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Marking, is it any good?

Grades tend to reduce students’ interest in the learning itself.  One of the most well-researched findings in the field of motivational psychology is that the more people are rewarded for doing something, the more they tend to lose interest in whatever they had to do to get the reward

Grades tend to reduce the quality of students’ thinking.  Given that students may lose interest in what they’re learning as a result of grades, it makes sense that they’re also apt to think… Continue

Added by Meagen Mitchell on March 7, 2011 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Why isn't learning an obligation of schools?

In Canada, education statutes talk about the right to attend schools, not the right to receive an education. What this implies is that schools do not have a legal obligation to ensure that students benefit from attending. Maybe if it were made a legal obligation that students were to learn in school, teaching as a profession would be seen as one of the high-status professions rather than one that is debatable. The nature of schooling is hands down an essential service however can you imagine… Continue

Added by Meagen Mitchell on March 7, 2011 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Web Resources

I've been continually searching for web resources to help make class more engaging. Using blogs, twitter, movie makers like xtranormal.com, or animasher.com are just a few examples of programs that I would encourage to use in the classroom. I want to find more resources, and I feel like its a slow process of finding a resource hidden here or there. I need help finding more!

Added by Meagen Mitchell on February 28, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

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