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New Report: U.S. Lags Behind International Competitors
posted by: Alix | July 27, 2012, 09:12 am   

Despite year after year of increased spending in the United States, students from nearly twenty countries are outperforming their American counterparts at record levels. According to a new report by the Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance, U.S. students are falling further behind and are not catching up to their peers in other industrialized countries.
 
If You Want Our Economy Fixed, Fix Education
posted by: Alix | July 26, 2012, 04:19 pm   

Education reformer Kevin P. Chavous penned an op-ed connecting improvements in education to a rebounding economy.  What do you think?
 
Raising the Bar
posted by: Alix | July 25, 2012, 01:05 pm   

It has recently been suggested that, in order to elevate the quality and status of teachers in America, teachers need to take a “bar exam.” After all, doctors and lawyers have serious hurdles to jump over in order to secure and maintain their licenses. The work that you do as a teacher is just as important as the work that a doctor or a lawyer does—in fact you educate future doctors and lawyers. Why shouldn’t teachers be held to the same standard as lawyers and doctors?
 
Teaching Digital Citizenship in the 1:1 Classroom
posted by: Alix | July 23, 2012, 07:54 am   

There are many benefits to having students in a “one-to-one” classroom, where each student has access whenever needed to an Internet-connected device.  One-to-one classrooms can differ both with regard to the tools they use and the manner in which those tools are employed.  Some 1:1 classrooms, for example, have a class set of iPads at their disposal; others use laptops, netbooks, or tablet computers.  In every case, however, the key to a 1:1 classroom is that the tech devices being used are not shared with other classrooms (as is the case with a computer lab or a laptop cart that rotates from classroom to classroom) – instead, the teacher and students know that they will be able to access the devices whenever needed.
 
The ABCs of Avoiding Big Error
posted by: Alix | July 18, 2012, 09:13 am   

Teaching is about trial and error.  As a teacher, you know that students learn differently and that a lesson plan that works for one student might not work for another.  Through the years, you refine your technique by testing out various teaching strategies to discover what is and is not effective.  Unfortunately, with trial and error comes the danger of BIG error, and, if that’s the case, we know the terror of big error – you might get fired, sued, or both.
 
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