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How to Write Multiple-Choice Questions Based on The Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

How to Write Multiple-Choice Questions Based on The Revised Bloom's Taxonomy | education reform | Scoop.it
Would you be interested to know how to write multiple-choice questions based on the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy? At the following article you will find 5 Tips to Write a Multiple-Choice Test Based on The Revised Bloom's Taxonomy.

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Stop shooting silver bullets and learn to trust our teachers again | Rebecca Allen

Stop shooting silver bullets and learn to trust our teachers again | Rebecca Allen | education reform | Scoop.it
Auditing classroom performance is not actually possible and it makes no difference to pupils. Brave headteachers must say no
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Support some of the points made here and acknowledge the specific context referred to. Having been in and out of the classroom a couple of times in my career, the only word I used to describe teaching on my return was 'relentless'. Teachers who care and want to do a great job are thinking about their classes and kids 24/7. I think a problem in the past was teaching was a 'private endeavour' and opening up our practices and sharing more is helpful for all. Knowing where your kids are in their progress, helping them improve, having a range of data at your fingertips should make the job of teaching more focused, more enjoyable, less stressful and still enable compliance expectations to be met in a timely fashion. But increased bureaucracy and paperwork for the sake of paperwork is NOT good and yes it can lead to increased workload and stress. Equally for some leaders silver bullets are seen as the panacea for some issues. We need to make sure there are good and efficient systems in place, appropriate use of tech and methodical approaches that builds on where teachers are at and that they own.
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HundrED

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HundrED is looking for new and bold ways to develop education for the next 100 years.
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The Government of Finland recently identified the World’s 100 (HundrED) most innovative and inspiring K-12 education initiatives that put young people at the centre of learning. Exciting as long as we view some of these in situ accounting for social, political and economic context. Then we can determine whether we could adopt, adapt or just find interesting. Great work!
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Teachers for tomorrow

Teachers for tomorrow | education reform | Scoop.it
by Andreas Schleicher Director, Directorate for Education and Skills Anyone flying into Abu Dhabi or Dubai is amazed how the Unite
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An exciting and motivating account by Andreas of teachers' experiences and stories in the UAE. Here there is a confluence of factors that create this exciting and contemporary learning and teaching environment. We have local education authorities with a strong focus on effective practice and high standards of accountability; strong private-public partnerships invested in education futures; a raft of high performing international schools with internationally recruited teachers and school leaders; and a strong government push for innovation.
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The ‘A‘ Word: Accountability — The Dirty Word of Today’s Education Reform

The ‘A‘ Word: Accountability — The Dirty Word of Today’s Education Reform | education reform | Scoop.it
“I think it is very difficult for a person who lives in a community to know whether, in fact, his educational system is what it should be, whether if you compare his community to a neighboring community they are doing everything they should be, whether the people that are operating the educational system in a […]
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You can't be held accountable if you do not have the responsibility. But if you agree to be responsible for certain outcomes as a head or leader, then you can and should be held accountable. And accountable primarily for the ends or the outcomes. Better practice is to enable discretion and flexibility for the means (within commonly understood ethical protocols). This article has some interesting ongoing perspectives on accountability in the education field.
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5 charts that explain the future of education

5 charts that explain the future of education | education reform | Scoop.it

Children must learn social and emotional skills if they are to thrive in the workplace of the future, a new report says.

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Yes, we as teachers and parents (and now grandparents), know how important these are. Here is my simplistic take on why this rhetoric is insufficient. In the 80s teaching in "disadvantaged" schools in Australia, we focused a lot on "social development" skills to build kid's confidence and aspirations. On reflection, this meant less emphasis on fundamentals of literacy, numeracy etc because we didn't seem to have the time. Later both in time and also the higher stake years, the pendulum swings to emphasis on discipline knowledge/skills, exams and guess what, we just did not have the time to spend on what we thought were equally important skills. We cannot have the pendulum swing back and forth to each extreme position. We need a fundamental re-think of curriculum development and structures where we weave these fundamental competencies with core discipline knowledge/skills, in our curriculum, our standards, our assessment in robust and integrated ways. But, the implication of all this, and where we never get to - it requires a fundamental shift in purpose of K-12 schooling, post school pathways, the expectations of universities, and the ways we teach. Our teachers are great cos 1) they know their content and 2) they know how to deliver it and 3) they know their students. But when we are saying the core of the first two need to change, then teachers need to acquire new knowledge, skills and practices - we need to invest in our teachers for any of this to happen.
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Why education is key to lasting peace in Nigeria

Why education is key to lasting peace in Nigeria | education reform | Scoop.it
Kevin Watkins explores the importance of education in ending Nigeria's humanitarian crisis.
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There are places in the world where children are suffering in horrific ways and where their families cannot extricate them; where they cannot leave in search of a better life for their children like my father did soon after world war II and others have done since. And once we have tended to these young innocents' immediate health needs, how do we raise and activate their social and economic aspirations if not through education and opportunities for learning? Even where there is political will and capability, governments cannot do it alone; it needs injection of resources, funds, expertise from NGOs, industry and other private providers, working together for humanity.
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Education Reform Debate Misses the Point

Education Reform Debate Misses the Point | education reform | Scoop.it
Are charter schools good or bad for low-income children of color? It’s a question that will come up a lot in an increasingly polarized politica
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Having taught in 'disadvantaged schools' in Australia, incidentally the most rewarding and inspiring part of my career, there was no doubt that the poverty/low SES cycle was a huge constraint for kids in furthering their potential and for the teachers because you felt helpless in being able to respond holistically. So I am very supportive of this endeavour and what it can achieve because I agree that "a healthy, safe neighbourhood with an excellent public school can help lift children out of poverty" and by doing so enable them to aspire and achieve their full potential.
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Introduction to 21st Century Learning with Helen Soule

Hear from Helen Soule, executive director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), on how education technology is an essential part of the 4 C

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P21 are doing some great work to support the embedding of 21st century skills and competencies in the curriculum
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Education & Skills Today: Going beyond education policies – how can PISA help turn policy into practice?

Education & Skills Today: Going beyond education policies – how can PISA help turn policy into practice? | education reform | Scoop.it
How are policy makers in the United States using data to help districts maximise their impact? And, what tools do districts need to work together in order to build stronger communities?
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In important areas of learning, beyond disciplines, used as part of a broader assessment regime, with good assessment items...there should be some very helpful data available for schools and systems.
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Schools exacerbate the growing achievement gap between rich and poor, a 33-country study finds - The Hechinger Report

Schools exacerbate the growing achievement gap between rich and poor, a 33-country study finds - The Hechinger Report | education reform | Scoop.it
Central to the American dream is the notion that any kid, even one from the poorest of backgrounds, can study hard, do well in school and make it in our society. But many of us fear that the schoolhouse is no longer a path to the middle class. That fear grows with the rising number of U.S. …
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This is striking! A prominent topic in education equity discourse has been about how schools add value to student learning and achievement and how this can be measured. Here, there is evidence that schools and school curriculum can actually exacerbate the achievement gap and compound the socio-economic divide-between schools and between classrooms within a school. We really need to examine the impact of teacher expectations, school resourcing, streaming of classrooms, personalised learning and differentiated curriculum, amongst other things. We have to, for the benefit of all young people, irrespective of their home backgrounds.
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Being Mindful of Cultural Differences

Being Mindful of Cultural Differences | education reform | Scoop.it
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It is so important, not just working with students, but also working with parents and other adults, that you are cognisant of, empathetic to and respectful of cultural difference. Sometimes those points of difference are so markedly different to your own world view that it can be very frustrating if you are not aware or accepting of them. You can't just read about this stuff, you have to talk with people -both those within that cultural group and those who have had the experience in working with that group. Its only then that you can move beyond what is different; and try to find common ground and build fruitful relationships.
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Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills

Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills | education reform | Scoop.it
In a closely watched experiment, students in California are being tested on their social-emotional skills; the results will be used to rate schools.
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How software that learns as it teaches is upgrading Brazilian education

How software that learns as it teaches is upgrading Brazilian education | education reform | Scoop.it

Teaching algorithms aim to change Brazilian education for ever – but where does the teacher fit into the classroom of tomorrow?

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This is potentially impressive-certainly for that particular context. Anything that helps improve teaching and learning - Its worth having a closer look.

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Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education

Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education | education reform | Scoop.it
AltSchools are more than schools. They’re mini-research and development labs, where teachers and engineers are developing the formula for 21st-century education.
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Another instance of a fascinating experiment in transforming teaching, learning and schooling. Yes extremely well resourced and a pretty affluent demographic but there is something unique in bringing bespoke edtech developments, individualised learning and quality pedagogy much closer together. It does require a different approach and lens to teaching, leadership and the role of schooling. Its early days, I'm not sure what their indicators of success are (although I know what I would want them to be) but everyone seems really well intentioned. I do not worry this experiment will have negative consequences for the young students  but I do worry it becomes another 'fad' that has limited application on a larger and more diverse scale. Worth visiting AltSchools soon to see the impact first hand.
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'Without any sense of irony, the chief inspector criticises schools for “a weak theoretical understanding of the curriculum"'

'Without any sense of irony, the chief inspector criticises schools for “a weak theoretical understanding of the curriculum"' | education reform | Scoop.it
One former inspector asks: How much value does the already narrowing curriculum have if it's only local authority community schools that follow it?
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There are various perspectives about a schools inspectorate system like Ofsted in the UK. Having experienced a version of it overseas and a vacuum in Australia, my view is this. It can work well and be supportive of our schools and teachers and in the best interests of our students where there are clear standards; clear expectations about responsibilities and accountabilities; rigorous, professional but not overwhelming monitoring and intervention; adequate resourcing and support; and effective professional learning opportunities focusing on improvement.
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Education lessons from one of the world’s toughest places

Education lessons from one of the world’s toughest places | education reform | Scoop.it
Few countries in the world are worse places for children to learn than Liberia. The official UN statistics paint a picture of a country where most adults and children struggle with basic reading and…
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Continuing on this theme of accountability. There are wonderful examples of public-private partnerships in education successfully attending to the learning needs of young people. There are also dismal ones that have failed to do so. Partners have to take their responsibilities seriously; learn from others' experiences but contextualise it to the region, the people, the culture, the expectations; and then hold themselves accountable.
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New test to assess global competence of teenagers worldwide | AFS Intercultural Programs

New test to assess global competence of teenagers worldwide | AFS Intercultural Programs | education reform | Scoop.it
New test to assess global competence of teenagers worldwide on AFS Intercultural Programs | In this article, you will learn: How the Organisation for…
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At risk of over repetition - absolute fan of embedding a range of competencies and skills like this into schools curriculum, standards, assessment; and ensuring it becomes embedded in teacher preparation, training and practice. Love the research base behind this OECD work and related work around 2030 competency framework. But a couple of reservations: one, the scope of global competency could/must be expanded to include dimension around students' own identity, heritage and the cultural diversity of their own communities; and two, not sure we have test BEFORE the curriculum, standards and practice are embedded or at least are in train (even though this sort of recognised and innovative test will be a driver for change in some respects).
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Human Population Through Time

It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion.

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I know there are versions of this around, but useful insight as we talk to our young people and they think about what it might mean to be a global citizen moving forward!
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Thai education reform: Lessons from Singapore and Vietnam  - The Nation

Thai education reform: Lessons from Singapore and Vietnam  - The Nation | education reform | Scoop.it

Regional success stories point the way, but the junta government has been a slow learner so far

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This is not about Thailand but it is about more consistent messages about what seems to work. If you have the political will as the driver (and quality school leadership I would add), a good curriculum and quality teachers, you are on a winner for learners! Where the curriculum content and standards are benchmarked internationally; where the standards are realistic but challenging; where the learning is stepped out and clear to all; and where there is no content overload but a focus on core content that enables deep and rich learning. Where teachers are recruited as quality graduates; where the system focuses on their ongoing learning and development; where they are able to personalise learning through effective monitoring and differentiation; and where they are recognised by the community and through their pay checks.
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Technology Integration

Technology Integration | education reform | Scoop.it

We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.

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Some great short videos and articles to stimulate us as practitioners and keep us up to date
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Singapore's public and private education providers strive to stay on top

Singapore's public and private education providers strive to stay on top | education reform | Scoop.it
Singapore's dynamic private education sector faces strong competition from prestigious public universities as operators jostle for market share.
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The dynamic education system in Singapore is further reflected in the quality of local government education that is holding its own against international competitors and private providers
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Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach

Coding By Design: A Design-First Approach | education reform | Scoop.it
Instead of teaching coding, start with design thinking and empathy. Have students design a service-oriented app and then figure out how they can build it.
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Whether its coding by design, planning by design, assessment by design...it works well whether with students or with teachers.
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How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system - The Hechinger Report

How Finland broke every rule — and created a top school system - The Hechinger Report | education reform | Scoop.it
Spend five minutes in Jussi Hietava’s fourth-grade math class in remote, rural Finland, and you may learn all you need to know about education reform – if you want results, try doing the opposite of what American “education reformers” think we should do in classrooms. Instead of control, competition, stress, standardized testing, screen-based schools and …
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I know that Finland has been touted as having a great education system but many times with the qualification of its unique cultural context. But, what are the key takeaways here? Teachers and the nation as a whole have a love of childhood and children; teachers are highly trained and have a deep understanding of how different children learn best; teachers are warm, respectful, professional, and valued by the nation; the system encourages teacher collaboration with the freedom to innovate and experiment to improve student learning outcomes. Maybe it is a unique context but all these things can be transplanted to any country or education system as long as the political will is there.
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Are we becoming slaves to standardised assessment? - Global Education & Skills Forum

Are we becoming slaves to standardised assessment? - Global Education & Skills Forum | education reform | Scoop.it
Standardised assessment is a part of life in most modern education systems. In recent years the use of it has …
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You know, if the standardised test is linked to the formal curriculum; if there is test validity; if the items themselves are based on good assessment principles; if the test, comprising items of varying difficulty and appropriate challenge can be taken online at relevant points in time for different children; if there is helpful information for teachers and parents; and if its part of a well rounded assessment regime, then neither students nor teacher should ever be slaves to standardised assessment.  
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Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning

Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning | education reform | Scoop.it

Find information, strategies, protocols, and tools -- including resources and downloads from teachers and schools – to promote curiosity and engage students in asking questions, thinking critically, and solving problems.

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Worth a look - a great compilation to scan for tips and resources on how to go a bit deeper in helping young people further those key competencies (critical and creative thinking amongst others) across the curriculum.

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