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Other Ed News from Around the Web:
Big Philosophical idea of the week:
...and other long reads well worth your while
Here are two reads for your weekend long-reading enjoyment:
I highly recommend both!
First, Here's the article referred to in the title of this post, via Annie Murphy Paul. I like a lot of her Brilliant Report so it is all worth reading http://eepurl.com/S2XQj
And also, CMS PD Specialist Kim Marshall compiles a digest of news of interest to educators . This particular Marshall Memo is so amazing I had to share it with you. Click on the image (cafe picture) if you find the quotes below compelling enough to read her entire newsletter.
“The evidence against VAM is at this point overwhelming. The refusal of school reformers to acknowledge it is outrageous.”
Valerie Strauss in “Statisticians Slam Popular Teacher Evaluation Method”
“How well is differentiated instruction carried out and by how many teachers? How well does it actually work and for which kids under what circumstances? I’d really like to know, and so, I am sure, would many others.”
Chester Finn, Jr. (see item #4)
“Privateness has not been and undoubtedly never will be lauded, precarious, and decent. Humankind will always subjugate privateness.”
This sentence got a near-perfect score from a robot grading program (see item #5)
“Self-control is like a muscle – we need to restore its strength after use. Rest, relaxation, meditation, prayer, a snack – all those things can help restore us.”
Maryam Kouchaki (see item #2)
“What do you notice?”
Kristen Marchiando’s question of her third graders as they read together (see item #7)
Sometimes I get bogged down with what's going wrong in the larger ed reform world.
During those times it's helpful to focus on what we have the power to change immediately as we continue to advocate for those changes others need to help us create.
Math teacher Justin Aion started this hashtag on Twitter and I ran with it enthusiastically (there's no other way I run)
Many of the ideas I shared in the #ThingsTeachersCanChange list are directly inspired by YOU-things you've told me, things I've seen you do, things we've discussed together that matter in ed.
If you or your students are feeling demoralized and need a bit of a pick me up, click the image to read the hashtag ideas, and also please add your own ideas! (If you need to make a Twitter account, contact me and I will walk you through it.) These are things you can change right now and you may like them. I'll be out of town on Saturday, but this is my way of helping the cause, using somethign I know how to do
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.