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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like
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Two years on and these practices are still gaining prevalence.

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Affirmation that we are on the right track.

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Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some great examples of different approaches to homework,

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Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The concept of homework as we have known it in the past is changing rapidly, since it often distorts the overall picture of learning. Flipped classrooms, the ability to use the same technology and tools both in and out of the classroom, and personalized learning are making ripples in the education world. And while most …
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Really good reflection on role and value of homework. Worth a read.

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Homework-Free Nights? N.Y. High School Mandates Some Relief

Homework-Free Nights? N.Y. High School Mandates Some Relief | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Homework is a perennial issue of debate in schools and communities. One high school is now fobidding it on certain nights of the week.
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"Maybe it will give [kids] more time to perform community service or participate in extracurriculars—or even get a little more sleep"

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A Teacher's Defense of Homework

A Teacher's Defense of Homework | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
If I didn't assign it, I'd never get through all the material I need to cover in a year. Plus, giving kids projects and deadlines is an essential way of preparing them for adulthood.
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The need for homework which is high in quality and not quantity. 

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End homework designed to make teachers look tough

End homework designed to make teachers look tough | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
My request for solutions to high school stress revealed a problem: senseless homework.
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The value of homework? “I believe that too often teachers give unnecessarily long, burdensome homework assignments to please parents, to show that they are demanding teachers, or to cover material they didn’t manage to get to during the class period,”

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Parents Wonder: Why So Much Homework?

Parents Wonder: Why So Much Homework? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
As the movement against excessive homework continues to grow, some parents say they're drawing a line in the sand between home and school. Schools, in turn, a
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Movement away from traditional homework.

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David Mireles's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:06 AM

This source is very useful because it meets the standards of statistics, important peoples arguments, age appropriate and quotes. Also it provides the points of views of concern parents that want the best for their children. Also psychologist Kenneth Goldberg says that homework causes tension and stress in children now a days. So if you want to read interesting statistic that you didn't know about, or strong quotes, and a not overly emotional page, why don't you read Parents Wonder: Why so much homework?

Alejandro mejia's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:17 PM

I like this article cause it gives several reason that are pretty good, and cause it has parents from kids that help the cause  and cause it has awesome star statements.

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The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
We all do it, and some see it as a badge of honour, but if we think multitasking makes us more productive then we need to think again.
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Article from Myles Carrick on the effects of trying to multitask. Much to think about for class learning and home learning for students. 

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How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic

How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
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More information on Finland education, including a lack of homework.

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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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A challenge for all teachers- making sure we try to create "work that matters" and not just work.

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High Schools Assign 3.5 Hours of Homework a Night, Survey Estimates

High Schools Assign 3.5 Hours of Homework a Night, Survey Estimates | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A University of Phoenix poll digs into how much homework teachers require and why they assign it.
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Interesting findings on the amount of homework assigned in the US, including that teachers with more experience assign less homework. 

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Toward a More Productive Conversation About Homework

Toward a More Productive Conversation About Homework | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Questions for teachers, parents and students, from an educational psychologist
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Some good questions and discussion points for teachers and schools to ask about homework.

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How to Create Effective Homework

How to Create Effective Homework | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Strategies on how to make time spent on homework as effective and helpful as possible.
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Good reflective questions for teachers. “Does this homework ask each student to practice something that the student hasn’t yet mastered? Does the student clearly see its purpose? When students are asked to repeat or rehearse something, does it require them to focus? Or can they do it without really paying attention?” If the homework meets these criteria, she said, then it falls into the desirable realm of deliberate practice."

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Wayne Cox's comment, October 22, 2013 7:00 AM
The criteria for effective homework makes a lot of sense- however, if homework is not valued in the sense of marks,checking etc- then its value is drastically reduced and students begin to play the game of working out teachers that do or do not check homework.
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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools.
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A good article on different teaching practices based on research. Woth a read.

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