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Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

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Use these ten reflective questions at the end of class to help learners deepen their understandings of themselves and their work.

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MARÍA JOSEFINA AGUILAR LEO's curator insight, March 19, 2015 2:10 PM

añada su visión ...

Richard Varey's curator insight, March 20, 2015 2:15 AM

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Mary Cunningham's curator insight, April 4, 2015 12:35 PM

These would be great questions for the end of any and all PD sessions we do!

Maybe they should take the place of the surveys we usually do?

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Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table

Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table | Technology | Scoop.it
This overview shows the progression of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, how each thinking skill applies in practice, and examples of activities using digital tools.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 24, 2014 9:26 PM

This version of Bloom's Taxonomy has been extended with a sharing component for Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and is listed in the higher order thinking skills. The functional level of sharing is publicly sharing, publishing and broadcasting.

Along with this printable version of Bloom's Taxonomy you will also find links to five resources. Four of these look at Bloom's (in a variety of ways) and one is a research paper that looks at sustainable innovation in teacher practice.

Randy D. Nichols's curator insight, August 25, 2014 11:12 AM

Remediating Bloom for new literacies.

Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, August 25, 2014 2:24 PM

This is a wonderful resource with a jpeg link and a description...thank you for scooping it, Beth!

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A new life for old books

The discovery of a set of old encyclopedias bound for the trash sparked a creative outlet for trained psychologist Julia Strand. Strand breathes new life into old books that would otherwise...
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How We Make Progress

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“Slipping back” isn’t a shameful retreat from our goal—it’s part of the process of getting there.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 6, 2014 9:48 PM

In education we often use metaphors to help our students understand. Are we cognizant of how these metaphors may be interpreted by our students? Is it possible that the metaphors are "setting up false expectations and giving us a misleading impression of what’s going on."

Annie Paul Murphy discusses these ideas in this post. As teachers we are constantly teaching our students strategies, and the strategies are often scaffolded, but that does not mean that the students let go of the old strategies, and only use the new ones. The move back and forth, at times choosing the one that is a known friend rather than the new one.

Our language plays a critical role in our classroom, and this post reminds us that with school beginning soon in the US we must consider how our words may be impacting our students.

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3 Useful Google Docs Add-Ons

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"Google Docs Add-Ons are new tools created by 3rd party developers that add functionality to Google Docs. Users can access and search for Add-Ons through the menu bar in any Google Doc or Spreadsheet."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 30, 2014 9:17 PM

If you use Google Docs and you have not yet checked out the add-ons you might want to look into them. Here are three add-ons suggested by Susan Oxnevad.

* Clipboard by Diigo provides "a sidebar clipboard for managing content." You can copy and paste information onto the clipboard, and move the information into the document as necessary. If you have students using Clipboard by Diigo make sure they also keep track of all their sources.

* Mindmeister is a concept mapping program that will take a bullet point list and create a mindmap.

* Text Help provides highlighting tools.

Additional information on each of these tools is in the post.

Zahid Yakoob's curator insight, July 31, 2014 2:08 PM

Perhaps the beauty of Add-Ons lies in the fact there is an entire store full of 3rd party tools to choose from and users can self-select their own tools. Google has published documentation to help developers create their own Add-Ons, which indicates that new Add-Ons will frequently appear. To grab an Add-On, select the Get Add-Ons option from the Google Docs menu bar to jump to the Add-Ons store. After you select an Add-On it will appear in the Add-Ons menu of all your Google Docs., ready for use.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 1, 2014 2:38 AM

Remember that these are all document by document.

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How To Take Notes: Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

How To Take Notes:  Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart | Technology | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 14, 2014 10:03 AM

It's always a good idea to review not taking skills periodically...  Many students just highlight everything....without actually creating anything useful 

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, July 14, 2014 4:54 PM

Good for students and even teachers!

LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 15, 2014 12:27 PM

Long hand note taking appears to beat typed note taking in many instances.

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Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades | Technology | Scoop.it
Why has the factory system remained such a strong metaphor for education for so long?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 14, 2014 10:17 PM

How many times have you heard or read about the school-as-a-factory, how public schools were created to help move children from farm-to-factory? Today this metaphor may be out of place, but conversations around education still revolve around terms that relate to factories. Think of Common Core and how business has been a prime player in the creation of the standards.

This post explores this issue and provides a number of great visuals that help bring the discussion into focus.

Chris Carter's comment, May 15, 2014 9:44 PM
Thank you!
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36 Brain Breaks for Students - Infographic

36 Brain Breaks for Students - Infographic | Technology | Scoop.it
Brain breaks are short mind-body challenges that offer students a reprieve from routine learning activities. Not only are brain breaks fun, they’re a simple way to refocus students’ energy and get them back on track!

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:25 AM

Here is something fun to offer your students! Thanks Beth!

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 14, 2014 4:27 PM

We all need a break now and then, but for some reason teachers think students can sit still longer than teachers will when they are in a class. Beth Dichter says, "If you find this version too difficult for your students you will find a simpler version of it at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/files/Roll_Some_Fun_Freebie2.pdf "

Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, April 18, 2014 4:02 AM

Kind of Isaac Asimov's Multivac decisions based on flipping a coin, "Heads or tails, gentlemen?" http://www.olivenri.com/machine_won_files/The_Machine_that_Won_the_War01.pdf

 

Educative, no doubt.

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There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb | Technology | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that's how it should be. The term was popularised long ago-

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 14, 2014 1:32 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 22, 2014 12:03 PM

I suspect critical thinking predates the Ancient Greeks. Without critical thinking, humans might not have gotten to that point in history. A great take away from the article is the importance of questioning. A second take away, perhaps hidden away, is the importance of questioning what we think critical thinking is and is not and engaging in conversations.

 

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Concept Mapping/Graphic Organizers

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"Reading Rockets shares that "A concept map is a visual organizer that can enrich students' understanding of a new concept. Using a graphic organizer, students think about the concept in several ways. Most concept map organizers engage students in answering questions such as, "What is it? What is it like? What are some examples?" Concept maps deepen understanding and comprehension."Cast reports: "There is solid evidence for the effectiveness of graphic organizers in facilitating learning." A summary of this finding is that, "When looking across 23 different studies they found a consistent effect on comprehension."



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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 18, 2014 9:49 PM

Graphic organizers often help students understand new concepts, and they may help students find misunderstanding or areas of weakness (and strength). This post provides:

* 7 ideas on how to use graphic organizers/concept maps in the classroom

* 5 examples of use in the classroom

* The benefits of graphic organizers

* Concept maps and assistive technology

* Multiple intelligences/learning styles supported

* Sources that provide graphic organizers including a list of online, downloadable, iDevices, Chrome extensions and printables

* A list of websites with additional information

Many great resources are available in this post.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:41 AM

Some great links in this article to a plethora of resources. 

Sample Student's curator insight, August 20, 2014 8:15 PM

Of great use when making decisions about supporting higher order thinking in assisted learning.

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How To Get Started With Visual Learning In The Classroom

How To Get Started With Visual Learning In The Classroom | Technology | Scoop.it
Humans thrive on visual stimuli, and interaction. We don’t want to hear about the latest tablet, or even read an article about it. We want to see it for ourselves. More than that, we want to experience it for ourselves. We want to press all the buttons, test out the apps, and personalize every feature. …

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 11, 2014 10:10 PM

Research tells us that visuals are an important element of learning, and that when visuals are used in classrooms, yet many classrooms are based on text. This post looks at three areas:

* Bringing Active Learning Back to the Classroom - How much of the time are the learners in your class actively participating as compared to passively listening?

* Embracing Visual - Visuals help many learners understand complex subjects. Experts in many fields can look at images and quickly learn complex information. Are you teaching your learners visual skills?

* Retrieving Practice - "By combining visual training with active learning, students can go from novice to expert in far less time than with traditional study methods."

As many of us prepare to return to school embracing visuals and teaching our students how to interpret visuals has the potential to promote better understanding. This post provides some great pointers and you will find a link to the original research.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 12, 2014 10:10 PM

Seems like a good idea.

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ePortfolios are AWEsome: The Why, How, and What of Student Digital Portfolios - Tackk

ePortfolios are AWEsome: The Why, How, and What of Student Digital Portfolios - Tackk | Technology | Scoop.it
In this session, we will discuss the benefits and purpose of student-created digital portfolios, thoughtfully evaluate considerations for selecting an e-portfolio platform, explore tools for digitally archiving learning artifacts, glean ideas for usi...

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Kimberly House's curator insight, August 11, 2014 1:57 PM

Very thorough guide to using, assessing and making ePortfolios happen. Plenty of tips and suggestions for which apps to use and how to digitise work. Nicely presented and easy to follow. Also does a good job talking about the 'why' of ePortfolios. This is the part I find some of my teachers struggle with.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 9, 2015 8:40 PM

ePortfolios are a great way of collecting artefacts digitally. Have you tried this with your students? 

David Bell's curator insight, April 12, 2015 7:26 PM

There are some great links about ePortfolios here. Well worth a look.

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The Educator and the Growth Mindset

The Educator and the Growth Mindset | Technology | Scoop.it
I am facilitating an in-service on Growth Mindsets for Educators.  I created an infographic, Thinglink, and Slide Presentation of resources that I am sharing below: Thinglink that contains links to...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 26, 2014 11:08 PM

Do you teach your students about growth mindset? Is this a topic of discussion with other staff in your school? Jackie Gerstein has shared three excellent resources in this post that focuses on growth mindset.

She has created an infographic (image above) that looks at fixed mindset and growth mindset, showing how a student may identify based on their mindset.

The next step was putting the infographic into ThingLink and creating links to over 15 resources. Here is the link: ThingLink version of the infographic.

There is also a slideshow that provides additional resources (although some may be repeated in the ThingLink). The slideshow is split into four sections:

* Mindsets

* Historical Background

* The Educator with a Growth Mindset

* Teaching the Growth Mindset to your Learners

Since this post is based on a workshop she provided it is a great resource to share with teachers at your school (or other teachers whom you know). Make sure to check out the resources for students. You may find yourself creating a poster to help your students learn more about growth mindset.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 28, 2014 4:10 PM

Another nice infographic on mindset

David Baker's curator insight, July 29, 2014 5:32 PM

This will be a valuable tool to share in seminar with my new teachers as we look at their students and how the teacher views their classroom.

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MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context

MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context | Technology | Scoop.it
As an experiential educator who has fully embraced technology as a means for allowing and facilitating learner voice, creativity, innovation, inventiveness, the Maker Education movement fits into m...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 3, 2014 10:50 PM

It is rare that I curate two articles from the same author over two days. This post by Jackie Gerstein is an exception. Gerstein has been discussing Maker Education for quite some time and in this post she states:

"...recent discussions with other educators and administrators made me realize that the idea of maker education is often vague and seems unrealistic in terms of regular classroom instruction.  As such, in the future, I am going to associate and discuss Maker Education in the context S.T.E.A.M. – science, technology, engineering, arts (including language arts), math, hopefully, encouraging regular classroom teachers to integrate maker education projects into their classrooms."

What follows is a lengthy list of articles and other resources that may assist you in learning about Maker Education and moving you towards implementing it in your classroom. The image above is also a ThingLink image, and will provide you with links to the same articles.

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21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding

21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding | Technology | Scoop.it

"The ultimate goal of teaching is to do just that – teach, not stand up in the front of the room and talk.

But sometimes it’s easier to talk than to teach, as we all know, especially when we need to cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. We hope students will understand...

The problem is, we rely on these tests to measure understanding, and then we move on. Few of us take the time to address weaknesses and misunderstandings after the tests have been graded."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 1, 2014 10:00 PM

How do you go about checking for understanding? Exit slips may be too late to correct misunderstandings. This post provides 21 suggestions on ways to check for students' understanding. A few of them are listed below. Click through to the post for more information on them as well as additional suggestions.

* Avoid yes/no questions

* Ask students to summarize

* Misconception check

* Peer instruction

WEAC's curator insight, May 2, 2014 3:04 PM

These are all great, but I particularly like this one: 

3-2-1: Students consider what they have learned by responding to the following prompt at the end of the lesson: 3) things they learned from your lesson; 2) things they want to know more about; and 1) questions they have. The prompt stimulates student reflection on the lesson and helps to process the learning.
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The Evolution of Bloom's Taxonomy: Original to Revised to Digital

The Evolution of Bloom's Taxonomy: Original to Revised to Digital | Technology | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 4, 2014 7:10 PM

Check out three versions of Bloom's Taxonomy in this visualization. It includes the original Bloom's, the revised Bloom's, and adds on the Digital Bloom's, which provides a range of suggestions as to how students may demonstrate each level. This is another visual that you may want to share with other teachers in your school.

Sue Alexander's curator insight, April 5, 2014 5:21 PM

I love the clarity of the digital verbs! I think the specific content of the "doing" might allow for a bit of repositioning in the  chart, but it's certainly a great starting point in analyzing the tasks and output of a lesson.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 7, 2014 2:25 PM

It is interesting to see all of Bloom's side by side.