Could this also slow educational reform?

Could this also slow educational reform?

April 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

Does anyone really know what works and are those the people making the decicions?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/30/china-s-schools-teaches-kids-to-take-tests-obey-the-state-and-not-much-more.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-29/tom-friedman-is-too-optimistic-about-china-s-schools.html

This series of articles and cited resources are the reason our educational system changes direction.

To attempt to digest it all and apply it in the classroom is difficult.

The advent of performance ratings can impact your professional career and put your livelihood on the line.

The aim is to generate an environment where responsible creative minds can be exposed to ideas, experiment and test their values and assemble a unique set of skills that will make them valuable to society at large; enabling them to make a difference.

I provide these two links as evidence that this questioning and lack of understanding is universal.

In my short career in education but in my professional exploration, I provide a safe atmosphere where students can test their skills and interests and investigate these areas where they can generate value and contribute something back to society.

This is why I am currently pursuing this as a career because I see it as a place where I can make a difference.

This series of articles and cited resources are the reason our educational system changes direction.

To attempt to digest it all and apply it in the classroom is difficult.

The advent of performance ratings can impact your professional career and put your livelihood on the line.

The aim is to generate an environment where responsible creative minds can be exposed to ideas, experiment and test their values and assemble a unique set of skills that will make them valuable to society at large and enabling them to make a difference.

I provide these two links as evidence that this questioning and lack of understanding is universal.

December 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

Falling Rubble – something to protect the students

Falling Rubble – something to protect the students

I am experimenting with different posting methods while I discover blogging.

This struck my senses because the students in this transition are rarely discussed.

June 25, 2013 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Assessing Creativity

Assessing Creativity

When pressed into action, math skills should be creatively/selectively used to solve problems.  Identifying an underlying pattern to the problem or culling information for the material needed to start the process is part of Creativity.

June 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Instant Feedback: Principles of, and Techniques for, Formative Assessment | Edutopia

Adding to the discourse on Formative Assessment; this blog entry clearly defines the roles in the assessment process.  However, as an educator on the starting line for Race to the Top, formative assessments and summative assessments will begin to put school administration on the spot to provide the same feedback to its teachers.  Educators in Hamilton County, TN are piloting an assessment tool for this type of cyclical feedback to be coupled with the Value Added data derived from summative assessments.

via Instant Feedback: Principles of, and Techniques for, Formative Assessment | Edutopia.

August 5, 2010 at 2:15 am Leave a comment

SPED 500 – Bloom Taxonomy REDUX

I was looking for the “generic definition” of Blooms Taxonomy. During my search I ran across a revision to account for the Digital Age.

http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/EDTEC470/sp09/5/bloomstaxanomy.html

From 1956 to 2001, 45 years trajectory for revising these terms and process, might mean that we will see another revision in 2023. (Change time / 2)

It reminded me of Maslow’s Heirarchy, a management lincchpin but identified as the “root cause” of employee dissatisfaction and management’s inability to sate employee needs.

It too has been made over several times as society evolves.

http://www.miller-mccune.com/culture/maslows-pyramid-gets-a-makeover-17782/

Bloom’s or Maslow must be used without “hesitation or delay” because if we focus on creating the perfect question, the questioner is frustrated and the answer is irrelevant.

August 3, 2010 at 11:14 am 1 comment

Cell Phones in Lesson Plans

This is the disruptive nature of technology.  It finds a niche and satisfies a targeted use.  Capabilities expand displacing more traditional technologies. 

Should we resist

July 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

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