- Design a group project in which the students work in phases.
- Develop an element of the project that allows group members to make their own choices.
- Within a group project, include a component requiring individual students to submit non-onerous individual work.
- Devote a segment (30 minutes or so) during class before all group projects begin to implement two important steps.
- Prepare students to expect the unexpected.
If we aren’t “comfortable with not knowing”, there’s no chance that we will ever truly embrace questioning because questioning is an inherently vulnerable act — particularly in environments where being successful is synonymous with “having the right answer.” So I whipped up a handout that I plan to use whenever we are studying a new topic.
Adopting a comfortable “I don’t know” attitude is far more accurate for what we need to do as educators then pretending we know it all. It sounds counterintuitive, I know. After all, in many job interviews, “I don’t know” stereotypically shows a lack of experience in the field, right? (I would argue that this is also starting to evolve, however.)
But in school where every client is a work in progress, we need to cultivate a certain excitement in not knowing something. Modeling an excited “I don’t know” attitude is the brass doorknob that opens the portal to finding answers together.
image via flickr:CC | cowbite
How does your classroom honor “I don’t know?” What strategies do you use to help them find their own answers?
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Strong Bad’s Twitter Updated for the first time yesterday, which strongly implies that the time is nigh…
- Editor of homestarrunnerandstrongbad
Robert J. Sternberg, a professor of human development at Cornell and an author of books on teaching and intelligence, said, “A video can measure creativity, initiative and practical skills in a way a typical standardized assessment does not,” but it is not “a substitute for a high school transcript.”
“The video is also susceptible to bias in scoring,” he added, “for example, with regard to the attractiveness, ethnicity, weight or other perceived physical features of the video maker.”
The New Conversation seems to open the door to discussion of issues from standards to teacher training to materials to the Core itself (the New Conversation insists that local control is totally alive and well). The New Conversation allows that maybe teachers are actually important when it comes to schools and education (and not in the old “you are so important that everything bad must be your fault” way).
But the New Conversation holds onto many old beliefs about excellence and achievement and choice and charters and accountability and teacher job protections.
U.S. schools are now dealing with the fallout from the dramatic spike in the number of children and teenagers who crossed into the United States unaccompanied by family; the Supreme Court has ruled that they have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status.
The district’s goal is to get them assimilated, and after a semester or more, if necessary, back into a regular high school. There, they can earn a high diploma, even if that means participating in adult education programs and going to school until they are 21.
"They just crave it, and they will come and ask questions," said Lori Ott, their English language teacher, after her students cheerfully waved goodbye for the day. "How do you say this? And, how do you say that? They just participate and you can’t say enough about them."
Should gifted and talented programs be allocated on the basis of cognitive ability, or a broader combination of ability and achievement? Should there be a singled admission threshold, or a lower bar for disadvantaged students?
Happy International Coffee Day! Bottoms up!
From the TED-Ed Lesson The case of the vanishing honeybees - Emma Bryce
Animation by Lillian Chan
What are the hardest languages to learn?
Some languages would require more than a year of study for a native English speaker, while others would take just weeks. Regardless of what language you study, your brain will reap the benefits.
Follow up: not better than cannoli but still pretty good.