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Friday, October 28, 2011

The Effective Use of Learning Goals! Enjoy!

Establishing Purpose for Yourself and Your Students

The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind In their new book, The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind, Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher explain the steps to ensuring that every lesson plan has high expectations and a clear purpose for learning so that students are engaged and goals are meaningful.


Lesson Planning for Engagement

International teacher educator Fiona Baker offers tips to help teachers engage students by answering crucial questions about the "what" and "why" of a lesson's content and its connection to learners.


What Drives Instruction?

To start off a lesson, a dry list of objectives may be informative but it is not as compelling as a driving question that appeals to students' interests, curiosity, and sense of adventure in learning.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Middle school engages students with challenge-based learning

  • Following is an article on engaging students at the middle school.  The article deals with empowering students - very similar to the guided inquiry format.  Enjoy;)
    A middle school in Minnesota this year is offering a new course in challenge-based learning, where students work independently on their own community-oriented projects. The course helps develop students' research, technology, presentation and teamwork skills, said teacher Rick Olson, who acts as guide, rather than a lecturer. "It's entirely student-driven. It's giving them almost total autonomy . . . they can come in and choose a topic that they're passionate about," he said. Grove Heights, Minn. (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Steve Jobs: A creative force in education technology

Jobs often listened to his inner voice and reflected on his thinking.  Here is a article on his contribution to education.

"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice," he told them. "And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."  

Apple's Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday, was seen as an influential and creative force in the field of education technology. As the leader of Apple, which he co-founded in 1976, Jobs' creativity is credited for the development of products, from the Apple I and II computers to modern mobile devices such as the iPad and iPhone, all of which have changed education and held relevance for students and teachers alike. Education Week/Digital Education blog