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By Dimitris Tzouris | Education FWD (forward) is a carefully curated collection of articles on education or education technology.

My Desk-Free, Student-First Classroom

I <b>remember my pride the very first time</b> I set up my classroom. Dozens of desks sat in well-designed configurations across my classroom, shiny and …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Don’t just teach kids to code – teach them to question Facebook and Google

It’s shameful that our children are still so computer illiterate. Let’s give them the skills to take on the tech giants, and create a more democratic internet<p>Three years ago, before the Brexit dreams of renewed imperial glory and Vimto for all took wing, England took an uncharacteristically bold …

Paper or Screen for Comprehension and Learning?

<i>Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen</i><p>We have blogged about writing with pen/pencil and paper versus writing on a laptop (see here) and concluded that …

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers<p>By William Deresiewicz<p>June 1, 2008<p>It didn’t dawn on me …

Even teachers now say that academics are not the key to kids’ success

To many, increasing automation and the unprecedented pace of technological changes mean kids need more than just academic skills to succeed. They need confidence and motivation to tackle problems, interpersonal skills to work with others and the resilience to stay on task when things fall apart.<p>New …

Education

What every teacher should know about ... memory

In a new series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a project on long-term memory<p>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – …

The Future of Work Is Uncertain, Schools Should Worry Now

The rapidly evolving nature of the workplace has schools struggling to prepare students for jobs that might not exist yet.

The Workplace

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom

Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.<p>My co-teacher and I met in the parking lot before school and stared into my car trunk at the costumes and props we had gathered over the weekend. We were giddy with excitement and nervous because neither …

Teaching

The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video

As a physics professor, I have two jobs. The first, obviously, is to help students understand physics. That makes me something of a coach. But I want …

Teaching

Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child

Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Now a new book questions our fixation with IQ and says adults can help almost any child become gifted<p>When Maryam Mirzakhani died at the tragically early age of 40 this month, the news stories talked of her as a genius. The only woman to win the Fields …

Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman has since levered the prestige and power of that prize to call attention to the need to transform undergraduate teaching, especially science education.<p>Wieman's …

Education

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Writing stories is a craft that is crucial for life. And if the government insists, you can test it, measure it and use it in commerce, too<p>A report in the Times has quoted a secondary school teacher who complained that their year 7 intake no longer knew how to tell a story. “They knew what a …

Schools are finally teaching what kids need to be successful in life

Research shows that teaching kids things like perseverance and self-control can improve their health, academic achievement, and happiness in life.<p>But teaching character, or social and emotional learning, has proven dicey. The science was sometimes squishy, the curriculum often felt driven by those …

Education

Science classes won’t future-proof our children. But dance might

Focusing exclusively on science, maths and tech is misguided. Future workers will need the creativity that only the arts teach<p>Prince George is going to learn ballet. He will wear tights and black shoes, and join girls in pink shoes and tutus, to learn the plié, the relevé and the sauté. He will do …

OECD

That 12-year-old screaming at you while playing “Call of Duty” might actually be gaming for school

The mud-soaked and fog-blanketed World War I-inspired landscapes of <i>Battlefield 1</i> can be brutal environments. Hundreds of thousands of gamers log on daily to shred airborne opponents while piloting fighter planes like the Red Baron and gallop across the desert like Lawrence of Arabia. But the vast …

Joan of Arc

Stanford researchers show we’re sending many children to school way too early

Parents wondering whether to wait a year to send their kids to kindergarten, take note: A new study from Stanford University shows that Danish kids who postponed kindergarten for up to one year showed dramatically higher levels of self-control.<p>“We found that delaying kindergarten for one year …

Parenting

In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant

A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future<p>In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?<p>Children learn …

Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’ – It’s Your Turn

They might be skills, but they’re not soft<p><b>Are you good at your job?</b><p>Different, easier question: Was Ty Cobb good at baseball?<p>The apocryphal story is …

Leadership

And their eyes glazed over

My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?<i>By Joelle Renstrom</i>Read at …

Psychology

Promoting Active Learning with Fitbits

Wearable technology is becoming a part of our daily lives. I hardly take a step that is not counted on my Fitbit. This device not only motivates me …

Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills

Being an air-traffic controller is not easy. At the heart of the job is a cognitive ability called ‘situational awareness’ that involves ‘the …

Critical Thinking

10 Essential Characteristics of a 21st Century Educator

<i>This is a first draft and I am trying to learn through reflection. Would love your thoughts on the ideas below.</i>People have come to loathe the term …

TED Talks

A Manifesto Against ‘Parenting’

Caring for children shouldn’t be like carpentry, with a finished product in mind. We should grow our children, like gardeners<p>A strange thing happened to mothers and fathers and children at the end of the 20th century. It was called “parenting.” As long as there have been human beings, mothers and …

Parenting

5 'Weird' Schools That Are Challenging How Students Learn

High school: a time of both drama and drudgery. The school experience is typically a less exciting version of a Hollywood movie plot. However, the …

Education

The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics

column | Community<p>The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick<p>By Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     …

Teaching

Do I Own My Domain If You Grade It?

Opinion | Community<p>Do I Own My Domain If You Grade It?<p>By Andrew Rikard     Aug 10, 2015<p>Shutterstock<p>Universities across the country are giving …

Kids

What Makes a Good Teacher?

You may never be as funny, approachable, or creative as your favorite teacher — the key is to try.