Category : MVIFI Shares (Re-Blogged)

29 Nov 2017

Restaurant Profile Writing as PBL, by Max Hanson

Guest post by Max Hanson, Middle School Dean of Operations and Student Life, Grades 7 and 8, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Posted from an email originally sent to parents of students in Mr. Hanson’s 8th grade English Language Arts course. === Dear Parents, Last Fall, my 9 year-old daughter was studying Greek Architecture at school and brought home an assigned project calling for her to recreate a smaller-scale version of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. By the end […]

12 Nov 2017

Latest Diigo Bookmarks for #MVIFIshares

Why I Don’t Grade | Jesse Stommel Tags: Assessment grading #mvifishares shared by Meghan Cureton grades are the biggest and most insidious obstacle to education. Agency, dialogue, self-actualization, and social justice are not possible in a hierarchical system that pits teachers against students and encourages competition by ranking students against one another. Certainly, metacognition, and the ability to self-assess, must be developed, but I see it as one of the most important skills we can teach in any educational environment. You should consider this course […]

15 Oct 2017
08 Oct 2017

Latest Diigo Bookmarks for #MVIFIshares

  Educational Leadership: The Constructivist Classroom: The Courage to Be Constructivist Tags: constructivism #mvifishares shared by Bo Adams The search for understanding motivates students to learn. When students want to know more about an idea, a topic, or an entire discipline, they put more cognitive energy into classroom investigations and discussions and study more on their own. First, constructivist teachers seek and value students’ points of view. Knowing what students think about concepts helps teachers formulate classroom lessons and differentiate instruction on the […]

14 Sep 2017

It’s Not About the Next Step

I wonder if we are asking the right question. “What do you do next?” “Now what do you do?” “What comes next?” Questions of this ilk inadvertently create a sense of tension between the person asking the question, and the person being asked to answer it, because it implies that the person doing the asking already knows the answer. The person responding has to try and figure out what the “right” answer is to satisfy the person asking. The person […]

10 Sep 2017

Latest Diigo Bookmarks for #MVIFIshares

My Favorite Projects in 2016 | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE List of 15 projects, that caught the eye of BIE Editor in Chief John Larmer. One of which is the Kindergarten PBL: Happy Habitats organized and executed by MVPS Kindergarten Team. Tags: #mvifishares, PBL, project based learning, kindergarten, BIE Shared by Jim Tiffin Jr   Posted from Diigo. The rest of MVIFI Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation group favorite links are here.

04 Sep 2017

Latest Diigo Bookmarks for #MVIFIshares

Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation | MindShift | KQED News Great reminder, AND has some good examples of PBL in math (always a challenge) Tags: #mvifishares Shared by T.J. Edwards   10 work skills for the postnormal era – Work Futures Tags: #mvifishares, mindsets Shared by T.J. Edwards   Learning and the Brain Stories, #2 – Learning and the Brain blogLearning and the Brain … HT @kkelly Tags: learning, brain, curiosity, neuroscience, growthmindset, #mvifishares Shared […]

30 Aug 2017

Inductive Learning – Better Building Blocks

How often do learners get a chance to look for patterns in order to discover a larger concept? What does inductive learning look like at different stages of cognitive development? Will the future we are preparing kids for demand that they think inductively more, or deductively more?   I remember it so very well. The lightbulb that went off was so powerfully bright, that it continues to shine for me today. It was my first exposure to learning through inductive […]

22 Aug 2017

Adding a Little SPARK

How do you get ready to work with a group of people that you don’t know? How do you get ready to work with a group of people that you do know? How do you get your mental engines warmed up for the task ahead of your team? While there are many answers to these questions, my favorite one is to add a little SPARK. I was introduced to the idea of a SPARK during one of the first design […]

17 Aug 2017

A Call for Beacons

In 2012, I was able to attend the Constructing Modern Knowledge (CMK) Summer Institute. It is a professional learning opportunity hosted by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez – of Invent To Learn fame – along with a faculty of “educational pioneers, bestselling authors, and inventors of educational technologies.” It’s a mind-on/hands-on experience into constructionist learning – not by listening, but by doing deep, rich project work. It was like no other MakerEd professional learning experience I had attended ever attended before. […]