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Matt Renwick

ASCD Express 10.12 - Five Trends That Are Transforming Education - 0 views

  • Microcredentialing, which often takes the form of digital badging or certificates,
  • lack both hard and soft skills
  • Schools evaluate students based on individual improvement
Matt Renwick

The Connected Educator Movement Is Failing, And We're All To Blame | - 49 views

  • the reality is that we live in a bubble that feeds our own needs. It’s sometimes very hard to see outside that bubble, and it can often be viewed as successful when you can only see the fruits of your own work. 
  • When you have received teaching strategies,  Skyped in the classroom with an author, or had someone on the other side of the world- help you in a new way, it is indescribable.
  • Actually talking to people, instead of just emailing, tweeting, or blogging seems to work much better in getting any point across.
Matt Renwick

Principal: What I've learned about annual standardized testing - The Washington Post - 36 views

  • the Department of Education should not be “a national school board.
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      Quote from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)
  • I have witnessed schools move from progressive practices such as inclusion, to the grouping of special education students with ELLs and other struggling learners into “double period” classes where they are drilled to pass the test.
  • to think that first-graders fluently reading would “cure poverty” is not only indefensible, it trivializes the great economic inequities that are the root cause of our nation’s greatest challenge.
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  • There is now minimal support from the research community for the use of annual test scores in teacher evaluations, often referred to as VAM.
  • When teachers begin losing their jobs based on test scores, how easy will it be to attract excellent teachers to schools with high degrees of student mobility and/or truancy? Who will want to teach English language learners with interrupted education, or students with emotional disabilities that make their performance on tests unpredictable?
Matt Renwick

Closing the Math Gap for Boys - NYTimes.com - 20 views

  • these economists are selling teenagers short
  • adolescence, like early childhood, is a “period of tremendous ‘neuroplasticity,
  • “It’s friendship and pushing — they nag them to success,”
Matt Renwick

Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides | EdSurge News - 31 views

  • We’ve all got a limited amount of working memory, so when we have to handle information in more than one way, our load gets heavier, and progressively more challenging to manage.
  • when you lighten the load, it’s easier for students’ brains to take information in and transform it into memory.
  • The duplicated pieces of information--spoken and written--don’t positively reinforce one another; instead, the two effectively flood students’ abilities to handle the information.
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  • mixing visual cues with auditory explanations (in math and science classrooms, in particular) are essential and effective
  • delivering content in a conversational tone will increase learning
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