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Student Body President Asks to be Allowed to Attend School

Student Body President Asks to be Allowed to Attend School | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Currently in my school, parents and teachers are afraid to speak out against what they feel is wrong, which is something that should not be accepted as the "norm". Unfortunately, it's not just teachers and parents, but students as well. You could even say, my school is run by fear.
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I listened to this 13 year old student on tape---she makes plausible points that she reads verbatim from a document about this school's poor communications, repressive policies, and the unfairness of kicking her entire family out of the school.  Nonetheless, I would  appreciate hearing something  from school administrators prior to passing any type of firm judgement. Yet, a midyear termination seems more than a tad bit odd; it seems downright vindictive.  

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Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say

Poverty, family stress are thwarting student success, top teachers say | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Asked to identify obstacles to student achievement, the best educators point to factors outside class.
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What the Future Economy Means for How Kids Learn Today

What the Future Economy Means for How Kids Learn Today | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Amidst an uncertain jobs future, how can schooling complement, not compete with, students' informal learning?
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Policy makers are asking us to return to the drill & kill "basics," while the US labor market thrusts into the future. Futurists, actually for the last 10 years, have been predicting "the end of the job." This isn't as far-out as it once seemed given the tremendous growth in freelance work. Moreover, we are not paying attention to how some of the more tech-savvy children learn today via socially-connected platforms, although it's hard to believe that low-income families, a huge number in the United States, will have the necessary bandwidth to create their own learning networks (as this article states).  From where I stand, there could well be two separate educational systems in this country.  First, a much more innovative, peer-to-peer, project based approached for children from higher income families, and the continuation of the same old educational practices for most everyone else. And that would be really sad. 

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Challenging the Coed Standard: A Single-Sex Education Makes All the Difference for Girls - Independent Ideas Blog

Challenging the Coed Standard: A Single-Sex Education Makes All the Difference for Girls - 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 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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Another lens on single-sex education via Lisa Damour, Laurel School. 

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Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America

Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture
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Psychology Today...

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Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
You may have heard that Common Core is a "government takeover" of education. You heard wrong. But there is government interference to be concerned about, and it's probably happening near you.
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"When legislators start telling teachers what to teach, no matter what it is, they, as the state itself, are taking over your child's teacher's classroom, and taking over your child's education. When they make laws requiring teachers to teach certain things, they are taking over your child's education. Common Core does not do that. It establishes standards for instruction that some state departments of education over-analyze and turn into awful, prescriptive curricula. Blame that part on the state bureaucrats. But don't blame it on Common Core".

 

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Why the New Research on Mobility Matters: An Economist’s View

Why the New Research on Mobility Matters: An Economist’s View | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There’s a compelling case that good neighborhoods nurture success.
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Where you live early in life matters...

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Poverty may affect the growth of children’s brains

Poverty may affect the growth of children’s brains | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Children of poorer, less educated parents have smaller cerebral cortices, study finds

Via juandoming
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We know much more about the brain and brain development. Through additional stimulation, we now recognize that the brain can rewire itself and generate new synapses, throughout most of life. Nevertheless, this research screams for a focus on poverty and anti-poverty programming. Lastly, it's very important to note that, "race and ethnicity had no effect on any of these correlations. The links between socioeconomic status and brain structure were the same across individuals, regardless of racial background,” Noble says."

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Legislators Introduce Student Digital Privacy Bill

Legislators Introduce Student Digital Privacy Bill | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The student digital privacy bill comes at a time of widespread government and industry enthusiasm for education technology, along with mounting concerns that many school districts may be ill-prepared to evaluate and adopt digital learning products.
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Very much needed and necessary to advance the use of technology in schools and mitigate the fears. 

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Child Mental Health Affects World 'Happiness' Ratings

Child Mental Health Affects World 'Happiness' Ratings | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Americans are pretty happy, in comparison with the rest of the world, but a new international report suggests the United States needs to do more to support child mental health.
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One of the best predictor of future success is a child's emotional health...and the US numbers have fallen.  Guess who's on top? Yep.

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Colleges begin to take notice of Common Core | InsideHigherEd

Colleges begin to take notice of Common Core | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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College readiness....and Common Core! 

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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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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 26, 10:35 AM

The world is extremely diverse in its spread of native languages. Yet only a handful are commonly spoken by the majority of the world, about 2/3. Over half of the world's languages are expected to go extinct because of the extreme diversity and the minimal distribution which means that in some places almost every person speaks a completely different language and many are dying as their last speakers do not pass it on to their children.

 

This article is relates to cultural patterns and processes through the geographic spread of languages around the globe and the increasing acculturation that causes the loss of many of these languages in our increasingly globalized world.

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 10:35 PM

Its interesting to see just how many people speak the languages we speak everyday, and to see just how many people DONT speak it.

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 5:34 AM

It is amazing to see all main languages in perspective to the world. Mandarine holding the top spot with 1.39 Billion surprises me but at the same time doesn't. There are 1.3 billion people living there in the first place.

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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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Via Leona Ungerer, juandoming
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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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Mattress Protest at Columbia University Continues Into Graduation Event

Mattress Protest at Columbia University Continues Into Graduation Event | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Emma Sulkowicz, who used the mattress to protest the university’s handling of her sexual assault complaint, hoisted it for the last time as she crossed the stage.
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Sexual assault on campus--woman, supported by her friends, carries a mattress to graduation stage.

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ASCD EDge - Characteristics Of A Culture of Learning

ASCD EDge - Characteristics Of A Culture of Learning | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge

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Why Coeducation Matters - (Declining Higher Ed Interest in Single-Sex Ed & But Increase in K-12)

Why Coeducation Matters - (Declining Higher Ed Interest in Single-Sex Ed & But Increase in K-12) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

"The decline reflects the fact that women are doing quite well in higher education, and no longer feel the need for a protected space to develop their intellectual potential.  Women now earn 57 percent of the bachelor’s degrees, 63 percent of the master’s, and 53 percent of the doctoral degrees awarded each year in the U.S. "

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This blog posting discusses neuroscience and the lack of evidence that girls and boys are wired any differently.  Great piece!

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Professor fails entire class & University Intervenes | InsideHigherEd

Professor fails entire class & University Intervenes | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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In case you've missed this story: Collective punishment is never the correct approach, but behavior as part of grading equation justified. 

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Arizona Judge: Some Undocumented Students Eligible for In-State Tuition | InsideHigherEd

Arizona Judge: Some Undocumented Students Eligible for In-State Tuition | InsideHigherEd | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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This is one of those instances when you're relieved that federal law overpowers state-rights, especially in this thorny State.  Arizona needs an educated populace, so this is indeed good news for residents that will likely be staying in the State for the long term. 

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Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal

Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Opt out is far bigger than a test refusal event.
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A growing movement that cuts across all socioeconomic and ethnic/race lines in NY.....judge for yourself. 

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Raising Ethical Children: Are We the Problem?

Raising Ethical Children: Are We the Problem? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
J.P Morgan pays $5.1 billion to settle allegations it misled mortgage-finance agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; ex-Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption; former county employee faces corruption charges; NCAA announces sanctions scandal; Armstrong finally admits to decade of drug use; SEC freezes assets in Ponzi scheme…and the list goes on and on.It is certainly difficult to watch the news or read the paper without concluding that personal integrity is on the wane. With all those scoundrels out there in the world setting terrible examples, many of us
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13 Absolute Truths About Being A Mom

13 Absolute Truths About Being A Mom | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There is no supermom. There is only the real mom. And the real mom is brave, tenacious, funny, crazy, excited, tired, giving, crying, hoping, loving, challenging, working, worn out, loving life, loving those kids, and amazing....
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Or a dad.... love this!

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The National Schools (Most Challenging List) - The Washington Post

National Schools - The High School Challenge - Washington Post.
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Extremely limited in the manner in which they're measured (AP Courses), nonetheless Arizona has a slew of top performers on a national basis (all charter schools).  Texas and Florida follow...

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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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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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