A major new Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) research study shows that children have fun and enjoy learning more in museums.
Teachers too, are highly enthusiastic about museums and their potential to support learning.
What did you learn at the museum today? Second Study is an evaluation of the outcomes and impact of learning following school visits to 69 UK museums. In the study, funded through the MLA’s Renaissance in the Regions programme, pupils expressed high levels of enjoyment and inspiration from visiting museums and most said they had learnt interesting, new things.
SCHOOL teachers should be able to measure their competence against national standards that could herald a new era of performance-based pay, according to the author of a report on the profession.
Dr Lawrence Ingvarson said teaching, unlike most other professions in Australia, had not developed uniform standards that applied to its members regardless of where they worked.
When “say,” “they” and “weigh” rhyme, but “bomb,” “comb” and “tomb” don’t, wuudn’t it maek mor sens to spel wurdz the wae thae sound?
Those in favor of simplified spelling say children would learn faster and illiteracy rates would drop. Opponents say a new system would make spelling even more confusing.
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Gov’t adding fruits, veggies to WIC list
The grocery shopping list for the far-reaching Women, Infants and Children program is getting its first significant update since the 1970s. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are being added to the program, which helps feed more than half the babies born in the U.S. To cover the cost, WIC will pay for less of the juice, eggs, cheese and milk that have been staples of the program.
Fruits: How to select, store and serve these healthy foods
Nature offers many sweet choices for eating well: juicy red cherries, plump purple plums, and orange, luscious tangerines, just to name a few.
In fact, all fruits fit into a colorful and healthy diet. Whether you eat them as snacks, main meals or trimmings, fruits offer a variety of nutrients, very little fat and relatively few calories. Find out why you need to eat fruits and the best way to select, store and serve them.
The tension we face right now is how to navigate between the demands of the traditional structures we find ourselves in (i.e. the teacher as local power-holder: designing the syllabus, dispensing knowledge through lectures and assignments, and evaluating through testing and grades–and in turn being evaluated on just how successful the students are according to prescribed standards) and the realities of the fluid, emergent knowledge spaces existing outside this realm in places with Internet access, where everyone is an expert and an apprentice connected within that space, where we might not need “teachers” at all, where learning doesn’t happen according to set schedules and syllabi. If we take the traditional role of designer-director-evaluator in our classrooms, how are we helping young people become active citizens in this world with its inequities, its fragility, its violence, its power relations, its potential, its connectedness, its beauty? How are we helping them learn how to learn and learn how to give and to act? To take responsibility for their learning and their use of that learning? And yet for many of us, the structures in place (disciplines, majors, departments, school calendars) make it incredibly difficult to break away from the lecture-absorb or call-and-response model of education, especially for student from ages 12-22. Who has the time? Who has the energy? Who has the nerve? And who has the skill?
Communication Success Tip: Letter writing
Writing a letter to someone who is personally important to you is a chance to give them a little more of your personality than is possible in an email and a little more to remember you by than is possible in a telephone call.
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Another slant on this fascinating issue.
By Pat Orvis
NEW DELHI – Free computers placed where children play could help bring basic education to India’s 200 million boys and girls under age 15. That’s the hope of the man behind an Internet learning experiment called Hole-in-the-Wall.