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When Everything Clicks | Hidden Brain : NPR - 22 views

    This is a segment from NPR's HIdden Brain about Dr. Martin Levy's use of a clicker, usually used to train dogs, to train surgical students. It's fascinating. Essentially, the argument is made that clickers work so well because it is a form of feedback that does not use any verbal signals - no praise, no reprimand, no "good job," no "not like that." Praise and criticism distract a learner from mastering the skill being taught, making a learner focus instead on pleasing the teacher. With nonverbal feedback, the learner doesn't focus on the teacher but on the skill being taught
Hobbes W

Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F' : NPR Ed : NPR - 54 views

    Something we probably all know, but it's good that new confirming evidence is being accrued.
Don Doehla

American RadioWorks from American Public Media - 15 views

    Great podcasts on what is happening in American Education - worthwhile!
Tracy Tuten

Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool : NPR - 4 views

  • key is to get them to do the assigned reading — what he calls the "information-gathering" part of education — before they come to class.
  • "It used to be just be the 'sage on the stage,' the source of knowledge and information," he says. "We now know that it's not good enough to have a source of information." Mazur sees himself now as the "guide on the side" – a kind of coach, working to help students understand all the knowledge and information that they have at their fingertips. Mazur says this new role is a more important one.
    Explanation of using peer instruction and arguments against the lecture as a college teaching tool.
A Gardner

Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely : Shots - Heal... - 51 views

    Interesting findings
Sydney Lacey

Annapolis High School: A Work In Progress : NPR - 17 views

    2nd in an NPR series on School Improvement. Transcript and link to audio. "Long before the Obama administration started talking about turning around failing schools, Annapolis High School in Maryland embarked on a radical transformation. It went to a 12-month school year. Teachers and administrators had to re-apply for their jobs, and those who were rehired vowed to never again let a single student fall through the cracks."
Sydney Lacey

The ABCs Of Saving A Failing School : NPR - 19 views

    First in a series of NPR reports on School Makeovers. Transcript and link to audio of broadcast. "If a school is consistently failing and kids aren't learning, shut it down. Start over with new teachers and administrators willing to do something dramatically different. Closing failing schools and turning them around has been in vogue since No Child Left Behind, and now the Obama Administration is embracing the idea. It's even offering millions of dollars to school districts to help them do it."
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