praxis effect

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A comment on a recent NYTimes teacher piece

I searched through NYTimes’ archive of medical / law / finance / congressional / military reform articles looking for pieces that fail to quote a doctor / lawyer / banker / policy-maker / enlisted soldier, and I found zero. Yet, here is an article — printed above the fold on the front page of the Sunday Times — about teachers, teacher evaluation, and education reform that quotes not a single teacher. 

While this has been par for the course in policy circles and lesser publications, the perpetuation of this trend in a publication of the Times’ gravitas has become routinely disappointing.  

One of the first rules of managing change is to enlist, engage, and involve vested parties, especially those for whom the change impacts the most. A shared vision and buy-in are key to implementation that lasts. However, before either of those can be realized, we must ensure that teachers are actually a part of the visioning and, at a minimum, a part of the conversation. 

The Times can be a part of this solution by simply doing what they typically do well: quality journalism. When you write about K-12 education, quote a K-12 educator, just as you do when it comes to other professions. 

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Super high resolution image of Jupiter (from 1979). Amazing. 
via The Planetary Society via NASA via Voyager via Rocket Scientists via Old School STEM education via JFK’s vision and challenge via Russia’s space trump

Super high resolution image of Jupiter (from 1979). Amazing. 

via The Planetary Society via NASA via Voyager via Rocket Scientists via Old School STEM education via JFK’s vision and challenge via Russia’s space trump

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Edu-blog Nominations

Best Group blog: Ecology of Education — Insightful posts on a range of edu-topics by big thinkers. 

Individual Tweeter: @EdReformPR — Sarcastic, humorous, clever, and occasionally ridiculous. 

Administrator Blog: A Space for Learning by @PamMoran — Intelligent, progressive, steeped in the space between pedagogical theory and practical application. 

Best Open PD: Global Education Conference — The global reach connects educators and thinkers from around the world, empowering them through collaboration and networking. 

Lifetime Achievement: @DianeRavitch — Having dedicated enough time to education to see the fruits of her efforts and then to have the courage to stand against the very reforms she championed has made her a model for reflective learning. Her work continues to influence on a broad scale. 

Free Web Tool: Learner Sketch Tool — Empowering learners of all ages to better understand and leverage their own learner profiles to meet their goals. Increases metacognition and gives teachers and students a starting point for dialoguing about authentic personalized learning. 

Filed under edublog nominations learning ecology of education

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12 Brain Rules

Below are the 12 Brain Rules developed by John Medina. You can find the original list in his book “Brain Rules” and on his Brain Rules website

Exercise EXERCISE | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
Evolution SURVIVAL | Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
wiring WIRING | Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
attention ATTENTION | Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things.
shortterm SHORT-TERM MEMORY | Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
longterm LONG-TERM MEMORY | Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
sleep SLEEP | Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
stress STRESS | Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
multisensory SENSORY INTEGRATION | Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
vision VISION | Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
gender GENDER | Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
exploration EXPLORATION | Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.

Filed under Brain neuroscience Brain Rules John Medina Learning Whole Child

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Teaching Metacognition (A Short Resource List)

A short list of metacognitive resources for educators. 

Metacognitive Strategies for Reading Comprehension - The Educator’s PLN

How the Internet is Shaping Our “Global Brain” - Tiffany Shlain - Harvard Business Review

Metacognition -

BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks - YouTube

Teaching Metacognition: The Value of Thinking About Thinking

Teaching Metacognition



CAL: Digests:The Role of Metacognition in Second Language Teaching and Learning

Filed under Teaching Learning Metacognition Student-centered Learning

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Impoverished Early Childhood & PBS

Let’s just be clear for a second: Millions of children living below the poverty line have NO access to quality early childcare to nurture their minds. They enter school already well behind their more affluent peers. 

That deficit is minimized (not solved, just lessened) by the quality of PBS programming, Sesame Street as the flagship. You can’t talk equal access to education (and by proxy equity and equality — read as social justice) without addressing this key Experience Gap. 

Cutting PBS is paramount to cutting the lifeline to some meager amount of early childhood education for millions of impoverished children across this nation of ours. At a scant 0.012% of the federal budget, it is well worth the cost. We should be outraged at the hypocrisy of anyone talking about education without acknowledging the vital importance of the earliest years. 

PBS is working to fill that gap. What are we doing?

Filed under PBS sesame street leaning early childhood education learning ece