All You Need to Know About the 'Learning Styles' Myth, in Two Minutes. On a sunny hike along a Madeiran levada a couple of years ago, I got chatting to a retired school teacher and I told him about the brain myths book I was writing.
An affable chap, he listened with interest about the 10 percent myth and other classic misconceptions, but his mood changed when I mentioned learning styles. This is the mistaken idea that we learn better when the instruction we receive is tailored to our preferred way of learning. The friendly teacher was passionate about the concept’s merit – his own preferred style, he said, was to learn “by doing” and no-one would ever convince him otherwise. How widely believed is the myth? Bend But Don’t Break Your Teaching Standards. Image: Charles Chaplin in Modern Times (1936) I’m a Denver Broncos fan.
That’s why I skipped watching this latest Super Bowl. For those of us in Colorado it was like watching a western movie in which both sides wore the black hats. However, I did see an article on Huffington Post before the game that vastly improved my opinion of the often-controversial Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks’ star cornerback. That article contained long quotes from a press conference where Sherman and one of his teammates made the case that NCAA athletes should get paid. Common Core math experts say teachers need to stop using shortcuts and math 'tricks' Guest opinion: Community colleges must move students further and faster. 3 Things Academic Leaders Believe About Online Education. Plickers: Clickers without the Clicking. Unicorns Are Not Real - The facts about Common Core State Standards. What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock. The hype around the free online courses called MOOCs has drawn millions of students, who are all essentially part of a teaching experiment of unprecedented scale.
These days, researchers are increasingly checking in on that experiment. A new report, released on Thursday, seeks to answer the question “Where is research on massive open online courses headed?” The report is the work of the MOOC Research Initiative, funded with more than $800,000 in grant support by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The group put out a call for research submissions and used much of the grant money to fund 28 of them, which were then analyzed for the report. Does The Grit Narrative Blame Students For School’s Shortcomings? #edchat #grit #ptchat. Ever since Angela Duckworth published research in 2007 showing a connection between a student’s ability to persevere on long-term challenges and his academic success, “grit” has become a buzzword in education.
Some schools have even made being “gritty” a core goal of their educational mission. Working hard to achieve success is a narrative firmly rooted in American history, so it’s no surprise that helping kids stick to their learning appeals to many in education. But some question the research, claiming it has been accepted too easily without a proper examination of whether it’s a fair way to evaluate students. “Is grit [about] getting the kids to do what I want them to do?” Asked educator Becky Fisher at the EduCon conference hosted by Science Leadership Academy, a magnet public high school, in Philadelphia earlier this year. “Kids are passionate about stuff,” said Fisher. Should Teachers Be Held Responsible for a Student’s Character? #edchat.
If you’ve followed education in the news or at the book store in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve heard of “grit.”
It’s often defined as the ability to persevere when times get tough, or to delay gratification in pursuit of a goal. Alongside growth mindset and self-control, grit is on a short list of not-strictly-academic skills, habits and qualities that researchers have deemed essential. And that research has quickly made its way into the hands of educational leaders eager to impose accountability measures that can go farther than standardized math and reading tests.
They want to capture how schools are doing in cultivating the full range of qualities necessary for students to succeed. But now Angela Duckworth, the scientist most closely associated with the concept of “grit,” is trying to put on the brakes. @themathdancer I think you should work this in somehow! "One More Day" Back off parents: It's not your job to teach Common Core math when helping with homework. While doing a math problem with my six-year-old recently during a classroom session for parents, I barked at her, “Just put the number in any circle.”
She looked at me as if I was speaking a different language. Turns out, I was. Her teacher, who overheard the conversation, corrected me. The sum, she explained, goes in the top circle. The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point @qz. On a bitingly cold winter’s day in 2013, a woman whom I’ll call Laurie took me to the terrace of a tall building in a city about two hours west of London, England.
Years earlier, she’d tried to jump from the terrace and kill herself. It had been a harrowing time for Laurie. She’d started hearing voices in her head and often felt as if an outside force was controlling her. She attributed her suicide attempt to this outside force. “I wasn’t the one making that decision,” she told me. Fortunately, she never did jump. We tend to think of schizophrenia as a disorder of the mind.