Classroom observations: what’s the best fix for a good but not perfect measure? Imagine having someone follow you around, observing you for just a fraction of a day, to assess your capability on the job. Sounds nerve wracking. This is how many teachers are evaluated, and new research suggests that these observations are not altogether reliable. Although observations as a means of teacher assessment may be favoured over other methods such as gains in pupil standardised test score, we should be wary of relying too heavily on observations as they currently stand. A new paper out by the Brookings Institute reports that an assessment of teachers via observations is biased based on the existing ability level of the pupils in the class.
Why it is important to build a large vocabulary and how eSpindle helps via vocabulary tutoring. ”Why do large vocabularies characterize executives and possibly outstanding men and women in their fields?” asked Johnson O’Connor, who researched how talent and learning affect performance. ”The final answer seems to be that words are the instruments by means of which men and women grasp the thoughts of others and with which they do much of their own thinking. They are the tools of thought.” O’Connor was one of the first to discover that a person’s vocabulary level was the best single predictor of occupational success in every area.
The Perseid Meteor Begins Its Peak TONIGHT - Don't Miss It! It’s almost time to watch the annual spectacular Perseid meteor shower, one of the brightest meteor showers of the year. And even NASA recommends this as a must-see: "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids." The comet Swift-Tuttle travels through our Solar System every 133 years, leaving a dust trail in its wake. When Earth passes through, the dust cloud specks hit its atmosphere, causing the Perseid meteor shower, which happens annually between July 17 and August 24. This year, the meteor shower will be most visible at its peak activity from Sunday (August 9) until August 14. The Hidden Brain: How Ocean Currents Explain Our Unconscious Social Biases by Maria Popova “Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine.” Biases often work in surreptitious ways — they sneak in through the backdoor of our conscience, our good-personhood, and our highest rational convictions, and lodge themselves between us and the world, between our imperfect humanity and our aspirational selves, between who we believe we are and how we behave. In the introduction, Vedantam contextualizes why this phenomenon isn’t new but bears greater urgency than ever: Unconscious biases have always dogged us, but multiple factors made them especially dangerous today. Globalization and technology, and the intersecting faultlines of religious extremism, economic upheaval, demographic change, and mass migration have amplified the effects of hidden biases.
School . Middle School Teachers in middle school often view their students as young adults. This means that your assignments and tests will be more challenging. In addition to your nightly dose of homework, you may also have papers and exams for the first time. Cosmic Light EDU kit The Cosmic Light EDU kit invites science educators around the world to organise workshops locally in the framework of IYL2015. Organisers will receive a packet with Cosmic Light goodies, guidance on organising workshops, support with evaluation and availability of panel of experts to speak at the workshop via Skype or Hangout on Air about various topics. The workshops will be tailored training for educators aiming to bring cutting edge topics. Light for education is the vision for this unique opportunity where expertise from diverse areas will be provided virtually through the team, training the participants hands-on and minds-on for their classrooms.
Want to Stop Mean Girls? Raise Nice Girls, Instead Once upon a time, fourth grade was the year that young girls began to have difficulty navigating friendships. For many years, I worked in a school for kids with learning disabilities. It was always during fourth grade that previously established friendships began to hit turbulence. The impact of mindset on student aggression and behavior - Growth Mindset Blog & Newsletter My former student David Yeager and I have been very concerned about violence in school. The problem in high school gets worse. People are shifting social groups; social labels are flying around, and kids are really stressed. If you add to this the common belief that people can’t change—that everyone is fixed in their roles and that you are always going to be picked on or always going to be a loser— then the conflagrations begin.
10 Tips for Folders in Google Drive Folders allow you to organize your files in Google Drive. They also allow you to more efficiently share a collection of documents. If you’ve switched to the new Google Drive you can create a folder by clicking on the reddish “NEW” button and choosing folder. The “Create” button provides the same options if you have not switched over. You can find the folders under “My Drive” on the left hand side of Google Drive. Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick How to praise kids: It’s a hot topic for many parents and educators. A lot of the conversation around it has stemmed from studies by Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford who has been researching this specific topic for many years. “My research shows that praise for intelligence or ability backfires,” said Dweck, who co-authored a seminal research paper on the effects of praise on motivation and performance. “What we’ve shown is that when you praise someone, say, ‘You’re smart at this,’ the next time they struggle, they think they’re not.
What Do All Babies Need Yet Aren't Getting Equally? To break the cycle of poverty, young children need something that’s as free and abundant as air. An extraordinary program is giving it to them. Russ and Reyn for Reader’s Digest Babies need a few basic things to get started: mother’s milk, or something like it; love, attention, and playtime; clean clothes; and a safe place to sleep. All over the world, high- or low-income, desert or forest, high-rise or countryside, doting parents give their babies these essentials. But educational researchers have uncovered something else babies need, and this they’re not getting equally up and down the income scale. Peggy George - Phoenix, Arizona, B.A., M.Ed.,Ed.D. Peggy George has been a professional educator for over 45 years. She completed her BA in Elementary Education at Arizona State University, and earned her M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Reading/Open Education and Teacher Education. She began her teaching career in Special Education and has taught grades 1-6. She has had many administrative/leadership roles throughout her career including elementary principal (23 years), special education director, director of a private school for the deaf, coordinator of a Professional Development School (PDS) program in the Madison District for ASU-West, and teacher education instructor at ASU-West. Courses she has taught include action research, classroom instruction and management, curriculum organization, technology integration in the K-12 classroom, classroom assessment, and the student teaching capstone seminar.