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Friday, October 13, 2017
Modern Learning Environments / creative teachers at risk / the problem with ability grouping / developing students gifts and does your classroom have the 'wow' factor
By Allan Alach
I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
More than bricks and mortar: A critical examination of school property under the National-led Government
An article I posted last week referenced an article by Dr Leon Benade, School of Education, Auckland University of Technology. Here is Leon’s full article.
‘Teachers are largely unprepared for flexible learning spaces that bring together multiple teachers and students (see my earlier blog on MLE/ILE). These (enforced) changes require students to master new learning habits and routines, while parents’ most recent school memory may have been of sitting in rows or possibly in grouped desks, in so-called ‘single cell’ classrooms with one teacher and no more than 30 or 35 students. So, where has this policy come from, and what does it look like in action?’
Is Math Art? Dream or Nightmare?
FORCE & FLUNK: Destroying a Child’s Love of Reading—and Their Life
‘A frenzy surrounding reading is caused by school reformers and the media, claiming children areWe’re told that reading is an emergency, and if it’s not addressed by reading programs produced by individuals, companies, and technology, children won’t learn to read—and they won’t be ready for the global economy.'
Most everything you need to know about creativity
‘Class participation is often a significant portion of a student’s grade, and I have felt pressured to force myself to speak in order to meet the participation requirements, as do many introverts. But I
What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?
‘Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach really works.’
Contributed by Bruce Hammonds:
Malcolm Dixon: Time to discuss Primary school education
This Is What Teachers Need And Aren’t Getting
‘An important category of educators: teachers with a high level of
Raising the bar with flexible grouping
Professor Christine Rubie-Davies, a leading researcher in the field of teacher expectations, is based at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. In this blog Christine challenges the practice of grouping students by ability, arguing that it constrains learning.’
We Need to Trust Teachers to Innovate
‘If we want to see innovation happening in our schools, we need to trust, encourage, and empower teachers to transform their practice. Too often, teachers are forced to teach inside the box and it can feel frustrating. In this post, I explore why teachers are the innovators, what’s getting in the way, and what we can do about it.’
From Bruce’s ‘goldie oldies’ file:
Einstein, Darwin, da Vinci & Mozart et all - lessons from the Masters. Based on the book 'Mastery' by Robert Greene.
‘Developing an education system premised on developing the talents and gifts of all students has always been my vision. Unfortunately schooling has been more about standardisation and conformity – sorting and grading of students. National Standards with its emphasis on literacy and numeracy at the expense of other areas of endeavour, is the most recent iteration of this standardised approach.’
Does your classroom have the 'wow' factor?
'The first sign of ‘wow’ is the overall first impression the room gives you. The feeling you get is that you are indeed in special place. There is a feeling of positive relationships between teacher and learners and often parents are to be seen quietly helping students. Other students seem to be working without supervision. A quick look around the walls, covered with students creativity gives an impression that this is a room dedicated to the students themselves.’