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Current education is all about helping to facilitate critical thinking for our students. It is not so much about our students getting the answer as opposed to HOW they got the answer. Nevertheless, this does create some frustration with some parents and members of the public. Are we doing enough to explain the importance of inquiry based learning?
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Just this week, I asked some of my non-educator Facebook friends to tell me what responses they get when they describe what they do for a living. Overall, the consensus fell into one of these categor
A Colorado school district is trying to prove to the state that its performance-based assessments of student learning work better than state standardized tests.
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Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.
School officials in Grand Junciton, Colo., voted to relent and allow the return of a 9-year-old who shaved her head in support of her friend in chemotherapy
As teachers we are so lucky. We know that when we come to school each day, each day will be different and interesting. We also know that to help students to learn, you need to be a learner yourself...
A recent study examines the benefits of raising a bilingual child, showing that learning two languages early on could help them be more open-minded.
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Created by educators in Australia, this diagram can be a helpful resource for students, as they embark on the inquiry learning process.
Possession of facts is not learning. What is an important skill is the ability to sift through abundant information, identify what is valid and meaningful, then use it to create meaning and express it. This is why student creation is so important in the new economy of information.
I promised Paul Aniceto that I would blog about the Student-Led Conferences that my students held with their parents this school year and elaborate more on the process itself. This is just one of t...
Innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world. But there are a number of ways that teachers can bypass the system and offer students the tools and experiences that spur an innovative mindset. Here are ten ideas.
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.
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My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer i
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