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January 14, 2009

Sparking Science Interest Outside of School

This Education Week article about

October 22, 2008

Girls and The Math Stigma

Last night after work, I still had Sean Cavanagh's Education Week story about how American culture discourages girls from cultivating high-level math skills up on my computer screen when my roommates—who are, notably, both women—came in to check their e-mail and catch me up on the day's events. ...

September 08, 2008

On the Road: Learning at National Parks

When I was a kid, we spent most of our family vacations in national parks. Going camping instead of staying in hotels allowed us to visit lots of places we otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to see, and from a young age, those trips fostered an excitement for conservation and preservation o...

July 29, 2008

Held Back by Stereotypes

This story from the Associated Press is one part good and one part not-so-hot news for educators about girls and math. According to the article, girls and boys score equally well on math tests in every grade from 2nd through 11th, but the stereotype that boys are better at the subject still persists...

July 21, 2008

Libraries and Gaming

I have mixed feelings about this AP story, which is about a library that has set up a place for kids to play video games. On the one hand, I do think it's a great way to draw kids into the library and expose them to what it has to offer, but being a reader at heart, I can't help but wonder if it mi...

June 25, 2008

Teaching with Twitter

I recently finished writing a story about Twitter for Education Week's Digital Directions, which included a profile of one teacher in Silver Spring, Md., George Mayo, who is using Twitter with his students for a variety of projects. Mayo set up a Twitter account called Many Voices and invited stud...

June 20, 2008

More Labs, Less Tests...and RSS

This story by the BBC about encouraging more students to study science by putting more emphasis on hands-on experiments and less on testing is an interesting follow-up to a few of the recent blog posts on Motivation Matters. It's a quick and interesting read. And on a technical note, a few weeks ba...

June 18, 2008

Gender Gap in Motivation?

This commentary, by Leonard Sax, makes an interesting point. He says: The real gender gap is not in ability but in motivation--not in what girls and boys can do, but in what girls and boys want to do: specifically, in what they want to learn, and how they want to learn it. The number of women stud...

June 09, 2008

Elementary Experiments: Science Labs for 4th Graders

My colleague Sean Cavanagh, who covers math and science here at Education Week, recently wrote an article about science labs in elementary schools. According to the story, although science standards generally call for hands-on experiments even in the early grades, such lab work doesn't always happen...

June 06, 2008

Technology's Role in Motivation

I just finished writing an article for Digital Directions about using digital video in the classroom. It was a fun article to write since all of the educators I spoke with about using digital media in the classroom were passionate and thoughtful speakers, which makes my job pretty easy. And it seems...

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