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The Problem With Testing May Be A Failure Of Imagination

The Problem With Testing May Be A Failure Of Imagination | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
The Problem With Testing May Be A Failure Of Imagination
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What’s more, the kind of “tests” hiring teams now use in interviews focus on behavior, not knowledge.


“Standardized tests as we currently have them are enormously useful,” Koretz says. “Anyone who follows education knows that there are enormous inequities in American schooling.  One of the ways we know this is because of standardized tests."


The capacity to innovate, Wagner says, is far more important than academic knowledge.

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The Four Ignored Elephants of Quality in the Classroom and Teacher Retention

The Four Ignored Elephants of Quality in the Classroom and Teacher Retention | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
I gave up my calling last summer and quit public school teaching after 25 years. That was never my plan; I was going to go 40 years. It wasn't "kids today," parental apathy or even standardized testing.
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Kevin gets a few things off of his chest.  

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for the love of learning: The Roots of Grades-and-Tests

for the love of learning: The Roots of Grades-and-Tests | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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A great read by Alfie Kohn around testing and grades.  

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The Educational Deficit and the War on Youth: An Interview with Henry A. Giroux

The Educational Deficit and the War on Youth: An Interview with Henry A. Giroux | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Giroux writes on pedagogy and fundamentalism in his book, 'America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth.'
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

Are we in the middle of a political class warfare?

 

 Why educate the masses when we don't need them as workers?  Let's put the cash in our pocket instead?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 19, 2013 6:48 PM

I like radical and this is radical. We need to ask, "What is school for? Does it serve any real educational purpose in its current structure?"

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Could PBL be the Solution to Education Reform?

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Could PBL be the Solution to Education Reform? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
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Be data informed..........not data driven.  PBL allows for formative assessment.  

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 12, 2013 6:45 PM

It might be. The problem we need to solve is the desparate need politicians and bureaucrats have in needing numbers.

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A different approach to scaling up educational technology initiatives

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Much is made of the necessity to 'scale up' in international development circles.
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Education Phrases & Language That Need To Die - TeachThought

Education Phrases & Language That Need To Die - TeachThought | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Some education phrases and language need to die. Like these.
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A quirky article to get you thinking.  I would add a few more:  Rubric, Stake Holder, Conversation,and Let's  Unpack This.  

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 4 Ways to Provoke Change In Our Education System

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 4 Ways to Provoke Change In Our Education System | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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It really is this simple.  

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Common Core: Do What It Takes Before High Stakes

Common Core: Do What It Takes Before High Stakes | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
America's public education system could be on the brink of a once-in-a-generation revolution.
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" I am calling for a moratorium -- not on the standards, or even on the testing, but on the high stakes attached to all of this -- until the standards have been properly implemented and field-tested."


exactly..........there is great opportunity here.  We must do it WELL.  Deeming it a fail because all was implemented poorly won't cut it.  

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Infographic: Should Everyone Go to College?

Infographic: Should Everyone Go to College? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
On average, the benefits of a college degree outweigh their costs.

Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), David Mackzum, Ed.D.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

Woa, dog.  Better analyze this one if you have kids of college age!

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, May 9, 2013 9:16 AM

There is enormous variation in the so-called return to education depending on factors such as institution attended, field of study, whether a student graduates, and post-graduation occupation. While the average return to obtaining a college degree is clearly positive, we emphasize that it is not universally so. For certain schools, majors, occupations, and individuals, college may not be a smart investment. By telling all young people that they should go to college no matter what, we are actually doing some of them a disservice.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's comment, May 9, 2013 11:59 PM
I think we tell ALL young people this is the route. Nobody I know tells all kids this is not the route. Most tell them this IS the panacea.
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Understanding student weaknesses

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As part of an unusual study that surveyed 181 middle school physical science teachers and nearly 10,000 students, researchers found that the most successful teachers were those who knew what students would get wrong on standardized tests.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

Very interesting article with many ramifications.  

 

Ts need to KNOW the content; but moreover, they need to know the common roadblocks kids encounter while learning the content.  

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Real-world learning vs. school grades & credits. No contest.

Real-world learning vs. school grades & credits. No contest. | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Jack Hostager is a high school sophomore enrolled in an Eastern Iowa High School. His blog, Straight from the Desk, seeks to add the seldom heard voice of the student.

Via Nancy Jones, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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"We refuse to wait to find our place in the world. The question is whether school is going to help us or continue to try to stop us. It shouldn’t take a trip halfway across the country to answer that."

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, April 21, 2013 1:36 PM

A big "Ouch" together with a START the revolution! The world will be better for it.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:20 PM

We stymie creative thought from the moment children enter school.

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A Simple Quote That Completely Defines Education - Edudemic

A Simple Quote That Completely Defines Education - Edudemic | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
This quote gets me thinking that anyone is capable of anything. It brings to mind the purpose and goal of education at its core. I just love it.
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We can't "give" this.  they have to want it.  our job is to help them see that they want it; then help them discover how to take it "well" and make it their own.  

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Designing the Learning Environment

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W hereas most educators focus mainly on the Academic Environment, we place equal value upon the Physical and Emotional learning environments.  A brand new facility would be awesome, but there is...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Some ideas to ponder around the physical environment.Includes a nifty slideshow.  

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 6, 2013 12:36 PM

Some interesting ideas, but I would be afraid of letting educators loose with them.

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Entering into the homework debate conundrum?  Consider this

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Nichol Murray's comment, February 15, 2014 9:10 PM
Fantastic ideas that can be applied to any classroom. They're so simple, yet easy to forget to do these. I like how this in a chart for quick reference.
Mrs. Monsour's comment, March 1, 2014 12:46 PM
I am printing this, as we speak! I will share this with students in my Methods classes to use to prepare them for student teaching with quick homework strategies with a 21st century focus.
Susan Griffith's curator insight, March 15, 2014 12:44 PM

What a fabulous resource!  So often, parents struggle to help their children with homework for a variety of reasons- this provides a nice choice of alternatives so the lesson can be reinforced at home!

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for the love of learning: Detesting and Degrading or De-Testing and De-Grading?

for the love of learning: Detesting and Degrading or De-Testing and De-Grading? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

Amazing insight......

 

"It began with an idea, a play on words: Children (and increasingly, teachers) detest school because the current test-and-grade paradigm is degrading so why not de-test and de-grade the schools?"

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Fighting for Our Classrooms, and for the Human Beings Inside Them

Fighting for Our Classrooms, and for the Human Beings Inside Them | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
It seems as if the same battle is being fought in every aspect of American society ... Sadly, the classrooms of this country haven't been spared.
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"The Wall Street crowd wants us to think of education in terms of means – which usually means finding ways to spend less – rather than ends.  But when it comes to education, the “ends” are our children. And the means we choose for them, either consciously or through indifference, reveal who we really are as a people."

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Questions Arise About Need for Algebra 2 for All

Questions Arise About Need for Algebra 2 for All | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Debate over the subject's relevancy brews even as the common standards expect students to master that content.
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Is Algebra 2 needed for everyone?  

 

""We want to give hope instead of [requiring] these advanced courses specifically designed for someone going to college," he said in an interview. "So, you're going to be ready, maybe not for college, but for the workforce, or a technical college. ... And you're going to graduate; we're going to keep you in school.""

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Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

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Instructional leadership is always hard work, but it’s even harder when our plates are overflowing with other responsibilities.
The truth, for a lot of us a lot of the time, is that we can barely even get to the work of leading learning improvement.
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Making the job "doable" is a must.  District leaders must fine ways to reduce the work load.  

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:11 PM

We should never confuse the role of leader with leadership.

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The Teacher of Tomorrow – What makes a 21st Century Educator?

The Teacher of Tomorrow – What makes a 21st Century Educator? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Technology makes the tools, but what are the general characteristics that make an effective educator a 21st century educator?
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Administrators ALSO need to embrace this thinking.  They model and lead. They set the pace.  They must be "on board" first.  

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 25, 2013 11:28 AM

Should we not describe the teacher of today? We are almost 15% of the way through the Century. What makes us hold on to this thinking?

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We Just Can't Keep Up...

We Just Can't Keep Up... | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

TED is awesome…  I recently watched a TED talk by Eddie Obeng  who spoke about our fast changing world.  His central focus was the idea that the pace at which the world is advancing is exponential 

whereas the pace of learning and education is and has been consistent.  Schools are improving – we just can’t keep up.

 

Consequently, educators are feverishly looking for ways to make schools once-again interesting for kids.

 

One of my favorite progressive educational leaders and thinkers is Sir Ken Robinson@SirKenRobinson.  He gave a TED talk in 2006 that has since been viewed by over 16 million people. 

 

He is an advocate for fostering creativity in children because in the end, it will be creativity that solves the problems of tomorrow. 

 

His concern (shared by many) is that our school systems and institutions are designed around conformity, greatly reducing the ability of educators to foster creativity.

 

 


Via Gust MEES, Leslie Hosey
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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:59 PM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity

 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 10, 2013 7:02 PM

"His central focus was the idea that the pace at which the world is advancing is exponential 

whereas the pace of learning and education is and has been consistent.  Schools are improving – we just can’t keep up.

 

Consequently, educators are feverishly looking for ways to make schools once-again interesting for kids." We need to allow environments where educators have time to keep up.

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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Disobedience, by Design: Teaching In an Era of Stupid Rules

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Disobedience, by Design: Teaching In an Era of Stupid Rules | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:

Boy is this a great article.  Nothing more irritating than stupid rules.  To get around them as educators:  

 

1.  ASK kids the HARD questions that get them thinking

2.  Stop grading things that don't matter

3.  Get positive press when your kids do cool things

4. Find where the REALLY hard line is

5.  Ask for administrative support BETTER

 

The best?  Find out where the REALLY hard line is.  Too many of us interpret parts of administration's sentences literally and wonder why we sit inside a straight jacket!  

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When You Hate School But Love Education

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When Shawn Murphy and I launched Switch and Shift, we k…
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powerful video.  Please watch!  

 

"We hate school but love education".  

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The 6 Ways Teachers Want To Change Schools

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A new survey details a few key ways that teachers want to change schools and the education system as a whole. Do you agree?
The post The 6 Ways Teachers Want To Change Schools appeared first on Edudemic.
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Some great ideas!

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