Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2012

First Bell: Cordley Carnival coming later this month; good news (for students) about sleeping in class

September 6, 2012, 12:01 a.m. Updated September 6, 2012, 7:06 a.m.


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• Thanks to an organized parent who tipped me off to the Cordley Carnival coming up on Sept. 28.

Sally Zogry emailed me to let me know that the PTA there has put together the event, which will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school. Admission is $10 per family, and the proceeds go to the PTA, she said. There will also be a wellness expo as part of the activities.

The Merc has donated a children's bike for raffle.

Zogry is looking for volunteers to help out. If interested, email

• Here's a blog post that maybe teachers don't want you to see. Smithsonian's Smart News blog has a post on research from the Oxford Learning Institute on lecture attendance.

It's billed as coming down to this: Sleeping in class? It's probably OK.

You know it can't be that simple. The idea is that the physics lectures really only benefit about 10 percent, based on tests given to students to determine whether they were "memorizing things or actually learning."

"When given the test before and after the semester, students only gained about 14 percent more understanding," the article reads. That's an average of all the students.

The post doesn't take itself that seriously, but it is a smart blog, and I always enjoy finding education-related topics across the Web.

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GardenMomma 5 years, 5 months ago

I must have been sleeping when I read the second half of your article. What physics tests are they talking about and how does your headline "bad news for sleeping in class" relate to your summation of the Oxford study "sleeping in class? It's probably ok." Is it bad news or okay?

ctrowbridge 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, GardenMomma. The headline and the information just didn't match up. Better now. Interesting information, although I wouldn't recommend that my daughter snooze during lectures! — Caroline Trowbridge, Journal-World community editor

Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 5 months ago

$10 dollars seems like it's too much for some families.

How about a website with volunteer contributions, as well, for all schools!

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