NBCT: How to get students to buy into learning
Motivating students to learn requires engaging them as active participants who take on leadership roles in class, National Board Certified Teacher Elizabeth Stein writes in this blog post. Stein shares more of what she says she learned from Larry Ferlazzo's "Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation." In his book, Ferlazzo lays out five principles that teachers should adopt, such as building a community of learners, activating students' background knowledge and encouraging students to "learn by doing." MiddleWeb/Two Teachers in a Room blog
Ore. school devotes "teach-in" to energy, science
Middle-school students at Sunnyside Environmental School in Portland, Ore., recently spent four days focused solely on the science of energy as part of a teach-in that included field trips and visits by industry professionals. Students studied energy forms, the physics of energy, fracking and coal transport and visited a nuclear reactor at Reed College. Teachers said they appreciated the administration support to plan for the event as well as time off from the standard curriculum for the teach-in, which in past years have focused on the Iraq war and climate change. The Portland Tribune (Ore.)
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Should machines be used to grade student writing?
Les Perelman, former director of writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is questioning a recent study that found that machines could grade students' essays as well as humans. He finds that the study is flawed, and using machines could lead teachers to begin teaching students to write for "robo-readers." Perelman's concerns come as many states are expected to introduce new K-12 standardized tests that include writing graded by machines as part of the transition to Common Core State Standards. InsideHigherEd.com
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The language you use in the classroom can change students' lives
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