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Top Private School Adds Lessons In Sewing And Ironing To Curriculum - The Inquisitr

Top Private School Adds Lessons In Sewing And Ironing To Curriculum - The Inquisitr | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Top Private School Adds Lessons In Sewing And Ironing To Curriculum The Inquisitr One of England's top private schools has added sewing and ironing, along with lessons in washing clothes, cooking, and cleaning to its curriculum, feeling many...
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The article ends with these questions????

Do you feel more and more children lack basic life skills? Should more schools focus on the fundamentals of general life skills – balancing a checkbook, making a budget, understanding interest rates?

Do you think your teenager could survive in college or living away from home without access to fast-food and delivery pizza (cook for themselves) if they had to?

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A Free Tool Designed To Connect All Schools In The U.S.

A Free Tool Designed To Connect All Schools In The U.S. | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it

Connecting classrooms around the globe is a project that a number of different groups have tackled, and this one is no different. Connect All Schools is an group of many organizations that is focused around the goal of connecting all schools in the US with the world by 2016.

This large group of participating organizations has a long list of goals and reasons why connecting students across the globe are important. They hope that by connecting students, they can:

Build understanding and global competencyIntroduce global issues curriculum, new World Languages, online collaboration, youth and teacher exchanges, professional development on international education, and video-conferencesEnable schools to indicate how they are connected to the world and for new teachers, school administrators and parents to work with consortium partners on building new linksAllow for online language practice with native speakers around the worldAllow students to learn WITH the world instead of just about itTo create a student citizenry that is aware of and comfortable with interaction with peers worldwide Read more at: http://www.edudemic.com/2013/06/how-one-organization-is-connecting-all-schools/


Via Stewart-Marshall
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Connecting Classrooms Around the World..the following Cleveland-area schools are on the list: 1) Gurney Elementary School - Hunger; 2) Roxboro Elementary - Liberia & Africa; 3) Carl & Louis Stokes Central Academy - Local Environment as Global Issue, Water; 4) Orange High School, Heming Gymnasium Partnership.  

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Connecting students in classrooms around the world.

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U.S. Agriculture Department to start ridding schools of junk foods - KansasCity.com

High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items.
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It is about time!  More opportunities to put in place school gardens and move the needle on the nation's eating habits...

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A Long, Slow Drift From Racial Justice

A Long, Slow Drift From Racial Justice | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Affirmative action hangs on, but the court has set a very high bar.
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Addiction, Rehab & Co-Occurring Disorders: New Study Of College Roommates Examines Cognitive Vulnerability To Depression

Addiction, Rehab & Co-Occurring Disorders: New Study Of College Roommates Examines Cognitive Vulnerability To Depression | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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These research results were covered on an NPR show only this morning. 

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What happened when I started a feminist society at school

What happened when I started a feminist society at school | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
We wanted to challenge sexist behaviour – but we unleashed a flood of abuse from our male peers
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Very sad statement...!

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Fact Sheet: Redesigning America's High Schools | U.S. Department of Education

Editor's Note: Today, Secretary Duncan will highlight President Obama's High School Redesign initiative during a roundtable event at Aviation High School in New York City. More details can be found on the Department's website.
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I am including only a portion of a great write-up by Greg Whitby with the link to the White House announcement.  Enjoy, Linda

Use by date for schools?by Greg Whitby

 

In 2008, I heard Stephen Heppell talking at the Curriculum Corporation Conference about re-designing schools.  He was in the throes of co-designing a school with students in the Cayman Islands.  Heppell spoke about the need to move away from these industrial factories of 250+ students to small communities of learning with 10 or less students.  He explained how agile learning spaces could be re-configured to meet particular learning needs but what if schools were re-configured to meet students interests?

This is the evolution of schooling.  It is the convergence of personal interests, partnerships and technology (think big data and the ability to personalise learning).  Last week Dan Pink was in Australia at the EduTech conference talking about the rise of specialist schools.  He mentioned something called Big Picture Learning or Big Picture Schools, which have sprung up across America.  Even President Obama has recently announced an initiative that challenges school districts across America to redesign high schools and 'transform the high school experience'.  The initiative is underpinned by a strong desire to prepare students for a knowledge age and a global economy.

What is interesting about the High School Redesign initiative is a focus on personalised learning and on providing career related experiences or competencies.  This is about taking PBL out of the classroom and into the real-world.  It places greater focus on developing partnerships with community, business and industry to enable students to complete internships and/or mentorships.  This is the evolution of schooling as John Dewey saw it - schools as microcosms of society.  The US Department of Education states, 'students learn best when they are engaged in complex projects and tasks aligned with their interests.'

This is the foundation of Big Picture Learning schools.  As Dan Pink explained these schools configure the entire curriculum around each student’s interests. Pink gives the example of a student who say was interested in martial arts.  One component would involve an internship at a martial arts studio and then the academic component would be learning about the origins of martial arts, the Japanese language and the physics behind the martial art.

 

The concept of bringing students into the real-world to deepen their learning is why partnerships with business and industry will become critical in the evolution of schooling.  In this model, I envisage schools as conduit between identifying students' interests and connecting them with their 'adult-world' tribes.  In this sense, nothing is fixed. 

 

According to Washor and Mojkowski, if you want to create disruptive innovations rather than merely sustain mediocre ones, you need to have ideas that are 'crazy enough' at the edge to make a difference to what happens in the middle.  There is value in looking at the Big Picture model especially in how we create valuable partnerships that bring students into the world and the world into schools. Greg Whitby | June 14, 2013 at 10:10 am |

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What's Your Hurry? (NY Times Op-ed University of Texas Affirmative Action Case)

What's Your Hurry? (NY Times Op-ed University of Texas Affirmative Action Case) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
There is conservative concern about the stability of the Roberts Court’s narrow majority.
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This School Year's 10 Most Popular Posts

This School Year's 10 Most Popular Posts | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
I'll begin posting new questions and answers in late August, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past two years.
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This is in case you missed something and need summer reading!

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High School for At-Risk Youth: MindDriveOrg - YouTube

High School for At-Risk Youth: MindDriveOrg - YouTube | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
MINDDRIVE is a non-profit organization in Kansas City that works with at-risk high school students on math, science, and technology through hands-on teaching...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Well done video with the students as narrators. Hand-on learning...they built a car!

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LGBT Students in Public Schools Would be Safer with Student Non-Discrimination Act

Student Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit discrimination against public school students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity (RT @HRC: #LGBT Students in Public Schools Would be Safer with Student Non-Discrimination Act.
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The stats speak:  "LGBT youth are twice as likely to experience verbal harassment, exclusion and physical attack at school as their non-LGBT peers.  Among LGBT youth, 51 percent have been verbally harassed at school, compared to 25 percent among non-LGBT students; 48 percent say they are often excluded by their peers because they are different, compared to 26 percent among non-LGBT students; and 17 percent report they have been physically attacked at school, compared to 10 percent among non-LGBT students."

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Study finds students don't learn more from charismatic lecturers | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds students don't learn more from charismatic lecturers | Inside Higher Ed | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging consideration of 21st century education, Noam Chomsky argues that much of what passes for education reform is 'a way of turning the population into a bunch of imbeciles.'

Via Keith Heggart, juandoming
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Noam Chomsky peers from above society and the various winds of change and offers broad, sweeping thematic conclusions. While I am not confident that everything is quite so maliciously calculated in American society as he purports, but rather the behavioral trappings of a consumer culture gone awry and an American psychological profile historically embedded with independence at all costs, he certainly makes one think deeply about the grave consequences of corporate, governmental and individuals actions and inactions, and the underlying ideals and interconnectedness of all our ways.   

 

p.s. His views on education are spot-on....what makes learning rich and rewarding.

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Ken Morrison's comment, June 2, 2013 11:14 AM
I was very interested in the part about farmers fighting for the right to not have systematic education for the masses.
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4 reasons why universities will go extinct

4 reasons why universities will go extinct | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
You may already know that higher education is in crisis, but do you know why?

Via EDTC@UTB
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The experts and research cited are worthy of our consideration...

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The Decline and Fall of the English Major

The Decline and Fall of the English Major | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
In the drift away from the humanities, we risk losing something essential in ourselves.
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Why alternative schools should include the humanities

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Parents and Students Want More Online Courses, But Few Teachers Willing to ... - T.H.E. Journal

Parents and Students Want More Online Courses, But Few Teachers Willing to ... - T.H.E. Journal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Parents and Students Want More Online Courses, But Few Teachers Willing to ...
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Barbara Johnson's curator insight, July 2, 2013 9:44 PM

The number of virtual and flipped courses not meeting the demand

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Shameful Stats: High School Grad Class of 2013: These Children Are Our Future

Shameful Stats: High School Grad Class of 2013: These Children Are Our Future | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A hypothetical statistical portrait of the high school class of 2013 shows some depressing numbers.
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We can and should do much better as a society!  A special thank you to VPP for highlighting this piece in their recent newsletter....

 

About VPP: Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) is a
philanthropic investment organization that helps great leaders build
strong, high-performing nonprofit institutions. It concentrates money,
expertise, and personal contacts to improve the lives of and boost the
opportunities for children and youth of low-income families in the National
Capital Region and cultivates a growing donor community of high net worth
families to generate funding and influence in support of these
institutions and of social change

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A Visual Guide To Every Single Learning Theory - Edudemic

A Visual Guide To Every Single Learning Theory - Edudemic | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This detailed analysis and chart of every single learning theory is worth zooming in and studying.
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This overview of every single learning style is downright awesome--a keeper.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:56 AM

I can't imagine a better overview of all the various learning styles for teachers to preview. 

Tit Gavroche's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:48 AM

It would be helpful if this image were larger or of a higher resolution. As it is now, it's illegible.

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MetaUniversity: Transforming Higher Education

MetaUniversity: Transforming Higher Education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
It is time to consider a redesign of the university system in a way that takes advantage of recent Internet technology developments and addresses some of the social and economic problems surrounding higher education.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Mark Smithers, Stewart-Marshall
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There are aspects that make a lot of sense...the university unbound. 

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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, June 20, 2013 2:22 AM

Hochschulen stehen vor größten Herausforderungen - aber haben diese es schon bemerkt? 

Peter Bryant's curator insight, June 20, 2013 6:00 AM

a nice intervention in the ongoing debate

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Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past which are no longer relevant on a curriculum for today's children

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Gust MEES
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While I agree with the basis of this article, we do have a romantic attachment to the past, especially parents who want their children to experience schools as they DID, I don't completely agree with this article. There are reasons for understanding the "way things work" and there are reasons for knowing one's history--as Winston Churchill said, "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it." That said, this article really speaks to the way we go about learning and, yes, that has really changed.  

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, June 16, 2013 7:36 PM

At the centre of this article there is truth, which is that our children need "new" skills and new ways of developing and using the "old" ones. However, I think there is room for them all, if the curriculum is formulated the right way. Inquiry-based learning, letting the kids ask a question and then search for the answer using a number of resources, is definitely the way to go. Personally I think there will ALWAYS be a place for being able to do maths the old fashioned way, so you understand how it works,  but there is also a time to let the technology take you further, to increase that understanding. Room for both.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 18, 2013 1:24 AM
Linda Alexander summarised my thoughts beautifully!

'While I agree with the basis of this article, we do have a romantic attachment to the past, especially parents who want their children to experience schools as they DID, I don't completely agree with this article. There are reasons for understanding the "way things work" and there are reasons for knowing one's history--as Winston Churchill said, "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it." That said, this article really speaks to the way we go about learning and, yes, that has really changed.'

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 18, 2013 1:25 AM
Linda Alexander summarised it well!

'While I agree with the basis of this article, we do have a romantic attachment to the past, especially parents who want their children to experience schools as they DID, I don't completely agree with this article. There are reasons for understanding the "way things work" and there are reasons for knowing one's history--as Winston Churchill said, "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it." That said, this article really speaks to the way we go about learning and, yes, that has really changed.'

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Salon: New data shows school “reformers” are full of it

Salon: New data shows school “reformers” are full of it | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Poor schools underperform largely because of economic forces, not because teachers have it too easy
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I am never one to broadly blame hard-working teachers for anything.  However, this take-no-prisoners article about "reformers" even sounds angry.  While, true, economics are the single most important predictor in terms of overall school performance, not race or any other factor, I encourage some of the highly successful Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland, Ohio to chime-in here (e.g., Citizens Academy, Citizens Leadership Academy, The Intergenerational School, E-Prep, Village Prep, etc.) These local charter school folks, reformers if you will, do not fit the profile of this article; they're extremely hard working and always on mission.  These collective urban charter schools, as an example, view every child in a"no excuses" manner and their philosophy and practices are embraced by some of the new, innovative Cleveland Public Schools.  While there are certainly for-profit entities misusing taxpayer monies, we have a number of successful examples in Cleveland, Ohio that flat-out counter the broad-brush claims of this article. (We really should focus on "what works and grow it," in the spirit of appreciative inquiry, rather than this opposite approach)

 

We are also a City where a range of schools, independent, private, charter & public are working hard to co-exist, learn best practices from each other, and the adults are trying their best to play nice in the sandbox.  It isn't perfect by any means, but the start of a healthy educational eco-system that benefits children. Ultimately, it's about the children and not the adults....

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Formula to determine adjunct work hours stirs debate

Formula to determine adjunct work hours stirs debate | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Cuyahoga Community College says it won't cut part-timers' courseloads, but new formula for calculating work hours is said to prevent instructors from accessing health coverage.
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I can't imagine using a 1:1 ratio for classroom instruction versus out-of-class prep will be accurate for the vast majority of adjunct professors.  This ratio clearly needs further study.  This article reviews many of the issues brewing in Ohio that will very likely spread to other states as the new health care laws grabs hold. 

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College UnBound Author: How to Cure the College Dropout Syndrome

College UnBound Author: How to Cure the College Dropout Syndrome | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A conversation with Jeffrey Selingo, the author of “College (Un)Bound,” who argues that the higher-education system is both vital to the American economy and “broken.”
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Summer reading list... anyone?

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PISA Results: Does ‘America Achieves’ Make Its Case For Another Test?

PISA Results: Does ‘America Achieves’ Make Its Case For Another Test? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Simply taking another test is not grounded in research proving that "test taking alone" serves to improve curricula and/or teaching & learning. Indeed additional test-taking in America's classrooms may have the opposite impact...

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Drop high-stakes tests and let teachers teach; exam-driven curricula are ruining U.S. education: David Patten

Drop high-stakes tests and let teachers teach; exam-driven curricula are ruining U.S. education: David Patten | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Drop high-stakes tests and let teachers teach; exam-driven curricula are ruining U.S. education: David Patten
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This is an important op-ed on how "sorry" is the cheapest word in the English language---for a teacher who originally thought he was hired for his expertise!

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