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The biggest positive effect on student learning is when teachers become learners of their own teaching and students become their own teachers.

  I gave a pair of 5 year old children some place-value blocks, a number flip chart and a brief explanation of how a number on the flip chart can be represented by the blocks.

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Someone just told me some schools are removing swingsets from their playgrounds because children get hurt on them. Uh, duh?! Children get hurt sometimes. Who would’ve thought?! Can we remove the sidewalks since some kids trip over their feet?!

Sarcasm aside, I think that’s really over-the-top. When did this extreme fear of kids getting hurt begin? Yes, kids do get hurt, but most of them get right back up and go play again. I was that sort of kid. If I fell, I got back and went back to playing. Even if my hands were knees were scraped, it hurt, but I knew it’d go away and I forgot about it the minute I was back to playing again.

Maybe it’s just me, but I never knew a kid who was scarred from getting a scrape on the playground. Or even a few of them.

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Tackling education

Author: cracken226

Tackling education’s rich-poor gap

Chris Cook

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How broad a range of children will primary pupils meet at school?

How broad a range of children will secondary pupils meet at school?

Potential effect on GCSE results of sponsor academies

Poor pupils at schools do much worse than their peers

How do we open up opportunity for England’s poorer children, in particular? Alan Milburn, the social mobility commissioner, has released a report on the topic.

One policy comes up quite often: just last week, the Conservatives announced a new set of measures related to school turnaround.

That is to say, the aggressive processes used to take schools that have got bad results and turn them…

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Schools Encouraged to Teach Sex at 13 as

Author: danielcrane81

Schools Encouraged to Teach Sex at 13 as ‘Normal’

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British schoolchildren are being offered sex-education classes that teach that sex acts with their peers as young as 13 should be considered normal. (Christian Concern)

British schools are being recommended a teaching resource suggesting that ‘sex at 13′ is normal, a Parliamentary committee has been told.

Appearing in front of the Education Select Committee on Tuesday, Sarah Carter of theFamily…

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Zero Debt Education for College Students

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Public Versus Private Schools

Deciding on your child’s education is one of the most important thing that you will do for your child. Choosing which school your child goes to can mean a great potential future for your child or a future that is very cloudy and pessimistic. Therefore choosing which school, either private or public school, can have serious repercussions. Here are some tips to help you make your decision for your child’s future.

1. Private colleges or schools are more expensive

A private school is very expensive compared to a public one. With private education facilities, it can cost you up to $ 10,000 or more a year to provide schooling for your child. This can increase even more if your child is required to do an extra-curricular activity that involves you spending more money on such things as equipment hire or uniform. Public education facilities are generally for free or you may have to pay a small sum.

2. Private education facilities generally have better facilities and equipment

With private education facilities, the facilities and equipment are generally much better quality than public ones. With public schools, you may have to rely on school chairs and tables that are about ten or fifteen years old. With private schools, equipment are generally more new and well looked after.

3. Smaller classroom sizes

Public schools tend to have very large classroom sizes. Private schools tend to be the opposite and have smaller class room sizes. Smaller classroom sizes give students a better education as students are given more attention and care than public ones. Students are also given more one to one interaction which generally gives the student a better education.

4. Entry requirements

Entry requirements are more stricter for private education facilities. In fact, most private schools require students to pass an entry exam for eligibility. Public schools tend to have no entry requirements at all. It is much easier to enter a public education facility than any other private education facility

5. Specialist subjects or programs

Certain schools offer specialist subjects or programs. For instance, most private education facilities offer religious studies such as Christianity, where else publics schools don’t. But, some public schools offer special programs like music or sports programs which are significantly better than any other education facility. Hence, if you want your child to be educated in a certain subject or program, then it is best that you find more further information about the facility your child will enter.

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Six Excellent Books for New (and Seasoned) TAs

Author: bobbi-newman
September 14, 2014 – 11:38pm
  1. How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read – P. Bayard
  2. Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers – T. A. Angelo
  3. Are You Really Listening? Keys To Successful Communication – P.J. Donoghue & M. E. Siegel
  4. Discussion As A Way of Teaching – S. D. Brookfield (with S. Preskill)
  5.  The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust and Responsiveness in the Classroom
  6. Teaching What You Don’t Know – T. Huston

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Some Implications of “Those who can, do.”

Author: westgateoh

I was getting ready for work this morning and my husband came in to wish me goodbye. He jokingly said, “Now remember: Don’t do. Teach.” Apparently, I have George Bernard Shaw to thank for his joke. Shaw wrote a line of dialogue in his play, “Man and Superman,” that read: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” This was in 1903.

Well, more than one hundred years later, the effects of this mindset are still being felt. Most of us have heard this quip throughout our lives, and starting very young. I don’t remember when I first heard it, but my father was a music teacher and my mother was an English teacher, and I must admit that I’ve never read a word that my mother has written and performance was never central to my father’s musical life. I know that I internalized the idea that he’s not as good a musician and she’s not as good at writing as those who are ‘professionals.’

I internalized it, and thirty years later my own students still recognize the cliche penned by Shaw. The American education system seems to have internalized it as well.

This is problematic. This cliche sits on the sidelines and jeers at students working on their education degrees. It sits on the tongues of business people who hire and say that ‘teaching isn’t experience,’ and it worries at the minds of kids who sit in high school and think, “Well, teaching might be cool, but it’s not as good as being a professional at something.”

It’s not considered as worthy to be an English teacher as it is to have your own published book or article or writing business. How many parents have told kids, “Why would you want to be a teacher? You’ll never make a good living at it. Besides, those who can, do.”

Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. We internalize these words, and we hear them enough as joke and cliche that they become reality. We believe them. The result becomes that the teaching profession might be a noble endeavor, but it’s not much to aspire to, and kids thinking about careers fall back on the cliche to help make their choices about their future.

This is how we set up a system where the teachers are not trusted. If they could, they’d be doing.

Instead, they’re teaching.

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Remember when 15th century snails were really dangerous?

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And also looked a bit like kangaroos?

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Apparently knights fighting snails were a common feature in manuscripts from the time

Sometimes they were tiny, sometimes they were huge – but despite many theories from academics no one actually knows why.

Maybe because without their armour they would just be slugging it out

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Photo Friday: Lasts

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Today’s Photo Friday is both bitter and sweet. 🙂

I had so many fun ideas for a photo post about lasts.  See, I’ve got this post that’s been incubating for a week now, and it would be a perfect lasts post, but then I thought of this picture:

Oh, Gretchen, how we miss you!

Oh, Gretchen, how we miss you!

This was my last official day of high school.  Graduation day.  Both bitter and sweet, I find it hard to believe that it’s been twelve years since this picture was taken.  I’d…

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Student Protest US History

From little rebels do Revolutionary Socialists grow…hopefully!

imageJordan Gleason, of Columbine High school, participates in a protest against the school board proposal’s hardline conservative stance that condemns ‘civil disorder’.

US ‘little rebels’ protest against changes to history curriculum

After a conservative school board proposed dramatic changes to promote patriotism and downplay civil unrest in an advanced course, hundreds of students and teachers joined a growing protest against what they see as censorship of education

On Friday, Egan Walker, a sophomore at Standley Lake high school in Jefferson County, Colorado, will go to school dressed as Martin Luther.

He is doing so not for homework or a class project, but as part of protest against what many see as a radical rightwing agenda of the newly elected school board in Jefferson County. Friday’s will be the latest in a rapidly escalating week of protests by teachers and pupils.

The unrest began last Friday, when more than 50 teachers staged a “sick-out” which closed two schools. By Monday, students across the county had taken up the cause, with 100 walking out of Evergreen high school, followed by 200 more from five different schools on Tuesday.

On Wednesday more than 700 more students walked out from Chatfield, Alameda International and Dakota Ridge high schools, gathering, according to CBS news, and chanting “education without limitation”. Thursday saw more than a thousand students leaving school and taking to the streets.
imageStudents line a busy intersection to protest in the Denver suburb of Littleton.

Jefferson County, in the suburbs of Denver, is one of Colorado’s most populous counties, and is the largest school district in the state, with 84,000 students. “In general, school board meetings are pretty mundane,” said Jim Earley, whose three children attend Jefferson County schools.

That changed, he said, last November, following the election of the new school board in Jefferson County – one with a conservative majority of three: Julie Williams, John Newkirk and the board’s chairman, Ken Witt.

The new majority swiftly set about making enemies. They appointed a new superintendent, Dan McMinimee, in a process that many criticised as opaque; and also allocated funds to bail out two ailing charter schools. They took a hardline stance on teacher evaluations, choosing to count the results from the test of a new evaluation regime that teachers had been previously told would not be included.

Earley and other parents followed the actions of the new school board with mounting alarm. “I’m worried,” he said. “I’m very worried.”

The spark which ignited the tinderbox was a proposal written by one of the conservative majority on the school board, Julie Williams. In it, she calls for a review of the Advanced Placement history curriculum using the following set of criteria:

“Materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights. Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”

Williams gave an interview with Colorado’s Channel 9 News in which she made a statement that has since become a rallying cry for the students, parents and teachers protesting against the proposal: “I don’t think we should encourage our kids to be little rebels.”

The plan hatched by Walker, along with his sister Emma, was that they – and others at schools across the county – would come into school on Friday dressed as famous historical rebels; figures who were responsible for just the sort of “civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law” that Williams’ proposal seemingly aimed to banish from the classroom.

Jefferson County has found itself front and center in a national debate about what should and should not be taught in American schools – and who gets to decide. The AP course is an elective module which high school students can elect to take early. It is set by a national body, and is acceptable as college credit at more than 3,000 universities.

But the concept of any nationally-set curriculum raises the hackles of conservative activists, who are currently engaged in a vicious rear-guard action against the Common Core standards.
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Students line a busy intersection and overpass protesting against the school board proposal to emphasise patriotism and downplay civil unrest.

In March, at a conference, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution condemning the AP history course as a “radically revisionist” and anti-American view of history, and the Texas state board of education is moving ahead with plans which would effectively ban the AP history class outright, along with all other courses set above state level.

Rosemary Downs is a mother of four, two of whom are still in the Jefferson County public schools system. Her son Simon, a freshman at Lakewood high school, took part in a walkout on Thursday morning.

Rosemary told the Guardian that she was present at the meeting where the old superintendent was “forced out” by the new conservative majority, whom opponents refer to collectively by their last initials: “WNW”.

“It was a farce,” she said. “The disrespect that WNW showed to the other two board members was obvious.” She said she was fearful for her children’s education.

Jonna Levine, the co-founder of Support Jeffco Kids, a pressure group set up this year, told the Guardian she found the language in the proposal “scary to say the least”. She thinks there is a conservative agenda at play in the school board. “You can’t help but assume that.”

“I think you could call it extreme. Extreme conservatism,” she added.

Earley thinks something sinister is at play. “It’s no secret that there’s a very aggressive movement that appears to link back to the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity that is putting money into local political races.” He pointed to neighbouring Douglas county, where, according to a Politico report last November, Americans for Prosperity spent more than $350,000 on the school board elections.

imageStudents protest changes to a history curriculum that would stress patriotism and discourage civil disobedience.

There is no evidence that the Koch brothers put money into the Jefferson County election, but there were several well-funded groups supporting Williams, Witt and Newkirk.

Egan Walker knew his school board was having problems, but he didn’t engage with the issues that much until the proposed curriculum review. Then, he said, “I started talking about it at school. I think it’s an important issue.” An online petition to stop the school board’s proposed review has nearly 27,000 signatures.

“This is going to affect all of the students in Jefferson County and across America,” he continued. “If our history textbooks are censored, we won’t have the right information. It would affect everyone’s education.”

“I think the dress-up idea is a way to peacefully protest that doesn’t involve missing any school,” said Egan’s sister Emma, who is in the 8th grade at Wayne Carle Middle School. “It also shows that we care enough about our history and look up to these historical figures that meant so much to our world and us personally.”

Emma plans to dress as Eleanor Roosevelt for the protest.

Pictures on the Facebook event show other students, from a multitude of grades at a different schools, trying out costumes and sharing ideas. Suggestions include participants in the Boston Tea Party, members of the Green Mountain militia, anti-internment campaigner and governor of Colorado Ralph Carr, abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony and activist Molly Brown.

“Dumbledore’s Army,” suggests one post. Another says: “My [nine-year-old] wants to dress up as Rosa Parks. My [seven-year-old] suggested Elsa from Frozen. Got some work to do!”

imageA Montgomery sheriff’s department booking photo of Rosa Parks from 1956, taken after Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man.

Tempers are running high. When the mother of one fifth grader posted a picture of her daughter dressed as Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, someone posted underneath: “You have been controlled by union lies.”

In an unpleasant twist, the Denver Post reported Thursday that the sheriff’s office is investigating threats made against the children of school board members, though no further details were made public.

The school board has not pursued punishments for student protesters. New superintendent Dan McMinimee said in a statement Wednesday: “I respect the right of our students to express their opinions in a peaceful manner.”

“It’s also important that our community understand that no decisions have been made regarding the curriculum committee,” he concluded. Despite repeated requests, no one from the board of education was available for comment.

Egan Walker said he was planning on dressing as Martin Luther because he believes the was “brave enough to stand up for what he believed in”.

“He started this whole movement – [but] was just this normal guy,” he said.

He believes Luther would be on board with his protest if he was alive today. “I think he’d be supportive that we’d be brave enough to stand up for what we believe in. We’re just normal students – it’s not like we have a huge amount of power – but we can still make a difference.”
Source:- http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/26/-sp-colorado-ap-history-curriculum-protest-patriotism-schools-students

Revolutionary Eye:- The following website may be useful to those studying US history:http://zinnedproject.org/-

For an excellent world history read

  • Chris Harman‘s A People’s History of the World ,a more general volume to Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and cited by Zinn as a global companion to his book.

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