Among the Features in the February 2017 issue of District Administration is an article spotlighting our very own superintendent, Pam Moran. Check it out:
Remaking the K12 classroom: Virginia superintendent leads with makerspaces, multiage learning
But that is changing as evidence builds that taking brief activity breaks during the day helps children learn and be more attentive in class, and a growing number of programs designed to promote movement are being adopted in schools.” Keep reading in the New York Times »
What Superintendent Moran has to say: Continue reading
Looking for an activity to engage your students in the interview process, writing, and even multimedia production? Check out On Coming to America: Small Moments, Big Meanings, including online lessons with structured opportunities for students to listen to, learn from, and honor the stories of others and, in the process, document and celebrate small moments in history from their own communities and across the globe.
Regarding her K-8 Title I school’s experience with implementation, principal Lana Penley shared, “We’ve seen this huge shift in the overall tone and civility of the school culture.”
Keep reading in MindShift »
“Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school. Two researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia propose that it be taught earlier, however—much earlier. As in first grade.” Keep reading in MindShift »
What Superintendent Moran has to say: Understanding how the brain learns is critical for educators to select pedagogical practices that support retention of procedural knowledge as well as critical content. In this post, the author provides perspective on what kids should know about their own brains and how that knowledge helps young people learn how to learn, a key mindset. Information in this post fits well with our Lifelong-Learner Competencies, in particular applying habits of mind and metacognitive strategies.
Project based learning “continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s plagued by misunderstandings about when it should be used, and when not, and to what extent it can fulfill the mandate of a standards-based system. Too often, it ends with enthusiastic students delivering mediocre work — and teachers aren’t sure what went wrong or right.” Keep reading in MindShift »
In 1986, in a few of the poorest neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica, a team of researchers from the University of the West Indies embarked on an experiment that has done a great deal, over time, to change our thinking about how to help children succeed, especially those living in poverty. Its message: Help children by supporting and coaching their parents. Keep reading in The New York Times »
The Jamaica experiment helps make the case that if we want to improve children’s opportunities for success, one of the most powerful potential levers for change is not the children themselves, but rather the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of the adults who surround them.
Cutting wood with a band saw is just plain fun. I have not found a trigonometry student yet who disagrees. This is one of the reasons that I have built the Trigonometry Miniature Golf project into my Trigonometry curriculum. Read more in Mathematics Teacher (MT), an official journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics »
Author Tim Hickey is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and the math department chair at Monticello High School.
The Brooklyn New School, a progressive lottery-based elementary school in Carroll Gardens, has taken a stance against the state’s standardized math and English tests: Roughly 95 percent of its families opted out this year.
While the school — which is one of the city’s most sought after — has made clear that it opposes standardized tests, it’s now working on clarifying what it supports when it comes to measuring student progress, principal Anna Allanbrook said. Keep reading in DNAinfo »