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This post is part of the #EdublogsClub – a group of educators and edtech enthusiasts that blog around a common theme each week. Simply write a post and share it to join in, or sign up to receive email reminders of each new prompt. 

It is well known that in education, everything we do seems to be on a never-ending cycle, or as we frequently refer to it – the pendulum.

Here’s an example. I’m sure many of you have had many professional development sessions that discussed Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences theories from Howard Gardner. In fact, you may have actually done the quizzes with your students to help them understand their learning styles.

But then, after decades of pervasive use in teacher preparation programs, professional development, and the classroom, we read that research suggests no link to improving learning!

So the pendulum begins to shift.

Another example may be the accountability and standardized testing movements. The only constant is that everything is always changing 🙂

This brings us to our prompt…

Prompt: Write a post related to constant changes and the pendulum effect in education.

Some ideas to get you started:

  • Write a post about learning styles and your thoughts on the recent research suggesting they are an ineffective teaching/learning tool.
  • Discuss another topic where you have seen the pendulum shift in your time in education.
  • Share about a subject where you have changed your mind and describe why.
  • What is the next great pendulum shift you expect to happen over the next five years?

Happy blogging!

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  1. Ok so my plans for writing every day this week to keep me on track for a speedy catch up were thwarted but here is my post for the pendulum! mrsruiz.net/2017/08/25/the-pendulum/
    Thanks for taking a look 🙂
    @mrsruiz2301

    • This is a fantastic post and you’re really on a roll with your writing!
      I left you a comment and I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.
      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris
    • No such things as being late. I love the dinosaur story! 🙂

  2. Week 13: THE PENDULUM — #EDUBLOGSCLUB. There’s considerable comfort for me right now in the knowledge that pretty much no one reads what I post. Because I am getting braver in the sharing of my opinion, yet am generally not read, I don’t have to worry about pages of angry comments in response. I’m pleased enough that I’ve written. Finding my voice is enough. I write this week about Learning Styles, a subject that gets my ire up everytime I hear someone tell me it’s just a myth.

    https://medium.com/@KaiLynnDailey/week-13-the-pendulum-edublogsclub-57fe72618416

    • Great post! When I first started teaching 4th grade twenty years ago, it was all about building reading stamina. Then it shifted to mini lessons and excerpts from a variety of texts. Now we are right back to building reading stamina! You just helped me to find my topic for my post!!!