An Evaluation of This Blog
Teach100, a resource that helps educators find the most relevant education blogs across the world wide web. Teach100 is a service provided by the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. This blog did not make it to the top ten, of course:
This blog, Philippine Basic Education, however, managed to land in the upper half of the entire list. Teach100 currently has reviewed 217 education blogs.
"This is the single subjective factor in the evaluation of the Teach100. The Teach Score considers how media is used throughout a blog, how topics in education are discussed, the timeliness of blog content, the capacity to inform, and the overall presentation of the blog."This blog is assigned 16 out of the 20 points possible under this column. Out of the 217 blog sites that have been reviewed only a few have received 17 or higher in this category:
- Finding Common Ground
- Fractus Learning
- Teacher in a Strange Land
- Discovery Education
- School Finance 101
All of the above are among the top 30 education blogs. The Khan Academy, currently ranked #74, also received 16 points in Teach Score. Thus, it is gratifying to see that our blog is regarded highly in a category that actually involved peer evaluation as opposed to a simple algorithm.
A teacher can indeed find his or her way of making students learn more effectively. A teacher can create a learner-centered environment. In fact, this is a very responsive system in which a teacher does utilize all possible forms of feedback to fine tune his or her teaching styles. There are strategies out there that a teacher may try and there are strategies that simply come out of experience. Finland's educational system prides itself with seven elements of education reform, one of which, is diversity:
The school network is based on the idea of inclusive education that promotes diversity in schools and classrooms. Steering of teaching and learning has never been based on written standards, but rather upon guidelines encouraging creative solutions within increasingly diverse social and human environments.Applying specific solutions to specific situations is responsible. This is one reason why teachers must be professionals, independent enough to tackle the specific challenges of their classrooms.
Diversity, however, does not provide the entire human picture. We are in fact more similar than different, thus, paving way for generalized approaches. This is where science comes in. At least, this is how it works in health care. Controlled studies are designed and these studies are examined and peer-reviewed. If a policy is to be applied to the entire population, the voice of science must be heard. This involves a much larger scale and the question of whether something is transferable needs to be addressed. It involves greater resources and affects everyone. This is what this blog is about. With over 300 posts, the overarching themes are the following:
- Teachers are key to learning. They need independence and support.
- Early childhood learning is the most important period of basic education.
- Science must be introduced to young children. It needs to be constantly nurtured throughout the years.
- Poverty affects learning in so many ways, but poverty in schools, if properly addressed, could alleviate poverty's negative effects.