I celebrated an anniversary recently. It's been five years since I taught my first online course. When I first started to think about teaching online, I realized I had a lot to learn. I had never bee...
"Common Core" and "state standards" are two phrases that have been batted around in education circles and in the media for some time. For the average Staten Island family, barely two weeks into a new school year, the two phrases translate into one thing: more homework time spent around the kitchen table and less time for other activities on school nights, including sports, television and video games."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2013) – As kids nationwide are getting back into the homework routine, the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) teamed up with Google to ask parents the question many silently dread each fall – are you ever unable to help your kids with their homework?
The new survey revealed that not only do nearly 50 percent of parents (49.1 percent)* admit to struggling with providing kids the homework help they need, but also nearly half (46.5 percent)** of parents with children in grades one through 12 who feel unable to lend a helping hand struggle because they themselves don’t understand the subject matter.
The department doesn't have the money to maintain it.
According to Massie Ritsch, the department had no money for Doing What Works. He said in an e-mail:
"The ED office managing Doing What Works did not have sufficient funding to continue operating the website and producing new material, but we are working to place the archive of resources on another site for educators to use."
If you're working in higher ed in the UK you will no doubt have seen that FutureLearn had its beta launch last week. Some disclosure - FutureLearn is owned by the OU & I've been partially involved in its development,...
Standards are measurable end of year expectations, while curriculum is how we get there."
"It was her analogy to football that really brought the distinction to life: the expectation for a team’s offense is to make it ten yards for a first down, while the playbook guides how the team gets there."
The new school year offers teachers an unprecedented opportunity to prepare their students for college and career and the real possibility of losing their jobs.
"The Common Core State Standards that have been adopted by 46 states are designed to help teachers create lessons plans that focus on standards that are fewer in number, higher in substance and clearer in content than those that existed before ("What Every Child Can Learn from Kentucky," Time, Sept. 30). I hope that teachers will regard them as targets rather than as straitjackets. If they are implemented properly, teachers will still be able to be as creative as ever."