It’s hard to know what advice to offer when someone’s pursuing a passion that’s fraught with risk. But I’ve also looked into the faces of lots of students in college with no passion at all. I advised them in my office: “What would you like to do?” “Accounting.” It’s a one word answer. “Why?” “I can get a good job.” “But will you like doing accounting every day of your life?” “I don’t know. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.” Should I try to shake out that complacency? Wait-and-see-attitudes don’t usually deliver lives lived with excitement and purpose.
If you want to succeed, worry less about what college you get into and more about doing your homework, taking care of your chores and being nice to other people, as mothers have been saying for a long time. Whatever college accepts you, see it as a treasure trove of people and ideas that will lead you to a great life, maybe even a governorship, if that’s your dream.
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The experience was an eye opener for the teachers. Several teachers said that attending other teachers’ classes gave them ideas about how to improve their own teaching.
The school lunch hour in America is a long-gone relic. At many public schools today, kids are lucky to get more than 15 minutes to eat. Some get even less time.
And parents and administrators are concerned that a lack of time to eat is unhealthful, especially given that about one-third of American kids are overweight or obese.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that students get at least 20 minutes for lunch. But that means 20 minutes to actually sit down and eat — excluding time waiting in line or walking from class to cafeteria.
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Smartphones will soon be able to predict a consumer’s next move, their next purchase or interpret actions based on what it knows, according to Gartner, Inc. This insight will be performed based on an individuals data gathered using cognizant computing - the next step in personal cloud computing.
What’s more fun than playing a new game (Eldritch Horror)? ORGANIZING IT!
Damian Ewens sits in his snazzy office at BetaSpring, a Providence business incubator. He’s mother hen to Achievery, a business that provides a platform for building “digital badge” systems.
And they are? Well, they’re basically a high-tech version of Boy Scout badges, certifying that the young man sporting one of the iconic patches on his sash actually knows something about knot-tying, canoeing or cooking over a campfire. The Scout manual explains what skills that badge certifies and the criteria for getting one.
Okay, but a “digital” badge?
On the 2.8 million-acre Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—home to nearly 40,000 members of the Oglala Lakota Sioux nation—alcoholism and suicide, especially among young people, occur at alarmingly high rates. Families that have been poor since the U.S. government forced tribes onto reservations more than 120 years ago see few prospects for breaking out of seven or eight generations of profound poverty.
Outrunning those odds for Legend and other American Indian youths living on and off reservations is perpetually challenging. Over the past decade, as the high-stakes school accountability era saw every other racial and ethnic subgroup of students make steady, if small, improvements in education outcomes, Native American youths, on the whole, stalled or lost ground.
What’s the answer? Do we prop up failing students to preserve their hope in the future? Do we let the harsh realities of life creep into our classrooms so that our students develop a thicker skin? I would argue that there is a middle ground that serves both purposes and helps students mature into resilient and successful adults that will become active and informed citizens.
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- 96%: of students with internet access report using social networking technologies
- 75%: of 7th through 12th graders have at least one social media profile
- 63%: increase in the amount of time kids ages 2-11 spent online between 2004-2009
- 59%: of students who use social networking talk about education topics online
- 50%: of those who talk about education topics online, talk specifically about schoolwork
- 35%: of schools have student and/or instructor-run blogs
- 46%: of schools have students participate in online pen pal or other international programs
- 49%: of National School Boards Association (NSBA) schools participate in online collaboration with other schools
- 59%: of schools say their students use social networking for educational purposes
- 27%: of schools have an online community for teachers and administrators
- 69%: of American high schools have banned cell phones 3
In her new book Teaching in High Gear: My Shift Toward a Student-Driven, Inquiry-Based Science Classroom, Marsha Ratzel recounts a transformational journey marked by a gradual shift from teacher-centered to student-driven education and bolstered by a powerful virtual network of colleagues from around the world. Here’s an excerpt!