Pray that your children get the first classroom, tweeted ResearchED founder Tom Bennett in response to the graphic by Deeper Learning. Blake Harvard, who teaches AP Psychology, defends the traditional classroom with a “sage on the stage” teacher. The “deeper learning” classroom has no monopoly on content, communications, collaboration, critical thinking, positive mindset and lifelong learning, Harvard argues. In his traditional classroom, students “interact verbally, self-ass
Students talk at the peace table at a San Jose Montessori school Restorative justice can make schools safer, if it’s done well, writes Maureen Kelleher on Education Post. She sends her daughter to a charter school “founded to create a peaceful environment.” Each classroom has a Peace Table where students discuss conflicts. When her third-grade daughter was choked by another girl at recess, the teacher sent an e-mail, copied to other staff who help with safety and discipline.
Catholic schools build self-discipline, concludes a Fordham study. Students in Catholic schools were compared to public-school students from similar families and to students in non-Catholic religious and private schools. Students in Catholic schools also “were more likely to control their temper, respect others’ property, accept their fellow students’ ideas, and handle peer pressure.” The conclusion: “Schools that value and focus on self-discipline will likely do a better j
Orderly classrooms help disadvantaged students become achievers, writes Greg Ashman, who teaches in Australia. He cites an OECD working paper based on Programme for International Student Development (PISA) data. Researchers defined successful low-income students as “academically resilient.” . . . the likelihood that disadvantaged students will be resilient is higher in schools where students report a good disciplinary climate, compared to schools with more disruptive environ
Unstable parenting, poverty, a violent environment and other “adverse childhood experiences” contribute to “toxic stress” that impairs brain development, writes Olga Khazan in The Atlantic. “As a result, poor children tend to have less gray matter in areas of the brain critical to learning and memory, which explains as much as 20 percent of the gap in test scores between poor and middle-class kids.” As adults, they may have trouble planning ahead. “In many studies, lower-inc
Under pressure to reduce racial disparities in suspensions and expulsions, schools are turning to “restorative justice” programs that encourage offenders to discuss their actions and make amends. Earlier this year, Indianapolis and New York City teachers complained about poorly implemented “restorative justice” programs, reported Emmanuel Felton in Ed Week. Now, teachers in Fresno and Des Moines are saying new discipline policies are making it harder to teach. “As Fresno Unif