Sometimes it’s difficult to get an honest picture of learning trends and educational churning because of where you’re looking. Newspaper and major news media gloss over all the details while covering the same tired tropes.
Blogs and social media seem to be closer to what’s actually happening in classrooms, but have a tendency to sensationalize that change. And talking to teachers themselves only yields what’s happening in one classroom, school, or district.
But there are some common trends that we can take a look at (in an inescapably subjective fashion) as 2014 approaches. Many of the words you hear are the same, but their trending Direction might not be.