Please Touch Students, Educationally

photo courtesy of Heriberto Herrera, freeimages.com When is it appropriate for a teacher to touch a student?  This was one of the questions discussed at the East Penn School Board meeting earlier this month.  It arose because of the adoption of a new district policy governing professional boundaries between adults and students in school (Policy […]

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2 Ways Standardized Testing Hurts Us Right Now

photo credit: Benjamin Chun via photopin cc Two recent issues in our school district– the tough budget and the many snow days– have reminded me of the many concrete ways in which the relentless obsession with standardized testing hurts our ability to provide the highest quality education to our children. Wasted Money In terms of […]

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Raising the Bar

I’ve written several times now about the need for innovative approaches to education that recognize and embrace the information revolution.  There are certainly teachers that are meeting this challenge.  There is a growing movement of educators adopting “flipped classrooms” in which traditional classroom lessons and traditional homework assignments are inverted: homework consists of watching lectures […]

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Meeting the Challenge of the Information Revolution

I’ve written a number of times about the need for schools to change in fundamental ways to meet the needs of today’s society and economy.   The information revolution poses significant challenges to some of the most basic ideas we all hold about public schools; ideas originally developed in the wake of the industrial revolution, […]

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