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OVER 5MM More teachers to reach education targets, UN warns

OVER 5MM More teachers to reach education targets, UN warns | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There is a huge need for well-trained and well-supported teachers, United Nations officials today warned, marking World Teachers' Day with a call for the recruitment of millions of professionals, particularly in African and Arab States worst hit by...
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We need over 5.0 Million TEACHERS!!!

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Changing What We Teach (Paradigm Shift)

Changing What We Teach  (Paradigm Shift) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Changing What We Teach: Shifting From A Curriculum Of Insecurity To A Curriculum Of Wisdom
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What is the correct path to sustainable learning?  Presently, we have a system of dropping and adding classes based on the most current societal (political) whim. For instance, computer "coding" is the current flavor of the month along with "entrepreneurship".  In past years, schools were pushed to add Chinese or a second language (Arabic, anyone?).  Ultimately, this amounts to another content or skill being pushed out the door.  And what gets added or removed from our nation's curriculum in the first place usually correlates to who owns the bully pulpit, be it politicians, the business community or a combination of both.  Educators, yes, they do have a voice but a much smaller voice these days. 


So, what if we adopted a system that moves beyond the content and skill-focused view of what gets taught and, rather,  focuses on how students learn, yes, their very own habits of the mind?  This article explores this thinking using literacy as it's most thought-provoking example of how that might work.  Brilliant piece~ 


Backward design beginning with, yes,.... people!

 

 

 

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What is the correct path to sustainable learning?  Presently, we have a system of dropping and adding classes based on the most current societal (political) whim. For instance, computer "coding" is the current flavor of the month along with "entrepreneurship".  In past years, schools were pushed to add Chinese or a second language (Arabic, anyone?).  Ultimately, this amounts to another content or skill being pushed out the door.  And what gets added or removed from our nation's curriculum in the first place usually correlates to who owns the bully pulpit, be it politicians, the business community or a combination of both.  Educators, yes, they do have a voice but a much smaller voice these days. 

 

So, what if we adopted a system that moves beyond the content and skill-focused view of what gets taught and, rather,  focuses on how students learn, yes, their very own habits of the mind?  This article explores this thinking using literacy as it's most thought-provoking example of how that might work.  Brilliant piece~ 

 

Backward design beginning with, yes,.... people!

 

 

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How Academic is Your Home?

How Academic is Your Home? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
It is spring conference time at our children's school. It is the time of year when teachers and advisors are sitting down with families to set goals, discuss recent work, and begin to strategize about the transition to the next grade.The goal for everyone involved is usually the same: optimize student learning.When I was an advisor and administrator, one of my favorite questions to ask students and families during conference time was: How do you do your homework?Here are some responses I have received in recent years: “I do it all at school at study hall during break time beca
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Brian Hart shares his experiences as an administrator regarding how student do their homework.  He offers research, tips and recommendations. 

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How to teach your kids to love poetry (Hint: fall in love with it yourself)

How to teach your kids to love poetry (Hint: fall in love with it yourself) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
One mom finds that her love for poetry is passed along to her kids as she falls in love again with the simplest stanzas.
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My children had a first grade teacher in Kansas City that used poetry as a primary means to teach reading skills.   They can still recite many of the poems they discovered within her classroom today.   Shel Silverstein was a favorite....and became a favorite of mine as well. 

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Reason #10: The Gated School: Are We Part of the Problem or the Solution?

Reason #10: The Gated School: Are We Part of the Problem or the Solution? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
“United States... on the one hand this is a country of egalitarian promise, a land of opportunity for millions of immigrants of modest background; on the other hand it is a land of extremely brutal inequality...”                                                                                                          &nbs
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Reason #9: Casting the Net Wider: Is Private Education a Place for Diverse Learners?

Reason #9: Casting the Net Wider: Is Private Education a Place for Diverse Learners? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the ninth post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools.My first teaching job was in a public school in Norwich, Vermont, The Marion Cross School. In that school, we had a resource room where three full-time, highly-trained learning specialists worked with students who needed “support.” Whether those kids received these services as required by law (IEP, 504) or simply because they demonstrated to teachers they needed it, the resource room made all the difference to both these students and the classroom teachers who taught them. While I certainly saw 
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Reason #8: Just One More Brick: Unrealistic Expectations for Teachers in 2015

Reason #8: Just One More Brick: Unrealistic Expectations for Teachers in 2015 | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the eighth post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools.I left a varsity lacrosse game a couple of nights ago at 8:30pm. My son had played in the JV game, but I decided to stay to see the big boys in action. Once the game wrapped up and the parking lot emptied, it was close to 9:30, a fourteen-hour day for the head coach, who is also a history teacher at the school.During lacrosse season, this is the norm: 60 hour work weeks without any extra compensation for these efforts. Of course, our public school counterparts are compensated for every extra duty, even coverin
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The 25 business schools that offer the best education

The 25 business schools that offer the best education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
These schools provide access to the most relevant, interesting, and challenging courses.
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4 Ways Technology Is Making You Age Faster -- And What To Do About It

4 Ways Technology Is Making You Age Faster -- And What To Do About It | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
You can't deny technology has made many things easier. But, like with so many good things, too much can be a bad thing. And with people using their smartphones, tablets and laptops for nearly everything, including work, scheduling and socializing, so...
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Limiting time online is good for your health...

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Reason #6: Private School Parents (yes, it’s worst than you think)

Reason #6: Private School Parents (yes, it’s worst than you think) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the sixth post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools.This is the low hanging fruit on the list, but to skip it would be somewhat irresponsible (and I would miss the therapeutic benefits of writing it.) We have all heard the terms: helicopter parents, snowplow parents, overprotective parents, tiger mothering, etc.Point of clarity: some of the best humans I have come to know have been private school parents. It is such a treat to meet level headed, supportive, smart, and constructive parents who want to partner with schools to optimize their child’s learning
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While I concur with Brian Hart’s assessment of private school parents, the good (and very good), the bad, & the almost evil, these behaviors are also true of parents within high performing suburban schools as well.  I have experienced much of what he has described in a few public systems in different states, although the tuition piece pushes private school parents into another orbit at times.  

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Minding the nurture gap (The most important divide is class)

Minding the nurture gap (The most important divide is class) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. By Robert Putnam. Simon & Schuster; 386 pages; $28 and £18.99. THE most important divide in America today is class, not...
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A few nuggets:  

"Working-class parents, who have less spare capacity, are more likely to demand that their kids simply obey them. In the short run this saves time; in the long run it prevents the kids from learning to organise their own lives or think for themselves. Poor parenting is thus a barrier to social mobility, and is becoming more so as the world grows more complex and the rewards for superior cognitive skills increase."

 

"Upper-middle-class homes are not only richer (with two professional incomes) and more stable; they are also more nurturing. In the 1970s there were practically no class differences in the amount of time that parents spent talking, reading and playing with toddlers. Now the children of college-educated parents receive 50% more of what Mr Putnam calls “Goodnight Moon” time (after a popular book for infants)."

 

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The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
As of 2010, nearly a third of the world's population identified as Christian. But if demographic trends persist, Islam will close the gap by the middle of the 21st century.
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Yesterday, as we were painting in my art class, we discussed world religions and these very stats.  

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Reason #5: Admissions Diversity: Swim at Your Own Risk

Reason #5: Admissions Diversity: Swim at Your Own Risk | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the fifth post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools.Independent schools in our nation should be quite proud of the incredible progress they have made in the last fifty years with regards to diversity. Though most of our oldest and most revered schools were essentially founded as segregated entities, we are, for the most part, the most welcoming and open we have been with regards to race, socio-economic background, culture, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. This is great news.Of course, our work has only begun.One of the most eye-opening experiences I have ever
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Public Tutoring: ACT Prep from a Pro

Public Tutoring: ACT Prep from a Pro | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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I am a former Clevelander who for years met colleagues and friends in coffee shops around town and would often see Mauri Artz sitting at another table.  Mauri was often meeting with high school students to discuss the ACT and the test-prep services she offered.  Mauri recently reached out to let me know about the launch of her brand new company, Public Tutoring, that expands her highly successful tutoring practice to many more students, especially those individuals who can't afford private, one-on-one tutoring.  Here it is.... 

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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

"These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages."

 

Tags: language, culture, infographic.


Via Seth Dixon
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The charts may provide some ammunition re: decisions related to second-language offerings in a school, although many Hindi-Urdu speakers, for example, also speak English.  There are also political and geographic considerations.     

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A few visual guides to language diversity around the world from an American perspective.

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Some APHuG foreshadowing

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If you were to look back 50 years ago, I'm sure that these statistics would be slightly different. It does not surprise me that English is still the most popular language and is spoken in more countries than any other language. I never realized how many people speak Chinese (1.39 billion speakers) in comparison to English (527 million). I think other languages will start to become more spoken than english in the years to come.
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Should every school class be a computer coding class? - The Hechinger Report

Should every school class be a computer coding class? - The Hechinger Report | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

"This spring, at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, the fifth-grade Spanish class programmed computers to produce bilingual, animated photo albums. The seventh-grade science class rejiggered the code behind climate models ..."

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This article softly debates coding while featuring "Scratch" and the multiple learning goals achieved.  Moreover, there are terrific links as well as a focus on "unstuck" vis-a-vis the role of the teacher.  Excellent piece!

 

Link to Curricular Guide Using Scratch @ Creative Commons: http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/

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This article softly debates coding while featuring "Scratch" and the multiple learning goals achieved.  Moreover, there are terrific links as well as a focus on "unstuck" vis-a-vis the role of the teacher.  Excellent piece!

 

Link to Curricular Guide Using Scratch @ Creative Commons: http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/

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Kristen Bell: Facts Are Your Friends -- Vaccinate Your Children

Kristen Bell: Facts Are Your Friends -- Vaccinate Your Children | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
At first, I leaned toward keeping our kids vaccine-free. I thought the concern about vaccination made sense. But after hearing both sides of the argument, I decided facts were my friends. I couldn't rely on word-of-mouth, friend-of-a-friend informati...
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Starving for Wisdom (or..What To Study in College)

Starving for Wisdom (or..What To Study in College) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The humanities enrich our souls, and sometimes even our pocketbooks.
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Brilliantly balanced. For a successful career, we are better equipped with a firm grounding in the humanities to constantly dose corporate pragmaticism with intellectual rebellion.  

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Valedictorian has a 4.0 GPA, is headed to college, and is autistic

Valedictorian has a 4.0 GPA, is headed to college, and is autistic | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Montel Medley, 17, a graduate of the Surrattsville Autism Program, plans to attend Towson University in the fall
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Success Academy Works For My Kid | TNTP

Success Academy Works For My Kid | TNTP | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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This is in response to this week's NY Times piece on Success Academy by a school parent.  I wholeheartedly agree that all families deserve to have a choice, not just the wealthy, and that not every school works for every child.

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Reason #7: The Corporatization of Private Education

Reason #7: The Corporatization of Private Education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the seventh post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools.“Corporatization- to be influenced by or take on the features of a large commercial business, especially in being bureaucratic and uncaring.” Thanks Dictionary.com.In my time in private education, I have seen private school governance and management culture move from what I would describe as somewhat flat, familial, local, and quasi-democratic to a what could easily be described as “edu-corporate.” That is, we are seeing more of a top down, overly datatized, hierarchical, and business
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"The fifty top private school heads in the nation average $425k per year for overseeing an average of 450 students.  Once free housing, car leases, fund raising bonuses, and retirement account incentive packages are included, the overall numbers get pretty incredible

 

On the other hand, "Private school teachers are still paid roughly $15k less than their public school colleagues, often while working significantly more hours per week". 

 

I decided to post Brian Hart's blogs and allow readers to decide whether they agreed with his conclusions or not.  However, I will share (as Brian states in this post) that many teachers and former parents have privately told me they totally agree with his opinions, but can't comment or even "like" his posts.  Indeed there has only been one individual who didn't feel this way!   

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New Orleans Educator Dreams Of Teaching Tech To Beat The Streets | ideastream

New Orleans Educator Dreams Of Teaching Tech To Beat The Streets | ideastream | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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While I completely get the reasons for targeted schools, I just hope the curriculum doesn't become so narrow and focused that students don't learn their history, their civics, or study the wondrous literature of the world's top thought-leaders....

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Former Atlanta educators jailed in test cheating scandal

Former Atlanta educators jailed in test cheating scandal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
ATLANTA (AP) — A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in jail Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years. In one of the nation's largest cheating…
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Respite: 5 Core Concepts Private Schools Have Right

Respite: 5 Core Concepts Private Schools Have Right | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This article is being offered as a brief respite from 10 Reasons I Quit Teaching in Private Schools, now that I have posted the first five.Yes, private education has a great deal right. As I promised, dearest critics, what follows kept me in private education for many years and continues to keep my children there, as well.Idea #1: Higher Purpose and Virtuous IdealsEvery educator knows that a school’s mission and broadly defined “culture” is as important, if not more important, than the learning that takes places in classes. Independent education has advocated this from the b
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Thinking About Emotion - Independent Ideas Blog

Thinking About Emotion - Independent Ideas Blog | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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Terrific piece with link to national education report.  

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Harvard College admits 1,990

Harvard College admits 1,990 | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
On March 31, admission notifications were sent to 1,990 of the record 37,307 who applied for admission to the Harvard College Class of 2019.
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Record applications and for most less tuition to pay than a public university.  Interesting to understand their selection process, support programs and class diversity. 

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