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September 2011 Blog Posts (50)

Function over Format

In all of the discussion and debate regarding summative and formative assessments, there is one misunderstanding that seems to be revealing itself more and more.

Too often, the discussion regarding summative v. formative assessment seems to navigate toward a critique of certain assessment formats and their place in either the summative or formative camp.  For me, this is an irrelevant discussion and can distract us from developing balanced assessment systems that seek to match…

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Added by Tom Schimmer on September 5, 2011 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Mobile Devices and BYOT/BYOD initiatives

This blog post is in conjunction with final project for my MS in Instructional Technology. 

 

Introduction: The integration of technology has been synonymous with the promotion of problem based learning in schools; both ideas that take the Norman Rockwell picture of education outside its traditional frame . Many…

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Added by pottsedtech on September 4, 2011 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Maximizing the Class Learning

As the new school year starts both the teachers and the pupils feel so passionate about the new education year. Pupils believe that after a fulfilling holiday rest, they will be highly dedicated to their studies. The teachers feel so excited by revising their teaching principles.We all feel and believe that we will study/teach elegantly.

As the months start following each other, it becomes apparent that both pupils and teachers start losing motivation, this is quite humane though. No… Continue

Added by Elmas Onbasi on September 3, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments

Past Versus Present

In my childhood I was one of those unlucky ones whose primary level teacher forbade speaking up, moving, walking around the classroom. We were just supposed to be robot-like students sitting in the chair and following the directions from our "teacher-commander". There were only a blackboard, a piece of chalk, ruler on the table to make sure that we all listen. We were all meant to be "silent" just watching the teacher and following the directions. No giggling, no voice, no move, and the list… Continue

Added by Elmas Onbasi on September 3, 2011 at 11:36am — No Comments

Being a Mentor on Educational Basis

 ."If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results." ---Anthony Robbins.

Yes, Tony Robbins is right. If a person achieves some "deeds", we all tend to wonder about him/her how s/he managed to be successful. This wonder is a result of our motivation. Because we model it. In my case, I am modelling Anthony Robbins since he has always inspired me to believe that I can do everything if I follow the…

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Added by Elmas Onbasi on September 3, 2011 at 11:34am — No Comments

Hide Nothing,Show All! The Way Our Students Dress for School!

While waiting for my car alarm to be fixed, my hubby and I walked over to the Old Country Buffet for breakfast. While we were enjoying our meal, I people watched. When I yelled, "Ewww!", my husband looked up, wondering if I had ingested something other than food. However, my loud comment did not stem from my food, it was from the view of a woman's buttocks as she rose from her seat. Not just the crack, but the whole top of her butt! Why did I have to see that? Why wasn't she wearing a belt?…

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Added by Lisa Mims on September 2, 2011 at 3:47pm — 1 Comment

5 reasons public education is vital

Heather Clayton Staker at Innosight Institute crystalizes why Public Education is so important for this nation. I find her ideas inspiring, and good to reflect upon going into the new school year. I am so inspired by teachers who have a passion for what they do, and Heather succinctly captures why we should care and support our public education system.

 

Her essay was posted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, here:…

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Added by Lori Callister on September 2, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

10 Rules that Made Steve Jobs Successful

According to Newsweek (9/5/11), Steve jobs used these 10 rules to be successful in his mixture of creativity and productivity.

1. Strive for perfection.

2. Surround yourself with experts.

3. Be tenacious in your pursuit of excellence.

4. Figure out what people want before they know they want it.…

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Added by Mark White on September 2, 2011 at 9:15am — No Comments

Shake-Up

After the earthquake on the East Coast last week, I guess I had the term “Shake-Up” on my mind. I don’t know which I considered first, the title, or the post.  The beginning of the school year has arrived as many of us do every year, I am wondering what I will do differently this year from those same classes that I had last year. This is something that many teachers consider as they enter a new year. It is also something that many teachers do not ultimately address, but rather settle for…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 2, 2011 at 12:18am — No Comments

Let’s End the Social Media Debate!

As an educational blogger I would love to think, that once I reflected on an issue in education, and addressed it in my blog, everyone would clearly understand the error of their ways and fall in line according to my sage advice. Of course the reform movement would move forward, and I would expect a small plaque would be placed on a bench in front of the lobby of some school commemorating my great contribution to the system that we call education.

That being said, the reality is that…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 2, 2011 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

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