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Invest in Children, Not Testing. It’s That Simple.

“The best schools keep their eye on the prize—the kids—not just whether they are pleasing higher civil authorities. They see the job of adults as one of nurturing intelligence and empathy, op… Source: Invest in Children, Not Testing. It’s That … Continue reading

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The Bonus Effect – Alfie Kohn

The Bonus Effect One Kind of Interest that Rewards Don’t Kill By Alfie Kohn For nearly half a century, research has raised troubling questions about the practice of dangling rewards in front of people to get them to do what … Continue reading

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A 68-word story

And there was the day Tyler asked me if he could ‘do a play’. Sure, I’ll just go and get my writing book and a pen.  Tyler fetched a large sheet of drawing paper, and the red, blue, green, black, a… Source: … Continue reading

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Starting school

This morning I  chatted with a dad whose 3-year-old child was about to board a school bus to go to his preschool in a public school district. The little boy had never set eyes on his new teacher, nor had … Continue reading

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Failing Still to Address Poverty Directly: Growth Mindset as Deficit Ideology

Reporting in Education Week, Evie Blad explains: Having a growth mindset may help buffer students from low-income families from the effects of poverty on academic achievement, researchers found in … Source: Failing Still to Address Poverty Directly: Growth Mindset as … Continue reading

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The “Should” and Should Not” of School

Ordinarily I avoid the use of the auxiliary verb “should.”  Somehow, during a stream of consciousness moment, I fell into this. Perhaps it’s a chant or a slam poetry piece. School – It Should Not Be  It should not be … Continue reading

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Another thoughtful piece from Alfie Kohn

July 21, 2016 Choice By Alfie Kohn Here are two ways to abuse an idea: You can invoke it to pursue your own objectives, shamelessly exploiting the favorable associations it has accumulated over many years. Or you can create a … Continue reading

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