Advances in educational research has given us a rich collection of frameworks, philosophies and methods that help us understand cognition, learning, and human development. When studied and applied in the classroom they can enrich and scaffold learning. This area cannot cover the breadth of resources available but a subset that users of SimSchool have found most helpful - Bloom's Taxonomy, Marzano's research on Classroom instruction, National Research Council's How People Learn and others.
Teaching for Understanding - Website at Harvard University
The Teaching for Understanding Framework includes four key ideas--based on the four questions: generative topics, understanding goals, performances of understanding, and ongoing assessment. This website provides information, examples and the steps for developing a unit of study using the TFU model.
The Learning Curve
"The Learning Curve" (a site created by K12 students!) explores one of mankind's fundamental processes: learning. No matter what age, race, gender, or nationality, everyone learns.
The Personal Learning Planner: Collaboration through Online Learning and Publication
This paper discusses the online Personal Learning Planner (PLP) project underway at the National Institute of Community Innovations (NICI), one of the partners in the Teacher Education Network (TEN), a 2000 PT3 Catalyst grantee. The Web-based PLP provides a standards-linked portfolio space for both works in progress and demonstration collections of completed work, combined with structures to support mentorship and advising centered around the improvement of work.
Theories Frameworks & Models
Models, like myths and metaphors, help us to make sense of our world. An instructional design model gives structure and meaning to an I.D.