Is Teach for America hurting schools?

Here is my reaction to the reading for Week 8 of Kevin Miller’s class –

The TIMMS study and the various analyses pointed out a few of the major problems in education in America. The most pointed of these problems is the growth of inequality in America. Students from more affluent areas get better teachers and therefore are more likely to succeed. This inequality seems to be exacerbated by some of the best intentions – Teach for America.

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Badges, Badges, Badges

Here is my response to the readings from Barry Fishman’s class –

Badges can be a great way to entice and motivate people, as seen with the Boy Scouts and various websites. But it is also a double-edged sword, since it can cause jealousy and people to lose their motivation. When a child sees a peer being rewarded while he/she is not, they may see it as his/her failure rather than the other student’s success. This is why grades are given to students in private. The solution of having the child choose if the badge is visible will be undone by peer-pressure. Students will be coerced into sharing their badges or be seen as failing.

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I have been studying wrong!!!

Who knew?!? Apparently I have been studying wrong my entire life. I never realized it until this weeks reading for my Cognition and Learning class. Highlighting is not very effective. Visualizing is moderately effective. But the most effective seems to be self-testing. You should test yourself on everything you read.

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A New Start

I haven’t posted anything here for a while. I guess maybe now is as good a time as any.

I guess I will start with some of my work from classes. Maybe some reading reactions or thoughts on projects I am working on.

Or maybe just some of my crazy ideas.

GDC – A week of games, networking, and fun!

Its been almost a week since GDC ended, and I still haven’t had a chance to sit down and write some thoughts on it.  So here, without further ado are my personal thoughts on the amazing event.

And if you are interested in working in the game industry, it’s a great place to meet people in the industry and get involved.

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