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Do this!

Watch this (all 10 minutes!), and pass it on. Many of you have heard of Greta Thunberg, but you may not have watched this. If you have watched it, you may not have passed it on.You may have watched and … Continue reading

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Makerspaces as education and novelty, and a farewell note

A few weeks ago, the MSP News featured some articles and videos on “making” and “makerspaces.” I followed up on the links, and learned about all the interesting work going on (and the fun being had), and began to wonder … Continue reading

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Science teachers as participants in the culture of science

A recent MSP News included a recent paper by Matthew Kloser entitled “The nature of the teacher’s role in supporting student investigations in middle and high school science classrooms: Creating and participating in a community of practice.” This is a … Continue reading

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Citizen science and teacher learning

A recent MSPnet News focused on different aspects of citizen science as a learning experience — design, assessment, and outcomes or benefits. The papers took a broad view of the field, and so the K-12 sector was one among many … Continue reading

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Progressive education’s rocky road

If someone had asked me in 1986, when I first came to TERC, what my “educational philosophy” was, I would have had no real answer. I would, however, have dredged up notions that felt in the right direction — student interest, … Continue reading

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Cavalli-Sforza and since: “educational genomics”

The population geneticist Luigi Cavalli-Sforza died last month (see here for links to some brief obituaries), at the age of 92. The passing of this stimulating scholar sparks some further reflections on recent fads/trends/frontiers in the biology of behavior — … Continue reading

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Broadening participation in engineering: key ingredients

Corlis Murray, the chief engineer at Abbott, is the only African-American woman holding such a position in a fortune500 company. As she writes, in a guest post at Valerie Strauss’s Answer Sheet, With the world’s population made up of half … Continue reading

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Anxiety-based education policy: trying to future-proof the kids

Much education policy, and much education merchandise, is ‘pitched” as a solution or response the dire warnings that our kids will face a job market dramatically different from today’s.  “Sixty-five percent of the jobs these kids will  have don’t even … Continue reading

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Two strategies for in-service teacher learning

It is telling that we still need to make the argument that teacher professional development (PD) (for teachers already in the workforce) is not effective if it’s short and episodic. Indeed, it is possible now to state “best practices” for … Continue reading

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Some blogs to pay attention to

I’d like to draw your attention to three blogs that I have started checking recently, which you may find informative or otherwise useful. 1. Nature Partner Journals “Science of Learning” (here is the link).  This is really an aggregation site, … Continue reading

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