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Language Magazine » Grading in a Perfect World

Language Magazine » Grading in a Perfect World | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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assessments should be teacher-created and student-driven. 

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Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early

Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the day may help teens get more rest.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 25, 5:01 PM

This is something that the supposed movers and shakers involved in "School reform" should focus and change.

 

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10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box

10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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The Underuse of Apprenticeships in America

The United States lags behind its European counterparts in the use of apprenticeships, a proven workforce training tool that would help American businesses, workers, and the U.S. economy as a whole.
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A Classroom Leaves the Syllabus to the Students - NYTimes.com

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Life of an Educator: What if schools were more like Facebook?

Life of an Educator: What if schools were more like Facebook? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: The 2014 Horizon Report Focuses on Pedagogy

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: The 2014 Horizon Report Focuses on Pedagogy | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice” | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Educator Jaime McGrath and designer Drew Davies explain how to create a "classroom of imagination" by turning lessons into design problems and giving studen
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"McGrath and Davies argue that school needs to keep up with the times by promoting creativity, entrepreneurship, design thinking and hands on skills. McGrath’s experience teaching design problems has convinced him that the approach includes all learning styles, brings the best of project-based learning, encourages cooperation and integrates subject matter horizontally. But mostly, McGrath and Davies are impressed at the cool stuff kids design."

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On taking final exams and other standardized tests | Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT

On taking final exams and other standardized tests | Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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"As we continue to shift the paradigm of what public education needs to be, it is imperative that we consider what we value and how we present it to the students. High stakes testing doesn’t do the trick. We need to find a more inclusive approach that values many modes of learning and intelligence."

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The Tough Decision to Leave the Classroom | iamjwal.com

The Tough Decision to Leave the Classroom | iamjwal.com | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
As the title of this post suggests, I have made the tough decision to leave the classroom for good at the end of this school year.
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A really amazing post with practical suggestions..............

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Special Education in High School Redesign

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Students with disabilities and the special education programs that serve
them are significant stakeholders in the outcomes of the reforms being
implemented (McGlaughlin & Thurlow, 2003). Policymakers, researchers,
and practitioners in the last decade have called for examination of the intended
and unintended consequences of reform efforts and for effective programs for all
secondary students.

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Not All Knowledge Comes From College! Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe talks to CNN's Jake Tapper about his efforts to campaign for increasing skilled labor jobs.
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Mike says we need to look at work ethic.  We need to reconnect these dots.  There is a skills gap.  Reality...........lots of opportunities to make a case for the trades and stop with this idea that there is only ONE way to get educated.  

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It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades

It’s Time to Stop Averaging Grades | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
You’ve always averaged grades. Your teachers averaged grades when you were in school and it worked fine. It works fine for your students. Does it?
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Should You Boycott Standardized Testing? | Edudemic

Should You Boycott Standardized Testing? | Edudemic | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
One  Wednesday afternoon, after a policy battle with her principal, Assistant Principal Kathleen Jasper walked out the door, effectively abandoning her career as a K-12 educator. On the weekends, she was an activist, bringing key education issues to the table through her blog and podcast, ConversationEd, but during the week she felt she was contributing …
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The Future of Education - Infographic

The Future of Education - Infographic | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
What the education of the future will look like -- online classes, tablets, etc.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Les Howard
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Shifting the Mindset-Education Week

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mobile first webpage developed by mobiletech
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Why college students do better when the teacher stops lecturing | Deseret News National

Why college students do better when the teacher stops lecturing | Deseret News National | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.
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Saturday Essay: Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training

Saturday Essay: Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training. The U.S. economy's future could lie along the career paths of welders, nurses and franchise owners.
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Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
A pediatric occupational therapist says schools keep kids in their chairs far too long.
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The Desperate Need For Self-Criticism in Education

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The Desperate Need For Self-Criticism in Education
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 29, 9:56 AM

Healthy skepticism begins with oneself. Taking time and reflecting on the work we do is essential to healthy growth. Karen Barad uses the word diffract and Emmanuel Levinas the word refract instead of reflection to avoid the settling and groupthink that prevails for various reasons in School.

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Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives

Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Business leaders call on K-12 and higher education institutions to graduate students with the skills demanded by the marketplace.
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Tony Wagner:  "“Content knowledge has to be engaging to kids,” Wagner said. “If kids aren’t motivated, you can pour content knowledge in their heads and it comes right out the other ear.” 


"Wagner highlighted schools in the deeper learning network like New Tech Network, Expeditionary Learning, High Tech High and Big Picture as school models that are aiming to fulfill many of these qualities. “Students are learning many more real world skills, as well as content knowledge, through projects,” Wagner said. “They’re doing work worth doing. They’re doing work that’s interesting, and engaging.”"


"Wagner half-jokingly advocated for “Dream Directors” in schools, whose job it would be to help students identify their dreams and scaffold tasks to help students obtain the skills needed for that dream. "


That is it...........we need to be dream directors  and we need to ask the kids what they need and want more.  They do have the answers.  



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The Way To Always Have 'Ineffective' Teachers

The Way To Always Have 'Ineffective' Teachers | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
If you define "bad teacher" as "whoever is standing in front of these low-testing students," it doesn't matter who stands there. Whoever it is, he's ineffective....
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"In other words, by focusing on a bogus definition of effectiveness, you actually have no idea of which teachers are great for a particular classroom. It's not just that the reformster definition of "effective" is unjust and unfair; its innate wrongness will actively thwart any attempts to make anything better. It's almost -- almost -- as if reformsters actually want public schools to fail."

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Imagining A New School Culture of Learning

Education is in the midst of a revolution.  As with all revolutions, there are competing sides and the winner is still uncertain. Will Richardson (@willrich45) suggests that there are two paths pos...

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This is an exciting time of change!

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Lawyers Run the Legal Profession. Doctors Run the Medical Profession. Why Don't Teachers Run Education?

Lawyers Run the Legal Profession.  Doctors Run the Medical Profession.  Why Don't Teachers Run Education? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
I’m fed up with the inefficiency of the judicial system! I’m going to become a judge. I may not be a lawyer, but I’ve been a law-abiding citizen all my life, I mean, how hard could it be? I have 20...
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great point.  really great point!  Envisioning a better tomorrow in education most certainly involves educators making the decisions.

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Education Reform Is Destroying Childhood as We Know It

Education Reform Is Destroying Childhood as We Know It | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Education reform will be the demise of our once great educational system if politicians and other stakeholders do not get a grip soon....
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I agree from a parent's perspective second; an educator's perspective third; but mostly from someone who had one heck  of a profound childhood spent exploring the world around me.  We should be mad as hell!

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