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Friday, August 29, 2014

WRITE TEAM: Know more than one language? Good

The Times – Chris Connelly

“There are many benefits to being multilingual. You are more valuable to employers…Studies show studying a foreign language improves students’ listening skills, memory, attention span, critical thinking and promotes creativity. A multilingual mind is quicker, can better resolve conflicts and is more resistant to the onset of dementia.” (more)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Deeper Learning: A Common Denominator for STEM Initiatives

Re/code – Tom Joseph

“If our nation is to stay on the leading edge of the global economy, the single greatest determining factor will be how quickly and effectively we close this skilled workforce gap. Business and civic leaders rightly look to education for solutions…This is why an increasing number of industry leaders are paying attention to a highly promising approach called Deeper Learning.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

The Huffington Post – Christine Henseler

“When you think “jobs,” do you think “arts and humanities”? No? Well, maybe you should. You see, as the world gets bigger and the world’s problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the arts and humanities provide just that.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two Great Classroom Posters on the Six Thinking Hats

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“For De Bono intelligence is the potential of the human brain and thinking is the skill to tap into this potential. In order for kids and students to better benefit from the potential of their brains, they need to be taught the skill of thinking. To this end, De Bono puts forward this uniquely positive approach to unscramble the thinking process:” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Comprehensive Checklist of the 21st Century Learning and Work Skills

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“While searching for some resources on a paper and writing on the 21st century learning skills I came across this skills checklist created by the university of UToledo…Below is a round-up of the 9 most important skills which I selected from the entire list.” (more)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Science is Global: Deeper Learning and Global Competence in the Science Classroom

Education Week – Anthony Jackson

“In a globally minded science classroom, students learn to think like scientists. Students observe natural phenomena that cause them to wonder, ask their own questions, and test their ideas. When they interpret their data, new questions arise leading them into focused, purposeful research of the literature and further inquiry. The result is students who can understand, analyze, apply, and evaluate existing scientific knowledge in the context of global cultural perspectives, politics, economics, and history.” (more)

Friday, June 27, 2014

STEM: Not just four subjects, but a set of lifelong skills

The Elkhart Truth – Vince Bertram

“STEM is more than the individual subjects that make up the acronym…It is important that students have a strong math and science background, of course, but STEM, as an integrated and applied way of learning, helps students develop critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving skills – skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy…skills that are vital to a successful job, career and life.” (more)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Why STEM? Success Starts With Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving Skills

Wired – Stephen F. Deangelis

“Our educational system is tasked with preparing the next-generation to succeed in life. That’s a tall order and it will substantially fail if it doesn’t teach children how to think critically and solve problem.” (more)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

2 MPS board members want to boost bilingual education

Journal Sentinel Online – Edgar Mendez

“Two Milwaukee School Board members are pushing for more two-language schools in the city, saying that one day all students should be able to graduate fluent in English plus another language…”The most obvious [benefit] is they’re able to participate in a global economy, and they’re also more willing to appreciate differences and diversity, and have higher levels of critical thinking…”” (more)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Editorial: Write On: Cursive Good for Developing Brains

Valley News – Editorial

“There are many other reasons why it’s important that cursive writing continue to be taught and learned in school…But if, in fact, writing by hand facilitates the thought process, that’s the most powerful argument for its preservation.”(more)