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My favorite posts, articles, and ideas about Standards Based Grading, Science Education, Student Learning, Educational Administration, and other things related to authentic learning
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Letting students sink doesn’t teach them to swim

Letting students sink doesn’t teach them to swim | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
A new book says that giving students failing grades does not make them better; helping them succeed does.
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The Unengageables

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Halfway through my curriculum design workshops, I ask teachers to share their "secret skepticisms." These are the sort of objections to new ideas that often take the form, "That would never work in...
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Comfortable Baby Steps?

Comfortable Baby Steps? | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
I think everyone has certain phrases, or catchwords that tend to set them off. Some of us, of the more passionate persuasion, have phrases that send us over the edge. I am not talking about the con...
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"We have no time for baby steps because we are not babies" - I love it!

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How college students incorrectly evaluate their instructors

How college students incorrectly evaluate their instructors | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
A study shows that college students give top markets not to the best teachers of content but the teachers with the most charm.
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Why 'engaging' lectures are not quite as they seem, and ideas on evaluation.

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How A Good Teacher Becomes Great

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How A Good Teacher Becomes Great
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Scroll down to the middle of the article where the list begins!

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Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do

Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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I'm usually not a fan of "strategies" but these are deeper than quick fixes.

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the ro
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Diana Laufenberg is absolutely incredible. Got the chance to talk with her at SXSWedu. Fantastic article.

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The Right Thing, Said Once

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Prologue: I have been doing a lot of thinking this year about what I've learned so far about teaching physics (and about teaching high school students in general) both as general reflection and as ...
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More brilliant thoughts from Kelly O'Shea!

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Whoever Said There's No Such Thing As a Stupid Question Never Looked Carefully at a Standardized Test

Whoever Said There's No Such Thing As a Stupid Question Never Looked Carefully at a Standardized Test | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
It can't be repeated often enough: Standardized tests are very poor measures of the intellectual capabilities that matter most, and that's true because of how they're designed, not just because of how they're used.
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I especially love the last sentence!

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Pseudoteaching | Wired Science | Wired.com

Pseudoteaching | Wired Science | Wired.com | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
John Burk (of Quantum Progress) and Frank Noschese (of Action-Reaction) have decided to promote the term pseudoteaching. Their definition: Pseudoteachi
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Beware of Pseudoteaching in various forms!

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Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it

"The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach"

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Must read on math education & why teachers in US aren't implementing what research says.

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The $2 Interactive Whiteboard

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Yes, you read that correctly. The TWO DOLLAR interactive whiteboard. But first... The $2,000 interactive whiteboard While watching the video, count how many times the kids are interacting with each...
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This is what learning can and should look like in every classroom.

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for the love of learning: Working with children when they are at their worst

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Absolutely inspirational and amazing story of how Joe Bower handles discipline with his students.

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The Importance of Reflection in Education

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Great post on why we need more reflection in our classrooms.

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Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
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Beautiful!  Just like with data, culture building, and professional development, technology must be integrated and part of the system, not an external "thing" we use.

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What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools?

What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools? | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
Why the U.S. emphasis on "teacher effectiveness" won't by itself really improve schools.
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Just recruiting stronger teachers is not enough!

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12 Alternatives To Letter Grades In Education

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12 Alternatives To Letter Grades In Education
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Grades are not motivational tools. But instead of just complaining, let's offer solutions and make change!

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment
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If your educational vision is based around student learning, these ideas should be incorporated into your classroom.  And if you don't agree with these, then maybe you can be coached into doing something else!

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Poor Teaching for Poor Children

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I've seen it in action.....and it's time to change!

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dy/dan » Blog Archive » Is This Press Release From 2012 or 1972?

dy/dan » Blog Archive » Is This Press Release From 2012 or 1972? | ThoughtsOnLearning | Scoop.it
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What have we accomplished since 1972!?

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