Once again, as we do at the start of every school year, we are hearing about the rampant cheating that goes on, especially online, but in fact, everywhere, and without remorse or regret.
As Nikhil Hoyal writes, "Cheating is an epidemic in schools across the nation. A 2010 survey of 2,000 Stuyvesant students revealed that more than 72 percent of students copied their homework from others and about 90 percent of seniors cheated on tests."
In the schools, too, there is no reward for helping others (indeed, it is heavily penalized). Suppose educational achievement was measured at least partially according to how much (and how well) you helped others. The value of the achievement would increase if the person is a stranger (and conversely, decrease to zero if it's just a small clique helping each other) and would be in proportion to the timeliness and utility of the assistance (both of which can be measured).
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As our final assessment of the year in Geometry, I was originally planning to do a screencast, similar to my Algebra 1 class. Since the topic was segments and angles in a circle, I quickly realized...
"If you don't know the internet, you can't be my teacher... I need someone who knows what I know. Meet me on the web, at least half way. Teachers today need to be literate to relate to digital natives."
To video asssess means to assess student products using film and sound. You may use it to give better feedback for all types of assessment, but this one shows assessing mathematics. Video assessment gave the teacher the opportunity to give the students more concrete and costructive tutoring than giving written feedback. Its in Norwegain, but look at the examples, you will see how it works.
A simple self-assessment idea. It's called two stars and a wish. For those of you who are not familiar with it, the children are given a page with space to write two things they learned in the lesson (two stars) and one question that they have about the topic (a wish).
The article gives some advices about the homework trap, but it also bring some questions to my mind, about what homework is and should be. For some kids it might be good enough homework to tell and write keywords: "What did I do and learn to day" and "what are we going to do tomorrow"?
Via Rob McEntarffer
Reflecting on own teaching and how to improve it, should be a basic taks for a teacher. This is not always the case. Why is that? The lack of time, the lack of a model? A website to support Reflection in Education K-16.
As you know Twitter has made such a big jump from just a social network where people get to share their mundane activities to a rigorous learning and teaching activitiy. The potential of Twitter is even way bigger than we might think and I personally depend a lot on it for my professional development. Anyway, to bring you closer to how you can leverage this social media tool in your classroom and to help you learn more about the essentials of 'educational tweeting' I would recommend that you have a look at the guide below .
Excellent example of formative assessment in a grade 8 math classroom. My Favorite No (by TeachingChannel). Also see: Standardized Test Scores Can Improve When Kids Told They Can Fail, Study Finds.
Via Frank Clint
Not being a intovert myself, but having a non-talker-son, I found this article interesting. Introverts, and thir mums, the world over can breathed a collective sigh of relief at Cain's reassurance that it is okay to be silent.
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