A Union of Professionals - Building Knowledge The Case for Bringing Content into the Language Arts Block and for a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum Core for all Children By E. D. Hirsch, Jr. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.... Soon or late, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil. –J. Consider the following sentence, which is one that most literate Americans can understand, but most literate British people cannot, even when they have a wide vocabulary and know the conventions of the standard language: Jones sacrificed and knocked in a run. Typically, a literate British person would know all the words in the sentence yet wouldn't comprehend it. First, we would have to explain that Jones was at bat. This may sound like an academic point. In the pages that follow, I want to make the following argument: First, that the implicit model currently used to improve reading comprehension is based on faulty, but commonplace, ideas. I. II.
Jobs of the future | Money It's January 2020. You've commuted to the office in your titanium flying car, to be greeted by a robotic receptionist. You travelate to your 3D, virtual, interactive desk which pours you a tall decaf and scans the morning's to-do list on to your retina … Or maybe not. Just as we're still waiting for the paperless office to arrive, the workplace of the foreseeable future will probably still be open-plan, beige and soulless. But according to futurists, trade unionists and human resource specialists, there's a strong chance that in 10 years' time, your job will be very, very different. By 2020, the UK economy will be even more globalised. The gaming generation will be middle-aged – and virtual services will be the basis for many jobs. "Start from the assumption that 2020 will look nothing like now," says Stephanie Bird, director of HR capability at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. "We can't 'future-proof' careers," she says, "but we can 'future-adapt' them." 1. 2. 3.
Stop Telling Students to Study for Exams - Commentary By David Jaffee Among the problems on college campuses today are that students study for exams and faculty encourage them to do so. I expect that many faculty members will be appalled by this assertion and regard it as a form of academic heresy. If there is one student attitude that most all faculty bemoan, it is instrumentalism. When we tell students to study for the exam or, more to the point, to study so that they can do well on the exam, we powerfully reinforce that way of thinking. On the one hand, we tell students to value learning for learning's sake; on the other, we tell students they'd better know this or that, or they'd better take notes, or they'd better read the book, because it will be on the next exam; if they don't do these things, they will pay a price in academic failure. This dysfunctional system reaches its zenith with the cumulative "final" exam. According to those who study the science of human learning, it occurs only when there is both retention and transfer.
Work skills you'll need to survive the 'conceptual age' Left-brain technical skills will no longer be king in the 'Conceptual Age,' says Lisa Bodell. Lisa Bodell says the best employees of the future will excel at creative problem solvingShe says workers will need to go beyond just knowledge or expertiseBodell offers ways to cultivate the right brain skills before it's too late Editor's note: Lisa Bodell is founder and CEO of futurethink, an innovation research and training firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. She is the author of "Kill the company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution." (CNN) -- Where "global knowledge" was once essential for leaders, IBM's 2010 Global CEO Study cited "creativity" as the most important leadership quality for the future. This is one of many signals that the business world is evolving out of the "Information Age," where left-brain technical skills, knowledge and expertise were king. In "A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future," Daniel H. 1.
Potential Challenges "Coverage" In traditional lecture classes, many instructors see success as covering as much material related to the class topic as possible. From this perspective, cooperative learning could be seen as grossly inefficient, since many instructors see about a 50% reduction in the ground they can cover (McManus, 1996 (more info) ). This is, however, comparing apples to oranges. The goals for courses which employ cooperative learning are not the same as those for a straight lecture class. Evaluating Output Evaluating group work can be challenging in the face of student preferences for full control over their individual grade and faculty's historical reliance on individual grading procedures. Problem Personalities As you observe students engaged in group work, something to watch for is a student on the sidelines or dominating the conversation. Hitchhikers This behavior is rare, with only about 7% of students riding the group coattail according to Kaufman et al., 1999 .
The Employment Mismatch - Special Reports Internships Make the Difference For some employers, on-the-job experience may matter more than a student's major or grade-point average. What Companies Want Employers say that recent graduates often don't know how to communicate effectively, and struggle with adapting, problem-solving, and making decisions. Note: Mean rating is determined on a 1-to-5 scale where 1 equals “a lot less” and 5 equals “a lot more.” Photo illustration by Jonathan Barkat for The Chronicle By Karin Fischer Employers value a four-year college degree, many of them more than ever. Yet half of those surveyed recently by The Chronicle and American Public Media's Marketplace said they had trouble finding recent graduates qualified to fill positions at their company or organization. "Woefully unprepared" is how David E. What gives? The tension may lie partly in changes in the world of work: technological transformation and evolving expectations that employees be ready to handle everything straightaway. Mr. But Mr. David R.
Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page to the Authentic Assessment Toolbox, a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Inside, you will find chapters on A good place to start -- In this chapter I identify the characteristics, strengths and limitations of authentic assessment; compare and contrast it with traditional (test-based) assessment. Why has authentic assessment become more popular in recent years? After a brief overview, follow a detailed, four-step process for creating an authentic assessment. All good assessment begins with standards: statements of what we want our students to know and be able to do. Authentic assessments are often called "tasks" because they include real-world applications we ask students to perform. To assess the quality of student work on authentic tasks, teachers develop rubrics, or scoring scales. A guide to constructing good, multiple-choice tests, to complement your authentic assessments Wonder what a term means? Jon's Book
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