"At some point around the beginning of February 2012, David Coffey — a co-worker of mine in the math department at Grand Valley State University and my faculty mentor during my first year — mentioned something to me in our weekly mentoring meetings. We were talking about screencasting and the flipped classroom concept, and the conversation got around to Khan Academy. Being a screencaster and flipped classroom person myself, we’d talked about making screencasts more pedagogically sound many times in the past."
Robert Talbert discusses some of the issues raised by David Coffey and John Golden in their "snarky" critique of a Khan Academy video, which recently went viral.
After more than 20 years teaching high school students with reading and math difficulties, I thought I knew all the tricks for helping people with various reading problems, including dyslexia decipher printed text.
(ARA) - What does a tapping foot, a guitar and exuberant dancing have in common? Surprisingly, these factors equal a great start for better learning, stronger social skills and overall improved self-esteem in children.
It doesn't surprise me, at all, that music and dance improve learning, especially considering the fact that music has been used to enhance learning since time immemorial. Think about it, would you want to teach kids the alphabet without the alphabet song? Plus, we've known for a long time that there is a connection between exercise and brain health.
The Republican Party of Texas’ recently adopted 2012 platform accidentally contains a plank that opposes the teaching of “critical thinking skills” in schools, and the party is now stuck with the plank until the next state convention in 2014, a...
Hmm. It was a mistake. Everyone knows and admits it was a mistake. But, it's in the rules now, it can't be changed, and according to the rules it's got to be upheld by the party members.
An in-depth conversation on lesson planning for a High School ELA class. Using a popular text, watch as Mr. Hanify discusses his lesson planning for reading and writing, identifying main ideas and developing arguments.
The incidence of learning disabilities and delays amoung children born at 37 weeks is 23% greater than that for children born at 41 weeks, which is causing at least some in the medical world to question the current definition of full-term as babies born after a 37 week gestation. For me, however, the greater concern has to do with the brader issue of elective C-sections for non-medical reasons, which I find a truly horrific concept. It truly appals me that anyone in the medical community would find this acceptable.
"University students on average spend about $1,200 on course materials each year – a cost that has dramatically increased over the years along with tuition and living expenses. To help lower costs for students and increase access to higher education, the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) created an online tool to help faculty find more affordable textbook options."
What a great idea for students and teachers! I'm not sure how it will work for those who write textbooks, but I sure hope it will put a dent in the incentives that currently drive traditional textbook publishers to gouge students.