Taking Control of Your Professional Development with Research – Post 3 | theeffortfuleducator

Post 3 – Reading the Research

The first two posts in this series introduce its purpose and address where to find the research.  As a whole, this series intends to empower educators to take control of their professional development with research.  Often times, the prescribed whole-school PD doesn’t meet the needs of all classes and students.  I believe teachers should invest in seeking out your own development, specific to your class rosters.  Who knows your student’s classroom needs better than you?  I believe, to improve the education of our students, teachers need to know the following:…

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Is your 5-year-old an anarchist? | Joanne

In Pasco County, Florida, parents don’t like “new behavior expectation charts that suggest conforming to peer pressure is positive, and that running in school is anarchy,” reports Jeffrey Solochek for the Tampa Bay Times.

The superintendent has put the new behavior system on hold.

The chart was posted in a kindergarten class, writes Peter Greene in a Curmudgucation post on “five-year-old anarchists.”

“Equating considerate, compliant and conforms is just bizarre,” he writes. And why are bossy people “expected to grow into compliant people (who then become democratic people)?”…

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Verrassende en confronterende voorleestips voor de kleuterklas | johandewilde

Originally posted on Kleutergewijs:
“Waarover denken jullie dat dit boek zal gaan?”, zo begint een voorleessessie in de kleuterklas vaak. Kritiek hierop vond ik onlangs in een boek van de Amerikaanse beroepsorganisatie NAEYC (Schickedanz & Collins, 2013). De auteurs pleiten tegen de praktijk om voor het lezen aan de kleuters te vragen waarover het boek…

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Red shirts for all? Older is better through college | Joanne

Older students do better through college, according to a new study by David Figlio, a Northwestern economist, reports John Ydstie on NPR.

Florida children who just missed the Sept. 1 cutoff and had to wait a year to start school performed better than demographically similar students who just made the cutoff. The September-born students were more likely to attend college and to graduate from an elite university, compared to those born in August, who were the youngest in their classes.

Credit: Chris Buck

The small but significant achievement gap occurred in families of all socioeconomic…

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Pip and Tim decodable books from Little Learners Love Literacy | alison

Before I buy a book, I like to pick it up and look through it properly myself.

I also like to hear about it from independent reviewers, not rely on information from those  selling it. They’re hardly going to tell me if there’s something wrong with it.

Unfortunately, a lot of excellent books and other resources to help kids learn to read and spell aren’t readily available in mainstream shops.

They’re only available online, or from specialist shops that aren’t always easy to visit. So they’re hard to leaf through, and it’s also difficult to find independent reviews of them.

I’m thus…

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No more animals in storybooks? Kids learn moral lessons more effectively from stories with humans | Pedro

To you remember Watership Down? I bet – if you are as old as me – you are now humming that tune. A new study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto found that four to six-year-olds shared more after listening to books with human characters than books with anthropomorphic (human-like) animals. It is a randomized controlled trial with 3 groups of in total 96 participating children.

Overall, the researchers found:

Children ages 4 to 6 read either a book about sharing with human characters, a book about sharing with…

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Keep ‘American dream machine’ running | Joanne

My grandfather, who came to the U.S. as a boy round about 1900 — one of those huddled masses sailing past the Statue of Liberty — went to City College of New York for a semester or two before quitting to start a candy business. It failed. But his second try was a success. (His big product was malted-milk balls, the kind that now come in milk cartons. He patented the process for aerating malt, making him, in my mother’s words, “the inventor of the modern malted-milk ball.”)

Andy Grove, an immigrant from Hungary who went on to co-found Intel, also went to CCNY, which he called “the…

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