eturn it to the student for corrections. Once acceptable, submit to the blog. I agree about still encouraging proper writing technique, it's what gives structure to our communication. Electronic communication is very vulnerable to misinterpretation. We all need to learn to improve our online communication. I'd see this as an opportunity to promote that. Meanwhile, the artist in me balks a bit at the censorship. I'm sure there's a median there somewhere.…
c knowledge retention. It doesn't measure quality teaching. You can invigorate NCLB in so many ways. Students deserve accountability for their time spent learning, but this accountability should be mandated from a far more local level. Delegate choice to the state level. Encourage authentic learning and assessment over bubble sheets. But above all, make efforts to raise the quality of the school experience. This is difficult to do from the "top down."…
aging productive thinking?
is it integrated into our curriculum?
How do we know? How are we making it visible?
You are all invited to make your Thinking Visible and share your thoughts and experiences!!!…
re of possibilities which we cannot even imagine.
Standards and expectations propel us to excel. However, the NCLB model belongs way back in the nineteenth century. We've learned so much about how children learn, and all children can learn. However, all fourth graders do NOT learn at the same time at the same rate in the same way, and not simply because those fourth graders are all children from different environments--they all have different strengths and talents. Imagine instead that children investigate collaboratively on projects in educational networks that involve experts and peers from around the world so that each student uses the content and language arts skills needed to produce required results. We won't leave kids behind if we expect high standards in a positive and engaging learning environment that encourages strengths rather than punishes progress by deliberating on deficits. Don't we want to base our educational system on more comprehensive research reflective of disciplines that influence learning from managerial success to to brain research? All of those emphasize growth when people are valued and encouraged, when strengths of all the people involved (teacher and learner) become the focus. From the top down and bottom up, isn't it clear that education must move from demoralizing, punishing detractions to positive, professional interactions?
Learning and Teaching in a Democracy
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MindChamps PreSchool Indonesia
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How to encourage preschoolers’ creative thinking ability?
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It takes not only just an academic knowledge to teach preschoolers, you also need tricks and strategies to handle them. In addition, teaching Inquiry lesson, connecting their mind, their understanding with their speaking can be quite challenging, as some kids are still used to be directed and some of them are developing their speaking skill. Based on my experience in teaching Inquiry lesson to my Nursery 1 students, age 2 to 3 years old, I managed and succeed to encourage them to think and figure out the answers by themselves. Let’s find out how!
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rstand my thinking and the actions that I have put to work over the past 16 years to help build an infrastructure that would support non profits in many locations helping inner city kids go through school and into careers.
I encourage you to take a look and lend a hand if you see how these ideas could be applied in other cities than Chicago where the issues of poverty and size compound the problems of education.…
esponsibility is to "kick the bird out of the nest" to let the student try out their own direction.
The question is, as I see it, both about how to "teach" self direction, if you will accept that oxymoron - and how to encourage the self directed learner to be a critical thinker as well. Too many of my doctoral students, and I am relatively sure you see this yourself, ask me what I want them to do.
Thanks for your thoughtful reply,