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Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens
News and Opinion of Interest to Parents and Professionals Working with With Struggling Young People - Web Page www.strugglingteens.com
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Improving Learning With Metacognition: Part 2

Improving Learning With Metacognition: Part 2 | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

Students will not like reflection at first; they will see it as additional work that doesn’t feel like it’s helping. Like most new things, students won’t appreciate it until they see the growth later on. Be prepared for various complaints.

Why do I need to do this? Because reflection is the most important part of learning. Remind students that seeing how they reflect helps you provide useful feedback that will help them grow as learners. You’ll need to exhibit the same patience you used when you convinced them to shift their mindset.


Via Miloš Bajčetić
Lon Woodbury's insight:

This is something experiential educators have been doing for years.  Especially in outdoor activities, they call it debriefing, and that looks like the same thing this teacher is doing with predictable positive results. -Lon

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Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com

Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it

A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.


Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month. 

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”


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Her concern is right in line with those who fear we are taking their childhood by eliminating play time. -Lon

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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 1, 2014 10:32 PM

Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from.   I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information.  It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???  

Aunty Alice's curator insight, April 6, 2014 3:25 PM

Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition,  of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting.  It puts listening and speaking at the centre.

Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 6, 2014 7:28 PM

Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw.   ;-)