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Seizing the Learning Moment, Part 2

Seizing the Learning Moment, Part 2

What constitutes an appropriate balance between teacher planning and in-class observation when designing and facilitating effective learning engagements? To what extent can this balance increase student engagement?        Let’s begin with a provocative quotation from John Hattie.  He was asked what important advice he would give teachers:   “Start by seeking feedback about […]

Seizing the Learning Moment Part 1

Seizing the Learning Moment Part 1

Updated: Jan 16 1. What does it mean to be attentive to a learning opportunity that arises ‘out of the blue’?   2. How is it possible to ‘change course’ in the middle of a pre-planned set of learning engagements?     In July, 2023, Melissa MacNeil Shaw and I were facilitating separate Category 1 & […]

Concept-based Learning, Part 1: Three-Dimensional Curriculum for Lifelong Learning

Updated: Nov 11, 2023 The What In H. Lynne Erickson’s book, Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom, she states, “Concept-based curricular and instructional design are three dimensional- that is, curriculum is focused on what students will Know, Understand, and are able to Do.” More traditional design is two dimensional, involving only knowing and doing. […]

Becoming a Lifelong Learner: Approaches to Learning Skills Part 1

Updated: Nov 11, 2023 Many schools, school districts, and education-related organizations have a mission statement that includes the goal of developing lifelong learners. The lifelong learner mission of educators is stated in various ways to indicate that becoming a lifelong learner is a process. They include phrases like cultivating and supporting lifelong learners, nurturing children to […]

Planning for Positive Student Impact, Part 2: Supportive Practices

In thinking about how to plan supportive practices that might be implemented for positive student impact, we will focus on the question, “What are the opportunities and activities that need to be created and implemented?” Four classroom practices that could be selected that help students learn that we will briefly examine are Student Agency, Learning […]

Planning for Positive Student Impact, Part 1: Process and Focus

A common goal for education is to positively impact students so that they can flourish as learners and human beings. Such a simply stated goal is actually very complex when considering what that looks like, the conditions needed, who should be involved, and the best ways to accomplish it. The basic questions that a school […]