Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Government Influences and Equity

Please remember that your November analysis is due on November 29th.

Today, we are going to look at issues of equality and equity. You will create a Prezi, infographic, poster, Canva, cartoon, etc. that assesses how America's education system embodies and/ or doesn't embody one of the following ideas, quotes, or pictures (see below). In your preferred mode of presentation, you must explain at least four of the following terms and examine their impact on education:
  • Brown vs. Board of Education 
  • Digital Divide
  • Title IX
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Individual Education Plan
  • 504 Plan

Ideas, Quotes, and Pictures:

1. “Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.” 
      --Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

2.  "...Equality of opportunity is absolutely necessary but not sufficient in building a genuinely fair
   and efficient society.” ― Ha-Joon Chang23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism



Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Today we are going to watch the documentary Poor Kids as we begin thinking about diversity, equity, and equality.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Why America May Be Hurting Its Students

Today, we're going to contrast American education with more successful systems by creating a reading shopping cart.

First, read this article on the dangers of the Common Core Standards. Create a quick note-taking guide to explain some of the pitfalls of American education. This is information that you are going to want to "leave on the shelves."

Next, read this article on the Finnish educational system. Again, create a quick note-taking guide to show the highlights of Finland's schools. This is information you want to put in your shopping cart.

Now that you've gotten the basics out of the way, read this article to add more to your understanding of Finland's schools.

Monday, October 2, 2017

One more article on praise. After reading this article, complete the next section on your learning theorists chart. You should have Maslow, Vygotsky, Piaget, and Gardner completed. You should also have your chart linked in a blogpost so that you can easily access it.

From last week:
As we think about grades and praise and our article analysis, it might be a good time to talk about standards-based grading. What do you know or think about standards-based grading? What do you want to know? It might also be a good ideas to read this article on the problems with grades.

And for today: As we prepare for our next article analysis, we also need to keep this in mind as we incorporate internal citations.

Not this:

In the article Teacher Praise: An Efficient Tool to Motivate Students, it states that elementary school students quickly accept public praise opposed to middle school or high school students.


The article "Teacher Praise: An Efficient Tool to Motivate Students" states that elementary school students quickly accept public praise opposed to middle school or high school students.

Not this:

According to the article “Encouraging and praising children” it states that praising and rewarding children for their achievements is often used to increase children’s motivation.


According to the article “Encouraging and Praising Children,” praising and rewarding children for their achievements is often used to increase children’s motivation.

In addition to ensuring that your transitions to articles and quotes are seamless, you also need to make sure you pull in additional resources to back up your thinking about the topic. Referring to the assigned articles alone will not take you to the advanced level on your next analysis.

So what is the focus of our next analysis? Well, it involves the teacher, the learner, and a critique of our educational practices.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Child Development, Classroom Management, and Another Theorist

We'll reflect on our child development observations today and discuss some additional classroom management strategies.

We'll also explore another theorist, Howard Gardner.

1. Complete this inventory:

2. After taking the Multiple Intelligences test, respond to the following questions on your blog. Title your blog post "Howard Gardner and Multiple Intelligences."

  • Do you think the results were accurate? Why or why not?
  • How do you think your strengths will help you in your future career choice?
  • Explain how you will build on your strengths when working with students at your placement. Does knowing your strengths help you work with students at your placement?
3. Read this article:
Multiple Intelligences Article

4. Complete the Classroom Study over the course of the week. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Learning Theorists and Child Development

Topics for today:
1. Educators Rising info
2. Recapping Piaget and Vygotsky
3. Child development: At this point, you've probably realized that teachers can't just teach content. It's not all about learning how to read because there is so much more going on with students in a classroom. Teachers need to focus on the development of the WHOLE child, and you will too. Please access this document to help guide your focus for this upcoming week. Please make sure your chart is completed for next week.