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Good Read: Highlighting Is a Waste of Time: The Best and Worst Learning Techniques Latest report summarized by Annie Murphy Paul on best ways to study: “Spread out your study sessions, rather than engaging in one marathon. Cramming information at the last minute may allow you to get through that test or meeting, but the material will quickly disappear from memory.
Manager or Leader: Which Are You? There has always been an on-going debate on the differences between a leader and a manager.
Elizabeth English: Why So Many Schools Remain Penitentiaries of Boredom "It's harder to change a school than it is to move a graveyard."
You know how when you have an epiphany and then wonder how you could have ever not known that thing you just realized? Embedded Inquiry
After a morning Discipline With Dignity training, the high school principal and I walked to the cafeteria to eat lunch. Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference
MIT professor Sherry Turkle tells a story of teaching a class on memoir, during which students talked openly about the intimate details of their lives, meanwhile their classmates texted under their desks. “We were losing the sense of this class as a conversation, and that is the value of what we’re there to do together,” she remembers. 4 Ways to Increase Student Attention in the Age of Distraction
My “Top 3″ List for 2012 « December 27, 2012 by cultureofyes
I spend a lot of time in a philosophical tug-of-war with students and parents over what grades mean, why we give them, and how they should be interpreted. Why It's Time to Eliminate Class Schedules | Grades on GOOD
At 17 years old, Nikhil Goyal is shaking up America’s education system. How 17-Year-Old Nikhil Goyal Is Disrupting Education
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» Start with your strengths and focus on your bright spots I know this much is true.
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by mrsdkrebs Right now you probably hear as many people talk about how annoyed they are with the term “21st Century Learning” as you will hear people talking about the importance of it. I will have to admit, I am in the “annoyed” camp. We often talk about these ideals of what “21st Century Learning” will look like but I think we can start with something much simpler. We should start asking, “How do we ourselves best engage in our own learning?” I was reminded of this the other day while at a conference and the presenter started the session by saying, “I would like to start by asking everyone to put away their mobile devices.” 21st Century Learning…blah blah blah
Mike McKay » Secondary School Transformation Continued In a previous blog entry, I touched on some of the drivers for secondary school transformation. It is complex work and well underway in various places, but typically one piece at a time. For system change to provide maximum benefit for kids, we need to align our efforts, learn from each other and gain more familiarity and confidence with new ways to support learning. Here are a few more of the pieces that help to put the puzzle together:
We All Want Flexibility « April 9, 2012 by cultureofyes If asked, most people would agree they could do well with more flexibility in their life – this is also true in the education field, and almost all education reform movements include a call for greater flexibility. Of course, this can mean something very different from one person to the next. For me, flexibility is about giving more choice and ownership. I shared this slide (below) in a recent presentation giving an overview of what I think flexibility means in the education context.
Successful School Leaders Today Need to Harness Technology & Social Media
I'm speaking at Red Deer College on April 4
What Can Schools Learn from Best Buy's Continuing Troubles?
Classroom without walls
To do whatever you tell me
Future of Teaching: Swedish School System Goes Classroom-Free
How To Start a Meditation Program in Your School
An Open Letter to Educators
My Top Ten in Ten Days – Celebrating my 100th Blog Post – 1/10
Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. « Granted, but…
Schools Are Prisons
Did You Attend a School Like This? | GYA today
Summer Reading For Parents and Teachers 2012
21st Century Learning
What to Look for in a Classroom
“We Don’t Need No Stink’n Textbooks” #Beyondthetextbook
The Best Ideas for Our Schools
Stop Stealing Dreams – Seth Godin’s Manifesto on Transforming Education
Misguided Efforts in Educational Reform
Foundations: The Learning Landscape on Vimeo
Guest Blog: What's the Best Way to Teach "At-Risk" Students?
Mike McKay » Means or Ends. Where’s our Focus?
You can never replace the teacher. Or can you? 8 ways to learn without teachers.
Four game changers