Professional Reading

10 Mar

This year I am making a major effort in terms of reading and collecting useful articles. As usual these can be found here or on Delicious. Again I would like to acknowledge my networks from around the country for these suggestions.

Asking for help isn’t easy for some students – Chicago Tribune

Research from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that students’ ability to speak up for themselves and seek help from a teacher often varies by socioeconomic status. Researchers tracked 60 students from 3rd through 5th grade beginning in 2008. Jessica McCrory Calarco, lead researcher, visited students’ homes, interviewed their parents, and grouped them as middle class (at least one parent had a college degree and a professional career) and working class (most parents graduated high school and worked in service jobs). While observing students in class every week, she discovered that middle-class students already knew how to ask questions and therefore spent less time waiting for help, while many working-class students had to learn those skills from their teachers and peers. Calarco believes this insight has implications beyond one assignment. “We tend to assume that once you put kids in school, what they get there will help them overcome any differences they bring with them. But what this shows is…children have a meaningful impact on the way schooling is happening and what they are able to get out of it,” she said.

Empathy, Personalization, and High Standards – ASCD

High school social studies teacher Rich McKinney left instructional spoon-feeding behind after he learned how students could use empathy to more deeply connect with and understand the lives of those they read about.

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