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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Thursday, July 21 • 2:35pm - 3:40pm

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Students driving their thinking & learning through questioning; the essence of an innovative learning environment

The Common Core standards are all about staking a “Claim” and finding “Evidence”.  Is that enough? Or do students also need to ask questions, identify problems and share thinking?  Students making their own meaning is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has reintroduced it as a growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments.  Today our challenge is to collectively determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning.  

Inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning rather than for assessing or checking their understanding.  

Join us as we explore strategies and share resources for developing questioning and thinking routines:

  • to make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing and connecting
  • to enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking
  • to nurture a learning culture of inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers 

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Sara Wilkie

Sara Wilkie: Head Learning Designer and Doer, November Learning, BalancEdTech
Sara Wilkie is an independent educational consultant who specializes in building the capacity of future-focused learning teams. She strives to foster an understanding of the connections and interplay between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and the process changes necessary to... Read More →

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:35pm - 3:40pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza