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Saturday, June 21, 2014

This article draws provides some insight into how we can encourage students to aim high and be successful. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Wash. school finds success with high-tech curriculum
A curriculum emphasizing science and technology has helped turn around students' performances at a high school in Washington state. The school boasts a 94% graduation rate. "These classes are giving our kids the opportunity to think of themselves as civil or electrical engineers, or in aerospace," Superintendent John Cerna said. The Seattle Times (6/14)

Monday, June 16, 2014

I am posting this study, because I believe teachers have a responsibility to address the whole child. Creating genuine relationships with students and modeling this behavior in the classrooms should help students be mindful (understanding what choices they have and why) of their choices. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Popular teenagers more likely are to struggle in adulthood
Researchers followed almost 200 13-year-olds for a decade and found that those who cared more about their social status and exhibited "pseudomature" behaviors had a higher chance of being less competent and well-adjusted as adults than their less-popular peers. The study in the journal Child Development also showed a greater likelihood of substance abuse among popular teens. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Science Now blog (6/12), HealthDay News (6/12)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Here is a great article. It makes me wonder if our students are so detached from the process we call "education," they do not develop meta-cognition because their learning is too detached from them. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Why schools should revisit the roots of "education"
In this blog post, veteran educator Jim Dillon compares the concepts of educating students versus training students. He suggests that going back to the original meaning of "education" would allow schools to integrate social and emotional learning in lessons. "If our schools shifted from training inherited from the factory model, to one that reflected the roots of the word 'education,' students would naturally develop the social emotional skills and the character traits necessary for success in life," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (6/9)Bookmark and Share