We have a handful of great links for your last weekend in June! Each week we find around five interesting reads for you to take into the weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!
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Author Jo Boaler wrote an Op-Ed for The Hechinger Report:
Brain science tells us that the students who are better memorizers do not have more math “ability” or potential but we continue to value the faster memorizers over those who think slowly, deeply and creatively – the students we need for our scientific and technological future. The past decade has produced a generation of students who are procedurally competent but cannot think their way out of a box. This is a problem.
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On the Teaching Channel blog, teacher and math specialist Kristin Gray (@MathMinds) reflects on the difference between solving problems to learn math and learning math to solve problems. She asks, “How often do we give teachers ideas they must implement in their classroom and tools to do so, without offering the opportunity to think about how these tools work for them?”
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Melanie Meehan at Two Reflective Teachers wrote about balanced assessment for Tuesday's Slice of Life:
How do we get around the fact that assessments create GPAs, and in competitive high schools, GPAs are important components of college applications? Do we count formative assessments into GPAs? Within our conference room of teacher leaders, we did not have consensus. Some teachers do count formative assessment, while others use it only to provide information to students about how they are doing. If they don't average formative assessment into reported grades, should students who reach targets more quickly receive higher grades?
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And Jennifer Ward wrote a post called "Getting Testy About Testing":
As Afflerbach states, the negative consequences of such high-stakes assessments far outweigh the positives. Students broke down and cried during our six days of state assessments. Students began school with two hours of state tests and then went through their regular classes. A full day of classes following a grueling two hours of high stakes tests upon which their graduation is dependent.
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I'm so honored to join the @NCFL Board of Directors. An org that holds whole family learning as its mission. Inspired & excited.
— Christopher Lehman (@iChrisLehman) June 22, 2015
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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. Cheers to your weekend!