Tag Archive: Education


Arundel High School junior Christian Hodges just doesn’t want to learn about world events, he wants to study it in real time.

via Student leaders want social media back in school – CapitalGazette.com: Schools.

I’m all in favor common sense rules that help students experience the bredth and creativity that is our world.  That being said, some restrictions should be recognized.  We work with the entire community to establish good rules regarding social media use and have found it to be helpful for the students.  There are ways that it can distract, but generally we’ve had successes in the past.

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What’s the Difference Between “Doing Projects” and “Project Based Learning”?

Good to remember the differences here.

http://www.friedtechnology.com/2012/11/whats-difference-between-doing-projects.html

Why the Common Core is Worth Our Positive Attention – Finding Common Ground – Education Week

“Students need to be accountable for their own learning. However, in order for them to be accountable, they must be inspired.”

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2012/12/why_the_common_core_is_worth_our_positive_attention.html

Could state-law fixes help city’s schools?

There is a lot of change going on in the Columbus City School District.  The Superintendent, Dr. Gene Harris, has announced her retirement for this coming summer.  CCS is also dealing with a data scrubbing scandal.  The Mayor has stepped in to provide leadership to the school board and that will lead us down some interesting paths.  My hope for CCS is that they are able to stabilize that district.  The CCS students deserve a high quality education.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/12/02/could-state-law-fixes-help-citys-schools.html

A student who i…

A student who is ready for college and career who can qualify for and succeed in beyond entry-level, credit bearing college courses leading to a baccalaureate or certificate, or career pathway-oriented training programs without the need for remedial or developmental coursework.

from David T. Conley, Ph.D. From A Complete Definition of College and Career Readiness.  2012 

Limitations

What are the limitations around motivating the unmotivated student?  Where does the role of educator end and the role of personal responsibility pick-up?  For high schools we are always working with students to get them to take more and more control of their own lives.  That’s part of our jobs.  The unmotivated student isn’t a static label.  It isn’t the same kid each day, and each day a student is unmotivated it can be unrelated (temporally) to the reason the week before. But ‘un’motivation is sticky.  It’s persistent.  What are some solutions?  What can be done to help these students take control of their education, learn the important lessons, and move forward as life-long learners and engaged community members?  Lots of questions today.  Eager to learn more.  Ed

Six Reasons Why Students Are Unmotivated (and What Teachers Can Do)

A truly interesting and thorough article.  It’s written from the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework.  Just glancing over the headers I can tell that this will be a good source.  I really need some depth of ideas that the last few links haven’t really provided.  

Motivating Unmotivated Students

Article from ASCDExpress.  Similar recommendations as the previous article.  I’m noticing student choice and rigor repeated in each article.  Might be good points to focus in on.

Dr. Ken Shore’s Classroom Problem Solver Lack of Motivation

Another interesting article.

Why Preschool Can Save the World

From NPR’s Planet Money Podcast.  Full gratitude and credits to Planet Money.  Here is how they describe the episode:

On today’s show, we meet a self-described robber baron who decided to spend his billions on finger paint and changing tables. We revisit decades-long studies that found preschool made a huge difference in the lives of poor children. And we talk to a Nobel prize-winning economistwho says that spending public money on preschool produces a huge return on investment.

We’ll have more on preschool this weekend on This American Life.

For more: Tulsa’s Educare Center in the Tulsa; Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed; TheCarolina Abededarian Project; and “A new cost-benefit and rate of return analysis for the Perry Preschool Program: A Summary.”

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