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Why rating teachers by test scores won’t work

Why rating teachers by test scores won’t work | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Blogger Grant Wiggins offers one of the most cogent attacks on valued added I have seen,...

“By looking at individual teachers, over only one year (instead of the minimum three years as the psychometricians and valued-added model designers stress), we now demand more from the tests than can be obtained with sufficient precision.”

I beleive Dr. Alvestad would call this "invalid."

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Study: Feminizing STEM Role Models Turns Off Girls

Study: Feminizing STEM Role Models Turns Off Girls | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.

"There were twice as many boys as girls nationally performing at the highest level in science (2 percent versus 1 percent, respectively)."

"Rather, they believe the cognitive clash of two gender stereotypes—images of a successful feminine woman and a successful scientist—can convince girls who already feel disconnected from science that they will never measure up to "counter-stereotypic success."

Making a mental note to not put up images of girly scientists in my class, make sure they're just normal women actively involved in science!

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Teaching Teamwork Through Video Game Development (Tech2Learn Series)

High school computer science teacher Ben Chun's students gain programming literacy and collaboration skills as they work in teams to build video games for yo...

So cool!  I wonder if my students could pair up with older students in a similar fashion...

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IQ: Willingham on the newest thinking

IQ: Willingham on the newest thinking | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Cognitive scientist Daniel William explains the latest thinking on the controversial topic of intelligence, distilling a new report from a group of eminent scientists.

"The extent to which genes matter to intelligence varies by social class (genetic inheritance matters more if you’re wealthy, less if you’re poor)."

I read Willingham's book "Why Don't Students Like School" and loved it!  This research is very interesting.

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Educational Technology Guy: ChartTool - create nice charts with Image Charts from Google

Educational Technology Guy: ChartTool - create nice charts with Image Charts from Google | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Definitely something to look into using, considering how awful charts are in Microsoft Office!

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Lessons Worth Sharing

Lessons Worth Sharing | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.

So excited!

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5 Resources for the Flipped Classroom - WeAreTeachers

5 Resources for the Flipped Classroom - WeAreTeachers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Have you ever heard of flip teaching ? The idea is so simple it’s brilliant.

"Have you ever heard of flip teaching? The idea is so simple it’s brilliant. In a flipped classroom, students watch videos, listen to podcasts, and do background reading outside of class so that the actual time with the teacher can be spent in meaningful discussion, doing collaborative work, and trying hands-on projects instead of listening to lectures."

Great list of resources!

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The ironies of Teacher Appreciation Week

The ironies of Teacher Appreciation Week | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
This is Teacher Appreciation Week, but the truth is that honoring teachers has pretty much become a thing of the past.

Nice going Dept of Ed...

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Why Bother With Recess?

Why Bother With Recess? | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Recess is a valuable component of a child's time in school, a time when students can collect themselves, recharge their batteries, and challenge themselves in a different setting.

"The decision to limit or eliminate the unstructured play afforded by a recess period may detract from students' ability to focus on the very subjects we use to measure success. Several thoughtful researchers have proved that creative thought, which is a large part of recess and play, can be viewed as an important aspect of problem-solving."

I love recess!

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Junk Food, TV-Watching Linked Among Teens | MyHealthNewsDaily.com

Junk Food, TV-Watching Linked Among Teens | MyHealthNewsDaily.com | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Kids who watch a lot of television tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables and more junk food, a new study says.

"Television-watching among children has previously been linked with eating more junk food and less fruits and vegetables, but the new study is the first national, large sample of teens in the U.S."

"On average, students watched an estimated 2.4 hours of television per day, and devoted 2.8 hours a day to computer time, similar to previous studies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting all screen time to less than two hours per day."

Reduce screen time, get more physical activity, and eat healthier.

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Grade the Work, Not the Behavior

Grade the Work, Not the Behavior | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Cindi Rigsbee thinks her students' grades should reflect their knowledge rather than behavior, so she gives cheaters and those who are late with assignments a second chance.

"I realized that I really do want grades to reflect what my students know, not what behavioral choices they make. So I began to change my philosophy on assessment."

"I now respond by reassigning the work or re-administering the test by making it different and, if possible, more rigorous. For example, what was at first a multiple-choice quiz may become an essay when I retest the student. Yes, it's more time-consuming than ripping up the original work and giving a zero—but it's worth it to me to actually be able to assess whether or not my students have met my learning goals. I can't determine that if they never do the work."

LOVE her philosophy.

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Districts Draw the Line on School Meal Debt

Districts Draw the Line on School Meal Debt | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Faced with mounting debt from unpaid lunches, cash-strapped districts are starting to take action against nonpayers.

There has to be a better way to do this...

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Why we’re getting the homework question wrong

Why we’re getting the homework question wrong | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Are American students spending too much of their lives at their desks? And is putting in that grueling second shift of homework paying off in the long-term?

"At my kitchen table, putting in a second shift of homework after seven hours in school does not help my son become a more inquisitive, confident, life-long learner with an intrinsic sense of curiosity and joy in discovery."

I've been wrestling over the pros and cons of assigning homework a lot.  Having been raised with lots of homework, it's hard for me to imagine school without it, but I'm slowly starting to reconsider...

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How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom

How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
When we talk about using cell phones in class, we’re not just talking about using cell phones in class.

"In the most ideal class settings, mobile devices disappear into the background, like markers and whiteboards, pencil and paper – not because they’re not being used, but because they’re simply tools, a means to an end. The “end” can be any number of things: to gauge student understanding of a concept, to capture notes and ideas to be used and studied later, to calculate, to communicate, to express ideas."

I think using cell phones as learning tools could go well if they are used in a meaningful way.  Since my students are likely going to be too young to own cell phones, I probably won't be able to do this, but it is interesting none the less.

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Study: Most ELLs Are in Districts That Fall Short of Federal Goals

Study: Most ELLs Are in Districts That Fall Short of Federal Goals | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"Most of the nation's English-language learners were enrolled in school districts that failed to reach all of their accountability goals for that group of students in the 2008-09 school year, according to a national evaluation of the federal program that supports English-language-acquisition services."

It will be interesting to see how it progresses under Common Core...

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Get Moving: National Physical Education & Sport We... - WeAreTeachers

Get Moving: National Physical Education & Sport We... - WeAreTeachers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Our guest blogger, Joann Wasik, is a regular columnist at TheGateway.org
 
Each May, the nation celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

"Regular physical exercise is vital to student learning. Studies show that students are able to concentrate better and stay focused for longer periods of time when they’ve participated in exercise. Exposure to endurance-type of exercise, such as running or skipping, appears to be the most effective, with test subjects’ scores all increasing by a wide margin after such exercise."
Get that exercise in! 

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Also super excited to use!

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Teacher Community for Sharing Ideas, Advice, Strategies & More - Teachability

Teacher Community for Sharing Ideas, Advice, Strategies & More - Teachability | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Teachability is a Pearson Education community site for teachers to ask questions or share ideas & tips on helpful strategies. Join our community & share your teaching story!

Good site to check out for advice.

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gplusigl1 | Edudemic

gplusigl1 | Edudemic | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Maybe I should consider Google+ after all...

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Census: Foreign-Born Population Reaches Record High

Census: Foreign-Born Population Reaches Record High | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. Join her now as she delves into the educational, policy, and social issues surrounding English-language learners in U.S.

"The U.S. Census Bureau reports today that the population of foreign-born people living in the United States has reached 40 million, an all-time high. That figure—from the 2010 American Community Survey—comprises about 13 percent of the total population in the U.S., which is roughly 312 million people. That represents the largest share of the population since 1910, when foreign-born residents comprised 14.7 percent of the overall population."

Good stats to know. 

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ASCD Inservice: Seven More Ways to Go From On-Task to Engaged

ASCD Inservice: Seven More Ways to Go From On-Task to Engaged | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Last June, I wrote Seven Ways to Go From On-Task to Engaged, which turned out to be one of the most popular topics of the year. In it I spoke about the possibility that students could technically be on-task but...

"While time on task is important, as is focus and attention, true engagement in learning involves more than external behaviors as measured by time on-task. True engagement involves the mind, the body, and the soul."

Good advice.

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Scholars Say Pupils Gain Social Skills in Coed Classes

Scholars Say Pupils Gain Social Skills in Coed Classes | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Studies suggest that coeducational classrooms are an ideal setting to dispel gender biases and teach boys and girls to get along.

"Even if boys and girls don’t learn differently, classroom demographics can change how students learn, according to research by Erin E. Pahlke, an assistant research professor of social and family dynamics at Arizona State University in Tempe. Ms. Pahlke analyzed the achievement of more than 21,000 pupils in the federal Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, and found that as the percentage of girls in a kindergarten or 1st grade classroom increased, the reading and math achievement of both boys and girls at the end of 1st grade rose, too.
Moreover, boys and girls in classes near sex parity had better self-control than those of either sex in a class in which they were the dominant majority, 80 percent or more."

Definitely something to keep in mind.  I like the opposite gender partners every Monday idea.

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Educational Technology Guy: Language Immersion for Chrome - helps you learn a foreign language

Educational Technology Guy: Language Immersion for Chrome - helps you learn a foreign language | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Cool resource!  Would be great for ELLs and parents who speak other languages.

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