I want to recommend a book today.
Edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. Contributing authors: Stephen Wilmarth, Vivien Stewart, Tim Tyson, Frank W. Baker, David Niguidula, Jamie P. Cloud, Alan November, Bill Sheskey, Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick.
I am usually a fast reader, but I have been taking my time with this book. There is not only a wealth of information, but it connects to so many of my thoughts and ideas I have contemplated in my mind as well as on this blog over the last few years. It resonated with me when Heidi Hayes Jacobs says:
a school does not need reform— it needs new forms.
Heidi advocates that
New essential curriculum will need revision- actual replacements of dated content, skills, and assessments with more timely choices.
I really liked her approach when she suggests the distinction between a “growth model” instead of a “change model” that needs to be introduced to a school’s culture.
As I was reading the book (hard copy, not on my Kindle), I was using highlighters to not miss thoughts or quotes that I wanted to remember. It did not take long to realize that I was highlighting too much 🙂 How was I going to get through this book and make sense of it, connect and wrap it around my thoughts which were floating around but had not been verbalized?
I know that I work best through concepts and ideas when I create diagrams or use mind mapping tools. I really like using the SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint. The visuals below are a summary of what I “read out of the book”, the most important points in my mind and quotes.
- Understanding of knowledge, creation & authority
- Make meaning of information to create new knowledge
- Find, evaluate, organize, interpret & distribute information
- Pattern recognition, critical thinking, perception
- Gather knowledge to become intelligent vs. apply knowledge
- Social production is enabled by power of networks to connect people
- Nature of learning & teaching
- Locating experts & eyewitnesses
- Relationships NOT technologies determine learning
- Enhancing the process of learning to be (Identity)
- Compete. Cooperate & connect with global peers
- Greater understanding of 95% of worldâ€™s population
- Knowledge-driven global economy
- Global competency knowledge, language &respect
- Global perspective
- Critical Thinking
- Literary Authority & participatory culture
- Media is shaping the way students think and express themselves
- No longer print-centric world
- Find, analyze, evaluate, organize, remix, store and share media
- Gather data about own learning
- Self-Modifying as lifelong learner
- Alternative assessment tool
- Non-linear learning
- Semantic Web
- Interdisciplinary linkage to real world applications
- Global Connectivity
- Ubiquitous connectivity
- Learning is social
- Collective Intelligence
- Engage students to produce meaningful contributions
- Students making contributions to learning communities
- Establishing & maintaining working relationships
- Tools to share what we learn open up new ways of thinking
- Professional Development
- Nationally/ Internationally
- Foreign Languages
I also like taking quotes and create visuals of them.