Saturday, February 22, 2014

This article looks at the elements of inquiry from the perspective of student-centerd practices. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Study shows benefits of deeper learning, student-centered instruction
A recent study finds that deeper learning and student-centered practices were shown to improve academic achievement among low-income minority students in four schools. Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education studied the schools, which used Linked Learning Alliance or Envision Schools models, and found that all are committed to personalized learning, strive for positive teacher-student relationships and are based on reflection and revision. Lenz's blog (2/13)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Creating a foundation for collaboration? Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Va. elementary school improves climate with responsive learning
An elementary school in Virginia has seen its discipline referrals cut in half after implementing a schoolwide responsive learning model, officials said. As part of the model, teachers spend 20 minutes at the beginning of class letting students talk about what is happening in their lives and then do academic-related ice-breaker activities, so students get to know each other. "It's more of a family atmosphere," fourth-grade teacher Tosha Weddle said. "We really teach the students to look at it as we're all in this together, like a community." The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (2/10)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

At last, someone is looking at the importance of credibility online. Take a look. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

How to teach students to assess the credibility of digital news
Teaching students to think critically about information and sources found on the Internet is becoming an increasingly important 21st-century skill, writes Peter Adams, senior vice president of educational programs for The News Literacy Project. In this blog post, Adams offers three exercises educators can use to help students develop this skill, such as having them analyze the news and checking facts. "News literacy education has the potential to engage students and ignite their critical thinking," he writes. Adams's blog (1/31)