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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

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Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, is the author of Creative Schools, The Element, Finding Your Element and Out of Our Minds. The Education Committee of the US Senate is currently considering the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind. Much of the original rhetoric in NCLB was about improving job readiness and employability. In a tragic irony, the focus of the last ten years has not been on improving vocational programs at all but on testing narrow academic standards. Overall, the impact on students, schools and employability has been baleful. This is the time to change.

50 Simple Ways to Make Your Baby Smarter Baby's First Year Stimulate Baby's Vision 1. Make eye contact. Take advantage of those brief moments when your newborn's eyes are open, and look right into them. Infants recognize faces early on -- and yours is the most important! The 4Cs Research Series In collaboration with research partners at the University of Connecticut, P21 has just released a research series on key aspects of conceptualizing, developing, and assessing each of the 4Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. The briefs outline findings from research about what we already know, what we need to know, and what we can do to embed 4Cs into practice. Each of the briefs provides: A bird’s eye view of current research in practiceConsensus on terminologySuccessful interventions to bring the 4Cs to life in the classroomPractitioner and expert perspectives from the fieldAssessment recommendations for educators to track student growth and progressGaps in current research and recommendationsBest practice perspectives from experts in the fieldAnnotated bibliography and additional resources

TED-ED clubs give students a platform for sharing ideas The clubs are fashioning the next generation of TED speakers one big idea at a time One of Mitzi Stover’s biggest challenges as a teacher is convincing her students they have a voice. Stover teaches speech and English at North Torrance High School in a working-class area of Los Angeles where kids seldom travel or even leave the neighborhood. “Their world is very small geographically,” Stover said during a recent presentation at the CUE 2016 national conference in Palm Springs. Infants, Toddlers and Twos Infants, Toddlers and Twos (0-3 Years) A list of playful activities for infants, toddlers and twos. ▼Download PDF (0-5 Years) The 4 skills you need to become a global leader For many people in their twenties and thirties, career advancement trumps any quality in an employer. Why? Because the higher your function, the more opportunities you have to make a difference in your community.

Tech Tip: Using Ted Talks in the classroom Students are asked more and more often to evaluate a wider range of media. I am always looking for tools that not only I can use in the classroom, but students will use effectively. I found that tool: TED Talks. My students search for talks that interest them.

How the language you speak changes your view of the world Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in. edsurge US History teacher Jennifer Hesseltine combined TED-Ed Lessons with an interactive blackboard to create a digital homework space that students love. Let’s redesign homework. When’s the last time your students got excited to do homework? Or said things like, “Wow…just WOW. It is amazing how much is out there that we just don’t know about”?

10 Reasons Babies Are Tiny Superhumans by Rachel LaChapelle Contrary to popular opinion, infants can do a lot more than eat, sleep, and poop. Here are ten scientifically proven baby superpowers that we were all capable of…once upon a time.