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Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Meaningful Innovation Light On Chalkboard (iStock/lovelyday12) By Justin Reich January 8, 2017 When schools try to innovate, they often take a traditional top-down approach: devise a strategy, roll it out to teachers and support a high-fidelity implementation. The end result is often one that lacks teacher support or genuine enthusiasm — initiatives putter along and change is sporadic or modest. In education and beyond, innovation is usually the result of iteration rather than central planning.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: How Students Critiquing One Another’s Work Raises The Quality Bar Ron Berger shares an example of how a first grader's drawing improved with feedback from peers and multiple drafts. () By January 10, 2017 Too often, when students produce school work, they turn it into a teacher for a grade and move on. And after the teacher spends time evaluating the student’s work, many students never look at the feedback, a cycle that frustrates both parties and isn’t the most effective way to learn.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: How One Teacher Let Go of Control To Focus On Student-Centered Approaches Unordered school chairs (iStock/ajfilgud ) By January 3, 2017 When looks back on how she used to teach her students, she sees order and control. Her third, fourth and fifth grade gifted-and-talented classes had been structured and orderly, and students sat in designated seats. She had assigned the same tasks to every student and had hoped for roughly the same answers from all of them.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Books Teachers Share: Maria del Mar Patron Vazquez and ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Courtesy of Maria del Patron Vasquez By January 13, 2017 Maria del Mar Patron Vazquez co-founded the community Spanish-language school and education center , located in Merida, Mexico, where she teaches Spanish and literature to students from ages 4 to 87 (at least that’s the oldest so far). Her favorite book, the significant and award-winning masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude by Columbia-born author Gabriel García Márquez, tells the story of 100 years of life in the Buendía family in the metaphorical town of Macondo.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost Two Forest Grove Elementary School students show off their block structures for Nesra Yannier to photograph during an experiment. (Jill Barshay) By Jill Barshay, January 10, 2017 PITTSBURGH — At Forest Grove Elementary School, along the Ohio River just northwest of Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt is giving way to educational innovation. In a windowless room in the library, first- and second-graders experiment with a strange teaching device that’s half computer and half wooden play table.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Why Design Thinking In Schools Loses Power When It’s Reduced To A Checklist A design thinking workshop in Denmark. (Ewan McIntosh/) By January 5, 2017 Design thinking has been slowly gathering momentum among educators for the past few years as a way for and design solutions using interdisciplinary ideas. But, like many trends that catch on quickly, many educators still aren’t totally sure In in The Atlantic, Jessica Lahey describes attending a design thinking session at a teaching conference where teachers presented on an exciting urban design project students completed.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Books Teachers Share: Lillie Marshall and ‘A Long Walk to Water’ Courtesy of Lillie Marshall By January 6, 2017 Boston middle school English teacher Lillie Marshall loves to travel. On top of teaching English to 140 seventh graders of diverse backgrounds each day, Marshall finds time to run two travel blogs, , a log of her own travels, and , which profiles teacher travelers like her on their own journey for self-discovery and understanding.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: They Still Need You: How Adults Help Young Kids Learn With Technology Learning what is digital and what is real. (NPR/LA Johnson) By January 4, 2017 There are more than 80,000 educational apps in Apple’s app store. It seems like a great way to encourage brain development and make your little one the smartest baby genius. But just sticking a tablet in your kid’s hands might not be as helpful. Sure, use the app. But it’s not a babysitter — you’ve got to help them use it, too.