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Craig Campbell

Rethinking Schools - 38 views

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    good ideas for lessons
thebda

Steve Hargadon: Escaping the Education Matrix | MindShift - 47 views

  • “We tell a story about the power of learning that is very different from what we practice in traditional models of school
  • If we really want children to grow up to become self-reliant and reach their full potential, “we would be doing something very different in schools. We live in a state of cognitive dissonance.”
  • “What are most kids getting out of 12 years of school?” he asks. “The honest answer is they’re learning how to follow
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  • The reason so many adults find the situation tolerable, he says, may stem from the fact that they experience little control over their own lives. Additionally, they themselves are products of the system
  • For models of healthier ways to frame education, Hargadon suggests looking to food and libraries. “No one says that from age six to 17, we will give you all the same food, at the same time, regardless of your individual circumstances or needs,”
  • “In some ways, traditional schools have co-opted a lot of traditional parental responsibilities,” he says. “That’s really unhealthy,
  • Recognizing the different needs of every student, and the desire to help each one become personally competent as a learner and find productive things to do in life—that won’t happen online.”
  • Technology can support a transformation, but it’s not a silver bullet
  • one way change agents get tripped up is by promoting a particular model, rather than a process by which people can develop (or adopt) models
  • “Living in a democracy means involving people in decision making,” Hargadon says. “You can’t just create a new system to implement top down; you have to provide the opportunity to talk about it and build it constructively.”
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    "How do you tell a story that opens the door to rethinking what people have believed for decades?" Thoughtful piece on changing our paradigm.
Deborah Baillesderr

Shiny Happy Teachers: RSCON4: Worldwide educator conversations that need YOU - 12 views

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    YOU have a seat at the WORLDWIDE table of BIG IDEAS in education--at the Reform Symposium Conference.
    October 11-13, FREE, online conference.
smilex3md

Four decades of failed school reform - The Washington Post - 54 views

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    A history of teaching/learning initiatives from a retiring teacher.

    "I saw countless reforms come and go; some even returned years later disguised in new education lingo. Some that were touted as "best practices" couldn't work, given Alexandria's demographics. Others were nothing but common-sense bromides hyped as revolutionary epiphanies. All of them failed to do what I believe to be key to teaching: to make students care about what they're studying and understand how it's relevant to their lives."
psmiley

Sir Ken Robinson: Why We Need to Reform Education Now - 2 views

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    Why We Need to Reform Education Now - Huffington Post http://t.co/aw5dxu128p
    Some say we can't afford to personalize education to every student. The fact is we can't afford not to. http://t.co/NVUjNJCJnN
Steve Ransom

Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers - and transforms elementary school... - 62 views

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    Funny... when you treat children with dignity and create beauty around them, they tend NOT to act like criminals. Create a school environment that's like a prison, and...
Steven Szalaj

Teachers - Will We Ever Learn? - NYTimes.com - 1 views

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    This essay is an attempt to provide an overview of evaluations and reforms in American education since the 1983 report, "A Nation at Risk". It goes on to point to directions that have largely been unexplored here, and ways that, in the author's opinion would facilitate more meaningful reform, reform that begets improvement.   
thebda

From Plantation Thinking to Rainforest Thinking | headguruteacher - 12 views

  • School culture is dominated by the notion that, in all areas, there is a right way to do things and that, consequently, schools or teachers should be doing things in a certain way; this requires controls and accountability measures.
  • Rainforest Thinking is a powerful concept. 
Jon Tanner

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | MindShift - 97 views

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    Chris Lehman, principal of the Science Leadership Academy, talks about hot to guide kids to think about their own thinking.
Jon Tanner

College Degree, No Class Time Required - WSJ.com - 31 views

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    University of Wisconsin to offer degrees based on proficiency instead of seat time. Students can get a degree by showing they know the material and can pass the test.
Jennie Snyder

Elizabeth English: Why So Many Schools Remain Penitentiaries of Boredom - 80 views

  • Instead, educators must become designers of doing.
  • eaching is a highly skilled craft, requiring not only explicit objectives, but a beautifully designed and irresistible learning experience that asks students think critically, solve a problem, create a product.
  • Educational leaders have to have the courage to reinvent our schools for real this time. And our teachers must be teachers of children as well as teachers of their subject area. This means possessing pedagogical knowledge -- the tools in the tool belt to design a lesson for the students of the present and the problems of the future.
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  • Our schools and teaching have to be worthy of a student's attention.
  • And here's where our schools become relevant once more: in teaching our children to evaluate and use that information in ways that are important and meaningful and to satisfy their fundamental human desire to construct solutions for the world full of engaging and pressing problems they will inherit.
Brandon Workentin

Will · The "Immeasurable" Part 2 - 98 views

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    Important things are difficult to assess. Content Knowledge is easy to assess. Great infographic showing this.
Eric Arbetter

It's Time to Disrupt the System - 94 views

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    Includes 5-minute video of Will Richardson fron ignite iste2012. Challenges teachers to change what they currently do with students.
Steve Ransom

Would Gandhi Use Social Media?, by Nipun Mehta - 26 views

  • but with a conscious mindfulness of their strengths and weaknesses.
  • What transformation does is shift the pattern of addiction altogether; changing the habits of your heart was the true genius of these social change giants.
  • The Internet, then, is great for spreading awareness and it can be quite powerful in terms of its impact as well.  Where it lacks, though, is the third element -- transformation.
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  • FaceBook's organizing principle is to retain the online attention of its users and monetize it by displaying ads
  • More than half of the world’s population is now on a social networks, and it's increasing everyday
  • If we are to have sustainable revolutions that last for generations, our modern day technologies have to be designed for this element of inner transformation.
  • Each of those legendary service heroes started with changing themselves at the root level, and despite leading vast revolutions, always kept that front and center.
  • When organized, such inner-transformation driven designs work at the intersection of three big circles: outer change, systemic change and personal change.
  • Giftivism: the practice of radically generous acts that change the world.  It works by transforming the heart of the change maker, even more than the impact on its external beneficiaries.  A key metric of giftivism is that it works to uplift the 100%.  It has no enemies.  It is unconditionally kind to everyone.
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    Why change/impact is so hard... it must begin or move to the inner self. Passion-driven action... no tools, policies, initiatives, services,... are ever enough if we don't address the deep-seated ideas and behaviors that need to change.
Andrew Sias

Schools Incorporated?: Real Reform vs. Corporate Reform - 2 views

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    Quotes from reformers on both ends of the spectrum.
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