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What's A Learning Simulation?

What's A Learning Simulation? | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Clark Aldrich: A learning simulation is an experience designed to rigorously help users develop competence and conviction.   A learning simulation is a combination of modeling elements, entertainment (or game) elements, and instructional (or pedagogical) elements.  These can range from pure media (which do not involve any other humans), to experiences that use coaches, teammates, competitors, and communities.

Learning simulations historically have fallen into two categories.  There are educational simulations that follow the rigor and fidelity of a flight simulators.  And there are serious games, that follow the entertainment model of a SimCity.
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Grit and the Need for Achievement

Grit is best defined as a personality trait with two key components:

1) A passion for long-term goals

2) The powerful motivation to achieve these goals through the necessary work, practice, and time.

 

Recent studies show grit and a healthy need for achievement can have many psychological benefits.
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excerpt: "Lack of grit is the reason why incredibly talented people sometimes never reach success. Because no matter how smart or talented you are, you still need to put in the work and have the resilience to overcome obstacles and continue marching forward when things get tough."

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Reading Sage: Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) | Bloom's Taxonomy vs. Norman Webb's depth of knowledge

The Common Core Standards are the cornerstones of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (scale of cognitive demand) and Blooms Revised Taxonomy (levels of intellectual ability) are the framework and the structures that will be used to evaluate students. Assessing curriculum, developing formative assessments, evaluation curriculum, and evaluation of students knowledge at the highest levels is being shared by two progressive cognitive matrices. Depth of knowledge, and complexity of knowledge is the heart of the more rigorous assessments being implemented in 2014. They share many ideas and concepts yet are different in level of cognitive demand, level of difficulty, complexity of verbs vs. depth of thinking required, and the scale of cognitive demand. Teachers need to learn how the frameworks are used to develop curriculum and how to use them to enhance instructions. Teachers and students can use Blooms Questions Stems and Webb’s DOK questions stems to create higher order thinking and improve achievement. 80% of the PARCC assessments will be based on the highest levels of blooms and the deepest levels of Webb’s DOK. Are you ready to use the DOK or Blooms daily in your class? 

 The links below are a great resources of Blooms Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.Levels of Thinking in Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of KnowledgeHess’ Cognitive Rigor Matrix & Curricular Examples | Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy | Webb’s Depth of Knowledge GuideDepth of Knowledge: Assessing Curriculum with Depth and MeaningBlooms and Webb ComparisonDepth of Knowledge ConsistencyDeveloping Higher Order Thinking Questions Based on Webb’s DOK andFCAT Content ComplexityPARCC Transition Information: AIMS Test and Common CoreDOK Question StemsDepth of Knowledge (DOK) LevelsINTRODUCTION TO WEBB’S DEPTH-OF-KNOWLEDGE LEVELSMathematics Depth-of-Knowledge LevelsDepth-of-Knowledge Levels for Four Content Areas

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Sharrock's curator insight, November 19, 2013 3:37 PM

Links are useful as well as the exploration.

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Cognitive Rigor Blog: The Difference Between Depth of Knowledge and Bloom's Taxonomy: An Example from World War I

Cognitive Rigor Blog: The Difference Between Depth of Knowledge and Bloom's Taxonomy: An Example from World War I | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Rigor And My Learning | Niharika's Flex Blog - BPS Edublogs Campus

Rigor And My Learning | Niharika's Flex Blog - BPS Edublogs Campus | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Cognitive rigor consists of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. These are all cognitive levels of learning. In school,

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John R. Walkup's curator insight, January 9, 2014 6:19 PM

Nice dicscussion of Bloom's Taxonomy from a K-12 student. Always good to see students getting involved in their own learning.

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Algebra - it's everywhere

Algebra - it's everywhere | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Fodder for teen nightmares and centerpiece of fierce debate over what eighth-graders must learn. The very word can twist the stomachs of otherwise well-adjusted adults, dredging up memories of nonsensical X's and Y's and a lifelong loathing of math.
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This is a nonfiction article about the importance of algebra. The mention of mariuana might be offensive to some, but the language is approachable (not very challenging). Meanwhile, it answers some questions that many students ask, questions teachers may not always have the answer to. It happens. We go blank or disconnected. It also suggests cool ideas. This article might be one of the articles an algebra teacher uses to introduce the course, or it may inspire the teacher to use a similar set of articles to avoid the controversial topic marijuana and the related issues. 

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