In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.
El filósofo navarro advierte que la sociedad no tratará a los niños por el grado de felicidad que tengan, sino por aquello que sepan hacer
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Very interesting article (in Spanish) about the importance of not trying so hard to make our children happy. Instead it is important to teach them how to cope with life, how to be resilient. When we look for a professional, we want somebody who can do their job. Not necessarily somebody who is happy. To succeed in life happiness is only one element and not the all defining one...
The terms 'critical' and 'reflection' are sorely misunderstood in education. Being critical is often misinterpreted as being negative. 'Reflection' is also frequently distorted to mean "reflect on what you are doing wrong". Too often the students that we teach give negative feedback when asked to be critical. So to counter act this, educators initiate strategies such as '2 stars and a wish' and SWNI (strengths, weaknesses, new ideas). These strategies are designed to make reflective practices a more positive experience for students. It teaches them that being critically reflective is not just a negative activity, that it is important to be positive and give feedback to help improve or make something better. Learn more: - http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Criticism
"THERE are two kinds of motive for engaging in any activity: internal and instrumental. If a scientist conducts research because she wants to discover important facts about the world, that’s an internal motive, since discovering facts is inherently related to the activity of research. If she conducts research because she wants to achieve scholarly renown, that’s an instrumental motive, since the relation between fame and research is not so inherent. Often, people have both internal and instrumental motives for doing what they do."