Category: Global Skills

Dec 18

Talk Moves: Students Learn to Own Learning Conversations

Follow John McCarthy, EdS on Twitter at @JMcCarthyEdS. Check the resources on this site and here as well for So All Can Learn. Talk Moves: Students Learn to Own Learning Conversations In a science classroom at Marysville Middle School, the students in Amy Busen’s class are participating in an active conversation where they respond to …

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Jul 17

Learning through Pokemon Go – 15+ Resources

When Pokemon Go launched it created quite a buzz that continues to resonate. As an extension to my article, Pokemon Go… and Global Success Skills? via Edutopia, here are some resources to learn more about the game itself and possible uses for publication and other Authentic Learning Experiences for students. I’ll be adding to this list periodically. …

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Jun 16

Student Learning Wall Guide: Empowering Student Voice

Checkout ALE/PBL Guide Entering most classrooms, there is information about the learning outcomes and assignments posted. The purpose is to let students know what is the focus and follow up work that is connected. This information is like the billboards along the highways. People drive by without paying attention to the signs that become lost in …

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Aug 09

Using team builders to develop a student-centered culture

Using team builders to develop a student-centered culture by John McCarthy Team builders are great for helping students develop understanding of global competencies, sometimes called college/career readiness skills. When doing a team builder, the key is the reflective conversation that happens after the activity. I ask the question: “What qualities and skills do you use …

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Jul 06

Collaboration: Ideas from Many Voices, Part 1

Collaboration is an important global competency that students need to learn and refine. By the time they enter any post-secondary experience, students with over 10-12 years of honing this skill will be well prepared to forge ahead with new learning and career paths. They will seek out mentors and build strong networks of people with …

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Mar 31

Four steps to stronger and more independent teams

Four steps to stronger and more independent teams by John McCarthy, Ed.S. We all want the same thing. We want students able to work well with others. Every learner should be fully invested in the collaborative needs of their team so that the work is evenly balanced and highly productive. But the secret truth for …

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Jul 21

My Project-Based Learning Experience

I credit my middle school Social Studies teacher for my love of History. I often cite one of her projects for how I built deep understanding of the pre-Civil War era and connected the political stratification in the mid-1800s to the challenges of gridlock in government today. My classmates and I were given the charge …

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Mar 03

Collaboration: Virtual & Instant with Tagboard

During a PLN twitter #satchat[i] session on a Saturday morning, Charity Stephens[ii], a teacher, shared her use of with her students. The students studied grammar—different elements of pronoun usage. When Charity introduced hashtags to support the work, one of her students introduced the idea of Like any excellent teacher, Charity naturally welcomed the …

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Jan 15

Learning Preferences Cards

Students need opportunities to practice Global Competencies like Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Innovation, and Influencing across networks. This is why working in teams gives them the opportunities to practice these skills and to get coaching by the teacher and others. Yet one challenge with teams is the fear that some students will dominate, while others will …

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Nov 11

Riddle Answer

So last week, I posed this riddle: “You’re standing in a room with two doors. One opens to instant death, and the other leads to life. Standing in front of each door is a robot guard. With no other way out of the room, you must choose a door to enter. You may ask one …

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