Filed Under: ASPIRE, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, EVAAS, HISD, innovation, Pasi Sahlberg, PISA, The Finnish Board of Education, The School Mother, YouTube
Posted by: Carmen Jacobsen
A coworker told me she had heard on the news that Finland topped first in education. Curious about the subject, I found out that Finlandâ€™s style of teaching is amazingly the opposite of that from United States. I was also able to confirm that when it came to International results Finlandâ€™s Schools scored consistently at the top.
While checking the â€śOrganization for Economic Co-operation and Economic Development,â€ť OECD and looking for the â€śProgram for International Student Assessment.â€ť PISA results I found out the following. Finland and Asian countries were among the top ten. The United States rank 17 in reading, 23 in Science, just one notch above the average score, and dropped below the OECD average in mathematics ranking 32 in 2009.
Could it be possible that longer days and school years is a solution to our low performance? Could it be that shortening summer vacation helps children do better in school? HISD has now developed a new teacher evaluation system called EVAAS â€śEvaluating Value-Added Models for Teacher Accountabilityâ€ť which measure the growth of students at the classroom level. They also have a program called ASPIRE that helps determine teacher and campus awards based on EVAAS results and data.
Be ready to be puzzled by what the Finns do and please let me know what you think about it when you are done reading. Â I was baffled by our differences.
Filed Under: Baby Boomer, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Flickr, innovation, Kinect, Millennial Generation, Millennials, Sir Ken Robinson, X Box, YouTube
Posted by: Carmen Jacobsen
As a teacher I had never seen myself as one who teaches according to its cultural generation. I was intrigued to learn at a school workshop given by Michelle Maxson that one could have cultural and social attitudes as that of our peers because of the year we were born in.
I belong to a group of people that were born between 1946 and 1964. It was a time of American prosperity and the Vietnam War. I was born in Kansas City, Mo. and my family moved to Mexico City in 1964. At the conference my generation was described as an optimistic group surrounded by the walk on the moon, the womenâ€™s liberation and civil rights movements. I remember being raised in Mexico City surrounded by important events such as the 1968 Summer Olympics and the Mexican Student Movement in Tlatelolco, who shouted â€śWe do not want Olympics, we want a revolution.â€ť So by now, you know, I am from the Baby Boomer generation and my work consists of educating what they call now the Millennial generation.
Filed Under: Blogger, Facebook, flipcharts, Google Docs, iTunes, podcasts, Skype, technology, Twitter, whiteboards, Wordpress, YouTube
Posted by: Leslie Nelson
There are a ton of resources for you on the web to bring technology into the classroom. Today we are highlighting the top 10 technology trends for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Use Video â€“ Use channels like YouTube to highlight videos related to lessons and activities.
- Blog â€“ Start a blog to showcase your studentsâ€™ work or achievements. Use blogs as a medium for students to post drafts and get peer feedback for the revising and editing stages of the writing process. Use Blogger or WordPress to blog for free.
- Create Podcasts â€“ Make your own podcasts on http://audacity.sourceforge.net/.Â You can also use this application to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings, splice music and more for free!