glish. Students are from poor, uneducated families. But students are bright, capable, eager to learn, enchanted by everything - as are all five year olds. I work teaching them using the writer's workshop method - a mixture of Lucy Caulkins and things I've found out the hard way.
Progress is slow but sure.
As to education in general - I'm seeing glimmerings of greatness to come. But there's still too much reinventing the wheel, and arguing about bullshit, too much half implementing ideas before running away saying "I told you that wouldn't work!"
We seem to discover things that the Jesuits knew 400 years ago.
One thing I'd really like to see is year round schooling, done so that the magic that happens over Christas holidays (and for those who don't know to which I refer, it is when kids struggle and struggle with something, say reading, where they work and work, but just can't put it all together right up to holidays. When they come back, often, they can read. This time away is built into us. Our conscious mind struggles and struggles with something - constructivism - then when we let it go, our unconscious mind puts it all together and we can.
With year round schooling we could have kids struggle, then relax for two weeks, thus letting the miracle of subconcious learning unfold. With year round schooling, teachers could have two weeks in fall, in winter, in spring, and in summer.
School districts would have to up salaries a tad.
Parents would have it easier.…
ion Name: Yehud High-School
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Israel
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Teachers of teens and adults
Short Session Description (one line):The surprising power of the right kind of homework in helping struggling learners progress.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Homework is often perceived more as a punishment than a motivating factor. It is common to find that the struggling students are not the ones doing the homework. Yet by using homework wisely, it can become a powerful tool for individualizing the learning process and enabling the students to experience success. As we all know, success breeds success!
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
1) Alfie Kohn: Making Students Work A Second Shift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npZ4dkt4e4U
2) Switch – How to Change Things when Change is Hard by Heath and Heath
3) Never Work Harder than your Students by Robyn Jackson
ssional communities, I am providing my students with more opportunities to do so. I am currently reading Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns with an online book group. It has helped me better understand why my school-within-a-school struggles to create significant change for our students. It's an exciting time to be a teacher!…
ack and half jokingly considered it as an option for some of the students who have been on home arrest and the ones who have mental health issues they're struggling with. If I find anyone willing to share information would you mind if I direct them to you?…