Reading an economics op ed in writing class

One frustration I have, teaching freshman composition, has to do with the essays that appear in readers. Almost universally, they are about one subject and one subject alone: identity. That’s it. Hispanic identity, Asian identity, black identity, female identity, gay identity, disability identity, on and on. And everything is personal. First person, no research, no […]

Reading an economics op ed in writing class — Catherine & Katharine

La. Student Assaults Teacher; Others Film, Post to Social Media. All Are Arrested.

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On Wednesday, October 07, 2021, a Louisiana high school student repeatedly punched a disabled teacher as two other students were involved in filming and/or later publicizing the event.

That same day, October 07, 2021, 18-year-old Larrianna Jackson was arrested and charged with the felony of battery of a school teacher.

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The video her accomplices filmed provided the evidence, not only for Jackson’s arrest, but for theirs, as well. On October 08, 2021, 18-year-old Trinity Gervais and a minor-aged student were also arrested, as KACT reports, “for allegedly filming a student attacking a teacher.”

But the enticement to publicize the filming of crimical activity assisted the police quite handily. All who are tempted to break the law for those few moments of social media fame should remember that their foolishness entails posting evidence against themselves.

According to WWLTV, “Both students were charged with unlawful posting…

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My Day at Ed Camp

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Originally appeared in Education News , Nov, 2015; and is included in “Math Education in the U.S”

I attended an “Ed Camp” recently. This is one of many types of non-professional development and informal gatherings whereteachers talk about various education-related topics. The camp I attended was free of charge and took place at a charter school that prided itself on a student-centered approach to learning. In keeping with the school’s focus, the camp also took a student-centered approach which it boasted about in its announcement, calling the event an “unconference”. It stated that the Ed Camp “is not your traditional educational conference; sessions will be created by attendees.”

And that’s exactly what happened. Participants wrote ideas for sessions on Post-It notes which were placed on a whiteboard. The conference organizers then put the Post-It notes in categories that formed various sessions which were then led by whomever wanted to…

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Roediger and Karpicke – Retrieval practice and effortful learning

Henry L. Roediger (Washington University in St. Louis) and Jeffrey D. Karpicke (Purdue University) have been at the forefront of the research on retrieval practice. For centuries memories were seen as objects to be retrieved but neutral for learning. Few saw that act of retrieval as a learning experience in itself, something that produced learning.…

Roediger and Karpicke – Retrieval practice and effortful learning — Donald Clark Plan B

Let’s Get to Work with Productive Learning Strategies: Self-testing

Paul A. Kirschner, Mirjam Neelen, Tine Hoof & Tim Surma This blog is the sixth in a series of eight blogs on productive learning strategies, originally written by Tine Hoof, Tim Surma & Paul Kirschner, and published on excel.thomasmore.be. In 2015, Richard Mayer and Logan Fiorella published their book ‘Learning as a Generative Activity’ describing […]

Let’s Get to Work with Productive Learning Strategies: Self-testing — 3-Star learning experiences

Huge review study shows link between income inequality in a state and average results on math, but not reading

When I first read the title and introduction of the press release I was a bit baffled by the results of this review published in Educational Review as it shows that – in the US – inequalities in income affect how well children do in maths. This is not surprising at all, but more surprising […]

Huge review study shows link between income inequality in a state and average results on math, but not reading — From experience to meaning…

DFI: Most Americans Still Can’t Pass U.S. Citizenship Test

Oct. 6, 2021 — During a time that saw an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the percentage of Americans who could pass the U.S. Citizenship Test is only 42%, but that still marks an increase of six points since advocates initially conducted the survey three years ago. The Driving Force Institute (DFI) says the fact that nearly 6 in 10 Americans could not pass a citizenship test highlights the urgent need for new approaches to teaching and learning American history.  Only 17% know that the U.S. […]

DFI: Most Americans Still Can’t Pass U.S. Citizenship Test — Eduflack By Patrick R. Riccards

Traditional Math (3): Scope and Sequence of Topics for Seventh Grade Math

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This is part 3 of a series that will eventually be a book by the same name as this blog. While this is labeled Part 3, it will likely occur much later in the book, after presentation of topics for lower grades (K-6).

The math textbooks in use today have a dearth of good explanations, as well as word problems. Examples usually take the place of any kind of extended explanation, and while explicit instruction relies on worked examples, a textbook should have some additional explanation to go along with them. Indeed, the explanations provided in the teachers’ manuals for these books are instructive and should be included in the students’ textbooks as well.  In addition, today’s textbooks generally include too many topics in one lesson, and the problems at the end of the lesson sometimes go beyond what was discussed in the lesson itself.

Compounding these difficulties are…

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Cognitive Load Theory research delivers evidence for 100-year-old practice used by Montessori

Yesterday Jan De Mol messaged me these two studies that bring together cognitive load theory and the work by Maria Montessori. I do think the second study seems to be underpowered, but I can follow the reasoning. Do read this excerpt of the press release: Finger tracing has been used by teachers to help students […]

Cognitive Load Theory research delivers evidence for 100-year-old practice used by Montessori — From experience to meaning…