2016 - Preplanning Documents and Slides
This is the slide presentation we used on Tuesday for the Essential Questions generation exercercise and project design sessions.
This is the project design template. It is in Word format. You encouraged to custimize the template to meet your needs.
This pdf contains the basic instructions to do a QFT - Question Formulation Technique. An easy way for students to generate essential questions.
This large pdf contains all eleven (11) 4D Award applications from last year - the 2015-2016 school year.
Jessica Ross - Harvard Graduate School of Education
August 12, 2015
Presentation to the faculty at The Galloway School
Slide presentation - click PDF Icon
Articles on the Brain and Learning
“I’m astounded at the glacial pace of change in education,” she said. “Like many academic areas, there’s a huge disconnect between what’s known and what’s in practice. It’s very slow moving.”
Aamodt and fellow neuroscientist Sam Wang explain how the human brain develops from infancy to adolescence in their new book, Welcome to Your Child's Brain. The two researchers also offer tips for parents to help their children eat their spinach, learn their ABCs and navigate elementary school.
This article describes the relationship between attention, learning, collaboration and emotion. The author offers practical advice on how to engage students with collaboration and brain change activity.
Brain research summarized in a briefing paper from the Dana Foundation indicates that attention activates not one but several neural networks, including an alerting network, an orienting network, and a third network, referred to as executive attention. These neural networks enable us to choose what to pay attention to. The research also shows that learners' attention can be improved with various metacognitive techniques. This article describes those techniques.
Provocative Articles on the Learning
The information in this provocative article was also supported during Learning and The Brain conference. Teaching based on "learning styles," for example, has not been demonstrated as effective.
"This is all anecdotal at this point," Baehr says. "But I'll say from our experience in the school, I see [kids learning to be grittier] all the time. ... You can create a classroom culture in which struggle and risk-taking is valued more than just getting the right answer."
An interesting article discussing learners' working memory and our cognitive load: our capacity to "hang on" to things when information is presented in mutiple formats at once.
Two economists at the National Bureau of Economic Research completed this study. They investigated the impact of introducing Internet access and home computers to low-income students. The results may surprise you. And, it reinforces the importance of effectively trained teachers using technology in a 4D learning environment. (Op-Ed referencing this study.)
There's a lot of talk about 21st century skills, soft skills, valuable intelligences, the problem with labels, etc.
A fascinating article that not only challenges our conceptions of effective "brainstorming," but also demonstrates the power of informal collaboration through mixed spaces.
Application Articles on the Learning
Jessica Ross recommended Emily to me. I think her blog is filled with great ideas and a couple of videos. She is a math teacher and former PZC fellow. Ms. Sliman has written several articles on thinking routines and math for NCTM, two texts, and she is a frequent speaker.
Emily is a frequent speaker. Go to this part of his website and pick out a couple of her presentations to watch. She has some interesting lessons. I liked Function Faces. :)
Agency by Design is a Project Zero initiative from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It investigates the research and pedagogy of "Maker-Centered Learning." This white paper is a terrific summary of research and pedagogy behind the maker's movement.
Randall Fielding is an architect who is looking at new design and function models to enhance student-centered learning. This is an excellent 17-minute video that includes Mr. Fielding's philosophy of school design and his story on how he got where he is in his design thinking.
A great introduction to Artful Thinking by Shari Tishman. Shari, part of Harvard's Project Zero program, introduces us to learning how to develop in-depth thinking by slowing down and using the See-Think- Wonder thinking routine.
In this video, Ron Ritchhart, one of the authors of the book Making Thinking Visible, introduces the idea creating thinking dispositions by being deliberate in including thinking routines in content teaching.
Other Articles on the Learning
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