For education to change, we need to refocus from what we teach to how we educate. You can teach kids whatever you want, but they will learn what they do.

Colleges and employers complain that schools are graduating students who can’t write. Will standards and tests help them to write better? No. It’s about ownership and practice. Kids need to write a lot, about something meaningful and get a lot of feedback. We learn what we do.

Engaging school age students

Working in a before and after school setting provides an interesting dynamic to school age children. It is surprisingly hard to engage students as they get older. Perhaps since they have mastered many skills, they feel they are above exploring materials such as paint. Or perhaps we are not providing enough new materials or new experiences?
Even after having a group discussion about materials they are interested in, it seems like pulling teeth to have them to leave their on-going card game of war.
Why is it that we are creating students who show no interest in being creative or interacting with children of different ages?



Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication

Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes.

The Classroom app is part of Google’s Apps for Education lineup of products, and it uses Docs, Drive and Gmail to make assignment creation and tracking easier than when you’d do those things manually. Basically, Google has taken a process that many were already using and streamlined it to make it more useful. Google has a huge advantage over other startups trying to do the same as a result; there’s an immense built-in existing population of users to get onboard.

Sounds very useful. Makes you wonder how many teachers will use it?