Is Batman working hard? He is! | Joanne


Dressing up as Batman, Dora the Explorer or other heroes helps four- to six-year-olds concentrate on a task and resist the distraction of technology, writes Jenny Anderson on Quartz.

Researchers asked young children to do a boring computer task for 10 minutes, but told them they could play a game on an iPad if they got bored.

The 180 kids were assigned to one of three conditions: a control group, which asked the children to think about their thoughts and feelings as they went through the task and ask themselves “Am I working hard?”

The second group was asked to think of themselves…

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Long lessons, lots of distracted kids | Joanne

The average K-4 student is distracted more than a quarter of the time, according to a 2016 paper, Off-task behavior in elementary school children, reports Hechinger’s Jill Barshay.

Students’ attention was most likely to drift during whole-class instruction and when an activity went longer than 10 minutes, writes Barshay.

A quarter of instructional activities lasted longer than 17 minutes — longer than the average adult attention span of 15 minutes — said co-author Karrie Goodwin, a Kent State professor.  She suggested “divvying up instructional activities into smaller chunks.”…

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Success Academy’s Radical Educational Experiment (Rebecca Mead) | larrycuban

“Rebecca Mead joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1997. She has profiled many subjects, among them Lena Dunham, Christine Quinn, Santiago Calatrava, Nico Muhly, Slavoj Zizek, and Shaquille O’Neal….”

Reformers trying to merge traditional and progressive teaching approaches is a tough road to negotiate. In How Teachers Taught (1984) I laid out many examples of progressive efforts to do, for example, project-based teaching in the midst of bolted down desks during the 1930s. That effort to marry the two has continued to produce many hybrids. In this New Yorker article, I extracted an…

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Cognitive Load Theory and Applications in the Classroom | theeffortfuleducator

*The following article featured on December 6, 2018.  Here’s a link to the original article:
What is Cognitive Load Theory?

It’s a shame, really. Teachers across the world spend large sums of money on their university training. They spend large amounts of time committing to writing papers, lesson plans, learning how to write reliable/valid assessments, discovering education law, etc. But, I’m not aware of education programs that highlight how we learn. How does the…

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Student privacy vs. teacher safety | Joanne

Do teachers have a right to know when a student has been charged with a violence crime? “Most states allow law enforcement agencies and courts to notify school districts of potentially criminal juveniles, writes Rebecca Beitsch on Stateline.

Now a Wisconsin lawmaker wants to require law enforcement officials to notify schools within 24 hours of a student’s arrest for violence.

The proposal came in response to an attack at a Milwaukee high school in August, reports Beitsch. “The cellphone video is shocking: A high school student shoves a teacher, then hits him face-on and is still…

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Parental Alienation Advocate Invites Fox to Watch Henhouse | Jean Mercer

Well, I really thought I had made a couple of things plain on this blog: 1) that although I am sure that intentional “parental alienation” and manipulation of a child’s emotions toward a parent’s former partner could be the cause of a child’s avoidance of contact with one parent, this is far from the only explanation of the child’s attitude (even when the child gives no “rational” explanation for avoidance) and without a clear evidence basis no one has any business attributing the child’s feelings and behavior to a parent’s influence; and 2) that persons who attribute the child’s reluctance…

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What are the effects of a method such as Montessori education? | Pedro

I often get the question what is better: traditional schools or method schools – I would prefer to call them modern schools – such as Montessori, Jenaplan, Freinet, … Last week I explained to my students that this is something quite difficult to examine as many parents who opt for such a school are often already very much involved in the education of their children, an element that already can predict a lot of the gains at school. A recent review study on Montessori-education showed that a lot of the research suffers from this.

I now have two different studies that use the same trick to…

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