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Educational LeadershipOctober 2017 / Volume 75, Number 2Unleashing Problem Solvers
Middle Schoolers Go GlobalMark Wise and Jay McTigheA district’s five-day global challenge turns students into problem solvers and transforms teaching and learning.
Inviting Uncertainty into the ClassroomRonald A. BeghettoFive strategies to help students to develop the skills needed to address complex problems.
From Answer-Getters to Problem SolversMike FlynnIn math, three-act tasks can foster deeper thinking and greater engagement.
Turning Teaching Upside Down Cathy L. SeeleyStudents can learn more when teachers give them space to wrestle with a math problem.
Think Inside the BoxJohn SpencerEmbracing the limits of creative constraint is one key to problem solving.
Problem Solving in PracticeKim Greene, Jeff Heyck-Williams, and Elicia Timpson GraySolar-powered tents, Jamestown narratives, and robot designs—what student problem solving looks like in action.
Making a World of Difference by Looking LocallyEthan Lowenstein and Gregory SmithHow place- and community-based education can broaden the classroom—and your students’ viewpoints.
Building Students’ Sense of Agency Shari Tishman and Edward P. ClappPractices inspired by the maker movement can hone students’ sensitivity to design.
Kidding Around with Design ThinkingJaunine Fouché and Joel CrowleyA residential school stresses applied learning for elementary students—and that includes keeping the baby goats safe.
The STEAM-Powered Classroom Charlie HarperAn instructional coach makes a bold case for integrating problem-based learning across the curriculum.
Reading, Writing,… and Arithmetic?Dan SussmanAn English teacher tests a problem-based instructional approach borrowed from math.
COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
Perspectives/RX for Learning?Anthony Rebora
Research Matters/Helping Students Develop Schemas Bryan GoodwinLet’s show students the processes experts use to tackle complex problems.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/Apprenticing Students into a Way of ThinkingDouglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Three strategies to help students develop problem-solving mental habits.
The Techy Teacher/Putting Them in the Driver’s SeatCatlin TuckerGive students the freedom and tech range to become problem solvers.
Principal Connection/Group Effectiveness Is No AccidentThomas R. HoerrPurpose and participation lead to more meaningful meetings.
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Confronting Inequity/Cultivating Problem Solvers in Shifting Cultural ContextsH. Richard Milner IVLet’s prepare students to solve key life and social problems.
One to Grow On/Catalysts for Creativity Carol Ann TomlinsonCreativity is a process, not a eureka moment.
ASCD Community in Action
EL Takeaways/Insights on Problem Solving
Problem Solving in Education: A Global ImperativeDennis Shirley and Pak Tee NgWhen it comes to teaching problem solving, many U.S. schools may need to play catch up.
Five Practices to Unleash Problem Solvers Lisa Watts Lawton An elementary teacher on helping students develop the ‘Four C’s’ of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Tell Me About . . ./A Problem-Solving Activity that Energizes Studentswww.ascd.org/el1017tellmeabout
Video: Best Practices for Fostering Problem-Solving SkillsAccomplished educators share insights on cultivating creativity and problem solving in the classroom.
Inservice Guest BloggersRonald A. Beghetto, and Charlie Harperhttp://inservice.ascd.org
EL Study Guide/Problems of Practicewww.ascd.org/el1017studyguide
Classroom management remains a central challenge—and opportunity—for educators. The September 2018 Educational Leadership examines specific and big-picture approaches to improving classroom management, including how to address both positive and problem behaviors, design conducive classroom spaces, and create supportive climates for learning.
The November 2018 Educational Leadership offers an insider’s look at new trends and expectations professional development. Our expert authors examine how teachers are increasingly taking professional learning into their own hands, through collaborative inquiry, personalized learning, video study, and social media.
School leaders set the tone and direction for what happens in the classroom. The March 2019 Educational Leadership explores strategies and processes school leaders can use to better understand students' and teachers' needs and guide teaching and learning more effectively.
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