January, 2024

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System for Educational Transformation (SET)

A Principal's Reflections

As we navigate the shifting currents of the educational landscape, it's clear that transformative change is not just necessary—it's inevitable. To foster an environment where every student thrives, we must reimagine our approach to education from the ground up. This calls for a system that is not just a patchwork of quick fixes but a comprehensive blueprint for enduring change.

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Levels Of Integration For Critical Thinking

TeachThought

How can you teach critical thinking? This framework offers a way to integrate critical thinking in your classroom. The post Levels Of Integration For Critical Thinking appeared first on TeachThought.

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Diary of a Coach in training part 3: What does expert coaching look like?

A Psychology Teacher Writes

I’ve been an instructional coach for nearly four years now; while I certainly don’t think I’ve got it cracked yet and would not consider myself an expert, I think I’ve learned a huge amount since starting and want to share some of those reflection here. I’ve written previously about this here and here where I’ve talked about some of the mechanics of coaching.

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Encounters with Archetypes

HistoryRewriter

Adam Moler and I will kick off the second season of The Social Studies Show on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 6 PT/9 ET. We are excited to work with our EduProtocols Plus members to better understand the role of Archetypes in understanding historical events. The Archetype Foursquare EduProtocol (Chapter 13) helps students at all levels demonstrate that they can transfer their learning from one subject (English) to another (History).

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Keep, Start, Stop: A Student Feedback Strategy

Catlin Tucker

At this point in the school year, you have had time to establish classroom routines, nurture your relationships with students, and design and facilitate entire units of study. It’s the perfect time to ask your students for feedback. Employing a simple feedback strategy like “keep, start, stop” helps you quickly take the temperature of the class and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the rest of the year is as productive and positive as possible.

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A Technologist Spent Years Building an AI Chatbot Tutor. He Decided It Can’t Be Done.

ED Surge

When Satya Nitta worked at IBM, he and a team of colleagues took on a bold assignment: Use the latest in artificial intelligence to build a new kind of personal digital tutor. This was before ChatGPT existed, and fewer people were talking about the wonders of AI. But Nitta was working with what was perhaps the highest-profile AI system at the time, IBM’s Watson.

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Shipbreaking in Bangladesh: The Labor of Living with Toxic Development

Anthropology News

Sitakunda, Bangladesh, is one of the world’s largest sites for shipbreaking. The industry is a motor of national development, but once dismantled, ships release hazardous materials that affect everyone in the area. Camelia Dewan writes about the life and labor of workers and fishermen on the beaches where ships are sent to die. Bangladeshi workers “cut” through ships run aground on intertidal beaches with hand-held gas torches.

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Feedback should improve the teacher, not the lesson

A Psychology Teacher Writes

A challenge that sometimes presents itself when giving feedback to students is that their work is already of a pretty high standard, and it feels like we’re really nitpicking with our improvement points. The reality is that what they’ve produced is probably already near the top of the mark bands, and one or two small tweaks might not necessarily make much difference.

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Two Updates on the Value of Vaccines

Marginal Revolution

1) From the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (abstract 6949) we learn that the R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine maintained it’s efficacy over 4 seasons. …Importantly, maintained high efficacy over four malaria seasons with only four doses is demonstrated, with no concerns to date of rebound in those who have not received repeated booster doses of the malaria vaccine.

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Celebrity Status Almost Ruined Ancient DNA Research

Sapiens

An evolutionary anthropologist draws lessons from paleogenetic’s journey from Jurassic Park fiction to Nobel Prize reality. ✽ The morning of my 26th birthday, I woke up to incredible news for my field of evolutionary anthropology: For the first time, the study of human evolution won a Nobel Prize. Geneticist Svante Päabo had, according to the awarding group, made a “ seemingly impossible task ” possible: extracting DNA from the remains of individuals who lived long ago.

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How Trauma Impacts the Well-Being of Black Women Educators

ED Surge

Navigating school spaces is a journey and students’ needs are ever changing. While educators are leaving the field at unprecedented rates , many districts are scrambling to meet the needs of all their students. As a parent, I felt the impact of the departures when I had to guide my then seventh-grader through math without a consistent teacher after a mid-year exit.

Education 134
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The mental health needs of Black and Hispanic girls often go unmet. This group wraps them in support

The Hechinger Report

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — On a sunny but brisk November afternoon inside Robert Abbott Middle School, six eighth grade girls quickly filed into a small but colorful classroom and seated themselves in a circle. This story also appeared in The 19th Yuli Paez-Naranjo, a Working on Womanhood counselor, sported a purple WOW T-shirt as she led the group in a discussion about how values can inform decisions.

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25 Of The Best Math Resources [Updated]

TeachThought

We’ve gathered 25 of the top math resources for 2020–a mix of established and all-new tools to support the building of math skills and the grasp of important mathematical concepts. The post 25 Of The Best Math Resources [Updated] appeared first on TeachThought.

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How Students Are Driving Change in Graphic Design Pathways

Digital Promise

The post How Students Are Driving Change in Graphic Design Pathways appeared first on Digital Promise.

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In case you missed it: America just effectively got much bigger

Strange Maps

Did you get a little bit bigger over the holiday season? Well, so did America. You may not have noticed in the pre-Christmas rush, but on December 19, 2023, the U.S. added an area of about 1 million km2 (roughly 386,000 square miles). That’s about the size of one Egypt or slightly more than two Californias. Ice ridges in the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska.

Economics 121
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The David Network

Marginal Revolution

I am pleased to have spoken at their yearly conference yesterday. If I understand them correctly (here is their web site ), it is for elite college students — grad and undergrad — at Harvard, MIT, Stanford and the rest of the Ivies. No other schools.

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The US Is the Fifth-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country. Where Are Our Bilingual Teachers?

ED Surge

At the beginning of her now nearly 30-year career, Leslie M. Gauna was given a warning: Bilingual education wouldn’t be a viable career option in the long term. Yet nowadays the need for Spanish-speaking teachers in the United States is as strong as ever, with districts around the country struggling to hire them fast enough. The dearth of bilingual teachers is especially counterintuitive in Texas, where Gauna is a professor and where she conducted a qualitative research study on what she calls t

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PROOF POINTS: Most college kids are taking at least one class online, even long after campuses reopened

The Hechinger Report

The pandemic not only disrupted education temporarily; it also triggered permanent changes. One that is quietly taking place at colleges and universities is a major, expedited shift to online learning. Even after campuses reopened and the health threat diminished, colleges and universities continued to offer more online courses and added more online degrees and programs.

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Is French Common in Dubai?

TeachThought

From education to commerce, the French language, in its niche, contributes to the rich linguistic and cultural tapestry of Dubai. The post Is French Common in Dubai? appeared first on TeachThought.

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Taking on Parkinson’s Disease—With Boxing Gloves and Punching Bags

Sapiens

In a California gym, people living with Parkinson’s practice noncontact boxing to redefine their experience of the disease and maintain a sense of self. ✽ The smell of Thai food came wafting into the boxing gym from a restaurant across the street. Located in downtown San Diego, the gym storefront’s two large garage doors were rolled open, letting sunshine and breeze spill into the open space.

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Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power

Zinn Education Project

The Frederick Douglass Center for Leadership Through the Humanities is co-hosting an in-person event with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee veterans and clips from the documentary Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power. Through first person accounts and searing archival footage, Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power tells the story of the local movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizers who fought not just for voting rights, but for Black Powe

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2024 is already an incredible year for cinema

Marginal Revolution

There is: Poor Things The Delinquents [Los Delincuentes], from Argentina, tragicomedy. The Teacher’s Lounge All of Us Strangers Anselm 3-D The Zone of Interest Of course many of those came out in their respective foreign markets before 2024, but that is not the point. Rather it seems cinema has turned a corner and is vital and original again (though not culturally central?).

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Why Some Students Feel Like They Can’t Excel In Math

ED Surge

Sabrina Colon, a first-year student at University of California, Merced, remembers when math first became a problem. She says she’s not a math person, but she was able to pass her high school math classes without too much trouble, earning Cs. But in college, where she’s a business major, calculus is proving insurmountable. It’s given her severe anxiety.

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Launching Our Portrait of a Graduate Initiative for More Powerful Learning Opportunities

Digital Promise

The post Launching Our Portrait of a Graduate Initiative for More Powerful Learning Opportunities appeared first on Digital Promise.

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After its college closes, a rural community fights to keep a path to education open

The Hechinger Report

FAYETTEVILLE, Ohio — Ghosts populate the campus of Chatfield College. They’re in the fading photos on the library walls of students who, over 177 years, attended the college and the boarding school from which it sprang, and of the Ursuline nuns who taught them, in their simple tunics and scapulars. Amid seemingly endless acres of tobacco, soybean and wheat farms in a village in southwest Ohio with a population of 241 , the now-closed college sits at the end of a narrow entrance road flanked by B

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5 Reasons Why Education Leaders Need to Consider AI

Education Elements

Imagine a new educational paradigm: virtual tutors provide real-time assistance, ensuring no students are left behind. Interactive simulations and virtual reality experiences engage learners in immersive educational adventures, making lessons come alive. Teachers collaborate to analyze student performance data, enabling targeted interventions and fostering a supportive and dynamic learning environment.

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How a Veteran Teacher Used AI Coaching to Evolve Her Practice

Edthena

The world of education technology is expansive. With so many options and tools out there, the challenge for many K-12 leaders and teachers is identifying which tools can actually help enhance the learning experience. AI-Powered Coaching In a session at the National Charter School Conference , presenter Donna McDaniel explored how AI Coach by Edthena , played a critical role in helping Donna (a ninth-grade science teacher with 30 years of experience) evolve her teaching practice.

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Matt Yglesias on the media

Marginal Revolution

A point I tried to make on our Politix episode with Will Stancil is that progressive-minded people — and particularly progressive-minded media figures — have a certain ideological investment in the promotion of bad vibes. Younger left-wing people are notably more depressed than politically conservative ones, which may be partially selection effect, but I think is driven by the fact that so much progressive messaging about the world is marked by negativity and doomerism.

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To Understand ChatGPT’s Impact on Higher Education, Think Like a Scientist

ED Surge

Since OpenAI’s ChatGPT became publicly available in November 2022, the field of higher education has been focusing on its impact and applications — faculty want to understand how this will shape their work and the student experience. Largely missing from many conversations, however, is a discussion of how scientific approaches may be used to study ChatGPT and other generative AI tools in the context of higher ed.

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How We’re Designing Culturally Responsive Discussions in World History Classrooms

Digital Promise

The post How We’re Designing Culturally Responsive Discussions in World History Classrooms appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Child care workers organize for better pay and treatment

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Early Childhood newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about early learning. Email Address Choose from our newsletters Weekly Update Future of Learning Higher Education Early Childhood Proof Points Leave this field empty if you’re human: The pandemic underscored the stark differences in pay, working conditions, and respect between K-12 educators and child care teachers in ma

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In Newark, 16-Year-Olds Win the Right to Vote in School Board Races

Institute for Citizens & Scholars

The post In Newark, 16-Year-Olds Win the Right to Vote in School Board Races appeared first on Institute for Citizens & Scholars.

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5 Ways to Meet Students Where They Are

Heinemann Blog

One of the greatest benefits of using a workshop approach toward the teaching of mathematics is the consistent ability for a teacher to meet students where they are. But what does that mean?

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Decoding Early Human Diets: Rethinking the 'Macho Caveman' Stereotype

Anthropology.net

Reassessing long-standing assumptions about early human diets, recent archaeological findings 1 from burial sites in the Peruvian Andes between 9,000 and 6,500 years ago suggest a surprising narrative. Rather than the widely held belief in high-protein, meat-heavy diets, it appears that our ancestors were predominantly gatherers, relying on plant-based nutrition to a significant extent.

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How My Voice As an Asian American Teacher Goes Unheard — and Why I Can’t Speak Up

ED Surge

“Okay! Let’s wrap up our conversations and get back together!” As the small group discussion portion of the PD session I was attending ended, an overwhelming feeling of relief came over me. Had I stayed in the session any longer, I might’ve had to slip out of the meeting room and find a hidden spot to cry; not tears of joy, per se, but frustration — frustration I often feel when squeezed out of conversations.

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How Do You Find Edtech Tools that Take Educator Expertise Seriously?

Digital Promise

The post How Do You Find Edtech Tools that Take Educator Expertise Seriously? appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Gene Therapy’s Promise Meets Nigeria’s Sickle Cell Reality

Sapiens

Breakthrough treatments can now cure sickle cell anemia in the U.S. But the pricey therapies will hardly help in Nigeria, where social changes could do more for millions impacted by the disease. “DON’T PLAY WITH HER! SHE HAS SICKLE CELL” On a sunny day in Southern Nigeria, my uncle and aunt took their children to the hospital. Because their daughter had suffered swollen joints and body pains for months, a doctor advised genetic testing.

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