Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dr. Rod Ellis on Corrective Feedback on Student Writing

The take-home message? Current thinking on corrective feedback can be summarized as follows: it is likely to be effective when it is explicit, sustained, and focused. The VirtualWritingTutor provides explicit and sustained feedback. It is not, however, focused.  The system detects every error it can.

Bill Gates on Teacher Training

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports a teacher training program. In this video, Gates talks about a self-coaching method for in-service teachers. The take home message: Effective teachers ask students challenging questions, explain concepts in multiple ways, and train students to self-correct; video recording lessons helps teachers reflect on how to integrate and refine these practices in each lesson.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Passion and Perseverance

Angela Lee Buckworth

The best predictor or academic success: grit (passion + perseverance)
How to build grit? Growth mindset, a belief that the ability to learn is not fixed and can change with effort.