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Monica Williams-Mitchell

Budget crisis shutters libraries at 2 top schools - - 1 views

  • "It's borderline immoral," said Louis Borda, a Masterman social studies teacher and parent. "We can't be expected to have a school without a library. I would have reconsidered keeping my kids in the school if I knew it was going to be this bad."
    • Monica Williams-Mitchell
      YES! It is. SO shortsighted, these decisions.
Monica Williams-Mitchell

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers - 201 views

  • Teachers who are stuck in their outdated methods may boast consistency, when in fact it is cleverly-masked stubbornness.
    • Monica Williams-Mitchell
      Or not so cleverly masked stubbornness.
Monica Williams-Mitchell

Education in the Age of Globalization » Blog Archive » Five Questions to Ask ... - 29 views

  • Daniel Pink observed, traditionally neglected talents, which he refers to as Right-brained directed skills, including design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning, will become more valuable (Pink, 2006).
    • Monica Williams-Mitchell
      YES! We need to address these things. I don't see them as incompatible w CC, however.
  • international assessments such as PISA and TIMSS, which are mostly left-brained cognitive skills.
  • Common Core does not include an element to prepare the future generations to live in this globalized world and interact with people from different cultures.
    • Monica Williams-Mitchell
      But does that simple fact prevent us from addressing this? I think not.
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  • Common Core, by forcing children to master the same curriculum, essentially discriminates against talents that are not consistent with their prescribed knowledge and skills.
    • Monica Williams-Mitchell
      Is this any different from the current situation? Is this author arguing that we should not have common standards, or that we should maintain our current status quo of a patchwork of test-driven standards?
  • A well organized, tightly controlled, and well-executed education system can transmit the prescribed content much more effectively than one that is less organized, loosely monitored, and less unified. In the meantime, the latter allows for exceptions with more room for individual exploration and experimentation
    • Monica Williams-Mitchell
      I think the problem lies in seeing this as an either-or question. Any system that relies solely on testing as the measure of success is short-sighted and archaic. Having no identified common ground puts at risk the learners who most need a firm starting point. To say that the current system allows "more room for individual exploration and experimentation" is naive at best and disingenuous at worst. Where in test-crazed American schools do you see this happening??
Monica Williams-Mitchell

Where Essential Questions Come From - 177 views

Monica Williams-Mitchell

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific A... - 103 views

  • prevented them from zooming out to see a neighborhood, state or country
    • Monica Williams-Mitchell
      This explains, in real terms, why I've had so much struggle with online reading! Very interesting article.
  • Because of these preferences—and because getting away from multipurpose screens improves concentration—people consistently say that when they really want to dive into a text, they read it on paper
    it is difficult to see any one passage in the context of the entire text.
Monica Williams-Mitchell

Common Core State Standards in English spark war over words - The Washington Post - 4 views

  • Teachers in social studies, science and math should require more reading, which would allow English teachers to continue to assign literature, he said.
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