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Stop shooting silver bullets and learn to trust our teachers again | Rebecca Allen

Auditing classroom performance is not actually possible and it makes no difference to pupils. Brave headteachers must say no<p>Teaching has always been a demanding job. Performing for five hours a day in front of a class is tiring, but add to that lesson preparation, marking, meetings and admin and …

Teaching

Teachers Don’t Want All Of This Useless Data

I always thought the purpose behind student data was to help the teacher teach. But it has become an end to itself.<p>One of the most frustrating things I’ve ever been forced to do as a teacher is to ignore my students and concentrate instead on the data.<p>I teach 8th grade language arts at a …

Education

8 Strategies For Happier Classrooms

Reading Time: 3 minutes.How can we make our classrooms happier? If you want to get under the bonnet of a happy classroom, then

Pedagogy

Rigor, Grit, Collaboration: Teachers Share Why Buzzwords Don’t Always Inspire

column | Community<p>Rigor, Grit, Collaboration: Teachers Share Why Buzzwords Don’t Always Inspire<p>By Kerry Gallagher (Columnist)     May 10, …

9 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids (If You Want Them to Be Happy and Successful)

Experts warn these common phrases could be harming your kids.<p>When I was growing up, my father would always tell the story of how, in his pre-child days, he vowed never to tell his kids "Because I said so." Having hated the phrase himself, he promised himself he would never use it.<p>Nevertheless, one …

What humans will look like in 1,000 years

Humans are still evolving, So, where will evolution take us in 1,000 years?<br>Chances are we'll be taller. Humans have already seen a boom in height over the last 130 years.<p>In 1880 the average American male was 5'7''. Today, he's 5'10''.<p>We may also merge with machines that can enhance our hearing, …

Genetics

Scientists Deliver Insulin Using LEDs and a Smartphone

A new technique involving red LED light and engineered human cells could deliver insulin without any needles.<p>Currently, a diabetic needs to routinely self-administer painful shots to keep their insulin levels maintained. This is a difficult procedure that can also carry a risk of infection. But …

Jaw-Dropping Study Says Some Human Relative Was in California 130,000 Years Ago

The evidence points to humans — or some relative — invading North America long before we thought.<p>Here's what we know: About 130,000 years ago, near modern-day San Diego, something or someone killed a mastodon. Whatever it was bludgeoned the creature's spine and jaw in a calculated fashion and …

Microbes Have Been Found Growing "Out of Nowhere" After a Volcanic Eruption

Life finds a way.<p>When an underwater volcano erupts, completely altering the underwater landscape for kilometres, you'd assume it wouldn't be the best …

'Hobbit' species did not evolve from ancestor of modern humans, research finds

Bone study shows there is no evidence the 1.1-metre tall <i>Homo floresiensis</i> had any links with the much larger <i>Homo erectus</i><p>Researchers who studied the bones of <i>Homo floresiensis</i>, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, say their findings should end a popular …

Anthropology

The 10-Minute Teacher Show with Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher: #60 5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom

Want to help students learn and be more refreshed. Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli …

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

To Be an Exceptional Boss, Here Are 11 Things You Must Give Your Employees

No, the list doesn't include great pay and benefits. (Shouldn't those be a given?) Great bosses go much further.<p>Think about a boss you truly respected. Think about a leader you truly admired. Think about a leader you not only loved to work for, but <i>with</i>.<p>What sets that person apart from every other …

Mapped: The countries that have never been ruled by a woman

There are currently 26 countries or territories, out of more than 190, ruled by women – less than 15 per cent, but still the highest number in history.<p>They include, of course, the United Kingdom (which not only has an incumbent female prime minister but a reigning Queen - one of only two in the …

On This ‘Day Without a Woman,’ Don’t Leave Women Oppressed by Sharia Law Behind

Too many feminists in the West are reluctant to condemn cultural practices that clearly harm women.<p>Wednesday is International Women’s Day, and the …

12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class

<i>This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: 12 structures that will help with internet use in the classroom and keep kids focused when using</i> …

Teaching

Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers'

<b>Science is facing a "reproducibility crisis" where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist's experiments, research suggests.</b><p>This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon.<p>From his …

Clinical Trials

This Speck of DNA Contains a Movie, a Computer Virus, and an Amazon Gift Card

Meet the storage format that never goes obsolete.<p>In 1895, the Lumiere Brothers—among the first filmmakers in history released a movie called <i>The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station</i>. Just 50 seconds long, it consists of a silent, unbroken, monochrome shot of a train pulling into a platform full …

Genetics

Physicists Have Detected a Friction-Like Force in a Perfect Vacuum

Without breaking the fundamental laws of physics.<p>One of the most fundamental tenets of modern physics is that in a perfect vacuum - a place entirely …

22 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22

<b>1.</b> Confidence is built on accomplishments.<p><b>2.</b> Failure is the foundation of success; the more you fail the more you will succeed. Do not fear failure.<p><b>3.</b> No amount of schooling or research is a substitute for experience.<p><b>4.</b> Overall happiness and success is built on discipline.<p><b>5.</b> You are as good as the …

Selfies

20 years after Dolly

Everything you always wanted to know about the Dolly the cloned sheep and what came next, from a biomedical researcher and cloning expert.<p>It’s been …

This Infographic Shows The Extraordinary Ancient Genes That Live on in Modern Populations

How many do you have?<p>It can be easy to forget that humans living on Earth today are the product of thousands of years of adaptation.<p>Without modern …

The New, Expanded Genetic Alphabet Rewrites Life

Two synthetic nucleotides add unprecedented flexibility to the genetic code.<p>Until very recently, life on Earth was dictated by strings of just four …

Homework: is it worth the hassle?

Parents and educators question the value of setting assignments for students. But what does the neuroscience say?<p>Like all teachers, I’ve spent many hours correcting homework. Yet there’s a debate over whether we should be setting it at all.<p>I teach both primary and secondary, and regularly find …

Scientists have finally figured out what caused the largest volcanic eruption in human history

Now, scientists may have worked out what triggers them to blow in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.<p>The Toba eruption was the largest volcanic eruption witnessed in history, which covered 2,800 cubic kilometers of the surrounding area in volcanic ash, causing enormous amounts …

Earth Science

The Best Teacher Pens for Grading, Scribbling, or Late Night Brilliance

Choosing a writing utensil might seem like a simple task—but teachers know that after hours of grading and marking up papers, the right pen makes all …

100-million-year-old 'E.T.-like' bug found preserved in amber

An insect that lived 100 million years ago has been found preserved in amber and has been given its own scientific “order”.<p>The unusual creature is a …

Insects

Vanadium Dioxide, A Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Scientists have discovered “exotic electrical and thermal properties” in a material known as vanadium dioxide which may be applied to develop more …