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Dangerously Irrelevant. End the Tyranny of the Self-Contained Classroom. Finland Schools' Success Story: Lessons Shared At California Forum. STANFORD, Calif. -- Finland is this decade's shiny icon of classroom success, the repeat winner of top results in a global ranking of national school systems.

Finland Schools' Success Story: Lessons Shared At California Forum

That's why academics, teachers and government officials gathered at Stanford University last week to talk about what makes the Scandinavian country's schools so good. And what lessons might Americans have learned at the Empowerment Through Learning in a Global World Conference, a gathering organized by Stanford and the Finnish Consulate? That the Finns emphasize equality, collaboration and a wellness-oriented public school system -- but that their standardized exams can be high-stakes, too. "A lot of our own experiences were initially American ideas," said Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish education official and author of the new book "Finnish Lessons," who spoke at the conference. "I want to tell everyone that to make schools work, you have to run all the time," she said to The Huffington Post.

But few Finnish policies have stuck here. Blog. I am grateful for… With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am taking some time to reflect on just how very fortunate I am.


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Essayez notre Index de A à Z pour trouver ce que vous cherchiez. Si vous voulez nous signaler un lien cassé, veuillez utiliser le formulaire disponible en bas de la page Contactez-nous. What Qualities do "Bold Schools" Share? First, let me thank everyone who commented and Tweeted examples of “bold schools” over the last few days.

What Qualities do "Bold Schools" Share?

Very much appreciated, and over the next few weeks I’m planning to dig into the list and make some connections and inquiries around the learning that’s going on in those places. Meantime, if you have any other ideas for schools that might be worth checking out, I’d invite you to add them to the doc. Over the past month or so, I’ve been trying to come up with some “qualities” that might help separate a “bold” school from an “old” school. Actually, much of this whole effort stems from a similar search a couple of months ago by Sam Chaltain to find “the world’s most transformative learning environments.” (His list is a great starting point as well.) So, with a minimum of description, I’m thinking "bold" schools are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

But for now, what do you think? Why I’m so excited about QuadBlogging « Learning Mosaic. January 22, 2012 at 11:40 am | Posted in Blogging, Collaboration, Global Collaboration, Literacy | 3 Comments QuadBlogging is a 4-week experience with 3 other classes around the world.

Why I’m so excited about QuadBlogging « Learning Mosaic

During each of the four weeks, one class blog is designated for viewing and feedback. I used this video to introduce QuadBloging to my students, First, the audience for the students’ work that is provided is motivating. We occasionally open our blog and read\view and comment on each other’s work. Second, reading the work of others with a purpose of offering constructive feedback later demands that the students read more thoroughly and thoughtfully. Third, making connections and participating with other students adds greater depth to the collaboration. “I have a dog to! “I also like riding horses. “When I saw your dot I thought how bright and colorful it is. “I liked your story because I have been to Italy but have not been to the Colosseum. Like this: Like Loading... Do Learning Styles Really Exist? Do learning styles exist?

Do Learning Styles Really Exist?

Let me answer that by saying, most definitely ‘yes’. In saying that, though, I do realise that I appear to be swimming against the tide of opinion. Over the last few years, it seems, more academics have been coming out to try to dismiss the notion of ‘learning styles’. However, when I read or listen to their arguments, it more often appears that their arguments are not against ‘learning styles’ but against one particular theory of learning styles and how it can be used, or misused, in education. In some way, I guess the study of learning styles is a bit like the study of the universe. Like this: Like Loading... Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed.

By Greg Green, Special to CNN Editor’s note: Greg Green is the principal at Clintondale High School in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed

I’m a principal at Clintondale High, a financially challenged school near Detroit. I’m in charge of doing my best to make sure that Clintondale students get the best education possible when they walk through our doors. There are constant hurdles to making this happen. We are a school of choice, so not all students come in with the same skill levels in reading, math, science or other subjects. Every year, our failure rates have been through the roof. It’s no surprise that these issues are happening in our schools.

To watch this happen every day, where it is your responsibility to try to provide the very best you can for the students, is beyond frustrating. Our staff agreed that our failure rates were not good. How do you get your staff on board with change you want to implement, but no one else has ever tried it on a mass scale? You flip it. In The Future, Learning Will Begin At The End. Here’s an experience that every aspiring guitarist has had: After weeks of anticipation, full of mirror air jam sessions and dreams of stadium solos, you buy your first busted guitar - almost certainly a Stratocaster or Les Paul knock off.

In The Future, Learning Will Begin At The End

You find an instructor and begin lessons, starting slowly with learning about notes and chords. But pretty soon, you - as much as you hate to admit it - get a little bored, and start to spend less and less time trying to learn note names and the difference between a sharp and a seventh. Instead, you head to the wide chaotic world of the internet, where tab sites do away with all of theory and just tell you where to put your damn fingers to rock out. Within minutes, you’re pounding along to Green Day (or Forever The Sickest Kids, depending on your era), pushing your practice amp to the limit, and reveling in the majesty of your own badassitude.

This is the Pop Punk Power Chord Model of Learning.

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Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool. The lecture is one of the oldest forms of education there is.

Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool

"Before printing someone would read the books to everybody who would copy them down," says Joe Redish, a physics professor at the University of Maryland. But lecturing has never been an effective teaching technique and now that information is everywhere, some say it's a waste of time. Indeed, physicists have the data to prove it. When Eric Mazur began teaching physics at Harvard, he started out teaching the same way he had been taught. "I sort of projected my own experience, my own vision of learning and teaching — which is what my instructors had done to me. He loved to lecture. "For a long while, I thought I was doing a really, really good job," he says. But then in 1990, he came across articles written by David Hestenes, a physicist at Arizona State. Hestenes had a suspicion students were just memorizing the formulas and never really getting the concepts.

The two balls reached the ground at the same time. 2011 Lesson #3 – “Do then think”: take risks. Avalon learning space in action - kids love the ideas wall Okay … this lesson probably commenced in my early childhood if I count the number of hospital visits from bumping into (stupidly designed) concrete telegraph poles in Auckland, slipping off high chairs to raid the top kitchen cupboards or eating poisonous plants because they looked nice.

2011 Lesson #3 – “Do then think”: take risks

But the notion of learning by doing really took ground in 2005 when I visited the Icelandic Ministry of Education. Their motto: ‘do then think’. Why, because if you wish to see transformation occur in education, then you haven’t got the luxury of small scale carefully monitored and measured experiments – you have to run with passion, intuition and confidence instead. I must admit, that innately appeals to me. Peter Pan This video about wingsuit flying ( is a great example of ‘do then think’ in action. Megachange Why is this such an important lesson now? And the outcomes? Anywhere anytime anyhow learning.