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Making progress toward a 21st-century education

Continuing to define a vision for a “21st-century education” and the skill-set it comprises is the subject of this blog post by teacher Adam Bellow. Important shifts in education are under way, Bellow writes, with a move toward anytime-anywhere learning that utilizes technology as well as the world outside the classroom. “I feel (and hope) that education will continue to become more about questions rather than answers. Passion and inquiry should drive education, because they drive imagination and innovation,” he writes.

This news summary appeared in SmartBrief on EdTech on 06/27/2012
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From teaching to learning…

This blog post from ‘What Ed Said’ seems to show reflective responses after group use of the Visible Thinking Routine, ‘I used to think, But Now I think‘.


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‘Being 12 in 2012’ – Nicole Brady

A colleague recently reminded me that today’s 12-year-olds were born in the year 2000. This thought-provoking article explores some themes from their ‘turbo-charged’ lives. What impact is technology, and just being 12 in a new century and millennium having on these 12-year-olds, their parents and by inference, their teachers?

The article written by Nicole Brady and published in 

The Age
on June 24, 2012

…On one level, being 12 in 2012 is the same as it ever was; on another, it is as though the volume has been pushed to full blast. ”Turbo-charged” is how some adolescent psychologists describe the lives, turmoils and peer group pressures faced by today’s crop of nearly-teenagers…

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65 Interesting Ideas for Class Blog Posts

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Thought Provoking, with Implications for Differentiation of Learning and Teaching

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Source: www.autismunited.org

Why Do You Think About This?

  1. Record the main feelings and thoughts do you get from this image and message?
  2. Record specific things that cause you to think and feel this way?
  3. What could you do with this stimulus material and the thinking you have recorded?/li>;;


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The Two Types…

The Two Types….

This article, reposted from a blog authored by D Culberhouse, ‘Engaging in conversation around Education and Leadership’, is thought provoking.

Culberhouse quotes Abraham Lincoln, and refers in this article particularly to the emphasised clause:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.  The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.  As our case is new, we must think anew, and act anew.  We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” –Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress,

He goes on to reference Sir Ken Robinson‘s widely viewed TED-talk, “Bring on the Learning Revolution.” where he states that Robinson, in turn

‘…references Jeremy Bentham, an English utilitarian philosopher and social reformer.  And to quote, “It was Jeremy Bentham, I believe who said there are two types of people in this world…those who divide the world into two types and those who don’t. For which he replies, “Well, these days I do.”

Going on Culberhouse states:

‘And actually I believe he is right…in its simplest of forms, reflecting on the educational landscape, as a teacher, a principal, or a district level administrator…there basically are two types… As educators, we have a tendency, for all intents and purposes, to fall into to camps…or two types (for which I have taken the liberty of naming)…’ [the Twistovators and the Blockstacles.]

His interesting thoughts are worth considering!


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‘What the kids think’ – ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief

‘What the kids think’.

‘A student’s perception of the educators in his life is his reality, and it’s this reality that really matters, explains Whole Child Programs director Sean Slade. In a recent Whole Child Blog post, Slade explains how to reach students flying under the radar and shares two examples of educators who built powerful connections with learners in their schools.’

    • What do our students think about the value of the connections their teachers make with them?
    • What do they think about making connections with their teachers?

This article may answer these questions, and is worth reading! To do so click the link above.

Use the Visible Thinking Prompt below to Organise Your Thoughts.

Source: Visible Thinking

3, 2, 1 Bridge

BEFORE READING activate your prior knowledge of this topic.

What is your initial response to the topic?

  • 3 Thoughts or ideas
  • 2 Questions
  • 1 Analogy

AFTER READING the article make connections

What are your new response to the topic?

  • 3 Thoughts or ideas
  • 2 Questions
  • 1 Analogy

Bridge: Explain how your initial responses connect to your new responses