Brainy Teacher’s Weekly Transmitter #45 – Sept 26th 2016
Harvard's Project Zero's Ron Ritchhart studied 400 students from 4th-11th grade to track their metacognition growth when using one several strategies. "We are trying to demystify the process of thinking by making it visible," he says. These thinking categories help develop learners' understanding:
1. Naming: being able to identify the parts and pieces of a thing
2. Inquiry: questioning should drive the process throughout
3. Looking at different perspectives and viewpoints
4. Reasoning with evidence
5. Making connections to prior knowledge across subject areas, even into personal lives
6. Uncovering complexity
7. Capturing the heart and making firm conclusions
8. Building explanations, interpretations and theories.
(Source: Katrina Schwartz, Mindshift)
The percentage of the world's 7,000 languages that are predicted to be extinct by the end of this century: 90%.
Get Coffee might be the coolest app ever for the simplest function. Choosing one random name from a list. Use it instead of popsicle sticks if you cold call students.
Chatbot Election Info & Analysis in Real Time
Purple, a chatbot, is letting me keep track of the election. Yesterday, I had this interaction:
Todd: "Who is doing better in North Carolina?"
Purple: "The RealClearPolitics average currently has Trump ahead 44.5 to Clinton's 43.3 in two-way matchups."
STUDY: Neuroscience Study Weighs in on Phonics-Based Reading Instruction
Our brain does not sound out words, each time we read, according to a 2011 National Science Foundation funded study at Georgetown University Medical Center. The reason, says Neuroscientist and researcher Laurie Glezer is that "once we’ve learned a word, it is placed in a purely visual dictionary in the brain. Having a purely visual representation allows for the fast and efficient word recognition we see in skilled readers."
After only seeing a word for the first time, young learners can recognize the word without sounding it out. "We no longer need the phonology at first, just the visual input to identify the word.” This is not the greatest news for phonics-based approaches to reading instruction.
(Source: Georgetown University)
Weekly Matsuo Bacho
Awake at Night (Translated by Robert Hass)
Awake at night--
the sound of the water jar
cracking the cold.
Classroom Interactions Shared on Reddit
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