Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Without ample opportunity for forms of play that foster innovation and creative thinking, she argues, America’s children will be at a disadvantage in the global economy.
“Play equals learning,” she said. “For too long we have divorced the two.”
Some of the factors behind diminished play time have been evolving for decades, others are more recent. Added together, they have resulted in eight to 12 fewer hours of free play time per week for the average American child since the 1980s, experts say.
Among the key factors, according to Thompson:
- Parents’ reluctance to let their kids play outside on their own, for fear of abduction or injury, and the companion trend of scheduling lessons, supervised sports and other structured activities that consume a large chunk of a child’s non-school hours.
- More hours per week spent by kids watching TV, playing video games, using the Internet, communicating on cell phones.
- Shortening or eliminating recess at many schools — a trend so pronounced that the National PTA has launched a “Rescuing Recess” campaign.
- More emphasis on formal learning in preschool, more homework for elementary school students and more pressure from parents on young children to quickly acquire academic skills.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 11:34 PM
"I mentioned in another post here that I have zero expectations when it comes to how I teach. I assume the kids in my class have unconcerned, uneducated, too busy, drug addicted parents. That way I am sure to cover all that needs to be covered, aside from reading writing and arithmetic.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 2:33 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Ben Chavis, who took over American Indian Public Charter in 2001, when it was struggling academically and in danger of losing its charter, said there was no mystery to his schools' success. It begins, he said, with at least 90 minutes a day of math and English, and a no-nonsense approach.
"These poor kids are doing well because we practice math and language arts," he said. "That's it. It's simple."
Posted by TurbineGuy at 4:19 AM
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
ANNUAL REPORT: Poor test results in 'three R's' come after four years of gains.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 3:22 PM
I was just reading Kevin Carey's latest post about teacher quality, or more specifically alternate certification programs vs. traditional certification programs. He brings up an interesting point about the possibility of there being some sort of mystery innate factor that heavily influences student outcomes and teacher effectiveness.
- Reinforces the basics/building blocks continually
- Is organized i.e. plans out assignments and and doesn't lose homework
- Expects students to be behaved and responsible
- Uses students work to evaluate how well they taught, not just how well the student learned
Posted by TurbineGuy at 5:35 AM
Monday, November 10, 2008
To a homeowner, a low, but realistic, listing price is "like someone calling your kids ugly," Ariely said with a laugh.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 10:44 PM
I've been playing around with facebook and twitter the last few days.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 3:36 PM
Saturday, November 08, 2008
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
So I am watching the Obama victory speech, and I am feeling it. Seriously, I'm telling my wife, who isn't so accepting, that his speech is pretty decent, he is saying all the right thing, then... he starts with the "Yes we can" thing.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 1:20 AM
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
First, I would like to thank everyone who voted... thank you for exercising your right, no matter who you voted for.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 10:26 PM
Monday, November 03, 2008
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Sunday, November 02, 2008
My two and a half year old has a stomach bug. I was up all night cleaning up after her.
Posted by TurbineGuy at 10:37 PM
Saturday, November 01, 2008
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