Together we will expand on how structured talk builds student belief, community, creates ownership and accountability and develops collective understanding and achievement. Structured talk has become a foundational practice and is a valuable starting place. We have started with this element of SmartLearning as nothing else works without it. We will also describe specifically how to create the routines of structured talk, brain research to share with your students and parents on the significance of talk and how to troubleshoot your implementation.
First we consider the expanded definition of text and how layering texts is a key step to achieving deeper, more sophisticated understanding. Through classroom-based inquiries and research SmartLearning has developed a wide range of effective learning processes or strategies called SmartLearning tools. The tools have been designed to develop deeper learning while advancing specific skills and competencies. Through use of the tools over time learners develop cognitive fluency.
Assessment, with clear purpose, guides us as we design learning. This segment considers how we shift from assessment of content to skills, competencies and concepts using assessment as learning. We will explore how to support students in their awareness and assessment of their competency development. We will examine why metacognition is so important and how to embed it in our classroom practice and culture. We will also use assessment as a tool to inform planning, teaching and one-to-one coaching.
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