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The Boys at the Back

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Boys are being left behind in educational advancement. We need to address the reasons.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:24 PM

Don't even get me started.......

 

I am reminded of a great quote from an article I read yesterday:  http://www.scoop.it/t/disproportionality-in-schools/p/3995865537/i-used-to-think

 

 

 

I used to think that some kids weren’t cut out for school. They were lazy, unmotivated, and not “academic,” as if being academic was the most important thing in the world. Now I’ve come to realize that it’s the cutout school that’s the problem. Kids love to learn and do it quite naturally. They just might not be buying what I’m selling.

 

The cutout school run mostly by women, is part of the problem.  They aren't buying what we are selling.  

 

 

" The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men"

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Let Your “Emotional Rudder” Steer The Way

Let Your “Emotional Rudder” Steer The Way | School Psychology Tech | Scoop.it
Eric Hoover has an interesting piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education exploring “noncognitive skills,” the subject of Paul Tough’s popular book How Children Succeed and education’s topic du jour.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 21, 2013 3:35 PM

" Logical reasoning skills and factual knowledge are only so valuable on their own. Students also need an ‘emotional rudder’—an ability to transfer skills and knowledge to real-world situations—to succeed"

Gust MEES's curator insight, January 21, 2013 3:59 PM

I love that idea of an “emotional rudder,” guiding us as we apply our intellectual knowledge and skills.


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Boosting the Quality and Efficiency of Special Education

Boosting the Quality and Efficiency of Special Education | School Psychology Tech | Scoop.it
This groundbreaking study uses the largest database of information on special education spending and staffing ever assembled to uncover significant variance in how districts staff for special education.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 2, 2013 2:18 PM

Wow.  A downloadable from Fordham with solid recommendations for policy.

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Family issues for graduate students from working class backgrounds

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education sums up the disconnect that graduate students with working class roots can feel from their families.  In a book called Reading Classes: On Culture an...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 25, 2012 5:05 PM

Very interesting read regarding the struggles that college grads from working class backgrounds must endure.  

 

"Nowhere do working class lives and cultures clash more than in higher education…For working class people who cross the class divide, there are stories and sacrifices that have precious little voice and find no ear to listen” (p. 150)."

 

"Everyone talks at the same time, kids run and play, and football is on the television. Inside the small kitchen, the women stir, bake, gossip, and laugh."


So much resonates with me.  Folks like us straddle the fence for life.  There is guilt attached to that.  We are protective of our roots.  Still, we "know" a better way.  

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Emotions Round The World

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Gallup measures daily emotions in more than 150 countries and areas by asking residents whether they experienced five positive and five negative emotions a lot the previous day. Negative experiences include anger, stress, sadness, physical pain, and worry. Positive emotions include feeling well-rested, being treated with respect, enjoyment, smiling and laughing a lot, and learning or doing something interesting.

 

To measure the presence or absence of emotions, Gallup averaged together the percentage of residents in each country who said they experienced each of the 10 positive and negative emotions.

 

Negative emotions are highest in the Middle East and North Africa, with Iraq, Bahrain, and the Palestinian Territories leading the world in negative daily experiences. Latin America leads the world when it comes to positive emotions, with Panama, Paraguay, and Venezuela at the top of that list.


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That one thing

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Don't forget feelings and the importance of relating.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 26, 2013 2:52 PM

One key ability that good teachers use to help them design learning for kids on the fringe?

 

Empathy.

 

If you learn to think like them, designing learning WELL is a cinch!  

 

Empathy.  

 

That one thing goes a longgggggg way.  

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Kinder children are more popular

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Performing “random acts of kindness" makes pre-teen children more popular with their peer group, researchers discover.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 5, 2013 4:50 PM

Great way to combat bullying:  Teach the kids to be KIND!

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Fathers disappear from households across America

Fathers disappear from households across America | School Psychology Tech | Scoop.it
In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade.

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How has or will this trend impact upon our students?

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:34 PM

How do we turn this around?

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Grouping Students in Positive, Productive Ways : Venspired}

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Krissy has great ideas on who to build community AND get the work of thinking and learning done.  Nice tips, Krissy!


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Alternatives to traditional homework

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Alternatives to Homework/Worksheets via Shannon Smith, http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/4533 based on Kathleen Cushman, Fires in the Mind: What kids can tell us about motivation and mastery


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