“The Fart-Free Classroom” (Jerry Heverly) | larrycuban

 

After the previous post on the teachers being practical politicians, Jerry Heverly commented on it and sent along a post he had written illustrating the inexorable dependence of teachers upon their students and the inherent dilemmas teachers face in exerting power, fostering relationships with students and managing their behavior. In effect, teachers have to engage in  practical politics by working out with students compromises to the dilemmas they face in order to get students to learn.

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Restructuring Education: Will True Reform Ever Happen without School-Based Management? | Paul W. Bennett

“Restructuring education” was a popular reform nostrum that dominated North American K-12 school reform in the early to mid 1990s. Emerging as a stepchild of the “Reinventing Government” movement, it was driven by a reform impulse to introduce school-based management as a means of busting the bureaucracy that dominated public education systems.  Centralization, consolidation, and bureaucracy eventually triumphed, aided and abetted by corporate managerialism, testing, and accountability. Twenty years on, it’s time to take a closer look at why decentralization  capsized and what lessons can be…

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“The Fart-Free Classroom” (Jerry Heverly) | larrycuban

 

After the previous post on the teachers being practical politicians, Jerry Heverly commented on it and sent along a post he had written illustrating the inexorable dependence of teachers upon their students and the inherent dilemmas teachers face in exerting power, fostering relationships with students and managing their behavior. In effect, teachers have to engage in  practical politics by working out with students compromises to the dilemmas they face in order to get students to learn.

Heverly granted me permission to use this post. He is a veteran San Leandro High School English…

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Three Lessons from Alex Timoll’s Cold Call | Doug Lemov

One of our most useful clips of the Cold Call technique is this short-but-super clip of Alex Timoll at Excellence Boys Charter School in Bed Stuy Brooklyn.  There are a ton of things you could take away from it, and from Alex’s teaching generally, but there are three especially useful lessons i think that every teacher can use.  First the video:

EA.TurnAndTalk.GR4.Timoll.’Lets fold up.’Clip2626 from TLAC Blog on Vimeo.

Key Points:
Alex uses her Cold Call to ‘backstop’ her Turn and Talk. Students are both engaged in and accountable for the Turn and Talk because, they have come to…

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For Coaches: Making Downtime More Productive During Practice | Doug Lemov

Recently I watched Mike Ellicott training his U13 girls at Empire United‘s development academy in Rochester.  I wanted to share an idea that came out of it.

When his girls broke into three groups for small sided games–one group ‘off’ while the other two played; the third group rotating in after five mins–something caught my eye. Mike gave the girls in the third group cards.

Giving out “the cards”

He said “We’ll be using the cards again” and the girls laughed.  The purpose of the cards soon became clear.  They were workout cards. While they were ‘out’ the girls did a series of fitness…

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Arithmetic to algebra in a semester | Joanne

CUNY Start student Kyle Lambert, 19, writes a math equation while teacher, Erica Fells left, looks on. Photo: Jessica Lehrman/New York Times

 Remedial math is the Bermuda triangle of community colleges. Many enter. Few go on to pass a college-level math class.

City University of New York’s community colleges have developed a catch-up class that prepares a majority of students for college in one semester, writes David Kirp, a Berkeley professor public policy, in the New York Times.  CUNY START, which includes “good teaching and I-have-your-back counseling,” could end the curse of…

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