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January 2015
Vol 12 No 1
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GRIT - A Skeptical Look at the Latest Educational Fad
By Alfie Kohn

A new idea is hatched; it begins to spread; it catches on; it inspires a flurry of books and articles, conferences and seminars. And then it fades away. In the last couple of decades, this cycle has played out many times in our field. Yet no matter how many iterations we witness, it can be hard to recognize that the pattern applies to whatever idea is currently stirring up excitement - or to understand the limits of that idea.

Consider the current buzz about self-regulation: teaching students to exercise self-discipline and self-control, to defer gratification and acquire "grit." To discipline children is to compel them to do what we want. But because we can't always be there to hand out rewards or punishments as their behavior merits, some dream of figuring out a way to equip each child with a "built-in supervisor" (as two social scientists once put it) so he or she will follow the rules and keep working even when we're not around. The most expedient arrangement for us, the people with the power, is to get children to discipline themselves - in other words, to be self-disciplined....

From the Teachers.Net Community

Project Based Learning Cures Hospital ER Problems – High School Students, PBL, STEM & Literacy

By Sarah Powley

Sarah Powley shares another in her series on literacy across the curriculum, this article presenting an impressive and exciting example of the project-based learning approach embedded in STEM experiences. In …

The H.S. Teacher’s Preppie Handbook

By Sharon Thomas

A “prep” is each separate course that a teacher teaches in a day. For example, last year, during first semester, I taught one English 11 class, one Honors English 11 …

The Perks of Being a Follower

By Jennifer Davis Bowman Ed.D.

Nowadays, following is an action associated with the use of social media. For example, thinking about Twitter, we may “follow” celebrities, friends, or colleagues in order to network or …

Managing an Out of Control Class

By Teachers.Net Community

Teachers offer peer support when a newly assigned teacher posts a plea for help with a class that is “absolutely out of control. Please help!”

Learn Like a Pirate

By Humorist John P. Wood

A humorous perspective!

Etiquette and Student Gifts to Teachers – Chatboard Support

By Teachers.Net Community

When a new teacher needs help and support, one of the best and first places they turn is to a chatboard on Teachers.Net. Since 1996, teachers have found Teachers.Net the …

Featured Lesson: Spanish/European Influence on Hispanic Culture

By Teachers.Net Lesson Bank

This month’s featured lesson from the Teachers.Net Lesson Bank: Spain and European Influence on Hispanic/Latino Culture

How to Maintain Work-Life Balance – Sage Advice from Veteran Teachers

By Teachers.Net Community

Veteran teachers counsel a newer teacher on how manage her time so that the job does not take over the enjoyment of life.

Apple Seeds – Quotes for Educators

By Barb Stutesman

Quotes selected especially for educators!

“Do The Math” Column – Math Topics Brought to Life

By Internet Scout Report

Ellenberg is a sharp writer and a brilliant thinker who writes about numerical obscurities in a way that brings them to life.

Timeless Debate: Who Should Have Access to College Education and What It Should Consist Of

By Internet Scout Report

The content still resonates with contemporary debates about who should have access to college education, what that education should consist of, and what education means for a democracy.

Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.12 No.1 January 2015

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Making Deals Is Ineffective
Cover Story by Alfie Kohn
GRIT - A Skeptical Look at the Latest Educational Fad
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»Shooting For - Or At - The StandardsTodd R. Nelson
»Project Based Learning Cures Hospital ED Problems - High School Students, PBL, STEM & LiteracySarah Powley
»28 Ways to Build Persistent & Confident StudentsJulia Thompson
»The H.S. Teacher's Preppie HandbookSharon Thomas
»Motivating vs Enabling: The Correct Way to Help a StudentSusan Fitzell
»The Perks of Being a FollowerJennifer Davis Bowman Ed.D.
»In Teaching, You Will Learn - Knowing Students Outside the ClassroomDede Rittman
»Managing an Out of Control ClassTeachers.Net Community
»January Lessons, Themes, ActivitiesTeachers.Net Resources
»Learn Like a PirateHumorist John P. Wood
»High Expectations Alone May Not Be EnoughStewart Brekke
»Etiquette and Student Gifts to Teachers - Chatboard SupportTeachers.Net Community
»Art vs CraftsCheryl Hatch
»Featured Lesson: Spanish/European Influence on Hispanic CultureTeachers.Net Lesson Bank
»Book Review: The Wives of Los AlamosNews Desk
»How to Maintain Work-Life Balance - Sage Advice from Veteran TeachersTeachers.Net Community
»Portfolio Ideas for Prospective Elementary TeachersLeah Davies, M.Ed.
»Apple Seeds - Quotes for EducatorsBarb Stutesman
»TEDx Talk - AWE Inspired ScienceTeachers.Net Community
»"Do The Math" Column - Math Topics Brought to LifeInternet Scout Report
»Timeless Debate: Who Should Have Access to College Education and What It Should Consist OfInternet Scout Report

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