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Asking Effective Questions – best practices

There’s many articles written on how to ask questions. Here’s some that I liked: Questions Engaging Students through effective questions Questioning Skills to Engage Students Questioning Techniques. “Good learning starts with questions, not answers”. This article provides  a wealth of … Continue reading

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Building a Culture of Inquiry

If you want students to ask questions, the culture in your classroom has to support them in that.  Building a culture of inquiry means fostering an atmosphere where asking and answering questions is safe. Here are some articles to get … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Ask Questions

“Students learn to ask questions by asking questions. Students learn to ask good questions by asking questions and then receiving feedback on them. Students learn to become scholars by learning to ask good questions.” Marshall Brain. (1998) The Importance of … Continue reading

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Gamefication – Learning by Doing, over and over again

Video games can be a wonderful way to learn something that has to be memorized – like times tables, prime numbers, factors because it allows the player to get enough repetition to memorize something before they’re so bored that they … Continue reading

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ARCS Motivational Model

The ARCS Model of Motivational Design, created by John Keller is based on Tolman’s and Lewin’s expectancy-value theory, which assumes that people are motivated to learn if there they expect success in learning it and value the knowledge presented. The … Continue reading

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Assessment for Learning and motivating

Here are some articles on using grading, not grading and failure as motivational strategies. Kinser, R. (December 4, 2012). Grade changes: Using marks to motivate students. Education Week. This article is about using grading practices for motivational purposes while protecting … Continue reading

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Effective Classroom Management

There are many approaches to Classroom Management. Here are some that we discussed:   Three Simple Keys to Effective Classroom Management  In this article, Monique Perry talks about the three steps she follows for effective Classroom Management: Set the Tone … Continue reading

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Really Big Resource – Solve a Teaching Problem

Solve a Teaching Problem by Carnegie Mellon University Here’s a valuable site from Carnegie Mellon University that provides practical strategies to address common teaching problems. It has you identify a teaching problem and possible causes and then provides you with … Continue reading

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About Visible Learning

In his book, Visible Learning (2009), John Hattie summarizes 15 years of research in to what works to improve learning outcomes in school. He collated the results of over 50,000 studies and, from that, produced a list of over 100 … Continue reading

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Metacognition and American Idol – really!

“Poor metacognition is a big part of incompetence. People who are incompetent typically do not realize how incompetent they are. People who aren’t funny at all think they are hilarious…A lot of reality shows like American Idol highlight people with … Continue reading

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