urlRiding on the tails of one of our most popular posts, 8 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School, What’s Hot, What’s Not in Education – 2013 is meant to help the present day educational system get with the program. It is truly time to embrace 21st century learning. It’s 2014!

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Recognizing that teachers need training, extensive training and ongoing training to enable them to facilitate learning and to take it to the next level in regard to technology.

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Common Core – this behemoth is overrated! The continual time, energy, and effort being put into this mandate is stealing valuable learning time from the students.

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When schools recognize talent and leadership within their own ranks and use these experts to improve existing programs and take charge of professional development.

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Hiring outside consultants to do a job that in-house staff is just as able if not more than capable of doing.

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Introducing students to real world experiences – coding and programming, computer graphics, videography, animation, as well as social media and the different career opportunities that lie ahead.

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Classes and highly specific course work that relies on rote memorization.

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Brain-based teaching – using research to inform best teaching practices. Consideration in how children learn and applying these strategies, including developing a mindset that encourages student effort over outcome.

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APPR, the Danielson Model, and giving teachers grades according to their students test results.

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 Game-based learning is becoming more accepted in schools. Students play learning games, explore ideas and try out solutions. When they learn the skills required for one level, they advance or move up. Failure to complete tasks are re-framed as part of the journey toward learning.

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Worksheets and other passive practices that fail to stimulate deeper or critical thinking skills.

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No homework policies -The argument that downtime, free play, and family time are just as important to a child’s social and emotional development.

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Helicopter parents – defined as parents who are physically “hyper-present” but psychologically absent.

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Finding a comfortable balance and learning to maintain an even keel between both work and play.

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Stress – learning not to sweat the small stuff and how to handle bigger issues.

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4 Responses to What’s Hot, What’s Not in Education – 2013

  1. Tatyana says:

    I totally agree with the following: “When schools recognize talent and leadership within their own ranks and use these experts to improve existing programs and take charge of professional development.” Who is able to know better what kids need, than their teachers?

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