Fraction wars, philosophical wars, photo-bombing teachers, incredible data displays and much more. Want to stay up to date with the latest education news? Click here. SOURCE: Carla Dawson Mathematics Education Want to bring strategic thinking into artithmetic? Check out these ideas: Meet Mr Nik’s Bullseye Challenge: when arithmetic meets target practice. From Open Middle: Using the digits 1 to 9, at […]
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Fraction wars, philosophical wars, photo-bombing teachers, incredible data displays and much more.
Want to stay up to date with the latest education news? Click here.
Want to bring strategic thinking into artithmetic? Check out these ideas:
From Dan Meyer, mistakes are in the eye of the beholder: “Instead of seeing the student’s work as a window into her developing ideas…, I see it as a mirror of my own thinking.” Myer’s follow up blog, helpfully outlines what you can do with ideas that were once interpreted as mistakes.
Mathematics isn’t passively done to students. In a recent presentation, Shelly Jones describes what culturally relevant pedagogy is and why it matters. Check it out here.
“Children who have been to preschool seem to stay in school longer, get better jobs, commit less crime, and require less welfare. The thing most of the early studies were looking for — academic ability — is one of the only things it doesn’t affect.” — Scott Alexander, on the benefit of early childhood education.
“Primary school reports have evolved over past decades, from the crisp, one-page summary of the 1950s to the frank, opinionated musings of the 1980s and the anodyne standardisation of the 2000s.” [note: ‘anodyne standardisation’ really captures the spirit of pre-written comment banks.]
Learning First has released a series of papers on “how strong curriculum combined with teacher and school leader development can be the driver of powerful school and system improvement”. Check them out here.
From Bill Lucas and Charlotte Smith at the Mitchell Institute comes this paper on the trajectory of ‘capabilities’, “the attributes or competencies that are developed alongside content knowledge and skills”.
“Educating people for employment is likely to provide them with skills and knowledge, but when education is restricted to mere job training, we risk closing students’ minds to matters that might not translate into employability.” — Matt Beard on why a STEM focus isn’t a silver bullet.
School autonomy comes in many shapes and sizes. A new paper out of the O.E.C.D., examines what ingredients are needed for this to be successful. Read on.
A Window into Schools & the People in Them
Dr Jane Franklin used to be a research scientist in molecular biology. Now she’s a high school teacher in Katherine, N.T. Why? Read on.
The Victorian Education Excellence Awards have been celebrated. Amongst the honours, was Horsham College principal, Rob Pyers. From Pyers: “I know one person does not make a school. The award is a reflection of the entire Horsham College community’s work and effort over the past five years”.
Remote Queensland town, Woorabinda, is changing the way they do secondary education. A new school is being built on 135 hectares with the aim of better supporting the high number of students with FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) and associated challenges of short attention spans, intellectual difficulties and otitis media.
The Follow The Dream project provides academic enrichment support for Aboriginal students from remote towns around Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Students in the program have had increased school attendance rates, with Year 12 graduates having strong pathways beyond school.
A number of Victorian schools are at a tipping point with their student populations. With extra extra portable classrooms brought in to accommodate student numbers, Melton Secondary College has found itself needing to roster class heating and cooling. That is not okay.
An article entitled “Top school graduate’s dreams on hold as refugee status remains in doubt” gets published. Twenty-fours hours later it is followed by a new piece, “Asylum seeker student’s university dreams revived after offers flood in”… That’s some powerful journalism. Best wishes to Year 12 graduate, Soumi Gopalakrishnan.
“In 2014, the Queensland government introduced legislation to grant school principals greater disciplinary powers.” As Professor Linda Graham, from Queensland University of Technology, explains however, this approach can be harmful and ineffective. “Contrary to popular belief, suspension does not promote behavioural change.” Rather, it is “associated with an increase in anti-social behaviour and contact with the criminal justice system”
Victorian teachers have walked out of classrooms to protest children being held in detention. The protest saw teachers from public and private schools come together as part of the #KidsOffNauru campaign.
Australia’s largest universities are furious with the Morrison government, after finding out that “$134 million being injected into regional universities would be raided from the Research Support Program, which funds researchers’ salaries, laboratories and libraries”. Read on.
Warning: this is not satire…
Kevin Donnelly, senior research fellow at the Australian Catholic University has launched a book, How Political Correctness is Destroying Education and Your Child’s Future. From the launch: “What we need, Dr Donnelly said, is a return to 1950s Australia, where things were less complicated and children were happier.”
Finland: a ten-year longitudinal study has found, “No matter the indicators you choose, family background has a significant impact. In addition to choosing high-income and well educated parents, it’s also better to be a girl”.
Singapore: In a move to remove financial barriers and encourage students regardless of their background, changes are being introduced to the way students gain entry to secondary school.
South Korea: The nation’s college entrance exam is 9 hours long, with preparation commencing from as young as 13 years of age. After university, the countless hours of study is nowhere near done.
Wales: to support implementation of a new curriculum, since 2011 Wales has set a goal of transforming schools into ‘learning organisations’ with “the capacity to change and adapt to new environments and circumstances as its members learn, collectively and individually, how to implement a shared vision”.
When is a kilogram really a kilogram? Leaders of the international measurement community have voted on changes to the metric system so that “the mass standard is now based on a value that is woven into the fabric of the universe.”
A new US$14-million scanner is “pushing MRI to new limits of magnetic strength”. The strength of the magnetic field brings greater resolution to “see for the first time how information flows between collections of neurons in a live human brain.”
James R Brown asks, “We can prove things in math, but does that mean they’re true?” Read on.