Insights Into Teaching from Ziyanique and Ayianna | Doug Lemov

Ziyanique and Ayianna- Future teachers (we hope!) analyzing video and inspiring us!


Every week at TLaC Towers we watch and analyze video of teachers. This week, though, we did something that we’ve never done before.  We watched video with students- Ziyanique Wells and Ayianna Texidor, two inspiring scholars at North Star’s Washington Park High School in Newark.

Ziyanique and Ayianna are interested in teaching so English teacher Ashling Coffey designed a  program for them where they received training and then worked as Teaching Assistants one day per week. The teaching assistants…

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Vouchers help religious schools | Joanne

Church-affiliated schools — and the parents who value a religious education — are big winners in Indiana’s voucher program, writes Cory Turner on NPR.

Since 2011, the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program has funded private-school tuition for  low-income students. Most choose religious schools.

Behind a statue of Jesus are the offices of Fort Wayne Community Schools. Photo: Acacia Squires/NPR

In 2013, under then Gov. Mike Pence, legislators authorized vouchers for children who’d never attended public school, writes Turner. “Indiana’s statewide voucher program is now the largest of its kind…

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DE oplossing om kansarmen een goede start te geven | johandewilde

Originally posted on Kleutergewijs:
Ik wens de kleine een goede levensstart. Bij een kraambezoek is het te vanzelfsprekend om het te verwoorden. De kersverse ouders feliciteren dat doen we wel. Nochtans is A great start in life niet voor iedereen weggelegd. Heel wat kansarme kinderen nemen een valse start. Kunnen en willen we er als…

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Double-Barrelled Learning for Young & Old | Pedro

In the midst of writing a chapter about dual coding myself, this blog post comes very welcome!

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

When accompanying text with images, a learner learns better. However, this only works when they are combined properly! 

A good combination of words and images facilitates learning. This is based on the dual coding theory (Paivio, 1971), which uses the idea that humans need either verbal associations or visual imagery to increase learning effectiveness. The theory assumes that we have two specific yet connected cognitive subsystems. One subsystem is…

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In Praise of Discovery Learning | ellenmetcalf

“We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no-one else can make for us, which no-one can spare us, for our wisdom  is the point of view from which we come at last to view the world.”

Marcel Proust.


How teaching happens matters!

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

A quick look through the DSE inspectorate reports shows that the popularity of discovery learning is showing no signs of disappearing. One inspection report from March mentions discovery learning twice, recommending that science teachers “should…

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When a can-do town can’t find middle-class jobs | Joanne

Amy Goldstein’s Janesville, the story of a Wisconsin town that lost its General Motors factory, isn’t just “decline porn,” writes J.D. Vance in The Book of Jobs in Commentary. Goldstein, a Puliter Prize-winning Washington Post reporter, frames the book as the story of “what happens when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself back up.”

Set in the Wisconsin hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan, the book follows “chronicles the efforts of officeholders, laid-off workers, families, local businesspeople, community-college leaders, and government officials to rebuild their lives…

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Change and Stability in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts (Part 2) | larrycuban

Organizations are dynamically conservative, that is to say, they fight like mad to remain the same.

Donald Schon, 1970[i]

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change

Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard [ii]

Based upon my research into exemplars of technology integration in 41 classrooms, 12 schools, and six districts in Silicon Valley in 2016, I concluded that the teachers and administrators I have seen and interviewed have, indeed, implemented software and hardware fully into their daily routines. In these settings, technology use shifted from the foreground to the…

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