A Principal’s Reflections: The Right Questions – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Right Questions The Right Questions “We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.”  – James Stephens Questioning techniques are one of the easiest areas of instructional design that can be improved, at least in my opinion.  By looking at the question stems, one can determine the level of thinking our learners are…

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11 Books to Start a Book Club for Teachers – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I love professional book clubs. If schools are serious about teacher agency and differentiating professional learning for teachers, administrators should consider teacher book clubs as an option. The following is an updated list of 10 books for professional book clubs that I’ve had the pleasure of either facilitating, attending, or just think could be great if used in a book club. I hope you find them useful in starting up a book club in your school or learning organization! Constructivist Instruction:…

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My aims for next year (2019-20) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Every year, at the beginning of the summer break, I like to take the opportunity to reflect and outline my goals for the next academic year. I can’t say that I achieve all of them every year, but the goal-setting, accountability and intentionality have led to some of my proudest achievements. I have just finished my favourite year of my career so far, and many of the highlights are a result of last year’s targets. I’m committed to these goals…

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Elevate Your Mindset – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, I had the great pleasure of meeting Trevor MacKenzie, author of Dive Into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset. He was briefly in Hong Kong with his two-day workshop. I was unable to attend but that didn’t stop us from getting together in the evening. After one or two drinks with our mutual friend, Jennifer Wathall (author of  Concept-Based Mathematics), I showed him some of the sights of Hong Kong. Trevor is exactly as he seems on Twitter: a genuinely nice guy…

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Podcast: Exploring Inquiry with Kimberly Mitchell – Education Article

Today, the Getting Smart team is talking with Kimberly Mitchell about her new book, Experience Inquiry: 5 Powerful Strategies, 50 Practical Experiences, that explores five strategies any teacher or parent can use to promise inquiry and curiosity. Kimberly Mitchell experienced her first inquiry-based lesson watching a colleague at an international school in Quito Ecuador — and been hooked by the power of inquiry ever since! After working with teachers around the world on developing great inquiry practices, she started Inquiry…

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Cultivating a Sense of Wonder with Early Elementary Students – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

The following post was written by 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Breigh Rhodes, a STEM specialist and elementary school teacher, after her expedition to Antarctica. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity for pre-K–12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. Breigh responds to students’ questions about Antarctica. Photo by Tammy Wood Scientist and author Rachel Carson wrote in The Sense of Wonder, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he…

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A Transdisciplinary Approach to Design – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

In 1975, a couple of phycologists confirmed an interesting hypothesis: If you send a learner underwater in a scuba suit to memorize a list of words, they will remember those words better when tested underwater than when tested on land. But if the learner learns the words on land, they will remember them better on land than underwater. The principle became known as the encoding specificity principle; Learning content is associated with learning context (Martinez, 2010). What are the implications…

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Nature inquiries with iNaturalist – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

iNaturalist is a fantastic site for identifying and appreciating living things in your area. The app is available on iOS and Android. When photographs of wildlife are uploaded, the iNaturalist community will identify them and more information is provided. In addition, the data collected on the app is used by scientific data repositories to monitor species and their populations. Using iNaturalist is interesting and fun, but our additions also contribute to important biodiversity studies. Win-win! How does iNaturalist work? After downloading…

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A Transdisciplinary Approach to Design – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

In 1975, a couple of phycologists confirmed an interesting hypothesis: If you send a learner underwater in a scuba suit to memorize a list of words, they will remember those words better when tested underwater than when tested on land. But if the learner learns the words on land, they will remember them better on land than underwater. The principle became known as the encoding specificity principle; Learning content is associated with learning context (Martinez, 2010). What are the implications…

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