Wesley Fryer, Ph.D. (@wfryer)

Oklahoma City, OK

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March 17th, 2013

in or near OKC? Plan to attend my next FREE meetup: eBook Self-Publishing 101 wfryer.me/2ys (Fri Apr 19)

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just spent about an hour working on configuration settings for my Google Books Partner account

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iReading: A Guide to Mass Shootings in America wfryer.me/2yr by @markfollman @garonsen @DDpan @MotherJones

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iReading: My Amazon bestseller made me nothing wfryer.me/2yq by @Patrickwensink

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@charlotteshare4 yes we are! Scratch Camp starts tomorrow & runs M-F 9 am to noon, Skyview ES in @YukonDistrict - Plz join us if you can!

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valeriestrauss Rhode Island leaders took a student standardized test — and didn’t like it a bit. wapo.st/YAW2d8

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iReading: ‘I have had enough’ – veteran teacher tells school boarwfryer.me/2ypFrm b@valeriestrausss@washingtonpostsfb

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@BUCSlead when people ask questions like “how is technology transforming education” the assumption is that tech is the key / prime mover

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iReading: Ohio Teenagers Guilty in Rape That Social Media Brought to Light wfryer.me/2yo by @nytimes

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@BUCSlead I think that topic is malformed :-( Tech is just a tool, the revolution is based on transforming pedagogy :-)

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dmlresearchhub Call For Applications: @dmlresearchhub Associates 2013 Summer Institute Program bit.ly/HubSI2013

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I updated my Twitter profile & simplified it rather drastically :-)

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plugusin New bit on the Radical: Three Classroom Blogging Tips for Teachers - ow.ly/j70Vi

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@TParks thanks so much for facilitating :-)

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KLirenman @wfryer Some of us like to lead from the grade one classroom up! :-)

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@KLirenman yes indeed! We need more teachers who do and will! :-)

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TParks Please Fav this tweet for later & leave your info on the PLN Google Form oklaed.blogspot.com/p/oklaed-commu… - A GR8 way to connect! :-)

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A9 I love the CT work via interdisciplinary units which I’ve seen @zodzilla & @_levi_ do together :-)

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@coach57 yes indeed. That is probably the #1 think we need to work on in terms of shifting paradigms/shifting learning

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A9 also @ddmeyer is a master at encouraging CT esp in math contexts

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A9 without a doubt @dkuropatwa is 1 of the best educators I know who constantly challenges students to think critically

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TParks ..Q9 Who among your PLN is a great educator who is successfully fostering Critical Thinking within their classroom? Please share.

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@tbbrwn @RafranzDavis And it would be gr8 to add @Wolfram_Alpha to Google for starting ideas!

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RafranzDavis A8 Admins shouldn’t have to drive everything! Teachers should embed critical thinking as routine!

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@RafranzDavis yes I agree - grassroots change vs ‘waiting for the administrative or legal mandate’ change :-)

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@MrsBeck25 I think some teachers still do, but it’s a moral choice in an immoral political climate for education & learning

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@JMaxey1 what do you mean by ‘dark side’ in that context?

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kellianglley A8 Schools need to quit buying and supplying scantrons.

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@kellianglley ooh, watch out… now you’re talking real revolution… :-)

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Blankenship_S I vision a classroom in which the Ss ask high level questions. Ss seldom raise their hands. Ss are interrupted when the bell rings

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@MrsBeck25 yes I agree RE A8 but the way ‘most’ schools are structured cross-curricular lesson planning isn’t encouraged :-(

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@TParks @ReadKennedyRead hey those sound like @MarzanoResearch recommended ‘exit strategies’ for Ss :-)

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grendelrick A8: Has to be time for collaboration, model lesson development, colleague observation…high-quality PD basically

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@tbbrwn that’s a gr8 idea: ask another teacher to take a ‘running record’ of questions asked in a period, open v closed

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A8: “essential questions” across grade levels & content areas can be 1 way. Big ideas we’re pursuing / investigating together

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A7: 1 of the best ways we can encourage Ss CT is search together for answers to questions which don’t have easy answers

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A7: I absolutely LOVE helping students create with Scratch software to foster CT & good problem solving discussions :-)

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@msjillslay11 I agree going “off the script” with CT discussions can be intimidating/scary for new Ts

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grendelrick A7: Have Ss help you map out syllabus. Certain points have to be hit. Have them help you determine how you hit them.

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@MrsBeck25 it would be gr8 just to hear a short audio ‘radio show’ about their project & lessons learned!

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A7: Changing the layout of our classrooms can be important for CT. Chairs facing each other for discussion, instead of all 2 front

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MrsBeck25 Had 2 Ss do a a MineCraft of Egypt and Kush. Two kingdoms at war. Def used CT skills

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@MrsBeck25 what a gr8 project! Did they post or blog about this anywhere? I’d love to amplify that :-)

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A7: 1 way 2 model CT is to show & discuss w/ students how we struggle to understand certain issues / ideas. Transparency in learning

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A6: I’m using free iPad app @readwithSubtext with a class of MT teachers this spring, it’s gr8 for “discussions in an ePUB text”

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@RafranzDavis again this gets back to modeling, right? We need more PD opportunities/sessions which provide good CT conversations

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@okiestategirl @ReadKennedyRead using @Wolfram_Alpha can be gr8 4 CT comparisons. 2 sports player stats, many other math comparisons

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Ranalions A6: as for method. I think embracing student conversation is key. Knowing how much to scaffold learning w/o hindering discovery.

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MrsBeck25 A5: We also need to remember that Ss need choices. Still havent met the standard kid, all of us learn diff

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A5: I think role play can be gr8 for CT too. Media projects like puppet videos which use interaction betw characters can help

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I’d like to see more emphasis on media literacy in our classrooms at all levels to promote CT. h/t @reneehobbs for this idea!

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@ClaudiaSwisher @whittclass Yes! Questioning Ss about their thinking via interactive writing platforms (blogs) is gr8 for CT!

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A5: I think media literacy prompts can be gr8 for CT. What is the goal of this ad? Why did they use this music? etc.

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@jeremy_ok I agree. That ‘creative application’ phase is what we need more of. That would be a good chat topic itself!

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@ClaudiaSwisher yet our curricular focus has generally not been on CT tho… :-(

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@Ranalions that’s the basis of Google 20% time, right? We should be able to make that part of our classroom learning culture too

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@MrsBeck25 great idea! Do you have some fav digital tools for creating shared timelines online?

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A5: Interdisciplinary activities, reports & explorations are often rich for CT opportunities. Challenging Ss to make connections

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@coach57 I agree asking students to explore issues/ideas which go beyond our textbooks/curriculum materials is key for CT

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@jeremy_ok don’t you think we need a balance of receiving info as well as students creating with it, tho?

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A4: the way we talk about & handle TIME in the classroom is key for CT. Often I hear “we don’t have time for…” including CT

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A4: We need to model more opportunities for CT in our prof dev. Too often we default back to 100% lecture mode :-(

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@ClaudiaSwisher yes! “less us/me, more them/students” is a key for CT & inquiry in the classroom :-)

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@MrsBeck25 yet that is the $10,000 question, isn’t it? How can we as teachers move AT SCALE beyond the textbook as “the curriculum?”

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Blankenship_S A3: There is no such thing as thinking critically about an issue/concept where you have no knowledge base. Different among Ss

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@Blankenship_S I agree 100% with that. Knowledge base and foundational knowledge/skills are essential for CT

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@MrsBeck25 @charlotteshare4 I think we need to share & see more examples of “student driven” learning. Many adults haven’t seen it

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@JMaxey1 @ReadKennedyRead I agree “struggling” w ideas & teachers not just giving answers is a key part of CT

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A3: CT certainly takes different forms depending on discipline, but there are common characteristics across contexts

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@RafranzDavis well I think there is still room for giving info, but the focus should be on students using ideas & creating w/them

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@whittclass so how do you see ‘inquiry’ versus CT? Are they the same approaches to learning in the classroom?

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@ReadKennedyRead CT isn’t measured quantitatively as easily as knowledge/comprehension but it can be recognized

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Blankenship_S A2: Critical thinking must become part of the classroom culture where students are seeing it in everything they do regardless of age

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I think cognitive dissonance is essential for CT. Challenging existing perceptions/ideas with novel ideas

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MT @saintswife0: A2: Critical Thinking needs to be experienced at all ages, “Kinder through nursing home”

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A2: CT is prompted by different questions depending on Ss developmental levels, but it can be done by all ages!

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@tbbrwn I’m sharing some weekly videoconferences with MT teachers but not traveling in person for awhile :-)

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A1: CT involves higher order thinking as defined by Blooms: apply, analyze, evaluate, & create :-)

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A1: CT involves discussions which are not entirely pre-scripted & pre-planned. Conversations can take unexpected directions

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A1 critical thinking = thinking about ideas from different perspectives, considering competing or dissonant sources / voices

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@tbbrwn what’s the next on your calendar, Toby? :-)

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Wes Fryer, instructional coach @YukonDistrict & digital learning consultant :-)

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thnorfar Please join the chat starting in 1 minute! Topic—Critical Thinking in the classroom.

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saintswife0 If you are in education in any way, please join chat at 8 CST. Great topic-critical thinking: teaching our kids to think.

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iReading: Getting rich off of schoolchildren wfryer.me/2yn by @davidsirota via @mguhlin (a must-read article)

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OklaEd chat - tonight 8 pm CST! Plz RT! “The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think.” John Dewey

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51/365/2013 Opposing Horse Slaughter @ Northpark Mall instagr.am/p/W-e4qMOgPa/

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50/365/2013 Preparing Snacks @ First Presbyterian Church instagr.am/p/W9jWM1OgPj/

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carlaarena@TheConsultantsE: Free Webinar: Learning w mobile devices Sun, March 17 3pmGMT/11amNYC bit.ly/WhEvJY

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carlaarena Google Reader / RSS Reader Alternatives - Crowdsourced List - A Listly List list.ly/list/33u-googl… via @diigo

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@carlaarena thanks YOU for sharing & thanks for the heads up :-)

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mschwander Pretty cool! Books.knightlabprojects.com Recommends books based on twitter algorithms. via @dan_bowen

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caddiscaster A Great Free App to Create Educational Games on iPad: So you have tried many iPad educational games but still … shrd.by/pkhC3K

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iReading: mLearning Resources wfryer.me/2ym by @carlaarena gr8 mobile learning ideas & @SlideShare

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