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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Strategies and practices for differentiating instruction - courtesy of ASCD

  • On this blog we have often considered how to help students develop their thinking.  However, in this article, the authors recognize students think differently and they share some ideas for differentiating instruction in order to address those differences.
    Sacramento, Calif., authors Katie Hull-Sypnieski and Larry Ferlazzo, both members of the Teacher Leaders Network, offer five strategies for differentiating instruction to meet students' diverse needs, along with five best practices for employing the strategies in the classroom. Among the strategies, they suggest educators first develop trust and build relationships with students to help prompt ideas for creating individual assignments. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Using metaphors to help students think abstractly - Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

  • Thinking deeper is a key phrase that has evolved from the common core.  Ben Johnson has some key ideas to share with teachers - helping students think abstractly - a key requirement for taking the SAT.  
  • The ideas in his post are developed in a book by Rick Wormeli.  Go to this link to find further information.
    In this blog post, educator Ben Johnson suggests teaching students to think abstractly through metaphors and sayings. The ability to go beyond the literal interpretation of sayings, such as "water under a bridge," is an important skill for college-bound students and requires problem-solving abilities, he writes. His students, Johnson writes, learned best when he asked them questions about the sayings to help them decipher the metaphors' true meaning. Johnson's blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Friday, January 13, 2012

How to involve students in formative assessments

Author and high-school teacher Larry Ferlazzo offers suggestions and advice on involving students in the process of formative assessment. Simple activities include having students reflect on what they have learned from mistakes or create goal sheets for tracking their progress, he writes. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q & A blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Why educators should teach students how to fail

  • Teaching students the reality of learning... A good read!
    Elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt emphasizes the importance of failure as a part of learning. Students should be allowed to experience failure and rejection, so they can learn resiliency and become more motivated to succeed, DeWitt writes. He suggests educators share with students their own stories and struggles with failure, then teach students to work through failure and toward success. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, January 7, 2012

How to apply "design thinking" to solving problems in the classroom

  • How to apply "design thinking" to solving problems in the classroom
  • This article deals with a method of thinking used in many classrooms but labeled inquiry.  A good read.
  • Courtesy of ASCD.
    Education blogger Betty Ray in this post describes the six steps of "design thinking," a method of problem-solving she suggests can be used by educators who wish to foster student learning from within the class rather than lecturing from the front of the room. When applying this dynamic approach in the classroom, teachers begin by identifying a challenge or issue and speaking with those affected by it, then brainstorming potential solutions and creating physical prototypes, Ray writes. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story