It is only July, but I've been doing some planning for the coming academic year. And there are lots of education-related articles that have been sitting in my bookmarks. At the moment, my mood is very much one of seeing the uniqueness of each individual. That is reflected in these links.
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I don’t want to enter into that self-loathing “the rest of the world does life better than we do” sort of thing. However, since educational policy people are always seeking to extend the school day and the school year so we can keep up with other countries, we’d do well to take note of those instances in which other countries are letting their kids be kids. In Finland? They don’t sit kids at desks the entire day, making them do busy work. Book learning is interspersed with physical activity. I’m thinking that’s good for all kids, but especially those more energetic ones.
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This explains why those Finnish children are happy.
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Kids aren’t the only ones who need breaks. All 15 points are worth a look for those of us who love our children, but can be overwhelmed with too much. Most important for me? I think it’s Number 10: Control the clutter. I’m a visual person. If there’s too much visual stimulation for me, I get very cranky. Unfortunately, I don’t always recognize this until I’ve become frazzled.
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Another one of those articles that shows the consequences of trying to build on a weak foundation. It makes me think of taking foreign language in high school. French was great fun until the complex verb tenses entered the picture. Unlike our French teacher, who was a different generation, we never learned what any English verb tenses were beyond past, present, future. No wonder it was like talking to a brick wall, trying to teach subjunctif, or passé composé, actif, passif. Mais, non!
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This is not the only article with a title like this. Teachers are revolting all over. Honestly, I would think abolishing the Common Core is one of those things that people from all across the political spectrum can rally around. It’s Big Business, it’s Big Government; both attempting policy that is ‘above their pay grade.’
AND . . .
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This is a teacher who thinks Common Core Math is good. It appears the blog may have been started merely as a defense of Common Core. That there are only two entries might be saying something. In all fairness to the teacher, the first of the entries gives a defense that seems straight forward. But something in the second link does not ring true:
The Common Core State Standards do not mandate HOW this teacher must teach in her classroom. They do not require that her students use specific strategies to solve problems (until the expectation of the standard algorithms which come in the intermediate grades). They do, however, expect that she develops innovative thinkers and problem solvers who don't have to rely on a given procedure to find the solution to a problem.
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Fascinating article about the importance of interaction between parents and babies for the baby's own cognitive development, especially as it pertains to the style of baby buggies. I hope I don’t sound smug when I say that I have always preferred carrying baby in a backpack or sling, rather than lugging around a stroller? I don’t mean to sound that way. I didn’t choose those methods of transport as a way to enhance learning; I did it because it meant having less stuff with us when we are out and about. With a backpack, baby’s head is right next to mine; with a sling, baby is right in front of my mouth.
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