Monday, March 14, 2016

Education Links 3/15/16

What Kind of Group Work Encourages the Most Original Thinking? 

How To Support The Increasingly Diverse Student Populations Present in Your Classrooms 

Competency Based Learning: How Flipped Mastery Makes CBL Possible

Are You Ready for Your IEP Meeting? 

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues 

Designing Useful STEM Classroom Assessments 

Four Positives From Personalized Learning 

The overselling of ed tech 

 If you haven’t given much thought to the kind of intellectual life we might want schools to foster, then it might sound exciting to “personalize” or “customize” learning.  But as I argued not long ago, we shouldn’t confuse personalized learning with personal learning.  The first involves adjusting the difficulty level of prefabricated skills-based exercises based on students’ test scores, and it requires the purchase of software.  The second involves working with each student to create projects of intellectual discovery that reflect his or her unique needs and interests, and it requires the presence of a caring teacher who knows each child well.


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