Michael Brody

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Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

Sit still. It’s the mantra of every classroom.<p>But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.<p>“We need to …

Education

The Deficit Model Is Harming Your Students

Believe That Your Students Can Learn<p>Students know their shortcomings, and so many -- especially minority males -- act up, act out, or drop out to …

Education

Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class

My bank sends me a text alert when my account balance is low. My wireless company sends me a text alert when I'm about to use up my monthly data. Somebody — I guess the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? —sends me a text alert when it's going to rain a whole lot.<p>A few clever …

Education

The Neuroscience of Trust

Companies are twisting themselves into knots to empower and challenge their employees. They’re anxious about the sad state of engagement, and rightly so, given the value they’re losing. Consider Gallup’s meta-analysis of decades’ worth of data: It shows that high engagement—defined largely as …

Psychology

Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement

John Hattie developed a way of ranking various influences in different meta-analyses related to learning and achievement according to their effect …

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method<p>Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to …

Pedagogy

The Risks of Guesstimating Homework Time

It is often said that a sign of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting different results each time. This sums up how most …

Educational Leadership:Getting Personalization Right:One-Size-Doesn't-Fit-All Homework

Teachers at Vinal, a high-performing PreK–5 school with about 500 students, have embraced individualized homework since the 2015–2016 school year. At …

Pedagogy

How to Lead — Online and Off - Independent Ideas Blog

<i>​</i><i>Editor’s note: Authors Stephen Valentine and Reshan Richards distill principles from their book</i> Blending Leadership: Six Simple Beliefs for Leading …

Learning

From “Consequence” to “Prevention”

Despite the attention bullying has received over the past decade, there’s still too often a gap between what schools consider to be bullying — …

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist

Are Americans getting dumber?<p>Our math skills are falling. Our reading skills are weakening. Our children have become less literate than children in …

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

Adolescence is an exciting time as teenagers become increasingly independent, begin to look forward to their lives beyond high school, and undergo …

Study: Teacher Satisfaction, Collaboration Are Keys to Student Achievement

« Austin District Warns Teachers Not to Talk to Students About Immigration Raids | Main<p>Teachers who are happy and satisfied with their job are …

Obsessed With Smartness

Every year around this time, those of us on a college campus begin to engage in an ancient ritual — talking about the quality of next year’s incoming …

A Millennial’s View: How to Transform Independent Schools into Modern Workplaces - Independent Ideas Blog

I’m 35, putting me at the leading edge of the millennial generation. Since I was 25, I’ve been an independent school educator, teaching civics and …

Education

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

Understanding Differentiated Instruction<p>Summer DI Readings List: 150+ Seedlings for Growing Stronger Learners: Browse a bountiful reading list as you …

New Instructions at High Schools: Take a Nap

Some high schools are trying a new cure for teenagers who stay up late, don’t want to wake up in the morning and doze off during class. Teachers are letting them nap at school.<p>Nap clubs, where students meet and rest quietly, have cropped up in some high schools. Some are trying quiet rooms, where …

Education

Bored Out of Their Minds

For two weeks in third grade, I preached the gospel of the wild boar. My teacher, the sprightly Mrs. DeWilde, assigned my class an open-ended …

Education

​​How School Leaders Make Decisions About Tuition and Compensation - Independent Ideas Blog

<i>​</i><i>Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series examining tuition trends in independent day schools, including schools’ efforts to cut costs</i> …

College & University

Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess

What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?<p>Those are just a few of the issues addressed in new guidelines designed to help schools have <i>good</i> recess. …

Education

Larry Cuban on Personalized Learning, Silicon Valley, and K-12: Q&A

« Virginia Gov. Seeks to Require All Schools to Offer Full-Time Online Education | Main | Ed Groups Push Schools to Embrace Online Assessments »<p>Few …

Education

Launch Video Classroom Observations With New Toolkit

For busy teachers, there are limited opportunities within the school day to be observed, to observe other teachers, to pause and reflect on the …

Education Technology

Solution Tree: Tom Guskey on Frequent Student Assessment

Treasury Yields Resume Ascent

Inflation trade intensifies anew following Yellen comments<p>Government-bond yields surged to their highest level since Jan. 3, as the inflation trade that took off in the days after Donald Trump’s election regained intensity.<p>The yield on the 10-year Treasury note settled at 2.461% on Thursday after …

Janet Yellen

The Tyranny of Being On Task

I remember when I was first teaching and was getting ready for my first official observation and evaluation. I was very nervous. My principal had …

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

Listen to this article as a podcast episode:<p>Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:22 — 53.1MB)<p>Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS<p><b>When I</b> …

Sacred Cows In Education

<b>noun</b>: someone or something that has been accepted or respected for a long time and that people are afraid or unwilling to criticize or question<p>What …

Education

Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class

Evidence from brain science suggests that far from being “babyish,” the technique is essential for mathematical achievement.<p>A few weeks ago I (Jo Boaler) was working in my Stanford office when the silence of the room was interrupted by a phone call. A mother called me to report that her 5-year-old …

Education

KQED

<i>The following is an excerpt from “Deeper Learning How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century,” by</i> …

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