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World Educational Leadership Summit 2016: Points to Ponder

In early April 2016, I attended the World Educational Summit, where I heard many thought leaders speak about learning.

I would like to share 3 main ideas that I pondered over as I listened to the speakers:

  1. Emphasis on order and objectivity in curriculum practices.

Dr Eric Mazur noted how in the name of reliability and fairness, schools tend to value assessment structures that enable order and predictability. But problem-solving in a real world occurs amidst erratic and dynamic conditions. Are we then imposing artificiality in learning? Dr Mazur even asserted that the focus on reliability and fairness tilts assessment design to one that favours lower order thinking because complex, higher order thinking may not be adequately captured through standard assessment settings.

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Differentiated Instruction in a Mathematics Classroom

Subject Mathematics
Level: Year 3
Topic Graphs of Exponential Functions
Macro-concept Model
Enduring Understanding Models communicate mathematical patterns in quantitative relationships.
Essential Question Can all patterns in quantitative relationships be represented?
Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens Differentiation

A class of 28 students has completed their study on rules of indices before introducing them to the graphs of exponential functions. Based on the students’ performance in the previous formative assessments and assignments, part of the lesson preparation involves splitting the class into 2 groups according to their perceived readiness in manipulating algebraic expressions by using rules of indices.

After establishing the basic knowledge of exponential graphs, the process of differentiated instruction is demonstrated in two ways: student choice and grouping by readiness.

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Concept-Based Instruction in a Higher Chinese classroom

Subject Higher Chinese
Level: Year 4
Topic Loyalty
Macro-concept System
Enduring Understanding 1) Loyalty forms the basis of any civilised and humane system of morals.

2) “Loyalty” can only be seen as a virtue if the object of loyalty is good.

Essential Questions 1)Does modern society continue to value loyalty?

2) What is “loyalty” as a virtue?

3) Is there a need for a moral basis to “loyalty”?

Curricular or Pedagogical Focus / Lens Concept-Based Instruction

Overview

Students are required to learn about Yue Fei and “Man Jiang Hong” Poem that he wrote. Through discussing the essential questions, the students will re-define the notion of loyalty in modern context.

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Differentiated Instruction in a Social Studies Classroom

Subject: Social Studies
Level:  Y2
Unit: Culture, Community and Identity
Topic: Elements of Culture
Macro-concept: System
Enduring Understanding: Culture enables creation of identity
Guiding/ Essential Questions:     
1) What is Culture?
2) How do different elements of culture relate to each other?

Teacher’s Notes:

This lesson was implemented in February 2015 over 2 blocks. Differentiated Instruction (DI) was necessary as I wanted to find out what was the “entry level” of each student in terms of her understanding of culture. The underlying assumption is that some students may largely associate culture with its tangible forms while others would be more ready to discuss at a more abstract level.

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介绍好句子:第1部分

为了帮助大家打好写作基础和提高口语表达和语文能力,穆军老师将不定期在这里介绍一些好句子。请拭目以待!

坚持

锲而舍之,朽木不折;锲而不舍,金石可镂

绳锯木断,水滴石穿

古之成大事者,不惟有超世之才,亦必有坚韧不拔之志也

在溪水和岩石的斗争中,胜利的总是溪水,不是因为力量,而是因为坚持。

成名需要三要素——才华、思想、坚持。如果有了这三个要素,就需要机会。如果一个人具备了这三个要素,那么机会也就来了。

难的事要多花时间,不可能的事不过花的时间更长一些。让脚实实在在地踏在大地上,一步一步地向前走,即使累了歇息一下也要让目光盯着前面的路。坎坷也好,荆棘也罢,花点时间,更长地花点时间,就没有做不成的事。

(坚强)一个有坚强心志的人,财产可以被人掠夺,勇气却不会被人剥夺。

只要你爬到山顶,这座山才会支撑着你。

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Summary Skills

Subject: English Language
Level: Year 1
Unit: Reading Comprehension
Topic: Summarising skills
Macro-concept: Systems
Topical concepts: summary, trivia
Guiding Questions: only on the topical concept of ‘trivia’ because the lesson is focused on the summarising skill of ‘delete trivia’.

  1. What is trivia? (Factual)
  2. What counts as trivia? (Conceptual)
  3. Which writer worth her salt would include trivia in her writing? (Provocative)

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Learning Technologies Bulletin 17: Smart Nation

Here’s another issue of the bulletin for your reading pleasure.

Handy Tool:   Zeetings
 
Zeetings is a tool that allows you to actively engage your audience during a presentation. 
 
It provides you with a handy platform to record the thoughts, comments, and questions that the audience may have during each segment of your presentation, whether you are delivering it in person or otherwise. You can also make use of accompanying tools such as polls, thumbs-up/down, scales, etc. to track the audience’s responses at specific points. 

 
No installation required for both you and your audience– everyone participates from their own device! 
 
Try it out here. (Sign up is free)

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