Enjoy this little self-guided tour of the history of the 'Center of the US Population'.
“Our approach to testing only rewards perfection—but the road to innovation is littered with mistakes.”Read on here from Harvard Magazine.
Former Tufts University president Lawrence Bacow, now a member of the Harvard Corporation, cited a faculty proverb: “We all teach for free but we get paid to grade.” He speculated that innovation in learning will eventually mean that “we will be released from the tedium that comes with grading.”
[In 2010], 1.5 million Americans didn't show up for work the next day at all, and an estimated 4.4 million showed up late. Then there are all the people who do show up on time who are fuzzy, drowsy and blurry-eyed. (AOL Jobs)Remember that question left dangling last week about the Talent Code and how teachers can help students find and develop their passions?
1. Is it replicable?What does all that mean? Read on...
2. Is it controllable?
3. Is it connective?
In 2010 we began to model our development after Montessori schools, whose principals include "an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development, as well as technological advancements in society."
We've already seen the results in terms of lower turnover among the entry-level employees who have been through the program. Our retention rates were noticeably higher in 2011 than they were in 2009-2010, and are trending steadily upward.
At home, we discuss the Post Oak School almost daily. The children are fully informed about the building, the curriculum, my involvement, the MFA and HMNS relationships, the Ambassadors group, etc.
On her own initiative, [our daughter] wanted to contribute to the recruitment effort.
She runs a compensated “pet sitting” service in our neighborhood and knows several families. She thought that those families would be good targets of her Campaign.
[She] picked up the High School fliers, wrote her speech, and with adult supervision, she visited five families. She distributed the fliers, and explained her understanding of a Montessori education, the ability to work independently and in groups, the location of the HS, the partnerships, etc.
Needless to say, the families were very impressed by our little ambassadorette! She plans to continue the Campaign next week end.
Her attitude, independence, ability to formulate an innovative plan, and behave like a small adult, speak the language she learns at Post Oak.
We feel that our school is the school for the XXI century.
Most of today’s students spend a considerable amount of time using social-networking sites to clown around with friends, catch up with relatives who live far away, and even collaborate on homework and school projects.
Social-networking tools like Facebook have also quickly become part of the fabric of many educators’ lives, and they have used the tools to connect with colleagues, parents, and students. But is it OK for educators and students to connect on social-networking sites like Facebook or Twitter? What does your district’s current policy say about such communication?
Montessori classrooms provide a popular, hands-on approach to education. Students are often grouped in multi-age clusters. They are taught using the Socratic method - with long discussions about topics and teachers acting as facilitators. Students don't use textbooks, but rather read and research using literature and other sources. Being outdoors is another "key component" to the Montessori method, one reason the school-community group that started looking at this option visited a private Montessori school in the Midwest that operates a farm.Yes, you read that right:
Montessori classrooms provide a popular, hands-on approach to education.We're POPULAR!
"Where did this idealism come from at such a young age?"
"I went to this great Montessori school where you did whatever inspired you. Find that passion and then build the academics around it. That kind of curiosity was encouraged and was fostered in my life."
On a recent afternoon, youth mentors circulated through the airy room, teaching teenagers how to make films and work with multimedia. A group of girls was shooting a talk show, using a laptop camera and external microphone. Others played guitar and keyboards, or shared poetry and songs.
Matthew Bryd, a 16-year-old junior at Jones College Prep, a public high school in Chicago, was about to record a video-game podcast with a group of friends, as he says he does most days after school. “We sit down and talk about a bunch of topics related to video games,” he said. “It’s kind of like a radio show with commercials. We publish it on iTunes and on our website.”
The library won that battle, and now the books have their place. “Book circulation [of the teen collection] has gone up about 500 percent since the space opened,” Eshleman said. “You see teenagers browsing the stacks and often pulling books from a cart, or quietly reading on a big bean chair.”The full article at Education Week is here.
-- While both Friday (because Judas was thought to have been the 13th guest at the Last Supper) and 13 (because it is an uneven number following the even number 12 widely considered beneficial) had independently been considered unlucky for centuries, the dark nature of Friday The 13th appears to have only originated in the West in the 19th century, possibly with Henry Sutherland Edwards' 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini wherein the date is termed unlucky!
-- Every calendar year has at least one Friday The 13th. The most Fridays The 13th that can occur in any given calendar year is three, such as in 2012 (January, April and July)!
-- The longest period that can occur without a Friday The 13th is 14 months, either from July through September of the following normal year, or from August through October of the following leap year!Read them all...here.
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"They will construct a model linear particle accelerator and investigate particle collisions similar to those under way at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Switzerland."