"Pebblekeeper" has a cool perspective on unschooling and how it differs from "school at home." I like what she says about not being a slave to the tools - I know that I was often a slave to the curriculum I was using and missed opportunities to make learning fun instead of only an objective to be met. While it is probably true that there are unschoolers who are so undisciplined that they probably shouldn't even say that any kind of "schooling" is going on, I think a lot of people just don't understand how unschooling works and wrongly paint all unschoolers as lazy do-nothings when that just is not true.
I scooped an article about Un-schooling after our class discussed nontraditional schooling types. I wanted to learn more about the concept because I had never heard of it before until EDCI280. The article really helped me to better understand this concept. At first, it seemed weird. The author states "Our day is full of schedules, topics, ideas activities. It will just never ever look like “school”. When we need to learn something – we will use a tool. We will not be a slave to that tool – or obedient to the letter – and we may use the tool outside it’s intended use." This type of learning seems efficient and sounds like it would be successful for a certain type of student.
Benesse America has unveiled a self-tutoring mobile app that uses gamification to help struggling middle school students improve in math. StraightAce, which is available now, is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.
For each Common Core-aligned lesson, StraightAce, appropriate for students in grade 6-8, provides 10 questions, 10 optional hints, and explanations for each correct answer. The app provides students with gold stars when they choose right answers, which can be exchanged for in-game rewards such as coins and avatars.
I realized that my role is not to be “the innovative one”, but in actuality, it is to help create the best environments for our school division to allow the brilliance of others to create the innovation. This needs to be an environment and culture that is created for every person from student to superintendent. The more we tap into each other, the better we all are.
I used to think that we needed to make a shift in our classrooms from “teacher focused” to “student focused”. But through my work, and then seeing the photo below, that statement wasn’t quite right. The best environments are learner focused. It is an “all in” idea that learning is something we do with our students, not to them.
Most teachers and current textbooks offer varied approaches to the material to be learned so the teaching can be brain-compatible with the varied student learning styles. It is only logical that respect for these individual learning styles be incorporated into assessment forms.
Dual-language classrooms at work in three Worcester schools Worcester Telegram Chandler Magnet, across from Worcester State University, is one of three Worcester public elementary schools that offer dual-language classrooms.
It's About Time: What It Takes to Implement Common Core and Improve LearningThe Common Core State Standards have elicited both enthusiastic praise and blistering criticism. What does it take to do Common Core right?
Via Darren Burris
Sarah Molina's insight:
Core is important but it's hard to do it right so that the students get more out of it.
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning. But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider.
Longer school years aren't the answer. The problem is school itself. Compulsory teach-and-test simply doesn't work
Sarah Molina's insight:
My scoop that is titled "School is a prison," has a lot of interesting topics that we have touched in class. In discussion circles my table has talked about traditional schooling compared to nontraditional, and how we feel about them. This article talked about school restricting freedom. The author states that the "natural drives and abilities of young people to learn are fully sufficient to motivate their entire education." I do agree with this but I also believe that school is not a prison. I want to learn ways in which I can make my classroom inviting and successful in driving the abilities of my students to achieve and learn to their best ability.
Reading is key to learning and the demands for literacy rise with each grade to increase the challenges faced by struggling middle-school readers and students with learning disabilities, writes Ted Hasselbring, research professor at Peabody College...
Question: What can teachers in the middle school do to help improve struggling readers' achievement in reading? Quote: “The first thing one has to realize about intervention and children in the middle grades is that there is ...
The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
A good eLearning course requires the right combination of learning events. But what are these exactly? A learning event is a simplified description of the student's learning activity. There's an infinite number of learning strategies, but only eight learning events. It isn’t necessary to use all the events in the creation of your course. Just get acquainted with each of them to make sure you use the right combination to make your course effective.
LeClercq and Poumay's (2005) Eight Learning Events Model propose a ‘palette’ of 8 specific ways, referred to as Learning Events, that the eLearning designer can use to describe any point in the development of learning activities.
Feedback is an inevitable part of teaching. Naturally, you’re in a position where you’re giving a whole lot of feedback, but you’re likely on the receiving end of feedback as well. We’ve all been on the receiving end of feedback in various aspects of our lives, and I’m sure we’ve all experienced some feedback that …
Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson, recognizing that students get overwhelmed by unfamiliar material and choke up on assessments, offers four confidence-building strategies: verbalizing, brain dumps, non-linear thinking creativity.