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TimestampYour nameYour twitter handleWhy? How? and What? do we LEARN?Why? How? and What? do I TEACH?Why? How? and What? do we ESTIMATE?Why? How? and What? do we DISCUSS?Why? How? and What? do we EXPLORE?Why? How? and What? do we ASSESS?Why? How? and What? do we IMPROVE?
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7/5/2012 22:17:17Andrew Stadel@mr_stadelWhy: To be a more informed critical thinker & contributor to society.
How: By observing, asking questions, failing, succeeding, and perseverance.
What: Whatever interests us.
Why: To help my students be more informed critical thinkers and contributors to society.
How: With an attitude that I can always improve.
What: Content that demands the use of critical thinking skills.
Why: To have a general base for problem solving that doesn't cost anything.
How: Use context clues, prior knowledge, or an educated guess.
What: Anything, not just quantitative situations.
Why: To provide and receive feedback regarding ideas.
How: Respectfully and collaboratively.
What: Any ideas that could be worth testing or assist with a solution.
Why: To discover something unknown.
How: With an open mind.
What: Whatever interests me.
Why: To see if our ideas have brought us closer to our goal(s).
How: In a way that accurately gauges our understanding of ideas, failures and successes.
What: Our failures and successes toward a specific task.
Why: To be better contributors to society.
How: By estimating, exploring, discussing, failing, assessing, learning, succeeding, and trying again.
What: Anything that is almost a success, or less.
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7/5/2012 23:08:02Fawn Nguyen@fawnpnguyenWe learn because it's part of growing up.

We learn by being mindful of my daily experiences: what worked, what didn't, what could be improved upon?

We actively learn whatever we feel is relevant to us, and I guess we can learn passively through osmosis.
I teach because I can't sing. Hard to believe, but it's true.

I teach by giving kids room to investigate and facilitating discussions.

I teach algebra, geometry, and 6th grade math.
We estimate because we don't know the exact answer.

We estimate by giving it our best shot -- via quick visual and mental calculations.

We estimate anything we want to; it can be a quantitative or qualitative. For example, I estimate that I'll beat you in Tetris by 1,000 points. Or, I estimate that I make better guacamole than you.
We discuss because we are social creatures.

We discuss via personal and/or technological means.

We discuss things that matter to us.
We explore because it's engaging and fun.

We explore using all our senses and the available tools.

We tend to explore things that are of have high interest and low risk to us; and sometimes we explore because the opportunity presents itself, could be as simple as walking on a beach.
We assess because the school system that we're in mandates that we do. (I don't know why.)

We assess by giving written tests mainly, a few are performance-based tests.

We assess the standards of the curriculum.
We improve because we want to and need to be better than yesterday.

We improbe by acknowledging that we could do better and by observing very carefully.

We improve the ways in which we teach by making learning relevant and allowing students to take ownership of their knowledge acquisition.
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7/6/2012 13:32:02Michael Pershan@mpershanWe learn things that we think will make our lives better by trial and error.I teach by setting up opportunities for trial and error and then making sure the errors are productive.We estimate when we don't have enough information to get an exact answer, but we wish that we did. We discuss stuff for all sorts of reasons. One of those reasons is to learn from somebody else. Sometimes we discuss just for the hell of it.We explore things that we want to learn by exploring them. This is the trial side of trial and error.We assess things a million times a day for all sorts of reasons. Assessing is as natural as breathing. The question is, when do we share our assessments with others.We improve by learning new things. We improve either by accident or on purpose. On purpose is the interesting one.
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7/12/2012 23:45:55Timon Piccini@mrpicc112I learn to understand. I always want to know underlying principles and to satisfy my curiosity.I want students to explore. To be impatient with being told an answer, but to want to the reason behind it.I estimate to provide a hypothesis. To test my current understanding against the reality.We discuss our ideas. To understand that there is more than one way of thinking about a problem, so that we can build up and build on each other.See above.To stay on track. Assessment is a map.We improve through community. Collaborating, sharing, and critiquing pushes us beyond where we could ever imagine, because we are having others imagine with us!
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7/13/2012 12:05:05ChristopherTrianglemancsdWe learn because of, and through, experience.I teach through setting up meaningful mathematical experiences.We estimate to gain a general sense of quantity when precision doesn't much matter.See EXPLORE above; is not discussion an essential part of exploration?We explore that which interests us, and to which we have access, because we are curious.We assess what we value, not the reverse (see Lewis Carroll).We improve based on our understanding of the relationship between our assessment results and our goals.
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