Favorite Blog Posts of May

effects of exercise on human brain
The potential gains for those students allowed to attend recess more are clear from this diagram. Thanks to https://twitter.com/scienmagTeaching:

Education Policy

America desperately needs to redefine college and career ready, according to  @dintersmith .  “The reality is that we’ve turned schools into college prep factories, leaving the vast majority of kids ill-prepared for career or life … ” 

Also, Colorado’s teacher evaluation review doesn’t seem to be working as it was designed  … via @matt_barnum. Principals do not seem to be willing to rate teachers as “ineffective.”  The reason is unclear but speculation might be that more-effective teachers are not readily available. 

On the Ed Tech Debate:  Ed Tech Makes No Significant Impact on Learning?  via @EduWells I was taught in grad school last year that there was an effect, albeit a small one.  Why is effect relatively small?  Because it is the teacher, not to tech, that’s critical.  “Teachers are only truly successful when focused both on the design of and the locus of control within a social learning environment.”   For more, watch the YouTube video on the last 100 years and the claim that “This will revolutionize education.” Via @veritasium


From @eduleadershipIs the Instructional Leadership movement undermining the teaching profession?  Well, maybe not, but there is a need for principals to give more instructional leadership to new or struggling teachers.

The Toughest Part of Teaching is the constant whipsaw changes in ed theory, according to . “Be it teaching the textbook or teaching to the test, dumbing down or top-down management, homework or homeschooling, curricular mandates or mandated reporters, skillsets or mindsets, dittos or data… teachers have endured and experimented a lot–and not always by choice.” Preach brother.

Another reflection on the same theme, English Grammar School Debate revisited is from @TeacherToolkit.  Given the edthink revolution of the past 50 years, the author asserts that the ‘expert, top-down’ model of decision-making suits those that believe they know best for whatever reason … ” but not the teachers and students or other citizens of any given country.

They walk among us:  the children of incarcerated parents, and the effect a parent’s incarceration has on the whole family.  By via @ncte, the National Council of Teachers of English.

An alternative to endless worksheets:  End of the year cooperative learning idea for middle school from    Eco-regions of Texas student-led conference.

Teaching, Subgroup:  Humor

Five Education Ideas Applied to Alternative Contexts: via @greg_ashman.  No comment, just laughter.  He who ears, let him hear.  

Teacher Gets through week of fidget spinners alive “The fidget phenomenon has officially reached Khartoum.” Via @MrZachG 

Classical Education:

A scholar’s daily schedule, cribbed from the boyhood days of C.S. Lewis.  Comes complete with a reflection on growing and developing the ability to concentrate on “deep work,” or meditative study, and notes on the effects of digital media, with suggestions for further reading. Via @GCTutorials

What Classical Education is not:  from the Circe Institute, @circeins, in which it is argued that, yes, classical education is whole child education, and no, we do not intend to throw the baby out with the bathwater.  

Idiological bullying, Anne of Green Gables, and The Handmaid’s Tale, by Sara Masarik at Plumfield and Paideia.

Finally, for the armchair traveler, Taking a walk across the English countryside with  in which @JacyBrean visits the grave of Robin Hood’s Little John.

That’s all for this month, and thanks for stopping by!


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