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Silvia Marinova


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How about a VIRTUAL classroom?

What do you imagine as the perfect classroom?
Me and my students were wondering ...
Is it big and full of light?
Is it in the middle of the jungle?
Are there many books in it?
Is there music in it?
What about a VIRTUAL classroom where you study in a virtual environment as if in a video game? Can we learn more from the virtual world than we actually think? Please, share some ideas and opinions ...
Waiting for your replies: Radina, Iliana and Silvia Marinova (teacher) from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Topics: education school

Closing Statement from Silvia Marinova

Thank you all for answering our question! It's been a pleasure answering and reading all the suggestions. :) We learned a lot as well. So you guys were very helpful and gave us some great insights!
A classroom has to be most of all effective and fun for both teachers and students. :)
Have a great time and enjoy the lifetime learning.

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    Jan 19 2013: Fritzie, As you say, I am very interested. This report answers some questions but also begs other questions. I will re-read this article many times .. and then begin to accumulate data. 1) What is the criteria used to select test takers .. certainly here were millions who qualified how were the final test takers selected. 2) We have pinned our revision on Economically Disadvantaged ( will be ED hereafter) the term ED appears to be those who attend a school where more than half eat a free meal. Question: How many other countries offer a free meal to their students? If so what was the percentage of those schools students participating? 3) We now know that 40% of test takers came from ED schools .. how many of the students who took the test were actually ED students .. the report says they attended the ED schools not that they were ED themselves. 4) How did this happen as this is a well regulated test .. Are the test takers selected at the local, state, or federal level? 5) The "also found" section of the report is very interesting .. the ED US students have been excelling on the PISA tests and the non-ED students have been dropping.

    And finally .. I see only the US scores being examined. Has the same magnifying glass been held to all other countries?

    As extensive studies have been made that relate nutrition and sleep to the learning curve I would think that free meals would be an advantage not given to all of the other countries students.

    Arne Duncan immediately ordered his long time desire, Common Core Curriculum based on these test scores. Is it possible that this provided the federal government a convient means to further regulate US education. That is not the charter of the Sec of Education by the Constitution or mission statement. This is done by holding funding hostage.

    I these are first observations. I never accept anything at face value. Darn learnin.

    Thanks for providing me with the information. I appreciate you.


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