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Exploratory learning comes naturally to young children. Adults, on the other hand, jump on the first, most obvious solution and doggedly stick to it, even if it’s not working.
When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.
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"This tool is transforming how I'm teaching stuff. It's really hard to use this tool in a traditional boring way."
Educators using Desmos, an online graphing calculator and activity builder tool, say it enables them to teach math through inquiry more easily.
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Teachers need to create the dynamic that transforms individual moments into a broader experience where the class benefits from the complete range of learning that has taken place.
When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.
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Struggling with an unfamiliar problem has "hidden efficacy": it leads students to understand the deep structure of problems, not simply their correct solutions.
Allowing learners to struggle will actually help them learn better, according to research on “productive failure” conducted by Manu Kapur, a researcher at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.
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Could more music in school make kids feel better about all aspects of learning?
Many schools recognize music classes as a priority for a variety of social and academic benefits, but hurdles like time and money keep schools from offering even elementary school students dedicated music class more than two times per week. Here's how some schools are finding creative was to make it happen.
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Both music and a foreign language should start for all children at the second grade and Algebra in the third grade. Most other Countries do so to a greater or more refined way.
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Ways to answer, "will this be on the test?" from Ben Orlin and his #mathwithbaddrawings http://ow.ly/FJnd300FxUG #edchat #humor
I usually go with The Poetic. But sometimes I prefer The Ad Hoc.
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A group of students working together, motivated by a deep question and with access to a computer, can produce amazing results.
Several schools are embracing self-organized learning environments as a way to engage students through inquiry, ownership and collaboration by starting with a "messy question."
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"Art may be one of the best ways to train the brain to have this kind of creative fluency."
Research on what’s happening in the brain when jazz musicians improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity.
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"I try to become a bridge between the quantifiable and the qualifiable."
What if teachers embraced the idea of transparency as a form of activism, a way of shining light on what works in the classroom?
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"What if we based education on the practice of being happy and healthy? Are schools making this a priority? Much of education is more geared towards making a living than towards making a life." said teenager Logan LaPlante.
Teenager Logan LaPlante explains why he's committed to making his education about learning how to live a healthy and happy life, not just how to make a living.
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If an inquiry-based system is to succeed, we’ll need human beings in the classroom who know their field, but who also radiate the kind of positive, non-judgmental love that helps students open their minds and hearts.
If an inquiry-based system is to succeed, we’ll need really good human beings in the classroom who know their field, but who also radiate the kind of positive, non-judgmental love that helps students open their minds and hearts.
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Resources to help students make big transitions for families and teachers edutopia @EducationMatt http://ow.ly/6zUS300FfK9 #edchat
Matt Davis has highlighted resources for parents, teachers, and administrators that can help students make the transition into elementary, middle, and high school -- and beyond.
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Technology is revolutionizing the world of education – replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. The site is curated by Tina Barseghian.