Learning about Learning: Research and Edreform News and Views 02/22/2012

  • 5 Tips to Better Connect with Your Students

    You can connect with your students. Here are five ways I strive to do this in my own classroom. (In a piece I wrote for the Atlantic.com)

    95% of what you accomplish is because of your habits. What are the habits in the classroom that will help you reach more students?

    tags: education teaching passionbasedlearning all_teachers bestpractices

  • JESS KLEIN: Webmaking 101 for Journalists: A Prototype

    It is great to watch this Webmaking 101 course for journalists evolve. jess Klein wants to “create authentic learning experiences around webmaking projects.” This is a brainstorm about how to teach journalists the basics of html, css, and copyright authentically. I'm looking for the site. I love it. The site would strip out everything but the text and let the journalists add things back in.

    tags: education news journalism authentic learning

  • Videos on innovative teaching with Eric Mazur and other Harvard professors | Harvard Magazine

    These videos on active learning are great to share and view. From Harvard's series on active learning. This is the kind of video series you'll want to share with your preservice teachers AND college professors. 

    tags: education news activelearning active learning

  • Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012

    An article from Harvard Magazine on the Twilight of the lecture. There are measurable improvements when you move to interactive learning:
    “Interactive learning triples students’ gains in knowledge as measured by the kinds of conceptual tests that had once deflated Mazur’s spirits, and by many other assessments as well. It has other salutary effects, like erasing the gender gap between male and female undergraduates. “If you look at incoming scores for our male and female physics students at Harvard, there’s a gap,” Mazur explains. “If you teach a traditional course, the gap just translates up: men gain, women gain, but the gap remains the same. If you teach interactively, both gain more, but the women gain disproportionately more and close the gap.” Though there isn’t yet definitive research on what causes this, Mazur speculates that the verbal and collaborative/collegial nature of peer interactions may enhance the learning environment for women students.”

    tags: education learning research news bestpractices wiki_book

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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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