Have you heard of Goodhart’s Law? No? Then, how about “gaming the system,” which is what Goodhart’s Law describes? Eduardo Porter’s article, on the controversial issue of evaluating teachers with student test scores, describes how this law comes into play. It’s smart, and it will make you smarter. ● This week Fareed Zakaria writes that America’s obsession with STEM learning is “dangerously" narrow. Consider his reasons why learning humanities is as important to America’s excellence as learning STEM...
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.
Ten Disciplines of a Learner We decided to continue the conversation on this topic at a faculty meeting. Several meetings later we had a new report card. We decided to give two grades and average them—one for “Learning,” the other for “Mastery.”
Sara might get an “F” in mastery and an “A” in learning, culminating in a “C” for the course. To be rigorous we picked ten observable behaviors and named them “Disciplines of a Learner:”
Of course parents want to protect the privacy of student data. Does that mean they impede technical progress in education? Here are two articles to inform you about that debate. ● You’ve heard that video games have a learning benefit, but your knowledge is vague. Read Peter Gray’s summary to get quickly familiar with the research. ● This week you can get smarter about the “school to prison pipeline.” Libby Nelson gives you the facts and bullet-points about school discipline policy.
This week learn about learning to read. “English has 205 ways to spell 44 sounds.” That could make spelling complicated! Find out how kids’ brains change as they learn to read. It's about white matter. ● More on fixed and growth mindsets this week: professors in certain majors believe success in their fields requires “innate talent.” Alison Gopnik tells how the facts don’t support their bias. ● In education this week, the question is: Are kindergarten common core standards developmentally appro
The learning opportunity this week is about memory, or more accurately, false memory. Why corral 3 articles on this? Because you’re more likely to remember the concept in the context of Brian Williams' #misremeberings. ● You already know how important it is to read to your kids. Even so, don't miss the post by Doug Lemov, author of the best-seller “Teach Like a Champion.” His reasons why reading aloud matters will inspire and motivate you. Now, what to read aloud? Any Newbery winner is a slam-dunk...
If you could choose any state to teach in, which would it be? If you were faced with that decision, you would consider a variety of factors: Where your extended family is located, where your spouse could get a job and, of course, how much you would expect to be paid. But if money is the top priori
Many articles appeared this week about “raising kids who read.” Why? Because Daniel T. Willingham’s most recently published book, with that very title, is getting great coverage. Stay current. ● When schools consider new education tech initiatives, parents can help their schools focus. How? With questions. Be ready with these. ● A recently published book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Robert Putnam, discusses why we should care about other people’s children. There's more to it than
Did you notice the buzz last week about Pi Day? If ever you wanted to know why mathematicians get all mystical about Pi, here’s your chance. Steven Strogatz relates Pi to pulsing hearts, orbiting planets, and the breathing of a baby. Really. Start reading now. ● The smartest article this week is by Janet Napolitano. She addresses the “college is in crisis” theme that has momentum. In her article, there’s no hype--just facts, analysis, and a clear statement of the issues. ● New research published
Maybe you've heard that boys are falling behind girls in school. Or that girls are far behind boys in science and math. This week the spotlight is on the gender divides in education. Get the facts. ● How much do you know about sex education in America? Likely not much since what is taught gets determined locally. The CDC says that 47% of high school students have had sex. So this is a pertinent, not just political, topic. Read Jessica Lahey’s article for a perfect introduction. ● Are the...
Despite decades of global efforts to get more young women to study and pursue careers in math and science, girls still lag behind boys in terms of academic performance and career aspirations in STEM-related fields.
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