Social emotional learning and academic slippage in the post-Pandemic era

In the years since I originally posted this on Out in Left Field, the emphasis on social-emotional learning is greater than ever. Somehow the pandemic has become an excuse for shifting the balance away from straight-up academics towards even more social emotional learning, even as declines in academic skills are at least as worrying as declines in socio-emotional maturity. […]

Social emotional learning and academic slippage in the post-Pandemic era — Catherine & Katharine

Common Core-inspired grammar fallacies, and why we need paper graders

I was just talking with an AI professor at a Halloween party, and he told me that he now requires his students to run all their papers through Grammarly before turning them in. That reminded me of this old Out In Left Field post; it also made me wonder to what extent we can all […]

Common Core-inspired grammar fallacies, and why we need paper graders — Catherine & Katharine

DIY professional development for teachers and other learning professionals

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen Paul and Carl Hendrick are the authors of How Learning Happens and with Jim Heal of How Teaching Happens. The idea behind the books is to present teachers and teachers-in-training with the seminal works of giants in the field so that practitioners can learn from them and stand on […]

DIY professional development for teachers and other learning professionals — 3-Star learning experiences

When the safety of being right makes change hard – Introducing the Epistemic Bunker

It would be difficult to develop new ideas if everyone you associated with was hostile to them. The varying degrees of safety provided by the exclusion of people and ideas opposed to certain forms of knowledge is thus an often unacknowledged part of knowledge work. However, whilst this can be benign, it can also lead…

When the safety of being right makes change hard – Introducing the Epistemic Bunker — Impact of Social Sciences

Improving the Exit Ticket

The exit ticket is used often in the classroom as a quick method for assessing student understanding and performance for a (usually) simple task. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the exit ticket, they usually work something like this: As students pack up their things and prepare to leave the classroom, they…

Improving the Exit Ticket — The Effortful Educator

Catholic schools shine in the face of the pandemic —

You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate the achievements of Catholic schools compared with those of public schools (“Amid the Pandemic, Progress in Catholic Schools,” The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 28).  Students there had the nation’s highest scores on all four NAEP tests. In fact, if Catholic schools were a state, their 1.6 million […]

Catholic schools shine in the face of the pandemic —

The good, the bad and the pretty good actually

Every year headlines proclaim the imminent demise of the nation due to terrible, horrible, very bad NAPLAN results. But if we look at variability and results over time, it’s a bit of a different story. I must admit, I’m thoroughly sick of NAPLAN reports. What I am most tired of, however, are moral panics about…

The good, the bad and the pretty good actually — EduResearch Matters

Waarom context-opgaven rekenen of wiskunde niet in examens horen

Ik kom tegen: Sanne Schaap, Pauline Vos, Ton Ellermeijer en Martin Goedhart (2011). De vertaalslag van een situatie naar een wiskundige formule; een studie naar vraagstellingen en leerlingprestaties op het centraal examen wiskunde B1. Tijdschrift voor Didactiek van Beta-Wetenschappen.   https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344748462_De_vertaalslag_van_een_situatie_naar_een_wiskundige_formule_een_studie_naar_vraagstellingen_en_leerlingprestaties_op_het_centraal_examen_wiskunde_B1 Het probleem hiermee is het onbepaald voornaamwoord bij ‘situatie’. De auteurs problematiseren dat niet, […]

Waarom context-opgaven rekenen of wiskunde niet in examens horen — Fair schooling & assessment

Make editing and revision of student writing visible, precise, and an ‘every day thing.’ (Video)

Teaching writing well is one of the most important things we can do in the classroom as teachers. The ability to capture and idea with precision and nuance is deeply connected to the ability to generate ideas of precision and nuance. And as Judith Hochman wisely points out in The Writing Revolution, there’s a big…

Make editing and revision of student writing visible, precise, and an ‘every day thing.’ (Video) — | Teach Like a Champion | Teach Like a Champion

Self-Regulated Learning and Personality

By Althea Need KaminskeI recently taught about effective learning strategies in one of my courses and, as I do every week, reserved a day for questions and clarifications. My students asked a version of a question that I get a lot about effective learning strategies: “If this is so effective, why isn’t it being taught…

Self-Regulated Learning and Personality — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists