Focusing as a learning trap?

This is a rather confusing study. While it seems the whole educational world is trying to figure out how to help our children to learn how to focus better (executive functions, anyone?), this new eye-tracking study describes not being able to focus as a secret power of children, which helps them to avoid a ‘learning […]

Focusing as a learning trap? — From experience to meaning…

New report highlights fields of study with surging international student interest — ICEF Monitor

A new analysis from Studyportals uses a large volume of student search data to pinpoint significant student interest in certain fields of study. The report identifies the following 10 fields as “subject areas where student interest is growing, and where the global supply of programmes is lagging behind demand.” User experience designData science & big…

New report highlights fields of study with surging international student interest — ICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitment

Really? Teachers’ turnover intentions, burnout and poor work are related

This Finnish longitudinal study examined the connection between the risk of burnout, poor experienced teacher-working environment en what the researchers call persistent turnover intentions. This link may not come as a surprise, but the good news is: positive experiences such as enough autonomy in the workplace seem to protect against cynicism and exhaustion. From the […]

Really? Teachers’ turnover intentions, burnout and poor work are related — From experience to meaning…

Autistic readers and pre-modern literature: do they really “want abilities”? — Catherine & Katharine

One topic I address in my new book and also in an upcoming ResearchED talk is reading comprehension in autism. A big part of the challenge, as I discuss in this old Out in Left Field post, are instances of non-literal language. Autistic readers and pre-modern literature: do they really “want abilities”? For autistic readers, […]

Autistic readers and pre-modern literature: do they really “want abilities”? — Catherine & Katharine

Math problem of the week, revisited — Catherine & Katharine

A friend of mine recently shared with me a page of his son’s 9th grade honor’s geometry homework, and it was similar this one, except that the directions were less clear. His son got half the problems wrong because he didn’t notice that they were asking him to reflect the shape across some axis other […]

Math problem of the week, revisited — Catherine & Katharine

What a Contract with Ed Staffing Solutions (ESS) for Subs Looks Like

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In its September 08, 2022, board meeting, Louisiana-based St. Tammany Parish Public Schools (STPPS) introduced the idea of contracting to a third party, Education Staffing Services(ESS) to provide substitute teachers to St. Tammany’s schools.

ESS’s main office is in Knoxville, TN, but it has branches in several states.

Some details from the September 05, 2022, Nola.com on the issue:

School administrators want to bring on an outside company, Educational Staffing Solutions, that would recruit, vet, and train new subs who would be employed by them rather than the school system. ESS would provide health care insurance and retirement benefits as well as incentives that include $100 referral bonuses. After an onboarding process, current subs would transition to the new employer. 

“They can offer benefits that we cannot,” said Steve Alphonso, the school district’s supervisor of human resources. “This is going to help our employees if they need to take off…

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Banning Books Also Bans Critical Thinking.

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If you’re looking for something to read, you might want to consult the American Library Association’s (ALA) list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books by year. The ALA has been tracking this information since 1990.

If you are a reasonably educated person, and especially if you are an avid reader, you will have likely read a number of these titles already.

And yes, the bible did make the top 10 in 2015 for “religious viewpoint,” though I am surprised that other issues, including violence, incest, and sexually explicit content, were not cited. (Genesis 19:30-38 and 38:11-30 are two eye-openers for would-be book banners who mistakenly believe the bible is sterile reading.)

Some titles that have made the list repeatedly include the following, with reasons for the ban:

  • Reasons (2020): Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community.”

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Graphic organizers help to enhance students’ generative cognitive processing

Originally posted on Best Evidence in Brief Index: By Winnie Tam, Centre for University and School Partnership, The Chinese University of Hong Kong A recent study published in Journal of Educational Psychology examined the role of graphic organizers in promoting generative processing in learners. A generative learning process occurs when a learner selects important material,…

Graphic organizers help to enhance students’ generative cognitive processing — From experience to meaning…

A new year, a new begin

3-Star learning experiences

Gert Verbrugghen and Paul A. Kirschner

This blog was originally published on https://excel.thomasmore.be/2022/08/de-gouden-weken/

And off we go! A new school year is about to start for both students AND teachers. For novice teachers this is often a nerve-wracking moment, because it suddenly hits them: “What if they don’t listen to me?”. But they’re not the only ones. Quite a lot of experienced teachers also have, to a certain degree healthy, or even unhealthy stress when they start a new school year.

As a teacher and (student mentor), I’ll try to help you to get off to a good start this year. And even if it doesn’t work out quite the way you planned it, you can still use the tips in this blog to make a good start the very next day.

May Tulips in My Garden / Happy Flower's Day !
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Take care of your garden

This blog will try to kill two…

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