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| End the Tyranny of the Self-Contained Classroom |
Conventional and unquestioned assumptions about schools, teachers, and classrooms limit educational reform and prevent educational transformation. Bill Gates, one of the leading visionaries of our time, has committed himself and his foundation to improving teaching. Yet, Gates' proposals for change range from suggestions that would result in marginal improvement to recommendations that would actually reinforce the status quo
| Behavior Management and Classroom Management |
"The reality of education is that people learn from people they love," says New York Times columnist David Brooks in a recent National Public Radio interview discussing his new book, The Social Animal. "We've spent all this time with big schools, small schools," Brooks later says. "But what really matters is how good people are at relating to one another."
| Challenge-Based Learning Pushes the Envelope at Middle School |
In Rick Olson’s challenge-based learning environment, you will not hear him reciting long lectures or handing out the usual homework to all the students in his room. Instead, Olson serves a guide for his eighth-grade students, who work independently on practical, community-oriented projects they are responsible for brainstorming and executing.
| What Makes Good Teachers Good? |
This study examined classroom practices of effective versus less effective teachers (based on student achievement gain scores in reading and mathematics). In Phase I of the study, hierarchical linear modeling was used to assess the teacher effectiveness of 307 fifth-grade teachers in terms of student learning gains. In Phase II, 32 teachers (17 top quartile and 15 bottom quartile) participated in an in-depth cross-case analysis of their instructional and classroom management practices. Classroom observation findings (Phase II) were compared with teacher effectiveness data (Phase I) to determine the impact of selected teacher behaviors on the teachers’ overall effectiveness drawn from a single year of value-added data.
| New iPad app for digital textbooks |
As Apple Inc. poises to reinvent the textbook market — as it did with the personal computer, music and telecommunications industries — the Clark County School District is looking within its own ranks of digitally pioneering schools to navigate the new classrooms of the 21st century.
| Good to great classrooms do |
What exactly is it that "excellent" primary school teachers do that makes their practice different from "good" primary teachers? Well we have some interesting answers from researchers at University of London's Institute of Education.
| Classroom Management First Technology Second |
The message, then, for all teachers but especially newcomers is simple: of course you should use technology to help maximize student engagement and learning. But you must also use classroom management practices that allow students to benefit most from that technology.
| On Data-Driven Decision Making |
Nine article free downloadable on:
1. Mining data to improve student learning
2. Leveraging schools' investment in data systems
3. Using data to predict which students are likely to dropout
4. Managing student privacy
5. Securing school data systems from crashes and failures
6. Implementing student-data technology
| How Facebook Use Correlates With Student Outcomes |
How students use Facebook is a greater predictor of their offline behavior than the amount of time they spend on the website, says social media researcher Reynol Junco. In this interview, he describes his recent research, which reports that students who spend more time on Facebook are less engaged, indicates no correlation between time spent on Facebook and time spent studying, and indicates the more time students are engaged on Facebook, the more time they participate in on-campus events.
| PDK - Phi Delta Kappa |
La PHI DELTA KAPPA è una delle più antiche e importanti associazioni internazionali. Formata da docenti, dirigenti scolastici, responsabili amministrativi, alti dirigenti delle organizzazioni scolastiche, per più di 100 anni ha concentrato i suoi lavori sui temi della leadership, della ricerca educativa, e della qualità del servizio scolastico. Al suo interno conta più di 35.000 associati. Pubblica una delle riviste più importanti di settore – il Phi Delta Kappan – considerata da molti un punto di riferimento in tema di politiche educative. La PDK sostiene gli studenti universitari in percorsi di carriera nelle professioni educative, offrendo materiale di studio specifico, opportunità, convegni, seminari, eventi in tutto il mondo. La missione dell’associazione è fare dell’educazione e della scuola pubblica una “pietra angolare” della democrazia e della convivenza. La sua visione è di essere un luogo di formazione per gli insegnanti di domani il cui compito è garantire ai giovani cittadini alti standard di servizio educativo.