Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, 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 3: Conceptual Understanding, 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?

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: 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, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

3 Steps for Teaching Innovation to Tackle Complex Problems

This post first appeared on Corwin Connect. On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, making outer space the next battleground of the Cold War. It also sent a shockwave through the American public that demanded improvements in U.S. schools. With current tensions with North Korea, a renewed civil rights battle, and incomprehensible tragedies like… Continue reading 3 Steps for Teaching Innovation to Tackle Complex Problems

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Think about: Becoming vs. Learning

What if learning isn’t the goal of school? In an Edweek article that sure to rock all of our boats, Marc Prensky argues: “The real goal of education, and of school, is becoming—becoming a "good" person and becoming a more capable person than when you started. Learning is nothing but a means of accomplishing that… Continue reading Think about: Becoming vs. Learning

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Try this: Struggle in Front of Students

Step back and think about what your thinking looks like to your students.   If you’re like many knowledgeable educators it may not look like thinking at all.  In fact, it might appear to students that you just magically have the answers and insights they are struggling to reach. In reality we know just like… Continue reading Try this: Struggle in Front of Students

Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Think about… push vs. pull learning

By and large, formal schooling is set up to push learning onto students. Adults decide what they need to learn and when they will learn it. Students show up and (most?) take notes and complete exercises. Contrast that with learning that students pull because they have a reason to learn it. Push vs. pull terminology… Continue reading Think about… push vs. pull learning

Stage 2: Active Processing

Try this: correct misconceptions

Here's an important truth: If we don't address students' preconceptions about topics directly they will likely continue to walk around with partial understanding or misunderstanding. Period. End of story.  The first principle from How Students Learn: Students come to the classroom with preconceptions about how the world works. If their initial understanding is not engaged, they may… Continue reading Try this: correct misconceptions