How educational policy and the D.S.M. helped to make a disorder go viral.
Meryl Jaffe, PhD's insight:
"Today many sociologists and neuroscientists believe that regardless of A.D.H.D.’s biological basis, the explosion in rates of diagnosis is caused by sociological factors — especially ones related to education and the changing expectations we have for kids. During the same 30 years when A.D.H.D. diagnoses increased, American childhood drastically changed. Even at the grade-school level, kids now have more homework, less recess and a lot less unstructured free time to relax and play. It’s easy to look at that situation and speculate how “A.D.H.D.” might have become a convenient societal catchall for what happens when kids are expected to be miniature adults. ..."
While this may not have much to do with Common Core Standards or even classrooms, this post was too much fun to pass up...and besides....it actually might be a great piece for reluctant readers??!!! Enjoy.
Classrooms today are encouraged to use verbal, visual, and digital text when relaying content information. The rationale behind this integration is that the verbal, visual, and digital reinforce each other, help create additional memory associations, and will help involve and reach all kinds of learners.
Most classes incorporate various forms of multi-media (because so much is now available over the internet and because research has shown that mulit-media, like infographics helps make learning accessible to all kinds of learners)Today, these charts, diagrams, word clouds, graphs, tables, webs, timelines and maps are being morphed into "INFOGRAPHICS"And, not only are teachers and publishers creating these visual story-telling, fact-finding masterpieces, students are creating them as well.
The power of education's integrating and promoting visual literacy and integrated texts is that information is now accessible to all kinds of readers and learners.
This month, we take a closer look at The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos and Nate Powell (First Second Books, 2012) and provide teaching suggestions for middle and high school classrooms.
The Silence of Our Friends has not been banned or challenged to date, so we highlight it here for two reasons: First, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary on the March on Washington; and second, because this story then and now, powerfully relates the pain and ramifications of censorship and racism and the effects such silencing has on everyone.
The Silence of Our Friends is a semi-autobiographical story told from the perspective of Mark Long, as a boy. It centers around civil rights incidents covered by his father, a television reporter in Houston, Texas, in 1968, following the Texas Southern University student boycott after the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was banned from campus. It ends with Dr. King’s assassination and the mourning of the larger Houston community as they marched in his memory that following Sunday. The Silence of our Friends emphasizes and reinforces Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful words:
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.
Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to h...
"I have been writing a lot lately about graphic novels and visual literacy. I thought I'd take some time over the next few posts, to SHOW you parctical visual literacy applications: infographics. Infographics are being used more and more in media and education to visually and verbally relate information in a glimpse.
The infographics below are excellent examples of how engaging they can be. For more on infographics, please see Infographics 101: What you need to konw and where to find them.
This week I focus on the Geek within us.
I had a lot of fun with this one and I hope you do too. I'm sorry to say I failed - it was all the tech stuff. How well will you do? Take the test and the plunge and share your comments when done."
The Knowledge Guru team knows how effective serious games and game based learning are, that's why we've developed an entire learning game engine focused on making game based learning easier to impleme...
This is a science infographic for children by Planet SEED, which delves into the many, many careers that exist in science. Infographic Review Infographic Design: B+ This design is fun and chaotic but in a good way.
Education like so many other things, is evolving and so it seems is the American Dream....
...To help young adults and their parents, many advocate cutting the classics -who needs them. They believe our kids need jobs so why waste a year or even a course choice? Why have student centers, sports complexes and programs? Just teach them what they need and let them go out and fly....
The dangers/pitfalls of this approach are discussed as are the alternatives.
A Dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits that features in the myths of many cultures...The word dragon entered the English language in the early 13th century from Old French dragon, which in turn comes from Latin draconem (nominative draco) meaning "huge serpent, dragon," from the Greek word δράκων, drakon (genitive drakontos, δράκοντος) "serpent, giant seafish."
Here are some fun facts that related Dragons of myth, of the Bible and of modern classics and culture. A gerat way to integrate myth, fact and fiction in and out of school.
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