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Seven Misconceptions about How Students Learn: Game-Changers for Authentic Learning

Posted in 21st Century Skills, Professional Development, Service-Learning by tharkins on February 17, 2012

Just read another article that hit home for me.   “Seven Misconceptions about How Students Learn,” written by Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post.

It discusses the misconceptions that many people believe about education, that are blocking true learning.  Over the past few decades we have learned a lot about how students learn and these misconceptions don’t fit with the science.

Here is the list of misconceptions and Strauss’s comments on each. (more…)

Collaboration: 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Students and Communities

Posted in Professional Development, Service-Learning, Summer Institutes by KIDS Consortium on December 13, 2011

My first year of teaching—Day 1: I had my lesson plan all printed neatly in my plan book. It called for the 7thgraders to work in groups for 20 minutes—you see, I learned in one of my courses that students excel in cooperative learning activities. So I put them into groups with a task (I don’t remember what it was and I am sure that none of the students remembers either) and then I, oh, I don’t know, I was probably checking the lunch menu or straightening the framed diploma that hung behind my desk—you know, I was doing what you do when kids are working in groups.  Five minutes later I looked out on the splendor of the environment I had created—what a disaster. Here I thought that by using

English: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

T. Hobbes...he warned us about ourselves:)

a collaborative learning strategy that I was developing 21st Century students, and it looked more like Hobbes’s 17th Century description of the state of nature. Clearly, I forgot an important step…to teach them HOW to work in groups. (more…)

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Service-Learning Summer Institutes: Choose Your Location

Posted in Professional Development, Service-Learning, Summer Institutes by KIDS Consortium on May 6, 2011

KIDS Consortium’s flagship professional development opportunity for K-12 educators is the four-day Service-Learning Summer Institute.

Last year, we held four incredibly successful four-day Summer Institutes. For the first time ever, a KIDS Consortium Summer Institute was held in Florida. This year, we’re adding another “first”: Minnesota.

Yes, whether you teach in Florida, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, or Maine—or near any one of those—there’s a KIDS Consortium Summer Institute near you.

The KIDS Consortium Summer Institute was the very best course I’ve taken in many years! I am totally prepared to lead a service-learning project in my classroom or school and I also have many tools that I can use every day.

—Middle School Educator, Maine

What’s special about this program?

The Institute was by far the best teacher conference I have ever been to. Transformative. KIDS facilitators are fantastic. Well worth the trip from Georgia!

—Kimberley Dessureault, Inner Harbour for Children and Families, Douglasville, Georgia

Check out the locations of KIDS Consortium’s Summer Institutes for 2011:

Winter Haven,
Florida
:
June 21-24
Cambridge, Massachusetts:
June 27-30
North Berwick,
Maine:

July 19-22
Minneapolis,
Minnesota:

July 26-29
New York City,
New York:

August 16-19
Albany, New York (private program): July 12-15

Three graduate credits are also available at a very affordable rate, from Salem State College/Northeast Consortium.

Everything you need to learn more, register, and apply for a scholarship is here: http://www.kidsconsortium.org/institute_for_educators.php

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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Summer of Summer Institutes

Posted in Professional Development, Service-Learning, Summer Institutes by KIDS Consortium on July 1, 2010

Teachers at the Florida InstituteIt’s a hot summer for service-learning here at KIDS. Last year, we held two incredibly successful four-day service-learning institutes for educators. This year, there are four.

Last week, education consultants Barbara Fiore and Matt Robinson presented the first-ever KIDS Consortium Summer Institute to be held in sunny Florida. Learn and Serve Florida partnered with KIDS Consortium to provide scholarships for teachers, State Farm Insurance generously donated the meeting space, and a wonderful group of creative, engaged, energetic teachers dedicated four days to learning about service-learning.

The institute last week has really helped me understand the standards and the various formats I can use to implement service-learning in my classroom. It has also expanded my ability to promote the service-learning teaching strategy!

—Kristy, middle school teacher, Lithia, FL

If that piques your interest at all, you’re in luck! KIDS Consortium is offering three more institutes this summer.

  • Albany, New York: July 13-16
  • Portland, Maine: July 20-23
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts: August 17-20

There are a few spaces left at the New York training, and registration for Massachusetts is still open.

Also, three graduate credits are available for an additional $200, from Salem State College/Northeast Consortium.

Everything you need to learn more, register, and apply for a scholarship is here: http://www.kidsconsortium.org/institute_for_educators.php

We look forward to seeing you there!

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