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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Educator: Critical thinking key to STEM success

Springfield News-Sun – Katie Wedell

“In order to compete in the global economy, students should be encouraged to explore the STEM fields, but not at the expense of becoming well-rounded, critical thinkers…the most successful thinkers, the ones who will cure cancers and solve global warming, are those who have the creativity to think innovatively, the confidence to put their ideas out there and the technical skills and knowledge to bring their ideas to into reality…” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Global Competence Goes Global

Education Week – Alexis Menten

“For the first time, there is broad recognition around the world about the importance of educating for global competence…the basics are clearly no longer sufficient. All countries need to promote critical thinking, cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and the higher-order thinking skills that are required for workforce development in the 21st century.” (more)

10 Tips For Close Reading Success

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Reading well requires much more than just decoding textual input, it is rather a process of making meaning of text using a wide range of critical and intellectual skills and drawing on different cues…In the visual below…ten tips are provided for successful close reading activities.” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Americans should strive to learn a second language

Collegian Central – Kathleen Keaveny

“Learning a foreign language is not the easiest task to accomplish, but there are multiple benefits in doing so…Here are four reasons to do so:” (more)

Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character

The Huffington Post – Alicia Chang

“Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline can lead to a cushy gig at a buzz worthy tech company with great perks…But beyond getting a high-paying tech job, what else is STEM good for? The answers might surprise you.” (more)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Future Success Can Be Taught

The Huffington Post – Lydia Dobyns

“…students participating in educational opportunities that demand critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation and problem solving skills graduate on time and thrive in four-year colleges.” (more)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reading Is About More Than ‘Evidence’

Education Week – Mia Hood

“If we want to prepare students for college and career, let’s teach them the full range of reading required of us in college and career…Let’s teach them not only to use text as evidence to support claims, but also to let the text move, teach, frustrate, confuse, and compel them.” (more)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Teaching Students, Not Subjects: Why We Need a Deeper Learning Approach

The Huffington Post – Sean McComb

“Everything we know about what it takes to succeed in today’s economy and society suggests that our nation needs more individuals with nimble minds capable of creative, innovative thinking, and who have the perseverance to take on — and learn from — challenges…An educational approach known as deeper learning does that.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Michael Rosen: Why curiosity is the key to life

The Guardian – Sabine Durrant

“Growing up, Michael Rosen’s mum and dad taught him to ask questions, to explore ideas and to learn about everything. He says parents can be their children’s best teachers – through the stuff of daily living, not lists of dry facts.” (more)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pupils begin ‘tough’ new national curriculum

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“Millions of children in England will begin a “tough” new national curriculum when they return to school this week.” (more)