Why Kids Should Grade Teachers - Amanda Ripley. A decade ago, an economist at Harvard, Ronald Ferguson, wondered what would happen if teachers were evaluated by the people who see them every day—their students.
The idea—as simple as it sounds, and as familiar as it is on college campuses—was revolutionary. And the results seemed to be, too: remarkable consistency from grade to grade, and across racial divides. Even among kindergarten students. A growing number of school systems are administering the surveys—and might be able to overcome teacher resistance in order to link results to salaries and promotions. Brian Rea Nubia Baptiste had spent some 665 days at her Washington, D.C., public school by the time she walked into second period on March 27, 2012. If someone had asked, she could have revealed things about her school that no adult could have known.
She sat down at her desk and pulled her long, neat dreadlocks behind her shoulders. A National Report Card The Writing Revolution The Schoolmaster Well, this was different. Walk-Throughs Are On the Move - School Leadership 2. Classroom walk-throughs are a trend that is on the move!
The non-threatening, non-evaluative walk-throughs give principals a quick snapshot of student learning. That snapshot is used to engage teachers in conversations about how to improve teaching. Included: Principals talk about the benefits of walk-throughs, and how to initiate walk-throughs with teachers who might fear frequent classroom visits by the principal. School leaders are under a lot of stress -- but if exercise is a stress antidote, then principals might be among the healthiest managers around. That's because a lot of principals are doing an awful lot of walking. The walk-through technique is based on the work of Carolyn Downey and others (authors ofThe Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through: Changing School Supervisor...).
The walk-through process can benefit teachers in many ways, according to Kathy Larson of the Cooperative Education Service Agency #2 in Milton, Wisconsin. For Todd Wiedemann, training is the key. Tutorial. Inside School Research. By Holly Yettick April 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM A report by a UCLA research center criticizes models that rely on nonprofit organizations to partner with schools and community services such as health clinics in order to provide services to at-risk students.
By Holly Yettick April 7, 2014 at 6:52 AM Preliminary results of a survey of California high school teachers suggest that poverty-related challenges lead students at low-income schools to receive half an hour less instructional time per day than their peers in higher-income schools. By Holly Yettick April 6, 2014 at 8:05 AM At a packed session of the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, presenters offered simple and practical research-based methods of increasing student achievement by increasing motivation.
By Holly Yettick April 5, 2014 at 9:15 AM. What We Know About Teaching Teachers - Transforming Learning. OCW Consortium. Stephanie Sandifer. The Answer Sheet - A School Survival Guide for parents (and everyone else). The Top 20 Education Blogs. Technorati ranks more than 100,000 blogs with “authority” calculations “based on a site’s linking behavior, categorization and other associated data over a short, finite period of time.”
I don’t know what all that means, but it allows for comparison of blogs across and within all categories. The site doesn’t have an “education” category, so it requires going through the comprehensive listing to pick them out one at a time. The rankings are updated once a day, but here are the top 20 education blogs as of May 16, with their Technorati authority figures (1000 is the highest possible score): 1) Joanne Jacobs – 610 2) The Quick and the Ed – 601 3) Gotham Schools – 584 4) Education Experts (National Journal) – 576. Top 100 Education Blogs. Education blogs are becoming a means for educators, students, and education administrators to interact more effectively than ever before.
They are also a great resource for those searching for the best online education programs to jumpstart their teaching careers. Technorati currently tracks 63.1 million blogs. More than 5,000 of them are about education. It is likely that there are hundreds, if not thousands, more education-related blogs on the Web. (UPDATE: There are over 30,000 blogs hosted at edublogs.org alone. Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the great education blogs out there.