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Lower SES Students do Better in Private Schools

“Students in the lowest SES quartile who attended a private school in 8th grade were nearly four times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than students from the same quartile who attended a public school.” — Council for American Private Education

This is a significant statement. Students in private school outperform public school — and NOT merely because their parents have higher incomes. It is true that parents’ income correlates with higher grades, but that is not the primary predictive factor. Something else about private school is predictive. Coleman 88 pointed to the expectations of the parents and educators. When one looks further, one sees that religious schools outperform — a counter-intuitive finding. Researchers think this is because all religious schools, regardless of class or mission, all aim at character formation. When adults care about students, expect them to do well, and train them in good character habits, then students excel.

Everyone one of us can implement this in our school. What are your plans this year to include character formation in your curricula or school culture?

August 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Coming to NISOD to talk about interactive activities in college classroom.

Memorial Day, Monday May 26th, at 10:15. at the Convention Center, (in Room 13B probably), I will be hosting a discussion on using interactive activities in the college classroom to encourage student engagement.
“Ways to Engage Students: Pros, Cons, and Science.”
We are moving away from the typical “read a book/go to lecture/write a paper/take a test.” Is this good? Is it bad? Since we must, how might we do it better? I have promised to come with at lest 14 ideas for teachers to use immediately and to host a discussion that airs concerns. Handout with bibliography will be available. Questions are posted here, since this is where I have the capability to host a discussion. Look for Handout on http://www.austincc.edu/ssarles.

QUESTIONS

What interactive activities have been very useful in your community college level classes?
What resources do you recommend?

What concerns do you have about using interactive activities in your classroom?

In what ways would activities borrowed from corporate training be effective or ineffective in the college classroom?

In what ways could we avoid regurgitating the text by use of activities? In what ways could we drive students to read and mentally process their reading through activities?

In what ways might we ensure a raising of academic ability or work place abilities through activities?

 

May 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Government Moves on Early Childhood

Just now someone on Washington Week said, “There is now actual research that shows that minority children get fewer words [delivered to them] than white children.” Actually, I just read that research: Experience and the Development of Intelligence in Young Children at Home and in Day Care by Jean V Carew *1980*. This is not news. However, the real indicator is not race but class. Middle class mothers and more educated teachers speak more to children. This makes a difference. Most poor people in this country, btw, are not minorities. And most minorities are not poor.

It was also reported that the senate will be moving on early childhood education this week. My guess is that in that discussion will be another sociological mistake. Most people assume that children in CDCs have higher IQs. This is not what the research shows. Today research is not looking into that question; it is not politically correct to do so. The research will show that if you take the poorest child from the worst situation and put them in the best childcare center then you can raise IQ. There is no evidence that if you put a middle class child into a typical childcare center that you will raise IQ, academic achievement, health, social adjustment or anything else.

Notice, also, that if there is an expansion of government into daycare, similar to what we see in HeadStart or kindergarten, then we will see 1) similar results and 2) the closing of many businesses and 3) pressure on the very best preschools that are church run.

Watch this, engage politically, and be willing to risk your comfort for the good of children.

April 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

NCLB coming to early childhood?

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2012/09/common_standards_will_it_chang.html

Please let me know what you think of this.

Did you hear President Obama say in his State of the  Union address that we should work on early childhood education?  Don’t you imagine Hillary Clinton will have early childhood on her agenda if she is president. What do you think?

February 4, 2014 at 12:39 am Leave a comment

It’s Time to Try Something Different This Fall

Here are several activities suggestions. Montessorians will love them, and I think all early childhood educators will find something here. Enjoy autumn.

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The autumn months can be full of unique learning activities if you know where to look.    Why not experiment with something new and different this fall by using some of the activities featured at the websites below?

Begin by visiting Birdcage Press http://www.birdcagepress.com/, by participating in their beautifully illustrated stories and games, children can learn more about art, wildlife & nature, air & space and history.

Next, point your browser to Coyote Creek Productions http://www.coycreek.com/ where you will find a collection of DVDs featuring a four volume set of drawing lessons and an eight volume animal safari series.

Children in a Montessori learning environment use classified reading cards to identify and categorize different animals. Such exercises sometimes focus on helping the child learn about each animal’s habitat, physical characteristics, and relationship to other animals. The Coyote Creek Animal Safari series will bring this learning to life.   See Coyote Creek…

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September 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Curricula for Christian Centers

In answer to questions regarding Christian curricula, I have begun gathering recommendations. Here is what I have so far:
1. Alpha Omega – available both in retail stores and online (see 2 posts below for a discount coupon), full scope and sequence, covers most areas, rather than just Bible Stories
2.Baptist Weekday Educators Association puts out a curriculum. This is in binders, (with some reproducibles and no scope and sequence I think.) Originally developed for Southern Baptist MDO. Please fill us in if you have more information.
3. Gospel Publishing has curricula. Recommended by First Fruits, Marble Falls.
4. Fun Shine Express, along with Concordia Press, was recommended by a Missouri Synod Lutheran center.
5. Alelu, recommended by St. Paul’s Roman Catholic, published by Our Sunday Visitor (RC). Reported to have a lot of RC symbolism. They use the Baptist WDE curricula too, so it seems possible to me that at least the more liturgical churches might find material they can adapt. As in all cases, check to see if you need is filled.
6. I noticed that Group, although it is publishing for Sunday School, has a lot of very flexible material.

A general need was expressed to have curricula that had Christian values infused throughout the entire curricula, rather than only a series of Bible stories that were not integrated with language arts, art, numeracy, etc.

I will observe also, that some of the more favored centers have college educated teachers who regularly create their own curricula, while others purchase from the small selection. This seems to me to be a business opportunity: PUBLISH YOUR CURRICULA in a way that others can benefit.

Please contribute your good ideas below. Thanks.

May 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm Leave a comment

Coupons posted

Just posted coupons for Alpha Omega products, Country Life vitamins, and air purifiers on my http://www.powerlearningcenters.com

April 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

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