Engaging methods for teaching 21st-century skills

Today's students must be more than good test takers. They must be able to collaborate, innovate, and think critically to solve real-world problems. As content demands increase, how can teachers make time to teach these advanced skills? Sparking Student Synapses, Grades 9–12 describes how master teacher Nigel Scozzi used Rich Allen's Green Light strategies to teach content in a memorable and efficient way. Backed by research, this practical guide provides secondary teachers with tried and trusted lesson plans, in multiple subject that: Engage students; Accelerate learning; Encourage critical thinking; Improve test results

When you apply the book's effective strategies, your students will learn to make appropriate judgments based on the evidence available, understand relationships between ideas, evaluate content validity, and reflect upon their values. Changing the way you teach may be daunting, but the results are worth it—improved student engagement and behavior, better test results, and a rewarding reminder of why you became a teacher!

The Rise of Critical Thinking: Adapting to the New Goals of Our Education System

The rise of critical thinking: Adapting to the new goals of our education system

“Learning without thinking is labor lost; thinking without learning is dangerous.”

—Confucius

Around the developed world, high school educators are facing perhaps the biggest curriculum change we have ever witnessed. In the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia, the rise of critical thinking as a determinant of success in state and national testing is introducing a new level of challenge in almost every subject. Suddenly, teachers, who are already struggling to get through their content, are finding it is not enough to teach the facts. Students must also be able to use those facts to ...

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