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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Literacy programs teach students to think like journalists - courtesy of ASCD

The CCSS has a focus on thinking!  Many teachers are trying to decide how to do this.  Here is one option.

The transition to the Common Core State Standards has put news literacy programs in high demand as schools nationwide seek ways to help students hone their critical-thinking and analytical skills. The Maryland-based News Literacy Project is one program intended to help students develop skills to separate fact from fiction when they read news stories and other information. The program partners with journalists who visit classrooms to help students develop a healthy skepticism about what they read. The Washington Post Bookmark and Share

Monday, April 15, 2013

Educator: Teachers need more time for collaborative learning - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Collaborative learning leads to collaborative reasoning - a must for the 21st century.  This article
helps readers think about how to facilitate this process with teachers.

School leaders need to provide teachers with what is needed most to rise to the challenge of implementing the Common Core State Standards -- collaborative learning time, writes Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond. In this guest blog post, she cites the recently released survey data on remodeling literacy instruction from the National Center for Literacy Education. "It found that in schools where educators report that professional collaboration is routinely practiced, trust among all educators is high, and new learning about effective practices is shared much more rapidly," she writes. The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog Bookmark and Share

Monday, April 8, 2013

How design thinking can help students problem solve - a great article on how to teach students to think about problem solving in general terms - but necessary for the 21st century. Courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief.

A growing number of K-12 educators nationwide are adopting design thinking as a way to teach students how to solve problems, writes journalist Suzi Boss. In this blog post, she writes about an assignment in a Portland, Ore., school in which students were asked to design their own shoes. To start, students questioned the public and experts about shoe design, and then pitched their designs to a panel of experts. Boss' blog (4/4) Bookmark and Share

Monday, April 1, 2013

How to help students understand complex works - courtesy of ASCD and Smart Brief

Here is a great article on how to support students when they are learning how to analyze complex materials - developing their thinking:}


Students will be expected to read and analyze complex material -- besides nonverbal works -- under the Common Core State Standards, writes Todd Finley, an associate professor of English education. In this blog post, he offers suggestions and resources for helping students understand nonverbal works, including relationships among ideas or characters and style. Finley's blog Bookmark and Share