Categories for Effective Instruction

Teacher Preparation and Behavior Management

December 12, 2013

A report released this December by The National Council on Teacher Quality looks at the impact teacher preparation programs are having training teachers in effective behavior management strategies and techniques. Read More…

 


 

Balefire Reviews Educational Apps

December 4, 2013

Balfire has produced a web site to help parents and educators make informed decisions when considering the purchase of educational apps. The site strives to be a non-biased and objective source of evidence based information that offers reviews of educational apps that can be searched by subject (Math, Science, English/language arts) as well as by the target age of the app developers (0-3 through 19 up). This can be a useful tool for both the parent and the educator who are confronted with a confusing array of apps purporting to be effective uses of technology in teaching. The reviews examine each program against meeting criteria for effective instructional design.

Criteria include:

  • Feedback for Correct Answers
  • Error Feedback
  • Adapting Difficulty
  • Error Remediation
  • Mastery-Based Instruction
  • Frequent, Meaningful Learner Interaction
  • Clearly-Stated Learning Objective

http://www.balefirelabs.com/apps/

 


 

Food for Thought Talks on Education Practices

August 22, 2012

If you have a few moments and want to watch stimulating discussions on topics in education, visit a web site created for Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. The site offers seven video presentations: Brain-based Education: Fad or Breakthrough, Learning Styles Don’t Exist, Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading, Merit Pay, Teacher Pay, and Value-added Measures, Multi-tasking, and Teaching as an Art or a Science?

Dr. Willingham’s early work focused on the basis of the brain on learning and memory. His current research is centered on the application of cognitive psychology to K-12 education.

http://www.danielwillingham.com/videos.html

 


 

Morningside Academy’s 32 Years of Excellence

May 8, 2012

Morningside Academy is an empirical evidence driven exemplar organization providing services to students and schools throughout the United States and Canada. This article describes instruction, practice, and application that are core to the Morningside approach to education. The paper reviews the importance the program places on the use of coaching to prepare teachers to effectively deliver the programs and the piece provides evidence to substantiate the claims for the effectiveness of the methods outlined in the article.

http://www.baojournal.com/BAT%20Journal/BAT%2013-1/BAT-13-1-access-page.html

 


 

Performance Management Magazine article on Wing Institute

April 6, 2012

On February 16, 2012 The Performance Management Magazine, a publication of Aubrey Daniels International, published an article on the efforts of the Wing Institute to promoting evidence-based practices in education. The piece examines issues facing education in America, current reform efforts, as well as recommendations for changing a culture in education that has been unable to take effective practices to scale and sustain reform efforts that make a lasting impact on student performance.

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What impact has NCLB had on student performance?

December 20, 2011

A new analysis of NAEP scores by the Fordham Institute examines the impact of NCLB on student achievement by comparing Texas to national scores. Texas was one of the first states to adopt accountability through high stakes testing. Texas early implementation of the core components of NCLB provides researchers an Read More…

 


 

Why Science Majors Change Their Minds

November 15, 2011

Why Science Majors Change Their Minds 

Much has been written of falling test scores in math and science placing American students behind their international peers. President Obama has made it a priority for colleges to increase the number of students graduating with degrees in the hard sciences: science, technology, engineering and math. In Read More…

 


 

Impact of Single-Sex Schools in Question

November 15, 2011

Impact of Single-Sex Schools in Question 

A recently published report in the September 2011 issue of the journal Science, questions the effectiveness of Singe-Sex education for improving student Read More…