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When they say, “Let’s give students a voice,” they mean, “let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.”
That’s not what they need. They need a lot more. We need to give them a pen and a microphone and a hammer and a shovel and a chalkboard. We need to give them a classroom and an audience and blank sheet that says “curriculum” at the top. We need to give them a budget and a building.
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Students don’t like cumulative exams—that almost goes without saying. They prefer unit exams that include only material covered since the previous exam. And they’d like it even better if the final wasn’t a comprehensive exam but rather one last unit test. But students don’t always prefer what research shows promotes learning and long-term retention, and that is the case with this study of the effects of cumulative exams in an introductory psychology course.
Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.
We live in a time of informational overload. One example: As a relatively new user of Twitter with tweet totals numbering in the hundreds, I am overwhelmed by tweet figures that dwarf mine, with figures in the tens and hundreds of thousands. Educators, entrepreneurs and many others are tweeting tens of times daily and have been doing so for years, often sharing information every few minutes, if not seconds. Other social media outlets experience similar activity, though at a reduced scale. There is simply no time or impetus to think privately when we feel this enormous pressure to be “out there” and relevant at all times.
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4 Questions for Self-Knowledge and Reflection
So in the face of a challenge, what do your students “retreat to”? Below are four questions they can use to begin this kind of reflection and self-awareness:
- How do I respond when I’m challenged, both inwardly and outwardly?
- Which resources and strategies do I tend to favor, and which do I tend to ignore?
- What can I do to make myself more aware of my own thinking and emotions?
- What happens if I don’t change anything at all?
Nationally, many students of color and students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds perform among the top 25 percent of all students in reading and math at the beginning of high school. Many of them, however, leave high school with lower college success markers than their high-achieving white and more advantaged peers. Schools can take action to better serve these students.
DSHA students (98%) responded to a technology survey in March/April 2014. Questions presented were about BYOD, social media, how they use technology for and at school. I made a brief video and shared highlights of our results with students, parents, and our faculty & staff.
One way to talk to your daughter about using social media is by customizing a social contract. This is a process she will continue to engage in at school and the workplace - think of it as an Acceptable Use Policy. Common Sense Media has a nice worksheet you can use at the dinner table. It might be helpful to review the contract annually, as priorities in high school change the closer to college admissions she gets.
Common Sense Media also has a family media contract you could explore, with ages ranging from elementary through high school.
Other sample contracts:
Great site with tons of content for DSHA students thinking about their personal brand.
When I grew up, the Internet did not exist. Back then, personal branding was centered around experiences and achievements and how they combined to form a reputation – you know, tangible things. Today, those things still matter for your personal brand, but so much of that brand is formed online.
Deactivate to turn off your account for as long as you want:
- Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page
- Select Settings
- Click Security in the left column
- Click Deactivate your account
When you deactivate your account, your Timeline and all information associated with it disappears from Facebook immediately. People on Facebook will not be able to search for you or view any of your information.
If you’d like to come back to Facebook anytime after you’ve deactivated your account, you can reactivate your account by logging in with your email and password. Your Timeline will be restored in its entirety (ex: friends, photos and interests).
Creating a learning environment and opening the gateway to diverse experiences, ideas, and opinions should be the focus of faculty and curriculum development team members when creating discussion forums. Affording faculty the opportunity to revise a following week’s discussion question to continue the topic, move the topic in another direction, or include breaking news widens the gateway to increased student involvement and learning. Breathing life into all areas of the course begins with the first breath, an engaging topic, and faculty creativity. As faculty, we must be the difference that drives new learning and widens the gateway to student success!
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Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?