A lot of the administration, teachers, and students don’t like the standard based curriculum, but have no power to change it. The standard based curriculum imposes content specifications without taking into account the different needs, opportunities to learn, and skills that may be appropriate for specific districts, regions, or students. But then, why have it at all? It’s difficult, unnecessary and somewhat medieval. School curriculum shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Wouldn’t we all like to do what we’re good at to the best of our abilities and therefore shine? Why should different people with different talents, interests, and abilities be forced into homogenization?Read the entire article here.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
A very cool article from a student newspaper at an upstate New York high school:
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 5:15 PM
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Maybe, according to this article on Physorg.com:
Imagine someone sitting on the floor with his or her head buried in their arms and leaning on the couch. Is this person crying, sleeping, sick, dizzy or playing hide and seek? The ability to interpret this image in as many ways as possible reveals one's psychological creativity and consequently their ability to deal with negativity according to a new study by Geneviève Beaulieu-Pelletier, a PhD student at the University of Montreal Faculty of Psychology.Read the entire article here.
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 11:55 AM
Friday, February 11, 2011
Yet another response to the firestorm that has been generated from Amy Chua's Tiger Mother, this one from Motherlode at The New York Times:
Chua is prescribing life motivated by perfectionism—fear of failure, fear of disappointment. Not only is this a vicious form of unhappiness, but research by Carol Dweck and many others shows that kids who are not allowed to make mistakes don’t develop the resilience or grit they need later in life to overcome challenges or pick themselves up when they do fail. Perfectionists are far more likely to be depressed, anxious, and in college, they are more likely to commit suicide.Read the whole article here, and take heed.
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 10:15 AM
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
on Bring Your Son or Daughter to Work day? Egad! Read the article from Bakersfield.com that starts:
School districts are urging parents to leave kids in school today during "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," according to the Associated Press.
They say the annual event disrupts learning at an increasingly critical time of year when standardized tests are taking place.
Kids in the community? Seeing what this "real world" for which school is supposed to be preparing them? NOOOOOOOOO......!
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 2:33 PM
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
An interview with Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, on Treehugger.com:
All our courses [in humane education] invite people to use what we call the 3 Is: inquiry, introspection, and integrity. First we must inquire in order to learn about the important issues of our time; then we must self reflect and determine where the confluence of our knowledge and values lies; finally, we put our knowledge and values into practice which is living with integrity. This process is important for everyone - teachers, students, and anyone who wants to live their life intentionally and meaningfully.Read the rest of the interview here.
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 10:05 AM
Sunday, February 6, 2011
An article in The Huffington Post describes research about skills beyond basic academic competencies that are required for success:
This emerging research has shown several fascinating, yet entirely commonsensical, factors that predict academic and work success. The top predictor was conscientiousness, which included dependability, perseverance, and hard work. Other contributors that were found included the ability to work with others and emotional maturity. Finally, extroversion (typically associated with social awareness and communication skills) and receptivity to new experiences were also predictors of success (one thing I love about psychology research is that it often tells us what we already know to be true).Read the entire article here.
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 10:00 AM
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Camp Creek Blog posted an article about child-centered learning:
My biggest concern with child-led learning is if it does foster a certain self-absorption in children. I have homeschooling friends who are critcial of this kind of learning because they think it teaches the child that the world revolves around them and caters to them. They think rote learning and 6 hours of desk learning teaches children virtues.
And part of [the author's] response:
I believe children embrace learning and become enthusiastic, passion-driven learners only when they see how it connects to themselves .. how it helps them connect with their interests and their purpose. What is education for, if not this? And the rote learning, six hours at a desk a day .. what is that kind of education for? Not, I think, connecting you with your deepest passions and your purpose.
Read the whole post here. Really, read it. It's great.
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 5:35 PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Another great post at Cooperative Catalyst:
One of the things I came away with was that we don’t still, after all these years, have good models for talking about what a highly effective school looks like and feels like, from a learner’s point of view. (And I mean all learners–not just kids.) So while I propose, as a given, a short list: the child/student is at the center of the enterprise, and the student is most important person in the school’s dynamic–here are additions to the list–a few other attributes of a highly effective “learning” school. These have been developed after years of culture-watching in breakthrough districts, in writing about innovative school models, and in working with leadership teams now engaged in real innovation.Read seven characteristics of highly effective schools here. And really, you should just make it a point to read this blog every day!
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 2:36 PM