Wednesday, April 29, 2015

This is a great post. Guided Inquiry creates performance tasks by its very nature. Take a look and see what you think. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

What is a performance task?
"A performance task is any learning activity or assessment that asks students to perform to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency," explains ASCD author Jay McTighe. In a recent ASCD EDge blog post, McTighe shares seven characteristics of performance tasks and explains why they are important. Read on.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Finally! A global awareness. It must be in place for our students who use the internet...and we have to start with our teachers. It is a beginning. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Teacher-training programs focus on global competence
Some teacher-preparation programs are expanding their offerings to include lessons on meeting the needs of students from other cultures. Educators who complete one such program at Columbia University in New York earn a global-competence certificate. District Administration magazine online (4/13)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Here is an engaging project using guided inquiry. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Students become detectives in Mystery Skype challenge
Elementary students in a French-immersion class in Ontario, Canada, recently participated in a Mystery Skype challenge. The students connected with another class without knowing where they were and used skills such as critical-thinking, research and geography to determine their location. The Whig Standard (Kingston, Ontario) (4/6)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Exciting news. I am posting this information here because it is opening the door for guided inquiry. With the appropriate guidelines and instruction, students will be able to locate, validate, and process information on the topics they are studying. This has great potential! Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Data: Textbook sales are down under Common Core
Textbook sales in 2014 among some of the top publishers declined about 3% from 2009, according to a report from the Association of American Publishers. Potential reasons for the decline, according to this article, include schools choosing free, open-source materials for implementation of Common Core State Standards and some schools waiting for textbook editions updated for the standards. The Hechinger Report (3/31)