Educator as Model Learner

Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher:

“The educator’s role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but somewhere along the line, the major role of the educator became that of content and knowledge disseminater [sic].”

Originally posted on User Generated Education:

The educator’s role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0 .  The educator’s role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but  somewhere along the line, the major role of the educator became that of content and knowledge disseminater.   Now in this information age content is freely and abundantly available, it is more important than ever to assist learners in the process of how to learn.

The world is changing at a rapidly accelerating pace. What you learn today can quickly become outdated. HOW to learn, though, is a skill that lasts a lifetime. When you think about it–it makes sense for us to be taught how to learn before we are taught any specific subject matter. But rarely, if ever, does that happen (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gurbaksh-chahal/learning-how-to-learn-wha_b_4790668.html).

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Rick Scott’s 2012 FCAT Rankings Show Poverty Matters

Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher:

While poverty is not an excuse per se, one cannot ignore the significant influence it has over students’ abilities and performance. Any policy that ignores its role is unrealistic and does more harm than good.

Originally posted on Scathing Purple Musings:

Ocala Star-Banner editor Brad Rogers remind his readers of Rick Scott’s ill-fated 2012 release of FCAT rankings by district, and he’s not attempted that stunt since. Scathing Purple Musings speculated that the decision was a strictly political one and a response to California governor Jerry Brown’s turn-down on high-stakes tests.

So why hasn’t Scott released the ranks again? Maybe it’s because the data clearly shows that poverty matter no matter how much you hold everyone accountable by tests. Rogers explains:

So how’s Marion County done in the two years since the Scott list, which cited 2010-11 school year scores? Well, based on the aforementioned DOE criteria, it fell to No. 45 in 2011-12 and to No. 50 in 2012-13.

Yikes! Our schools are headed the wrong direction. Yes, be alarmed, folks. Very alarmed. No matter how incomplete the picture, it’s still not a pretty one.

But wait … .

Let’s…

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VAM Research

Originally posted on Reclaiming Public Education 101:

Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, a top researcher in the field of value-added teacher assessment, has assembled a list of her thirteen top research articles about Value Added Measurement. When you need to find real science and real facts to enter into a discussion of VAM, this list will be an invaluable aid.

VAMboozled: Top Thirteen Research Articles

 

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