March 28, 2016
What do We Lose by Measuring ‘Average’ in Education? MindShift shares an excerpt from Todd Rose’s novel The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness. In this short excerpt he talks about the need for environments to be responsive to individuality so that everyone has the chance to live up to their full potential. Many parallels can be found in the example Rose highlights about the Air Force’s design of airplane cockpits and the environment we create for our students. http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/03/28/what-do-we-lose-by-measuring-average-in-education/
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Kids’ Standard: March Issue
Take a look at the March issue of Kids’ Standard. This month’s theme is “I want to be Me! ”
March 21, 2016
How Adults Can Encourage Kids to Be Original Thinkers. Adam Grant, author of Originals, writes that taking risks and embracing curiosity can lead to original ideas. He talks about the importance of getting kids to be confident risk takers. Take a moment to read MindShift’s interview with the Grant to catch a glimpse on how non-conformists move the world. http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/03/14/what-kind-of-group-work-encourages-the-most-original-thinking/
The Power of Language
As a follow-up to our March 8 PD on language, attached to this Lit Bit is a copy of the 7 types of classroom language Ron Ritchhart shares in Creating Cultures of Thinking. Feel free to print this off to use as a reference tool as you work to incorporate language into your ideal classroom.
PPD Opportunity: EdCamp
There is an EdCamp coming up at Lake Orion. The Unconference is scheduled for May 14 from 7:30 am to noon. Click here to access the link to register and learn more about the professional development opportunity.