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Friday, June 21, 2013

Why teachers should embrace learning differences in boys - Here's a great article that validats the difference in the way boys and girls learn. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Upon reviewing some paperwork from the previous school year, New Hampshire middle-school teacher

Jessica Lahey said she noticed she disciplined male students much more often than female students. She writes in this commentary that the traditional classroom model may not work for boys, who are statistically more likely than girls to be suspended, disciplined and diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She writes that researchers have found boys tend to thrive in a classroom environment where they can develop an end-product and participate in structured, competitive games. The Atlantic online (6/18)Bookmark and Share

Sunday, June 9, 2013

One of the most exciting possibilities of teaching meta-cognition to your students is the reality of their ability to transfer the process they learn to other areas of their life. Here is a excellent article on how one school used the transfer process to change its school climate. I believe this is how we prepare our students for the 21st century - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Why leadership is key to developing a supportive school culture
School leaders are key to creating a culture in which all students can succeed, writes Salome Thomas-EL, head of school at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, Del. In this blog post, he writes that there was an improvement in the school culture when his school added chess and problem-solving to the curriculum and two years ago adopted Franklin Covey's "Leader in Me" program, in which students and staff learned about leadership and collaboration. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (6/3)Bookmark and Share