Friday, September 23, 2011
What do kids learn there? That they can do things they thought they couldn't: like being away from home, sleeping in a cabin, going out in a giant canoe or kayak for the first time, and climbing pilot Knob or Buck Mountain. These things take real "grit" - and everyone can manage it. The satisfaction of accomplishment will last - and it will transfer to other challenges.
Meanwhile back at school...
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
What does it mean when the average verbal SAT score is dropping, as has been reported recently? Demographic changes, sure. More kids taking the test. But thoughtful analysis shows it is actually the focus on memory and testing in elementary school, instead of on a content-rich curriculum.
A savory, juicy, rich curriculum develops a big vocabulary - exactly what's needed for success on the SAT. Seems simple doesn't it? Read more in How to Stop the Drop in Verbal Scores from the NY Times.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
But it doesn't replace building the bridge model and seeing if it stands. Or taking 50 yellow cubes and dividing them into seven cups by hand.
This article from the New York Times, In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores, tells the story of schools seduced by the glamour of technology, but not necessarily using it for better learning. To do that takes teachers with discriminating intelligence.
Technology transforms learning - if we're smart about it.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Read this article from Smithsonian about Why Finland's Schools Are So Successful. It sounds an awful lot like Parker!