'This is more than just an unfortunate trend. When our brightest young college graduates, especially those who reflect the increasing diversity found in our public schools, eschew teaching we need to ask why.'
Jo Boaler, a math professor at Stanford, recently released this great video. Though it talks about math, it would be a good one to show to any class – it’s a good intro to Social Emotional Learning I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning.
OK, I’m in a mood. Not a bad mood. Just a mood. I love twitter for many reasons. I love to share “stuff” and see what others are doing in their classrooms on a daily basis. I love reading professional articles and seeing other opinions and ideas. Twitter gives me a voice and allows me to push the coding movement. I just have some concerns. Maybe I’m being dramatic. You decide, then tweet me.
What a clever device the book is. It is compact and light, yet contains hundreds of pages that hold an incredible amount of information. Moving forward or backward in the text is as easy as flipping a page, while the book’s square shape and flat bottom facilitates easy shelving. Still, the object is useless if the information it contains cannot be found.
We teach kids how to write by first immersing them in stories and literature. We should adopt this same approach to teach coding and programming. In fact, this is something I already do: giving every child a background in coding that allows those who are interested and motivated to proceed with programming at a higher level.
If there are exceptions to Malcolm Gladwell’s rule, writing is surely one of them. Even after 10,000 hours, the process can still feel tedious, frustrating and lonely.Practice may not make perfect, but feedback and repetition can help students be more competent at writing. At least, that’s the hope
how to praise your kids properly is, apparently, quite complicated. Earlier this month, Dweck delivered a speech at Stanford University, where she highlighted three ways that parents and teachers are going astray. “As the growth mindset has become more popular and taken hold, we are beginning to find that there are pitfalls,” said Dweck. “Many educators misunderstand or misapply the concepts.”
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This week's topics and resources:
Research and Education
Resources Toolkit for New Teachers Discovery Education: Introduction to Bacteria From the Top Philadelphia Museum of Art: Teacher Resources PhilSci-Archive Problem Based Learning Projects: For Educators iKeepSafe: Educators
Harvard Film Archive Time: Health Blog The Refugee Project The Psych Show Jellyfish Magazine United Nations Environment Programme The Aaron Copland Centennial: NPR Archives
The Telling Room and the Curtis Contemporaries present a FREE screening of the film: THE WHOLE WORLD WAITING a film by The Telling Room Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Meeting Room, 6:30-8 pm APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES Introduction by Jaed Coffin Q & A with The Telling Room and the storytellers The fifteen teenagers featured in the film The Whole World Waiting tell “myths of America” stories from their perspectives as immigrant and refugee youth now living in Maine. These teens have lived in Haiti, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Uganda, and Kenya, and now consider the United States their home.
"The point of studying French is not to promote French culture in the narrow sense. So when we pick up a book by Albert Camus or read about Zinedine Zidane, we should also talk about what it means to be exiled from Algeria and settle in France. We need to listen to Mali's Amadou and Mariam or Toumani Diabaté alongside Debussy and Ravel. French culture, just like British, is intrinsically multicultural. Nevertheless, the essentials remain the same."
Heather Perkinson's insight:
This British writer makes a case for the importance of teaching any world language.
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