January 21, 2012

Of cats and cows and wolf sharks

by SarahRook

With all the learning-to-read posts, I couldn’t help but throw my two cents in, too.

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January 16, 2012

Tapping with Nida

by thesignifier

File Under: Teacher Z. explores Comparative Alphabetic/Logographic Orthography… with a second grader.

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January 15, 2012

Learning to Read

by Mark Lewis
Teaching requires a kind of intellectual empathy–understanding how a student is thinking, why they’re thinking it, or how they’re feeling when they think it. My own study of a new language has deepened my empathy for primary students learning how to read.
January 9, 2012

Measurement!

by wltreece

I’ve just taken on a part-time tutoring position, and wanted to jot down some quick thoughts after my first day.

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January 8, 2012

(Constructive) Criticism

by SarahRook

Coming out of Swat, I really do feel like I know how to take criticism – most of the time, at least.  At Swarthmore, the kind of criticism I got kind of depended on what I was doing. If I was working up to my elbows in clay, and had just finished something that I wasn’t sure about, the critiques I got tended to be focused on pushing my work farther, higher, deeper, wider, bigger.  If I was scratching out an answer in an Engineering problem set for the eighth time, the criticism tended to be a shove in the right direction – look at page 142, you’re going to need that equation.  No, that’s not right, figure out the tension again, go from there.  If I was writing an education paper, critique came from needing more sources, explaining a point more clearly, tying together what I was doing, digging deeper into the why and the how.  Criticism in the real world, in my real world.  Well.

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December 28, 2011

If you’re making a last-minute charitable donation for the year…

by brachbach

This post will be short, but it’s really important.

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December 20, 2011

(De)leveling the system

by kstockbower

Imagine this: Your performance in elementary school will decide your educational experience for the next 10+ years of your life, as well as the career opportunitites that will be available to you later in life. Welcome to the German education system.  Continue reading

December 16, 2011

Research and Adventure

by brachbach

In my experience, the two don’t mix well.

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December 7, 2011

Martin’s Poem

by Mark Lewis

It is 3:00. Writing time started about 20 minutes ago. We are studying poetry. Martin has his paper and pencil at hand, but they have not yet touched.

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December 7, 2011

Finally, My First Post

by memmers1

This post is most definitely long overdue.  I have so many things I would love to post about, but I think it would first be best to explain what I’ve been doing for the past three months.  Everything that has happened has been completely unexpected but unexpectedly perfect actually.  Continue reading