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Effective Teachers: Did your Master's degree help? or are we victims of education inflation?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine Cabiness Jul 30, 2011. 9 Replies

In Liberating Learning, Moe and Chubb (2009) suggest that "effective teachers are not easily identified from their credentials, education, or experience (beyond the first few years of teaching)"…Continue

Tags: quality, teachers, high, inflation, effectiveness

Wagner's Global Achievement Gap

Started this discussion. Last reply by norbert kiprop boruett May 31, 2011. 10 Replies

I thought Wagner's book The Global Achievement Gap (2008) was unimpressive, until I reached…Continue

The TED commandments Rules for Speaking

Started Aug 2, 2010 0 Replies

Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual ShtickThou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared BeforeThou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and…Continue

Interesting Links. Add for me :0

Started May 9, 2010 0 Replies

Google Search Tricks: Getting the most from Googling How to use twitter…Continue


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HS English & Psychology teacher; this is my 11th year teaching internationally.

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Schmoker: Focus and teaching English Language Arts

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 10:26pm 0 Comments


Mike Schmoker’s new text Focus (2011) offers a passionate, persuasive call for a return to some old-school methods of teaching, especially with regard to the teaching of English. As a teacher at a school that is moving (finally) to a 1:1 computer environment, the risk is that we could forego much of the reading and writing we do in favour of more ‘creative projects’. What Schmoker calls for is simple: plenty of reading. He suggests that in each English course, students should…


The Shallows

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 9:35pm 0 Comments

Nicholas Carr's latest, erudite work The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains is well worth reading. In particular, I would recommend the chapter "The Juggler's Brain" which does an excellent job of compiling and refuting such notions as multi-tasking. He refutes well the contention of Everything Bad Is Good for You (Johnson, 2005). With connections to work on working memory (cf. Alloway, Tracy) and suggestions as to how technology, when not used with circumspection, can change… Continue

Education: Agricultural not Industrial

Posted on May 25, 2010 at 8:01pm 0 Comments

In class today we watched Ken Robinson's "Bring on the Revolution" on TED in which he calls for a revolution in education. He suggests that we need not reform a broken, outmoded system, but rather we must fundamentally change what we do to/with kids. The metaphor Robinson uses is a shift from an industrial model (factory-like, all kids learn the same things at the same age levels, in preparation for 'university') and move to an agricultural model, where… Continue

21st Century Education is Happening: What does it look like?

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 8:10pm 2 Comments

The video posted on this page on 21st Century Learning suggests requirements that neither make all schools the same, nor require we drop everything we do. But it does suggest a framework for renewal. We need to:
  • Use a project/problem based curriculum and experiential learning
  • Have students address real world problems
  • Nurture and support creativity
  • Instill curiosity -- lifelong
  • See the arts as…

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