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LEVERAGING THE POWER OF COMMUNITY TO TRANSFORM EDUCATION

LEVERAGING THE POWER OF COMMUNITY TO TRANSFORM EDUCATION

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WHOA: 4 Questions That Got 120 Rapists To Admit They Were Rapists * The exact questions asked in the study were: Have you ever been in a situation where you tried, but for various reasons did not succeed, in having sexual intercourse with an adult by using or threatening to use physical force (twisting their arm, holding them down, etc.) if they did not cooperate? Have you ever had sexual intercourse with someone, even though they did not want to, because they were too intoxicated (on alcohol or drugs) to resist your sexual advances (e.g., removing their clothes)?

No More Math Wars Numbers play an important role in our everyday lives. From the carpenter measuring lengths of wood to the physician checking a patient’s blood pressure measurements on a chart, we constantly use numbers and perform calculations to guide our actions and decisions. It has been shown that school-entry numerical skills are a more important predictor of subsequent academic achievement than early reading and socio-emotional skills. Furthermore, there are many reports linking numerical skills to economic outcomes, such as evidence showing that early math skills predict adult socio-economic status.

Using Ten-Frames to Understand Numbers from 11-20 You’ve simply gotta love it when an observation lesson goes way better than you could have expected! Today I was getting ready to work with my Firsties when my AP showed up for my observation. Yesterday, the students were working with two ten-frames to build and better understand numbers from 11-19, and I had several goals for the continuation of the activity:Students will realize that to fill a ten-frame, they don’t have to count by ones–if they fill it, it’s 10Students will be able to count on from ten for a number from 11-20 (eg., 10…11, 12, 13, 14)Students will be able to write numbers from 11-20 in expanded form showing the value of the tens and ones (eg., 14 = 10 + 4) As the students came in, two ten-frames and a small pile of counters were on the table at their seat. I told the students that I had meant to give each of them 20 counters, but I hadn’t had time to count. I asked them to each count their counters and give me any extra over twenty.

A 15-Year-Old Builds a Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Shiva Nathan's new prosthetic can read patterns in the wearer's brainwaves and transmit them to a robotic arm, allowing the user to flex the mechanical fingers with nothing more than their thoughts. And if this project needed any more cool points, its creator is 15 years old. In fact, Nathan was even younger when the idea germinated: In 2012, after hearing about a family member in India who lost both forearms, he set out to design a prosthesis of his own. Although he now takes pre-college classes at MIT, Nathan didn't have access to a world-class robotics lab in which to build an artificial arm. What he did have was a Mindwave Mobile headset by NeuroSky, a California company that builds brainwave-reading headsets that allow people to play games with their thoughts, or trains them to meditate and control those thoughts. NeuroSky's electroencephalography (EEG) headset can detect brain activity patterns associated with specific mental states such as concentration or relaxation.

1st Grade Story Problems Tomorrow I go into a 1st grade classroom to teach a lesson on addition and subtraction story problems. This Investigations lesson for the day centers on students solving these 6 problems, however I am looking to change it up a bit. While reading my CGI book, Children’s Mathematics, to learn more about the trajectory in which students solve these types of problems, I found this diagram really helpful and interesting…. I went into this planning thinking I was going to be looking for how students combined numbers in the context of the diagram above. From there, I was planning to have students do a structured share of their strategies, comparing and contrasting along the way. However, as I got ideas from Jamie (@JamieDunc3) on Twitter, I started to think how much more I would learn about their thinking in talking about their noticings, wonderings, and number choices.

Instead of Framing ‘Failure’ As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words? Getty By Rolin Moe In recent months, authors, school districts, and big thinkers have promoted failure as a valuable experience for young people, specifically students. KiddyUp: The Crowdsourcing App That Makes Parenting Easier, And Cheaper It takes a village to raise a child — an Internet village, that is, according to Zoe Bermant, co-creator of a new Israeli-made app called KiddyUp. “There’s lots of information on the Internet there that moms can’t get to because they are strapped for time. They can’t spend hours doing research. And there are lots of things they would like to do or buy for their kids but can’t because they’re strapped for cash, and need help finding bargains,” said Bermant. “By bringing all the information, offers, and discounts relevant for moms in one place, KiddyUp makes it easier for moms to raise their families.”

Fix It: An Activity for Ordering Fractions Involving students as creators of problems for others to solve provides an experience for them that’s different from the teacher always being the source of problems. Also, when students have opportunities to solve their classmates’ problems, I find that they invest in their learning in a different way, often with added interest. And a benefit to teachers is that reviewing the problems that students create is useful for assessing their progress. Here’s what I did with fifth graders studying fractions. I wrote five fractions on the board, as shown above, purposely writing them out of order. I told the class, “Your job is to ‘fix’ what I wrote so that the fractions are in order from least to greatest.”

Establishing Teacher-Child Relationships Establishing relationships with your students is the most important factor in managing behavior in the classroom. When an individual child knows you love them, it will become easier to guide them towards positive behavior. This is important with all children, but particularly with children with the most challenging behaviors. This post is based on the book Beyond Behavior Management: The Six Life Skills Children Need , by Jenna Bilmes, and is part of the Challenging Behaviors Book Study. There may be times when you have to completely change your attitude towards a very challenging child. Robert Kaplinsky - Glenrock Consulting, LLC How do you think 32 eighth grade students would respond to this nonsensical question: “There are 125 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd?”* Take a guess as to what percentage of them realized it was impossible to answer and then watch the video below: Of the 32 students I interviewed, 75% of them gave me numerical responses. Going into this, I predicted it would be closer to 50%. Here are some of my observations from the 32 students:

Making Sense / part deux Simon Gregg recently posted « Making Sense » on his blog. Its the story about what happened when he asked his students the following: ALMOST ALL of his students responded with 30 as the answer. Surprising? Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy Say hi to Lucy. Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y. I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group—I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs.

Student-centered Assessment Video Suite What does student-centered assessment look like in the classroom? How do students benefit from this type of assessment? Why do teachers implement these practices in their classrooms? The Students at the Center project, in conjunction with Dr. Heidi Andrade, Ed.D. and the students and teachers from IS 223 (Brooklyn, NY), produced this suite of videos to begin to answer these questions for those wishing to implement more student-centered approaches in the classroom, school, district, or beyond.

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