Stephanie Andrews

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Can imagination be measured?

Behold, the new multimillion-dollar effort to quantify what happens when you let your mind wander.<p>Try this: Picture a famous monument. Let’s say it’s …

Creativity

Download John Hattie's new study "The Politics of Distraction"

John Hattie’s new study is called <b>What Doesn’t Work in Education: The Politics of Distraction.</b> You can download, read and share the book for free …

Language Learning

Thinking: Shaken Not Stirred

Thinking: Shaken Not Stirred<p>prov·o·ca·tion (prv-kshn) <i>n.</i><p><b>1.</b> The act of provoking or inciting.<p><b>2.</b> Something that provokes.<p>Our brain needs it. To engage. …

Harnessing Students’ Curiosity to Drive Learning

The Inspiration<p>Wildwood was already using inquiry-based learning to some extent, but things took off for them when, in Principal Mary Beth Cunat's …

Teaching how to think is just as important as teaching anything else

A new paper on teaching critical thinking skills in science has pointed out, yet again, the value of giving students experiences that go beyond …

Pedagogy

KIPP King Collegiate High School

High School

Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions

<b>Many, Many Examples Of Essential Questions</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Essential questions are, ask Grant Wiggins defines, ‘essential’ in the sense of signaling …

Maya Angelou

Aussie humour being destroyed by shock, horror and outrage

Australians once disparaged ‘whingeing Poms’, but when it comes to whingeing, we have world-beating skills and panoramic tastes.<p>Over recent days, the …

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Many teachers we know enjoy teaching students how to wield one of the most powerful thinking tools: <b>metacognition</b>, or the ability to think about your …

Pedagogy

Cosmos

Learn More About Closer To Truth<p>Kip Thorne Wins Nobel Prize<p>Big Questions in Free Will<p>Buy Closer To Truth Episodes<p>Closer To Truth Podcasts<p>Join the …

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort – rather than being a fixed trait they’re just born with – is gaining traction …

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

This year’s “The Learning Curve” report from Pearson takes a look at education across the globe. One of the main things the report does is rank the …

Critical Thinking Toolbox: How to Brainstorm

<b>Prehistoric Man:</b> "I wonder why all the stars move around in the same way every night, except for just a few? Those few wander about from night to …

Creativity

Helping Students Develop a Growth Mindset

I’ve written about helping students develop a growth mindset before, but I would argue that challenging students to grow and realize their potential …

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

2. Creative Thinking Is Work<p>You must show passion and the determination to immerse yourself in the process of developing new and different ideas. The …

Creativity

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Most schools have a philosophy about homework that is challenged by each parent's experience doing homework "back in the day." Parents' common …

Teaching

Resources for Using Rubrics in the Middle Grades

Resources by Topic:<p>Designing and Using Rubrics<p>How Do Rubrics Help? (Edutopia, 2008)<p>This article from Edutopia’s Assessment Professional Development …

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

To a teacher, this should be incredibly frustrating. You spend a huge part of your life grading tests, commenting on essays, and providing thoughtful …

Pedagogy

Four Strategies in Four Years that Will Transform a Community Forever

<i>By Lisa Duty, Ph.D., Senior Director of Innovation, KnowledgeWorks</i><p>Annually, for more than 45 years, the city of Reynoldsburg, Ohio has celebrated the …