Daily Spotlight on Education 01/03/2009

  • Why Do You Ask?: Paying Attention – Work Ethic 2.0

    Excellent insight from Ric Murry about current research opinions beginning to circulate stating showing that the ability to stay on task or “pay attention” is the new important work ethic. I agree – I work to teach my students that self control and behavior is vital – it is what I try to teach – let them have access to everything but also watch to help them make sure they can stay on task as well. HOld them accountable. You're doing them a favor.

  • Note: After a comment from a diligent reader, I have revised the above bookmark – the information stated here is not definitive research, although some state it as such, but has appeared as some opinions and as information from Gladwell's popularly acclaimed book Outliers.
  • tags: education, learning

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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tellio January 3, 2009 - 3:04 pm

You mention research and the only person mentioned is David Brooks. Did I miss something?

paul c January 3, 2009 - 11:22 pm

If students are engaged, they are paying attention. It is up to the teacher to provide them the opportunity to really get involved with Web 2.0 technologies. I have seen it happen, and it is very gratifying.

Vicki A. Davis January 5, 2009 - 6:40 pm

@tellio – I read through everything again to check out what you were saying – it looks as if the information from Brooks is commentary on the Outliers book from Gladwell – I am not sure that Gladwell’s book is based on research, although I saw him CNN and thought he said it was – I do not know the number of people in his study, etc.

So, I’ve revised the language in this bookmark until I know more. Thank you so much for kindly bringing this to my attention – I’ve resent this through the RSS feed.

@paulc – Yes engagement does cause students to pay attention – they go together!!

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