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Without Teachers, the Classroom Is Just a Room

Without Teachers, the Classroom Is Just a Room | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
The focus of our education strategy in recent years has centered on helping teachers do their best work. We're working on this challenge from many angles and with many partners, including teachers themselves.
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My favorite part of the piece: "Perhaps most importantly, teachers must have a voice in creating the future of teaching. They have a unique understanding of where their profession needs to go -- and what they need to do their best work for students. We have an obligation to benefit from their wisdom."

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Paul Thomas: What is the Difference between Service and Self-Serving?

Paul Thomas: What is the Difference between Service and Self-Serving? | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
Paul Thomas taught high school in rural South Carolina for nearly twenty years. Now he teaches at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He writes here about what it means to have a life ...
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The life of the great teacher is a life of service. Even those who have made such a big impact on teaching, from Rick Wormelli to Linda Darling-Hammond, have helped us understand necessary changes from the teacher's point of view. Paul Thomas provides some beautiful anecdotes of being that great teacher. Were his motive not service, these anecdotes would be lost.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 16, 2013 7:13 PM

What a wonderful article. What makes us teachers. Being a teacher is different than becomoing a teacher.

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What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn't | MindShift

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn't | MindShift | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
How trends in technology – social networks, Internet privacy, cyberbullying – influence education. ... Innovative ideas - projects, processes, curricula, and more - that are transforming how we teach and learn.
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Nice distinction between project-based and project-oriented learning.

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Acts of Kindness: Key to Happiness for Children & Teens

Acts of Kindness: Key to Happiness for Children & Teens | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
Four simple steps to increase children's happiness.
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Happiness is more than achievement on academic standards. Do we want children to be 'right'? Or do we want them to be happy?

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Yes, The Khan Academy IS the Future of Education (video)

Yes, The Khan Academy IS the Future of Education (video) | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
I’m just going to come out and say it: the Khan Academy is the best thing that has happened to education since Socrates.
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When financial profit is not even a slight consideration, look what we can do in the spirit of teaching and learning!

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The hard bigotry of poverty: Why ignoring it will doom school reform

The hard bigotry of poverty: Why ignoring it will doom school reform | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
Closing the achievement gap between rich and poor, a teacher writes, will first require Americans to recognize a far more uncomfortable reality: The policies employed to purportedly address the struggles of low-income children have ushered in a new...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 31, 2012 9:32 AM

Yes, poverty makes a huge difference in student achievement.  

 

Love the last sentence:  (Good schools) emerge from healthy, stable communities. That is, they emerge from a commitment to justice.

AnnC's curator insight, January 1, 2013 10:12 PM

See through the rhetoric to the reality - we need empathy and justice!

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PROCESS POST: Exploring Metaphors – Schools as Natural Habitats

PROCESS POST: Exploring Metaphors – Schools as Natural Habitats | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
Rather, I find that exploring metaphors about school and education helps to stretch and enhance my knowledge and understanding of school and education. ... For students and teachers, in fact, school IS real life.
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Describes how some initiatives are returning learning to a more natural setting. Other impediments, such as traditional grading, prevent progress. Bonus: blog written in process writing. 

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Noam Chomsky on How He Found His Calling

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So insightful into the issues around public ed. For example, Chomsky is unable to teach at an academic college because he lacks the proper credentials.

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2013: The Year in Education - The Atlantic

2013: The Year in Education - The Atlantic | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
2013: The Year in Education The Atlantic When it comes to public education, 2013 is likely to be a year of new thinking, from innovative approaches to classroom technology to a potentially game-changing decision by the Supreme Court on affirmative...
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University and Facebook | Digitally Ready

Student communication channels was one of the areas investigated by the 'Enhancing Student Engagement in Curriculum Development' project undertaken here at Reading. The initiative, funded by the University's Teaching ...
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Wondering how this university and students are using newer social media. 

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For KIPP charter schools, more computer time ... - Seattle Education

For KIPP charter schools, more computer time ... - Seattle Education | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
The committee hopes to avoid this cliff by implementing blended learning techniques involving more computer-based instruction similar to those used by other local charter organizations. The hope is to cut costs by raising class ...
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High School Nixes Letter Grades On Report Cards For 'Honest Appraisals'

High School Nixes Letter Grades On Report Cards For 'Honest Appraisals' | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. When students showed up for report card night at High School in the Community, they didn't get the usual B, C, or D.
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 22, 2012 3:01 PM

Hmm.  Mastery Learning shows up, again! 

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A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Ways to Ignite the Motivational Flame

A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Ways to Ignite the Motivational Flame | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
Not all kids are equally motivated. Students vary tremendously in their motivation, even at an early age. Here is a baker's dozen of motivational strategies that can re-ignite the motivational flame.

Via Beth Dichter, Lynnette Van Dyke, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 19, 2012 10:19 PM

How often do you struggle with a student, trying to motivate them to be engaged? The author of this post states "I pirate much of my thinking about motivation, kids’ achievement and success in life from my work with young, elite soccer players." He goes on to say that motivation that is found with young soccer players is also found with students in the classroom, that it "makes a real difference." He also provides a short historical background before sharing 13 motivational techniques, with explanations that explain why some techniques do not work for some children. 

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 20, 2012 10:57 PM

Kids vary re: academic motivation.  I also think they vary over time.  Don't give up !

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Education reform must assure changes within system to promise progress - AnnArbor.com

Education reform must assure changes within system to promise progress AnnArbor.com The EAA bills were stopped dead in their tracks by an education community fearful of the impact on local control and a belief that the EAA is untested at best and...
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Tom Watkins calls for educators to be more than obstruction in educational reform efforts. We must be constructive, offer alternatives to the proposals out there. While parts of this op ed are painful to read, he has a solid point here.

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Education as Preventive Medicine: An Interview With Dr. Jay Feldstein - Huffington Post (blog)

Education as Preventive Medicine: An Interview With Dr. Jay Feldstein - Huffington Post (blog) | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
Education as Preventive Medicine: An Interview With Dr. Jay Feldstein
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A single fruit symbolizes the nexus of two of our country's most important industries.
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Promising partnership - medical and educational communities

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STEM Education: Inspire, Engage, Educate

STEM education includes project-based learning and performance-based assessment, methods of learning and evaluation that paint fuller pictures of individuals rather than reduce students to statistical values.
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Looking to Transform Education? Embrace Learning, Leadership ...

This isn't surprising, considering that innovation, responsible risk-taking, and teacher leadership are rarely encouraged, valued, or supported in education. Of course, there are pockets of teachers and schools that are doing ...
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Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense

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We've heard many arguments for and against standardized testing in the US. This infographic helps outline why standardized tests don't make sense to some.
The post Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense appeared first on Edudemic.

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Keeping and Growing Great Teachers: 12 Lessons - Living in ...

Keeping and Growing Great Teachers: 12 Lessons - Living in ... | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning. With education at a crossroads, he invites you to join him in a dialogue on education reform and teaching for change and deep learning.
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Great a suggestions on how we retain and develop great teachers. Solid mentoring is a key.

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Laws of Physics Can't Trump the Bonds of Love

Jeffrey Wright uses wacky experiments to teach children about the universe, but it is his own personal story that teaches them the true meaning of life.
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Teaching the power of love while teaching physics. 

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Education expert cautions Michael Gove over heavy reliance on exams

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Daniel Willingham, cited by education secretary as an intellectual inspiration, says reforms could lead to focus on rote learning (Education expert cautions Michael Gove over heavy reliance on exams http://t.co/AwKE2mz4...
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Professor: Education and Human Rights, Social Justice Intrinsically Tied - Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio

Professor: Education and Human Rights, Social Justice Intrinsically Tied - Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio
Professor: Education and Human Rights, Social Justice Intrinsically Tied
Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio
When Dr. Richard D.
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“The United States is probably the only country where school is mandatory but learning is optional.”

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 28, 2012 2:09 PM

The title says it all.

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Favorite Posts of 2012: Deepening the Dialogue - Blogs - Education ...

Favorite Posts of 2012: Deepening the Dialogue - Blogs - Education ... | Rethinking the Way We Educate Our Children | Scoop.it
He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning. With education at a crossroads, he invites you to join him in a dialogue on education reform and teaching for change and deep learning.
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Dangerous slogans for education and life - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Dangerous slogans for education and life
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Why study when desire trumps education? A better and truer motivational message would be the old Army slogan: Be all that you can be.
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Student Voice in Educational Reform

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This past week, major news publications featured the voices of two young people who clearly articulate the need of the educational systems to change to better meet their needs -  educationally, per...

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Finally.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 21, 2012 1:13 AM

Yes..........this is hard to listen to, at times.  There is a serious thread of truth, though.  We don't want "privatization".  Change, then, is mandatory.