New Mexico to Stop Using PARCC — Truth in American Education

Newly minted New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the state’s department of education to stop using PARCC. KOB Channel 4 reports: Lujan Grisham, in an executive order, called on the department to immediately begin working with key stakeholders to identify and implement a more effective, more appropriate and less intrusive method for assessing school…

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The Most Dangerous Phrases in Education — The Effortful Educator

I’m writing this to provide some balance. I know it probably won’t be well received by all…or most…or quite possibly anyone, but I believe it is important to write. There are a few phrases I see on twitter that cause me to cringe…mostly because they are presented without any context. While these sayings frequently produce…

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An Offer You Can’t Refuse — 3-Star learning experiences

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen Question: What educational research is absolutely critical for educators to know of and use in their teaching? Paul A. Kirschner, Luce Claessens, and Steven Raaijmakers have just written a book (in Dutch), bringing these absolute core pieces together and showing how teachers can use them to their own and […]

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Blast from Past, Dept.

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I wrote this 4 years ago regarding a column in USA Today. I commented and got into an argument with Linda Gojak, former president of NCTM. She presents the usual obfuscation and claims as evidence that students lack ‘understanding” because they cannot apply procedures in a variety of different problem solving situations. Well, if you ignore the novice-expert spectrum and put an expectation of expert thinking on novices, then yes, there’s your evidence I guess.

Here’s what I wrote four years ago:

Linda Gojak, former president of NCTM, decides to answer my comment on a comment she made in response to someone else and … Where was I? Well, it was a USAToday article proclaiming that Common Core math is not fuzzy.

Here’s what I said: “Linda Gojak Some understanding is critical, but not all. Sometimes procedural fluency leads to that understanding. It works in tandem. “

Her response:…

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Richard Phelps: A Surprising Inside Look at the College Board

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Richard Phelps is a testing expert. In this post, he asks why the College Board gets public subsidies when it is able to pay its executives seven-figure salaries.

He says its CEO, David Coleman, garnered more than $1 million in 2016.

Phelps summarizes a shocking number of scandals, turbulence, and staff upheaval at the College Board.

And to think this insular institution is the gatekeeper for higher education.

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Beliefs About “Understanding” in Math, Dept. — traditional math

Here are some of many beliefs about “understanding” in math. It was hard to choose from so many candidates, but feel free to add some of your own. We shouldn’t be teaching kids algorithms before they have the conceptual understanding. The belief is that standard algorithms for mathematical operations (like adding/subtracting multidigit numbers, multiplying and […]

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Why is learning so hard? Hyperbolic discounting – what is it and what to do about it — Donald Clark Plan B

Julie Dirkson knows a thing or two about learning. Well versed in the research, she is especially good at bringing ‘behavioural psychology’ to the foreground. Understand learners and you understand why it is so difficult to get them to learn. So it was a pleasure seeing her speak and speak with her afterwards. Her starting point…

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A Swell(er) Chat with My Students — The Effortful Educator

I had a great conversation with my students about understanding when they really know their stuff…when they are ‘experts’ of the material. After completing the following matching retrieval practice, we really dove into how they thought, how they considered all of the information and solved the problem of matching the appropriate name to the appropriate…

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A Tale of Two Elections: A Nationwide Referendum and a Revolt Against the Two-Party Duopoly — IVN.us

A Tale of Two Elections: A Nationwide Referendum and a Revolt Against the Two-Party Duopoly There were two elections on November 6. The first was a national referendum on President Trump that saw Democrats win a majority in the House of Representatives after nearly a decade out of power, while Republicans added seats in the…

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Louisiana Teacher Arrested at January 2018 Board Meeting Vindicated by Judge’s Ruling — deutsch29

On January 08, 2018, in a meeting of the Vermillion Parish (Louisiana) school board, teacher Deyshia Hargrave questioned board approval of a $38,000 pay raise for the district superintendent, Jerome Puyau. Within minutes of being told she must leave the meeting, Hargrave was forcibly thrown to the ground and arrested as she was in the […]

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