Nan Austin Blog
Posted by Nan Austin on August 27, 2014
This school year’s catch word seems to be “collaboration.” Expect to hear it over and over as teachers team up, students do group work and districts weigh ways to bring citizen input into the budgeting process. “Partnership” is another word getting a workout, usually as community leaders pitch in to help education.
Working together has its benefits. Some are tangible, such as saving money through volume purchases and saving time as teachers share high-quality lesson plans. Some are abstract, such as the value of getting to know people with diverse interests, talents and backgrounds.
Research has found that having a variety of people working on any project brings a better result than what is produced by groups of similar people. It’s called the architecture of, you guessed it, collaboration.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 20, 2014
These first weeks of school, reporter Nan Austin has been seeking out Common Core lessons to watch and get a feel for what has changed. Here are some notes that never made it into the stories.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 13, 2014
The cutting edge comes with a learning curve in educational technology. But ready or not, here we go into a world where the whiz-bang device isn’t the point. It’s what kids can do with them that matters.
Posted by Nan Austin on August 6, 2014
Keynote speaker Alex Kajitani’s signature style of merging music with numbers to reach young students and improve their math skills was shared Wednesday at the After School Summer Institute, hosted by the Stanislaus County Office of Education.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 30, 2014
Lessons in courage and compassion still come on the field and in the pool as young athletes show sportsmanship, a sometimes rare quality in the professional sports world.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 23, 2014
Fair farm animals versus dittoed sheets: Two ways of learning lay out the hopes for hands-on, real-life Common Core lessons, compared with the assembly-line stress too many classrooms endured over the past few years. Here are some tips for parents on what to look for and ways to help their students thrive in the coming school year.
Posted by Nan Austin on July 16, 2014
It’s mid-July and summer is more than half over for schoolkids and teachers. Time to take those day trips to the beach or camp under the big trees.