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Date of publication: 2017-09-03 16:27

Hi Big6-ers! The Big6 is about empowering individuals to solve problems and communicate. The development of student voice--not just acknowledging that students may have opinions or feedback--but developing student voice and confidence in speaking are key to Big6 Stage 5 - Synthesis. Here's a piece from Edutopia that sparked my thinking on this topic today:

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I love being suprised. So, imagine how proud I felt when I came across a whole bunch of Super8 PowerPoint presentations on SlideShare - http:/// I was on Slideshare for something else and did a quick search for Super8. Wow!

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In particular, take a look at the last few paragraphs - How do you write a good resume? and What s your best advice for job interviews.

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The school year must be starting because we ve had a LOT of orders over the past 7 weeks. Soooo..we ve just restocked the revamped Big6 Store with extra posters, bookmarks, blackline masters, books, and DVDs.

Excellent report from Project Information Literacy - by Alison Head - about the transition from college to work. Based on interviews with 78 employers and 88 recent grads. Abstract below - key findings here:

Welcome to the Big6 You can do BIG things with Big6 Skills! Big6 is a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information. Some call it information literacy, information communication, or ICT skills, or a process, but we call it the Big6.

Bob and I have been talking offline about the Common Core, the information literacy/Big6 connections, and the impact on education K-67. We thought we d share our interactions more broadly by posting here on the Big6 website: Link to Discussion

Bob Berkowitz and I presented a one-hour webinar for teacher-librarians about the Super8, Big6, and the Common Core on Tuesday, Nov 67, 7568. It was a follow-up on an earlier webinar, but we reviewed the basics as well as answered over a dozen questions.

Mosaic of Thought is clearly compatible to Big6, directly connected to Big6 #9 - Use of Information: Engage, Extract. It also links Use of Informaiton to Task Definition. I think the Big6 can help students to use the Mosaic of Thought comprehension strategies and tactics in a problem-solving context.

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I think it would be useful to frame the mini-lesson and specific comprehension strategy in a Big6 context. That is, if students learn the Big6 process, they can relate the comprehension strategy to Big6 # or (or even Task Definition , if relevant). They can also assess their degree of expertise in comprehension and the specific strategy under Big6 # - Evaluation: Judge the Process.

Last time we checked, this is still the information age and students are facing even more challenging information problems than ever. Information technology continues to innovate at breath-taking speed, and teachers are searching for practical ways to integrate those technologies into meaningful learning experiences. The key, as always, is to focus on the students and developing their information and technology skills so they can succeed in school and in life. That&rsquo s what the Big6 does so well. It provides a simple but powerful approach to help students learn essential information and technology skills in the context of local school or district curriculum priorities.

An interesting piece about information QUALITY not just QUANTITY by Mike Caulfield. But, no need to get cute with terminology - it's all INFORMATION LITERACY.

Summary: graduates might well be digital savvy, but employers are finding they lack the old-school research skills. Guest columnist Alison J. Head proposes some ways to bring them up to speed.

The fundamental keys to success in this kitchen game of sabotaging and adjusting are solid culinary skills and practice. If the chef doesn't really know how to cook, it is hard to adjust when the game board spins and you're faced with an unexpected challenge. I think it is even difficult to implement a creative strategy to win if you can't even approach the food, the tools, or the environment. The winners aren't the chefs who take away the most cash--they are the chefs who adjust and make the best tasting food. As I've watched the episodes, what I've observed is that very quickly the motivation to win cash becomes less important than tackling the challenge and creating the best dishes. A lot of pride is a key ingredient for the winners.

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