Monthly Archives: October 2010

Education Week 2010: Celebrating Diversity

This month we contemplate Saskatchewan’s 2010 Education Week theme; celebrating diversity. This generated a diverse interpretation by teachers. I have an interest in differentiated learning spaces within and extending outward from the studio classroom I am trying to establish in … Continue reading

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Cooperative Catalyst | Must Watch Videos « Cooperative Catalyst Free to…

Must Watch Videos « Cooperative Catalyst Free to Learn: A Radical Experiment in Education A Documentary by Jeff Root & Bhawin Suchak Free to Learn is a 70 minute documentary that offers a “fly on the wall” perspective of the daily … Continue reading

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RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

via youtube.com Sir Ken Robinson – Changing Paradigms is another great RSA Animate. I have got to find some way to share it with my colleagues (and parents). I found this on a tweet, yet another illustration of how wonderfully … Continue reading

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A Manifesto of Errors: Rhee, Klein and the Gang Strike Out – Living in Dialogue – Education Week Teacher

For the poorest among us, the supposed crisis in education is someone else’s problem, because the families we live in endure crises far more immediate and threatening – eviction from our homes, deportation by ICE, drive-by shootings in our neighborhoods, … Continue reading

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The Education Optimists: Misleading Manifesto

There is an incredibly strong case to make that improving teaching quality is a critically important and policy amenable part of the solution to increasing student achievement and closing achievement gaps for disadvantaged students. But it’s only part of the … Continue reading

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Addicted to Adulation: Are We Raising Praise Junkies?

Praising children’s intelligence harms their motivation and it harms their performance. “How can that be? Don’t children love to be praised? “Yes, children love praise. And they especially love to be praised for their intelligence and talent. It really does give … Continue reading

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What Will Future Generations Condemn Us For? How We Educate Our Children « Cooperative Catalyst

I think our descendants will also condemn us for how we chose to educate children and teens in our school systems. I believe that future generations will decry the rote memorization approaches (practiced long after facts were readily available on … Continue reading

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xkcd: Airfoil

via xkcd.com I have given my share of wrong answers over the years. These days I am trying hard to always give the right answer. The right answer addresses the student’s learning needs. The wrong answer addresses the administrative pressure … Continue reading

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John Lennon stand by me

via youtube.com I was teaching at GSS Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria the day Lennon died. I had no way to convey the immensity of the moment to my students. As I recall, I continued the day without comment. 70 years … Continue reading

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for the love of learning: Local autonomy

Remember that the heart of local autonomy is with the child, and the best decisions for the child are made by the child in collaboration with a safe and caring adult who actually spends time with the child. via joebower.org We … Continue reading

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