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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking
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''A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any.'' Precisely.
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Oregon Trail Has Nothing on These Educational Video Games

Oregon Trail Has Nothing on These Educational Video Games | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With the help of grants, academics and big data, developers are trying to transform the way kids are taught and tested
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Inspiring stuff underway;  always great to read about others also working to create truly educational videogames that kids will actually want to play!

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The 21st century pedagogy teachers need to know, and students deserve to experience.

The 21st century pedagogy teachers need to know, and students deserve to experience. | Smart Media | Scoop.it

The skills that are pivotal to achieve the 21st century pedagogy goals are :


- Critical thinking


- Active learning


- Problem solving skills


- Communicating, making connections,creating and expressing oneself in a variety of ways


- Contextualized knowledge. As you can see in the learning pyramid , uncontextualized and non-activity based learning could result in a low retention rate.

 

- Collaborative team work. This is mainly achieved through web2.0 technologies and social networking tools .

 

If you have read the UNESCO’S publication “ The four pillars of education “ you would realize that collaboration is the core element of the four pillars which are :


-Learning to know


- Lerning to do


- Learning to live together


- Learning to be

 


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Schools Teach Common-Core Math to Two Generations

Schools Teach Common-Core Math to Two Generations | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Through parent math nights, letters home, and videos, schools are providing a quieter counterpoint to media critiques of the math standards.
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Oooh, so familiar: 

 

''[Ms Bonds was] watching her 3rd grader do math problems last year, "and I was like, wait a minute, I don't understand what you're doing!" The boy was calculating multi-digit addition and subtraction starting from the tens or hundreds place, and working down to the ones.

"I said, 'You can't do math from left to right,' " Ms. Bonds said.

She soon found out that, actually, he could.''

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From Mine to Ours: Nurturing Empathy in Children

From Mine to Ours: Nurturing Empathy in Children | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Studies show children are born equipped to be empathic, but these skills take time and practice to develop.

 

Empathic children are aware of their own feelings and individuality; are able to relate to common feelings while also distinguishing their own emotions from the feelings of others; can imagine how others might feel in a given situation and respond in a way they imagine might be comforting to that person....

 

An Empathy Timeline

Some studies suggest that the development of empathy has its roots in infancy, though it takes many years for this skill to mature. Babies as young as 6 months old begin using social referencing, looking to the reactions of a parent or caretaker to gauge the safety of a situation or new person. Research suggests that children as young as 14 months offer to help an adult who is struggling to reach something....

 

Strategies for Raising Empathic Children
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by David Sack, M.D.

 http://j.mp/NkPjlb

 


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Such a critical emotional skill in our complex global society, strangely absent from most educational settings.

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