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- HOTS for Teachers: 25 Top Resources For Higher Order Thinking Skills


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 4, 2014 1:37 PM

From guest blogger Laura Turner comes this great list of resources for HOTS! From articles to websites to Livebinders, there will be something here for everyone. Enjoy!

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Project-based Learning Framework

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In this quick post I am going to explain how to use a frame- work for project-based learning, which I have developed and used over the years. I like to use a lot of projects in my classes, but over...

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Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade

Learning to Read Does Not End in Fourth Grade | Open classrooms | Scoop.it
Word-processing skills develop even past fifth grade

 

A new study published in the journal Developmental Science questions that assumption, showing that children are still learning to read past fourth and even fifth grade.

 

The shift to automatic word-processing, in which the brain recognizes whether a group of symbols constitutes a word within milliseconds, allowing fluid reading that helps the reader focus on the content of the text rather than on the words, may occur later than previously thought.

 
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 24, 2014 3:03 PM

"So if fourth-graders aren’t quite reading to learn, then when does the shift toward more complete automatic word-processing occur? According to Coch, that probably happens some time between fifth grade and college—a period she says that hasn’t been studied.


For now, the results strongly suggest that reading skills need to continue to be nurtured during that period. “


This certainly does suggest that teachers beyond fourth grade are still teachers of reading,” says Coch.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 24, 2014 10:09 PM

It might be that learning reading is a life-long learning and becomes more automatic as we practice, but readers never stop learning.

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What an Effective Teacher's Classroom Looks Like

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Teaching experts Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker contrast the characteristics of effective and ineffective classrooms with two simple but compelling lists. 


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Malachy Scullion's curator insight, July 16, 2014 2:06 AM

If only I had this as a beginner teacher!!

Jane Milne's curator insight, July 16, 2014 7:52 AM

Great for back to basics here. Like a teacher MOT

Emma Stear's curator insight, July 16, 2014 8:46 AM

This is great- I like the 7 tips - its going up in our faculty office!

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How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps

How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps | Open classrooms | Scoop.it

"Killing a learner’s natural curiosity doesn’t happen overnight. It can take as long as 12 years, and in some rare cases even that isn’t long enough.

Learning environments focused on standards, assessment, and compliance allow for the implementation of research-based strategies in pursuit of streams of data to prove that learning is happening. Curiosity is nice, but it’s a monumental challenge to measure."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 26, 2014 9:12 PM

As we work with our students are we "killing a learner's natural curiosity" based on what happens in our classroom? This post looks at 12 ways we may be "killing curiosity" in our classrooms, often based on what we are being told to do with our students.
Each of these ideas in explored more fully in the text that follows the image that lists the 12 ways.

As you read through this think about what you might shift, to allow your students to be more curious.

niftyjock's curator insight, November 27, 2014 4:14 PM

Industrialisation of education

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Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration - Jesse Lyn Stoner

Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Open classrooms | Scoop.it
Using collaboration, cooperation and teamwork interchangeably dilutes their meaning and diminishes the potential to create real collaborative workplaces.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, July 7, 2014 4:51 AM

Collaboration is the bedrock of creative solutions and innovation.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 7, 2014 10:11 AM

It is interesting that we use the words quite interchangeably without thinking about context. Several months ago in preparing a presentation I discovered collaboration always has a negative meaning about selling out. The way we approach collaboration is that someone decides what the goals are and everyone else accepts it.

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The Importance of Teaching Critical Thinking

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Critical thinking is a term that is given much discussion without much action.  K-12 educators and administrators are pushed to teach the necessities as dictated by the standardized assessments in ...

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking

 


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 4, 2014 9:16 AM

Teaching critical thinking is often taught as a technique rather than asking pertinent questions which open the subject up for scrutiny.

 

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 5, 2014 1:19 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List

Forget The “To-Do” List, You Need A ‘Stop Doing’ List | Open classrooms | Scoop.it
If you were given a few years to live, how would your life change? More importantly, what would you stop doing? (What do you need to *stop* doing?

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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2014 1:58 AM

If we can't alter 24 hours in every day, we need to stop doing some stuff to make more time for important stuff!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 11, 2014 12:28 PM

I prefer a to be list. Who am I becoming today? That seems like a very important question.

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Five Powerful Questions You Can Ask Students (Visual)

Five Powerful Questions You Can Ask Students (Visual) | Open classrooms | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 9, 2014 7:08 PM

What do we mean by share your evidence? It is a great question. What happens if something is said that does not fit with our expectations and pre-suppositions?

 

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Frédéric Falisse's curator insight, October 10, 2014 6:51 AM

Sans questions pas de raisonnement. 

D'ailleurs, qu'est ce que la réflexion si ce n'est l'enchaînement de questions?

Et l'intelligence ne serait elle pas simplement l'enchaînement de bonne questions? 

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Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning

Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning | Open classrooms | Scoop.it

"We recently discovered the Bay Area’s Prospect Sierra School’s interesting learning model that prioritizes 6 ideas for learning in the 21st century. There is, of course, no single “best” way to pursue “21st century learning”–nor any learning at all for that matter. But seeing the way other inspired educators pursue the idea can teach each one of us a lot. In this model, we appreciate the inclusion of self-knowledge, as well as moving past the idea of content to true disciplinary knowledge–seeing knowledge in context and application."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 26, 2014 9:22 PM

This post shares another visual that provides one model of learning in the 21st century. Specifically, it prioritizes six ideas:

* Disciplinary Knowledge - "Build and apply content knowledge to think deeply and act as a practitioner of the discipline"

* Self-Knowledge - "Experiment and create, while embracing failure as an opportunity for growth in order to design new ideas and solutions."

* Innovation Creation - "Recognize one’s emotional, physical, and learning needs, strengths, and challenges to nurture personal growth and resilience"

* Collaboration - "Share knowledge and resources, building on a diversity of ideas and experiences to achieve group goals and interdependence"

* Responsibility - "Understand one’s impact and influence in a local and global community; cultivate compassion, and take positive action"

* Communication - "Express ideas effectively through varied means of presentation; understand one’s audiences, actively listen; and build connection"

Additional information on each of these six ideas is included in the post.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 27, 2014 1:08 PM

There is no single best way to learn which suggests teaching remains central in the process.

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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

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Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

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TEST 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching by Terry Heick 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching–And 15 That Are Not So Much On Sunday, we’re going to release a basic framework to begin to make sense of what “student-centered learning” mean in...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 15, 2014 9:09 AM

I love this very clear "before and after" set of examples to help us more fully understand the nuances of a student-centered classroom. I think school libraries have been a model of this behavior for years but if you're talking to teachers about how to make the change, this article would be an excellent start.

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A Cornucopia of Multidisciplinary Teaching

A Cornucopia of Multidisciplinary Teaching | Open classrooms | Scoop.it
The synergy of diverse disciplines can lead to a sweet spot. Consider myths and fables for teaching subjects as far ranging as geography, vocabulary, and philosophy.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 8, 2014 9:40 PM

Transdisciplinary is where we want to be. It is about integrating disciplines, thinking, learning, etc. Cornucopia is a great word for the mixing.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 11, 2014 3:24 PM

Multidisciplinary Teaching is a MUST!


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What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking

What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking | Open classrooms | Scoop.it
December 7, 2014
When it comes to differentiating critical thinking from creative thinking, things get a little bit blurry as there is now consensus as to what really defines these processes. This...

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, December 14, 2014 7:56 AM

Great visualization of the ways we may encourage and nurture thinking.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, December 19, 2014 12:05 PM

Since we need to be encouraging (and teaching) both kinds of thinks, visuals like these will reinforce the metacognition of our students.

Virginia L Wallace's curator insight, March 28, 2016 7:16 AM

Excellent piece explaining the differences with comparisons, exemplars, Venn diagrams, and graphics.

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Metacognition: ask, not only ‘What are you learning?’ but ‘How are you learning?’

Metacognition: ask, not only ‘What are you learning?’ but ‘How are you learning?’ | Open classrooms | Scoop.it

Vanderbilt University

 

"Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking.  More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner.

 

Metacognitive practices increase students’ abilities to transfer or adapt their learning to new contexts and tasks."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 25, 2014 9:13 AM

Four assignments for explicit instruction:


  1. Preassessments—Encouraging Students to Examine Their Current Thinking
  2. The Muddiest Point—Giving Students Practice in Identifying Confusions
  3. Retrospective Postassessments—Pushing Students to Recognize Conceptual Change
  4. Reflective Journals—Providing a Forum in Which Students Monitor Their Own Thinking




Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 25, 2014 7:05 PM

Emotional intelligence and learning how to learn might be the two most important teaching work we do for children. It is about connecting with what is important in healthy ways and understanding learning more completely. We can never do this completely, but we should make the effort.

Nicola Parkin's curator insight, July 28, 2014 7:35 PM

Nice! 4 strategies for helping learner learn to learn.

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6 What If Questions that Great Teachers Ask Every Day

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Are you a great teacher? Test yourself by seeing if you ask the what if questions that all great teachers ask.

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Personalize My Learning, Please (Infographic)

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Some of the things we think about when designing personalized learning curriculum. What else do you think about? ~Mia

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 26, 2014 9:00 PM

This infographic, byt Mia MacMeekin, looks at personalized learning and the three areas below. In each area the question is also "How can curriculum design address personalized learning?"

What are the three areas?

* What is personalized learning

* How to personalize learning

* Examples of personalized learning

In each of these areas she also looks at the How, What, When, Where, and Why, providing key words or phrases that help you dig a little deeper into the subject.

Mia MacMeekin has provided an infographic that you could share with others in your building. Today we are asked to personalize curriculum, but support is not always available. This visual will help you better understand some key concepts, and provide you with ideas on how you might move forward.

Andrew Chiu's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:11 AM

A matrix to help consider and design learning resources for more personalised learning.

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School Leadership: Resource Roundup

School Leadership: Resource Roundup | Open classrooms | Scoop.it
For principals and other school administrators, this list of videos, blogs, and articles includes advice and tips on effective leadership strategies, partnering with teachers, and cultivating and retaining strong leaders.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 2014 9:39 AM

The principal who suggested groupthink is OK is on this list.

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How To Use Bloom’s Taxonomy To Write Learning Outcomes

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“By: Scott Davis Business Analyst, Pearson It is often quite difficult to relate inputs to outcomes in the world of education. Traditionally, much work has been done to develop and provide inputs into the process of education.”


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 28, 2014 2:06 PM

The first paragraph points out the challenges we have when we use learning outcomes as measures. Outcomes serve as inputs and outputs which easily fall into instrumental categories which can be managed. These are necessary, but the ultimate keys are context and relationships which are creating learning spaces where each student explores their learning fully. This suggests teaching remains fundamental.

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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Chris Carter's comment, July 10, 2014 11:36 AM
Humility makes sense. Socrates knew that he was ignorant, and therefor was ready to learn. If I think that I already know a thing, or do not need to know a thing, then my mind is closed to it. All learning starts from a point of ignorance, and then move to greater approximations of understanding until mastery.
Srimayee Dam's comment, July 10, 2014 11:43 AM
Absolutely! Most are unable to do so, unwilling to learn .. Being ignorant is fine, but lack of humility won't ever help
umh1467's curator insight, July 11, 2014 4:57 AM

Es evidente que sólo si crees que puedes aprender lo harás.

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20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator

20 things every teacher should do | The Reflective Educator | Open classrooms | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 22, 2014 10:29 PM

Have you considered creating a "core set of teacher practices" that you use and you think other teachers should use? David Wees had done this with this chart of 20 Things Every Teacher Should Do. Check it out and if you have items to add make sure to let him know. 

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, September 24, 2014 3:59 PM

This is not a completely comprehensive list, however,  it is a good idea for trying to focus our priorities in a job that is so multifaceted that it is often overwhelming. I might consider reorganizing the list into action items and philosophical items, and choose one or two a week to focus on. 

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 26, 2014 12:23 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Open classrooms | Scoop.it

"Bringing technology into the classroom often winds up an awkward mash-up between the laws of Murphy and Moore: What can go wrong, will — only faster.

It’s a multi-headed challenge: Teachers need to connect with classrooms filled with distinct individuals. We all want learning to be intrinsically motivated and mindful, yet we want kids to test well and respond to bribes (er, extrinsic rewards). Meanwhile, there’s a multi-billion-dollar industry, in the US alone, hoping to sell apps and tech tools to school boards.

There’s no app for that."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:07 PM

There may not be apps for good teaching but there are ways to think about how you use technology that will improve the classroom. This post provides 8 recommendations. They are listed below but check out the post for additional information.

1. Keep learning goals ahead of the technology.

2. Opt for the open ended.

3. Don't let tech make learning easy.

4. Take feedback seriously.

5. Stay skeptical of individualized learning - for now.

6. Bring in students interests, authentically.

7. Start conversations

8. Make it open, make it better.

There is a lot of food for thought in this post.

Paul Nielsen's curator insight, September 30, 2014 11:03 PM

Great reminder that embedding learning in technology is not a 'revolutionary takeover' of the classroom. To my sceptical colleagues here in the UK, your jobs and traditional teaching methods are quite safe.

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10 Principles of Effective and Authentic Leadership

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There is a great amount of definitions and theories about effective leadership. Each leader chooses their unique formula of success, but still there are keys to authentic leadership that can't be ignored. Here are 10 important principles each leader ...

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Transformational Leadership — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

Transformational Leadership — A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories | Open classrooms | Scoop.it
Transformational Leadership is about transforming the business and changing the organisation’s culture. Here we define the transforming leader and list 7 characteristics of the transformational leader.

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Terry Corby's curator insight, June 8, 2014 2:15 PM

Transformation is my business … this book is a good read and some good tips

MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, June 8, 2014 4:15 PM

El lider transformacional tiene que ver con la trasnformación de la empresa y el cambio de cultura a través de las personas inspirándolas para convertirlos en motores de cambio.

Un artículo muy interesante de Leadership Thoughts

Dyana Mason's curator insight, June 9, 2014 11:36 AM

Seven characteristics of transformation leaders. My favorite is a commitment to lifelong learning. 

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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

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Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learning...

 

Focus ALSO on:

 

5. Emotions.

Emotionally-charged stimuli capture people’s attention immediately. On top of that, the brain remembers an emotional experience better than anything else. In eLearning, you can make this work for you by encouraging emotional response. Many of these tools, such as compelling stories, videos, images, and visually engaging screens can evoke emotion; try to connect emotionally with learners, and they will learn more and better.

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Create shocking, impressive or surprising moments that grabs your learner’s attention right away. 



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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 11, 2014 5:33 AM
5. Emotions.

Emotionally-charged stimuli capture people’s attention immediatelyOn top of that, the brain remembers an emotional experience better than anything else. In eLearning, you can make this work for you by encouraging emotional response. Many of these tools, such as compelling stories, videos, images, and visually engaging screens can evoke emotion; try to connect emotionally with learners, and they will learn more and better.

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Create shocking, impressive or surprising moments that grabs your learner’s attention right away. 


Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 12, 2014 1:50 PM

Δέκα πράγματα στα οποία δίνουν προσοχή οι εκπαιδευόμενοι και ειδικά στο #elearning