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By Iman Rastegari 01/10/2018 2:42 PM EST
Critical Thinking
In a time where deliberately false information is continually introduced into public discourse, and quickly spread through social media shares and likes, it is more important than ever for young people to develop their critical thinking. That skill, says Georgetown professor William T. Gormley, consists of three elements: a capacity to spot weakness in other arguments, a passion for good evidence, and a capacity to reflect on your own views and values with an eye to possibly change them. But are educators making the development of these skills a priority? "Some teachers embrace critical...
By Iman Rastegari 12/21/2017 2:03 PM EST
Holiday Card
By Iman Rastegari 12/14/2017 10:30 AM EST
Resnick bookcover
The concept of kindergarten — as a place for young children to learn by interacting with materials and people around them — has existed for over 200 years, but never has the approach been so suited to the way the world works as it is today, says Mitchel Resnick, the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab. “That approach to kindergarten is really aligned with the needs of today’s society," says Resnick, citing the need to adapt to the speed at which things change in the world. "As kids in the traditional kindergarten were playfully designing and creating things, they...
By Iman Rastegari 09/21/2017 3:31 PM EDT
Joe Blatt
By Iman Rastegari 08/08/2017 7:43 AM EDT
Is all change good? When it comes to education reform, not necessarily. “It shouldn’t be assumed that change by itself is good…,” says Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D.’13, co-editor of the new book, Future Directions of Educational Change: Social Justice, Professional Capital, and Systems Change with Helen Janc Malone, Ed.M.'07, Ed.D.’13. “It comes down to why we educate people. At the core definition of good is whether it serves the purpose of humanity or not.” Rincón-Gallardo points to reform efforts like high-stakes accountability and testing as examples of bad educational change...
By Iman Rastegari 06/29/2017 4:08 PM EDT
Test prep isn't what it used to be. With technological advances, gone are the days of poring over a three-inch thick manual and filling out Scantron bubbles on sample test sheet after sample test sheet. Now, companies like Kaplan Test Prep offer a variety of digital learning methods, including self-paced online courses and interactive live-streaming for groups. These advances, while making test prep more convenient for all learners, also opens up new possibilities for students who had not previously been able to participate, whether due to geography or other limitations. "It's nice that...
By Iman Rastegari 05/25/2017 4:23 PM EDT
Even in the rain, it was a beautiful day for the graduating class of 2017!
By Iman Rastegari 05/22/2017 4:52 PM EDT
Davis Wimberly
In what has become a Commencement morning tradition, drummer Davis Wimberly, Ed.M.'10, leads the HGSE class from Appian Way to the graduation ceremonies in Harvard Yard.
By Bobby Dorigo Jones, Iman Rastegari 02/07/2017 11:32 AM EST
Asil Yassine
As Commencement approaches, we look back the impact our students made over the course of their year at the Ed School. A teacher’s first couple of years in the classroom can be trying, even more so if they are tasked with teaching children who know little English. Master’s candidate Asil Yassine admits this was true for her in her two years teaching grades 6, 11, and 12 in Detroit. “I didn’t really know how to support my own English Language Learner (ELL) population,” she says, even though Yassine herself had struggled to learn English while in elementary school in Plano, Texas. She enrolled...
By Bari Walsh, Iman Rastegari 02/04/2017 8:39 AM EST
Multigenerational family with grandmother, infant, and mother
What do you learn as a parent? When we think of the answers to that question, we mostly think in terms of our children's early years — of qualities like patience and selflessness, or of all that we don't know. As our children age into adolescence, the narrative shifts, and relationships evolve in ways that aren't always comfortable. But in her new book, sociologist and educator Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot reimagines adolescence as a period when deeper learning can begin, learning that can extend through the rest of our lives, as our now-adult children can transform us, emotionally and even...