How often does this happen? You see headlines, within days of each other, one reporting that research shows using/eating/practicing X lets you leap tall building with a single bound, and the other, research shows X will crush you faster than…
First grade students show improved performance with a reading intervention. But what about their enthusiasm for reading? And, have they improved on isolated skills or on being able to comprehend, analyze and use/appreciate the information?
Fifth grade students taught with a new mathematics curriculum show better ability to multiply and divide fractions. But do they understand the concepts? Can they come up with real-world illustrations of what 3 1/2 / 4/5 really means?
Eighth grade students show mastery of more science concepts when online teaching modules are used to supplement curriculum. But are they developing curiosity, a necessity for great scientists? Are they learning the lab techniques necessary for meaningful research? What about measures of their creativity? Are they increasing or decreasing?
Right now I’m seeing a great deal of research showing improvements that are: