Every year for the past 48 years, Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup have done a Poll On Education issues (you can see my posts from previous years here). This year’s poll results were just released, though I haven’t had time to thoroughly review them yet.
As regular readers know, I do an annual “The Best…” list on the “words of the year” that various organizations name. They usually don’t start making the announcements until the last few months of the year, but one group has already announced their words for 2015.
So, I figured I’d get a head start on the list, post it now, and add links as new announcements are made.
Before I start listing picks for 2016, here are links to my previous “Best” lists:
The beginning of the year is often the time when teachers cough up the most cash for supplies – I know it’s when I do! During the rest of the year, most of the rest of the money I spend is on having students pick books off of Amazon that I buy for them.
Here is the data out there on what teachers spend. I tend to think most of the data lowballs our outlays. I know I’m certainly in the $1,000 range.
How about you? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter and I’ll write up the results in a future post:
They presented, in a much less “busy” form, information from a Horace Mann survey (they also included info from other surveys). You can see the entire Mann survey here, but here’s a particularly interesting chart:
One of the ways to help our students develop this kind of self-efficacy in academic endeavors is to help them become knowledgeable about learning strategies and skills that they can use, particularly when they come up against a concept, word, or problem that they might be having trouble understanding.
I thought I’d bring together a few related resources and please contribute additional ones in the comments section:
This post is another attempt at bringing a little more sanity to these lists.
I’ve just revised and updated The Best Online Sources For Images, but it’s still pretty massive – plus there are a zillion comments with even more recommendations from readers.
Here are my choices of the best – and easiest – sites to use for legally obtaining free images. They’re the ones I use the most. The links on this list are either direct links to the sites or links to my blog posts about the resources. In the case, those posts include the direct links:
There has been some useful recent research on the importance of students having a “purpose for learning,” and I’ve also previously posted about the topic. I thought it would be useful to bring them all together.
Students value their schoolwork when they believe it is relevant to their lives and/or will help them connect to a purpose that is bigger than themselves—whether it is a contribution to their family, their community, society at large, or something else.