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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

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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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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 30, 8:15 PM

A site to help students understand how diverse the world is - and particularly, that the English language is not the dominant language in the world! The use of infographics - data presented visually - help students compare languages across the world. 

Simone Percy's curator insight, April 30, 10:56 PM

Good visual to represent the number of people speaking languages around the world.

Maria Yolanda Garcia OLAVE's curator insight, May 2, 4:49 AM
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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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Teaching Tolerance highlight...

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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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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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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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