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Monday, November 29, 2010

Meta-Cogniton and Engagement!

Elements of Meta-Cognition lead to student engagement.

Read the following article - courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

10 tips for engaging students in learning

High school technology-integration specialist Andrew Marcinek offers suggestions for reviving students' interest in learning. Marcinek set up a Wiki for his English 101 class and outlined a new set of classroom expectations that included reminding students to have fun with assignments and encouraging them to collaborate, share and not be afraid to make mistakes. |  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

From Metac-Cognition to Visible Thinking!

"Visible Thinking is a broad and flexible framework for enriching classroom learning in the content areas and fostering students' intellectual development at the same time. Here are some of its key goals:
  • Deeper understanding of content
  • Greater motivation for learning
  • Development of learners' thinking and learning abilities.
  • Development of learners' attitudes toward thinking and learning and their alertness to opportunities for thinking and learning (the "dispositional" side of thinking).
  • A shift in classroom culture toward a community of enthusiastically engaged thinkers and learners"
This is the opening paragraph on the Visbile Thinking site published by Harvard's research team.

The Visible Thinking Network is international and focuses on how humans think, regardless of language.

The site centers on best practices and focuses on the link between thinking and understanding content.

Take a few minutes on the site and you will find excellent strategies, routines, and examples of instructional strategies ready to be used in your classroom.