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I had the pleasure of seeing Jeremy K. Macdonald’s Soiree of Slides at the Instructional Technology Strategies Conference this past weekend . . . a beautiful five minutes. His message was that as teachers, we learn to do the expected. Students are supposed to behave within the norms and rules of school. Teachers enforce those norms and rules. When students break those norms and rules, teachers discipline the students.
In my first post on this blog, here's what I wrote about my early struggles as an urban teacher: Just six weeks in, and with my classroom already up for grabs, insult and injury came when I was decked by a stray elbow while trying to break up a fight in class. As it turned out, though, this physical blow was far less staggering than the emotional one I sustained just five minutes later. On my way downstairs for an icepack, I looked out the window and saw a young man's body in a pool of blood.
The correct answer? Panic! Well, not exactly. But a landmark new research paper underscores that the difference between a strong teacher and a weak teacher lasts a lifetime.
Published Online: November 28, 2011 Published in Print: November 28, 2011, as Learning Declines Linked to Moving to Middle School Includes correction(s): March 24, 2012 Premium article access courtesy of Edweek.org. While policymakers and researchers alike have focused on improving students’ transition into high school, a new study of Florida schools suggests the critical transition problem may happen years before, when students enter middle school.
What do you think is the teacher's worst enemy? Some would say lack of time. Others would say unsupportive leadership, or the dreaded government inspection. Rigid curriculum, lack of resources and bad student behaviour may also be high on the list for many educators.
Seth Godin and Ken Robinson have again taken schools to task for their industrial model of educating students, complaining that we are turning out robots and fail to encourage the natural creativity and problem-solving abilities of every student. Read Godin and watch Robinson. It's hard to disagree with anything about which they pontificate. What neither acknowledge, however, are the benefits that mass production have brought to society - the affordability of more goods for people at a wider range of economic levels.
Perhaps the larger questions are these: 1. To what extent are teachers selected into teaching based on their lack of critical thinking abilities? (Particularly their tendencies toward compliance, unwillingess to question authority, risk-aversion, high need for conformity, discomfort with ambiguity, perceived status as an oppressed class, etc.) It may just be that the structure and history of the profession has attracted a large percentage of people who simply don't apply critical thinking in their work -- even if they apply it regularly outside of work. 2.
This is a repost. The original article was published on March 6, 2008. Photo by dcJohn
Survivor: Paleolithic Edition Rewind time 100,000 years ago: several different species of humans co-exist on earth.There was, of course, our own species, Homo sapien, but we were joined by our more athletic siblings from the Tree of Life, Homo erectus, who had left Africa and colonized Asia long before we ventured beyond the mother continent, all the while another sibling, the stocky Neanderthal, was hunkered down in a European ice age. Advance another 90,000 years, however, and our species is the only game left in town. Scientists have worked hard to figure out why we survived while other early humans did not.
Students in Hayley Dupuy’s sixth-grade science class at the Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto, Calif., are beginning a unit on plate tectonics. In small groups, they are producing their own questions, quickly, one after another: What are plate tectonics? How fast do plates move? Why do plates move? Do plates affect temperature? What animals can sense the plates moving?
iStockphoto.com We've all heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement.
Email Share September 6, 2011 - by Sarah Cargill 1 Email Share We all love infographics.
Modern conveniences like smartphones and the internet provide us with access to more information than we could ever hope to remember. The problem is, we often fail to differentiate between the important information we ought to keep in our memory and the less-important data that's better stored elsewhere. As a result we become too dependent on our devices and other modern conveniences.
As I read the following article by Prakash Nair from Education Week , it began to make me wonder just where are we in education. Are we limiting our students’ growth and learning experience? Will technology change the obsolete classroom?
As we begin the school year, three major news events last week provided relevant educational applications. First, many of us on the East Coast experienced an earthquake for the first time, and if that wasn't enough, nature provided another lesson through Hurricane Irene. These two events will give plenty of science related lessons for teachers to discuss with their students.