Brain-Based Ways to Enhance Recall
Matt Miller, author of Ditch that Textbook (which ironically is a textbook), catalogues several brain-based learning strategies supported by research. Here are two:
1. Encourage students to recall concepts and facts-- a technique superior to rereading when reviewing a chapter.
2. Let kids attempt to solve the problem before providing the solution. "When I remember how I figured it out," writes Miller, "that helps me remember the new content and gives me a new perspective on it."
Finally, the author of Ditch that Textbook reminds teachers, "Learning is stronger when it matters, when the abstract is made concrete and personal."
(Source: Ditch That Textbook)
The percentage of 4th graders who cannot read proficiently who will end up in jail or on welfare: 35%.
(Source: Jennifer Howard)
How much food, in dollars, the average family wastes each year: $2,000.
(Source: Wil Fulton, Thrillist)
"Love is giving someone the power to destroy you but trusting them not to." - Unknown (via Lifehack)
The percentage of time most high school kids say they feel tired, bored, or stressed: 75%.
The amount of paper the average teacher uses in his or her classroom each year: 25,000 sheets.
(Source: Ben Johnson)
The amount of forest that will disappear in order to supply paper by the time you finish reading this paragraph: 20 football fields.
(Source: Green Schools)
What's in that Photo?
The WTF is That? chatbot, uses A.I. and crowdsourcing to identify objects in your photos.
How good is it?
It can tell me that my photo has two men sitting on a bench, but doesn't recognize that one of the men is Martin Luther King, Jr. And I can't wait for it to identify trees!
(Source: Laughing Squid)
STUDY: How Harmful is Yelling at Your Kids?
A two year study of middle class kids in ten public middle schools should disturb families--even loving families--that yell at their children. The authors report the following:
1) Harsh verbal discipline has a negative impact equivalent to physical discipline.
2) When parent are otherwise warm and loving, that doesn't mitigate the damage either.
The researchers report that problem behaviors are aggrandized by harsh verbal and physical abuse. Also, when parents say that they are spanking kids out of love, that doesn't mitigate the damage.
(Source: Hat tip to Katie Riley's LovePeacLearn.org who reported on this study: Wang, M.-T., & Kenny, S. (2014). Longitudinal Links between Fathers’ and Mothers’ Harsh Verbal Discipline and Adolescents’ Conduct Problems and Depressive Symptoms. Child Development, 85(3), 908–923.)
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
- Oscar Wilde
Inspiration to Work Harder
English teacher Adam Bailey sent me this 30-minute inspirational speech by Inky Johnson about loving the process when adversity hits. Johnson--an electrifying speaker--says that "The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."
Where do cantaloupes go in the summertime? Johnny Cougar's Melon Camp.
(Source: Peter Rubin, Wired)
Where do cats go when they die? Purrgatory.
(Source: Rachael Krishna, Buzzfeed)
A man in a movie theater noticed what looked like a turtle sitting next to him. "Are you a turtle?" asked the man, surprised.
"What are you doing at the movies?"
The turtle replied, "Well, I liked the book."
Thank you for reading. Have a good week!
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