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A College Without Classes

Forget credit hours—in a quest to cut costs, universities are simply asking students to prove their mastery of a subject.<p>MANCHESTER, Mich.—Had Daniella Kippnick followed in the footsteps of the hundreds of millions of students who have earned university degrees in the past millennium, she might be …

Higher Education

What Would Happen If Students Assigned Their Own Math Homework?

Is homework worthwhile? Does doing it make a difference in learning? These questions are the source of much debate nowadays. Some may say homework is …

Battling Against Traditional Perceptions of Teaching and Learning

My goal with blended learning has always been to shift the focus from me to my students. I want to place <i>them</i> at the center of learning. I want <i>them</i> to …

Pedagogy

Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

Did you know that a significant percentage of the achievement gap between students of color and white students is caused by punitive discipline? …

Wanted: real curriculum leaders, not just managers

What is leadership in curriculum?<p>Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management …

Teaching

A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According to Science

<i>Since NPR Ed first published this piece last year, it's become one of our most popular posts of all time. And since then, there's been a little anecdotal proof of concept for these parenting theories:</i><p><i>Kathy Pasek, one of the authors interviewed, has a son named Benj Pasek. He is a composer who, like</i> …

Parenting

On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Last year, during fall orientation at Smith College, and then again recently at final-exam time, students who wandered into the campus hub were faced with an unfamiliar situation: the worst failures of their peers projected onto a large screen.<p>“I failed my first college writing …

Education

Hall Passes, Buses, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Achievement?

Pankaj Rayamajhi hears something. Senioritis?<p>The director of school logistics and operations has a kind of sixth sense about that unique Spring affliction as he roams the hallways of Columbia Heights Education Campus, a public middle and high school in Washington, D.C.<p>Rayamajhi quickens his pace, …

Education

Should We Abolish Timed Math Tests?

Recently we posted a brief research finding from Stanford math professor Jo Boaler: “Timed math tests can discourage students, leading to math …

Why Grades Are Not Paramount to Achievement

The intrinsic love of learning supplants the drive for high marks in the long run.<p>At the beginning of this school year, my colleagues and I decided to avoid giving the sophomores in our English classes any grades for six weeks. Research shows that providing students with a number or letter in …

Education

7 Practical Ways to Reduce Bias in Your Hiring Process

A vast body of research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. Unconscious racism, ageism, and sexism play a big role in whom we hire. But there are steps you can take to recognize and reduce these biases. So where should you start? And how can you help others on your team do the</b> …

Management

Promises and pitfalls of online education

By Eric Bettinger, Susanna LoebExecutive SummaryOnline courses have expanded rapidly and have the potential to extend further the educational …

Education

How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea

Untangling education research can often feel overwhelming, which may be why many research-based practices take a long time to show up in real …

Pedagogy

A Climb Out of Depression, Doubt and Academic Failure

<i>Varsha Srivastava, 20, appeared to have the perfect college experience at Boston University. She was in the College of Communication, worked on a campus podcast, was a swim instructor and played club water polo. But emotionally, she was falling apart. Her story has been edited and condensed.</i><p>I grew …

Happy Teachers Practice Self-Care

Experts say that teachers must develop their own social-emotional competencies, including the ability to manage stress, before they can effectively …

Education

TC's Peter Bergman and Eric W. Chan on NPR About Their Research on Text Messaging Parents

Peter Bergman and Eric W. Chan, an Assistant Professor and doctoral student, respectively, in Economics and Education, spoke with NPR about their …

When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline

If you know anything about New Orleans public schools, you probably know this: Hurricane Katrina wiped them out and almost all the schools became privately run charters.<p>Many of those schools subscribed to the <i>no excuses</i> discipline model — the idea that if you crack down on slight misbehavior, you …

Education

Innovating Their Way To and From the Top

To enable and sustain such a culture of creativity and innovation, our schools unquestionably need key resources such as time, money, space, and …

5-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward

This ad was launched during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, and you can see why it was a crowd-pleaser -- it's a moving reminder of how many …

Cracking the teacher recruitment and retention code | CTQ #CTQCollab

<b>Posted by Justin Minkel on Monday, 05/15/2017</b><p>I teach in a school that is 99% poverty yet has virtually 0% turnover. See if you can figure out which …

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

How do you teach the same concepts and skills to students with diverse abilities and interests? Different learning profiles? And how do you do that …

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

However talented, no one is a natural-born teacher. Honing the craft takes significant care and effort, not just by the individual, but also by the …

These 5 Big Tech Trends Are Changing the Way We Learn

Our current education system is not fit for purpose. Student mental health is at an all-time low, and student debt is at an all-time high. Dominated …

Talking About Race in Mostly White Schools

<i>In past articles (</i><i>here</i><i> and</i> <i>here</i><i>, for example), Usable Knowledge has explored the dynamics of talking about race in schools, especially in the</i> …

Racism

No Spanking, No Time-Out, No Problems

A child psychologist argues punishment is a waste of time when trying to eliminate problem behavior. Try this instead.<p>Say you have a problem child. If it’s a toddler, maybe he smacks his siblings. Or she refuses to put on her shoes as the clock ticks down to your morning meeting at work. If it’s a …

KQED

<b>By Alex Shevrin</b><p>On my best day as a teacher, I will talk passionately about progressive pedagogy, empathy as the core of a classroom and diverse …

Teaching

A counterintuitive approach to improving math education: Focus on English language arts teaching

Recent education reform efforts commonly aim at improving teacher effectiveness. One study of three large districts finds that they spent …

Education

How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

Incivility can fracture a team, destroying collaboration, splintering members’ sense of psychological safety, and hampering team effectiveness. Belittling and demeaning comments, insults, backbiting, and other rude behavior can deflate confidence, sink trust, and erode helpfulness — even for those …

KQED

Math teachers of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their thinking with evidence. It’s hard to get kids in the habit of …

Teaching

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.<p>Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn.<p>We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with …

Learning