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Stephanie Holt

11 surprising language "errors" that have become common usage - 67 views

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    Straightforward blog post listing 11 words once denounced or disputed. Objections are not disccussed, but come from a fascinating range of sources, and on varying grounds. Stretches from the sixteenth century to more recent coinages (TS Eliot on "television).
Leslie Grahn

It's all about choices - 2 views

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    Blog about the power of choice in the classroom and the differentiation strategy of choice boards
Ed Webb

How to Wake Up Slumbering Minds - WSJ.com - 2 views

  • what school requires students to do -- think abstractly -- is in fact not something our brains are designed to be good at or to enjoy
  • it is critical that the task be just difficult enough to hold our interest but not so difficult that we give up in frustration. When this balance is struck, it is actually pleasurable to focus the mind for long periods of time
  • Students are ready to understand knowledge but not create it. For most, that is enough. Attempting a great leap forward is likely to fail.
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  • students cannot apply generic "critical thinking skills" (another voguish concept) to new material unless they first understand that material
  • Trying to use "reading strategies" -- like searching for the main idea in a passage -- will be futile if you don't know enough facts to fill in what the author has left unsaid.
  • what is being taught in most of the curriculum -- at all levels of schooling -- is information about meaning, and meaning is independent of form
  • At some point, no amount of dancing will help you learn more algebra
    • Ed Webb
       
      But if you learn dancing AND algebra, you may be better at both, or at least approach each in a more interesting way.
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