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Some Rules We Need to Break In Our Reading Classrooms

image from icanreadWe seem to be run by the rules of what came before us. We seem to be trying to uphold traditions that were started all in the …

Writing

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

The Brain

75 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb

How many of these do you get wrong?<p>Using the right word can matter. Using the wrong word can matter even more. I once lost a potential writing gig because I used "who" instead of "whom" in a proposal letter.<p>(And I still have trouble getting "who" and "whom" right.)<p>Even just one incorrectly used …

What Meaningful Reflection Can Do For Student Learning

At Stanford University, you can earn a course credit simply by reflecting. Fashioned after psychologist Howard Gardner’s model, the Stanford program, …

Pedagogy

'Writing courses won't make you a better writer'

Instead of struggling to learn through practice and imitation, science could enable students to make informed writing decisions, suggests author Yellowlees Douglas<p>Writing courses won’t make you a better writer, no matter how many you take. You can tackle A-level English, then finish any degree in …

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Project Based Learning- 6 Must Read Books

'A practical guide to Project Based Learning. Designed for middle and high school teachers, the PBL Starter Kit contains down-to-earth, classroom …

100 Percent Is Overrated

People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.<p>At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and …

Self-improvement

How Should We Learn?

Ignorance has been a <i>fait accompli</i> throughout the history of human society. There was never enough information about the world and how it functions, and even when we had it, few people had access. Whole branches of knowledge could be lost or simply stagnate, like much of science and mathematics in …

Mississippi to open first early college program styled after schools in North Carolina

SMITHFIELD, N.C. – When Aaron Penny first arrived here on the campus of Johnston Community College as a high school freshman, he was terrified. He …

High school students demand equality in dress codes

Nation-wide protests over gender-discrimination in shorts policies<p>><br>• ><p>Naftali Bennett teaches math. (photo credit: SASSON TIRAM)<p>X<p>Dear Reader,<br>As you can …

Why America Demonizes Its Teachers

Evaluating teachers on their students' performance is an issue that has elicited much comment of late. In essence, this view assumes that if students aren't learning, the fault lies squarely with their teachers alone. Well, perhaps, but not necessarily.<p>While the logic of this view seems compelling …

Education

How to make standardized tests fairer

<i>(Update: Adding comment from Pearson)</i><p>The standardized testing onslaught that has dominated public schools in recent years — and a growing resistance movement by parents, students and educators — has persuaded some states to review the load of K-12 assessments with an eye toward eliminating exams …

Why I banned Google slides in class

I love Google Apps for Education the services keep getting better. There are oodles of scripts and extensions to further enhance the experience for …

Google Apps for Education

Changing What We Teach

<b>Changing What We Teach: Shifting From A Curriculum Of Insecurity To A Curriculum Of Wisdom</b>by <b>Terry Heick</b>Increasingly, the idea of computer coding is …

Pedagogy