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Every other Wednesday, I post ideas about how to improve the learning going on in the classroom. There are so many buzzwords and great ideas floating around about what could make education better: blended learning, 1 to 1 education, media labs. It would take 30 hours a day to get schools to be perfect and for teachers to prepare the needed lessons to implement these ideas. Yet, even if all these innovations were implemented, I'm not sure these ideas would improve the learning…Continue
Posted by Shira Hochheimer on May 22, 2013 at 1:09am
In my role at an all boys Yeshiva high school, I am involved in discipline. A common complaint I hear from my students is the “unfairness” they feel when punishments do not appear to be 100% consistent 100% of the time. This complaint comes in various contexts and forms. The common theme is that many students express a feeling of frustration from inconsistency.
While it is debatable to me whether the students really agree with the argument they make or are simply unhappy…Continue
Posted by Josh Kahn on May 10, 2013 at 7:21am
Posted by Shira Hochheimer on May 1, 2013 at 6:30am
One of the things I have experimented with in my classes this year is assigning students work which they are required to share on a larger stage than our classroom.
I had several complementary goals in mind in devising these assignments, but I will focus here more on the results than the planning.
In one of my classes, Contemporary…Continue
Posted by Noam stein on April 23, 2013 at 5:30pm