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Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On

Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Experiential Learning: Just Because It's Hands-On Doesn't Mean It's Minds-On
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I have found this as an issue with a number of schools promoting applied learning. Yes ... they are using their hands but ... is there strong scaffolding around the learning to ensure that there is learning occurring. Worth reading.

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Designing Engaging Assignments

Designing Engaging Assignments | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Three tips for coming up with work that sparks real engagement in your students.
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I challenged myself with the questions: “How do I design a meaningful assignment around this big idea that engages students?” and “How do I get kids to understand the value of the work we do?”
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The Power of Empathy

The Power of Empathy | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Empathy for others doesn’t necessarily lead them to change their behavior, but it does help you better navigate difficult situations.
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Empathy is about opening your heart. I know that this can feel difficult, but I also know that our hearts can hold a lot. Teachers have many opportunities to do this, and developing empathy as a practice can actually make our work as educators easier.
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If We Have to Give Kids Grades, Let’s Let Them Argue Their Merit.

If We Have to Give Kids Grades, Let’s Let Them Argue Their Merit. | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
I sensed the anticipation as soon as I entered the classroom. Groups of students were huddled together flipping through notes and documentation. A few were going back and forth about what they were going to
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love this idea - Appeals Day was a success because it shifted how my students viewed grades. Instead of them seeing grades as a fixed, one-time assessment on their learning. It gave students ownership over their grades, and how they accepted assessments on their abilities.
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Authoring Affluence: A Student-Created Map of Relevance

Authoring Affluence: A Student-Created Map of Relevance | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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Appropriate for students 9th grade and older, the Maps of Affluence assignment asks students to take a closer look at areas designated as 'affluent' or 'wealthy.'
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Six Tips For Creating A Positive Learning Environment In Your ClassroomASCD Inservice

Six Tips For Creating A Positive Learning Environment In Your ClassroomASCD Inservice | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Here are some tips to help you in creating that positive learning environment for all students.
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Students are more likely to learn in a safe learning environment – one in which they feel valued and protected. As you build and cultivate this environment, also be sure to use research-based instructional strategies to be sure students clearly know what they are expected to know, understand, and be able to demonstrate. Building a strong learning environment and using research-proven instructional strategies makes it more likely that students are able to answer “yes” to the questions, “Can I do the work?” and “Will I be accepted here?”
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Are We Over-Planning Students’ Learning Experiences?ASCD Inservice

Are We Over-Planning Students’ Learning Experiences?ASCD Inservice | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Teachers go to great lengths to clearly define the problems our students will solve, how they should solve them, and what the outcomes should be.
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Striking a better balance between over-planned learning experiences and those that involve uncertainty requires a highly structured and instructionally supportive learning environment. It also requires our own willingness to engage with uncertainty. How can we expect our students to take beautiful risks if we aren’t willing to do so ourselves?
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Thinking Like a Coach | Edutopia

Thinking Like a Coach | Edutopia | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Coaches model skills and show athletes how to improve with practice. Feedback on student writing can work the same way.
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Coaches teach athletes how to improve. But they don’t simply yell, “Play better defense!” What would that “feedback” really tell the player?
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New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Creative people seem to possess a unique connection between three brain networks that typically work separately.
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Psychology and neuroscience researchers have started to identify thinking processes and brain regions involved with creativity.
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Getting culture right Part 2: Understanding group psychology - David Didau: The Learning Spy

Getting culture right Part 2: Understanding group psychology - David Didau: The Learning Spy | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
This is the second post on getting cultures right in schools. You can find Part 1, on social norms and using normative messages, here. We are essentially social animals and have evolved to thrive in groups. Although we tend to be disposed to share resources and cooperate with those we perceive as belonging to our group,
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If you want schools or classes to be successful you need to address the peer culture. Teachers and school leaders have some real power in this regard. Leaders can do much to change the characteristics of the group and, thankfully, leaders do not have to be group members to be successful leader.
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What Makes a Collaborative Classroom Work?

What Makes a Collaborative Classroom Work? | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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Reflection and goal setting engage all students in unpacking the specific behaviors that lead to effective collaboration. Doing so with evidence holds students accountable for their individual parts in collective work. These structures and protocols encourage every student to maintain a growth mindset about the hard work of collaboration and emphasize that all students can master the essential skills of communication and collaboration.
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12 Terrific iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills

12 Terrific iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
The following 13 iPad apps are designed dot boost critical thinking skills in kids of every grade level.
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When your students learn to recognize patterns and develop problem solving strategies, their probing questions and insightful answers will enhance instruction in every subject you teach. Gaming is a great way to develop these kinds of skills. From cognitive skills like strategic thinking and problem-solving to abstract reasoning and spatial awareness, gaming flexes plenty of mental muscles in kids (and adults) of all ages.
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Creating a Positive Feedback Culture

Creating a Positive Feedback Culture | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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Creating a positive classroom culture around feedback takes consistent effort and thought. However, the benefits eventually begin to snowball into a classroom of engaged and reflective learners. When the culture of the room is one that truly values the learning process, then students can become comfortable enough to grapple with their own imperfections and accept feedback as part of their growth.
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New ways of thinking about classroom observation and feedback

New ways of thinking about classroom observation and feedback | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Last year Christine Cawsey and Dr Tony Loughland discussed five key questions around observing a class and giving feedback. Today, they return to the final three questions.
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Increasing each teacher’s capacity to redesign and assess their own practice demands new ways of thinking, opportunities for deep collaboration and the willingness of school leaders to engage with academic and professional partners who will challenge, reflect and provide evidence for each school to create its own evidence-informed practices and protocols.
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Sharing research with parents - Teacher

Sharing research with parents - Teacher | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Maintaining strong links between families and schools is important to staff at Westgarth Primary School in Melbourne, which is why they work collaboratively with parents and carers to share the latest evidenced-based approaches to teaching and learning.
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Research shows that families have the first and most significant influence on their children’s learning and development. Parents and carers play a pivotal role in helping their children succeed at school and to be confident and articulate learners. Building and maintaining strong links between families and schools is therefore important in terms of establishing positive outcomes for students.
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A different way to organise the school curriculum

A different way to organise the school curriculum | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
There are good reasons to rethink how we organise the school curriculum. An alternative would be to structure the curriculum as a sequence of proficiency levels unrelated to age or year level, according to Professor Geoff Masters AO.
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The approach Australia has adopted to improving student performance is to specify year-level curriculum standards and to hold all teachers and students accountable for achieving those standards. This clearly is not working; there has been a significant decline in the reading and mathematical literacy levels of Australian 15-year-olds since the turn of the millennium.
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A Practical Guide to Personalization

A Practical Guide to Personalization | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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Essential questions are open-ended, engaging questions that facilitate student inquiry on an individual level; they allow students to find personal relevance in various disciplines while exploring key ideas (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005). These questions can reveal various entry points for teachers to help students find relevance, engage in inquiry, and create meaning while using technology as a tool in the process.
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A Compass for Self-Directed Learning

A Compass for Self-Directed Learning | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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Self-directed learners understand the importance of a clear purpose, success criteria, feedback from their teacher and peers, and opportunities to self-assess and gauge their own progress.
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Ensuring That PBL Is Accessible to All | Edutopia

Ensuring That PBL Is Accessible to All | Edutopia | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Planning project-based learning around three core strategies helps all students get what they need.
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The following three strategies, highlighted by Eric Jensen in Teaching with Poverty in Mind, can help in introducing rigorous content when implementing PBL. While Jensen’s work focuses on working with students living in poverty, these strategies can benefit all students.
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This is NOT a Growth Mindset - Mindful By Design

This is NOT a Growth Mindset - Mindful By Design | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Usually, I try to make my blogs thoughtful and considered. I spend quite a bit of time crafting them, reflecting on them and clarifying my message. (Hopefully, you’ve noticed and appreciated that!) But not today! Today, I’m fed up. I’m frustrated. And I’m over it! Today, I want to take aim at the “wisdom of …
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let’s be 100% clear, our Mindset is NOT a set of behaviours. It’s a set of beliefs.
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Teaching — It’s about Inspiration, Not Information – Tina Seelig – Medium

This is an important reminder that teaching is all about building a relationship with your students. In fact, in today’s world, when information is at our fingertips, we don’t need to go to school to…
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It is up to teachers to light the fuse and see what happens. As William Butler Yeats is quoted as saying, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
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Using Quests in Project-Based Learning | Edutopia

Using Quests in Project-Based Learning | Edutopia | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Questlines—learning pathways that are both personalized and differentiated—build choice into any lesson.
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A math trail is an activity that gets students out of the classroom so they can (re)discover the math all around us. Whether out on a field trip or on school grounds, students on a math trail are asked to solve or create problems about objects and landmarks they see; name shapes and composite solids; calculate areas and volumes; recognize properties, similarity, congruence, and symmetry; use number sense and estimation to evaluate large quantities and assess assumptions; and so on.
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6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom | Modern Education | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom by Irena Nayfeld, TeachThought PD Inquiry Workshop Facilitator Teachers of young children juggle a lot
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Curiosity is a powerful catalyst for learning. Young children want to understand the world around them, and naturally reveal their interests by asking questions – sometimes even too many questions! As educators, we may feel pressure to keep going with our intended lesson plan or to get to our ‘point.’
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Seven Characteristics (and Six Tools) That Support Meaningful Feedback

Seven Characteristics (and Six Tools) That Support Meaningful Feedback | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
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Feedback can improve a student's confidence, self-awareness, and enthusiasm for learning. Over the years, I have implemented different types of feedback and completed qualitative research in which students' reflections on feedback were collected and analyzed to find out what students found useful in my feedback. The characteristics of effective feedback shared in this article come from research-based literature review and the qualitative research completed with teacher candidates over the years. The characteristics are ranked from most to least in terms of what would make students want to act on the feedback. In addition, this article shares technology that is useful when providing meaningful feedback.
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Extending the Silence

Extending the Silence | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
Giving students several seconds to think after asking a question—and up to two minutes for some questions—improves their learning.
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Most people need adequate time to process their thoughts if they are expected to contribute to a conversation. Life is not a 30-minute game show with rapid-fire questions that require low-level answers, plus commercial breaks. Even if it were, one would need time to develop and master the processing skills to compete. FILED UNDER
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How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea

How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea | High Performance Learning | Scoop.it
John Hattie proposes a theory to help educators understand why various teaching strategies work at different stages of learning.
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Our argument is that learning can lead to enhanced skills, dispositions, motivations and excitement that can be reinvested in learning, and can lead to students setting higher standards for their success criteria. When skill, will, and thrill overlap, this should be considered a bonus; developing each is a worthwhile outcome of schooling in its own right.
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