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  • Fostering Curiosity

    I recently read the book Creative Schools by Dr. Ken Robinson. The book is a good discussion of issues that are facing educators today. Dr. Robinson includes some good thoughts about what schools should do (and provides some real-world examples of some of these things). His discussion on curriculum was very interesting to me and still has me thinking. He lists eight competencies that schools should facilitate; what teachers do in the classroom should help students develop these competencies. In ...

    by R Scott Wiley | @sxwiley
    Saturday, 13 February 2016
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    Opera Karaoke: an Analogy for Learning

    Sometimes inspiration comes from unusual places.  This week it came through the mail.  I don’t always take the time to read through my alumni magazine but when I do I’m never disappointed. This edition contains a particularly great quote from David Anderegg, a professor at my alma mater, Bennington College. I think every educator should read it  He writes…  “I give assignments to make sure that students are integrating on a deep level.  It’s easy to learn concepts su ...

    by Emily Caruso Parnell | @teachontheverge
    Thursday, 11 February 2016
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    When Education Teaches: How -vs- Why

    “Bridie, how can we celebrate George Washington’s birthday?” It was a very straight forward question from a precocious seven-year-old and I jumped on it, eager to teach a little history lesson as well as to encourage use of the internet for actual research and not just a way to see what your friends ate for breakfast. First, I explained that Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February, meaning it can occur the 15th through the 21st inc ...

    by Bridie Gauthier @BridieGauthier
    Thursday, 11 February 2016

    Students Too Dependent on You? Here’s Help

    Do your students want to be spoon-fed? Are they constantly demanding your help, calling out your name over and over again? If so, is it possible that you’ve unwittingly contributed to their sense of helplessness? Can learned helplessness be unlearned? Those are among the questions I asked of Starr Sackstein and David Ginsburg on an episode of Studentcentricity. They had a lot of wonderful advice and followed it up with the takeaways below. Starr added: Ultimately we need to empower students ...

    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Thursday, 11 February 2016
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    The Importance of a Strong Foundation

    “We’re building a home up the street.” It felt like a lie to give that explanation over and over to the strangers who had become our new neighbors, because for the longest time, the truth was that nothing was being built. We went forward with a plan to build a new home in the new area we were moving to, an endeavor that the project manager estimated would be completely done by the end of September, only to be waiting for building permits until mid-October. October.  The start of the ra ...

    by Amanda Morgan, MS @NotJustCute
    Thursday, 11 February 2016
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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