Posts tagged edreform
Posts tagged edreform
A highschool in Indiana owes it increased graduation rate to a bonus period in which students get extra time to work with teachers.
“Our bonus period meets at 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and it is unique,” Principal Doug Miller said. “Students have the opportunity to do additional work with teachers. Sometimes the teachers ask students to stay and other times the students will stay on their own accord.
The big thing is we have our full fleet of buses leave with kids when school dismisses and then we have eight buses return to take home the bonus period kids. That takes a commitment from administrators, teachers and students and we have seen our failure rates decrease every year since we started our bonus period. A decrease in failure rates leads to an increase in credits earned which leads to more students eligible for a diploma.”
Interesting idea. We don’t bus at our school but my room is full almost every day except Friday when I actually leave on time. We have 7 periods in the day but when people come in and ask what is happening, I always say, “Don’t you know, this is 8th period.” ;-)
I think good schools make time for one on one time. It is hard but it is the right thing to do.
A few weeks ago we posed a big question: Could our little edu-network make a REAL full-length documentary feature that incorporates kids in every aspect of the production process? It appears we’re going to find out. Within days, hundreds of you volunteered to help make this admittedly…
Submit video by June 1. Get busy.
“Programs don’t teach kids, teachers teach kids.”
You need a network. These Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
teachers are meeting to collaborate and learn from each
other. You can collaborate and connect for
mutual learning experiences wherever teachers
connect… on Twitter, Facebook, and face to face.
They are all vital parts of the savvy educator’s PLN.
“having many parts, details, ideas, or functions.”
“In its first television foray, TED has joined forces with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the New York public broadcaster WNET for a one-hour special, “TED Talks Education,” to be broadcast on PBS on Tuesday. If it is successful, the program could become a template for future joint projects, said Juliet Blake, one of the show’s executive producers and the TED official charged with bringing the conferences to television.”
It’s follow-up-fri and I wanted to share some of the responses.
- betheteacheryouloved: “…very interesting article, particularly because it addresses a population not discussed very often on #Education: adult students…”
- calebryandavis: “I think we should incorporate technology into education more and more as technology grows, instead of running away from it.”
- itsjusthighschoolman: “I’m a freshman in High School, and of my 4 teachers, each one has a different policy…”
- adventuresinemmaland: “…I am in 3rd grade. I can think of very few reasons for students at this age to have cell phones…”
- cerulean-tea: “School policy is at teacher discretion. I say out of sight until independent work time and only for research.”
- lhuddles: “no unless specifically invited for a task/assignment (a la BYOD)”
Those that “can use”:
- eninsevil: “only allowed to text silently people in the room”
- ajd92: “I will let them use them for the first 5 minutes and final 5 minutes of class unless we are testing.”
- aperture-turret: “Our school CAN use cellphones however certain websites are blocked and teachers are always on high alert”
- wildlywandering: “In my class, students can use phones to google/wikipedia (but they should ask first..”
Those that “can’t”:
- crystalofftheclock: “School policy, not allowed (in bags only). Confiscated and only parents may pick up from the office — students’ responsibility to inform.”
- mrsjdr: “Not in my 4th grade class. It stays in a locker all day, if out I take it and a parent has to come pick it up from school. Mostly a non-issue.”
- amiteachingyet: “First grade, nope. Losing/breaking/”borrowing” too much of an issue at this age. Had to hold an iPhone Touch today until after school.”
- littlestwampum: “I’m at a Middle School where students turn theirs in during homeroom and they are locked in a closet until the end of the day.”
- justthatgirlpam: “Turned off and out of sight.”
- gigifoundatardis: “Our school has a 100% ban on them for middle schoolers while on campus grounds.”
- memovegacc: “Off”
- jhwolford: “School policy = NO WAY. I look other way if students use to complete work. My desktops in classroom are 10 years old, take 5 min to power on.”
- vwalker: “School rule is zero electronics.”
- irrationallylogical: “Totally unnecessary for my class, thus please keep them stowed away and quiet”
- madisonrayeee: “I think as long as the teacher is not teaching that we should be alowed to have them out.”
- edwindrg: “Don’t believe it’s respectful to professor or peers”
- dontjudgemeplz1: “If i were a teacher I’d give my students 10 mins at the end of class to use their cell phones because they’re going to use them anyway”
- isaywhatineedtosay : “as long as the students work and pay attention to the teacher i dont see why the students cant use their phones.”
- aster-e-aster-bunnymund: “let kids use them if theyr’e done with their work and during all study halls.”
- clockwork-minds: “I’m a student, but my teachers have a rule where if they catch you on your phone, they can take it and give it back to you the following day.”
A big thanks to those that commented, please know I really appreciate reading your thoughts and getting your perspective.
Great article by Larry Cuban on the Washington Post that you should forward to principals.
“Yet studies of principal behavior in schools makes clear that spending time in classrooms to observe, monitor, and evaluate classroom lessons do not necessarily lead to better teaching or higher student achievement on standardized tests. Where there is a correlation between principals’ influence on teachers and student performance, it occurs when principals create and sustain an academic ethos in the school, organize instruction across the school, and align school lessons to district standards and standardized test items. There is hardly any positive association between principals walking in and out of classrooms a half-dozen times a day and conferring briefly with teaches about those five-minute visits.The reality of daily principal actions conflicts with the theory.”
Disgusting. Via the Washington Post So many things going wrong.
“Talk about corporate-based school reform. New high-stakes standardized tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards are featuring plugs for commercial products. And the companies didn’t have to pay a penny.
Yes, New York state students who this past week took Pearson-designed exams were just treated to plugs for LEGO, Mug Root Beer and more products from at least half a dozen companies, according to the New York Post.”
“Rock That CAS” - Jefferson Academy (by Greg Dohmann)
What do you think about this video about standardized testing? Kids might like it. What do you think. (and no, they don’t do Harlem shake)
Of course, some will complain about the kids taking time to make this video instead of studying. ;-) Anyone else feel like the testing thing is becoming ridiculous. We’ll do anything to get kids to “want” to take the test except make sure they get taught everything on the test.
Last week a 20 page document was issued from the Common Core Math standards writers to make “more clearly visible” where materials faithfully reflect both the letter and spirit of the math standards… I read in this… just because it SAYS it is common core math aligned, doesn’t mean it is. Read this before buying and tread with caution.
Testing students over material that is NOT in the curriculum is not fair. I think that states should have a way to mark things not covered and just take the hits across the board for not having it in their curriculum instead of causing children to suffer through feeling ignorant. Common Core may be great, however, if it isn’t in the curriculum it is unfair and shouldn’t be done. What can we do? Do we cause children to stress out unfairly because adults can’t get their act together or it takes time to change the curriculum? I don’t know the answers, but the thought of a child looking at a test and knowing that some things didn’t happen in the classroom and the impact of “feeling dumb” that will happen just turns my stomach, literally. From the NEw York Times.
” And they are likely to cover at least some material that has yet to make its way into the curriculum.
The new tests, given to third through eighth graders, are intended to align with Common Core standards, a set of unified academic guidelines adopted by almost every state and goaded by grant money offered by the Obama administration. They set more rigorous classroom goals for American students, with a focus on critical thinking skills, abstract reasoning in math and reading comprehension.”