Frank Bruni writes in the NYT about Joel Klein’s forthcoming book (former chancellor of New York City’s public schools). Klein zeros in on what he calls “the biggest factor in the education equation.”
It’s not classroom size, school choice or the Common Core. It’s “teacher quality,” he writes, adding that “a great teacher can rescue a child from a life of struggle.”
Interesting article and chart in the New York Times
http://nyti.ms/1qlxqDO 10 pounds at birth is near the peak of the chart.
“Birth weight matters, and it matters for everyone,” says
David N. Figlio, a Northwestern University professor and co-author of the study, which will be published in the American Economic Review.
10 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS – good ones to review together and set some goals (from the The Successful Professor) …..
Successful students exhibit a combination of successful attitudes and behaviors as well as intellectual capacity. Successful students . . .
1. . . . are responsible and active ……
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Good review. 1) Have an active intellectual life outside the classroom 2) Believe intelligence is achievable 3) Are data-driven 4) Ask great questions … and they might even stand on a desk like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society for effect.
Interesting article on College by Frank Bruni (New York Times) – be expansive; try new and unfamiliar things to learn and grow. Many colleges are heading in the other direction.
http://on.wsj.com/1vQHPzg on The Underchallenged “Lazy Teenager” in WSJ by Adam Price – good tips on breaking parental habits and being more successful with your teenager.
There are 5 key steps to make the transition a smooth one.