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Programs demonstrating an art form but lacking any direct connection to the curriculum went (largely) out of favor years ago, it’s true, but now it’s become harder to justify any extra trip, event or performance.
Okay then, how about a dynamic session with an experienced artist/educator who could seamlessly connect your curriculum — the important work you’re already doing — with an interactive arts experience in a way that completely engaged not only your more, well, engaged students, but also your most reluctant learners? You know, the ones you really struggle to reach every day. After all, we certainly understand that different children learn in different ways, and indeed we see this played out every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
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Popularized by Angela Lee Duckworth’s excellent TED Talk in April 2013, “Grit” has become a red-hot buzzword in education today. However, is this a legitimate concept that teachers should start integrating into their educational zeitgeist or just another passing trend?
Brain researchers who study bilingualism believe that the act of juggling two languages strengthens the brain system that helps people pay attention. That strong capacity to focus might be what leads to better academic performance in some children who grow up bilingual or attend language immersion programs.
Is a four-year college degree worth it? Generally yes, but the results vary quite a bit across majors — and can even vary widely within majors.
That’s the takeaway from new research by Brad Hershbein and Melissa Kearney at The Hamilton Project.
Topping the list are the engineering fields, to no one’s surprise. Some of the least-earning majors are related to education, theater and art. Over a lifetime, the median expected earnings for a drama or theater arts major is lower than that of someone with a two-year associate’s degree.
A non-profit is offering a $15 million dollar prize to the private technology company that can develop a free, open-source scaleable software that children around the world can use to teach themselves reading and math.
In 2009, I produced Race to Nowhere, a documentary that told the stories of students who were burned out and overworked by our pressure-cooker education culture. While the film has had more than 7,500 public and community-hosted screenings, and inspired changes in some schools around the country, it’s clear that we are still in need of a greater cultural shift.
On the fifth anniversary of the documentary’s release, research continues to show the harm we’re doing to our children by overpacking their schedules in the name of productivity, achievement and competition. And I am seeing this again firsthand with the youngest of my three children, Zak.
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While it’s important to select team members with the right skills, it’s even more important to build, maintain and grow these skills over time. To do that, what if teachers and school leaders followed the example set by successful sports coaches? “Start-of-the-season” practice sessions and ongoing activities built into their work could be a way to jump-start and deepen team creativity, problem-solving and innovation skills.
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Teachers who use group work frequently incorporate some sort of peer assessment activity as a means of encouraging productive interactions within the group. If part of the grade for the group work depends on an assessment by fellow group members, students tend to take their contributions to the group more seriously. Often teachers use some sort of point distribution system where a given number of points must be divided among members, and they cannot be distributed equally. The problem with these systems is that the feedback they provide lacks specificity. Students don’t know what they are doing that accounts for the score they’ve received, and this makes improvement less likely.
The WalletHub Web site looked at data to determine the states that they call the “teacher friendliest states in the country.”
In the new “teacher friendly” rankings, here’s what’s not included: information on whether states have preserved job protections for teachers, or whether teachers are fairly evaluated, or whether under-prepared Teach For America corps members are replacing veteran teachers, or the overall impact of corporate-based school reform on the teaching profession.
So are these rankings really showing the “teacher-friendliest” states? Not so much.
- Design a group project in which the students work in phases.
- Develop an element of the project that allows group members to make their own choices.
- Within a group project, include a component requiring individual students to submit non-onerous individual work.
- Devote a segment (30 minutes or so) during class before all group projects begin to implement two important steps.
- Prepare students to expect the unexpected.