critical thinking

coverr.jpg "Overall, this project was a rewarding experience. It took a lot of thought to create the structure. Not only did we have to conjure an idea, but we also had to convert it into a tangible object,"Patrick & Wilson, 10th Graders   I'm not an architect, nor do I have any training on how to design a building. But this summer, I was inspired to teach...
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I decided on today’s topic based on a visit to the “Community” tab of Digital Is and an exploration of “recent tags.”  “Game-based learning” stood out to me, not because I’m a gamer, but because gaming has always interested me as a learning strategy that fosters engagement and critical thinking. Years ago at a Computers and Composition conference, I spent a day in a pre-conference workshop...
Grounded in the National Writing Project’s teachers teaching teachers model, the CoLab is a community of diverse and accomplished K – University practicing teacher-researchers conceptualizing our classrooms, schools, districts and learning settings as cultural landscapes for learning. We originate as the Piasa Bluffs Writing Project at SIUE, and are a growing community of NWP sites confabulating...
     Lakeside living and an empty nest create the ideal conditions for summer reading and reflection. This summer's Big Question: How well did I do designing and integrating digital age learning experiences, and how can I do it better?  As I learned and wrote about earlier in this resource, designing curriculum for the digital age is no easy task. It requires that teachers combine content...
tableux.jpg (Warning: This is not a resource on how to teach Shakespeare. Except it kind of is.) I had already been through one year of teaching "The Taming of the Shrew" to a high school audience. It had been reasonably successful; students enjoyed reading the play aloud, and were amused by the trickery and brashness of the main characters. The most interesting...
What happens when we become more deliberate in our thinking about placing text in motion and the direction suggested by the text itself? How does motion affect meaning and our interpretative process?
Whenever I'm asked what I like about teaching, I often comment on the pace and variation of the school day. I like that I see a different group of students every 45 minutes; it suits my restless temperament. A beloved colleague, whose energy level makes me look sluggish, is often heard appealing to her students to, "Let's just bang this out." My sentiments exactly. Who doesn't like to get things...
Because wikis are collaborative web sites that provide tools for gathering information, creating content, editing, and sharing digital files, it is a natural platform for inquiry based learning. Using a wiki allows for a continual process of asking questions and active investigation that leads to more questions. Theoretically, there is no final product. This is what may make it unsettling for...
While sorting through boxes of books in the attic not too long ago, I stumbled across the Britannica Encyclopedia set purchased by my parents in 1968 by a smooth-talking door to door salesman. In the working class community I grew up in, this was somewhat of an anomaly, so our volumes were borrowed by cousins and neighborhood kids long after I had left home. As far as I can remember, this...

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