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Martin Burrett

Positive school climates can narrow achievement gaps - 1 views

    Positive school climates contribute to academic achievement and can improve outcomes for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, according to a new study published today in Review of Educational Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. In a comprehensive analysis of research published since 2000, U.S. and Israeli researchers found substantial evidence that schools with positive climates can narrow achievement gaps among students of different socioeconomic backgrounds and between students with stronger and weaker academic abilities...
Martin Burrett

Any Teacher - Any Place - 14 views

    A guide to learning anywhere. Great tips to make the most of your surroundings to help your students learn and explore.
Martin Burrett

To blog or not to blog - 8 views

    An exploration of the benefits and hurdles to blogging in the classroom and using blogs as a teaching tool
Brian C. Smith

The Creativity Crisis - Newsweek - 15 views

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      If you've ever seen or heard Raif Esquith speak then you know how much he values music with young children. Watch this clip:
  • The lore of pop psychology is that creativity occurs on the right side of the brain. But we now know that if you tried to be creative using only the right side of your brain, it’d be like living with ideas perpetually at the tip of your tongue, just beyond reach
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      Hello, Mr. Pink. Are you reading?
  • those who diligently practice creative activities learn to recruit their brains’ creative networks quicker and better. A lifetime of consistent habits gradually changes the neurological pattern.
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  • The home-game version of this means no longer encouraging kids to spring straight ahead to the right answer
  • The new view is that creativity is part of normal brain function.
  • “As a child, I never had an identity as a ‘creative person,’ ” Schwarzrock recalls. “But now that I know, it helps explain a lot of what I felt and went through.”
  • In China there has been widespread education reform to extinguish the drill-and-kill teaching style. Instead, Chinese schools are also adopting a problem-based learning approach.
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    Very interesting article from Newsweek about how creativity works in the brain, and how it can be trained in an educational setting. It describes a "crisis" trend where creativity scores in America are decreasing.
Melinda Waffle

Does the Internet Make You Smarter? - - 6 views

    Article makes an interesting parallel between the explosion of print (post-printing press) and the explosion we are experiencing in the digital age.
Maggie Verster

Formative and Summative Assessment in the Classroom - 21 views

    "Assessment is a huge topic that encompasses everything from statewide accountability tests to district benchmark or interim tests to everyday classroom tests. In order to grapple with what seems to be an over use of testing, educators should frame their view of testing as assessment and that assessment is information. The more information we have about students, the clearer the picture we have about achievement or where gaps may occur."
Nelly Cardinale

STSC CrossTalk - Computer Science Education: Where Are the Software Engineers... - 0 views

    Excellent article written by NYC professors discussing which programming language should be taught first in CS majors.
Fred Delventhal

More and More, Schools Got Game - - 0 views

    ...As Net-generation teachers reach out to gamers, classrooms across the country are becoming portals to elaborate virtual worlds...
Kate Olson

Education Week: Smart Thinking About Educational Technology - 0 views

    Instead of taking sides, we should think about how to use digital tools well. The reasons for doing so are compelling
Erin Remple

Ozzy Knows Best | PBS - 0 views

    Every generation disapproves of the one that follows and barely claims to understand the generation that follows that. It's the way we are, simply because we tend to see everything in the context of our own experience -- an experience that is changed by age, the times we grew up in, and yes by technology.
    talks about how important digital games, not video games, could be to education
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