Del Campo School

Del Campo School, Honduras

How COVID Will Change The Future Of Learning And Development

by Gal Raviv

COVID has proved to be far more of a shock to our working and home lives than anyone could have possibly predicted in January 2020 and the Learning and Development sector has been as affected as any.

As the year draws slowly to a close it’s natural to think about what the future holds, and whilst nobody has a crystal ball, we can see some very clear trends emerging that point the way towards our post-COVID L&D environment.

These aren’t predictions, after all, if anyone could tell what was going to happen in the short-term then we’d all be lottery winners. Instead, our points are more discussion points intended to establish what appears to be the ‘direction of travel’ for the next few years.

  • post-pandemic
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50 Ways To Measure Understanding

by Terry Heick

How do you measure what a student understands?

Not give them an assessment, score it, then use that score to imply understanding. Rather, how do you truly ‘uncover’ what they ‘know’–and how ‘well’ they know it?

The Challenge Of Outcomes & Standards-Based Assessment

First a preface: itemizing ways to measure understanding is functionally different than students choosing a way to demonstrate what they know—mainly because in a backward-design approach where the learning target is identified first, that learning target dictates everything else downstream.

If, for example, a student was given a topic and an audience and were allowed to ‘do’ something and then asked to create something that demonstrated what they learned, the result would be wildly different across students. Put another way, students would learn different things in different ways.

  • assessment
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Simple Exercise: Help Students Analyze Their Growth Over Time

By Caitlin Tucker

Students rarely recognize how much progress they are making over the course of a semester or school year. Their school days tend to be a blur of information, assignments, and activities. However, if students do not appreciate their growth over time, it may be harder to understand the value of the work they are doing or stay motivated.

  • documenting
  • reflection
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Virtual Literature Circles Create a Safe Space for Students

By Thomas Courtney

The best moments in my classroom have always been the ones found in a good book—those are the moments when we cheer, sigh, and laugh the most.

But literature is more than just fun. It builds bridges to topics and issues that students aren’t always equipped to access or explore alone. Books are gateways to big, communal ideas; they remind us that no matter how small we feel, we are a big part of a shared world.

Recent months have reminded me how central the stories, themes, and lessons in quality literature need to be to our work. Here’s what I’ve learned by building rich, diverse, and powerful literature components into distance learning, one page at a time.

  • basic literacy
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The Next Pandemic: Mental Health
By Cindy Minn and Isabelle Hau 

COVID-19 has caused most parents to struggle with new realities. Some question what the future will bring and wonder if loved ones are safe. Others are coping with the loss of close ones, unemployment, and lack of food or housing. Meanwhile, our littlest learners are currently deprived of social interactions, sequestered to playing inside, and relegated to growing screen time (if they have access to technology at all).

We’re approaching the end of May, which is National Mental Health Awareness month. But the mental health crisis is looming on the horizon.

The first wave of the crisis affected physical health, the second wave is economic. Now comes the third wave—mental health—and our system is ill-prepared.

  • mental health
  • post-pandemic
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COVID-19 as a catalyst for educational change

By  Yong Zhao

The massive damages of COVID-19 may be incalculable. But in the spirit of never wasting a good crisis, COVID-19 represents an opportunity to rethink education. The rethinking should not be about improving schooling, but should focus on the what, how, and where of learning. This article highlights some of the questions that schools can ask as they reimagine post-COVID education.

The epidemic outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted virtually all aspects of human life, including the tragic loss of many lives around the globe. It has broken rhythms and routines, shattered patterns and norms, and exposed the best and worst of humanity and human institutions. Yet, even these great challenges and great difficulties offer opportunities to question time-honored norms and routines, so we may reimagine and recreate human institutions.

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News Media Literacy

By Erik Palmer

Media literacy. There’s a lot of interest in it right now. A problem is that often educators think media literacy means understanding digital sites which means teaching students how to avoid being fooled by fake stories on Facebook. We need to change that. Let’s define media literacy correctly.

Students cannot be media literate if they don’t understand the word media. A workable definition is that media are the means of mass communication. In other words, we use media to spread messages to large audiences. What medium do you want to use to get your message out to the world? Newspaper? Television? Internet blog? Magazine? Internet social media site? The first step toward media literacy is understanding the various types of media and being able to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each. In this post, we’ll look at news media.

  • media literacy
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Project Zero's Thinking Routine Toolbox

Welcome to Project Zero’s Thinking Routines Toolbox. This toolbox highlights Thinking Routines developed across a number of research projects at PZ. A vast array of PZ's work has explored the development of thinking, the concept of thinking dispositions, and the many ways routines can be used to support student learning and thinking across age groups, disciplines, ideals, competencies, and populations. Thinking Routines originated in PZ’s Visible Thinking research initiative. Over the years, researchers enhanced and expanded upon the original routines, and new projects developed new routines. Some of the larger PZ research projects focused on enhancing thinking include Artful Thinking, Cultures of Thinking, Agency by Design, PZ Connect, and Interdisciplinary & Global Studies. 

  • making thinking visible
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