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More about School Reform

  • 1. Dr. Fischler is on a mission. I’m marching

behind him.

the first manifesto of the Learning Revolution.

W E D N E S D A Y , 2 0 1 0

M A R C H

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Beyond Memorization: Give 21st Century Students Time to Understand We can all agree that it is important for students to graduate from high school. However, what happens when “graduating” from high school does not necessarily represent an understanding of the basic skills needed in college and the workplace? According to the Sun-Sentinel, more than half of the students entering public colleges and universities in Florida need remedial classes in math, reading, and writing prior to starting their college classes. The problem is NOT the amount of money we are putting into our public schools; rather, the structure and curriculum of public education needs reform. Memorizing information for the FCAT or College Placement Test is not going to equip students with the skills needed for the 21 st century.

Students need to learn to analyze, understand, and explain rather than memorize, recite, and regurgitate facts and information. A student cannot be expected to master division if he or she does not know what dividing numbers truly means. Subjects—particularly reading and math—need to be taught on a student’s individual timeframe. Learning should be measured against each student’s past markers of progress. We must enable students to learn at varying rates so they come to understand and

More about School Reform 1. Dr. Fischler is on a mission. I’m marching behind him. <awww.TheStudentIstheClass.com is the first manifesto of the Learning Revolution. W E D N E S D A Y , 2 0 1 0 M A R C H 3 1 , Beyond Memorization: Give 21st Century Students Time to Understand We can all agree that it is important for students to graduate from high school. However, what happens when “graduating” from high school does not necessarily represent an understanding of the basic skills needed in college and the workplace? According to the Sun-Sentinel, more than half of the students entering public colleges and universities in Florida need remedial classes in math, reading, and writing prior to starting their college classes. The problem is NOT the amount of money we are putting into our public schools; rather, the structure and curriculum of public education needs reform. Memorizing information for the FCAT or College Placement Test is not going to equip students with the skills needed for the 21 century. Students need to learn to analyze, understand, and explain rather than memorize, recite, and regurgitate facts and information. A student cannot be expected to master division if he or she does not know what dividing numbers truly means . Subjects—particularly reading and math—need to be taught on a student’s individual timeframe. Learning should be measured against each student’s past markers of progress. We must enable students to learn at varying rates so they come to understand and analyze information in a way that is useful and accessible both to them personally and for the 21 century. We must change our expectations about time and make conceptual understanding (not wrote repetition) our first priority. For more information, please see " College Students Lack Math, Writing Skills: 55% Are Taking Remedial Classes After Entering Schools in Florida " by Scott Travis. Sun-Sentinel, March 1 , 2010. http://abe.thestudentistheclass.com/ Go ahead. Read Dr. Fischler’s comments and then write to him. He’s the guy that expanded Nova University and he’s the guy for whom our department is named .. . Fischler@nova.edu why not call him? 954 262 5376 it would surprise him that someone actually read and appreciated his blog. candidate, too .... and an Ed.D. ... from HIS university ... his phone number is cool 954 262 LERN As Zig Ziglar says "You can have everything you want in life if you'll just help enough other people get what they want." 2. Gordon Dryden wrote a book with Jean Vos about The Learning Revolution (1999). Over the next 10 years, 10 million copies were sold in China. www.thelearningweb.net HIS EMAIL info@thelearningweb.net (write to him after you download his free FREE FREE ebook) 1 " id="pdf-obj-0-27" src="pdf-obj-0-27.jpg">

analyze information in a way that is useful and accessible both to them personally and for the 21 st century.

We must change our expectations about time and make conceptual understanding (not wrote repetition) our first priority.

For more information, please see "College Students Lack Math, Writing Skills: 55% Are Taking Remedial Classes After Entering Schools in Florida" by Scott Travis. Sun-Sentinel, March 1 st , 2010.

Go ahead.

Read Dr. Fischler’s comments and

then write to him. He’s the guy that expanded

Nova University and he’s the guy for whom our department is named ...Fischler@nova.edu

why not call him?

954 262 5376

it would

surprise him that someone actually read and

appreciated his blog.

candidate, too ....

and an Ed.D.

... from HIS university

...

his phone number is cool

954 262 LERN

As Zig Ziglar says "You can have everything you want in life if you'll just help enough other people get what they want."

2. Gordon Dryden wrote a book with Jean Vos

about The Learning Revolution (1999).

Over

the next 10 years, 10 million copies were sold in

HIS EMAIL

to him after you download his free FREE FREE

ebook)

DistortTheNet.com and start writing to people

who have made a difference. Read their work

and tell them to keep writing.

Give the

educational pioneers a boost

give them

applause, your encouragement.

You are the

power of one.

You have the power of one.

  • 3. Dennis Littky The Big Picture: education is

everyone’s business.

If you want the full book,

ask me and I’ll send it to you.

SEND EMAIL after you watch some of the

videos

SEARCH “Dennis Littky small School”

and you will find my 10 minute documentary

about Littky’s school

made in 2005

Those readings pushed me to create a workshop

called “That’s edu-tainment.”

What a failure

that was.

30 teachers, they listened to me for

40 minutes they asked questions for 20 minutes, I asked them to email me with their

questions. I requested follow up time to find out how the training had improved their

thinking and I asked them to help me improve the workshop: not one person replied. I might as well have never given the workshop. However, I’ve heard from a student in China, three teachers in Europe and a teacher in Florianopolis Brazil (who invites any of my

colleagues to visit him

he has a guest room)

... have all commented on the video series.

  • 5. Howard Gardner

Alternative Methods of

Assessment

Key quotes from Gardner

Multiple Intelligences is most

<a href=DistortTheNet.com and start writing to people who have made a difference. Read their work and tell them to keep writing. Give the educational pioneers a boost give them applause, your encouragement. You are the power of one. You have the power of one. 3. Dennis Littky The Big Picture: education is everyone’s business. If you want the full book, ask me and I’ll send it to you. SEND EMAIL after you watch some of the videos SEARCH “Dennis Littky small School” and you will find my 10 minute documentary about Littky’s school made in 2005 4. the readings on www.VisualandActive.com Those readings pushed me to create a workshop called “That’s edu-tainment.” What a failure that was. 30 teachers, they listened to me for 40 minutes they asked questions for 20 minutes, I asked them to email me with their questions. I requested follow up time to find out how the training had improved their thinking and I asked them to help me improve the workshop: not one person replied. I might as well have never given the workshop. However, I’ve heard from a student in China, three teachers in Europe and a teacher in Florianopolis Brazil (who invites any of my colleagues to visit him he has a guest room) ... have all commented on the video series. 5. Howard Gardner Alternative Methods of Assessment Key quotes from Gardner Multiple Intelligences is most usefully invoked in the service of two educational goals. The first is to help students achieve certain valued adult roles or end-states. If one wants everyone to be able to engage in artistic activities, it makes sense to develop linguistic intelligence for the poet, spatial intelligence for the graphic artist and sculptor, movement intelligence for the dancer and musical intelligence for the composer. If we want everyone to be civil, then it is important to develop the personal intelligences. The second goal is to help students master certain curricular materials. Students might be encouraged to take a course in biology so as to better understand the development of the living world. If individuals indeed have different kinds of minds, with varied strengths, interests and strategies, then it is worth considering whether pivotal curricular materials like biology could be taught AND ASSESSED in a variety of ways. Intelligence Reframed, p. 167 6. Thomas Hoerr NewCitySchool.org inspirational principal I really should move to St Louis and work for him. He is on the internet and his writings for ASCD.org are legendary. Educational Leadership has a series of columns and he was a columnist for two years. 7. ASCD.org a fabulous collection of articles. If you want my code to be able to read more than just summaries of their articles, ask me and I’ll help you get in. too. Michelle I think is a member of ASCD, Americans have long been told that the problem with their schools is insufficient funding ... however, the US consistently ranks among the highest-spending nations on education, yet it fares poorly in comparisons of international academic achievement. The fact is that some schools are much more efficient in their use of financial resources than others. Unfortunately, any discussion of efficiency has long been viewed with hostility in public education circles.” Steven Wilson, Learning on the Job. In many non-profit organizations, there are few incentives to control costs. In a competitive for- profit system, there is a constant effort to make the right decisions and raise the levels of success, while controlling cost. Success in 2 " id="pdf-obj-1-84" src="pdf-obj-1-84.jpg">

usefully invoked in the service of two educational goals. The first is to help students achieve certain valued adult roles or end-states. If one wants everyone to be able to engage in artistic activities, it makes sense to develop linguistic intelligence for the poet, spatial intelligence for the graphic artist and sculptor, movement intelligence for the dancer and musical intelligence for the composer. If we want everyone to be civil, then it is important to develop the personal intelligences.

The second goal is to help students master certain curricular materials. Students might be encouraged to take a course in biology so as to better understand the development of the living world. If individuals indeed have different kinds of minds, with varied strengths, interests and strategies, then it is worth considering whether pivotal curricular materials like biology could be taught AND ASSESSED in a variety of ways. Intelligence Reframed, p. 167

  • 6. Thomas Hoerr

inspirational principal

I really should move to St

Louis and work for him. He is on the internet and

his writings for ASCD.org are legendary. Educational Leadership has a series of columns and he was a columnist for two years.

  • 7. ASCD.org a fabulous collection of articles.

If you want my code to be able to read more than

just summaries of their articles, ask me and I’ll help

you get in. too.

Michelle I think is a member of ASCD,

Americans have long been told that the problem with their schools is insufficient funding ... however, the US consistently ranks among the highest-spending nations on education, yet it fares poorly in comparisons of international academic achievement. The fact is that some schools are much more efficient in their use of financial resources than others. Unfortunately, any discussion of efficiency has long been viewed with hostility in public education circles.” Steven Wilson, Learning on the Job. In many non-profit organizations, there are few incentives to control costs. In a competitive for- profit system, there is a constant effort to make the right decisions and raise the levels of success, while controlling cost. Success in

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business isn’t just a matter of funding. It’s an attitude of relentless striving to do things better and more efficiently rather than accept the status quo. The same applies to for-profit schools.

Some schools pursue unconventional methods.

They test students for what they know and try to bring them up to where they should be to join a regular class. They do not organize classes by age. This requires the school to amass and

update test data on each student

--- quoting

... an ad for SABIS, a for-profit system founded by

Leila Saad and Ralph Bistany (SA-ad BIS-tany).

"In the US, people fail to look at how money is being spent on education and it is assumed that the more money is spent, the more kids will benefit. There is a disconnect between the decision maker and his wallet. The minute a decision maker does not have to suffer from his decisions, things go wrong,” says Bistany.

-- NY Times 9 May 2010

"an independent ethos" A school that is successful has a sense of its own identify. It has an independent ethos. It’s

not just a school that you go to. The name means something. When you name the school, it conjures up an ethos of something that you

feel pride in.

Tony Blair, speech to Center

for American Progress, 2009 We need to make education about the whole

person and the whole community

..

(minute

3:16)

Tony Blair, speech to Center for

American Progress, 2009

Involvement of Parents minute 5:10 -- Parents need to be engaged and

challenged.

Parents need to be part of the

school community, being talked to, helping, understanding where they’ve got to step up to the mark.

Absolutely amazing photos

...

Greenland

========== EdReformer.com Tom vander Ark

business isn’t just a matter of funding. It’s an attitude of relentless striving to do thingsyoutube.com/watch?v=XY2cvYmvlQI "an independent ethos" A school that is successful has a sense of its own identify. It has an independent ethos. It’s not just a school that you go to. The name means something. When you name the school, it conjures up an ethos of something that you feel pride in. Tony Blair, speech to Center for American Progress, 2009 We need to make education about the whole person and the whole community .. (minute 3:16) Tony Blair, speech to Center for American Progress, 2009 Involvement of Parents minute 5:10 -- Parents need to be engaged and challenged. Parents need to be part of the school community, being talked to, helping, understanding where they’ve got to step up to the mark. http://damncoolpics.blogspot.com/2009/07/beau tiful-petermann-glacier.html Absolutely amazing photos ... Greenland ========== EdReformer.com Tom vander Ark  Danpink.com Chapter 15 of Free Agent Nation, A Whole New Mind Search Youtube for these names Hightechhigh.org Metcenter.org Chadphila.org Newcityschool.org "Quality is everyone's responsibility." "A system can not understand itself." "All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride." "The worker is not the problem. The problem is at the top! Management!" "Defects are not free. Somebody makes them, and gets paid for making them." "It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best." "If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing." "The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have nothing to do with work." "Experience by itself teaches nothing ... Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence without theory there is no learning." "Foremost is the principle that the purpose of consumer research is to understand the customer's needs and wishes, and thus design product and service that will provide better living for him in the future. A second principle is that no one can guess the future loss of business from a dissatisfied customer " ... "What is a system? A system is a network of interdependent components that work together to try to accomplish the aim of the system. A system must have an aim. Without an aim, there is no system. The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in 3 " id="pdf-obj-2-64" src="pdf-obj-2-64.jpg">

Danpink.com Chapter 15 of Free Agent Nation, A Whole New Mind Search Youtube for these names Hightechhigh.org Metcenter.org Chadphila.org Newcityschool.org

"Quality is everyone's responsibility."

"A system can not understand itself."

"All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride."

"The worker is not the problem. The problem is at the top! Management!"

"Defects are not free. Somebody makes them, and gets paid for making them."

"It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best."

"If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."

"The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have nothing to do with work."

"Experience by itself teaches nothing

...

Without

theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence without theory there is no learning."

"Foremost is the principle that the purpose of consumer research is to understand the customer's needs and wishes, and thus design product and service that will provide better living for him in the future. A second principle is that no one can guess the future loss of business from a dissatisfied customer " ...

"What is a system? A system is a network of interdependent components that work together to try to accomplish the aim of the system. A system must have an aim. Without an aim, there is no system. The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in

the system. The aim must include plans for the future. The aim is a value judgment. (We are of course talking here about a man-made system.)/"

======== What can we do? Bluefin Tuna bigmarinefish.com/bluefin.html I will avoid tuna. I will ask a politician for a ban on selling tuna

SEE THE FREE WORKSHOP "That's Edu-tainment"

A part 1

A part 2

A part 3

Part B-1

Part B-2

Part B-3

Part B-4

Part B-5

One of the most powerful essays/compositions or arguments that you will ever read begins with these words:

Chapter 1. The Real Goals of Education

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

~ John Dewey

When I watch kids walk into the building on their first day of school, I think about what I want them to be like when they walk out on their last day. I also think about what I want them to be like on the day I bump into them in the supermarket 10 or 20 years later. Over the course of three decades watching kids walk into my schools, I have decided that I want them to

be lifelong learners

be passionate

be ready to take risks

be able to problem-solve and think

critically be able to look at things differently

be able to work independently and

with others be creative

care and want to give back to their community

persevere

have integrity and self-respect

have moral courage

be able to use the world around them well

speak well, write well, read well, and work well with numbers

truly enjoy their life and their work.

To me, these are the real goals of education.

SEE THE FREE WORKSHOP "That's Edu-tainment" A part 1 <a href=youtube.com/watch?v=uzbBg3hbS_o A part 2 youtube.com/watch?v=7Zcvih3yQ2s A part 3 youtube.com/watch?v=wavyl2l9dDI Part B-1 youtube.com/watch?v=gE66JXkZKis Part B-2 youtube.com/watch?v=my7lYjfN0AI Part B-3 youtube.com/watch?v=haUWlJxybgs Part B-4 youtube.com/watch?v=WVBnAvg-638 Part B-5 youtube.com/watch?v=AoW3oKbIcew One of the most powerful essays/compositions or arguments that you will ever read begins with these words: Chapter 1. The Real Goals of Education “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ~ John Dewey When I watch kids walk into the building on their first day of school, I think about what I want them to be like when they walk out on their last day. I also think about what I want them to be like on the day I bump into them in the supermarket 10 or 20 years later. Over the course of three decades watching kids walk into my schools, I have decided that I want them to  be lifelong learners  be passionate  be ready to take risks  be able to problem-solve and think  critically be able to look at things differently  be able to work independently and  with others be creative  care and want to give back to their community  persevere  have integrity and self-respect  have moral courage  be able to use the world around them well  speak well, write well, read well, and work well with numbers  truly enjoy their life and their work. To me, these are the real goals of education. AUTHOR: Dennis Littky Book: The Big Picture Get the full chapter ascd.org ==================== This path is fruitful because at least two of my colleagues have encouraged me with positive comments. Steve TheEbookman@gmail.com SteveEnglishTeacher skype +1 954 646 8246 mobile VisualandActive.com visualandactive@gmail.com 5 " id="pdf-obj-4-133" src="pdf-obj-4-133.jpg">

AUTHOR: Dennis Littky Book: The Big Picture

====================

This path is fruitful because at least two of my

colleagues have encouraged me with positive comments.

Steve TheEbookman@gmail.com

SteveEnglishTeacher skype

+1 954 646 8246 mobile

VisualandActive.com

visualandactive@gmail.com