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  • More on Hattie and Marzano - We KNOW what works!

    “The experience of others is the best classroom you will ever find.”– Warren Buffett From time to time I share information about relevant and timely educational research. in this post I am reprinting excerpts from an earlier post regarding the powerful and influential research findings from John Hattie. The excerpt is from a post on January 2015 about my own connections educationally with the constructivist philosophy as well as some powerful findings of impact/effect from John Hattie’s meta an ...

    by Michael Lubelfeld | @mikelubelfeld
    Tuesday, 01 December 2015
  • Fomenting Imagination and Creativity in Students

    When I was little there was no internet. As an only child, I often found company in my own imagination. I remember trying to make a hot air balloon out of construction paper and a box, which clearly didn’t taken me up, up and away, but gave me many hours of entertainment. I look at my son who is the typical teenage boy who will die if his cell phone is not in his hand or gets stir crazy if he has to wait in line patiently for something. I wonder, as parents and educators, are we encouraging the ...

    by Dr. Barbara Sweet, Ed.D. @bsweet321
    Tuesday, 01 December 2015
  • Yes - A Powerful Word

    I've been around the preschool block a few times. I've been in numerous classrooms and heard a variety of teachers interact with a myriad of kids. I've taught preschoolers that are now adults making their ways in the world. (Wait, that's an unnerving thought.) And, often in a classroom, the word I hear more often is a variation of "No." Now, I'm a firm believer in setting limits and maintaining a safe classroom for investigation and learning. So, sometimes, a child's behavior must be curtailed ...

    by R Scott Wiley | @sxwiley
    Tuesday, 01 December 2015
  • What's the Medium? What's the Message?

    "Ugh... I hate art." "He never wants to do art." "I can't draw." "I'm not creative." I've heard all of these words, and more, coming from teachers and students over my years in Arts Education. It's often a self fulfilling prophecy, this dislike of art or the Arts, as the case may be.  If you tell yourself over and over you're not creative then you're not likely to develop much creativity.  I find it particularly distressing when a teacher says "I'm not creative." because I believe ...

    by Emily Caruso Parnell | @teachontheverge
    Monday, 30 November 2015
  • Stop Repeated Mistakes with Effective Student Reflection

    One of the most frustrating events that can cloud any teacher’s school day happens just as soon as returned papers are passed out. Those carefully graded papers with helpful marginal comments are completely ignored by students who only want to see their final grade. This is frustrating not just because of the hours of apparently wasted effort on our part, but because sometimes it seems as if we focus on the same errors all term long. Having to repeatedly remind students of the same mistakes is n ...

    by Julia G Thompson | @TeacherAdvice
    Sunday, 29 November 2015
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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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