Icebreakers Suck

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I'm suffering through an online "learning" class that seems to be composed of nothing but the dreaded icebreakers.

You know what icebreakers are, right? They're the insufferable activities that teachers put at the beginning of the class to "warm people up" and get more participation.

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Does Pair-Share actually work?

There's an instructional technique that's very popular but rubs me the wrong way. I'm talking about "pair-share". 

Basically, you ask a question of the class, have them turn to a partner and share their answer or discuss the problem, and then you call on some people to share their answers with the rest of the class.

Does it work?

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102 Facts every American high school graduate should know

Here's a fun bunch of questions from my pal Bruce over at Improve-Education.org. It's a list of 102 facts every American high school graduate should know.

If you've graduated from high school in the US, try to answer these questions yourself. How many do you think you could have answered directly after high school?

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John Dewey: One of the reasons American education is so poor today

Read more: John Dewey: One of the reasons American education is so poor todayJohn Dewey is a big influence on American education. He was undoubtedly a brilliant man and he wrote so much that there's bound to be a lot of pearls of wisdom in his works.

He's had a large impact on education in America, where educators treat him almost as a demi-god (much as they do Vygotsky). But what do his works say? What were his ideas on education?

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The US education system: guilty of mediocrity

Read more: The US education system: guilty of mediocrityConvincing someone that the US education system is failing miserably should be an easy task. after all, there's ample evidence.

Every year, American students prove their inferiority to foreign counterparts.

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