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Education Reform In Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa- If many of the education reform ideas like teacher career paths, mentoring and performance reviews that are being discussed by state officials and task forces have a familiar ring to them, they should (Iowa Education Reform Plan ...
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You Must Always May Show Your Work

You Must Always May Show Your Work | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Requiring students to always show their work reinforces doing math more so than knowing math.
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Let's teach for thinking and understanding instead!

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Showing learning may help in the early stages of learning, but what is more important is that each child learns differently and whatever we do, as teachers, this is an important consideration in the learning of each child and what showing their learning means.

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How can we fix the way schools are financed in Michigan?

How can we fix the way schools are financed in Michigan? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Members of the State Board of Education, troubled over the growing number of school districts in financial distress, are launching a months-long effort to develop solutions to what some called the state's broken system of financing schools.
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The lack of equity from building to building and district to district  is apalling.  Local control?  Yes!  But how do we solve the problems germane  to poverty?  We cannot support ALL children well with current school finance and housing policies.  Change teacher evaluation and you will STILL have the same problems in the same places, generally.  Yes, progress is possible.  But we have ignored poverty for too long, blaming, instead, the teachers trying to make a difference (against all odds).  

 

All problem solving around financing must involve looking at poverty!

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Why The Ones Who Have Bad Grades Are Often The Ones Who Are Most Successful | Elite Daily

Why The Ones Who Have Bad Grades Are Often The Ones Who Are Most Successful | Elite Daily | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
This is an ode to all students who have ever gotten B's, C’s, D’s (and sometimes even failed). It’s a declaration to the kids who calculated the exact number of points they needed to get on their finals in order to pass.
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What matters in the real world is your ability to adapt, innovate and get along. 

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'A Teacher's Cry for Help'

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Relying on worksheets, instead of educators, to teach basic skills is standard practice in all too many schools. The approach often leads to a disjointed and atomistic approach to learning, where students acquire skills but quickly forget them.
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Brilliant!  'But another is the gap between policy and implementation. Meaningless worksheets and other textual materials driven by state and district standards, where there is a mismatch between text complexity and student comprehension, can lead students to an academic dead-end.'

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The 4 Things Modern Students Must Understand

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In the video below, he talks about four things that modern students of the digital age need to learn in order to be contributing members of a global society.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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It really might boil down to this........

First, they should be adept at finding information quickly and easily on the internet.Next, he says they have to comprehend what they are reading.Third, students will have to organize the information they have discovered in a manner that makes sense.Finally, decide which information they will use to make a decision, solve a problem, or accomplish a task.

I would add organizing the information; thinking about what is important;reflecting on options;  asking GOOD questions.....

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How to Boost Teacher Voice in Policy

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Teachers should focus on balanced, grounded discussions as they enter the policy arena, Allison Rizzolo and Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt write.
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Failure_Preferred, Actually

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"If a student fails to 

do an assignment and we tell him that he‟s not allowed to do the assignment later so he‟ll
receive a zero grade on it, we‟ve just told the student that the assignment had no educational
value and that it‟s okay if he doesn‟t learn the material.'

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Why Do I Need To Learn This?

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An article by Audrey Waters, Is Math Education Too Abstract  , on Mindshift discusses the idea that the typical way of teaching math over time is not the most effective.  Water pulls from an op-ed ...
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This question has been asked by students for decades.......

 

We can avoid this by teaching the elements within the context of a larger picture:  the why.  

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Let the Games Begin | Harvard Graduate School of Education

Let the Games Begin | Harvard Graduate School of Education | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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There are important concepts in this article!

 

Elementitis and aboutitis plague our schools .  We teach parts unrelated to the whole; we teach about topics without letting kids "do" the topics.  Without the context, it becomes meaningless.  We never get to the whole.  

 

"Elementitis and aboutitis are devil’s bargains. They make learning superficially easier today, but young learners find it dull and also don’t develop the active understandings we really want.

"Elementitis and aboutitis are devil’s bargains. They make learning superficially easier today, but young learners find it dull and also don’t develop the active understandings we really want.


Read more:  http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0470633719

 

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ANSWERED: The 5 Biggest Early Childhood Education Questions

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There are a lot of early childhood education questions being asked. Here are answers to five of the biggest ones.
The post ANSWERED: The 5 Biggest Early Childhood Education Questions appeared first on Edudemic.
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How are early childhood educators using technology?

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Five basic lessons on public education (short and long versions)

Five basic lessons on public education (short and long versions) | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
These five lessons will help you in any discussion on public education.
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Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World

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Veronica Boix Mansilla and Anthony Jackson have authored a document on educating for global competence.  It outlines the rationalle and the key ideas needed for students to think and learn about global ideas.  It ends with "What Schools Can Do".  

 

Thought provoking ideas...........

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The Problem With Testing May Be A Failure Of Imagination

The Problem With Testing May Be A Failure Of Imagination | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
The Problem With Testing May Be A Failure Of Imagination
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What’s more, the kind of “tests” hiring teams now use in interviews focus on behavior, not knowledge.


“Standardized tests as we currently have them are enormously useful,” Koretz says. “Anyone who follows education knows that there are enormous inequities in American schooling.  One of the ways we know this is because of standardized tests."


The capacity to innovate, Wagner says, is far more important than academic knowledge.

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Preparing for standardized testing

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With the fall semester and winter holidays now behind them, many schools and districts are turning their attention to preparing for the standardized-testin
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11% are ready!

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This Really Happy 13-Year-Old Hacks His Education, And Now I Regret I Didn't Do The Same With Mine

This Really Happy 13-Year-Old Hacks His Education, And Now I Regret I Didn't Do The Same With Mine | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
A little boy is going to tell you just why he's so happy, and you're going to want to listen.
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The hacker mindset...........the mindset of the future.

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Lansing’s Flavor of the Month Letter-Grade System FAILS

Lansing’s Flavor of the Month Letter-Grade System FAILS | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
A webcast by Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland Schools
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Enough is enough!

 

The "letter-grade" shenanigans is taking it too far!  One-test, one-grade results in teaching to the test and kids who know but don't understand.  

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I'm Gen Y, and I'm not a special snowflake. I'm broke.

I'm Gen Y, and I'm not a special snowflake. I'm broke. | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
If I want something beyond debt and low wages, am I simply being entitled and delusional?
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: (      Big prayers out to our young adults now.  It's going to be rough for awhile. 

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Distracted or...?

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cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by TheeErin There has been a lot of talk about the Ontario Teacher Union policy on cellphones for students in the classroom (shared by Megan Pratt).  Altho...
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Good point, George.  Keep them engaged.........or they will engage themselves.

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Understandings of Consequence in a Complex and Uncertain World (Tina Grotzer)

Understandings of Consequence in a Complex and  Uncertain World (Tina Grotzer) | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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Tina Grotzer had done much work looking at the concept of causality and its importance in the curriculum.  Getting students to think about causality will be crucial if they are to help solve problems of the future.  

 

This article was given to participants at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero Summer Institute 2013.  Tina Grotzer discussed causality in her mini session entitled:  Digital Tools for Teaching Causality and Ecosystems Dynamics.  

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Education's Throughline

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What is education's greatest purpose?  How is that related to the "what" of teaching? For many years, I accepted what the state said should be taught.   Of course students needed to read, write, do...
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Moving from niche learning to "lifeworthy" learning is the future of education.  

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Don Tapscott - 2020 Shaping Ideas

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See more videos at http://www.ericsson.com/2020shapingideas/. The smartest generation ever. That is how Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics, describes today's...
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The internet is a new mode of production.  It is a vehicle; a tool.  

 

I agree with Tapscott.  This IS the smartest, most generous generation ever.  I, too, am hopeful!

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The Big Lie in Education.

The Big Lie in Education. | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
“Preparing kids for the Real World” is a phrase that many educators and schools use without regard for the consequence of what they selectively choose as reality for their students. Both educators ...
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"We live in a technology-driven society. Unless we choose to live in a commune in the woods or the desert, that will not change. Technology has permeated every part of our lives. It takes one lightning strike on your house to learn that lesson. In addition to all phones and electronics, even your home heating unit and ice maker will have computer chips that will need to be replaced."


"As educators we no longer get to choose whether or not we use technology. If our goals, as well as we as educators, are to be believed, and we truly are preparing our students for the real world, we must concede that that world abounds with technology and there are no other choices."


"Now the questions arise, are our teachers trained and supported in technology use. Are the buildings adequately tooled for technology? Are administrators devising new, and updating antiquated policies to meet the challenges of teaching with technology? If we are not doing these things, are we then lying to our children when we tell them that we are preparing them for their future?"

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Public Schools Must Embrace Social Media - Huffington Post

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Public Schools Must Embrace Social Media
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The disrupted digital status quo introduces compelling new opportunities for schools. Central to the ongoing digital revolution of the past two decades is a clear lesson.

Via Karen Rockhold
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It isn't going away!

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Slide Rules and the Golden Handshake

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My father was an engineer from the 50's through late 80's.  The slide rule and a very fine, black, felt-tipped pen were his tools. And then technology took the engineering field by the neck and dru...
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We must lead.  We must lead innovation.  We must stay relevant.  

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An Open Letter to Educators

If the message in this video resonates with you feel free to send it to any teachers, principals, professors, university presidents, boards of regents, board...
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Stick with this.  It will blow your mind because of the truths he shares.  I believe this.  I know many, many kids who believe this.  I also know many adults who want to stomp on this.  I fear for them and the students they are trying to lead.  

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