Three Learning Principles Behind Thinking Schools
Critical thinking and metacognition are essential outcomes for our students. In fact, educator David Hyerle, Director of Research and Development at Thinking Schools International, has created a framework that schools use to teach their students how to recognize and appropriately select their thinking strategies.
In this 2:29 video, Hyerle outlines three core principles of Thinking Schools:
- All learners have innate abilities to think in a variety of ways
- Teaching must create connections between content and students’ thinking processes
- To improve thinking processes, we need student-centered models
As students improve their ability to think, their capacity to learn increases dramatically. Teaching metacognitive strategies to students prepares them for success in school and the rest of their lives.
Group Leaders and Peer Promotion
In effective project-based learning (PBL), teachers instruct students on how to be group leaders that take responsibility and manage accountability without doing all the work themselves.
This 2:09 video features students promoting their peers to group leadership, a buy-in strategy that can increase the support that group members give their leaders.
Share out: What roles do your students have during group work?
The Key to Project Based Learning Implementation? Start Simple
For some educators, the shift to project-based learning can seem daunting. There are helpful free resources from Edutopia.org and, in particular, Buck Institute for Education (BIE). However, given BIE’s 16 total design elements and teaching practices recommended for gold-standard Project Based Learning, where and how do teachers begin?
School Improvement Network has developed a three-tier implementation model based on BIE’s Project Based Learning framework. This 1:40 video introduces the four simple components of Project Based Learning Level 1 implementation. The video is part of our PBL Level 1 micro-credential, available for licensed Edivate users here.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) Diagnostic Quiz
Have you ever taken an online quiz? Perhaps you wanted to know which Hogwarts house you’d be sorted into, or which fruit best represents your cat. While these types of quizzes are fun to take, the results aren’t particularly useful.
This diagnostic quiz is fun as well, but it has a very useful purpose: to help you identify how many PBL concepts you currently involve in your practice. Based on your results, you may choose either to improve your projects with Edivate’s PBL learning experiences, or to earn a PBL micro-credential by submitting evidence of your already stellar projects. So, why not take a minute to see your level of PBL mojo?
Share out: What was your result from the diagnostic? Let us know!