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Today’s math vocabulary exposes generational divide

Today’s math vocabulary exposes generational divide | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
As the nation strives to increase the rigor of math instruction, educators are cleaning up their math vocabulary.

I like the shift in math vocab! Particularly:
"“If I have eight cupcakes, can I give you nine?” he asked his class.
“No!” the students said.
“But I can go next door to Mrs. Miller’s house, right?” he asked. “Because she always has extra snacks when I need to borrow some.”"

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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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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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Garden helps Sandy Spring Friends School students learn to grow nutritious food

Garden helps Sandy Spring Friends School students learn to grow nutritious food | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
At Sandy Spring Friends School, students get their hands dirty working, and learning, on a farm.

I would love to have a garden with my students!  So many learning opportunities!  Would make a good PBL...

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Anacostia school is among those in pilot program stressing the arts

Anacostia school is among those in pilot program stressing the arts | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Officials want to prove a theory that robust art, music, dance and theater can set failing schools on a path to academic success.

I will be interesting to see the effects of the arts on these schools.  Something to check up on it the future.

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Free Internet lessons challenge textbook market for public schools

Free Internet lessons challenge textbook market for public schools | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
More local teachers are logging on for challenging, current lessons — and book sales have plummeted.

"Now, though, lessons accessed via the Web are proliferating in the classroom as never before and are challenging the position of the powerful education-publishing industry in public schools."
Great news in my book! 

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Pr. William park may become a 24-hour classroom

Pr. William park may become a 24-hour classroom | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
If all goes well, Prince William Forest Park could return to its roots as a place for kids to learn about — and enjoy — the environment.

This would be a great opportunity!  I could connect my water quality knowledge, too.

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Does Congress know reading is fundamental?

Does Congress know reading is fundamental? | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of a reading crisis in America, and the head of Reading Is Fundamental explains a new approach the organization is taking to ignite a love of reading across the United States.

"in low-income neighborhoods, there is only one book for every 300 children"  WHAT?!?!

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What new research on extended school day says

What new research on extended school day says | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Two new studies are flashing warning signs about the move to extend the school day and the consequences of doing it the wrong way.

Interesting idea: push afterschool and summer programs where kids learn differently, instead of longer school days!

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Prince George’s parent upset by school’s handling of disabled child

Prince George’s parent upset by school’s handling of disabled child | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Tracy Thompson says Heather Hills Elementary School did not help her daughter, who has ADHD, secure her homework materials daily, as many schools do with such children.

So sad.

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As states OK school vouchers, fight over public dollars for private education ... - Washington Post

As states OK school vouchers, fight over public dollars for private education ... - Washington Post | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
As states OK school vouchers, fight over public dollars for private education ...Washington PostMitch Daniels, that allows her to use state money for her children's education.
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Teaching for all levels — in one class

Teaching for all levels — in one class | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Teachers, pressured to better juggle disparate student needs, are finding that customized lessons help.

"The hardest thing about being a teacher: You can always do more"

Too true...

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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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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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Using comic books (like ‘The Avengers’) to get kids to read

Using comic books (like ‘The Avengers’) to get kids to read | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Parents and teachers often overlook a major weapon in the literacy arsenal: comic books.

“Comic books have had a motivating power in literacy development for children, especially young boys, since their introduction in the 1930s. This nontraditional type of literature — often dismissed by educators as superficial and shallow — is highly visual, contains complex literary elements, and lends itself to critical examination of moral, ethical, and social issues.”

Good reading motivator.

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How NOT to extend the school day

How NOT to extend the school day | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
In poll after survey after study, teachers have said that planning time is very important to them — which is why it’s a really bad idea for a school district to extend the school day by cutting in the planning time of teachers, like P.G.

Yeah, I don't think extending the school day is the best idea ever...

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National science fair aims to breathe new life into science and math for kids

National science fair aims to breathe new life into science and math for kids | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Bill Nye, the Magic School Bus and an Orion spacecraft come together at the USA Science & Engineering Festival this weekend.

"More than 3,000 hands-on activities and about 150 performances and demonstrations will be offered throughout the weekend, including several geared toward getting younger girls interested in science and math."
Definitely would be cool for my future students!  And me! 

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Ed Dept seeks to bring test-based assessment to teacher prep programs

Ed Dept seeks to bring test-based assessment to teacher prep programs | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
The Education Department wants colleges of education to be evaluated on how students in K-12 classrooms being taught by their graduates perform on standardized test scores — and it wants to link financial aid to students at these colleges with test...

"Specifically department officials are proposing regulations that would rate teacher prep programs into four tiers through a number of measures — though heavily weighted — on standardized test scores. Only programs in the top two tiers would be allowed to offer federally funded teaching grants for students who agree to teach in high-poverty schools."  

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How zoning policies affect student achievement

How zoning policies affect student achievement | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Communities pursuing inclusionary housing policies and socioeconomic school integration programs are demonstrating that we don’t have to accept rising economic segregation as inevitable.

"This finding comports with a wide body of research indicating that low-income students perform better in middle-class (and higher-achieving) schools than in high-poverty (and lower-achieving) schools."

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‘Talking pineapple’ question on standardized test baffles students

‘Talking pineapple’ question on standardized test baffles students | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
A question about a “talking pineapple” on a standardized test given to eighth-grade students in New York has baffled not only students but adults who have seen it, too.

Ridiculous.

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Teacher: Dear students, I’m sorry about that test I made you take

Teacher: Dear students, I’m sorry about that test I made you take | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
A teacher writes an apology to her eighth grade students for forcing them to take standardized tests that did not reflect what they had really learned. “I am mightily ashamed,” she writes.
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Putting our best teachers where they can do the most good

Putting our best teachers where they can do the most good | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Connecting star teachers and the schools that need them.
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