Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient, Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, 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 3: Conceptual Understanding, 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

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Testing and Assessments

The Power of Effective Feedback

Teacher feedback on student work can be a powerful tool to dramatically improve student learning BUT the quality must be good or it can actually have negative effects on student growth. Many researchers and authors give attention to this significant topic. We like Susan Brookhart’s definition and guidance the best. In her book, How to… Continue reading The Power of Effective Feedback

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

Concepts and the IB

I'm a fan of the International Baccalaureate Program. I love the commitment to building a better world through education. I love the inquiry process of learning and the dedication to improving the quality of student thinking. Most of all, I love that the curriculum is grounded in the desire for students to gain conceptual understanding of… Continue reading Concepts and the IB

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

3 studies all educators must read

The best single piece of research on learning is a book called How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School published by the U.S. National Research Council. It's available for free download on the website. The findings strongly support a concept-based approach to curriculum and instruction. Three principles emerged from hundreds of studies on learning:… Continue reading 3 studies all educators must read

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

Throwback Tuesday: The Power of the Conceptual Lens

This is one of our most popular posts from Dr. H. Lynn Erickson, first published on April 23, 2013. Enjoy! Today we are honored to have as guest blogger Lynn Erickson, author, trainer and creator of a systematic method for designing curriculum called Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction. The Power of a Conceptual Lens by  Lynn… Continue reading Throwback Tuesday: The Power of the Conceptual Lens