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Podcasting To Personalize Feedback

Ever wondered if all that time you spent making corrections and writing suggestions on a paper was ever “heard” by your students? Or why you spent that time when you had to explain what you meant in person during or after class? Here’s a way to improve listening AND save time. [EF]

Interested in finding a more effective way to provide students feedback about their writing, ELA teacher Sarah Brown Wessling records feedback and delivers it to students via a podcast. She begins by marking important points on a student’s paper and then shares her thoughts with students through a recording, which she finds more useful and effective than written feedback. Providing feedback in this way is more personal and allows her to respond writer to writer, reader to reader, instead of as a teacher to student. Students are also more apt to listen to the podcast than to read lengthy written comments on their paper.

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FULL ARTICLE: Podcasting To Personalize Feedback < Teaching Channel

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4 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask About Student Attention

The strategies here aren’t groundbreaking, but this four question construct is a useful checklist to use when pondering THE existential question of that pervades all of our work: “Is it me or is it them?” [EF]

The science of attention teaches us that we tend to pay attention to what we have been taught to value and that we tend to be astonishingly blind to change until something disrupts our pattern and makes us see what has been invisible before (Davidson, 2011).

How might this statement apply to the life of a classroom teacher working with several students?  What questions might a teacher be able to derive from this statement about his or her students?

FULL ARTICLE: 4 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask About Student Attention

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This is your Brain on Games…

Two-fold value for this little picture: 1) Help us see the actual neurological benefits and liabilities of gaming; 2) Start a fun conversation with students – who wouldn’t want to start a debate about the rostral anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala?  There’s even graphic data showing differences between boys and girls.  Worth a look. [EF]

Video games have both positive and negative effects on the human brain. They can be used to educate through repetition and feedback, but they also have some less-positive side effects…

FULL ARTICLE: Infographic: The Neurology of Gaming – HOME – Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet

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International Women’s Day, March 8th

We’ll kick off Women’s History Month with a word from Kristin Aune about the Feminist movement, an unflinching look at the various aspects that have marked the women’s rights journey. A surefire conversation starter first, then on to other posts offering some CommonSense and powerful female characters in literature. [EF]

When they hear the word “feminism”, few people seem to think of young women. They tend to see images from the past: suffragettes chaining themselves to railings, Emily Wilding Davison throwing herself in front of King George V’s horse or women wearing dungarees and not shaving their legs.

And that is the way the movement still appears to be taught in schools. When Catherine Redfern and I surveyed nearly 1,300 contemporary feminists for our book on the resurgence of feminism, Reclaiming the F Word, they told us it had been taught to them as something historical. Hearing about the suffragettes was inspiring, they said, but it didn’t give them much sense of connection to feminism today.

Yet the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” – and it’s an important one. Girls are, after all, the future, and they have the power to inspire others and change things for the better. Feminism needs to be seen as a current movement and one in which young women are pivotal. How can we engage young people with feminism in the 21st-century classroom? How has the movement changed? And where is it headed?

FULL ARTICLE:  International Women’s Day – Standing in the Way of Control

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Does Female Representation in Government = Peace?

Do you know what the Global Peace Index is?  Would you believe someone who said they could “prove” the correlation between women representatives and a nation’s peacefulness?  If you’ve got one of those “dead” advisories with 10th graders, show this chart and watch the sparks fly! [EF]

Today’s news that Senator Olympia Snowe, the perennially moderate Republican from Maine, would not be seeking re-election has many politicos and pundits wondering whether the GOP can hold that seat…

…This got me thinking about the impact of female representation in government upon various characteristics of a society, particularly with regard to a country’s violent or peaceful tendencies. There’s an interesting dataset called the Global Peace Index (GPI), a product of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)….

…What you find, if you compare a country’s female representation in government to its GPI score, is a downward trend….

FULL ARTICLE:  Chicken or Egg: Does female representation in Government lead to Peace?

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