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Improving Education: Ideas and Dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invested about $3 billion in a variety of projects. Education was one of the areas emphasized. (Gates Foundation, 2009). Quoting from eSchool News:

Supporting the development and adoption of the Common Core standards was one of the Gates Foundation’s many education investments in 2009. All told, the foundation spent $373 million on U.S. education last year and another $19 million on libraries, according to its annual report.

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Mastery Learning: What Goes Around Comes Around

I am a regular reader of the (free) ASCD SmartBrief. Quoting from the 9/9/2010 ( issue:

Philadelphia high school implements mastery-learning modelClass is back in session in Philadelphia, where educators are working to raise achievement at six schools designated by Superintendent Arlene Ackerman as Promise Academies. One high school is adopting the mastery-learning model of instruction. The approach uses pass-fail ratings instead of letter grades and allows students to progress through subjects at their own pace.

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Children Will Learn to Do What They Want to Do

The TED videos are one of my favorite sources of information. Recently I viewed Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education. This 17-minute video is available free online at

Mitra, along many other teachers, feels that: “Children will learn to do what they want to do.” Quoting from the video listed above:

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Students Learning from Each Other

At lunch today I spent time talking to Bob Sylwester, my co-author of the Information Age Education Newsletter available free at We talked about his experiences in teaching in a one-room school, and how collaborative learning and older students helping younger students was the norm in those one-room schools of the “good old days.”

The article Peer Pedagogy: Student Collaboration and Reflection in a Learning-Through-Design Project ( caught my attention later in the afternoon. In 2008 research involving a mixed class of 4th-5th  grader students studying science, the authors report:

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Detailed Syllabus for a Grades 1-8 Teacher Education Course on Math Maturity

Last spring I taught a distance education graduate course titled “Increasing the Math Maturity of K-8 Students and Their Teachers.” The course was sponsored by the PrISM Oregon (Preparation for Instruction of Science & Math) project funded by FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education).Recently I "cleaned up" the detailed syllabus for that course, checked all of the links, and added an Appendix as a non-required supplemental reading. The syllabus is available at

Math Maturity Course Content

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