Discovering STEM together!

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Share What You Discover! Publishing Your Work | Reading Topics A-Z | Reading Rockets

Almost every week there is a news story about a new finding or discovery in science. These news stories are one of the exciting steps in the science world: sharing what you find! Helping kids share their own scientific findings will make them feel like part of the scientific community.

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A Failed Experiment

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s what I glean from this article.  A total of 9% of a student’s academic achievement is the direct result of in-school factors.  Since the entire NCLB system is dedicated to altering in-school factors at the exclusion of all other factors, a single digit improvement in academic achievement is the pinnacle of what NCLB can deliver.  Maybe we should consider some other alternatives?

Standards, Testing, and Accountability: A Failed Experiment | EducationNews.org

It seems as if Americans are constantly bombarded by reports of doom related to our educational system. A recent documentary, Waiting for Superman, has highlighted the disturbing and sad situations in our schools.

The documentary and most other commentaries on schools and schooling—as well as laws and funding—are based on the notion that somehow teachers are the root cause of the problems facing U.S. schools. The idea seems to be that we need to get rid of a whole bunch of lazy, incompetent teachers.

Categories: Accountablility, NCLB

Teacher Guide for Games in the Classroom

My most recent task was to create a guide for teachers to use a video game in the classroom that would advance instruction. This guide was designed to help get teachers excited about using commercially available games in the classroom, as well as provide a standards based lesson plan for its use.

Using The Settlers 7 in the Classroom

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