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Faces of Learning Puts Metacognition in the Limelight

Faces of Learning can help us understand how we learn.


Everyone has a powerful learning story… what’s yours?

The answer to this question could totally transform our classrooms and schools, and answering it is the mission of Faces of Learning.

What does this mean to you as an educator?

That’s where RBT comes in…



Faces of Learning Supports Understanding of Metacognitive Knowledge

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy provides a quality framework for teachers to use to ensure their content, the context in which they instruct, and assessments are aligned.  Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy is a two-dimensional model that takes into account the cognitive processes we expect students apply as well as the knowledge dimension that addresses that types of knowledge we expect students to learn – factual knowledge, conceptual knowledge, procedural knowledge, and metacognitive knowledge.

Metacognitive knowledge includes strategic knowledge, knowledge about tasks, and self-knowledge — including what conditions are most conducive to the student’s learning needs.  And now we get back to Faces of Learning.

Faces of Learning  provides the following definition of its purpose:  “Faces of Learning is a national grassroots engagement initiative that aims to help everyone — young and old, educator and non-educator, Democrat and Republican — see more clearly what powerful learning actually looks like (and requires)…  We envision a world where all people understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners, and where everyone expects and demands high quality learning environments throughout their lives.”

FoL’s mission is to help build the capacity to support high-quality learning environments by creating virtual and physical spaces for people to reflect on four essential questions:

1. How do people learn?
2. How do I learn?
3. What does the ideal learning environment look like?
4. How can we create more of them?

Completing the Learner Sketch will take 5-10 minutes and will provide you with infomration about how you learn.


This site provides some great ideas teachers can use to help students understand themselves and their learning needs.  Plus, teachers can gauge their own learning needs as well as what they can do to support student learning.  Complete the interactive Learner Sketch to gain a clearer picture of how you learn.  Read and watch others’ stories, or share your own.  FoL provides a great place for you to learn more about yourself and your students as learners.  Check it out!


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Navigating the Resources

I love tech tools that can enhance classroom instruction, and there are so many out there that searching for just the right tool can be overwhelming.  I am working on a Delicious Stack to support teachers who are looking for some innovative and cool Internet sites and tools to use inside and outside of the classroom.



Check out my stack on “Super Cool Web 2.o Tools” by clicking here.  And…if you have suggestions regarding sites you would like to see me add, just let me know!
Happy surfing!

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Groovy New Tech Tools

Since I started with DPI, I have had the opportunity to explore, use, and tinker with a variety of GREAT tech tools.  Here are a very few of my absolute favorites.




1.  Today’s Meet:   This free resource helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.  Encourage the room/class/faculty/etc. to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.  We have used this resource in Summer Institutes, principals’ meetings, regional meetings, etc.

2. Prezi:  Prezi takes presentation making to a different level.  Present anywhere you have internet access.  Share your prezi with others, collaborate online, and edit together.  For examples of Prezis we have used, go to our wiki:  http://rt3region7.wikispaces.com


3.  Poll Everywhere: This web-based response tool replaces expensive automated student-response systems.  Free up to 30 participants, poll everywhere allows you to poll students, teachers, or any other groups of people.  It is easy and inexpensive.  All your participants need is a cell phone, iPad, or computer.


4.  Doodle:  Free of charge and without registration, Doodle allows you to plan meeting times by getting feedback about participant availability.


5.  Wallwisher:  This online notice board maker allows you to gather information, complete formative assessments, and inform your next meeting, class, or conversation.  Again, this resource is free.  Like all of these resources, you can set up a wallwisher in a matter of just a couple of minutes.


6.  Lino:  Take a note right away, wherever you are.  Share an idea with colleagues, students, work groups, friends.  You can put a sticky up, remove a sticky, or revise your sticky.  Another free resource, lino allows yet another opportunity for brainstorming and/or formative assessment.


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