Friday, July 26, 2013

This is a great video that supports the heart of guided inquiry. Dr. Tony Wagner, identifies the 7 skills for the 21st century and critiques how we teach those skills today. Please view!!

 Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group has identified what
he calls a "global achievement gap," which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future:
 * Critical thinking and problem-solving
* Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
 * Agility and adaptability
* Initiative and entrepreneurialism
* Effective oral and written communication
 * Accessing and analyzing information
* Curiosity and imagination

  7 Skills Students Need for Their Future

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Guided Inquiry increases student engagement. Here is a study on how engagement impacts emotion and cognition...coutesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Research looks at subtle signs of student engagement
When educators discuss student engagement, the focus tends to be on student behavior. However, a recent study by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan finds that emotion and cognition are the more subtle -- but equally important -- signs of student engagement, writes education reporter Sarah Sparks. Researchers for the study, published in the journal Learning and Instruction, found that students were more engaged and motivated when the lessons were of personal interest and relevant. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (7/10)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Guided Inquiry involves seeking out information and collaborating with others. Social media is a free and effective resource educators often overlook because they are not familiar - and therefore uncomfortable - with these resources. Following is a excellent article on how educators can familiarize themselves with these important resources. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Initial steps educators can take to use social media
In this blog post, educator Lisa Michelle Dabbs suggests fellow educators take time over the summer to think about the ways social media could be used to support professional growth. Among the suggestions she offers are to find a mentor, pick one social media tool and master it, seek free, online professional-development opportunities and collaborate and share resources. Michelle Dabbs' blog (6/21)
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