slightly different way to think about ADHD and reminders on how to corral attention

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Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Chris Carter's curator insight, December 13, 2014 2:38 AM

It all starts with us, teachers.

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18 Rules In Education That Should Be Broken As Soon As They’re Learned

18 Rules In Education That Should Be Broken As Soon As They’re Learned | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

Rules are great. They provide order to an otherwise chaotic world and help preserve and perpetuate important ideas. If it weren’t for rules, and the willingness to follow rules, we wouldn’t have language or the ability to communicate.


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 5, 2014 8:55 PM
A number of assumptions about teaching, studying and learning, may be wrong...
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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

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Learning to Learning: 7 critical shifts

Learning to Learning: 7 critical shifts | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
More than anything else, the concept of self-directed, entrepreneurial learning and transfer stand out. Learning how to learn is very different than learning content. In the 21st century, access to content and resources is no longer in short supply, but rather access to learning pathways, and authentic reasons to learn, which is where meaning making, critical curiosity, and resilience come in.

Making that shift in your own mind is important for these dimensions to be relevant in your classroom. The shift is from learning content to learning how to learn.

The takeaways for teachers probably start with the role of the student in the learning process: voice, choice, personalization, self-direction, project-based learning, and other low-hanging fruit of current trends in learning.

Bigger picture, the conclusions are probably more related to educational structures, the form of curriculum, and school design.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 22, 2014 12:24 PM

Learning to learn, self-directed learning, and life-long learning are not just about entrepreneurial achievement, whatever that is. It is about living in wonder and curiosity.

 

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Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning

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Why The Brain Benefits From Reflection In Learning

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Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, August 22, 2013 2:18 PM
Rote learning vs. Reflective learning...I was talking to a middle school history teacher the other day that shared how she has her students take notes in their spiral notebooks. On the left side of the notebook students write class notes, then on the right side they write their "reflections", what did the teacher say that was meaningful to them, how did the class topic relate to something they have experienced, etc. This is a great teaching strategy. Click on this link to read about more good teaching ideas. Parents, you will love to learn this info too!
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 16, 2014 12:56 PM

With all the information coming at us from many directions, reflection is the vehicle needed for learning and understanding to happen.

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9 Tips For Smarter Teaching With YouTube

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TEST Teaching With Video: 9 Tips For Teaching With YouTube
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Let’s face it, times have changed.
The way we learned in school by sitting at a desk with a book, notebook and pencil are no longer the norm.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, November 13, 2014 4:44 PM

For those of you who aren't blocked from YouTube ... great suggestions for how to find and use quality videos in the classroom!

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Why Handwriting Helps You Learn | Visual.ly

Why Handwriting Helps You Learn | Visual.ly | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

" Nowadays, it's less about putting pen to paper and more about turning on your laptop. But are we losing about by letting the art of penmanship die?"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 21, 6:24 AM

Cursive writing? Should we teach it or not? Many states are still requiring cursive writing be taught, but it is not part of the Common Core. This infographic provides information about why it is important that students learn cursive.

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, February 21, 10:17 AM

Uit onderzoek is gebleken dat leerlingen lesstof beter opnemen als ze handgeschreven notities maken. Gewoon leren schrijven en het ontwikkelen van je handschrift blijft dus van groot belang.

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Did I Plagiarize? The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations

Did I Plagiarize? The Types and Severity of Plagiarism Violations | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Plagiarism is a hot topic in the academic world, but it applies in all aspects of our lives. In a country and culture that values intellectual property, it is imperative that we are conscious of plagiarism guidelines and standards. The reality is, in many facets of life, when we make mistakes, we can claim ignorance. But when it comes to plagiarizing, there is little slack given; we are all expected to understand plagiarism guidelines and what constitutes a violation. While plagiarism is never considered acceptable, there are varying levels of severity with different types of plagiarism violations. So are you wondering…

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Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, December 16, 2014 2:05 PM

An important topic for all of us - but this graphic works best for secondary students. 

Digital Gloss's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:06 PM

This is something every writer should think about...

Sébastien Tranchart's curator insight, January 21, 2:55 PM

« Citer ses sources conformément aux normes exigées » et «se conformer aux droits liés à la propriété intellectuelle » sont deux objectifs d’apprentissage du Profil TIC des étudiants au collégial liés respectivement aux habiletés consistant à « 3.0 Présenter l’information » et « 5.0 Exploiter les TIC de manière efficace et responsable » (source :  http://www.reptic.qc.ca/cadres-de-reference/cadre-de-reference-profil-tic-des-etudiants-du-collegial/).

 

Ce document peut donc s’avérer utile pour initier les étudiants, ainsi que les enseignants, aux différents types de plagiat.

 


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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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What Works for Differentiating Instruction in Elementary Schools

What Works for Differentiating Instruction in Elementary Schools | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
what this looks like at Forest Lake
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4 Free One-Week Courses on Problem-Based Learning from BIE

4 Free One-Week Courses on Problem-Based Learning from BIE | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

" The following online classes are developed and facilitated by BIE, and focus on project design, management and assessment. After taking these classes, you will be able to improve your own PBL practice and share your knowledge with others. Additional classes will be added throughout the year."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 21, 8:02 PM

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is a go to site for learning about Problem-Based Learning, and they are offering four free one-week courses during February and March. The courses are:

* How to Create a Driving Question

* How to Manage Student Presentations

* How to Assess Critical Thinking

* How to Include Content and Competencies

You may register for the first two courses now. Registration for the other two will open on Feb. 4, 2015.

Additional information is available on the courses at the website (click through to the course).

There is a maximum enrollment of 300 so if you are interested in checking these out it would be good to go to the website sooner rather than later.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.
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Insightful Tips on How to Integrate Problem Based Learning in Your Classroom

Insightful Tips on How to Integrate Problem Based Learning in Your Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Chris Carter's comment, November 26, 2014 11:52 PM
Thank you, Tom, for sharing. Problem- and Project Based Learning are highly interactive, engaging, and student-focused, making them excellent choices for skill development.
Chris Carter's curator insight, November 26, 2014 11:52 PM

PBL, either Problem- or Project Based Learning. I will take it!

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 28, 2014 9:52 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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The Power of the Educational Infographic

The Power of the Educational Infographic | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 3, 2014 9:52 PM

If you have not used infographics with your class this infographic may be what moves you try them with your students. Research tells us that many of our students are visual learners, and great infographics provide information that is accessible. Mia MacMeekin provides an infographic that looks at four areas.

* What is an infographic?

* Why an infographic?

* What are the benefits?

* Can it change education
* What is the reach?

The joy of infographics is that students can also create them. Take some time to explore this post, and consider using them in your classroom.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 31 Free iPad Apps for Science Teachers

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 31 Free iPad Apps for Science Teachers | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 2, 2014 9:49 AM

Nice selection of free apps for your Science Department.

Karen E Smith's curator insight, December 3, 2014 8:47 AM

Literacy teachers in the content area of science can benefit from this list.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, December 25, 2014 10:07 PM

Free? Yes! Check them out!

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A Framework for Differentiation

A Framework for Differentiation | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

"Differentiation is adjusting and modifying what skills and concepts student learn, what materials the use, and/or how their learning is assessed based on the needs of the students.

Our students are not all the same, so we cannot expect that teaching a lesson one way will reach every student."


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Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 17, 2014 6:57 PM

These differentiation flowcharts will prompt teachers to make good decisions around scaffolding of student learning.  

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, November 17, 2014 7:08 PM

Check out concepts, assessments, and activities for differentiation...

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 25, 2014 8:02 AM

Excellent resources for your teaching and learning environments. Thank you Mayumi for sharing.

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Collaborative Special Education Advocacy

Collaborative Special Education Advocacy | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Special education advocacy help for parents of children with disabilities on IEPs.

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Charmaine Thaner's curator insight, November 16, 2014 12:34 AM

Download this free Ebook and learn insider tips from a parent, retired teacher and advocate!