The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Educator’s Notebook #322 (February 2, 2020)

ADOLESCENCE

ASSESSMENT

ATHLETICS

CURRICULUM

    • Global Online Academy
    • 01/29/20

    “Threshold concepts have five essential traits: 1) they transform the learner’s perception of the field, 2) that transformation is permanent, 3) they are integrative in that the learner perceives interrelated ideas in the same way experts in the field might, 4) they are bounded in that mastery allows the learner to move on to other threshold concepts, and 5) they are “troublesome” for learners. Meyer and Land cite a few examples of threshold concepts in their research: opportunity cost in economics, limits in mathematics, and signification in the humanities.”

HEALTH

LEADERSHIP

LEARNING SCIENCE

PD

    • Digital Promise
    • 01/01/20

    “In the report that follows, we share findings on coach workload, the coach-teacher relationship, the use of technology in coaching, professional support for coaches, and funding for coaches.”

PEDAGOGY

    • CNN
    • 01/30/20

    “The higher the ratio between the two — the more a teacher praised and the less they scolded — the better kids stayed focused on their lessons.”

STEM

TECH

WORKPLACE

Issues

Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

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Peter Nilsson

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