Tag Archives: education reform

Six things about math education which do not work

There are six things (at least!) about mathematics education which do not work: pacing for coverage of curriculum rather than focusing on effective student learning, fear that if students take more than five seconds to solve a problem, they will give up, teachers spending more time talking than students get to spend thinking, teachers working […]

Education reform ineptness

"If you are absolutely no good at something at all, then you lack exactly the skills that you need to know that you are absolutely no good at it." John Cleese Perhaps this is part of the reason that so many education reforms that are attempted fail so badly? Could it be that at least […]

Many ways of learning how to ride a bike

When I learned how to ride a bicycle, I practiced with training wheels first because my parents thought that it would be too difficult for me to learn how to balance myself, steer, and pedal all at the same time. I eventually learned how to ride a bike without training wheels but it was challenging […]

Children are not railroad trains

"Timetables! We act as if children were railroad trains running on a schedule. The railroad man figures that if his train is going to get to Chicago at a certain time, then it must arrive on time at every stop along the route. If it is ten minutes late getting into a station, he begins […]

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 […]

Imagine something different

See this piece of paper? (Image credit: D Sharon Pruitt)   Throw it away. Imagine the limitations of the piece of paper shown above do not influence how you share the record of learning your students have done, with their parents, and the wider community. Now remember the history of grading, which started with one William […]

An Unfamiliar Revolution in Learning

This video, shared via the Good blog is a must watch. Find six and a half minutes to watch this video, and ask yourself what changes would be necessary in your school to make it more like this one.   The work that this school does on teaching empathy, and understanding what it feels like […]

Our words are not enough: It’s time for action

I’m fortunate to work in a school which gets it. We do a lot of the stuff that people on #edchat are describing as innovative, particularly in the area of student leadership and assessment policy. I feel respected every day, and my opinions and thoughts have a real impact on the direction our school goes. […]

School Bells Interfere With Learning

I hate being interrupted in the middle of a good learning session with my students. It has happened hundreds of times in my career because of an archaic device we use in schools known as a clock. The clock itself isn’t evil, but the way we use it in schools has serious ramifications on how […]

I used to be a master at memorization

When I first started my career I struggled. A lot. My first job was in the School for Legal Studies which when I joined it was a relatively small high school by New York standards. I had three classes each day, two of which were double period classes. If you’ve ever watched Michelle Fiefer’s "Dangerous […]