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“He was a curious child – at age two, he tried to figure out how matches worked and ended up lighting his clothes on fire.” (Writer’s Almanac) He later won the Nobel Prize for inventing the cyclotron, a device that splits atoms.
If you’re looking for a good book to read, check out this list: http://blog.ed.ted.com/2015/03/02/20-books-to-read-in-2015-ted-ed-educators-share-their-top-5-must-reads/
I had to issue grades to my students yesterday, so their homework over the weekend was to grade MY performance. I used a google form to collect their input about the best/worst reading and writing assignments in my English class, and how I’m doing as a teacher. Their feedback was gathered anonymously, so I hope it’s honest. I was a little scared to open the results, but it looks like I’m on the right track.
Many thanks to Renaissance Learning for the kind article on page 8 of the October issue of Extraordinary Educator.
How to learn all the math concepts from Pre-K to Algebra 1 … without using words.
More information at STmath.com
A great TEDx talk by the creator, Matthew Peterson:
Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg describes “how Finland built a world-class education system during the past three decades.” It’s a complex and thorough historical summary, but the most interesting pages are the last five in which Sahlberg identifies current themes for reform:
- Development of a personal road map for learning (a well-prepared, rich, and educationally justified individual plan for learning that is jointly designed and agreed upon by teachers, parents, and the student)
- Less classroom-based teaching (more time for integrated themes, projects, and activities)
- Development of interpersonal skills and problem solving (in small, globally-diverse groups, in both concrete and virtual settings)
- Engagement and creativity as pointers of success (rather than standardized knowledge tests)