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Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Social And Emotional Skills’? LA Johnson/NPR By August 14, 2017 More and more, people in education agree on the importance of schools’ paying attention to stuff other than academics. But still, no one agrees on what to call that “stuff.” I originally published a story on this topic. As I reported back then, there were a bunch of overlapping terms in play, from “character” to “grit” to “noncognitive skills.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: How a School Ditched Awards and Assemblies to Refocus on Kids and Learning By August 7, 2017 When Paula Gosal took over as principal of the Chilliwack Middle School, she walked smack into the middle of a long-standing debate among the staff over awards. It wasn’t exactly a rumble that Gosal was tossed into so abruptly in the fall of 2016. Most of the teachers at this school for seventh- through ninth-graders in British Columbia had read the literature on awards, and were looking for feedback and support from their new principal.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking iStock By August 17, 2017 By Beth Holland As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may not be as effective in the digital one. Nowhere is this more clear than with note taking, a long-standing and important practice in most classrooms. For this reason, few empirical studies may be more detrimental to encouraging the use of technology in education than Mueller and Oppenheimer’s (2014) as well as Carter, Greenberg and Walker’s (2016) Both studies claim that students in lecture-style courses perform worse on assessments .
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Normalize Setbacks By Asking Your Kids For Advice When You Struggle Screenshot from The Atlantic video, "Adam Grant's Advice For Raising Resilient Kids." () By August 18, 2017 A lot of parents are worried about helping their children get ahead in a world that feels increasingly competitive, demanding, and high-stakes. That anxiety can take many shapes including , , and constantly looking for that special opportunity that will give a child the competitive edge.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: When Schools Forgo Grades: An Experiment In Internal Motivation iStock By August 13, 2017 Lots of factors affect whether and what students learn in school, but most often that conversation gets boiled down into a single letter grade, a symbol of everything a student knows or doesn’t know. Because grades are often required, and easy to understand, they have become the . The problem is that grades are often to students. They are also gatekeepers for advanced classes and college admissions, so grades can’t be ignored.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Discovering Better Ways to Learn as an Adult iStock/Creative-Touch By August 9, 2017 If you’d met Ulrich Boser while he was still in school, you might not have tagged him as a guy who would one day write a book about learning. Early in his life, at least, learning was a struggle. “School was tough for me from the very start—I repeated kindergarten,” Boser tells me ruefully. All these years, he’s kept a piece of paper with him: the school psychologist’s report on his learning problems.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects "Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs" is one of several books at Millvale Community Library that come with maker project instructions. (Courtesy of Nora Peters) By August 15, 2017 In recent years, libraries have broadened their scope of offerings to the local community to involve more making activities like. Some libraries even have a facilitator for maker projects. At Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, maker program coordinator Nora Peters saw an opportunity to better connect the activities of the maker space with the library’s mission to promote literacy.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Children Learn Best From Storybooks When Characters Are Realistic Vstock/iStock By August 15, 2017 A few years ago, my daughter requested that her nightly lullaby be replaced with a bedtime story. I was happy to comply, and promptly invented stories full of imaginary creatures in elaborate plots intended to convey some important lesson about patience or hard work or being kind to others. But my daughter was not pleased. She had very particular ideas about what her bedtime stories should be about.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: How Ethnic Studies Connects Learning With Students’ Identities LA Johnson/NPR By Julie Depenbrock August 14, 2017 In Jr Arimboanga’s ninth-grade classroom, students learn about critical consciousness: how to read the word, but also the world. It’s a concept popularized by a Brazilian educational theorist named Paulo Freire in his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. The class is ethnic studies. It’s part of an effort by San Francisco educators like Arimboanga to teach courses centered on the perspectives of historically marginalized groups.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: Language and Communication Skills That Make all the Difference for Kindergarten iStock/Sasiistock By August 10, 2017 Devin Walsh is a kindergarten to first-grade “looping” teacher at Oak Grove Primary School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Promoting good oral language and communication skills is perhaps the most important thing parents, caregivers and educators can do to prepare children to enter kindergarten. Having just completed my 17th year of teaching at Oak Grove Primary School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with over 800 students in kindergarten and first grade, I see children daily who have been exposed to models of good oral language.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: What Can Japan’s Education System Teach The U.S. About Equity? Direct Relief/ By August 9, 2017 It’s no secret that the socioeconomic background of students in the United States plays a big role in the quality of education they receive. Too often students from poor families attend underfunded schools staffed by the least experienced teachers. This trend has led to inequity throughout the education system and countless reform efforts. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group of 35 wealthy countries, has found that Japan does a better job than most peer countries at providing equitable education to its students, regardless of economic background.
Go Popular Sections Public Media for Northern California Search for: For Teachers Who Dread Math, Finding a Better Way iStock/XiXinXing By August 6, 2017 Several years ago, former fourth-grade teacher Tracy Johnston Zager took an informal survey of two groups of people to find out how they feel about math: mathematicians and teachers who teach math. She discovered that while mathematicians used words like “beauty” and “wonder” to describe math, teachers recalled “dread” and “fear.” These words aligned with what Zager had observed in her job mentoring student teachers who expressed similar reservations about math.