K-12 Articles

Creative play fosters self control in children

Posted on 10/28/2011 09:32:11 PM

Growing up I spent a lot of time wandering the neighborhood playing with other kids. Our play was largely imagination based and most times we had to create our own fun using only a few props and our collective creativity. From the outside it probably appeared like we weren’t doing anything of great ...

Growing Up Too Fast, A Case for Play

Posted on 10/28/2011 09:28:56 PM

There’s no denying that kids today just seem to grow up faster than they did in previous generations. The evidence is in the fact that we now have tech savvy toddlers and babies that can read. All around it seems like kids are in a constant rush to grow up, to be mature, and to give up playtime ...

New Gate School, an international Montessori academy in Sarasota inspires its students with an extensive arts program.

Posted on 09/06/2011 01:25:35 PM

The Arts play a vital role at NewGate. Like all great Montessori schools around the world, we nurture each student’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We encourage young people to think for themselves and to find their own voice. The Arts play an important role in achieving our goals.   In ...

Sometimes school is stupid

Posted on 08/25/2011 11:38:22 PM

Every now and then, we all have “one of those days”. They usually start out bad and go downhill from there.   Mine usually start off without an alarm to wake me. My high-tech radio has an in-built compassion circuit - whenever it senses that I am tired enough to really need a wake-up ...

Improving numeracy - with the 7C's

Posted on 08/15/2011 01:13:50 AM

There have been many reformers offering ideas for improving numeracy in our schools.  Many of them advocate the use of specific commercial resources or explicit lesson plans – in short they offer recipes for teachers and schools to follow.    The quietly spoken Alistair McIntosh ...

Validate - It's great!

Posted on 08/08/2011 06:47:45 PM

It is no secret that a great deal is expected of schools. Our curriculum documents overflow with worthy content - and even some content that is perhaps less worthy.  Even if the teaching of academic skills and knowledge were all that was expected of schools the task of the teacher would be daunting. ...

The Learning Tour of PISA

Posted on 07/31/2011 11:50:44 PM

Learning Tower of PISA The word of education is awash with data – particularly testing results. While I personally have significant reservations about both the use and usefulness of much of this data, due to a combination of   the harm it can do to students, teachers, parents and schools ...

How to win the "best schools" competition - don't play the game!

Posted on 07/24/2011 08:04:10 PM

A week ago my knowledge of the education system of Finland was, to be honest,  almost non-existent.   I knew that they were consistently ranked number one of all “Western” countries in PISA testing but had no idea how they did it.  Then, last weekend, I attended a keynote ...

Is 8% a big number?

Posted on 07/12/2011 06:20:04 PM

Is 8% a big number?  Is 8% a big number? To some extent it depends on context but most of us would agree that it is usually a significant number.  Who would turn down a pay increase of 8%? A major study (cost = $12 000 000 USD)  of twins in Australia and the United States has found that ...

"The more I practice the luckier I get." Mindset and Carol Dweck

Posted on 07/12/2011 12:54:57 AM

“The harder I practice the luckier I get.” Psychologist Carol Dweck has given the educational community one of the most positive educational concepts yet to be developed – mindset.  Like many good ideas it is deceptively simple – but the implications for schools are profound.  ...

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