Random Note: I Got Stuff Done Today | Doug Lemov

I’ve probably gotten this advice a hundred times: do the thing you are most avoiding right away when you get to work.


Today I did it. I made myself do it.


It wasn’t just that I was so happy to get it done. I was amazed at how easy it really was. I mean, why was I stalling?


Good lesson there but the rest of the day drove the point home. Riding that tide I just got to stuff. All day. No dilly-dally.

Gonna try it again tomorrow.

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More kids take AP courses, fail exam | Joanne

Teacher Meghan Rio leads a discussion in AP U.S. history at Glenbard West High in a Chicago suburb. Photo: Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune

As schools push disadvantaged students to take Advanced Placement courses, pass rates are falling on AP exams. Does AP help if students fail the exam?, asks Natalie Gross on the Education Writers Association blog.

“Cicero’s J.S. Morton High School District has pushed its mostly low-income students to take tough Advanced Placement courses and exams — just like teens do at elite high schools,” reports Diane Rado in the Chicago Tribune. The number of…

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College grades keep rising: A’s for all | Joanne

“A” is the most common grade for college students, reports Grade Inflation. Overall, 42 percent of grades are A’s. At private colleges, A grades are close to being the majority.

“Professors today commonly make no distinctions between mediocre and excellent student performance and are doing so from Harvard to CSU-San Bernardino,” writes Stuart Rojstaczer, a former Duke professor.

Grade inflation is rising everywhere, except at community colleges, where it seems to have leveled off.

Princeton and Wellesley faculty have debated ways to limit grade inflation, reports Inside Higher Ed….

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New study: white teachers more likely to doubt educational prospects of black boys and girls | Pedro

This new study may come both as a shock and at the same time as not so a surprise: when evaluating the same black student, white teachers expect significantly less academic success than black teachers. Even more: this is especially true for black boys.

From the press release:

When a black teacher and a white teacher evaluate the same black student, the white teacher is about 30 percent less likely to predict the student will complete a four-year college degree, the study found. White teachers are also 12 percent less likely to expect their black students will graduate high school.


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Blikje Terug met Iets Extra’s | Paul Kirschner

Deze blog schreef ik oorspronkelijk voor het aprilnummer van het blad Didactief waar ik iedere maand iets schrijf over m.i. spraakmakend wetenschappelijk onderzoek en wat de betekenis daarvan is in/voor het onderwijs. Hier een iets meer uitgebreid versie. Soms heb je iets geschreven en vind je later nog meer mooie artikelen over hetzelfde onderwerp. Zo […]

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“Get Off That See-Saw.” How Junior Cycle Reform and the English Specification Fail to Solve the Pip/Bruno Problem | ellenmetcalf

“Knowledge is…important, because it’s a prerequisite for imagination, or at least for the sort of imagination that leads to problem-solving, decision-making, and creativity”. Daniel Willingham

Junior Cycle Reform is on the agenda today, the second day of the 2016 ASTI convention. Here is my take, as an English teacher, on why the alleged goals of the reform will not be met. It will succeed only in dumbing down a generation and in saving a modest amount of cash for the Department of Education and Skills. The aims themselves are mistaken, and so from there, the proposed reforms are will lower…

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How to Start Class: Starring Alonte Johnson | Doug Lemov

The first moment of your class is in many ways the most important in setting expectations for what will happen there for the next hour.  That’s why I love this clip of Alonte Johnson starting his 7th grade English class at King’s Collegiate in Brooklyn.  He’s clear and direct. His routines are simple and efficient.  He balances just the right amount of formality to show that the endeavors of his class are serious without being harsh.  And he communicates so much of what he expects with his tone and body language.

AlonteJohnson.StrongVoice.StartingClass from Uncommon Schools on Vimeo….

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