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Darling-Hammond: U.S. vs highest-achieving nations in education - The Answer Sheet - Th... - 1 views

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    "The first ever International Summit on Teaching, convened last week in New York City"
Dennis Richards

Blogs as Web-Based Portfolios PDF - 18 views

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    The 2009-2010 school year ended for me early today and I'm just wrapping up a few loose ends before I head into vacation mode for the summer. I did want to release the Free PDF of the Web-Based Portfolio series I've been working on for the past couple of months. I've taken the four blog posts and pu
Dennis Richards

Horizon Report 2010 K-12 Edition - 8 views

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    The Horizon Report series is the most visible outcome of the New Media Consortium's Horizon Project, an ongoing research effort established in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within education around the globe. This volume, the 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition, examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education.
Dennis Richards

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Social Media In The Classroom... - 15 views

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    ""I am smart. But with my PLN, I am brilliant!" So true! The connections we make with those in our PLN help to make us brilliant. I have people in my PLN from all corners of the globe that I know I can call upon when I have a question, need feedback on a project or just to "talk shop." I consider all of these people my colleagues and friends. And it would have been difficult, nigh impossible, to have these kinds of connections and relationships without social media. So if these connections and relationships work so well for our educators, why could they not work for our students? "
Dennis Richards

Building a Better Teacher - NYTimes.com - 7 views

  • There was no shortage of prescriptions at the time for how to cure the poor performance that plagued so many American schools. Proponents of No Child Left Behind saw standardized testing as a solution. President Bush also championed a billion-dollar program to encourage schools to adopt reading curriculums with an emphasis on phonics. Others argued for smaller classes or more parental involvement or more state financing.
  • This record encouraged a belief in some people that good teaching must be purely instinctive, a kind of magic performed by born superstars.
Dennis Richards

What Makes a Great Teacher? - The Atlantic (January/February 2010) - 10 views

  • What did predict success, interestingly, was a history of perseverance—not just an attitude, but a track record.
  • But another trait seemed to matter even more. Teachers who scored high in “life satisfaction”—reporting that they were very content with their lives—were 43 percent more likely to perform well in the classroom than their less satisfied colleagues.
  • In general, though, Teach for America’s staffers have discovered that past performance—especially the kind you can measure—is the best predictor of future performance. Recruits who have achieved big, measurable goals in college tend to do so as teachers.
Dennis Richards

Ruthie's Blog: The Flat Classroom - 1 views

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    "I remember Dennis mentioning the Flat Classroom project in class last week. I'm hoping to do something with my class which connects them to students in other parts of the world. The flat classroom looked a bit too ambitious for me and my sixth graders, but it looks really cool! I'm not quite done exploring the site, but want to share a cool video that they have on their website. Here is the URL--of the website-- I tried to figure out how tumblr could help me share, but failed. http://www.flatclassroomproject.org/. "
Dennis Richards

Learning Lab : The Poetry Foundation - 13 views

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    Poetry Foundation announces Poetry Learning Lab
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