Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I am Reading Today - Thoughts on Education

So many great stories and links come across my desk each day that I want to share with everyone and I thought, why not add them as a blog page? 

‎"Good job!" is the worst kind of praise. By Jim Taylor, Ph.D....
My favourite quote from the article: “…
you don't need to praise them at all. The best thing you can do is simply highlight what they did.” That just about sums it up for me! Common sense prevails. An excellent tip on exactly what to say when that inane and probably damaging praise is about to tumble from our mouths.
"Most schools follow a model designed for an industrial economy. Can our education system foster the creativity and collaboration needed in a digital world?" This article argues that we need to focus "on teaching digital literacy, not so much how to use the tools—the kids could teach that—but how to use them to develop ideas and express themselves responsibly." Follow the links to videos, which include some by Sir Ken Robinson

LAST year 195 Gold Coast children were registered for home schooling as parents attempt to combat a growing culture of schoolyard bullying, misbehaviour and limited teacher-student contact.Another Aussie media story about home education!

Research suggests immaturity is confused with disorder – and many children could be misdiagnosed. Essential reading for parents of toddlers and preschoolers... I have long suspected this - we have become so accustomed to reducing everything down to a list of symptoms we are losing sight of the big picture - children should be allowed to get on with simply being children! We are in such a hurry to churn out adults that we make the same mistake with our adolescent children too. A timely and important article - essential reading for parents of pre-school aged children. 

Latest issue of the Parental Intelligence Newsletter! Always a great collection of relevant articles and a great read – thanks Bob! 

That's all for today - don't have the time to read anything else!