Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice

20

Feb

Student Achievement and the American Education System

Summary:  “When schools are held accountable only for the accomplishments most obviously linked to future earnings, they sacrifice many of the experiences that are most important for optimal development but which are not lucrative.”

Source:  Susan Engel, February 2015, the Utne Reader

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Standardized Testing, Student Achievement

9

Jan

How Developing Trust is Problematic (But Essential) For Independent Learning

Summary: Katrina Schwartz’s recent KQED blog post explores why trust is crucial in shaping independent learners. The article points out that in this age of preparing students to be “college and career ready,” it is puzzling that schools block portions of the internet in the name of protecting students from inappropriate online behavior. Additionally, by blocking digital tools that serve a useful purpose in learning, schools effectively stop educators from teaching and modeling appropriate online behavior. And yet, younger students especially need some kind of protection online. In this article, we explore why building trust today is difficult in a traditional sense, while also remaining crucial for independent learning activities.

Source:  Edudemic Staff, January 7, 2015

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Student-Centered Learning, Student Voice

7

Nov

Teacher’s Guide to Digital Storytelling

Summary:  Perhaps the most exciting thing about digital storytelling is that it teaches so many fundamental skills using a medium in which students are already fundamentally interested — and, notably, one that will prove essential for them as they move up the academic chain and on to their careers. Digital storytelling techniques do not simply add to a student’s craft toolbox; they become a source for creativity itself when students are encouraged to get inventive with those tools.

Source: Leah Levy, Edudemic, November 6, 2014

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Student Voice, Creativity, Technology

15

Sep

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Summary: In this TED Talk, which is the most watched TED Talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson speaks about how our current education system stifles children’s creativity.

Source: Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk, June 2006,  see also http://www.ted.com/speakers/sir_ken_robinson

Categories:  Creativity, Classroom Practice, Student Engagement

15

Sep

The Five Habits of Creative Teachers

Summary:  This article talks about how to harness creativity in an educational system that often stifles it.  Read about five habits that help teachers maintain their creative approach to teaching and learning.

Source: By Cathleen Nardi, Melissa Goodwin, Tracee Vetting Wolf, Strawberry-Blue Olive, and Maureen Maher Wizel, Ed Week Teacher, August 19, 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, Creativiity

11

Sep

Harvard ed school shares ‘Usable Knowledge’ for educators

Summary:  The Harvard Graduate School of Education has launched a new website to share best practices and research with educators, administrators, and policymakers across the nation.  The site, Useable Knowledge, will highlight specifically the work and research of the University’s faculty and their co-researchers across the globe.  K-12 and Higher Education content will both be featured on the site.

Source:  Allie Gross, Education DIVE, September 11. 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, Educational Research

11

Sep

Teacher Collaboration Benefits Students

Summary:  According to Esther Quintero, a senior fellow at the nonprofit Albert Shanker Institute, teachers collaborating and fostering a supportive professional environment is just as important for student achievement as having good individual teachers in place.

Source: Allie Gross, Education DIVE, Sept. 11, 2014,

Categories: Teacher Collaboration, Classroom Practice

10

Sep

Are You a Relevant Educator?

Summary:  This article speaks about a new how-to book by Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson called The Relevant Educator.  It is part of the Corwin Press Connected Educator Series and delves into the use of technology and social media to help teachers (and administrators) remain relevant.

Source: Peter DeWitt, Education Week September 9, 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, School Culture and Climate, Social Media

10

Sep

Commentary: What Makes a Great Teacher?

Summary:  According to the loudest and most influential education reformers, the answer is pretty straightforward. Great teachers have mastery over their subject matter, can design coherent lesson plans, and are able to track student improvement.  But while it’s true that great teachers possess those skills, it is deeply misguided to believe that those skills alone make a great teacher.

Source: Jack Schneider, Education Week, September 8, 2014

Categories:  Classroom Practice, SEL Basics, SEL Teacher Training

30

Aug

Education Activism Begins With Teachers

Summary:  This article explores reasons why bright college students interested in social activism often shy away from the teaching profession.  The author, a graduate student in education, speaks to the importance of attracting bright and talented people to the teaching profession.

Source:  by Margaret Healy, Education Week Online, August 20, 2014

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Social Activism, Teacher Leadership