About Those Brain Traing Products. . .
"I’m happy to tell you now that a brisk walk round the park with a friend is not only free, and not only more fun, but has better scientific support for its cognitive-enhancing powers than all the brain training products which are commercially available." -Tom Stafford, PhD, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, U. of Sheffield
New Jersey Teacher Writes Pre-Test Inspiration on Students' Desks
At the top right of the desk are 2 donut holes on a note that says, "Donut stress: Take your time and do your best."
Praise Do's and Don'ts
According to Michael Linsin, avoid prasing for personal gain, to manipulate students, or because you feel you should. The only way to praise, says Linsin, is when a student performs in a way that moves your heart.
(Source: Smart Classroom Management)
Bob Ross's Secret to Spontaneous Painting: Meticulous Preparation
The late Bob Ross, the punch-permed painting teacher featured in "The Joy of Painting," could make a beautiful landscape in 30 minutes on his televions show (now on Netflix). He made it seem easy, but it wasn't.
His producer admitted that his paintings were anything but spontaneous. "In fact, Ross made three of the same paintings for every episode. The first sat off camera and was used for reference. The second was the one that viewers saw him work on. The third and more detailed landscape was printed in his books. Ross was meticulous. He would rehearse everything before showtime. The takeaway: looking relaxed while you're teaching something hard and technical takes diligent preparation.
(Source: Danny Hajek's "The Real Bob Ross" on NPR)
The percentage of email recipients who click on links sent by strangers: 56%.
(Source: University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
The number of schools that will be shut down soon in Michigan because of poor test scores: 100.
(Source: Big Think)
". . . merely receiving feedback does not lead people to develop their skills: using feedback does."
- Robert Nash & Naomi Winstone, Learning Scientists Blog
The amount that students pay each year in tuition and fees for remedial courses: $1.3 billion.
(Source: Education Dive / Center for American Progress)
How much more likely that black children will be suspended from preschool than their white peers: 3.6x.
(Source: The U.S. Department of Education)
The number of languages spoken in Queens: 138.
(Source: The U.S. Department of Education)
The number of additional school teachers needed to provide every child in the world a primary education by 2030: 25.8 million.
(Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics)
App to Help You Put Down Your Phone
The free Forest App (iOS, Android, Windows, Chrome, Firefox) encourages you to stay off your phone. You plant a tree and it grows bigger as you study. But if you leave the app to use your phone, the tree dies.
Monday-Sunday: The Most Popular Education Twitter Chats
Brad Spirrison, from Participate Learning, identifies the most popular education chats on Twitter for each night of the week:
Mon - #EdtechChat 8:PM EST - Focus: classroom tech.
Tues - #edchat 12:00 & 7:00 PM EST- Focus: All education topics.
Wed - #Ntchat 8:00 PM EST- Focus: Support for new teachers.
Thur - #whatisschool 7:00 PM EST- Focus: Chat about a range of school issues.
Fri - #EngageChat 8:00 PM EST- Focus: Engagement in schools
Sat - #Satchat 7:30 AM EST - Focus: Goal is to "promote success of all students."
Sun - #Sunchat 9:00 AM EST- Focus: Worldwide chat among educators.
(Source: Brad Spirrison's "Popular Twitter Chats for Every Day (or Night) of the Week," Getting Smart, featuring work from Participate Learning)
STUDY: Handwriting VS Computer Notetaking
Yet another study reports that students who take handwritten notes perform better on "conceptual questions" than learners who take notes with their laptops or phones.
(Source: Mueller & Oppenheimer)
STUDY: Class Size Matters
Class size reduction enhances all students' academic performance. In fact, small classes can be expected to narrow the racial achievement gap by about one-third.
(Source: National Education Policy Center)
The Weekly Marcus Aurelius
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
STUDY: Effectiveness of Independent Teacher Prep Programs are Questioned
In an independent study, researcher Ken Zeichner examined alternatives to traditional colleges of education for socializing teachers into the profession: The programs included: The Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay), Match Teacher Residency (MTR), High Tech High’s Internship, iTeach, and TEACH-NOW.
Claims regarding the success of such programs are not substantiated by peer-reviewed research. Says the researcher, “The lack of credible evidence supporting claims of success is particularly problematic given the current emphasis on evidence-based policy and practice in federal policy and professional standards.”
(Source: Independent Teacher Education Programs: Apocryphal Claims, Illusory Evidence, by Ken Zeichner)
(Source: Via Frank Buck, Middleweb)
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