Here's what we've been reading this week
- We may be born with an urge to help (New York Times, 11/30/09) - Biologists are finding evidence that people are born with an innate desire to be helpful to others
- Sick Schools 2009 - Study finds that "55 million of our children attend public and private schools where poor air quality, hazardous chemicals and other unhealthy conditions make students (and their teachers) sick and handicap their ability to learn.
A couple of interesting reads on Edutopia this week:
- Decision making becomes the newest life science - Educators are teaching a six-step process to help students make "thoughtful, high-quality decisions"
- When teaching the right answers is the wrong direction - Sometimes students (and adults!) learn as much from their "wrong" answers as from providing the "right" ones
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