Nov 20, 2012

A little knowledge is a wonderful (dangerous) thing

Applying the lessons of cognitive science to education is not a straight forward task. Even with the best intentions, we may do more harm than good.

Nov 02, 2012

Paul Cuffee Middle School, Addressing Emotional Needs

I like this piece in Slate on Paul Cuffee Middle School, a charter school right here in Providence. Most of what I know about child development seems to suggest that middle schools are sort of ridiculous. At the moment children are looking for role models and close relationships with adults ...

Oct 01, 2012

Thoughts on Grit

I have not had the opportunity to read Paul Tough’s newest book on “grit”2. I have, however, read Paul Tough’s New York Times Magazine article on grit and recently listened to an EconTalk podcast where he discussed How Children Succeed.

The thrust of Tough’s argument, if ...

Sep 19, 2012

Thoughts on Grading

Bruno is a skeptic on standards-based grading. HeĀ seems to think that “mastery of content” is too abstract for students to work toward and rightly cites evidence that motivation and changed behavior are tightly linked to a sense of efficacy, which in turn is tightly linked to feeling as though ...

Jul 12, 2012

Follow up to Nesi’s Notes Guest Post: Woonsocket School Funding

Some expanded thoughts beyond my Nesi’s Notes guest post on school funding in Pawtucket and Woonsocket.