Complaints about state tests are increasing. Please do what you can in your own small way. Then consider an alternative to parent conferences, and the obstacles for implementing changes. On to the dark side of YouTube, recreating Adam, a review of Time’s Rotten Apples cover, a real world quote, and the world’s fastest rocket bike.
States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F. In Florida schools dedicate 60 to 80 days a year to standardized testing. @LizetteNYT @nytimes
Do We Need Parent-Teacher Conferences? It looks to me like someone has a better idea. What is your school doing? @rggillespie @Jennifer_Hogan
4 Obstacles to Implementation – Most leaders probably know this, but most should probably review these concepts. See if you can guess what they are. @PeterMDeWitt @educationweek
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Check out my summary of How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey. The book summarizes research on learning, much of which educators have yet to implement. Education’s leaders and teachers need to read this book and work to reform the system accordingly. Click the icon at the bottom of any page to get a copy for educators you know.
Social Media in Education: The Dark Side Of YouTube’s Stars – Why have so many of my famous video blogging peers become sexual predators? @delicioussteak @buzzfeed @digg
Learning: Recreating Adam, From Hundreds of Fragments, After the Fall – This is a great story with a video as well. Anyone interested in art should read and watch. @NewYorkTimes11
Leadership: Diane Ravitch’s Review of TIME’s Cover Story on Teacher Tenure The Rotten Apples is offensive to many teachers and causing a lot of noise. Here is an excellent analysis of the story and testing in general. @TechEducator1 @DianeRavitch
Tweets without Links: Real talent requires the real world. @gapingvoid
Humor, Music, Cool Stuff: Man Goes 207 MPH On Rocket-Powered Bicycle. Last week, Francois Gissy strapped rockets to a bicycle and reached 207 MPH in under five seconds. Near the end you get a better look at the bike. @cyrilhuze @digg