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Vicki Davis

Teaching Resources, Classroom Resources & Lesson Plans - TES Resources - 4 views

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    Here is an interesting point as I research inquiry based learning and move to look in a database that is largely built from overseas. Many places called "inquiry" "enquiry" so in this set of lessons across the curriculum, I have to search using the term "enquiry" to turn up what have been tagged as "inquiry based" lesson plans.

    There are many nuances like that as you start looking at best practices across the world to remember. Eventually, hopefully, language searches will translate between common languages (like English) to help us bridge best practices.

    If you're looking into inquiry-based learning (or equiry-based depending upon where you're from) - this is a database of lesson plans from Kindergarten up in different categories.
Steve Fulton

Teaching with Technology in the Middle: Finding new hope for research papers (and a new... - 10 views

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    A research project that got me rethinking the shape of research papers in my classroom.
Kathy Benson

Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education - 20 views

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    Sophia is a free social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere, free of charge. The website, which has been described as a mashup of Facebook, Wikipedia, and YouTube that is focused solely on education, also lets educators supplement their instruction with tools to create a customized learning environment in a private or public setting.

    Sophia.org has enhanced its social teaching and learning platform to include more than 25,000 free tutorials on math, science, English, and more-all in an ad-free environment. What's more, the site has become a key destination for teachers who are looking to "flip" their classrooms, its makers say.
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    Mostly middle school and up, has a learning preferences survey, like Khan Academy
David Hilton

The MET Research Paper: Achievement of What? « The Core Knowledge Blog - 8 views

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    A research paper commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that finds that students know when they are being taught well and when they are not. 
Joao Alves

Project-Based Learning Strategies and Research for Educators - 20 views

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    RT @CoyHolcombe: RT @NikPeachey: The Complete Guide to Project-Based Learning http://bit.ly/c0I2J3 handy #elearning #elt #efl #esol #esl
Mike Cullum

Doing What Works - Home - 7 views

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    Doing What Works
Jennifer Garcia

Try It | Enquiring Minds - 10 views

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    "So you like the idea trying out enquiry-based teaching and learning in your own school? "
David Hilton

Constructivism - 0 views

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    Links, research and readings on constructivism
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    Constructivist theories grew out of the work of a couple of Russians around the time of the Russian Revolution. It is radical subjectivism dressed up as science, and has no scientific credibility whatsoever. It is used by radical educators to push their barrow that nothing the teacher knows is worth the student learning and that all knowledge is innate. It's bullsh*t. Theories like this rot are part of the reason that the bottom has dropped out of Western education and we have a generation who can't write. This should be resisted by any educator with an interest in educational excellence.
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    David, back up your argument. If you think this is junk science, then be a real scientist and substantiate your claim. I'm a very objective thinker and will listen and gladly debate this with you, but having studied this and used it, I'm skeptical of your dissent. It is the only thing that has gotten me through our failed education system, not the reason the system has failed (unless your argument is that our system is failing due to lack of use of constructivist approaches).
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    Constructivism is a prime example of the dangers of deductive reasoning. Instead of starting with evidence from observed reality which the scientific method dictates (inductive reasoning) constructivism starts with theories and then makes the evidence fit the theory or else dismisses it and rationalises it away. It's the same type of thinking that has gotten all ideologues into trouble throughout history, whether it's the Spanish Inquisition, the Nazis, the hippies or the recent Wall Street bankers who drove our economy off a cliff. Any true system of thought must start with the real world as its beginning, or else it's just a bunch of people making stuff up and then defending it despite all evidence to the contrary until the weight of truth destroys them and usually the institutions they've taken over.
Dennis Richards

TCRecord: Trends of School Effects on Student Achievement - 0 views

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    The impact of schools on student achievement has been of great interest in school effects research the last four decades. This study examines trends of school effects on student achievement, employing three national probability samples of high school seniors: NLS:72, HSB:82, and NELS:92.
Vicki Davis

A Journey of the Heart: The Call to Teaching. - 0 views

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    Essays about teaching. Excellent for those who work with teachers.
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    A set of essays on the nature and nobility of teaching. You can download the text of this on this site.
Jeff Richardson

Techlearning > > Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally > April 1, 2008 - 0 views

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    TechLearning article with digital additions to Bloom's Taxonomy. Thanks to @stevekatz.
Megan Black

TeacherXpress - The Education Web - All in One Place - For Busy Teachers: Welcome - 1 views

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    An enormous list of well organized links to helpful resources for teachers.
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