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Trend Watch: Extreme Rote Teaching Growing in Popularity

Rae Pica with Joan Almon

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Joan Almon,Chair of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood, sounds the alarm on an increasingly popular trend toward scripted kindergartens and pre-schools. Joan explains how the focus outcomes has led to teachers being required to follow very specific scripts without deviation. The research indicates that this type of extreme rote teaching doesn't work yet the trend is growing, adversly impacting teachers and children.

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Tracking Students Was Dead, but Now...

Rae Pica with Joann DiGennaro, Carol Burris, Patrick Riccards, Nancy Blair 

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Grouping students by ability, or what was traditionally called tracking, fell out of favor a decade ago but is making a comeback. What's driving the resurgence? What’s the impact? What are the current pros and cons?

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Touching Children in the Classroom: Why No-Touch Policies Are Harmful

Rae Pica with Frances M. Carlson, M.A.Ed. and Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D

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Many teachers fear touching children and many schools have no-touch policies. Our guests say that children need to be touched. In fact, they assert that low-touch teaching retards children's development and creates social dysfunctions that can last a lifetime. In this segment we'll talk about embracing touching in the classrooms, why it's essential, and the practical issues and risks.

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Too Much, Too Fast: Coping with the New Speed of Change in Education

Rae Pica with Dr. Vicki Caruana, Nancy Flanagan, Kevin Parr 

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New programs are being introduced into education at an accelerated rate. This is leading to something called initiative fatigue.  In this segment our guests offer practical tips for coping with the new speed of change in education. 

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Tips for Teaching Controversial Topics

Rae Pica with Diana Hess, Bill Bigelow, Dan Brown

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Evolution, global warming, same-sex marriage, civil rights. All of these topics can be tough to teach. In this segment our guests provide some guidelines.

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