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Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Can Anyone Learn To Be A Master Memorizer?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Memory Games.<p><b>About Joshua Foer's TEDTalk</b><p>Some people can memorize thousands of numbers, the names of dozens of strangers or the precise order of cards in a shuffled deck. Science writer and U.S. Memory Champion Joshua Foer shows how anyone can become a memory …

Interesting Graphic Featuring 30+ iPad Apps for Bloom's Taxonomy

The graphic features some iPad apps that support different thinking skills of Bloom's Taxonomy. The apps are arranged in such a way to improve the …

The Books Everyone Must Read Before Graduating College

We asked academics and authors from Junot Díaz to Jill Lepore to nominate the one book that students shouldn’t graduate without reading.<p><b>Jill …

Your student loan isn’t really a loan

You can’t refinance, or get rid of the debt through bankruptcy. Here’s how it’s even more of a sham than you know<p>It’s becoming an annual ritual. Every June, Congress debates what to do about the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans, to avert what this year will be the imminent …

Six Big Tech Trends in Education to Follow

The presence of the Internet in students’ lives outside of school, and especially on mobile devices, is allowing for more online and blended learning …

Arne Duncan To Launch 'High School Redesign' Competition

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama promised to bring America's high schools into the future.<p>"I'm announcing a new challenge to redesign America's high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy," Obama said at the time. "We'll reward …

How High School Reading Lists Have Changed - GalleyCat

Renaissance Learning has released its fifth edition of the What Kids Are Reading report. Among the many topics covered in the free report, it compared high school reading across the last century.<p>Read more on www.mediabistro.com

Missouri Court Liberates Children Trapped in Failed Schools

Speaking at the American Federation for Children conference in Washington, D.C. last month, Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) told the audience, "fifty years ago we wouldn't let minorities into schools; today we won't let them out."<p>This imagery was unsettling. The images from fifty years ago of Governor …

The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – So Far

Here’s the latest in my mid-year“The Best…” posts….<p>You might also be interested in:<p>You might also want to check out The Best Video Collections For …

15-Year-Old Ann Makosinski Invents Body-Heat-Powered Flashlight

Canadian citizen Ann Makosinski has been interested in alternative energy sources for at least four years. Which is to say, since the sixth grade. …

Book Recommendations for Awesome Teachers

• <b>Math Matters: Understanding the Math You Teach, Grades K-8<br>by Suzanne Chapin and Art Johnson</b><br>When I wanted to rethink my lesson planning, I remembered …

Teaching

The Difference Between Children And Students

The Difference Between Children And Students Recently I wrote for edutopia on the difference between students and learners. As “learning trends” …

Trends

Infographic of learning theories

Click this link to open a remarkable infographic summarising the main academic theories behind how learning happens. I’d heard of many of these, but …

4 Ways Teachers Can Change the World

Spend some time sharing this summer. You can share with your colleagues at school, write blog posts or tweets, or open up some Google Docs with ideas …

Teaching

Why Teaching Makes You Smarter

We tend to think of thinking as something super solitary–but as Annie Murphy Paul observes in the Brilliant Report, cognition is a two-way street.<p>How so?<p>“Students enlisted to tutor others,” Paul reports, “work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more …

Student loan fix math not adding up

Negotiators trying to find an elusive fix to the student loan rate issue are working overtime to reach a solution that wouldn’t increase the federal deficit by billions of dollars.<p>The Congressional Budget Office told a bipartisan group of senators working on a deal that their plan to reform all …

New student loan “fix” is a sham

Congress may claim its latest compromise will lessen your burden – but read the fine print and the truth comes out<p>For all the talk of Congress supposedly working to “fix” the student loan crisis, it's actually on the verge of making the battle over the loans’ interest rates worse. A long-term …

The Secret To Finland's Success With Schools, Moms, Kids — And Everything

My cousin's husband gets 36 vacation days per year, not including holidays. If he wants, he can leave his job for a brief hiatus and come back to a guaranteed position months later.<p>Tuition at his daughter's university is free, though she took out a small loan for living expenses. Its interest rate …

Old School or New School, Keep Parents Involved

Old School Methods<p>1. Agenda Books<p>Every year my principal orders an agenda book for each student. This book serves a dual purpose. The students copy …

Teaching

Duncan works GOP on pre-K for all

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday he’s urging reluctant Republicans in Congress to get on board with funding universal preschool. One of the big sticking points for Republicans has been coming up with new money for the program.<p>“I’m spending time every day, including this morning, …

A Simple IRS Rule Could Cost College Grads $7 Billion

Beyond the initial blow of extra interest payments, graduates could also lose a considerable amount of cash on tax credits, according to a new analysis by NerdWallet Taxes.<p>Whenever students pay interest on a federal student loan, they are able to claim those interest payments as a deduction on …

20 Movies Every Educator Should See

<b>Ferris Bueller's Day Off</b><br>As a teacher, this movie is a bit funnier when you think about the things Ferris is able to pull off and the craziness Edward …

Student Government

27 Ways to Increase Family Involvement In The Classroom

<b>27 Ways To Increase Family Involvement In The Classroom</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>Increasing family involvement in your classroom has probably been a goal …

Education Technology

Social Emotional Learning, Brain Research, and Healthy Classrooms

The implementation of “social emotional learning” is a method for developing the skills of emotional intelligence. Why is this important, and how can …

School seized by parents to open

A grand experiment in letting parents seize control of their neighborhood schools is unfolding in an impoverished Mojave Desert town — and lawmakers as far away as Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan are watching, and pondering the implications for troubled schools in their own states.<p>Desert Trails …

Michelle Rhee embraces disgraced charter school advocate

Education reformers rush to defend Florida schools chief, Tony Bennett, after he resigned in a pay-to-play scandal<p>Tony Bennett, Florida's education chief, abruptly resigned yesterday after an AP investigation revealed that in his old job running Indiana's schools, he frantically overhauled the …

Will liberals stand up to “corporate school reform”?

For too long, they’ve assumed that schools can be “fixed” without tackling social and economic inequality<p>An eloquent call to “reclaim the conversation” challenges leading liberal educators to repudiate their involvement in what’s being called “corporate school reform.” We finally see liberal …