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Learning is a process of acquiring knowledge, but more crucially acquiring the habits and tendencies to transfer that knowledge in personally meaningful circumstances.

Misunderstanding The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Framework

Misunderstanding The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Framework  by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Yes, reading strategies–and explicit teaching of them–make a considerable difference, as my previous four blog posts here, here, here, and here make clear. And there is much to like about the idea of the gradual release of (teacher) responsibility in the teaching of those strategies for […]

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Why Students Don’t Always Transfer What They Seem To Understand

Why Students Don’t Always Transfer What They Seem To Understand by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education As a follow up on my series on reading, most recently yesterday’s post on reading comprehension with respect to the gradual release of responsibility model, let’s take a look at transfer. What is transfer, and what does it demand? Let’s go back to […]

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Research-Based? When A Lab Is Not A Classroom

Research-Based? When A Lab Is Not A Classroom by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com Neuroscience research about the learning brain has guided development of powerful, individualized learning tools. The challenge lies in selecting the best edtech tools when commercial interests use invalid scientific claims to support their products. My previous blog addressed the available “consumer report” sources to […]

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“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.”

“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.” by Britten Follett “What is the most unique item your students have created in their Makerspaces?” I asked our SXSWedu panel charged with sharing details about their Schools’ Vortex: Innovative Library Makerspaces. A giggling Darcy Coffta, Upper School Librarian and Innovation Director at Berwick Academy […]

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25 Random Thoughts About Teaching & Learning

25 Random Thoughts About Teaching & Learning by Terry Heick The picture? It’s Spring, and I missed the sun. On to the random thoughts… That #makered is as much a tone as it is a trend. Every school and district needs a “Chief Change Officer.” That “screen time” may be an under-studied phenomenon worthy of […]

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Teaching Art, Or Teaching To Think Like An Artist?

Teaching Art, Or Teaching To Think Like An Artist? by TeachThought Staff Be creative. Curious. Seek questions. Develop ideas. Play. These ideas are familiar to modern educators, as they represent a kind of polar opposite to the standardized and industrialized form learning has taken on–or is at least perceived to have taken on in the current era of accountability. […]

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Reform? Innovation? How About Shared Understanding?

Reform? Innovation? How About Shared Understanding by Terry Heick Okay, 100 words. The word “reform” needs to go away. Its tone reflects the kind of thinking that led to a system that itself reduces knowledge to standards, students to data, and K-12 itself as “college & career-prep.” Reform is an opaque word that doesn’t say–or commit to–anything. […]

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