What Are The Ingredients For Self-Directed Learning?
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What Are The Ingredients For Self-Directed Learning?

New Marlborough, Mass What are the ingredients for self-directed learning? Technology? “Grade-level” reading? Peer-to-peer collaboration? Project-Based Learning? A Montessori approach? What if it was simpler? What if it was just a matter of getting out of the students way? I’ve always found this a fascinating concept. As a classroom teacher, one (of many) important epiphanies…

10 Macro Strategies To Promote Deeper Learning
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10 Macro Strategies To Promote Deeper Learning

10 Macro Strategies to Promote Deeper Learning by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com Author Bernie Trilling asked, “What would it take for more students to benefit from deeper learning?” Trilling was referring to education that pushes beyond the basics, is engaging and challenging, and prepares young people for college and careers. The Hewlett Foundation says…

The Role Of Play In Learning
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The Role Of Play In Learning

The Role Of Play In Learning by TeachThought Staff If you’ve ever taught–or even just watched someone learn something new–the role of play in learning is fascinating. While receiving instruction in a formal learning environment, the tone of learning is a mix of nerves, confusion, directives, and  compliance. And worse, instead of a direct line…

12 Tips For Launching A Social Learning Group For Students
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12 Tips For Launching A Social Learning Group For Students

Social learning has always been a staple of education since Piaget, Thorndike, Vygotsky, and countless others before them began exploring how people learn. At its most basic level, this idea can be reduced to the need to socialize thinking, and experiment through interaction, play, and authentic, self-driven performance. In 12 Tips For Supporting Social Collaboration Jane Hart from Center for…

Video: Moving To Entrepreneurial Learning
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Video: Moving To Entrepreneurial Learning

Video: Moving To Entrepreneurial Learning by TeachThought Staff Outside of a handful of textbook conglomerates, entrepreneurship was not a concept connected to education until recently. In late 2012, start-ups are populating the educational landscape, and changing its tone completely. These start-ups, who often begin as a single platform, are altering the way people think about…

100 Incredible Science Lectures For The Flipped Classroom
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100 Incredible Science Lectures For The Flipped Classroom

Open source, for both the classroom and the self-educator, proves an absolutely swoon-worthy digital ocean of information. Unsurprisingly, the sciences thrive in such a climate, with the Internet positively flooded with panels, lectures, Q&As, talks, complete and incomplete classes, demonstrations, and other conduits through which education flows. Our 2009 listing featured some of the best around,…

The Flipped Classroom Turns Around An At-Risk, Failing School
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The Flipped Classroom Turns Around An At-Risk, Failing School

“The Flipped Classroom Turns Around an At-Risk, Failing School” by Greg Green, Principal at Clintondale High School, was originally published on Getting Smart. As a principal of Clintondale High School, I’ve witnessed firsthand the struggles that a school must endure to educate at-risk students. Many of the students at Clintondale are faced with obstacles that hinder their education:…

Clarifying Transfer & How It Impacts What We Think Students Understand
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Clarifying Transfer & How It Impacts What We Think Students Understand

Preface: In collaboration with Grant Wiggins of Understanding by Design and Authentic Education, TeachThought will be bringing you Grant’s industry-leading expertise on understanding, learning frameworks, and curriculum planning. This article originally appeared on Grant’s personal blog. There is some understandable confusion about the goal of transfer. When we say we want students to be able to…

How Children Succeed: Attachment, Advisory & Adversity
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How Children Succeed: Attachment, Advisory & Adversity

“How Children Succeed: Attachment, Advisory, & Adversity” by Tom Vander Ark was originally published on Getting Smart. Paul Tough takes on the enormous question of How Children Succeed in his new book. In a well-produced long interview with Ira Glass, Tough said, “We don’t teach the most important skills,” a list that includes “persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence.”…

The Ultimate Guide To Flipping Your Classroom (Part 1)
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The Ultimate Guide To Flipping Your Classroom (Part 1)

Note: This is part 1.  What is the Flipped Classroom? “A reversed teaching model that delivers instruction at home through interactive, teacher-created videos and moves “homework” to the classroom. Moving lectures outside of the classroom allows teachers to spend more 1:1 time with each student. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and work through…

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