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Error Page. Down with homework! Source: Getty Images CHILDREN in primary school should not be wasting their time on homework – it is a provocative idea. But research into the impact of homework learning outcomes, and motivation, tells a relatively clear story. This week the Victorian Parliament’s Education and Training Committee recommended a review of that state’s homework policy after its findings finally reflected what science has told us for decades: there are no academic benefits from homework for children in primary school.

Research tells us the following about the impact of homework on children in primary school: Homework offers no academic advantage. Homework is stressful. As homework increases, national student achievement decreases. Homework increases family conflict. Research DOES indicate that ALL children should read each night. There’s no science to support or refute these ideas. But the evidence is clear. Dr Justin Coulson is a parenting researcher, speaker, author and father of six. What Ed Said | A blog about learning. Uri Treisman’s Magnificent Speech On Equity, Race, And The Opportunity To Learn. On April 19, 2013, the third day of NCTM's annual meeting in Denver, Uri Treisman gave a forty-minute address on equity that Zal Usiskin, director of the University of Chicago's School Mathematics Project, called the greatest talk he'd ever heard at the conference in any year.

Stanford math professor Keith Devlin would later call it our "I have a dream" speech. At least one participant left in tears. I've personally seen it three times. I got the video feed from NCTM and the slides from Treisman. I then spent some time stitching the two together, resulting in this video . His message is important enough that I'd like to use whatever technical skills I have, whatever time I have, whatever soapbox I can stand on, to help spread it.

You should watch it . If you're interested in equity, you should watch it. If none of those conditions apply to you, well, I can't imagine the series of misclicks that brought you to my blog. Here's a fair enough summary from Treisman himself: Highly Quotable. Learner Profile – is it working for you? In my experience, I have found that the PYP Learner Profile is a much maligned, ridiculed and – even worse – ignored element of the PYP.

Yet, it encapsulates the very essence of what it means to be a PYP school bringing up future “global citizens”. It gets laminated and stuck on walls. Kids learn the words parrot-fashion and teachers whack them on planners in schools everywhere. Yet, it is not often that we can put our hands on our hearts and say that the Learner Profile is alive, well and thriving in our schools. Well… part of it is confusion. With the Attitudes in the roots, they represent the hidden, internal behaviours that students need to develop. A second reason that we struggle with the Learner Profile is the paucity of our own ethical educations! The Learner Profile is the one thing that really sets the IB apart from other education systems. I will start a job as PYP Coordinator next academic year and this will be a major priority for me.

Like this: Like Loading... Teach Parents Tech. Where Essential Questions Come From. Where Essential Questions Come From by Grant Wiggins, Ph.D, Authentic Education “I didn’t know they could think!” An excited high school principal blurted out. The principal was reacting to what he had just witnessed: his 9th grade students engaging in their first-ever Socratic Seminar, facilitated by my colleague and wife Denise a few years ago in a Louisiana district.

It was a poignant moment (even though the students might have taken offense), since their chatter and body language made clear that they, too, were pleased with what they had done. While it is easy to have a laugh or wince at the Principal’s remarks, I think we all too easily forget how often we have all said such things. We sometimes go further and speak cynically (if elliptically): “You know, he just doesn’t have much going on upstairs,” we say to a colleague who knowingly nods.

I was reminded of all this while in a 5th-grade ELA class recently. We talk about inferences. So, she complains to her principal: “Inferencing. What are questions? by Jason Fried of 37signals. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to get to spend about three hours with Clayton Christensen. Clay, currently a professor at Harvard Business School, is best known for his book, The Innovator’s Dilemma.

His latest book, How Will You Measure Your Life, has some wonderfully insightful business and life lessons. His books, thinking, and approach to life, business, — and now, teaching — have influenced me greatly. I recommend reading everything he’s written and watching any videos of him you can find. What impressed me most about Clay yesterday was his clarity. One thing he said Spending time with Clay leads to lots of interesting insights, but for me, there was one that stood out among all the others.

You’ve probably heard it said that someone can’t be taught until they’re ready to learn. Clay explained it in a way that I’ve never heard before and I’ll never forget again. What an insight. I’ll never think about learning — and teaching — the same way again. Using Google forms for confering - The CHROMEBOOK TEST. Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? How effective is brainstorming at your school? (infographic and commentary) The infographic below ( click on it to get a larger, readable version from the source) stimulates good discussion about the process of brainstorming.

While its reference point is the business world, brainstorming is clearly an oft-used and abused strategy in both classes and staff meetings at school. While we have developed this strategy somewhat with techniques like Think-Pair-Share, we can still fall back on the traditional model when strapped for time, with far from stellar outcomes.

While this infographic focuses on brainstorming, I think its message resonates across all forms of group work that occurs in schools, involving both students and teachers. I think it deserves reflection. The following points are what I connected with as I read through the infographic. SOCIAL LOAFING – common in both student and staff settings, it is human nature to sit back and allow others to do the work if they are happy to. Set a Goal - Too often, thinking stops because we think we have finished. 5 Factors to Real Change. Scanning Twitter feeds today, I came across a Chart showing the 5 factors needed for Successful Change. After a bit of research, I linked it back to “The Art of Leadership” by Manning and Curtis (Manning, George, and Kent Curtis.

“Part 2 – The Power of Vision.” The Art of Leadership. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2003. 56-66. Print.) Below is the relevant excerpt of the book courtesy of Google Books. This is my version of the Change Chart While I recall seeing this years ago, it comes as a timely reminder to all involved in massive change that is expected in schools today. Skills need to be developed for change to take place or teachers can’t implement the changes required.

Looking at these 5 factors in their totality, it is not surprising that real change in Educational Technology is so difficult. And the result? Bored Meetings: Eight Simple Ways To Stop Tedious Meetings Ruining Your Week - Bored Meetings: Eight Simple Ways To Stop Tedious Meetings Ruining Your Week - Article - Capstone.