‘All that news that fits, I print”
As a teacher and/or student, you know it is important to keep up with what is going on in your chosen field. But how do you do that as well as teach, study and still have a life? Blogs may help and here are five of the most popular from Education Week, one of the foremost authorities on all things educational.
Curriculum Matters: Seasoned reporters Catherine Gewertz and Liana Heitin team up to bring you news and analysis of issues at the core of classroom learning.
Teaching Now: Education Week Teacher covers the latest in teaching, from the inspirational to the infuriating, from practical classroom tips to raging policy debates, and from news you can use to news of the weird.
Politics K-12: This must-read EdWeek coverage tracks and analyzes federal and state developments, so you’ll immediately learn about policy changes and political posturing across the country.
Finding Common Ground: Former elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about the social and emotional health of students and faculty.
Do You Ever Admit to Being ‘Not a math person’, if so read on.
If you are a math anxious parent chances are you convey that math phobia to your children. Even worse if you are a math anxious female math teacher. What schools and parents can do about it is discussed in this informative article from the NYT Aug. 25, 2015 issue.
In a 2010 study, Dr. Beilock’s team found one significant factor, particularly for young girls: math-anxious elementary schoolteachers, almost 90 percent of whom are female.
Tools for the Organized Student
Apps for the Iphone and Android devices can be useful as study aids. On-line flash cards apps are a dime a dozen in the app store. New ones worth considering either for yourself or for your students include GFlash which allows you to embed audio, video, or photo files too. Need help with homework reminders? Myhomework Student Planner, free on iphone, keeps track of events on a time-based, period-based or block-schedule. See text and video explanation of each below:
What Our Kids Really Need to Know-Natalie Wexler
In a continuing debate as to whether to teach isolated reading skills or content, the author of this editorial looks at effects of standardized testing, Common Core and E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge philosophy.
‘The root cause of today’s narrow elementary curriculum isn’t testing, although that has exacerbated the trend. It’s a longstanding pedagogical notion that the best way to teach kids reading comprehension is by giving them skills — strategies like “finding the main idea” — rather than instilling knowledge about things like the Civil War or human biology. Many elementary students spend hours practicing skills-based strategies, reading a book about zebras one day and a story about wizards the next, flitting among subjects. That’s a problem for all students: Spending hours finding the main idea can get pretty boring.’
This Aint Your Father’s School Lunch
School Lunches Becoming Healthier, Statistics Indicate By SABRINA TAVERNISE 8/27/15
The humble school lunch, that staple of most every American child’s diet, has become healthier. That was the conclusion of a federal report released Thursday that showed that the nutritional profile of school meals in the United States had improved substantially since higher government standards went into effect in 2012. But are kids eating it and has it had any effect on childhood obesity rates in the U.S.? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/health/school-lunches-becoming-healthier-statistics-indicate.html
Most of us who have spent a lifetime in education know that you cannot just throw money at a problem and think it will get better or go away. Tell that to Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook fame, who gave tens of millions of dollars to the city of Newark N. J. in an effort to make it be a demonstration city on how to effect change. “The Prize, Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools” by Dale Russakoff was reviewed in the NYT Book Review by Alex Rotlowitz. The reviewer refers to the book as being…..” one of the most important books on education to come along in years.” But where have we heard that before? See the whole review of the book here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/books/review/the-prize-by-dale-russakoff.html
And finally, the debate rages on as to how much data is too much data when it comes to your students or your own children while in school. In an article entitled, ‘Tools for Tailored Learning May Expose Students Data”, by Natasha Singer in the 8/31/15 NYT, warns of how easily your student privacy may be compromised quite unknowingly. Many states are now adopting laws like Georgia…’barring online services designed for elementary through high school from selling or sharing students’ names, email addresses, test results, grades or socioeconomic or disability information. It also bars them from using the data to target students with ads.” See the entire article here:
Keep informed and have a great start to the new school year.