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Welcome to The IRIS Center - 2 views

    Visit the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements for free online interactive resources that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. Our materials cover a wide variety of evidence-based topics, including behavior, RTI, learning strategies, and progress monitoring.
    Wonderful resources on how to meet the needs of exceptional learners.

What Makes a Great Teacher? - The Atlantic (January/February 2010) - 71 views

  • hey avidly recruited students and their families into the process; they maintained focus, ensuring that everything they did contributed to student learning; they planned exhaustively and purposefully—for the next day or the year ahead—by working backward from the desired outcome; and they worked relentlessly, refusing to surrender to the combined menaces of poverty, bureaucracy, and budgetary shortfalls.
  • one way that great teachers ensure that kids are learning is to frequently check for understanding: Are the kids—all of the kids—following what you are saying? Asking “Does anyone have any questions?” does not work,
  • Students are not always the best judges of their own learning.
    "For years, the secrets to great teaching have seemed more like alchemy than science, a mix of motivational mumbo jumbo and misty-eyed tales of inspiration and dedication. But for more than a decade, one organization has been tracking hundreds of thousands of kids, and looking at why some teachers can move them three grade levels ahead in a year and others can't. Now, as the Obama administration offers states more than $4 billion to identify and cultivate effective teachers, Teach for America is ready to release its data."
    Article on teacher effectiveness as studied through Teach for American data. Thrilling and scary in implication all at the same time.

Aspen Ideas Festival 2010 :Educating the Emotions: David Brooks | The Aspen Institute - 16 views

    Brooks describes an imaginary human life and the forces that shape it's pathway.

Resource: Against All Odds: Inside Statistics - 41 views

  • phasis on “doing” statistics, this series goes on location to help uncover statistical solutions
    26 free half hour videos on statistics
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