Education Update #6

Another week, another Education Update, another collection of articles and weblinks that will hopefully be of assistance for teachers of all persuasions. This week includes articles about the importance a spelling across all subjects, teaching innovation, assessing understanding, classroom management ideas, writing strategies and much more, including the importance of the arts and other so-called ‘extra’ subjects.

There is also a link to an article titled 12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say to Teachers which might be funnier if it weren’t so true in representing the myriad misconceptions about teachers and teaching.

Don’t have time to read them all straight away? Then simply use an application such as Readability, Delicious, Pocket, Instapaper or Flip It to save the articles for easy reference later on.

Does Spelling Count?

What is the purpose of learning spelling? Grammar? Math? Why do we break these subjects down? Why do these subjects seem so parsed from our students’ lives that they need to know if something “counts?”….read more

10 Ways to Teach Innovation

One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the box thinking….read more

Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

We live in a world where we are constantly connected to information. This vast ocean of information, the best knowledge of mankind — almost all of it — can be accessed at any time in just seconds. But simply being able to access information is not all that impressive. It in no way means that we can understand the information, evaluate it, or grasp its implications….read more

No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

It took just a few weeks for a group of Boston-based teenagers to develop an affordable prosthetic hand for children. These teens took a brief hiatus from school to enroll in NuVu Studio, a project-based learning program in Cambridge, Mass. that pairs students with real-world projects….read more

4 Steps to Better Writers

Clarity. It is what we long for when we travel through a student’s essay. Yet our struggling writers make us wander through a cluttered maze of thoughts, leading to dead ends….read more

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

For the last ten years, we’ve worked one-on-one with students from elementary school through graduate school. No matter their age, no matter the material, when you ask what they’re struggling with, students almost universally name a subject: math, English or, in some instances, school….read more

10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

“Why did I want to be a teacher?” We all face burnout, sometimes on a daily basis, and in my case, especially after fourth period. Most of the time, we can pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and go back to the drawing board to try another strategy to find success with student learning. I have to admit that it is getting more and more difficult to make that transition….read more

Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning

Educators from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, have provided these resources and tools for collaborative learning….read more

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach….read more

A Simple Notebook System for Classroom Management

When I taught middle school, I tried lots of different methods for classroom management, but I found that basic notebooks were ultimately the thing that saved me, in two ways….read more

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

“We tell kids be quiet, calm yourself down, be still. We tell them all these things they need in the classroom, but we’re not teaching them how to do that.” Schools across the country are beginning to use mindfulness as part of an effort to address the social and emotional needs of children, improving student achievement in the process….read more

Extracurriculars Are Central to Learning

Subjects such as art, music and foreign languages have long-lasting benefits….read more

12 Things You Should Never, Ever Say to Teachers

Here are 12 things you should never say to teachers. Not to your neighbor who is a teacher, not to your brother. Just don’t….read more

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