A new way of teaching and learning is making its way into some public schools that, if it gains enough traction, could turn the traditional education system on its head. "Blended learning" is not about credits or grades; it's about mastery ...
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"Collaboration is among the most-often promoted fluencies of 21st century learning (along with creativity and communication). However, there are very few frameworks or models that exist to support the development of better collaboration forms. As it is, in many K-12 learning environments, collaboration is limited to teacher-created grouping, or more scattered project-based learning groups that converge on a single project and thus a single goal."
So one night I was up late, popping almonds like popcorn and watching the latest Netflix series, contemplating this teaching challenge. How do we “teach” empathy? I decided to turn to the pros: many of the amazing teacher experts that I know across the US (State Teachers of the Year, National Board Certified Teachers, and teachers from the Center for Teaching Quality Collaboratory).
Below is a list of some of the great texts suggested by these experts for teaching and building empathy with our students, focusing on our English Language Learners.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, suggested by Jane Fung. Faye Cook, and Bill IveyWonder by R.J. Palacio, suggested by Jessica CuthbertsonOut of My Mind by Sharon Draper, suggested by Faye CookBlood on the River by Elisa Carbone, suggested by Cheryl Suliteanu
Capital University’s non-credit Empathy Experiment immerses students in the plight of the working poor to promote understanding.
The banner on the side of the Capital University music conservatory has an outline of a sneaker and asks, “They walked a mile in someone else’s shoes. How much did they learn?”
Inside the hall in Columbus, Ohio, a few hundred people wait to find out. They are here this evening late in April for the concluding event of the Empathy Experiment — an experiment not in an empirical sense, but in teaching empathy.
Today, professional development runs the gamut from one-shot workshops to more intensive job-embedded professional development, which has teachers learn in the day-to-day environment in which they work rather than getting pulled out to attend an outside training. However, the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education report, “Teaching the Teachers,” notes that most professional development today is ineffective because it neither changes teaching practices nor improves student learning.
This case study chronicles the efforts of a high school over a two-year period as it examined two major questions: (a) As Response to Intervention (RTI) is implemented in one high school, what happens to student achievement? And (b) How are interventions organized and delivered in a high school that focuses on RTI as a school improvement process? Major themes of the systemic implementation of RTI included shared agreements and adoption of a schoolwide focus on core literacy practices, development of curriculum-based assessments that made the intervention meaningful, and the need for dedicated resources.
Students need a voice. By voice, I mean the ability to recognize their own beliefs, practice articulating them in a variety of forms, and then find the confidence -- and the platform -- to express t (New!
Collaborative learning can help to stimulate interesting debate and allow learners to discover a new perspective on material. Many educators are now turning to collaborative learning strategies to help their students to learn. Here are 10 of the best collaborative learning tools available on the web today:
One of the most essential aspects of critical thinking is empathy, the ability to see things through another person’s point of view.
Authors of The Whole Brain Child provide guidance on how to teach children about considering other people’s feelings. They advocate teaching young people about “mindsight”, the ability to look inside your own mind and the mind of others to see what’s going on in there. The book has excellent illustrated examples that can be used directly with kids.
Kozo Hattori interviewed researchers and spiritual leaders about how to raise compassionate boys. This is what he discovered.
Searching for an answer, I read widely and sought out public figures who have dedicated their lives to exploring and advocating for the alleviation of suffering—Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Dacher Keltner, Dr. Dan Siegel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Father Richard Rohr, and others.
From this research, I concluded that cultivating compassion really is the best way to protect our boys from violence—or, as Hanh says, “Compassion protects you more than guns, bombs, and money.” From their combined scientific and spiritual perspectives, a four-fold process for cultivating this resource in boys emerged.
Touch: When UC Berkeley professor and GGSC co-founder Dacher Keltner researched the power of touch for human development and relationships, he discovered a surprising gender difference:
Push Gender Boundaries:In the trailer for the film, The Mask You Live In, former NFL player Joe Ehrman claims that “the three most destructive words that every man receives when he is a boy is when he is told to ‘Be A Man.’”
Be a role model - Almost all the compassionate men I interviewed had a compassionate role model...
Cultivate stillness - A recent paper from Timothy D. Wilson and colleagues at the University of Virginia and Harvard University revealed incredibly strong resistance in men to silence and stillness...
This week I was able to observe a 4th grade classroom pilot the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment that will be in place in 2014 for most of our nation’s public schools.Below are some observations that I witnessed first about the test.
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