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A dozen basic guidelines for educators

A dozen basic guidelines for educators | Education | Scoop.it
Real practical advice for teachers.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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A number of these stand out to me but #4 especially did. When kids are "off task" we blame the kids and/or look for ways to punish the student. Too few times do we take a look at the activity. It may be too long, or confusing, or maybe it's just plain boring. As educators we check out of boring activities ourselves yet seem not to understand when students do the same.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, November 4, 2013 2:40 PM

Great tips from Alfie Kohn!  

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Let's say 'enough is enough' to lousy schools

Let's say 'enough is enough' to lousy schools | Education | Scoop.it
Forget the excuses for poor schooling; it's time to apply the lessons we know will benefit our kids, writes Geoffrey Canada.
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Enough is enough! It's our responsibility to do what it takes to improve the educational outcomes for students. 

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Lifelines for Poor Children

Lifelines for Poor Children | Education | Scoop.it
While education is a great equalizer of opportunity, American programs don’t start early enough. Nor do they produce the skills that matter most for personal and societal prosperity.

Via Jocelyn Stoller, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Early education is critical and can mean a world of difference in a child's life.  As we move forward with education policy we must put significant resources behind early education.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, September 20, 2013 2:46 PM

There is enough proof needed to show the importance of starting early.

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A dozen basic guidelines for educators

A dozen basic guidelines for educators | Education | Scoop.it
Real practical advice for teachers.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
J Cave's insight:

A number of these stand out to me but #4 especially did. When kids are "off task" we blame the kids and/or look for ways to punish the student. Too few times do we take a look at the activity. It may be too long, or confusing, or maybe it's just plain boring. As educators we check out of boring activities ourselves yet seem not to understand when students do the same.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, November 4, 2013 2:40 PM

Great tips from Alfie Kohn!  

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools | Education | Scoop.it
Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own, and it's growing in practice at schools around the country.

Via Mel Riddile, Les Howard, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Restorative justice is something that I will be learning more about but on its face it seems like it is something that more schools should really look into.   Especially if it is effective and gives something for schools to use that may rely to heavy on suspensions and expulsions.

 

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, October 11, 2013 7:16 PM

The research on restorative justice is solid.  Key variables:  Restorative programmes are characterized by four key values:

Encounter:  Create opportunities for victims, offenders and community members who want to do so to meet to discuss the crime and its aftermathAmends:  Expect offenders to take steps to repair the harm they have causedReintegration:  Seek to restore victims and offenders  to whole, contributing members of societyInclusion:  Provide opportunities for parties with a stake in a specific crime to participate in its resolution