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More on Learning from Neuroscientists-Children of the Code

In my previous post on our need to listen and learn from neuroscientists, I failed to provide the link I was after on some of Paula Tallal’s writings and lectures.  Dive into this link (scroll down) and you will find a trove of good material. For teachers engaged in Reading, and Writing with students (and […]

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Assessment and Achievement Measures-keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

Memo TO:  Education Practitioners While lawmakers, state officials, school boards, and others wrestle with adding student achievement as a component of teacher evaluation, it is easy for us all to get caught up in the hype.  There is much hype around ideology, fairness, research efficacy, and certainly the politics of it all.  While it is […]

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Compulsory HS Attendance until age 18!

“So tonight, I am proposing that every state — every state — requires that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.”  Words from President Obama’s State of the Union Speech on this past Tuesday evening, January 24, 2012. It is far past when we should have made this change to […]

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Bill Gates on Teacher Observations

See this short video where Bill Gates discusses his ideas on use of peer-review teacher observations.  Worth noting.  Link is: http://news.yahoo.com/video/newsmakers-26771768/bill-gates-discusses-domestic-education-efforts-27974661.html The idea of peer review is not a new one, but it certainly is one that should be considered for re-invigorated.  Regardless, Teachers deserve and need good feedback from good feedback systems. Thoughts? JW

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