Reading Round-up: Nov. 5, 2017

Changed the name of this series, because some of these aren’t blogs. Added some headings too, so it’s slightly more organized.

Education and Schools

Is it ever okay for students to swear in class?

Role of questioning in differentiation in a lesson, and the role of differentiation in maintaining the bell curve

How to build historical empathy among students, and have them judge past decisions in the context of the times (this specific example focuses on Rasputin, and how to develop a sense of period for the end of Czarist Russia)

There’s been a few posts from the last couple weeks, on how the implementation of new teaching ideas can be divorced from the original intentions; Mark Enser helps keep us on track by prompting us to think about the ‘why’

I, too, am trying to improve my subject knowledge

Four steps students can follow to think like fact-checkers for online article and sources; as well, a recent news story has given credence to the importance of teaching history and the use of historical evidence

Improving teaching at a school through a coaching approach, or by pairing up teachers with complementary strengths and weaknesses

Some considerations for behavior. Students still running in the hallways? Try this.

An excellent explanation of the different levels of feedback and how they can be used in the classroom

And while you’re thinking about feedback, reflect on whether formative assessment should look like the summative assessment, or read about how the Big History Project suggests their assessments be used

Knowledge is power, but maybe kindness should be our focus instead

Using the Pareto principle to decide which knowledge to teach

Research on how the use of prequestions helps students retain information

Reading and Writing

Use technology and history to help develop and describe settings

Ideas for sourcing embedded non-fiction

Perspective on a career as a columnist

The role of standard English and dialects in the classroom

Does extended writing lead to complex thinking?

Advice targetting aspiring authors that our students can also find helpful: getting helpful feedback from critique groups, and facing the blank page during NaNoWriMo

Geography, History and Politics

Do you think of gravel as a resource? You will by the end of this article.

Lots of articles inspired by the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to a church door, including on divisions in Christianity today, Martin Luther’s body type, and how Martin Luther went viral

How the image of kamikaze pilots has changed over time in Japan, and two kamikaze pilots reflect on the experience

In the age of computer translation, you should still learn another language

North Korea as a hangover from the twentieth century

Is Western philosophy racist?

Importance of the invention of the stirrup

Other Interesting Things

The story behind the Pixar movie Up

Upsides and drawbacks to listening to podcasts 

An explanation as to why shooting fish in a barrel is so easy

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