Students Continue to Succeed in Reading and Writing

first_imgGrade 6 students in Nova Scotia continue to do well in readingand writing. The 2004 elementary literacy assessment shows that89 per cent of Grade 6 students are meeting expectations inwriting, and 87 per cent are doing so in reading. The 2004 assessment shows an improvement in writing with an eightper cent increase in the number of students meeting expectations.This achievement is significant because the criteria for meetingexpectations in writing were raised in this year’s assessment.Although there was a decrease of two per cent in reading, theresults remain high. “I’m pleased that so many students are succeeding in reading andwriting again this year,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir.”The writing results have really improved and we know teachersand students have worked hard to make that happen.” The assessment is part of the province’s Learning for Life planto help students reach their full potential. It measures readingand writing skills that students have developed in their firstlanguage by the end of Grade 5 and helps identify students whoneed extra help. “This assessment is important because it identifies students whoare struggling in reading and/or writing,” said Mr. Muir.”Support for students in reading and writing will continue to bea priority this year and students who need extra help to catch upbefore they go to junior high will get it.” After the initial elementary literacy assessment in 2003, thedepartment made an investment of $1 million to help schoolsprovide extra support for students who did not meet expectations.Additional funding to support students not meeting expectationsin the 2004 assessment will be considered as part of the springbudget. The department has also invested more than $3 million this yearthrough its Literacy Success Strategy, to provide support toteachers and students in reading, writing, and grammar. “The literacy support plan is just one initiative to supportstudents,” said Lynn Landry, Grade 6 teacher at Caudle ParkElementary. “The department has implemented many others, likeWriters in Action and Active Young Readers, and has provided in-service training for teachers and helpful resources for teachersand students. These initiatives support all students and, inparticular, help to bridge the gap for students who arestruggling in reading and writing.” Parents should get their children’s results this week. Teachersand parents will then work together on literacy support plans forstudents who need more support to improve their reading, writing,or both. The support will continue through the junior high years. Alice Galpin-Nicholson, parent of a Grade 7 student at RidgecliffMiddle School, is pleased with the support her son has receivedafter not meeting expectations in writing in last year’sassessment. “As a result of the support he’s received, my son is moreconfident in his writing ability,” said Ms. Galpin-Nicholson.”This has been a tremendous benefit for my son and I applaud theDepartment of Education, the school board and Ridgecliff MiddleSchool for implementing this initiative.” The department made some changes to this year’s assessment tobetter align it with others in Nova Scotia and otherjurisdictions — students’ writing had to meet expectations inideas, organization and matters of correctness (spelling, grammarand usage). In 2003, students’ writing had to meet expectationsin ideas and organization only. In addition, the format of theassessment itself was improved in response to feedback fromstudents and teachers. Nova Scotia teachers helped develop the assessment, set thestandards for meeting expectations and field-tested it withstudents across the province. More than 100 teachers helped markthe assessment earlier this year. In addition, school boards areproviding teachers with professional development to help themdevelop literacy support plans. English results of the 2004 Elementary Literacy Assessment areavailable on the website at French results werereleased on March 8 and are also available online.last_img read more

Man facing hate charge told to stay away from Jewish schools synagogues

first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal man charged with inciting hatred online against Jews had his bail conditions tightened Monday to ensure he stays away from Jewish schools and synagogues.Robert Gosselin made a brief court appearance at which the conditions were officially added.The 55-year-old Gosselin was charged with two counts of uttering threats and one count of inciting hatred in relation to posts on the Facebook page of the Journal de Montreal newspaper. Among the messages was one that threatened to “eliminate Jews by killing an entire school of Jewish girls.”Gosselin’s new conditions were added after members of Montreal’s Jewish community raised concerns that specific protections of its institutions and places of worship were not spelled out.David Ouellette of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said his organization’s legal team had raised the issue with prosecutors.“There was a lot of concern within the community that these conditions had not been imposed from the beginning,” Ouellette said. “We’re very satisfied that these conditions have been imposed today.”He noted the anti-Semitic threats were made just days before the Oct. 27 attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which raised anxiety levels in the community.Gosselin was represented by a new lawyer Monday who requested the case be postponed to Mar. 4.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNESCO deplores murder of two Croatian media executives

Ivo Pukanic, who co-founded the weekly newspaper Nacional and owned the NCL Media Group, and Niko Franjic, who was marketing director of the weekly, died after the explosion on 23 October.The bomb was said to have been placed under Mr. Pukanic’s car and was detonated with a remote control device, according to a statement issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“Such crimes against the press constitute an attack on the basic human right of freedom of expression and are doubly reprehensible for their adverse effect on society as a whole,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.“I understand that the Croatian authorities have undertaken to work on this case, which is a heartening development, and trust they will be able to end the alarming acts of violence against the media in the country.”UNESCO said Mr. Pukanic, the winner of several Croatian journalism prizes for his investigative reporting, was reported to have been the object of repeated threats in recent years. Last year his media group also opened a journalism school. 30 October 2008The United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killing of the owner and another senior executive of a Croatian political weekly in a car bombing in the country’s capital, Zagreb, last week. read more

Peter Pocklington and associate ordered to pay 5million to settle securities fraud

CALGARY — Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and an associate have been ordered to pay more than $5 million to settle a securities fraud case in Arizona.The settlement with the Arizona Corporation Commission ends a year-long investigation into Pocklington, co-accused John McNeil and their affiliated companies — Crystal Pistol Resources LLC, Crystal Pistol Management LLC and Liberty Bell Resources I LLC.There was to be a hearing this month, but two sides came to a settlement, which was approved by the commission last week, spokeswoman Rebecca Wilder said Monday.The commission said Pocklington and McNeil told at least 120 investors they had mineral rights to a mine near Quartzite, Ariz., that would begin churning out gold shortly.The company attracted some investors through unsolicited phone calls. Some were invited to the mine site. Company newsletters touted it as “one of the most lucrative dividends in the mining business” and claimed hedge funds and banks were interested in the project, the commission said.“The commission found, however, that the estimates of gold resources on the respondents’ website were not supportable with the methods currently available in the industry,” it said.“In settling this matter, the respondents neither admitted nor denied the commission’s findings, but agreed to the entry of the consent order.”The commission has ordered Pocklington and McNeil pay $5,149,316 in restitution, plus a $100,000 administrative fee.A release from Pocklington’s company, Liberty Bell Resources, says “the allegations of wrongdoing… have been laid to rest” with the commission’s decision.“We have done nothing wrong,” Pocklington said in the release. “We have worked diligently and honestly with all of our investors and have been conscientious in guiding the company through the necessary regulatory frameworks. We are committed to raising capital in accordance with existing rules and regulations.”He added that any errors were “born of inexperience and naivete, not malice or avarice,” and were quickly rectified.“Nowhere in this whole situation did anybody lose any money,” said Pocklington spokesman Terry McConnell, adding agreeing to pay the fine is less costly than continuing to fight the allegations.In 2010, Pocklington received a conditional sentence after pleading guilty to perjury in California for making false statements and oaths in his bankruptcy case. read more

Third times the charm for Ohio State with Cardale Jones at the

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn front of a national audience and with a Big Ten title and possible spot in the College Football Playoff up for grabs, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones took his place behind center for the Ohio State football team.Jones had not started a football game since 2011 and the last time he played for a championship was in the 2009 OHSAA state title game, which he lost to Hilliard Davidson.The Glenville High School product entered the 2014 season behind what would be two Heisman-candidate quarterbacks, yet when his name was called, he found a way to exceed even Urban Meyer’s expectations. “I don’t use the word surprised. I guess I will use it for the first time, I was a little surprised,” Meyer said Sunday. “In that environment, I saw early in the game we did a good job managing the game with him.”Jones completed 12 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three touchdown passes, which were all to senior wide receiver Devin Smith. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman had high praise for Smith’s performance.“Best deep ball catcher in America that we have seen in a long time,” Herman said after the game. “He fought for the football. They weren’t perfect throws by any stretch.”Smith’s touchdown receptions went for 39, 44 and 42 yards respectively, two of which required an acrobatic effort from the Massillon, Ohio, native. The wide receiver said he thought he would be poised for a big game the night before kickoff.“I got into a zone last night just chilling in the hotel room just listening to music and I just felt it. It was a rush that came through my body,” Smith said. “I just knew that I was ready.”While Smith dazzled, it was Jones who stole the show as the Cleveland native took home Most Valuable Player honor for the game. Jones replaced redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, who went out during a 42-28 win over Michigan on Nov. 29 with an injury, ending his season. Barrett, who made his way around Lucas Oil Stadium on a scooter with his fractured right ankle elevated, said he was not surprised by how Jones responded in his first start. “Definitely proud of him (Jones) and he’s able to … just take over the moment,” Barrett said after the game. “He seized the moment, seized the opportunity and he did it as a team. It wasn’t just him, that was the great thing about it, he had help around him. And that’s the great thing about this team.”Meyer gave a lot of the credit for Jones’ performance to Herman, who has now prepared four different quarterbacks for starts in his time at OSU. “Tom Herman is an excellent coach. His unit the first year was very average. I talk about we got a Player of the Year in the Big Ten (in then-sophomore Braxton Miller), but as a unit they weren’t very strong,” Meyer said. “Kenny Guiton got better and better. Now it’s one of the strongest units on the team. He’s done a marvelous job. But Cardale is a veteran player that was immature when he first got on campus and has really matured. Obviously Tom gets a lot of credit for that.”Herman, however, said he was not surprised at the performance Jones had on the big stage. “He delivered just like I thought he would. We worked all week to make sure his confidence level was up, that he prepared like a pro, which he did,” Herman said after the game. “He did all those things and when you do all those things, it fills you with confidence.”Herman went as far to say that he was so confident in Jones that he “slept like a baby” the night before the game.“Not to sound coy or overconfident, but we got a good team. We got a great staff, a great head coach we got a great culture, and the quarterback position is just one piece of that puzzle,” Herman said. “I have a ton of confidence in the guy (Jones) that I coach because I am around him the most and he proved me right. I slept pretty easy last night.”For Jones, the road doesn’t get any easier as the Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in the inaugural College Football Playoff.Meyer said having coached against Alabama’s coach Nick Saban for years in the Southeastern Conference, he knows what lies ahead for the Buckeyes.“We have to be on point to beat this team. I know exactly what I am going to see when I flip on the film,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes and Crimson Tide are set to meet in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. in New Orleans. read more

Microsoft gives famed PS3 and iOS hacker geohot a free WP7 phone

first_imgFamed hacker George “geohot” Hotz certainly has a lot on his plate these days, as he attempts to face down Sony in court over the release of the PlayStation 3‘s developer key, which allows any current PS3 model to run code and think it is from Sony itself. It was a big hack, and while geohot didn’t invent that explot, he did popularize it… and unlike previous jailbreaks, it’s not something Sony can fix without issuing new hardware.Sony, of course, would like nothing more than to sue geohot into oblivion, but Sony’s arch-enemies over at Microsoft definitely don’t share that perspective. In fact, they love geohot for crippling their biggest competitor… or, at the very least, want geohot to think they love him so he doesn’t have mind to hack their devices himself.Why do we say that? Microsoft has just reached out to the famous hacker by offering him a free Windows Phone 7 handset in response to geohot’s blog post declaring that he intended to buy one for hacking purposes.Microsoft’s Brandon Watson replied on Twitter:“#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone – let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev”. It seems like Microsoft may be trying to keep geohot on their good side, but personally, I suspect this is going to backfire: all Microsoft will end up having done is provide geohot the very handset he uses to compromise their DRM.Read more at MCVUKlast_img read more

Firefox getting improved private browsing mode no relaunch required

first_imgA major improvement to the way Firefox handles private browsing sessions has just landed in an experimental build. It’s been a long, long time coming — the related Buzilla entry was submitted back in the winter of 2008! It wasn’t possible to implement at the time, and development really only took off earlier this year. Now, it’s ready for testing and should arrive soon in the official Firefox Nightly branch.Right now, Mozilla’s implementation of “porn mode” is the most awkward of any of the major browsers. When you want to switch to a private window, Firefox has to record all the tabs you currently have open, close all of them, and launch a new window in private browsing mode. Chrome and Internet Explorer can simply launch a new private window atop your previous session. Opera takes things a step further and lets you open new private tabs right next to your regular tabs.Mozilla’s opted for the same approach as Google and Microsoft. After the patch arrives, Firefox will allow users to pop a new private window open without the messy and time-consuming restart. It’s a double win, too, since Firefox won’t have to relaunch again when you’re done with your private session. Close the window, and it will simply disappear and you can flip back to your still-open standard browsing tabs.So why not go for per-tab privacy like Opera? Mozilla’s developers believe that having private tabs sandwiched between non-private tabs is too confusing and that Firefox users may accidentally type URLs intended for a private tab into a non-private one. URLs wind up in the wrong place all the time — just ask the reporter who accidentally tweeted a link to a very NSFW video on xHamster.More at Ehsan Akhgari’s bloglast_img read more

Cypriot minister to visit Australia

first_imgThis month marks the 39th anniversary of the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey. PASEKA (Pan Australian Coordinative Committee for the Cyprus Struggle), a nationwide federation of Cypriot Organizations and its local arms are once again organising a number of events this year in various state capitals of Australia, in order to draw attention to the as yet unresolved Cyprus Issue. The commemorative events start in Melbourne this coming Thursday at 1.00 pm with a peaceful protest outside the Turkish Consulate, where the protestors will be demanding the withdrawal of all Turkish troops from Cyprus and an end to the occupation. On Friday at 5.00 pm there will be a candlelight vigil and a human chain on the steps of the State Parliament in Victoria, followed by a ‘deipno litotitas’ that is a frugal supper, at the premises of the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria, in Lygon St, Brunswick East. Present at this event, representing the Cypriot Government, will be Dr Petros Petridis, Minister of Health. Dr Petridis will also be taking part in commemorative events in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. Dr Petridis was born in Nicosia in 1948. He is a graduate of the Athens University Medical School with specialisation in vascular surgery. He assumed the office of Minister of Health on 1 March 2013. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Grippe aviaire une nouvelle souche détectée chez une femme décédée en Chine

first_imgGrippe aviaire : une nouvelle souche détectée chez une femme décédée en ChineCette semaine, les autorités sanitaires chinoises ont annoncé le décès d’une femme âgée de 73 ans qui avait contracté une nouvelle souche virale de la grippe aviaire, le H10N8. Toutefois les experts estiment que le risque de transmission interhumaine est extrêmement faible.Depuis le mois de février 2013, la Chine est confronté à des infections de grippe aviaire causées par la souche H7N9. A ce jour, 140 personnes ont contracté le virus et 45 personnes en sont décédées. Mais le micro-organisme sévit également à Hong Kong et Taïwan. Pourtant, c’est une autre souche que viennent de détecter les autorités chinoises.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans un communiqué, elles révèlent qu’une Chinoise âgée de 73 ans morte le 6 décembre dernier, était infectée par une souche de grippe aviaire de forme H10N8. La patiente présentait une insuffisance respiratoire sévère qui a causé son décès, ont indiqué les services de santé de l’hôpital de Nanchang dans la province du Jiangxi, dans l’est du pays, où la patiente était soignée. Toutefois, le communiqué ne précisait pas explicitement si la grippe aviaire était responsable du décès de la femme. On sait que la patiente s’était rendue dans un marché de volailles avant d’être admise à l’hôpital le 30 novembre. C’est probablement là qu’elle a contracté le virus, selon les biologistes chinois qui ont précisé que la souche H10N8, présente chez les oiseaux, n’avait jamais été détectée auparavant chez un être humain. Des examens ont été réalisés sur ces proches et aucun ne semble avoir été contaminé. Les spécialistes n’ont pas émis d’inquiétudes suite à la détection de ce cas humain de H10N8, expliquant que le risque de transmission était faible. Ce n’est pas le cas de la souche H7N9 dont se méfie les scientifiques qui craignent que cette dernière ne mute, ce qui permettrait au virus de se transmettre d’homme à homme.Le 20 décembre 2013 à 11:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Indian rupee falls to new low since Narendra Modi came to power

first_imgThe Indian rupee hit a new low of 68.86 against the US dollar on Thursday, as foreign investors continue to sell their holdings in view of an imminent interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve next month. The previous all-time low for the domestic currency was 68.85 on August 28, 2013.On that day, the rupee experienced its biggest single-day fall in 18 years but gained later to close at 66.24.Narendra Modi was voted to power in May 2014 when his BJP-led NDA swept the general elections, ousting the Congress-led UPA that remained in office for 10 years.Earlier, on Thursday, the rupee opened 19 paise lower at 68.76.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) have been on a selling spree in November, offloading debt and equities worth $3.18 billion, the Mint reported.The fall is not confined to the Indian rupee alone. “Asian currencies’ drop to a seven-year low will probably deter regional central banks from easing monetary policies as the prospects of higher U.S. rates spurred capital outflows,” Geojit BNP Paribas said in a note on Thursday morning.The BSE Sensex closed at 25,860 on Thursday, down 192 points, or 0.74 percent. Top index losers were Tata Motors, Sun Pharma and Axis Bank.”Continued weakness in rupee against dollar, last hour of expiry square-off and the disruptions in Rajya debate over demonetization have dragged the market. This phase of consolidation is likely to continue in the near-term given the domestic setbacks and losing strength of the EMs due to buoyant bond yield,” Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, said in a note.The BSE Bankex closed 1.45 percent, with the top losers being Kotak Mahindra Bank, Axis Bank, Federal Bank and IndusInd Bank. State Bank of India ended with gains of 1.14 percent at Rs 261.70.last_img read more

Its not mild stroke but low blood sugar Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader, Mahbubey AlamAbout the suspicion of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s personal physicians that she has suffered a mild stroke, ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said she fell sick for low blood sugar level, reports UNB.Meanwhile, the attorney general, Mahbubey Alam, also echoed Quader saying Khaleda’s physicians were “spreading it just to get court sympathy”.”I’ve talked to the home minister and IG prisons over the matter. Though Khaleda’s physicians said she might have suffered from mild stroke, the physician of the jail said it is because of fall in her blood sugar level. It’s not a mild stroke,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.Obaidul was talking to reporters while visiting Dhaka-Tangail highway at Chandra of Gazipur.”We don’t support any negligence in Khaleda’s treatment and she has been requested to go abroad for treatment and undergo medical tests at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital,” claimed the minister.Talking about the road condition and Eid journey, Quader said the four-lane Chandra-Elenga road will be opened to traffic on 12 June, aiming to ensure the smooth journey of homebound people.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the road after Eid, he said.Addressing a press briefing at his office after the High Court adjourned the hearing on a petition filed by Khaleda seeking bail in a Cumilla arson case, attorney general Mahbubey Alam dismissed Khaleda’s personal physicians’ claim.”It’s not true that she [Khaleda] had a mild stroke. It’s also not true that she became senseless or remained senseless. She had dizziness following a fall in her blood sugar level.” The BNP chairperson’s four personal physicians on Saturday met Khaleda at the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road.”Khaleda Zia collapsed on the ground on 5 June but she cannot recall anything of the incident. We think she suffered a mild stroke,” professor SM Siddique of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s medicine department told reporters.”I talked to the Inspector General (Prisons) before going to court today when he told me that Khaleda Zia’s sugar level dropped just before iftar on 5 June. But it’s not true that she became senseless. She had just giddiness. Instantly, she was fed with chocolate,” said the attorney general.”The IG (Prisons) and the Civil Surgeon would have been informed surely had she become senseless. They (BNP) are trying to mobilise public opinion using the issue,” he said.Mahbubey Alam smelt something fishy in physicians’ visit to the BNP chief just one day before the hearing on a case. “It’s shameful that physicians who should not be involved in politics are saying that she [Khaleda] remained senseless for 7-8 minutes,” he added.Meanwhile, law minister Anisul Huq and home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will be sent to BSMMU for medical tests following her personal physicians’ claim of mild stroke.last_img read more

Bowser Seeks More Police Surveillance in DC Mayor Bowser’s new crime legislation would allow increased police presence and surveillance by both police and business owners. (Twitter Photo)Mayor Muriel Bowser opened the calendar year touting the benefits of Council and resident support for her reduced crime legislation, “Safer, Stronger D.C.” despite a tenuous relationship between law enforcement and residents in many metropolitan areas.  In a package initially introduced in August to settle community disruption, Bowser’s proposal has yet to be voted on by Council members.Included in Bowser’s proposal are an increased police presence in designated communities, getting tough on repeat violent offenders, offering grants to small businesses to secure video surveillance, reduced time in prison for inmates with good behavior, and providing law enforcement with additional tools.On Jan. 4, Bowser criticized the D.C. Council for not acting quickly to enact her crime bill. “I think the Council just hasn’t acted, and we’re calling on them to act on the public safety legislation,” Bowser said.  “So far as I know, there hasn’t been any robust discussion among the council following the September hearing, and we’re in January.”Critics of the proposal, like Ward 8 resident Gerald Stanton, cite an emotionalism and disconnect in the document that provides scarce data and poor insight into how best to combat crime.“All I’m reading is police presence, manpower, crime lab, and equipping local businesses to identify potential and definite criminals.  Are we supposed to have our entire neighborhood under surveillance and profile?” Stanton asked.  “Bowser wants to add revolving 12-hour shifts and bring in retired police to weed out criminals, something the rest of the nation is trying to move away from.”D.C. Council Judiciary Chairman Kenyan McDuffie said he would not engage in finger pointing regarding the status of the legislation, though he was troubled by certain aspects of the bill, including the ability of law enforcement to conduct warrantless searches of violent offenders on probation or parole.  There was also concern about allowing police to hold some released offenders for 72 hours.“We do plan to take the elements of her proposal that make sense,” McDuffie told the Washington City Paper. “But unfortunately, many elements of the mayor’s plan are not evidence-based or data-driven.”During the last year, the city has witnessed a return to violent crimes, many documented on public transportation.  The 162 homicides in the city, an uptick of 54 percent from December 2014 has left residents and city officials grappling with how best to address crime amid growing concerns over police misconduct.“The continuing problem with the Bowser administration is the belief that they can run the city from the top-down without asking and actually utilizing the residents to address issues.  There are other ways of addressing crime that does not entail the police,” Stanton said.  “When you talk law enforcement in a Black city, you need to ensure you aren’t asking parents to give you license to shoot down their kids.”last_img read more

Baltimore Homeless Shelter Holds Youths Close

first_imgDanny Jones says that Loving Arms Shelter helped put him on the right track. (Photos credit: Facebook/Danny Jones)Danny “Virgo” Jones lived homeless in Baltimore for nine years. Ever since he was eight years old, his family has been homeless. At 15, he struck out on his own and found a home at Loving Arms.“I had nowhere to go,” Jones, now 20, to the AFRO. “My mom was dealing with some stuff with herself and it was hard for her to keep her own space so we would always be in and out of different spaces.“I got to Loving Arms and they took care of me. At first I was a little uncomfortable around a bunch of strangers, but somehow they pulled it off to make me feel so comfortable. Everybody was warm. I had structure,” said Jones.Loving Arms is a basic care, emergency shelter located in Windsor Hills for unaccompanied homeless, throwaway, and runaway youth. It was founded by Cindy Williams in 2009 and is the only federally-funded shelter in the state of Maryland that exclusively houses young people under 18 who are homeless.The shelter offers crisis intervention, life skills education, community services and prevention education for youth and adults, and individual and family counseling. Williams says the preferred outcome is family reunification, but the crippling effects of poverty on families and faulty public systems still at work, Williams contends, the portal of homelessness will continue to widen in Baltimore City.“The foster care system is clogged and has lost its focus,” Williams told the AFRO. In cases like Jones’ there are no public support services set up for families who just don’t have the means to support their children–or themselves. Williams has seen plenty of cases where the parent or caregiver is also homeless and the children are turned away from the Department of Social Services. The foster care system is not equipped to handle situations like this, she said, which have unfortunately become all too common place. “These young people have basically been thrown away,” said Williams. “If we don’t get a grip when it comes to supporting parents and strengthening families, we are not going to end homelessness in this city.”Loving Arms is also a place of refuge for youth who become homeless after aging out of or running away from the foster care system–those youth who become homeless when their juvenile status expires and the subsidy checks stop.“These people are paid to take care of these kids. Their job is to prepare them for independence, [and] help them transition into something stable–not warehouse them until their 18th birthday,” said Williams. Loving Arms is funded to house young people for up to 21 days. But for the most part, young people can stay as long as it takes for the staff there to pool together resources to transition residents into a viable, permanent living situations. For Jones, it took a little over three months. Today, the self-proclaimed musical genius is renting a room, attending Baltimore City Community College, works as a party promoter and is thriving on his own. “After 21 days I ain’t know what to say to [ Mrs. Williams],” said Jones. “She knew I still had nowhere to go, and she let me stay. She figured some things out for me and every since then I’ve been fine. I’ve been better than I’ve ever been in my life.”Jones is headed to Morgan State University to live on campus next fall. He’s not sure whether he’ll major in psychology or business management, but he knows he’s going to be an entrepreneur. “I’m still dealing with myself, trying to gain confidence to a level where I can really go out in the world and be myself–not ashamed of where I came from,” he said. Williams says she will continue to fight the good fight if it means more success stories like Jones’ but is tired of butting heads with a broken system. In 2015, Williams acquired two additional properties to extend Loving Arms’ reach throughout the Baltimore. One shelter is not enough. “Our kids deserve stability and permanency in their lives,” said Williams,” they need to be loved on–hard.”last_img read more

Can expert reasoning be taught

first_img“Students who are used to working on well-structured problems struggle when confronted with the multiple challenges of more complex tasks.” writes Professor Ogilvie (Iowa State University), who not only assigns context-rich problems in his course but has also begun researching their effect on the problem-solving strategies adopted by students. The problems are implemented in a computer-assisted learning environment of his own design. When a student group logs into the system, a context-rich problem is presented with a selection of information resources that may or may not be relevant. The students are asked to write not just the solution, but describe their thought process in categories corresponding to the typical stages of expert reasoning: qualitative analysis, identification of relevant concepts, ongoing monitoring (evaluation of the solution as it progresses), and validation of the solution obtained. The beauty of this system is that it not only guides the student into a more ‘expert’ mode, it also tracks the time spent at each step, the resources accessed, and so on.So, has this learning environment helped train a new generation of experts?The answer is yes, with some caveats. First, as with any group project it is hard to track which students are working and which ones are learning. Second, Ogilvie’s course presents only five such problems to the students. (There is still all the core material to get through, after all!)As for the results, there is some good news and some bad news.In the first problem of the course, students completed the ‘qualitative analysis’ section an average of ten minutes before completing the assignment. In the last problem, this section was completed about twenty minutes beforehand. Another encouraging point is that very few students wasted time reading all the available information in later problems. “Taken together, the student groups show some progression towards expert-like behavior” Ogilvie writes, “earlier qualitative analysis and more selective requests for information.” By the end of the course, students were also identifying the most relevant concepts earlier.In other words, the students grew more likely to think about the problem before attacking it. That’s the good news!The bad news is that there is no evidence for improvement in one of the most important aspects of expert reasoning: ongoing monitoring. Monitoring is a form of critical thinking, the general (and highly useful) cognitive skill of evaluating the quality of information. Experts in a field will examine their solutions repeatedly as they work them out. Have any of their initial assumptions been violated along the way? Is the solution making progress, or is it getting sidetracked? Is the math becoming simpler or more complicated? If an expert senses that a solution isn’t working well, they may abandon it to look for a better approach.In all fairness, this is also probably the most difficult skill to measure. Computer tracking can only show that students usually filled in the “monitoring” summary right before completing the assignment. No doubt this skill can be taught as well, but it might lie beyond the scope of computer instruction. I still vividly remember one of my professors taking only ten minutes to solve a physics problem that had taken me hours to work out. Perhaps the lesson of monitoring solutions can only be learned by sincerely regretting the time you just wasted.Note: … rch/CRP/crintro.htmlCitation: “Understanding Student Pathways in Context-rich Problems” by Pavlo Antonenko, John Jackman, Piyamart Kumsaikaew, Rahul Marathe, Dale Niederhauser, Craig Ogilvie, and Sarah Ryan is available online at Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Can expert reasoning be taught? (2007, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In addition to mastering a large body of knowledge, successful researchers must acquire a host of high-level cognitive skills: critical thinking, “framing” a problem, ongoing evaluation of the solution as it progresses, and ruthless validation of one’s final answer. Some students pick these skills up on their own as they advance towards their degree, especially those who participate in research, but they rarely appear in a curriculum. Students working on a context-rich problem fall naturally into two groups. Teams above the line demonstrate expert-like behavior, in that they completed their qualitative analysis of the problem before accessing the relevant information and submitting a solution. Those teams below the line demonstrate novice-like behavior, in that they appear to read through as many resources as they can before attempting a solution and submit their analysis of the problem only after a solution has been recognized. Credit: Craig Ogilvie Expert mathematicians stumped by simple subtractionscenter_img Explore further Professor Craig Ogilvie of Iowa State University has developed a problem-solving environment that not only encourages students to practice these skills but also monitors their progress.As a physics professor, I often find myself torn between competing educational goals. On the one hand, most courses have a laundry list of fundamental theories and techniques that must be taught if the students are to advance further in the subject. On the other hand, there are a number of higher cognitive skills that I would also like to emphasize. The cognitive skills are more useful in life, but how much subject matter can I reasonably sacrifice to make room for teaching them?Traditional teaching methods reinforce the course content by assigning busy work — practice makes perfect, after all. Homework assignments consist of simple “plug and chug” problems that students can solve easily by finding the appropriate formula. While such assignments do help students learn the main topics of a course and prepare for the inevitable final exam, they promote a very limited style of problem-solving. More importantly, they provide little motivation for students to absorb the lessons of scientific thought.One solution is to raise the bar on the problems. Why not strip them of their hand-holding language, and present information in a more realistic setting? The result may be too difficult for one student, but is probably suitable for a group of students. Researchers in physics education at the University of Minnesota, for example, have created an archive of such context-rich problems for their introductory physics courses1. Context-rich problems force students to practice some of the cognitive skills used by experts, in particular the skill of analyzing a problem qualitatively before looking for the proper formula.I don’t wish to bore my readers, so I will present the briefest possible example of this qualitative analysis. When confronted with a collision problem, students should ask themselves whether friction is an important factor before they look up Newton’s laws. Figuring out how a problem relates to known principles is the first step taken by experts when they approach a new situation. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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