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 This video presents a clear case for school reform based on how Albert Einstein might implement changes. It presents 12 school-based interventions using supporting quotations from Albert Einstein’s writings. The 12 ways include: focusing on imagination, opening children to a sense of wonder, promoting individuality over standardization, putting play back in preschool and kindergarten,...
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Yesterday I wrote in my blog about a new program being tested that provides young kids with wearable devices that track the number of words they hear or speak in the course of a day.  Today I want to write about another form of datafication, this time being used in our schools.  The Equal Opportunity...
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With mindfulness practices being all the rage in school these days, some teachers are bound to respond with a feeling of doubt or even exasperation, thinking: ”I already have enough on my plate, curriculum-wise, and I see mindfulness as just another thing I have to incorporate into my classroom.” This objection is understandable, because teachers...
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It’s been eight years since the Common Core State Standards were unveiled and states began adopting them for use in their evaluation programs.  The firestorm of controversy which initially greeted their introduction into American education from both sides of the political aisle seems to have died down somewhat and presently the Common Core appears to...
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Anyone who has been in American education for more than a generation understands that educational trends come in waves.  Progressive education gives way to back to basics which yields to open education which in term is supplanted by cultural literacy, high stakes testing and standards-based instruction.  And so it goes. Somewhere in there, around about...
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