What constitutes “Balanced Literacy” depends on who you’re talking to. – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I recently finished reading Dan Willingham’s book, Raising Kids who Read: What Parents and Teachers can do. Of particular interest to me (Zach) was the chapter in which Willingham described the infamous “Reading Wars”. Having just facilitated design thinking around literacy at my school, during which we started a discourse (Described in this recent post) around what constitutes “Balanced Literacy” – the compromise that was struck between the phonics-heavy and whole-language literacy camps – it’s become clear to me that…

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Does Design/MakerED/STEM even need a curriculum? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I get the sense from some in the creative subjects that the simple practice of putting something down in the form of a written curriculum is too restrictive or too cold and methodical to be worth doing. While schools tend to provide math and reading teachers things like off-the-shelf resources, scope and sequences, and pacing guides, these kinds of instructional materials probably don’t exist for my subject (PYP Design); Anyone familiar with the work that goes into a Programme of…

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What Separates a Great Collaborative Meeting From A Waste Of Time? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

There is research that suggests quality teacher collaboration within a professional learning community can lead to increases in student achievement and professional satisfaction among teachers (Kinne, 2013; Olivares, 2014). The key word here is “quality”. While collaborative planning meetings have been commonplace in the three schools I have worked at, I have found an enormous amount of variance and inconsistency in the quality of these experiences; Some sessions are enriching, and others end up (too often) feeling pointless. From my conversations…

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A Transdisciplinary Approach to Design – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

In 1975, a couple of phycologists confirmed an interesting hypothesis: If you send a learner underwater in a scuba suit to memorize a list of words, they will remember those words better when tested underwater than when tested on land. But if the learner learns the words on land, they will remember them better on land than underwater. The principle became known as the encoding specificity principle; Learning content is associated with learning context (Martinez, 2010). What are the implications…

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A Transdisciplinary Approach to Design – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

In 1975, a couple of phycologists confirmed an interesting hypothesis: If you send a learner underwater in a scuba suit to memorize a list of words, they will remember those words better when tested underwater than when tested on land. But if the learner learns the words on land, they will remember them better on land than underwater. The principle became known as the encoding specificity principle; Learning content is associated with learning context (Martinez, 2010). What are the implications…

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