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More on the Importance of the Teacher Supply

Last week the Brookings Institution’s Chalkboard blog published a piece of mine on the importance of the teacher supply to education reform. It’s really an elaboration of a point I’ve made at various times in the past, with California as an illustrative example: [M]any teacher evaluation reform efforts may be focused too heavily on the demand […]

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More Evidence of the Trouble with ‘Student-Centered’ Teaching

I’ve long had many related-but-separate complaints about ‘student-centered’ teaching practices. A new study in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis lends new evidence to several of them. (You can also check out good write-ups from Sarah Sparks and Bettina Chang.) The authors used data on a large number of first grade students to see what strategies their teachers […]

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For Teachers: An Important Paper on Rewards and Motivation

If you ask a teacher about the virtues of giving students rewards for behavior, effort, or accomplishment, there is a very good chance that he will tell you about the dangers of “extrinsic motivators”. Specifically, he me may tell you that giving students rewards for doing something will undermine their “intrinsic” motivation to continue doing […]

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If There’s A War On Teachers, It’s Not Working. Why Not?

Last week at This Week in Ed I wrote that, contrary to some narratives, many people should still view teaching as an attractive profession: Certainly, the last decade of education reform has substantially changed the work of many teachers, especially elementary, math, and English teachers in low-scoring schools. Many other teachers, however, have experienced education […]

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TWIE: Don’t Think Of The Children!

At the end of September I took to This Week in Education to boldly declare myself anti-child: [T]he greater moral weight we tend – rightly or wrongly – to ascribe to children does seem to distort our views of education. I suspect this is one reason why discussions about higher education tend to be somewhat […]

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Even Educators Don’t Understand Transfer

Two months ago Harry Webb wrote a post about “attempts to educate teachers” that included a brief discussion of How People Learn, the National Research Council’s attempt to condense a vast research literature on learning for classroom use. I was reminded of my experience of reading HPL in grad school and wanted to write something in […]

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The Problem With TED Talks, Including Ken Robinson’s

As I understand it, Ken Robinson is the most popular speaker in the history of the TED lecture series. Indeed, to hear Sam Chaltain describe it Robinson’s first TED lecture – on how schools “kill” creativity – became the paradigm case for what a TED talk should be. In Chaltain’s view attempts by subsequent lecturers […]

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