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Year-End Posts from “Out in Left Field”

This is a favorite education blog, and its year-end roundup featured some previous posts and comments on annoying school projects. E.g.: This: In a comment on my recent post on creativity, Auntie Anne reports:  Our kid was graded down because … Continue reading

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Great remarks from British education secretary Michael Gove

From here: The Education secretary said he wanted teachers to stop using innovative approaches for teaching which ‘dumbed down’ education. Examples included “making Plasticine models to represent Hitler’s main aims as Fuhrer” and forcing children to learn about the popstar … Continue reading

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Another Great Mike Schmoker Column

From Education Week: Accompanied by local educators, I visit dozens of schools every year all around the United States. I assure you that the lessons we witness in the great majority of classrooms violate most of the elements of well-structured … Continue reading

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Silly History Lessons from Britain

A great post here: Here is list of the top ten inane history lessons I have encountered in two years as a history teacher. I may add, these were all pitched at pupils between the ages of 11 and 16: … Continue reading

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Genius

The question is why more teachers don’t realize this . . .

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“Africa Tissue Box Project”

From a sixth grade classroom in Katy, Texas (a nice suburb of Houston):

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Flip Cameras in English (UK)

From the invaluable Scenes from the Battleground blog, a critique of teaching videos held out in the UK as “best practices”: This one has to be seen to be believed (at least if you are not used to what goes … Continue reading

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Comments Inspired by the Cartoon Below

This: My oldest child had group projects in which the entire period was spent arguing whether the members’ names should go on the top of the page, in the space labeled, “name.“ This: Please, triple it for those projects done … Continue reading

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Great Cartoon

Via the Apartment 11d blog:

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This High School Student Wasn’t Happy

about an assigned project (language alert): Basically, this thread is about stupid projects you’ve been assigned. I’ll start by telling one i’ve been given today. Today, my stupid, mentally unstable History teacher had us do a fucking elementary school project. … Continue reading

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