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Tony Richards

The Atlantic Online | January/February 2010 | What Makes a Great Teacher? | Amanda Ripley - 0 views

    "What Makes a Great Teacher? Image credit: Veronika Lukasova Also in our Special Report: National: "How America Can Rise Again" Is the nation in terminal decline? Not necessarily. But securing the future will require fixing a system that has become a joke. Video: "One Nation, On Edge" James Fallows talks to Atlantic editor James Bennet about a uniquely American tradition-cycles of despair followed by triumphant rebirths. Interactive Graphic: "The State of the Union Is ..." ... thrifty, overextended, admired, twitchy, filthy, and clean: the nation in numbers. By Rachael Brown Chart: "The Happiness Index" Times were tough in 2009. But according to a cool Facebook app, people were happier. By Justin Miller On August 25, 2008, two little boys walked into public elementary schools in Southeast Washington, D.C. Both boys were African American fifth-graders. The previous spring, both had tested below grade level in math. One walked into Kimball Elementary School and climbed the stairs to Mr. William Taylor's math classroom, a tidy, powder-blue space in which neither the clocks nor most of the electrical outlets worked. The other walked into a very similar classroom a mile away at Plummer Elementary School. In both schools, more than 80 percent of the children received free or reduced-price lunches. At night, all the children went home to the same urban ecosystem, a zip code in which almost a quarter of the families lived below the poverty line and a police district in which somebody was murdered every week or so. Video: Four teachers in Four different classrooms demonstrate methods that work (Courtesy of Teach for America's video archive, available in February at At the end of the school year, both little boys took the same standardized test given at all D.C. public schools-not a perfect test of their learning, to be sure, but a relatively objective one (and, it's worth noting, not a very hard one). After a year in Mr. Taylo

Obama Warns Trump, Tells Supporters We'll Be Okay | Locality News - 0 views

    Obama has promised to speak if Trump threatens the core values ​​of the US and reassured Americans "we will be fine" in a political swansong.
Andrew Williamson

Obama Back-To-School Report Highlights Education Cuts, Teacher Layoffs - 1 views

    It disturbs me to read this and how familiar it is to what the LNP have been spruiking. Is this the future of Australian Ed?
Nestor Ndzi Talla

The Arts Of Influence - 4 views

    The Art of Influence is a must-read for anyone desiring the wisdom to influence others, We might wonder at an acclaimed and professional speaker the orator the Obama like gifted at speech, imagine what influence he's got over his audience. He does not take a dramatic or theatrical approach, but offers a delivery appropriate to the format Listeners who enjoy attending electoral campaigns and congress men alike are only left with one choice "YES WE CAN" and before soon he is winning a Noble peace price. We all in our domains of interest will desire the same type of solid and engaging motivational hypnotic glamour as that used by this protagonist in portraying the interactions between his influence and success- we wonder
Roland Gesthuizen

NAPLAN-style testing has 'failed' US schools - 5 views

  • Professor Darling-Hammond said Australia would be wiser to follow the examples of Finland, Korea, Shanghai and Singapore, whose 15-year-olds achieve the best results in numeracy, literacy and science in comparisons with other developed nations.
  • While the basic skills literacy and numeracy tests were designed to help teachers identify children with learning difficulties needing assistance, they are now being used as a competitive measure of school performance on the federal government's My School website.
    NAPLAN-style testing and reporting has failed in the United States by narrowing the curriculum and corrupting education standards, says a chief education adviser to the US President, Barack Obama. .. The US tests have been criticised for narrowing the curriculum to reading and maths and multiple-choice formats.
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