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'Chalk and talk' teaching might be the best way after all

Seventy teachers from the UK were sent to Shanghai to study classroom methods to investigate why Chinese students perform so well. Upon their return, …

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

<b>50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an …

MIT Study: How Do Online Courses Compare to Traditional Learning?

More than 7.1 million students are currently taking at least one online course. Despite the apparent popularity, however, educators have given the …

6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom

<b>Genius Hour In The Classroom: 6 Principles Of Genius Hour</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p><i>Update: We did a t-shirt campaign of this graphic last year. It’s our old logo</i> …

a new home for all brain statistical maps!

A public repository of unthresholded statistical maps,<br>parcellations, and atlases of the human brain<p>What is it?<p>A place where researchers can publicly …

The report

<i>By Sir Michael Barber, Chief education advisor, Pearson</i><p>Over the last decade, international benchmarking of education systems has become ever more …

Things I would tell myself if I started today as a principal!

Things I would tell myself if I started today as a principal:<p>• Relationships are everything. This is the key to your success. No relationships and …

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

Suppose each time you ran low on an item in your kitchen—olive oil, bananas, napkins—your instinctive response was to drop everything and race to the store. How much time would you lose? How much money would you squander on gas? What would happen to your productivity?<p>We all recognize the …

What teachers – and the rest of us – can learn from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey – TALIS

<i>Today’s post is by Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills</i><p>We entrust our children – and our countries’ future – …

Tweet yourself smart

Tweet Yourself Smart: Building a professional learning community online<p>Often I find myself at conferences or collegiate activities and someone will …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Learning

Pathfinder Career Articles - How to Create Your School Dream Team: How to Hire the Best Educators

How to Create Your School Dream Team: How to Hire the Best Educators<p><i>Dawn Imada Chan</i><p>One of the most important responsibilities of school …

You’ll Absorb More if You Take Notes in Longhand

College students who take notes on laptop computers are more likely to record lecturers’ words verbatim and are thus <b>less likely</b> to mentally absorb what’s being said, according to a series of experiments by Pam A. Mueller of Princeton and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of UCLA. In one study, laptop-using …

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …

Why AfL might be wrong, and what to do about it - David Didau

Some cows are so sacred that any criticism of them is fraught with the risk of bumping up against entrenched cognitive bias. We are fantastically bad …

Building a word-rich life for Dyslexics

A confession: I get a significant thrill from reading research that confirms my personal suspicions. This happened recently when I dug into some …

Teaching

6 Tips for Reluctant Negotiators

I had been hired to do 1-on-1 speed-coaching sessions at the Summit Series at Powder Mountain, and I was confident I could help one person, in particular, to take his career to the next level. Once back in the office, I pinged him: “I would love to coach you. Any interest in exploring?” He …

Can We Go Beyond Comprehension?ASCD Inservice

<i>Janice Silva, academic services head at the bilingual school Colegio Inglés in Nuevo León, Mexico, reflects on whether reading comprehension should</i> …

The Six Motives of Creativity: Mary Gaitskill on Why Writers Write

Why do writers — great writers — write? <b>George Orwell</b> attributed it to four universal motives. <b>Joan Didion</b> saw it as access to her own mind. For <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, it was about fun. <b>Michael Lewis</b> ascribes it to the necessary self-delusions of creativity. <b>Joy Williams</b> found in it a gateway from the …

'The lesson from the East is that every child can be good at maths'

<i>Dr Helen Drury, director of Mathematics Mastery at Ark Schools and a former head of mathematics, writes:</i><p>As the education minister Liz Truss prepares …

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Life’s Work: An Interview with Salman Khan

Photography: Jonathan Sprague<p>Salman Khan was working as a hedge fund analyst when he started using online tools to tutor his cousins in math. Nine years later, his nonprofit organization, Khan Academy, draws on the same approach to offer more than 5,000 free, web-based video lessons to millions of …

The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites

All gratifying things must come to an end: The season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists — which covered writing and creativity, photography, psychology and philosophy, art and design, history and biography, science and technology, children’s literature, and pets and animals — comes …

Hanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Students Who Challenge Us Most

<i>by Jeffrey Benson</i><p>About This Book<p>Many students arrive at school with unique mixtures of family histories, traumatic experiences, and special needs …

Teaching

The Brain-Compatible Classroom: Using What We Know About Learning to Improve Teaching

The Brain-Compatible Classroom: Using What We Know About Learning to Improve Teaching<p><i>Laura Erlauer</i><p>About This Book<p>Did you know that the best time to …