Laura Knowles

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Learning doesn’t exist in a void, employability is a genuine concern for university students

For those who haven’t read the Government’s 2016 higher education white paper, fear not, it’s almost as exciting as its title 'Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice' <i></i>is pithy.<p>But despite being 85 pages of the sort of woolly jargon normally found in …

Higher Education

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity.<p>Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a study that found 88pc of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81pc completed …

Good teachers cannot be replaced by 'buying' new teachers - we must ask why so many are leaving

As schools are busy recruiting staff for the next school year, once again they are faced with a shortage of specialist teachers, especially in subjects such as physics and design technology where as few as one third of advertised posts are filled.<p>Although the official government view is that there …

Education

How Schools Are Failing Their Quietest Students

In 2013, educator and writer Jessica Lahey wrote a convincing piece for <i>The Atlantic</i> in which she argued that her introverted students needed to learn …

Teaching

Watch This Badass Teacher Transform Beyoncé's 'Formation' Into A Geometry Anthem

Teacher Ciera Paul has a very straightforward goal for her seventh grade class: "Find the area and circumference of a circle when given a radius or …

Reclaiming Christianity from the Grasp of Franklin Graham

One sign said "All are Abraham's children." Another said "The Aloha State Does Not Hate." And yet another invoked Leviticus 19:34 "You shall love the alien as yourself." Pastors of several churches on Oahu who were protesting Rev. Franklin Graham's rally on the grounds of the Hawaii State Capitol …

Christianity

You don't need to be a singer to have a career in classical music

In part one of our feature, classical music professionals talk about their jobs, backgrounds and vital tips on how to get ahead<p>The most obvious routes for the majority of graduates who aspire to work in classical music are performance and education. But there are many industry careers available …

Classical Music

How I Use 'Check For Understanding' Questions In My Teaching

<b>How I Use ‘Check For Understanding’ Questions In My Teaching</b><p>by <b>Dan Henderson</b>, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching<p>As adults we often …

Opera star Anna Netrebko marries in splendor

It's the wedding of the year in the classical music world: on Tuesday, 44-year-old star soprano Anna Netrebko and her finance, Azerbaijani tenor …

What I Learned From Falling In Love With A Single Father

I was never against the idea of having children eventually, but I wasn’t determined to do it either. I’d never considered that, one day, I would take …

7 Scientific Studies About How Animals React to Music

Music is pretty universally enjoyed ... when it comes to people. Animals, on the other hand, have diverse reactions to tunes. For every Ronan the …

Here’s why $7 billion didn’t help America’s worst schools

What two troubled high schools tell us about why the government got so little for so much money.<p>In 2009, the Obama administration saw a chance to tackle a problem that had bedeviled educators for decades.<p>“Our goal is to turn around the 5,000 lowest-performing schools over the next five years, as …

Education

More Confessions of an Ineffective Teacher

If they're honest, <i>every seasoned teacher</i> has had times when their teaching was not up to par - where a class got the best of them, when reactions were not the most useful, or where teachable moments needed to be realized <i>by them</i>. This is the natural growth process for newer teachers.<p>The picture was …

As A Teacher, I Wish You Knew (Part 2) #iWishTeach

Wow, if only I knew how much this blog series was going to take hold! Last week's post, "As An Admin, I Wish You Knew" stirred so much conversation! …

No More Excuses: Evidence and Action on Education

<i>Photo: A World at School</i><p>"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence," Carl Sagan once said. It's a good reminder that despite all we've discovered, invented and revealed, our world is still full of untold stories and immense mysteries.<p>But how much evidence is enough to act? There is substantial …

Globalization

Taking George Takei Back To School on the First Amendment and Separation of Church and State

George Takei, the noted constitutional scholar of Star Trek fame, recently wrote an op-ed for The Daily Beast which is making its rounds on Facebook and any other social media site where feeble arguments by celebrities substitute for actual critical thinking by the people posting them.<p>In his piece, …

Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens

Developed through emotional attachment with other human beings, empathy is our ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of …

Pinellas County Failing Schools: Newspaper investigates devastating impact of resegregation.

Last week, the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> published a report of its sobering yearlong investigation of the Pinellas County School District, which is home to five …

10 Great Questions Teachers Ask During Job Interviews - Brilliant or Insane

Summer is interview season for educators. New positions open as teachers shift grade levels or retire and new graduates enter the field eager to find …

MTV VJ's: Where Are They Now?

<i>This story originally appeared on PureWow. For more stories like this, visit purewow.com.</i><p>It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll—or …

I'm gay, liberal, open-minded – and a convert to Christianity

Identifying as a Christian comes with a set of baggage all its own. As the loudest Christian voices spout rightwing ideology – including in opposition to same sex marriage, which the US supreme court legalized on Friday – the Catholic priest molestation scandals drag on and the Westboro Baptist …

Painting with sound: the music of James Horner, 1953-2015 | MZS

<i>When news broke that the great film composer James Horner had died, some of my friends on film Twitter started reminiscing about their favorite</i> …

Southern Baptist Convention Leader Albert Mohler Admits: Clergy Won't Be Arrested Or Sued Over Same-Sex Marriage

"It's really important that you and every other pastor needs to say 'I'm not going to perform a same-sex wedding,' but let's be honest, there's not …

Same-sex Marriage

Florida Sheriff Has a Message for Atheists Who Are Demanding That He Stop Delivering Church Sermons

A sheriff who delivered a Christian sermon in uniform is under fire over claims that he violated the separation of church and state, but the top cop says he has no plans of backing down.<p>Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd spoke at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida, two months ago on …

Stop 'Defending' Music Education

Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the "keep music because it helps with other things" pieces out there.<p>I …

Stanford Study on Brain Waves Shows How Different Teaching Methods Affect Reading Development

<b>From Stanford (University) News</b><p><b>By May Wong</b> <b><br>May 28, 2015</b><p><i>Beginning readers who focus on letter-sound relationships, or phonics, instead of trying to</i> …

Ask Pastor John

Episode 1223<p>July 13, 2018 • Topic: Homosexuality<p>Sam Allberry, who has been attracted to the same sex his whole life, gives an insider’s take on the …

Secret teacher: I am all for inclusion in principle, but it doesn't always work

Teacher Network,Education,Behaviour management,Australian education,US education,Special educational needs,Teaching,Schools,Primary schools,Secondary schools,Learning disability,Society,Disability<p>Keeping children with special educational needs in mainstream schooling can deprive them of expert care …

61 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education, Many Schools Remain Separate And Unequal

Decades after the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling declared segregated schooling of black students unconstitutional, many American schools with high minority populations continue to receive fewer resources and provide an education that's inferior to schools with large white …