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Monday, October 28, 2013

Below you will find a summary of national trends on how students learn. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Top teaching and learning trends focus on how students learn
From brain-based to project-based learning, educators nationwide are experimenting with new teaching and learning strategies that focus on how children learn. This article highlights five key trends, including incorporating music into lessons to improve retention; using games, such as Minecraft and SimCity, to teach academic subjects; and cultivating creativity and curiosity in the classroom through science, technology, engineering and math courses. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (10/14)Bookmark and Share

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Following is a commentary on "de-personalizing" teaching. I am including it here because I think we need to view teaching through a lens that includes what we know about how humans learn - including Costa's work. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How schools can prioritize students' socio-emotional learning
Cognitive learning should include human, social and emotional experiences because "they all go together," write Kathleen M. Cashin, a clinical professor at Fordham University's graduate school of education, and Bruce S. Cooper, a professor of education leadership at the school. In this commentary, they suggest going back to when school was interesting and challenging, rather than isolated and quantifiable, as well as ensuring online learning does not replace teacher and student interactions critical to social-emotional development. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/2)Bookmark and Share