Hack Learning

Hack Learning

Hosted by: Mark Barnes

Learn quick and easy ways to improve education, leadership, and parenting: How to replace traditional homework; how to improve leadership; how to integrate new technology; how to assess for learning; how to eliminate...

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120: Separating Evaluation and Feedback

Mark shares a story from author/consultant Angela Stockman about a student who asked for feedback from her teacher, only to be given judgement and criticism. You'll be surprised at what Angela instructed the student...
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What if You Knew Every Student's Quit Point?

What if educators knew their students so well, they could predict exactly when kids would quit? Imagine how easily you could propel learners forward, if you had this incredible power.Longtime classroom teachers Adam...
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118: When Teachers Bash Teachers, Education Suffers

And educator commented on a tweet, which ignited what someone called a "mob mentality." This Twitter conversation inspired Mark Barnes to share a scenario he envisioned, during what he says looked like teachers...
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117: What if teachers could extinguish shame?

Shame permeates our schools and classrooms. Kids shame their peers and, sometimes, unwittingly, teachers shame their students.Compassionate classrooms, detailed in Hacking Classroom Culture by Angela Stockman and...
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116: The Stupidest School Policy Ever - Hack Learning Uncut

Mark Barnes says he used to penalize kids for insignificant things like using a pencil or putting their names in the wrong spot (a bad practice he now admits). But failing a kid for not printing a Google Doc? Mark...
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115: The worst thing you can do to your students - Hack Learning Uncut

Mark shares the worst thing he did to his students and how you may be doing the same thing right now. Then, he provides one simple hack to avoid doing it again.View the archive at http://hacklearningpodcast.comBrowse...
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114: The Power of Unanswerable Questions

EduHacker Mark Barnes admits that math has always eluded him, until he stumbled upon the Unanswerable Questions hack in Hacking Mathematics, by Denis Sheeran. Mark shares Sheeran's reasoning behind Unanswerable...
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113: No, Mr. President, We Will NOT Arm our Teachers!

Mark Barnes is angry and Uncut, as he unabashedly says No to the president's plan to arm teachers, in an attempt to stop school shootings. Not only does Mark say educators must say no to guns, he provides a few more...
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112: My son hates school but you can help

Mark shared this on social channels, and something amazing happened: "A model student his whole life, my son, a freshman, suddenly hates school. He says the teachers are boring and most of the subject matter he will...
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111: Homework mandates and politicians are undermining teachers and learners: Hack Learning Uncut

The Mississippi State legislature wants to mandate nightly homework, including spelling, across the state. Mark Barnes explains why any homework mandate undermines teachers, learners, and parents. He also declares...
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110: Why grading and evaluating are not parts of effective assessment

A reader pushed back hard against Mark Barnes' article about going gradeless in Education Week's 10 Big Ideas Special Report. As you may have expected, Mark pushes back against the pushback in this episode, sharing...
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109: Stop making the principal the bad guy

Mark discusses changing the narrative about school leaders. With a little help from principals Dan McCabe and Tracy R. Taylor, Mark says, it’s time to stop making the principal the bad guy. Visit the Show’s archive at...
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