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Waco Tornado, 1953

<b>Not published in LIFE.</b> A crowd around an ambulance in the aftermath of the 1953 Waco tornado that killed 114 people.

10 Clever Ways to Conceal Clutter

Beautiful on the outside, functional on the inside.<p>Beautiful on the outside, functional on the inside.

29 Built-In Bookshelves Ideas For Your Home

Built-in solutions are cool for modern homes because they save space and look stylish: even if you have enough space, why not get some more? They …

Architecture

The three-step rubric

By Reed Gillespie<p>Effective rubrics provide clear criteria and an equally clear means of measuring performance. My best rubrics took hours to …

Successful transition to proficiency-based diploma starts now

In the spring of 2018, the students now in eighth grade will become the state’s first class to graduate having demonstrated their mastery of all …

The lecture

I recently wrote that <i>Understanding by Design</i> is agnostic about any specific method or pedagogy. The bottom-line question has to do with validity: …

Dear Parents: I want to stop grading your children

My friend, Joy Kirr, replied to this blog post, in which she suggested a parent letter about grades, so I decided to write one. Feel free to share it …

Dear Parents: grades hurt your children

Dear Parents:<p>Grades hurt your children, and I never want to grade them again. Grades are harmful in every imaginable way, and they are inhibiting …

Pedagogy

Gold Rush mercury still washes into food web - Futurity

UC Santa Barbara research shows how floods carry mercury-laden sediment from California's gold rush into the Central Valley lowlands and the food web.

Pollution

Chimps Can Catch Yawns Too

And the sensitivity to contagious yawns develops as they mature, as it does in humans.<p>I love the idea of contagious yawning. Who's a sleepy baby? Everyone's a sleepy baby! Every uncontrolled, open-mouthed breath I take can be spread to all around me, forcing them to also expose the back of their …

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it …

My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me

What happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter's nightly workload, tries to do her homework for a week<p>Memorization, not rationalization. That is the advice of my 13-year-old daughter, Esmee, as I struggle to make sense of a paragraph of notes for an upcoming Earth Science test on …

High School Subjects

Granted, and...

In part 1 of my reply to Willingham’s article on reading comprehension strategies published recently in the <i>Washington Post</i>, I took issue with his …

Many Americans say educational system in need of overhaul

As 77 million kids prepare to head back to school in the coming weeks, the public says major changes are needed in the way the education system works …

The Power of Student Conferencing

It’s funny how much can be accomplished with a simple five-minute conversation. It can be a chance to guide students in self-reflection, help provide …

What changed my teaching – The Reflective Educator

Adam Holman asks <b>a really important question</b>:<p>What have you found to be the catalyst that helped either change your mindset/practice or helped change a …

Pedagogy

What evidence convinces teachers to change practices? – The Reflective Educator

Research, by itself, <b>rarely changes teacher practices</b>. Presentations on why their practices should change rarely change teacher practices. Attending …

Teaching

Twitter is a Teacher Superpower!

“We all know that education budgets are getting cut more and more, and that meaningful professional development opportunities have unfortunately …

Social Media

Digital Portfolios: Revise, Reflect Publish

At the end of each school year, I ask my students to select several different writing assignments produced throughout the year and edit those pieces …

Twitter / Account Suspended

Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

Don't Be Afraid to Give Direct Feedback

Q: Many CEOs I've interviewed talk about how hard it is for people to give direct feedback. Have you seen that, too?<p>A: Absolutely. I would say it …

Teaching

The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – So Far

A few months ago, I begin periodically posting “quotes of the day.”<p>Here are my favorites so far this year:<p>The Dictatorship of Data: Robert McNamara …

Replacing Grading

Years ago, I struggled with the idea of dispensing with summative assessment as much as professionally possible. My reasons are extinsive, and you …

100 DIY Ideas for the 3-Day Weekend

It's the start of the first three day weekend of the summer, so in keeping with (and expanding upon!) recent Apartment Therapy tradition, we put …

Crafting

Is K–12 blended learning disruptive?An introduction to the theory of hybrids

May 2013<p><b>EXECUTIVE SUMMARY</b><p>The Clayton Christensen Institute, formerly Innosight Institute, has published three papers describing the rise of K−12 …

Innovation

When are challenging children challenging?

If we focus on a child's misbehaviour we will want to talk about how they:<p>yell<br>• cry<br>• pout<br>• threaten<br>• stomp<br>• whine<br>• bite<br>• kick<br>• punch<br>• spit<br>• scream<p>Or we can focus on …

Pretty Awful Report On “Reforming” Teacher Observation Practices

Democrats For Education Reform (DFER) has just published a report on “reforming” teacher evaluations that is — how can I put this — just awful. It’s …

Students Say Technology Helps In Classroom

Education Technology