Sunday Post November 17, 2013

High StakesHow Can Students Be Successful in a High Stakes World? – KQED

“Kids are getting into Stanford who are coming in already as robo students,” Stanford educator and author Denise Pope said. “What they had to do to get in was be the overachiever, but in their courses they can’t think outside the box.” Students arrive as good test-takers, but they can’t solve complex problems, think critically, communicate, problem solve or be creative. There has been very little transfer of learning to other areas, and no emphasis on cultivating a love of learning, Pope said. Read more…

Teachers workingYear-Round Schooling: How It Affects Teachers – Edweek

Does a lack of a season of rejuvenation for educators lead to burnout in the classrooms – and how is pay impacted? Let’s take a look at these, and other implications, of year-round academic calendars and teachers. Read more…


Common CoreResources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards –  Edutopia

Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense, conflicting information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You’re not alone. Connecting with other educators is often a great way to uncover useful CCSS information, tools, and resources. Consider sharing your voice in online communities: on Twitter (#CCSS or #CommonCore), on Pinterest (Edutopia’s Common Core pinboard is one place to start), or in Edutopia’s community discussion about the Common Core. If you’d like even more help making sense of the initiative, here’s Edutopia’s guide to other organizations that offer valuable resources. Read more…

teachable momentsTeachable Moment

If you are a regular NPR listener you will be familiar with StoryCorps. We find so many of the stories shared with the radio audience to be remarkable for their messages.  Below, in a mere two minutes and 29 seconds,  is one such story and an inspiring teachable moment.

Making New Connections On A Trapped Subway Train

Laura Lane met Paquita Williams, a New York City subway conductor, when their train was stopped underground for two hours. Generally, Paquita says, most passengers are nice, but “there’s times if the train breaks down, people think that’s my fault.” Read more and listen…


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Posted: November 17th, 2013