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Whatever It Takes

By eCoach Staff      December 21, 2011 -- 04:46 PM

“Whatever it takes” is an attitude that drives most of Finland’s 62,000 educators in 3,500 schools from Lapland to Turku—professionals selected from the top 10 percent of the nation’s graduates to earn a required master’s degree in education. 

 

 

"Whatever it takes" should be education's manifesto everywhere. Every child is unique, special, and gifted. Finland values good teachers, expects them to be highly trained (Master degrees), pays them what they are worth, and provides them ongoing support. Children start school at seven and stay with ...   more...

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Using Technology to Personalize Learning

By eCoach Staff      December 21, 2011 -- 04:17 PM
According to Darrell West in his article "Using Technology to Personalize Learning and Assess Students in Real Time", American education must adopt new instructional approaches and leverage new technologies in the classroom in order for the United States to compete in the global economy. In John Dewey’s book Schools of Tomorrow he wrote in 1915 "conventional public school is arranged to make things easy for the teacher who wishes quick and tangible results." Oh my! That was some time ago. 

 

Just think 1915!! Dewey made the case that education ...   more...

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11 Tips on Personalized Learning

By Sara Zimmerman      November 11, 2011 -- 08:49 AM

Personalizing learning means moving to student-centered learning. This takes time. Here are a few tips to help you transform your learning environment. 

  1. Find out how each student learns best.
  2. Allow students to choose their topic.
  3. Encourage teachers and students to co-design the curriculum.
  4. Ask lots of questions.
  5. Teach less, learn more.
  6. Share how you learn.
  7. Connect, extend, challenge.
  8. Re-evaluate assessment.
  9. Define goals and encourage reflection.
  10. Focus on learning, not work.
  11. Coordinate student led conferences .

Learning begins with the learner. What children know and what ...   more...

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