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2_2_9.pdf. In Defense of Your "Lazy" Child. I’ve been a tutor for 40 years, and I’ve never encountered a lazy student.

In Defense of Your "Lazy" Child

Scratch the surface of laziness and underneath you’ll find fear, confusion, frustration, lack of knowledge, lack of skills, anger, sadness… And, often, just plain exhaustion. Frequent Tests Can Enhance College Learning, Study Finds. The New York Times: Grading college students on quizzes given at the beginning of every class, rather than on midterms or a final exam, increases both attendance and overall performance, scientists reported Wednesday.

Frequent Tests Can Enhance College Learning, Study Finds

The findings — from an experiment in which 901 students in a popular introduction to psychology course at the took their laptops to class and were quizzed online — demonstrate that the computers can act as an aid to teaching, not just a distraction. Moreover, the study is the latest to show how tests can be used to enhance learning as well as measure it.

The report, appearing in the journal PLoS One, found that this “testing effect” was particularly strong in students from lower-income households. How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different. How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different by Terry Heick This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the development of personal thinking habits in 21st century learners.

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

History Detected - May/June 2013. Give kids original source material, teach them how to weigh evidence and defend their conclusions, and they'll shine in class—and as citizens.

History Detected - May/June 2013

In the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ben Stein famously plays a high school teacher who drones on about the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act while his students slump at their desks in a collective stupor. For many kids, that's history: an endless catalog of disconnected dates and names, passed down like scripture from the state textbook, seldom questioned and quickly forgotten. Beware of Stephen J. Gould. Followup to: Natural Selection's Speed Limit and Complexity Bound If you've read anything Stephen J.

Beware of Stephen J. Gould

Gould has ever said about evolutionary biology, I have some bad news for you. In the field of evolutionary biology at large, Gould's reputation is mud. Not because he was wrong. Many honest scientists have made honest mistakes. Bill Gates’ $100 million database to track students. Text smaller Text bigger By Michael F.

Bill Gates’ $100 million database to track students

Haverluck Over the past 18 months, a massive $100 million public-school database spearheaded by the $36.4 billion-strong Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been in the making that freely shares student information with private companies. The system has been in operation for several months and already contains millions of K-12 students’ personal identification ‒ ranging from name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities, and even hobbies and attitudes about school. Proof: Bill Gates Has No Idea about Schools–or Children. They say that if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Proof: Bill Gates Has No Idea about Schools–or Children

When you have made billions of dollars by selling technology, you start thinking that you hold the answer to all the world’s problems. Bill Gates thinks he has the answer to education: standardized testing, data, and measurement, with lots of technology. Does he know that every child is different? Does he know that standardized tests are subject to random error, human error, measurement error, and other errors?

Do his own children take standardized tests? Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System -... Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System Posted on Apr 11, 2011 By Chris Hedges A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind.

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System -...

It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success. This column will change your life: has Pelmanism's time come at last? Illustration: Adam Howling In December 1917, an advertisement appeared in Nash's Pall Mall Magazine, posing a question that, nearly a century on, makes no sense: "Do you Pelmanize?

This column will change your life: has Pelmanism's time come at last?

" It wouldn't have baffled the magazine's readers, though: by 1917, thanks to hundreds of similar ads, the mind-training system of Pelmanism was big business in Britain; the Pelman Institute boasted addresses in India, Australia and the US. Suffering from "brain fag", "indefiniteness" or "want of energy"? Pelmanism, delivered by correspondence course, promised to help. Its origins were murky, but the man behind the ads, William Ennever, knew how to build a brand. Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky and his Revolutionary Theory of Biosphere and Noosphere. Irina Trubetskova Department of Natural Resources University of New Hampshire, irina@cisunix.unh.edu The originator of the modern theory of the Biosphere (Grinevald, 1998, p. 21)...

Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky and his Revolutionary Theory of Biosphere and Noosphere

Welcome to YouandYourChildsHealth.org. By Susan R. Johnson MD, FAAP #1 Question: If I am understanding what you wrote in Part I, children that are pre-school age or in kindergarten should not be pushed to write, read or spell because it might create learningdisabilities in the future? Welcome to YouandYourChildsHealth.org. TV and Our Children’s Minds by Susan R. Johnson, MD, FAAP May 1, 1999, 2007 (revised) TV rots the senses in the head! It kills the imagination dead! Welcome to YouandYourChildsHealth.org. There is a widely held belief that if we start teaching children to write, read, and spell in preschool and kindergarten, they will become better writers, readers, and spellers by the time they reach the first and second grades. This, however, is not what I have seen clinically. The truth is that children should be only taught to write, read, and spell when their neurological pathways for writing, reading, and spelling have fully formed. There are many neuropsychologists, developmental specialists, occupational therapists, and teachers who are concerned that our current trend in this country of pushing "academics" in preschool and kindergarten will result in even greater increases in the number of children, particularly boys, diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorders, conduct disorders, as well as challenges in visual and auditory processing.

Disrupting learning II – Day of reckoning. Internet – both as a stack of technologies and as the vector of a sharing culture – brings us credible alternatives to classroom-based education in schools and universities. Most of them involve video lectures, with clear advantages: the pause button, the rearranging of content in 6-20 minutes packets, and the ability to attend from anywhere, at any time. Furthermore, the locus of learning is not so much the lecture, as the peer-to-peer interaction among students, through forums wikis, Twitter lists, Facebook groups et cetera. All of this is hardly news: I have discussed it before, and even test-driven the model. » Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky. Fifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files.

This wasn’t a terribly momentous invention, but it did have one interesting side effect: Fraunhofer also had to figure out how to compress the soundtrack. The result was the Motion Picture Experts Group Format 1, Audio Layer III, a format you know and love, though only by its acronym, MP3. The recording industry concluded this new audio format would be no threat, because quality mattered most. Who would listen to an MP3 when they could buy a better-sounding CD at the record store? Online Courses and the Future of Higher Education. MOOCs—Implications for Higher Education. The Case Against Grades. Project Based Instruction in STEM Education. Diane Ravitch's blog. This is your brain on Jane Austen, and researchers at Stanford are taking notes. Ordo Amoris: Norms and Nobility Prologue IV: I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will. Intro to Inquiry Learning.

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen. Intro Curriculum Update « Existential Type. Learning and thinking - World History & Geography. The 10,000 Hour Elite Excellence Dilemma. The Theory of Change. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work (9780143117469): Matthew B. Crawford. Udacity in partnership with Pearson VUE announces testing centers. The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever. The Project Gutenberg eBook of Talks To Teachers, by William James. No Student Left Untested by Diane Ravitch.

Our Universities: Why Are They Failing? by Anthony Grafton. The Great Ideas. Research on the Teaching of Math. Achievement-vs-development. FreeRangeKids. 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020. D.Waring interviews c.Levison on CM. About SEDL. Miss Mason on Mr. Rooper. Mr. Rooper on Mr. Froebel. Audios of IEWs A.Pudewa.