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Can collaboration in school ever really be Collaboration? - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning
"Schools have an opportunity to prepare their young people with the robustness and acuity that is required to survive and thrive in this fast-paced, anything-is-possible world. It involves schools spending time like they've never spent it before understanding what constitutes collaboration, real collaboration and not just 'group work'.

It means the construction of new spaces, and the overhauling of existing ones. Rows of chairs and the same group of students sitting with each other all year long is not preparation for collaboration 'out there'. Students of the same ability working with each other doesn't chime with the notion that, in true collaboration, you reach out to those smarter than you to fill your gaps in understanding - we need more cross-age coaching, joint projects, younger students bringing their different perspective on the world to older students who might have lost it on the way.

And these aren't just great for collaboration. Education research is mounting that it is the skill set for collaboration in the real world that also brings the most to learners' progress in school."
schools  schooling  teaching  education  learning  ewanmcintosh  2013  collaboration  agesegregation  abilitygrouping  tcsnmy  cv  tbs  schooldesign  howwelearn  howweteach  unschooling  deschooling 
june 2013 by robertogreco
The Global Search for Education: A Look at a Finnish School | Education News
"What percentage of the children read at their grade level or higher?

In Finland, we don’t categorize children according to their reading skills.  In each class we have children with varying abilities and talents.  So does this class in the Aurora School.  Teaching is adjusted to serve the different abilities in the classroom.

[Photo with caption] CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENT DISORDERS OR OTHER DISABILITIES ARE PLACED IN THE SAME CLASS WITH ALL OTHER PUPILS

What percentage of the children can do math at their grade level or higher?

In Finland, we monitor pupils’ learning achievement at the national level only using sample-based tests.  We don’t have data available that would allow us to answer that question.  In our city, we know that our pupils, on average, are a little bit above the national average based on these sample-based tests.  The Aurora School has been in the sample and the school has performed at a good level in the city of Espoo."
leadership  control  curriculum  standarization  standardizedtesting  testing  pasisahlberg  howweteach  learning  teaching  schools  2012  tracking  abilitygrouping  grouping  education  finland 
november 2012 by robertogreco

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