Monthly Archives: November 2012

More on Poster-Mania

From here: I would have to add “PowerPoint-a-mania” to the list. This phenomenon you are describing has exploded in districts everywhere I go. I find myself shaking my head at the reverential attitude of school officials when proudly showing off … Continue reading

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A Chicago-area school board member on posters

From here: I am a board of ed member in [a Chicago suburb], and am wondering where the current craze for having students spend an inordinate amount of their time making posters came from. I appreciate the fact that some … Continue reading

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Homework Rant

From Marianne Jennings: Not all homework is beneficial. Real homework hones. But busy work assigned as homework is, well, just busy work. There is a certain breed of teacher unaware of Bill Gates’ PowerPoint and who insists on posters, presentations … Continue reading

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Learning Requires More Than Play

From J.E. Stone, “Learning Requires More Than Play,” Education Matters (2004): For years educational experts have held that the only good way to engage students in schoolwork is by making it exciting, engaging, and fun. Students have been expected to … Continue reading

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Another Great Article from the AFT!

Some great quotes and examples from Elaine Wrisley Reed, “Projects and Activities: A Means, Not an End,” American Educator (Winter 1997-98). THE LESSON was about Abraham Lincoln, and the primary grade teacher came up with what she must have thought … Continue reading

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A Message to Teachers

From Rory at the blog Parentalcation: To all the educators who read this blog. Stop the useless projects. Seriously, please stop it. Stop wasting my kids time coloring stupid stuff that has nothing to do with the subject. You think … Continue reading

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No More School Projects!

A mom’s plea: Don’t make me do school projects!, by Janine Wood, Christian Science Monitor, November 17, 2006: It can wreck marriages and destroy family life, and it’s more burdensome than travel soccer, football practice, or the Boy Scouts: It’s … Continue reading

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Joanne Jacobs on the Daniel Boone Styrofoam Head

From an old post that seems to have disappeared: “I suffer post-traumatic stress from my attempt to make a George Washington wig for my daughter for a third-grade project. I don’t get the point either. What does a student learn … Continue reading

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A Collage in Math

From Joanne Jacobs: My niece started her junior year at a highly rated California high school. For her honors pre-calculus class, she was assigned to do a collage about herself. My sister thinks 11th grade is time enough to stop … Continue reading

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Schmoker on Achievement

Mike Schmoker, “The Real Causes of Higher Achievement.”  More common sense: Too many educators suffer from the assumption that student achievement is largely a function of factors over which we have little or no control. The logic of this assumption … Continue reading

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