Teaching Entrepreneurial Skills: Is Introducing Computer Coding the Best Point of Entry? | Paul W. Bennett

Introducing computer coding in the early grades is now emerging as the favoured strategy for ‘seeding’ entrepreneurial skills in the schools. Since former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed in his famous 2012 New Year’s resolution to learn code, digital industry leaders like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have rallied around Code.org, a movement to get school children to learn about programming. Every year since, in early December, millions of students world-wide have participated in Code.org’s Hour of Code, a week-long event designed to promote the renewal of computer science…

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It’s not school prayer, it’s meditation | Joanne

Fourth graders at Public School 212 in Queens practice mindful exercises in the classroom. Credit: Lindsay Morris,  New York Times

Meditation and mindfulness exercises start the day at some New York City schools, reports the New York Times. Advocates say it reduces stress, though “evidence is thin.”

Chancellor Carmen Fariña, visited a fourth-grade classroom in Queens where children sat cross-legged on the floor.

“Please let your eyes close,” said a small boy named Davinder, from his spot on the linoleum.

Davinder gently struck a shallow bronze bowl. Gong! “Take three mindful breaths,” he…

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Flattering ‘Education Is Upside-Down’ review from a favorite ed voice | erickalenze

As you may remember from an earlier post, I’m a big fan of Barry Garelick. I appreciate his articles about math instruction for how they’ve informed and influenced my thinking around the ‘math wars’ (try here, here, or here, for instance, for a few particularly rich samples). I appreciate his 2015 book, Confessions of a 21st Century Math Teacher, for how it is able to put me into the shoes of today’s math teachers. I appreciate his cheeky commentaries via social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter for the lessons they continue to teach me about how to directly — though never…

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The Parents’ Dilemma: What Should My School Do about New Technologies | larrycuban

Sixty-seven percent of parents in a recent survey agreed with this statement: “I don’t mind my child spending more screen time if he or she is learning.”  And in another survey of parents, 67 percent said that “incorporating more technology in the classroom” is  a “high priority.” So where is the dilemma?

The conflict in perceptions arises over the one-third of the parents in one survey disagreeing with the statement: “I don’t mind my child spending more screen time if he or she is learning.” And a similar percentage in the other one responding that more classroom technology is a low, not a…

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Marking is a hornet | Dick van der Wateren

Originally posted on Pragmatic Education:
Written marking takes up huge amounts of teachers’ time. If the average teacher marks for just over 5 hours a week, that’s 200 hours of marking a year. In a secondary school of 100 teachers, that’s 20,000 hours of marking. Written marking is non-renewable: it’s a one-off. Each written comment…

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The Parents’ Dilemma: What Should My School Do about New Technologies | larrycuban

Sixty-seven percent of parents in a recent survey agreed with this statement: “I don’t mind my child spending more screen time if he or she is learning.”  And in another survey of parents, 67 percent said that “incorporating more technology in the classroom” is  a “high priority.” So where is the dilemma?

The conflict in perceptions arises over the one-third of the parents in one survey disagreeing with the statement: “I don’t mind my child spending more screen time if he or she is learning.” And a similar percentage in the other one responding that more classroom technology is a low, not a…

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Flattering ‘Education Is Upside-Down’ review from a favorite ed voice | erickalenze

As you may remember from an earlier post, I’m a big fan of Barry Garelick. I appreciate his articles about math instruction for how they’ve informed and influenced my thinking around the ‘math wars’ (try here, here, or here, for instance, for a few particularly rich samples). I appreciate his 2015 book, Confessions of a 21st Century Math Teacher, for how it is able to put me into the shoes of today’s math teachers. I appreciate his cheeky commentaries via social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter for the lessons they continue to teach me about how to directly — though never…

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