Student Laziness and Productivity

Topics for this week include student laziness, civics education, and single-point rubrics.

Student Laziness and Productivity
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In today’s newsletter…

  • Is student laziness a thing?
  • Do we need better civics education?
  • How can a single-point rubric support learning?

The News

Here are some articles and resources that grabbed my attention.

  • Student Laziness - Are students getting lazier? Does this belief limit teachers' behavior? Laziness could be a symptom of much deeper issues. In a recent Education Week article, Kyle Coppes explains why he thinks laziness is a myth.
  • Civics - “Schools alone cannot cure society’s ills, but they could do far more to rectify people’s ignorance about the principles, practices and origins of our democratic republic and the responsibilities and rights of its citizens.” U.S. civics education needs an update. As society grows more divided, schools can help by teaching about our democracy. Yet, revitalizing civics education is challenging due to political disagreements. Finding a middle ground to promote understanding and active citizenship is necessary.
  • Grading - Single-point rubrics are changing how teachers assess student work. Instead of categorizing work, they focus on showing whether it meets, exceeds, or falls short of a quality standard. This easier method encourages deeper thinking, helpful feedback, and ongoing learning.
  • Resource - Collazo Cove - Kim Collazo is a STEM advocate, picture book author, and retired elementary school educator. Her newsletter, The Tide, contains STEM Teaching resources and classroom tips. It’s well worth checking out.
  • Resource - Maximizing Learning Opportunities: A Guide to Effective Class Endings
  • Social - Would you rather earn more money or co-teach with a highly qualified partner? I posed this question to my LinkedIn connections, and here's what they said.
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Personal Development and Wellness Resources

  • Dialogue, Respect, and Empathy - Is society in a state of regression? Heated anxieties, escalating conflicts, and extreme polarization are signs of this. All of these factors can lead to increased reactivity and breakdowns in communication. Regression is a possibility. These issues can be counteracted by embracing open dialogue with empathy and fostering respect for diversity.
  • Choose Your Own Productivity Adventure - Many systems and practices can increase productivity. Efficient systems can also help reduce stress levels. Teachers have never-ending to-do lists. Small changes can add up. Here are four techniques to get you started: Getting Things Done, The Eisenhower Matrix, Pomodoro/Sprints, and Agile Results.
  • Less Serious - We don’t need to become stereotypical “serious” adults. Rekindle your childlike curiosity.


"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit" — E.E. Cummings

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