Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids? -
When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a meltdown in class. Sobbing, she texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined).
I plan on asking my students what they think of this article and what is being discussed about their generation…
This article first appeared on the TeachThought blog.
This first appeared on the Edutopia blog.
"Student ownership is the degree to which a learner feels a natural sense of responsibility and curiosity about their work." This article is from Terry Heick by way of the TeachThought blog.
How To Use Scaffolding For Deeper Understanding - Edudemic -
There are nine simple steps on this visual guide to figuring out how to use scaffolding for deeper understanding of, well, everything.
Are you open, appreciative, flexible, optimistic, and purposeful? This article from the MindShift blog suggests that these are the traits needed to be a successful inquiry-based teacher.
This is an excellent description of inquiry-based learning from TeachThought.
This article from the Edutopia blogprovides a review of effective study strategies.
The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class -
Another way I flipped my thinking about learning was when I allowed students to demonstrate mastery of content by means of alternative assessments. In our Flipped-Mastery Model, we required every student to pass each summative assessment with a 75 percent. I was very rigid on this. A 74 percent was not good enough. But as I embraced alternative assessments, I was pleasantly surprised at how students were able to show me what they had learned without having to prove it on traditional tests. I had students designing video games, making videos and doing art projects. They pushed me to rethink what assessment should look like. Ultimately we saw about 25 percent of our students who regularly chose to do alternative assessments instead of the traditional tests. Alternative assessments helped me flip my thinking about assessment.
Wow…I never really thought of giving my students the option to not take the test and prove to me that they learned it. Not exactly sure how it would work…especially in a social studies/history classroom…
From cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham.