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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Students Need Knowledge to Think Critically

A great article to make us think about balance in the classroom.   This is an excellent article that supports teaching metacognition within the context of content area teaching.

A timely article for Maine teachers at the high school level as their students receive laptops.

Taken from ASCD Smart Brief

  • A single-minded focus on skills without teaching knowledge is a strategy that has never worked, writes Diane Ravitch, a research professor of education at New York University and co-chairwoman of Common Core. Ravitch argues that schools can't teach 21st-century skills without teaching knowledge. "Until we teach both teachers and students to value knowledge and to love learning, we cannot expect them to use their minds well," she writes. Boston Globe, The (09/15)

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