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Rethinking Grades and Effort

Should effort be a part of a student's grade?



Earlier this week I attempted to answer this question with a brief response. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that such a big question was deserving of a big response, so here's my long answer.



I think effort is important, REALLY important. The reason that I had such a hard time answering this question is that I really, REALLY think grades are overrated. A good grade might get a child free tokens at the pizza… Continue

Added by Karren Colbert on February 17, 2010 at 10:20am — 3 Comments

Of what use is homework?

I just participated in a conversation in Elluminate with Alfie Kohn. This was organised by Steven Anderson of The Educator's PLN.

This was an exciting talk with over 100 people in attendance, including

a classroom or 7th graders in their computer class.

During the talk,… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on February 15, 2010 at 2:56pm — 3 Comments

Dan Brown: The “Achilles Heel” of Education Reform

Dan Brown, (Blog, Twitter) teacher and author of “The Great Expectations School,” effectively took on the wrong-headed notion that the best way to…

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Added by Greg Thompson on February 12, 2010 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Celebrities Kids | Celebrity Obsession: Are our teens too star-struck?





Celebrity Kids - Teen Kids



Celebrities Kids | Celebrity Obsession: Are our teens too star-struck?



Following the lives of teen celebrities such as Taylor Lautner or Miley Cyrus are part of the normal past time for the average teenager today. While on the surface this may sound like the sort of thing we'd expect a young person to be doing with their time, this behavior can also lead to some major psychological issues that have far-reaching effects. In a recent study of…

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Added by Traci S Campbell on February 12, 2010 at 5:29pm — No Comments

The Return of The One Comment Project



In July of 2009, I launched The One Comment A Day Project. My mission was to promote new bloggers and bring comments to existing blogs. Initially, The One Comment A Day Project burst on to the scene with the celerity of a gazelle, however, it soon became another faded project. The members of the ning remained, however, the collaborative dialogue that…

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Added by Andrew Marcinek on February 12, 2010 at 9:57am — No Comments

Great News

Great News shows promise and hope that the world can be FREE.. free to

practice and believe as their hearts guide them without repercussion.

It enables us to feel free to look within ourselves as well as within

our higher selves for answers that were always there just rarely

utilized. There is hope of an opening in our consciousness to create

the world of love, peace and kindness that it is meant to be. A world

free of hate and dis-ease and wars. The energies of… Continue

Added by Kalena Moon on February 7, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Universe Spirituality resonates with me on many different levels as a parent as a wife and as an individual there are different faucets that have intrigued me. My focus in the studies and understandi…

Universe Spirituality resonates with me on many different levels as a

parent as a wife and as an individual there are different faucets that

have intrigued me. My focus in the studies and understandings of my own

growing spirituality have taken me down roads unseen to me as an

unknowing functioning person in society. Looking deeper into the

growing spirituality and oneness that has been incorporated into my

being; I have found myself as bigger than I even imagined.… Continue

Added by Kalena Moon on February 7, 2010 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Building a PLN in my country

I am an educator coming from a family of educators. I am working on building my personal learning network in my country. What I learn here I try so spread in my country. Good education can help solve many of our problems. Our teachers need to be educated on how to built their PLN.

Added by Samir Fatani on February 6, 2010 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Status Quo 101: It’s a Race to the End

I started this as a response to Clay Burell’s (Blog, Twitter) post, “Barbarians with Laptops: An Unreasonable Fear?” and half way through decided to move it to my blog due to its length. The spark for this train of thought was the statement by Nathan Lowell (… Continue

Added by Greg Thompson on February 2, 2010 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Peyton Manning Can Call Audibles, Can you?



I'm not afraid to admit it. Standardization -- it scares me.



It's the monster under the bed, lurking in the closet, rumbling around in the attic of my mind. Its the haunting moans in the walls of the profession, a harbinger of doom. In fact at times, in states of sleep deprived overly-dramatic hyperbolization, it is the end of days. At least in my head.



Its not common concepts, core values, or normalized skill sets that go… Continue

Added by Jason Flom on February 2, 2010 at 4:52am — No Comments

one more idea...very overwhelming

Added by Brad Campbell on February 1, 2010 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Rethinking School 101: Seven Ideas to Inspire Conversation

I am regularly amazed at the effect that Twitter can have on my thinking. Actually, not so much Twitter itself, but rather the links, shared by others, that I click through on. Today I came across an article by Maria Lorena Lehman at the web site SensingArchitecture.com titled… Continue

Added by Greg Thompson on February 1, 2010 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

Hi, Maryann

Barb and I have set up our own blogs and now we want help in setting up blogs for our students in the classroom. Help!!

Added by Wendelin Miller on January 31, 2010 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Are the Beatles good for English teaching?

I often get customers who want to know what lines from Beatles songs mean. Does anyone else get this? Some of their later stuff can be quite challenging!

On the one hand, it's good that customers have found a hook to hang their interest in the language on. But is it always a good idea to use song texts?

Am spending the afternoon actively listening to John, Paul, Ringo and George in the hope of finding some answers.

Added by Olaf Elch on January 31, 2010 at 8:11am — 3 Comments

Using Cloud Computing to Improve School Communication

If schools are going to use technology to improve organizational processes, it’s important their leaders consider moving many of the school’s daily operations onto a cloud-based network. MORE...

Added by Shawn Roner on January 29, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments

A Journey in TEFL

SNOWBALL FIGHTING IN THE CLASSROOM



When we feel that students are bored, we tend to change the pace and move to a more energising activity. This one is something like that. However, I use it as a gap filler or an fun activity after I introduce the new topic. It sounds a bit childish, though it always works with older students too. My students are grade 10 and grade 11 and every year at least once I use it in my class. Last week before the holiday as a whole class we played our… Continue

Added by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on January 27, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Blog Report - ELT blogosphere January 2010

Here's a list of some of the great articles recently published by various Bloggers in ELT: some I wrote, most I read!



TEACHING ENGLISH : ISSUES AND TOPICS

**What do Mirror Neurons have to do with Language Learning or Teaching? Anything?

Kalinago English



**Should L1 be banned from the classroom?…

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Added by Karenne Sylvester on January 26, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Why Bring 'This I Believe' Essays and Podcasts into Your English Classroom?

Why Bring ‘This I Believe’ Essays and Podcasts Into Your English Classroom?



What are your core beliefs? More importantly, what are the core beliefs of your English students? How do you know? Do you like listening to quality radio essays to improve listening skills and critical thinking skills? Are you looking for a friendly way to gently nudge your EFL students into reflecting on their experiences and expressing their ideas?



If so, you might want to consider adding This I… Continue

Added by Eric H. Roth on January 25, 2010 at 3:53am — 1 Comment

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