Tag Archives: education

Things I did not learn in teacher college

  These are some things I wish I learned in my teacher training: The goal is not classroom management, the goal is effective student learning. It may be that a well-behaved class is an excellent environment for learning, but the means by which you end up with that well-behaved class matter.   Most of your […]

It’s not just music

Listen to the two songs linked below, and ask yourself, is this the message we should be sending our children? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7LIQini0mI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0R-FGchhwLw After the horrible rape case in the now infamous town of Steubenville, I have been thinking about what could possibly have made this act seem justified by the boys who committed it, and […]

Disrupting education

(Image credit: Steve Slater) I’ve read a lot of articles over the past few years about education is being disrupted. Most of these disruptions are focused on schools as systems (think financial disruption, not pedagogical disruption), not schools as ecosystems. The distinction is important. I’d like education to be disrupted as well, but I think […]

A thought experiment

Here’s a thought experiment for you (h/t to Dan Meyer for the sports analogy). Imagine you start learning the game of basketball by learning how to shoot free throws. At no point are you told what the point of shooting free throws is, or how being a good free throw shooter will help you play […]

Things good schools do

This is a bit of an experiment in collaborative writing. How it works is that you copy this entire post verbatim, and add one thing to the list below. If you put this on a blog, please tag this post with "goodschoolproject" if possible to make these posts easier to find later.   Good schools […]

Technology influences cognition

That technology can influence cognition should be painfully obvious when you examine our primary technology of communication – language. Someone who knows a language cannot choose to ignore that language when confronted with it. If you are a literate person, letters arranged together do not appear randomly placed, they form words. When someone talks, you […]

Why people often do not accept the research

Via the @BCAMT email list-serve:   "[T]here is an interesting (and disturbing) literature on situations in which information does not change prior biases or decisions. The word I have seen is ‘motivated reasoning’. … Interestingly, I ran into a problem of ‘motivated reasoning’ with a class of future teachers. The question is: when would research […]

How does your assessment fit into the big picture?

(Image credit: Dilbert comics) I think this comic speaks for itself. How do your assessments fit into the big picture? Is this clear to your students? (I doubt many educators are giving students assessments that a monkey could be taught to do.)

Nobody remembers names

Almost everyone I meet tells me when I first introduce myself that they are horrible at remembering names. I am patient with them and am happy to repeat my name for this person several times. Why should we expect someone to remember our name the first time? It’s essentially a random piece of information which […]

Annie Fetter on the development of math teachers

  Annie gives a very short talk that highlights some of the issues in math education, and which I can tie to work various people have done on learning. Everyone who is trained to become an educator has some fairly strong intuitive sense of what it means to be an educator. They have seen educators […]