3-9-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
Our thanks for this week’s edchat summary go to @openstudy who, I think you’ll agree, has done a fantastic job! Openstudy is a regular participant at edchat and has provided us with many of our links to relevant reading material! (See bio below)
Education reform is a persistently complex subject; there are so many moving parts with numerous agendas. Tuesday’s #edchat is from the teacher’s perspective. Many ideas, complaints, suggestions, and confirmations were made in today’s hour.
Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:
Education reform comprises of many aspects. The following themes were the ones that resonated with the #edchat community.
– Class size is a cause of concern.
– Which current education institutions/organizations are leading the charge in education reform?
– Teacher compensation should reflect our value.
– Current assessment of students is flawed.
– Parent engagement is something to focus on.
– Study habits have a wide range of opinions (ex: giving homework)
Here is a selection of some of the comments:
With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.
I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:
How does Social Media change the way students engage with teachers and other students?
To follow the complete discussion see here
For the stats on #edchat participation see here
As ever, there were some great links shared:
openstudy: Education reform is robust topic. Here are 50 great blogs on education reform. http://bit.ly/a1BKKZ
@phsprincipal: The dissonance between the reform we need and the change we voted for is aggravating! http://bit.ly/cg5Mjc
bjnichols: 1 way to get more involved in driving policy & reform is to become an Educator Advocate http://bit.ly/99aka6
@Aaron_Eyler: Teacher Professionalism? http://bit.ly/bT9W7u
openstudy: “Building a Better Teacher” article in the NYT Magazine? http://nyti.ms/c1mu1l
Nashua_Online: eLearning: Interesting Weekly Finds #14 http://bit.ly/dvFNvs
@cgseibel: “Wide Web of diversions gets laptops evicted from lecture halls” http://tinyurl.com/yzqoxbj Progress??
joe_bower: My passion for educational reform starts with abolishing grades: http://bit.ly/dyVl9t
joe_bower: I also want to reform traditional assessment by abolishing multiple choice exams forever and ever. http://bit.ly/cqpMXf
joe_bower: After I abolish multiple choice tests, grades and behaviorism, I am going to abolish homework: http://bit.ly/9jlA34
dannymaas: StoryJumper now has a (free) classroom edition! Woo hoo! http://ow.ly/1g9T7
When you have time this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ is an outstanding video on leadership.
joe_bower: re: standardized testing. Are u familiar with Campbell’s Law? Standardized Testing’s Kryptonite: http://bit.ly/cItpQ5
rliberni: Diane Ravitch on Edu Reform http://bit.ly/8Zqzna
roxanneglaser: Have you seen Chat Roulette? This post by Sarita Yardi interesting to think about. http://bit.ly/9PweS6
joe_bower: Just blogged: Do you think merit pay is a new idea? Think again: http://bit.ly/cvT3vr Hilarious story on this 123 year old idea!
cybraryman1: Some Ed Reform sites (top left column) Ed page: http://bit.ly/6PtsC
cybraryman1: See: #ecosys chat on Mondays where they are working on policy: http://bit.ly/7w7P59
ESLlibrary: Do you use student interest surveys? http://tinyurl.com/yjqw5b5
shellterrell: Here’s my beginning to Edu Reform, Goal- get maj of tchrs a PLN. Plz contribute, http://bit.ly/deG7BA
jpsteltz: I LOVE teachers…I really do. Pls read and enjoy http://wp.me/pN3x8-3O
TheNerdyTeacher: http://bit.ly/aJKrFB Check out how I reforming my classroom and my building.
bjnichols: Aligning 21C Learning with 21C Learners http://bit.ly/9w4NJx
joe_bower: Yong Zhao blogged about that Tech Report. Very interesting. Perhaps optimism? http://zhao.educ.msu.edu/
storyjumper: Special sneak preview of Classroom Edition for teachers that follow @storyjumper http://bit.ly/b3yYaB
daveandcori: New blog post- Free Educational Technology Journals – http://trunc.it/689ks
joe_bower: Alfie Kohn writes about the ‘Better Get Used To It’ theory of education in The Homework Myth
rliberni: Article on primary testing (UK) Too much testing has hit primary school standards http://bit.ly/bh6gkp
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