The Circle of Courage – Native American Model of Education

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“Anthropologists have long known that Native Americans reared courageous, respectful children without using harsh coercive controls. Nevertheless, Europeans colonizing North America tried to “civilize” indigenous children in punitive boarding schools, unaware that Natives possessed a sophisticated philosophy that treated children with deep respect.”The Circle of CourageCircle Courage Long

“The Circle of Courage is a model of positive youth development first described in the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk, co-authored by Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern. The model integrates Native American philosophies of child-rearing, the heritage of early pioneers in education and youth work, and contemporary resilience research. The Circle of Courage is based in four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.

These traditional values are validated by contemporary child research and are consistent with the findings of Stanley Coopersmith who identified four foundations for self-worth: significance, competence, power, and virtue. These are summarized below:

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Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

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“The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful. It’s turning us into individuals who devote our lives to achieving a rank. Not into doing things that are valuable and important.”

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The following is a partial transcript for an interview with Noam Chomsky uploaded to youtube by The Progressive Magazine.

“You take what is happening in education. Right now, in recent years, there’s a strong tendency to require assessment of children and teachers so that you have to teach to tests. And the test determines what happens to the child and what happens to the teacher.

That’s guaranteed to destroy any meaningful educational process. It means the teacher cannot be creative, imaginative, pay attention…

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Math Magic Tricks

http://to.pbs.org/17zFw9Q

Is Your Child Showing Signs of Dyslexia?

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/signs-symptoms/could-your-child-have/is-your-child-showing-signs-of-dyslexia?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg

New effort teaches mathematical thinking, but homework confuses parents

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2015/02/14/new-effort-teaches-mathematical-thinking-homework-confuses-parents/23368287/

Inside the schools that dare to break with traditional teaching

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/feb/11/schools-students-traditional-teaching

Teaching Empathy: Are We Teaching Content or Students?

http://edut.to/1KTS1em

Research Shows Phonics Reigns!

http://www.easyreadsystem.com/news/research-shows-phonics-reigns/

Mentalidad de crecimiento: la mejora siempre es posible

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Nuestro cerebro es un órgano complejo que trabaja en paralelo realizando continuas predicciones y asimilando información a través de la asociación de  patrones ya conocidos. Como es muy maleable, las experiencias vitales hacen que se vaya reorganizando y es este proceso de adaptación continua el que nos permite aprender durante toda la vida, lo cual tiene enormes repercusiones educativas. Conocer que nuestro cerebro es plástico, que podemos generar nuevas neuronas o que la inteligencia es una capacidad maleable constituye una puerta abierta a la esperanza porque permite desarrollar lo que Carol Dweck llama mentalidad de crecimiento, aquella que nos permite afrontar mejor los retos al creer que nuestras habilidades personales pueden desarrollarse. La mejora siempre es posible.

Cuando John Hattie (2012), después de examinar más de 900 metaanálisis en los que intervinieron más de 240 millones de alumnos de todo el mundo, identificó y clasificó las 150 influencias más relevantes…

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IMPACTO DE LA SITUACIÓN CRÍTICA QUE CONFRONTA EL DEPARTAMENTO DE EDUCACIÓN DE PUERTO RICO EN LOS PROGRAMAS DE PREPARACIÓN DE MAESTROS

Situación DEPR y su Impacto en los PPM- Artículo El Visitante M Zayas

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