44 Benefits of Collaborative Learning by Ted Panitz
A very complete list of benefits observed in classrooms using various forms of collaborative learning.
Art at Jackman
Heather Scott writes about choice art teaching at her Ohio elementary school.
Art at RMS
Nan Hathaway writes about her innovative choice-based K-8 program at the Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Talented in Colorado.
Catalogue of School Reform Models
Criteria for selecting models includes evidence of effectiveness
in improving student academic achievement, extent of replication,
implementation assistance provided to schools, and comprehensiveness. The
catalog is produced jointly by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
(NWREL) and the National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform (NCCSR).
CEEP Popular Topics: the Reggio Emilia Approach
This is a collection of links and information about the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching.
Challenging Gifted Students in Regular Classrooms
How do teachers develop an instructional plan that will be
challenging, enlightening, and intriguing to students of different abilities,
and still maintain a sense of community within the classroom? This is the
central question for educators as they begin the quest of bringing sound
instruction to gifted students in regular classroom settings. This
document, by Beverly Parke, lists characteristics of gifted students, the
role of classroom teachers, program options, and instructional provisions.
Choice-Based Art Education
This is a growing resource for choice-based art education by Clark Fralick and Staci Konesky. Practical advice for beginning and veteran choice art teachers.
Coming Up Taller Report
"This report documents arts and humanities programs in communities across America that offer opportunities for children and youth to learn new skills, expand their horizons and develop a sense of self, well-being and belonging."
Concept to Classroom: Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and
Part of the Concept to Classroom website which puts learning theory into practice. Each workshop offered on thye site is divided into four sections: Explanation, Demonstration, Exploration, Implementation. Some educators can use this website to earn professional development credits. The site was created by
PBS station channel 13 in New York.
Constructivist Learning Theory
A paper presented at a conference of museum educators explains
constructivism. It explains that there is nothing dramatically new in
constructivist learning theory: the core ideas have been clearly enunciated
by John Dewey among others, but there is a new, widespread acceptance
of this old set of ideas and new research in cognitive psychology to
Design to Learn (I/DEPPE/I)
The Design to Learn program was developed at the University of
the Arts in Philadelphia. The model recognizes the principal activities in
the design process: intending, defining, exploring, planning, producing,
evaluating, and integrating.
Different Ways of Knowing K-7
Different Ways of Knowing (DWoK) is a multi-year professional development program for teachers and administrators providing an integrated approach to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and reporting. Recognizing that every child has talent and that children learn by doing, the DWoK curriculum provides clear and flexible guidelines for learner-centered classroom practice. Interdisciplinary, non-graded modules integrate social studies and history themes with mathematics, science, and the visual, performing, and media arts.
Fair Assessment Practices: Giving Students Equitable Opportunities toDemonstrate Learning
"Equitable assessment means that students are assessed using
methods and procedures most appropriate to them." This article by Linda Suskie includes components of fair assessment and numerous assessment resources.
Holistic Critical Thinking Rubrics
"This four level rubric treats critical thinking as a set of cognitive skills supported by certain personal dispositions. To reach a judicious, purposive judgment a good critical thinker engages in analysis, interpretation, evaluation, inference, explanation, and meta-cognitive self-regulation."
Integrated Thematic Instruction (ITI) by Susan Kovalik
ITI is a model for applying current brain research to schools
and classrooms to maximize student achievement and prepare responsible citizens. Schools create a "bodybrain-compatible" learning environment. This is part of the Catalogue of School Reform Models.
Kennedy Center Artsedge: Visual Arts Standards and Exemplars
Presents National Standards for Arts Education proposed as a statement of what every young American should know and be able to do in four arts disciplines -- dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. Their scope is
grades K-12, and they speak to both content and achievement.
The theory of multiple intelligences suggests that there are a
number of distinct forms of intelligence that each individual possesses in varying degrees. Dr. Howard Gardner proposes seven primary forms: linguistic, musical, logical-mathematical, spatial, body-kinesthetic, intrapersonal (e.g., insight, metacognition) and interpersonal (e.g., social skills). This is part of the Theory into Practice Database.
My Choice-Based Art Room
Carolyn Kinniery writes about her choice based elementary classes in Massachusetts. Many photographs.
Deborah Gilbert teaches art in Colorado and writes about her choice-based art room on this web log.
Recent Art Work from TAB Classrooms at NAEA
This is a virtual tour of a national exhibition of choice-based work from 14 schools in 6 states at the Arnheim Gallery in Boston.
Reggio Emilia Approach
This site provides an outline of the major features of the
Reggio Emilia approach as well as links to other resources for this teaching
Reggio Emilia: An Educational Project
This is the main information page for the Reggio Emilia concept of teaching.
Ride the Wave to Success in the Classroom
This downloadable pdf. file contains successful strategies for the
management of learner-centered classroom. The content was created for the
Florida Department of Education Office of School Improvement.
Social Development Theory
A discussion of Vygotsky's theory of social development. This page is part of the Theory Into Practice Database.
TAB-choice Art at McAuliffe Elementary
Ann Gray writes about her transition to student-centered art classes at an elementary school in Oklahoma.
Teaching for Artistic Behavior: Choice-Based Art
This web log contains stories from a choice classroom along with the best excerpts from writings on authentic, student-centered learning.
The Wonderful World of Discovery
Clark Fralick is a sucessful choice teacher at an elementary school in Indiana. This site is a virtual visit to his classroom.
Theory Into Practice (TIP) Database
TIP is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory
more accessible to educators. The database contains brief summaries of 50
major theories of learning and instruction. These theories can also be
accessed by learning domains and concepts.
What's Basic: A Constructivist's View
By Thomas C. O'Brien of Southern Illinois University, this is a thorough discussion of Constructivist Learning Theory and its implications and application in teaching and learning. Intriguing activities are included.