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Rethinking Thinking

It turns out that if we are to align our thinking about thinking with how the brain actually functions, we will have to give up the notion of a simple hierarchy of thinking.

If we are to do the best for our students, to prepare them as fully as possible with the range of thinking skills, we need to advance our thinking beyond Bloom's Taxonomy and accept instead the existence of discrete thinking skills, each of which engages and develops different parts of the brain.

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It’s All About Belonging

In the classroom it is the teacher who ultimately makes the choice of how much students feel included or excluded. When we choose not to make concerted efforts to make our classrooms more inclusive, we have still made a choice. It is a choice to default to traditional individualistic and competitive learning that results in many students feeling disconnected.

Without close and positive interactions, students see each other as stereotypes instead of individuals.

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Creating Better Humans, Building a Better World

What if I told you that making small changes in the way you teach can create better humans and build a better world? Would you believe me? Would you commit to changing your instruction?

Many teachers are making the change to create greater student engagement and improved learning outcomes. Creating better humans and a better world is an unintended, but inevitable result. Not a bad byproduct, huh?

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What Is Worth Teaching?

“What we resolve to do in school only makes sense when considered in the broader context of what the society intends to accomplish through its educational investment in the young.”
—Jerome S. Bruner, The Culture of Education

What then, is our true mission as educators? I have been thinking about this for some time and have concluded that to give our students what they most need, and to make a better world, we need to fan five fires within each student.

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