On Saturday, September 26, 2015 German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen was accused by the VroniPlag Wiki website of plagiarizing over 75% of her 1990 dissertation on “the diagnosis of infections in pregnant women,” shocking many in the scientific community. However, delving deeper into the incidents of plagiarism on a global scale reveals that similar acts of fraud aren’t uncommon. In fact, with the rise in popularity of more sophisticated anti plagiarism software, the incidents of retractions due to scientific plagiarism have increased significantly since 2009 in publications like BioMed Central journals (Grens).
There are many types of students you might find in a classroom. Carl Jung, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, established several psychological concepts, including introversion and extroversion. According to Jung, introverts’ energy is directed inwards, whereas extroverts direct their energy outwards. What else do we know about these types?
A few years ago I had a wonderful conversation with my niece about how she was developing her new junior grade classroom. Previously as a new graduate, she spent the first part of her teaching career working with children who were hospitalized, mostly cancer patients. She told me about what a great challenge it was to develop lessons around their inconsistent schedules, interrupted units of study and sporadic opportunities to study material. If it wasn’t for the advances of technology she believed these children would have had barely any access to the same kind of education as their counterparts in traditional school settings.
Blended learning isn’t a brand new phenomenon. Firstly, blended learning implies performing a portion of classroom tasks online. Yes, using computers in classrooms isn’t new for modern educators or students. We all are using email and online materials for studying. However, not every teacher uses collaborative platforms and other similar services in their daily class work. We need to have a more careful look at present-day blended learning. Let’s roll!
Drawing is a learning tool.
You learn to use your imagination.
You learn to think visually. Chris Riddell
One of the best teaching approaches I ever brought to my lessons comes from the book Drawing With Children by art educator Mona Brookes. After reading the book and applying its many techniques and lessons, I not only transformed my students, but many of my lessons across the curriculum incorporated more of the benefits of visual learning.
An integral part of teaching is knowledge evaluation. Every educator knows it. And this process doesn’t only include final test assessment. Before finals, you need to periodically evaluate your students and ensure that they have a clear understanding of what they’re currently learning.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. Bill Gates
In her final episode of her talk show, Oprah Winfrey took time to honor Mrs. Duncan, her fourth grade teacher, whom Oprah credited as her first “validator”: “For the first time, I wasn’t afraid to be smart, and she often stayed after school to work with me.”
Plagiarism is a negative phenomenon, however, it is a widespread problem. In the arts, plagiarism often shows up under different names and terms, such as intermediality, synthesis of arts, fusion of arts, copying, and adaptation.