Required Readings

Pledging allegiance, faith-based anti-bullying, challenged books, failing exams, and news literacy: Required Readings 9.9.14

To raise awareness about church-state separation, the American Humanist Association has launched a national campaign to encourage people—including public school students—to sit out the Pledge of Allegiance until the phrase “under God” is removed from it. Campaign materials include information about how parents can talk to children about the issue …

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More Exam Results; Book List Controversies; Video Game Demographics: It’s Required Readings!

Welcome to today’s Required Readings! I hope your Thursday as been moderately acceptable so far.   Another set of national exam results were issued in England today. This time it was the GCSE results, meaning that the vast majority of English 15-16 years olds were involved. As always, the BBC …

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Exam Results; Kinky Sex Ed; New Words; Space Photography: It’s Required Readings!

Welcome to another Thursday assignment of Required Readings! This is the last week of my school holidays and so today’s RR is coloured with a vague mix of disappointment and nervous excitement. Onwards!   English A-Level results were issued today. These are the exams that determine whether or not English …

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Children and Technology; New Qualifications; Air Force Cadets in Trouble; Steiner Schools: It’s Required Readings!

Happy Thursday! It’s time for another set of Required Readings – just the thing to help you through those long, boring summer holidays.     The British Communications Watchdog announces the somewhat predictable results of a study into how levels of digital device proficiency compare between children and adults. The …

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EducationPop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Cumulative knowledge?

Alright, I admit it.  I’m practically phoning this one in, but it’s finals week and I’m up to my ears in grading. Plus I have to write two finals for today! When I write exams, I try to get the students to use the larger concepts to solve specific problems.  …

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Pop Quiz: Exam Formats. What Works Best?

This week has been filled with exams for several of the classes I teach. Due to this I got to thinking about test formats. I know a few of my colleagues who teach general education classes who give straight Scan-tron multiple choice exams. According to them it is easier for …

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Pop Quiz: To Catch a Cheater

“I learned that teachers aren’t as stupid as some people think they are…” This quote, from a student caught cheating, comes from a fairly old article from the US News called The Cheating Game.  It outlines a widespread problem in the country with regards to students cheating in school. Even …

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