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Archive for June, 2013

Focus on Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling does infographcis at their finest, explained with everything from rocks to high-tech. As Nathan Yau saysevery day is a good day to listen to Hans Rosling talk numbers, and my opinion is these can be good days for both adults and kids.

Some of my favorite Rosling talks include:

In Education News…

In California, a bill was introduced that would allow massive open online courses (MOOCs) to offer courses for credit to public college and university students in the state.

Plagiarism isn’t new. Some say technology has made it easier (i.e. copy/paste). Technology may also offer some ways to check the rise of plagiarism. One of my favorites is plagscan.com – easy to use and color-coded. In a Campus Technology article, Dian Schaffhaouser cites John Moravec as saying, “We need to give credit where credit is due.” One thing I notice in professional learning opportunities is that it is not always students in the classroom not giving credit but sometimes those teaching. Blackboard now has an “Originality” button.

Danae Quirk Door talks about flipping her chemistry classroom at Minnesota State University and the data she collected from both her flipped class and her traditional class. It seems that digital tools empowered all four learning styles – practical, logical, imaginative, and enthusiastic. Danae also provides a nice outline of the format she used.

With the introduction in the Senate of the new bill to reauthorize NCLB, there is a move away from the 2012 bipartisan effort. There are 7 key pieces to this new proposal, three of which include:

  • States could use a series of formative assessments rather than a single summative test
  • States could develop goals that include both student achievement and growth
  • A move from four to five improvement models

Check out the blog by Alyson Klein. And here is another take on the topic from Fox News.

If you are interested in staying current with news about the Common Core, you may want to check out ASCD’s Core Connection e-newsletter.

In a recent blog, Salome Thomas-EL (Principal EL) poses this question – So how do we develop the kind of culture in our schools that supports the change needed to develop high expectations for all kids who become resilient and successful? He offers strong ideas about transforming the school culture, which include the addition of chess and problem solving for grades 3-5. What are some ideas you have to respond to Thomas’ question?


Entrepreneurial Learning…Coaching…Common Core

A colleague, Anne Fox, shared this video about entrepreneurial learning, which I found inspirational. Where are you with your thinking about this topic?


Just found a nice poster about coaching from the PLP network you may want to check out. It highlights these 5 tips about coaching.

  1. Coach from a strength based, appreciative inquiry perspective
  2. Nurture personal relationships
  3. Listen
  4. Leverage the affordances of technology
  5. Maximize coaching and learning with activities and protocols

Achieve the Core is constantly adding high-quality, useable resources to support work with Common Core – this week 10 new sample lessons based on popular texts, instructional practice guides (I love this tool), professional development modules, resources for parents, etc.

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