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Just Block EVERYTHING

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So this blog post idea has been running through my head for a while now. I’ve tried to really figure out how to say this and what exactly I wanted to say. I know I’m going to ruffle some feathers, but don’t we need that sometimes?
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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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You Must Always May Show Your Work

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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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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 24, 10:50 AM

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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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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When the Circus Descends - NYTimes.com

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The CCSS is attacked when in fact the circus is the problem.
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Preparing for standardized testing

Preparing for standardized testing | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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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