a beautiful day it has been! Sunny and warm....I took a
noon-time walk. But just a few days ago, we were shoveling out
after a foot of snow...Spring in Colorado is full of surprises. The
flowers and budding trees cannot but make one happy.
We have spent the
month holed up with the computer, writing for long hours and have
submitted two grants to the U.S. Department of Education in the last
few weeks. The initiative is part of our goal to continue our
study and application of applied analytics and machine learning with
the intent of increasing opportunities for student success. We
are living through a profound shift in human development: a
shift from print to digital, from cohort to individual, from year end
test to continuous feedback, from time to learning. It is a
shift from passive learning...teach it, turn it in, and test it...to
active learning....play lists, projects, presentation, publications,
and portfolios. The shift includes new broader outcomes....real
measures of student learning including creativity, critical thinking,
collaboration, and habits of success.
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By and large, astronomy
is a science that does not allow for retrieval of samples, laboratory
examination of objects, or physical entrance into an environment.
Luckily, light carries a lot of information. This lesson explains
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A goose thinks carrying a book will
make her wise, but son she learns that wisdom comes from reading
the book. Poor silly goose. By simply having the book in
her possession, she thinks it makes her wise and smarter than
all her friends. Needless to say, Petunia leaves a path of
destruction in her wake of genius, until at last she figures
out... "It is not enough to carry wisdom under my wing.
I must put it in my mind and in my heart."
Math is to learning what
endurance and strength training is to sports: the means to excel
in the specialty of your choice. You can't become a major sports
star without being strong and having good cardiovascular ability. You
can't become a star in any profession unless you can think smart and
critically. Math will help you do that.
Despite the availability
of well-paid jobs in fields such as engineering, statistics, and
technology, many young people do not take enough math courses.
They see it as hard, boring, and irrelevant....not true.
You have permission to be
smart; you have permission to do what your peers do not. Choose
math so you don't have to talk about how math is hard, for the rest of
your life. Choose math so you don't have to joke away your
inability to do simple calculations. Besides, math will get you a job
in the cool companies, the ones that need brains.
Psychologists have concluded that one
person's expectations can influence the behavior of another. The
phenomenon has come to be called "self-fulfilling prophecy;"
people become what is prophesied about them.
The entire range of expectations and
self-fulfilling prophecies was examined beginning with a controversial
study of teachers' expectations of students. The children in 18
classrooms were given a test disguised to supposedly predict
"intellectual blooming." After the test 20 percent of
the children were selected at random and their names given to the
teachers with the assurances that these children could be expected to
show remarkable gains during the coming year. The only differences
between the 20% and the other 80% of the children were solely in the
minds of the teachers.
Eight months later all the children
were retested. It was found that those children identified as most
likely to "bloom," did show an excess in overall IQ gain
over the others. It was assumed that because the teachers expected
some students to do better, they did in fact, fulfill those
A U.S. Department of Education report
suggests we don't need to force students to volunteer in their
communities. The key to kindling a spirit of community service may be
simply to make those kinds of opportunities available.
The data show that rates of
volunteering in schools that arrange, but do not require,
community-service activities for their students are almost as high as
those in schools that require and arrange volunteer projects. Just
over half of 6th to 12th graders had spent some time volunteering.
Rates were lowest in schools that
required community service but did not help place students in an
activity. Less than one-fifth of students in those schools had
clocked any volunteer hours.
Parents today are worried about the
values their children are exposed to in society. A person's primary
values must continue to come from home. Here are some ways to pass on
your family's values to your children:
Talk about your values. If you
choose to visit a relative or spend time with your child, rather
than work overtime, say "I believe people are more important
than things." If you give money to support a cause you
believe in, tell your child why you're doing it.
Encourage your child to talk about
his values, too. Whenever possible, try to support your
child's values by taking positive action. For instance, many
children are as concerned, if not more concerned, about protecting
the environment than adults. If this is the case, you could
work with your son or daughter to promote recycling in your
Think bout the message you send with
your actions. It's hard to talk about honesty if you brag
about cheating on your taxes. It's hard to teach the value
of human kindness and fairness if you condemn other races or
Teach you children how to
make decisions. Ask you child to think about what might
happen if she chooses one course of action over another. But
let her make some of her own decisions...and discover her own
Let your children know you are
always there to listen. Teens sometimes say they don't talk
with their parents because they don't want a lecture. If
your son or daughter starts discussing a problem, make an effort
to listen more than you talk.
Adapted from AASA,
American Association of School Administrators
stress is essential to good health. A lot of stress is caused by
what happened in the past, and what might happen in the future.
To control such anxieties....real or unfounded....bring your mind back
to the present. Try the following mental exercises:
Sit back, close your eyes, and take several deep breaths. Focus
your mind on a neutral object, such as breathing or the number
one. Strive to clear your mind of everything else. Each time
your mind drifts, come back to that neutral object. In a
short time, it will become easier to let go of stressful thoughts.
Again, sit back, close your eyes, and take several deep breaths.
Repeat a positive statement to yourself over and over again until
you feel the stress ease up.
Remember that these
exercises are most effective if they are performed in a quiet
atmosphere and a comfortable chair. They are also most effective
if they are accompanied by healthy diets. Avoid excessive
caffeine, and stick to healthy snacks. A candy bar at a
high-stress moment may pack a wallop of energy, but leave you in a
slump minutes later. Try crackers or fruit instead.
Adventure: Find answers to the eternal, fundamental
questions of physics: "What is the world made of?" and
"What holds it together?" The information on this site is
clearly presented and well organized, with fabulous resources for
teachers, including student activity sheets and links to particle
physics education sites. (This site uses Flash and Shockwave.) http://particleadventure.org/
Evolution From Big Bang to Humankind: This site
traces the cosmic origin and evolution of matter and energy from the
Big Bang to 12 billion years later. You'll learn from movies,
diagrams, animations and educational activities. From Tufts
University, Wright Center for Science Education, and the Foundation
for the Future. You'll need the free QuickTime Player and RealPlayer
for the movies. http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~ejchaisson/cosmic_evolution/
Adventures of Echo the Bat: This site offers an excellent
interactive activity for grade school students. By following the
adventures of Echo the Bat, they can learn about bat migration,
echolocation, and even satellite imaging and remote sensing
technologies. This is a clever and compelling site. http://science.hq.nasa.gov/kids/imagers/intro/story.htm