A Brief History of Education When we see that children everywhere are required by law to go to school, that almost all schools are structured in the same way, and that our society goes to a great deal of trouble and expense to provide such schools, we tend naturally to assume that there must be some good, logical reason for all this. Perhaps if we didn't force children to go to school, or if schools operated much differently, children would not grow up to be competent adults. Perhaps some really smart people have figured all this out and have proven it in some way, or perhaps alternative ways of thinking about child development and education have been tested and have failed. In previous postings I have presented evidence to the contrary. In particular, in my August 13 posting , I described the Sudbury Valley School, where for 40 years children have been educating themselves in a setting that operates on assumptions that are opposite to those of traditional schooling. Agriculture gradually changed all that.
50 Must-See Blogs For Special Education Teachers While being a teacher is never easy, working with students in special education comes with some unique challenges. From writing lengthy IEPs to working closely with parents and other teachers, it takes a calm, collected, organized, confident, and very special person to work with students who often need a great deal more support and assistance than their peers to succeed. Yet even the best special education teachers can use a little guidance, inspiration, and information to help them to be even better at what they do. That’s just what the 50 blogs we’ve collected here can do. Special Education Teaching Tips and Strategies These blogs are written by teachers and educational professionals who share their ideas, tips, tools, and advice for working with special education students. Technology and Assistive Technology Technology is a big part of just about every classroom these days, including special ed. Special Topics Special Education News and Policy Special Education Law
No Teachers, No Class, No Homework; Would You Send Your Kids Here? - Emily Chertoff Democratic schooling may be the most radical experiment in education of the past 100 years. A.S. Neill in a Summerhill classroom. The image is undated. (Associated Press) In Massachusetts farm country, not far from Boston, a group of about 200 students of all ages are part of a radical experiment. Sudbury Valley School will this spring find itself one focus of a book by the psychologist and Boston College professor Peter Gray, whose own son attended Sudbury Valley in the 1980s. "He clearly was unhappy in school, and very rebellious," Gray said of his son in a phone interview. Gray wound up becoming a developmental and learning psychologist in order to do a study of Sudbury outcomes. But not all of Sudbury's students and alumni were precocious learners: "Some had been diagnosed with learning disorders." Nothing enrages parents like the idea that their kids might be educated to do or say or think things they don't agree with, by people they don't trust. He gives an example.
50 Education Blogs For Future Teachers School Counselor Blog: Danielle Schultz and her crew talk about the issues and strategies involved with counseling kindergarteners through 12th graders on both academic and personal matters.The Principal Blog: Here, an elementary school principal opens up about the day-to-day elements of her job and shares resources and ideas that have helped her through different dilemmas.Superintendent’s Blog: While it understandably doesn’t update as frequently as some of the other blogs listed here, this Bedford, Mass. Education Policy and Activism Education Gadfly Weekly: Presented by The Thomas B. Educational Technology Darcy Moore: This wildly popular, award-winning educator and administrator from Australia loves talking pedagogic strategies, technology, and their creative intersections, making her blog an essential read for up-and-comers.Dangerously Irrelevant: Dangerously Irrelevant is all about innovation, and these days, innovation is all about technology. Higher Education Special Education
Why is Creativity Important in Education? | Creativity in Education Share this Episode Please select a language: Autoplay End of Video Show End Screen Default Quality Adjust your embed size below, then copy and paste the embed code above. Community Translation Episode available in 6 languages Available Translations: Join the Community Translation Project Thanks for your interest in translating this episode! Please Confirm Your Interest Thanks for your interest in adding translations to this episode! An error occurred while processing your request. Another translator has already started to translate this episode. Thanks for Participating! This episode has been assigned to you and you can expect an e-mail shortly containing all the information you need to get started. About This Episode A conversation with Sir Ken Robinson, Author and Creativity Expert.
Tips for making the perfect blog post You can over-think these things, and it’s generally better to write something interesting than worry too much about a formula – but this is a useful guide to the kind of things you might think about if you’re utterly determined to get noticed. If your blog is part of your attempts at personal branding, if you’re wanting to be noticed above all and want to use your blog to push your career onwards and upwards, then do two things: write something interesting, and take these tips for how to present your brilliant thoughts. Tips from Blogpros. #PSP2012 VIDEO – KR Sir Ken Robinson concludes the morning sessions of “Teaching and Learning at Home and at School” by inviting educators and parents to collaborate in the design of a covenant of shared principles to transform our schools. First, Robinson identifies an agenda of issues on which we need to focus as we move forward: vexing economic, cultural, and personal challenges with which our education system has not caught up. Then, Robinson asserts that our current system is incapable of dealing properly with these challenges, owing to a ‘command and control mentality’ among political leaders, and invites stakeholders at the grassroots level — in our classrooms, and in our homes — to create an agenda not just for reform, but for transformation. Further information and related resources are provided below the embedded video.
Ideal Blog Post Length for SEO “It depends.” What a totally unsatisfying answer. Of course it depends. Here are guidelines for length for ten types of content. Now that you’ve got the data, let’s look at the research… Ideal Blog Post Length for SEO Blog posts vary in length from a few short paragraphs (Seth Godin style) to 40,000 words (Neil Patel style). When serpIQ analyzed high ranking pages, they found more text correlates with high rankings. (source) On this chart, “content” includes navigation, sidebar content, and other page elements, so the numbers here look slightly higher than the recommended blog post length. Think about it this way: Google is a research tool. Another reason is links. The ideal length for a search optimized blog post is 1,500 words. Ideal Length for an Email Subject Line Surprisingly, the length of an email subject line doesn’t have a big impact on open and clickthrough rates. Even if the benefits are in the single digits, most experts would say shorter is better. Ideal Line Length
The STEAM Movement in Education | Minds Enabled Innovation has long been the driving engine for many countries and is the critical x-factor for which there can be no substitute. The STEM initiative, while laudable, is missing one critical ingredient… Art. For a long time, Art education and Science education seemed to be thought of as opposite poles on a continuum with free-thinking, loosey-goosey, unconstrained, anything-goes, visual arts on one extreme, and the rigid, hard-and-fast, unbreakable, unfeeling rules of mathematics on the other. STEM is being transformed into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in order to give students the skills necessary for innovation. “Art is where it begins!” The STEAM movement is focused around injecting the creative thinking and expression from the arts programs into science-based education. Andrew Baxter is a Secondary School Teacher and Curriculum Specialist with Enable Education. You Might Like:
Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs One of the questions that I am often asked about using blogs in the classroom is, "how do you keep track of them all?" Even if you have all of your students contributing to the same blog it can be difficult to keep up with all of the posts. One strategy that I've used in the past is to have students enter their names and links to their most recent posts into a Google Form. All of their submissions will appear in a tidy spreadsheet. I offer strategies like this one and many more in my Practical Ed Tech course, Blogs and Social Media for Teachers and School Leaders.
Features There's a moment in the history of medicine that's so cinematic it's a wonder no one has put it in a Hollywood film. The scene is a London laboratory in 1928. Alexander Fleming, a Scottish microbiologist, is back from a holiday and is cleaning up his work space. He notices that a speck of mould has invaded one of his cultures of Staphylococcus bacteria. But it isn't just spreading through the culture. It's killing the bacteria surrounding it. Fleming rescued the culture and carefully isolated the mould. No one at the time could have known how good penicillin was. Continue reading
Collaborative Workspace | Meeting Rooms | Innovation | Idea Engineering | Shoreditch The Institute For Figuring // Exhibition:INVENTING KINDERGARTEN Of the forces that supposedly brought modern art into being, a wide range of factors have been cited - industrialization, the “machine age,” and psychosexual emancipation. Though kindergarten has never been “fodder for argument over absinthe and Gauloises in Montmartre cafes,” Bosterman suggests that its influence on modern art “has been largely ignored because its participants were in the primary band of the scholastic spectrum.” To which we may add that the gender of its practitioners was overwhelmingly female. In the standard narratives of art-historical criticism, women are not only absent from the canon of modern masters, but female activities, interests and occupations have been cast as mostly irrelevant to the movement itself. Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, who grew up to Le Corbusier, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller are all documented attendees of kindergarten.