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Friday, July 26, 2013

This is a great video. In it, Dr. Tony Wagner explores what skills students need for the 21st century. Many of them are those habits we have identified through our work on meta-cognition. It is more than well worth the 30 minutes it takes to view it. Enjoy!!

 Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group has identified what
he calls a "global achievement gap," which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future:
 * Critical thinking and problem-solving
* Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
 * Agility and adaptability
* Initiative and entrepreneurialism
* Effective oral and written communication
 * Accessing and analyzing information
* Curiosity and imagination

  7 Skills Students Need for Their Future

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Working backward or the end in mind is how the CCSS were written. Planning is an important life skills goal. Here is a article dealing with those important strategies and how they can drive classroom instruction...courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Helping students learn to plan projects with the end goal in mind
California educator Dave Orphal writes in this blog post about how he taught his students to work backward with the end goal of their project in mind when he had them develop proposals to be presented to the School Site Council on ways to reform the school. He writes that he then launched into the lectures and assignments to guide them in producing this work and offers links to view their proposals online. Center for Teaching Quality/After the Bell blog (7/11)iBookmark and Share

Sunday, July 7, 2013

This article is a must for all teachers!! As you read it, please think about the thinking shifts students will need to use! Coutesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How to prepare students for tests under the common core
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards will largely overhaul assessments, asserts Kristen Swanson, senior educational technology leader for BrightBytes. In this article, she writes about the shifts in context, rigor and synthesis under common-core-aligned assessments and offers examples of each change. These changes, she writes, will require teachers to alter the way they prepare students for standardized tests, in part, by having students research, create and problem-solve -- all while using various sources and tools. T.H.E. Journal (7/2)Bookmark and Share

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mich. school focuses on behavior to improve the learning environment - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief - Here is an article on a program that focuses on positive behaviors - hopefully leading to habituating positive behaviors over time.

Beginning this year, a Michigan elementary school will pilot the positive behavioral interventions and supports system, which teaches behavioral expectations to cultivate a positive learning environment for students. Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Mike Shibler says he expects PBIS to complement the response-to-intervention system already in place in the district. The school joins about 790 other schools using PBIS in Michigan, and 16,000 nationwide. (Michigan) (free registration)
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