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You, Me, and We Versus “They” in Attempts to Improve Education

Here is one of my most favorite quotes:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead; American cultural anthropologist; 1901–1978.)

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Message to Teachers: Above All Else, Strive to Do No Harm

The title expresses a nice sentiment. Unfortunately, we often lack the knowledge to tell whether we are doing more harm than good.

Here is a quote from Judy Willis’ chapter, "The Current Impact of Neuroscience on Teaching and Learning," (2010) in the recently published book Mind, Brain, and Education edited by David Sousa (2010). Judy is both a brain scientist of international repute and a classroom teacher. The quoted material describes how a human brain handles perceived threats.

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Optimism and Pessimism: Understanding Both Sides of a Possible Change

At one time in my life I played a lot of bridge. I still enjoy reading the newspaper Daily Bridge Club column by Frank Stewart. The 10/5/2010 column in my local newspaper began with the statement:

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society: Optimists invented the airplane, a pessimist the parachute. The bridge table has room for both approaches.

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Five Brains are Better Than One

Click here to learn about Dave Moursund's free book on science and technology education for teaches and parents of K-8 children.

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Staff Development for Teachers of Students Who Have Learned Some Computer Science

The previous IAE Blog entry discussed a ninth grade Computer Science course that is being required for all students in a Pennsylvania school district (9/29/2010). The course includes an emphasis on problem solving. However, we all know that problem solving is an important component of every academic course and that computers are an important aid to problem solving in every discipline.

As students gain this computer science knowledge and skills one would expect that they would want to use their new knowledge and skills, both while in the ninth grade and in subsequent grades. This means that all of their teachers will be faced by students wanting to use their newly acquired computer-oriented knowledge and skills.

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