Keep on learning, even in the COVID-19 crisis

first_imgYears ago, long before I began working in professional development for credit union leaders, I was a middle school language arts teacher. The school district in which I taught was struggling with the “summertime slip,” that inevitable backward step that many students make when they are out school for the two or three months of summer break.My district’s solution was to shift to a year-round schedule in which the long summer break is replaced by a series of three shorter breaks throughout the year. The results were less than stellar. Instead of helping students remain motivated to learn through their breaks, we assumed that three shorter sessions of academic inactivity would lead to better results. It didn’t. We traded a single case of “summer slip” for three periods of academic atrophy.The three shorter breaks model didn’t account for the challenges of self-directed and distance learning that are very much a part of any break from school. Learning is inherently social. That’s why we like to share ideas with others in the classroom, discuss our favorite books and teach others how to pursue the hobbies we love. When we divorce learners from each other and teachers, motivation goes down the drain. We even see the effect with adult learners in online programs led by some of the top educational institutions in the world, like Harvard and MIT. The EdX courses of those top universities—which are one-way, non-interactive offerings—had only a 3.13% completion rate by all participants in 2017-2018. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tulsa, USF meet in conference play

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC,,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 February 13, 2020 Tulsa, USF meet in conference play Associated Press center_img SQUAD LEADERS: The Golden Hurricane have been led by Brandon Rachal and Martins Igbanu. Rachal has averaged 12.7 points and six rebounds while Igbanu has recorded 13 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The Bulls have been led by Laquincy Rideau and David Collins, who are averaging 12.8 and 13.4 points, respectively.CLAMPING DOWN: The Golden Hurricane have allowed only 60 points per game across 11 conference games, an improvement from the 68.2 per game they allowed in non-conference play.BRILLIANT BRANDON: Rachal has connected on 25 percent of the 48 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 79.8 percent of his free throws this season.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Golden Hurricane have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Bulls. South Florida has an assist on 24 of 59 field goals (40.7 percent) over its previous three outings while Tulsa has assists on 36 of 67 field goals (53.7 percent) during its past three games.TOUGH DEFENSE: South Florida has held opposing teams to 61.7 points per game, the lowest figure among all AAC teams.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTulsa (16-8, 8-3) vs. South Florida (11-13, 4-7)Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: AAC foes meet as Tulsa matches up against South Florida. Tulsa took care of East Carolina by 14 in its last outing. South Florida lost 62-58 to Houston in its most recent game.last_img read more

Russia World Cup says yes to drugs… with a doctor’s note

first_img0Shares0000Alcohol will not be sold at World Cup stadiums such as Moscow’s Luzhniki — but a loophole means fans might be able to bring recreational drugs to matches© AFP/File Dmitry SEREBRYAKOVMOSCOW, Russia, Apr 26 – You might have trouble buying a beer on match day in Russia but World Cup fans may still snort cocaine at the stadium — provided they have a doctor’s note.Some peculiar Russian rules are coming to light as the June 14-July 15 football extravaganza draws nearer. One was spotted by intrepid reporters at Russia’s government-friendly Izvestia daily in February and received new attention this week.The loophole in Russia’s no-nonsense approach to recreational drugs — they are all illegal — comes in a loose alliance it forged in 2014 with Belarus and Kazakhstan.The so-called Eurasian Economic Union now groups five ex-Soviet republics and produces reams of rules covering everything from medicine to flowers and pets.One of them determines how foreign visitors to one of the five nations can bring in “narcotics, mood-altering drugs and their precursors”.The list of substances legalised by the regulation includes hard drugs such as cocaine and heroine as well as the much softer marajuana.The entire appendix to the drug regulation is 383 entries long.None of this has been tried in practice and flying to Russia with a stash of hash is probably still not wise.But the regulations do say that all 383 substances are legal as long as the user has a prescription that has been translated into Russian and properly notarised.The note is also supposed to stipulate how much of each drug you intend to take.The World Cup organising committee said security personnel will check for narcotics at the stadiums and only allow in the ones covered by the required paperwork.It is illegal to smoke during matches so the drugs will probably have to be ingested by other means.“All of this is bad,” the health ministry’s addiction psychiatrist Yevgeny Brun told Izvestia.“I do not think that people who come to the World Cup will start dealing marijuana. They are not bringing in that much,” said the doctor.“But I am in shock.”He added that things could turn especially nasty at the stadiums because Russia will also be selling beer made by an official World Cup sponsor.Izvestia said English-speaking doctors will be on hand.Yet going the more traditional route and having a boozy party outside the arena may be more problematic.Alcohol will not be sold within a two-kilometre (1.2-mile) radius of stadiums and fan zones in Moscow throughout the tournament.A Moscow government rule announced this week said the sales restriction will cover “alcohol and refreshment drinks in glass containers”.The other 10 host cities are likely to adopt similar sales bans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more