Education Update #20

Education News

There is No Substitute for Time in the Classroom

Travel is an education in itself. Australians are inveterate travellers and those who have taken their child out of school for a family holiday or to visit relatives far away have always had that mantra to fall back on. But new research to be presented at a conference on Monday brings the sobering news that whatever broader benefits travel may bring, it is no substitute for time in the classroom when it comes to educational outcomes – even one day of absence has an effect….read more

Parents and Teachers Don’t Notice Bullied Children

If the thought of your child being bullied at school breaks your heart, then consider this – you might not even notice. Analysis of a study of more than 4000 children has found parents and teachers often do not realise children are being bullied….read more

Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

Differentiated Instruction (DI) casts a spell on educators as to how it meets all students’ needs. The skillset required to differentiate seems mystical to some and incomprehensible to others in this environment of state standards and high-stakes tests. The reality is that every teacher already has the tools to differentiate in powerful ways for all learners….read more

Arts are Key to Unlocking Students’ Potential

Dancing, singing, acting, playing music and making art – all these activities greatly benefit a child’s academic performance and overall creativity and innovation, as well as their personal well-being, according to new research from University of Sydney academics….read more

A Challenge to Principals: Focus on Staff Strengths

As a new school year begins, classrooms are abuzz with teachers planning, collaborating, and preparing for their students. The air is filled with hope of great successes for every child. As effective teachers prepare for this success, their focus is not on areas of “needs improvement” for their students, but rather on areas in which they can help the students excel….read more

Bloom’s Taxonomy Explained With Active Verbs

The various levels of Bloom’s (Revised) Taxonomy are pretty well known to most teachers at this point. A useful way of understanding how to put Bloom’s into action in your classroom (and ensuring that you’re using the right level of the taxonomy while doing it) is through the use of action verbs….read more

The Five Critical Categories of Rules

Regardless of whether a school is open and free or traditional, limits or rules are necessary to teach students responsibility. I have identified five areas that I call critical categories which are useful when deciding what rules you need. Because rules work best when students have a say in their selection, I prefer teaching students what these critical categories mean, and developing rules together….read more

Why I am Still Banging My Head Against the Whiteboard

Why am I still teaching? Why am I remotely considering the possibility of walking back into those classroom doors and stepping back into the fishbowl that has become education? Frustration abounds in education these days. All you have to do is browse the internet, pick up a newspaper, or listen to T.V. and talk radio to know that the teaching field is at its breaking point. Teachers are tired and frustrated and angry. Many have left the field or would leave education if there were any other jobs in our floundering market. In fact, new teachers frequently leave education before they even hit their 5 year mark….read more

Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship to Middle School and High School Students

Here are five of my favorite resources for teaching digital safety and digital citizenship to middle and high school students….read more

Storyboarding Tips from DreamWorks

Though not entirely mandatory, storyboarding is one of those aspects of filmmaking that takes your film from the deep, dank, and dark recesses of your imagination and brings it to life in the here and now. We’ve found some excellent tips from DreamWorks, by way of cartoonist Ben Caldwell, for those of you who are ready to make your previsualizations, and consequently your shots, more dynamic, aesthetic, and masterful….read more

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