Education

3:15pm

Sat August 9, 2014
Author Interviews

'Building A Better Teacher': Dissecting America's Education Culture

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 3:18 pm

Elizabeth Green is the cofounder of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news site that covers education.
Daniel Deitch W.W. Norton

Teacher effectiveness is a hot topic in education circles right now. How do you measure it, and how can you improve it? What type of teachers should schools keep, and who should they let go?

Elizabeth Green says that it's not, as some people assume, a question of personality or charisma. Great teachers are not born, they're made, she says — and there's much more to teaching than being "good" or "bad" at it. Her book, Building a Better Teacher, explores teaching as a craft and shows just how complicated that craft can be.

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2:55am

Sat August 9, 2014
NPR Ed

Should Kids Get A Trophy For Showing Up?

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 9:40 am

Likely this reporter's very first award for participation, found squirreled in a box in his parents' basement.
Mary Turner Courtesy of Cory Turner

Talk about a spirited debate ...

Just Google the question, "Should kids get trophies for participation?", and the first page yields headlines like "Losing Is Good For You" and "Hell YES all the little league kids should get trophies!"

I remember collecting a shelf full of participation trophies from years of playing YMCA soccer. Did they make me who I am ... or spoil me rotten?

On the 'No' Side

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6:03am

Fri August 8, 2014
NPR Ed

Education Reform Is Becoming A Celebrity Cause

Whoopi Goldberg spoke out against teacher tenure during an episode of The View.
John Shearer AP

Celebrities are becoming a prominent fixture in the debate over K-12 education.

This week Whoopi Goldberg used her platform on ABC's The View to speak out against teacher tenure.

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8:03am

Thu August 7, 2014
NPR Ed

Quiz: Find Your Happy Place

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 12:26 pm

All this week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

Play is a part of healthy development, an integral ingredient in learning, a nostalgic pastime. It's good for your body and your brain.

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6:03am

Thu August 7, 2014
NPR Ed

Tests That Look Like Video Games

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 9:21 am

A screenshot from the Posterlet game: choosing negative or positive feedback.
AAA Lab, Stanford University

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

Imagine you're playing a computer game that asks you to design a poster for the school fair. You're fiddling with fonts, changing background colors and deciding what activity to feature: Will a basketball toss appeal to more people than a pie bake-off?

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