From the T.F.A. Trenches has a recent entry that touches on the life lessons about resiliency that can be learned by struggling to master basic mathematical concepts. In this case, maybe a failing grade is still a step in the right direction. Nice little story. Check it out....


My job requires quite a bit of multitasking. So I understand that the ability to juggle many tasks is a valuable skill in today's economy. But watching the way some teenagers do their homework, or just how they interact with adults and each other, makes me wonder if all this multitasking (though necessary in the workplace) has a dark underside, a devolution of their thinking skills that position them well to know a little about a lot, but not much in any great depth. Will we soon be living in the land of superficial thinkers? Or will multitasking evolve to ...


Check out the latest Classroom Tech column in Teacher Magazine, "Game On," by yours truly. It touches on an issue generating quite a bit of interest lately: The power of video games to improve student learning....


Fast Company magazine has a regular feature called Best Blogs. In the March issue, the magazine focuses on education blogs. I find it heartening that their three picks go against the grain of narrow-minded bloggers who think all blogs have to be characterized by superficially short posts dripping with sarcasm and self involvement. (That's right, I'm feeling a bit of antipathy today toward self involved bloggers.) So, way to go Fast Company! Thanks for choosing substance over style. The first pick, 2 Cents Worth, is noted for being "pretty meaty; the second, Moving at the Speed of Creativity, is characterized ...


The stereotype of the highly motivated, high-achieving Asian student is hard not to buy into because Asian-Americans, as a group, outperfrom all other minorities in virtually all categories, and they beat white students on most measures too. But Education Week reporter Lesli Maxwell's story this week, "The 'Other' Gap," points out that the picture of this group of students is much more nuanced than most people would expect. There are some important lessons to be learned--about culture, teenagers, schools, and motivation--from reading this story. Here is an excerpt from the piece: "But what about closing the “top gap,” between the ...


In case you missed it, we had a fascinating online chat on edweek.org last week with local leaders from Rockland County, N.Y., which recently published a 72-page report on how the No Child Left Behind Act needs to be changed to better serve the needs of local school districts. A transcript of the chat is available on edweek.org. Throughout the discussion, concerns were raised about the federal education law's impact on students' motivation to learn and teachers' motivation to teach. Chat guests and participants also expressed serious concerns that the law looks at education too narrowly, discouraging ...


Am I a member of the lazy gender? Are three of my four kids also part of that group? The answer might be yes, suggests a recent study by a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. The researcher examined the different levels of self-discipline between girls and boys, and my gender came up on the losing end. Education Week published a story this week about this research, and one of the people quoted in the piece simply said "girls just work harder." Some experts say girls put in more time working on homework, and are much more deliberate about making ...


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