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Stage 3: Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction

What No One Tells You About Bloom’s Taxonomy

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson Spread the word: The triangle is not the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. Why does this matter? All good teachers savor “aha” moments—when students demonstrate deep understanding, make connections, or transfer their learning to new situations. Most educators aim for a level of comprehension that moves beyond simple memorization. We want… Continue reading What No One Tells You About Bloom’s Taxonomy

Stage 3: Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

Supercharge Your Classroom in 5 Steps

This blog first appeared on Corwin Connect. Education researcher John Hattie’s ground-breaking research about the factors that influence student achievement gives us much to think about in terms of our habits and practices. It helps us to prioritize initiatives, counteract negative influences, and get rid of practices – such as retaining students – that show little evidence… Continue reading Supercharge Your Classroom in 5 Steps

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 3: Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction, Stage 3: Critical Thinking, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

How to Honor Childhood with Intellectual Rigor

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. Has anyone ever told you that young children aren’t capable of having abstract thoughts? That was the prevailing view when I studied psychology many moons ago. But recent research and practical experience are challenging this conventional wisdom. According to Eager to Learn, the National Research Council’s report on… Continue reading How to Honor Childhood with Intellectual Rigor

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

3 Profound Questions to Strengthen Democracy

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”—Preamble to the… Continue reading 3 Profound Questions to Strengthen Democracy

Stage 3: Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

How Do We Prepare Students for a Complex World?

This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson. Bonus: If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, sign up for Julie Stern’s free webinar, Teaching Big Ideas for Real-World Transfer of Learning. Educators today seem to be faced with a choice: continue teaching centuries-old ways of organizing the world through traditional disciplines such as mathematics and… Continue reading How Do We Prepare Students for a Complex World?

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 3: Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction, wellness

A Cure for Bad-News Fatigue

(This blog first appeared on Share My Lesson). Has anyone else been having trouble sleeping since the school shooting in Florida? Every single life lost before its time is a tragedy. For many of us, this one feels… different. Perhaps it’s the fact that we had three mass shootings so close together. Or that it… Continue reading A Cure for Bad-News Fatigue

News and Trends, Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, wellness

What does #metoo mean for schools?

(This blog was originally published on Share My Lesson) Recent revelations of sexual misconduct from public figures may feel very personal to you. Or it may seem far removed from the incredible demands on your time and attention. Chances are, you want to do something but feel that you simply can’t do much with this issue. What can we… Continue reading What does #metoo mean for schools?

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Big Questions, Big Solutions

How do we empower students to handle complexity -- and change the world? This question has always been at the heart of our work. And we continue to develop and refine resources that show us the way. In the craziness of the last week (I did three days of trainings in Australia, then a workshop… Continue reading Big Questions, Big Solutions

Stage 3: Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Impact the World: Strategies for Transferring Learning

This post originally appeared on Corwin Connect. WHAT IF WE COULD TRULY DO SCHOOL DIFFERENTLY? Picture a fifth grader who has identified animals as one of her passions. She has chosen to work on the problem of endangered species and make recommendations for improving the situation. Monday morning starts off with a Skype conference call with an… Continue reading Impact the World: Strategies for Transferring Learning

Stage 3: Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction, Stage 3: Critical Thinking, Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking, Stage 5: Students as World Changers, Testing and Assessments

Teaching for Transfer

In an increasingly complicated world, it is essential that we honor the research-rich past and harness children’s natural curiosity as we look to the future. How do we move beyond surface learning to reach deeper comprehension? What strategies help students make connections between ideas and use their learning to unlock new situations? This webinar shares… Continue reading Teaching for Transfer