When Finland’s Teachers Work in America’s Schools 

Welcome to culture shock.  When you switch cultures and keep trying follow your profession, this sometimes happens.  So lets make the change to systems to improve the learners for students.

There are more restrictions to professional freedom in the United States, and the teachers find the school day overly rigid.

Source: When Finland’s Teachers Work in America’s Schools – The Atlantic

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Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects

Sometimes revolutions are a good thing that help people.  I think the Finns are onto something.  Here’s hoping.

Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects

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The Circle of Courage – Native American Model of Education | Creative by Nature

I recently redesigned a course to be based on the ancient “learning circle” or medicine wheel.  I am hoping my students and I are successful as I try to implement these philosophies onto our learning.

“Anthropologists have long known that Native Americans reared courageous, respectful children without using harsh coercive controls. Nevertheless, Europeans colonizing North America tried to …

Source: The Circle of Courage – Native American Model of Education | Creative by Nature

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An Elementary School Has Kids Meditate Instead Of Punishing Them and the Results are Profound

I had an interesting comment made in my class today.  It revolved around being punitive rather than being educational.  I wonder why more schools do not head down this route.

Instead of punishing them or sending them to the principal’s office, kids go to “the mindful moment room” where they meditate and wind down.

Source: An Elementary School Has Kids Meditate Instead Of Punishing Them and the Results are Profound

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For Young Children, Homework May Be Pointless

It is about to be the start of a new academic year and some publications love to rehash discussions guaranteed to wind people up and sell magazines.  We need a real definition of homework other than the catch-all of “whatever they don’t finish at school”.  I like what many of these people in the article say.

Education experts offer their thoughts on how—if at all—schools should assign, grade, and use take-home assignments.

Source: For Young Children, Homework May Be Pointless – The Atlantic

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Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool : NPR

Here is a critical article on why lectures don’t work.  It lists a bunch of stuff educators have known for many many years but somehow it is a news flash to many.

 

Unfortunately it demonstrates the weak barriers education has.  Why are physicists telling educators about education?  If I starting telling physicists about physics, they would ignore me or laugh me out of the room.

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The OECD often provides some really interesting data for people to examine.  I enjoyed seeing how pay and working hours were connected across various countries.Daily chart: Teachers’ pay and working hours in the OECD | The Economist

Teachers’ pay and hours worked differ widely throughout the OECD

Source: Daily chart: Teachers’ pay and working hours in the OECD | The Economist

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It is great to live in a time where education is starting to be valued as a way to change the world. Dalai Lama on Twitter: “The time has come for us to consider seriously how to change our way of life not through prayer or religious teaching, but through education”

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9 Elephants in the Room That Should Unsettle Us

So many teachers know what works and what does not work when teaching.  However, we also now that there is a disconnect with what we have to do in class and what we know is effective.  This is a good article describing things people have been talking about for over a century.

Source: 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us – Will Richardson

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Who Teaches The Teachers?

This is an interesting read regarding how future educators are being prepared for classrooms they will teach in.  The ongoing debate of peer reviewed articles vs text books vs blogs vs everything else continues.

Personally, I believe that practitioners need to teach future practitioners as well.  I know too many “academics” who have never been in a classroom claiming that they how how to teach pre-service teachers.

Source: Who Teaches The Teachers? | Big Think

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