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February 04, 2011

The Case for Memorization

While the concepts of rote learning and drill-and-kill instruction have acquired negative reputations, Justin Snider, a doctoral student at Columbia University, seeks to remind educators that memorization—in the sense of "learning things by heart"—can be highly enriching for students. Memo...

January 10, 2011

New Ed. Book: 'Teach a Man to Fish' Is So Yesterday

Will Richardson highlights a new book co-authored by innovationist John Seely Brown, "A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change."

October 25, 2010

Will Students Remember How to Read Books?

Ariel Sacks ponders the connection between memory and reading comprehension, and wonders how our increasing reliance on digital technology will affect it: There are so many things I don't have to remember, because they're readily available on the internet, through my phone or computer, that I won...

October 18, 2010

New Directions in Teaching: 'Blending'

A growing number of public schools are blending traditional, face-to-face teaching with online learning environments.

September 28, 2010

The 'Subversive' Art of Teaching Grammar

Miss Eyre fesses up to a subversive act: teaching a lesson on the mechanics of writing.

August 31, 2010

Emotionally Distant Teachers?

Ariel Sacks worries that the increased focus on "data and test preparation has created a new kind of distance between today's teachers and students."

August 31, 2010

Getting Serious About 21st-Century Skills

Education policy writers Andrew J. Rotherham and Daniel Willingham argue that the 21st-century skills movement, despite its obvious relevance to the needs of today's students, risks devolving into a mere fad if reformers don't devote more attention to the infrastructure (both organizational and intellectual) of teaching and learning.

August 30, 2010

Neutralizing Students' Internalized Stereotypes

Grace Rubenstein of Edutopia writes on some remarkable research showing that periodically giving African-American students a chance to write about their personal values can significantly boost their performance across academic subjects.

August 17, 2010

Old School

Kirsten Olson, author of Wounded by Schools, wonders why the "industrial model" of schooling so stubbornly persists despite being commonly seen as dysfunctional and outmoded.

July 23, 2010

Friday Video Break: 'The Death of Education, The Dawn of Learning'

A couple weeks ago, at a global learning conference put on by the Asia Society, I attended a workshop on "Preparing Elementary Students for the Global Age" presented by Mary Ellen Bafumo, an education professor at the State University of New York. At the outset of the session, she played this video,...

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