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Social Media and Students

Are you “one of those” with social media?  Do you LOVE it and use it as a tool in school with students?  Or do you LOVE it and still not use with students?

Well I must admit that I am quite a sporadic user of social media.  Partially because of the savings I experience by not having a smart phone and one of those “unlimited” plans.  However, I do sometimes miss very important things because of this cost savings.  (I must admit, I really don’t need to know where you are and who you are with so much; but I do like to know what some of your thoughts are!)

While perusing some educational sites today, I came upon a great post on an educational blog  named “Mind/Shift”.  It speaks to how students are very tech savvy and have great facility for using social media.  I know this too since I see many youth using it through out a day.  The post cautions all of us to remember that students need to also be helped to develop concentration and focus – something the constant use of social media does not develop in a young brain.  Maybe that is the skill the adults attending a recent production at the theater needed so they could skip looking at their social media on their phone during the presentation!

I found this interesting.  According to the research study noted in the blog post, students need to have times when the social media is not available.  Not because it is not good, but because they need to focus on something for a longer period of time.  You might want to check out this blog and the research mentioned.  Do you help students learn “focus” and concentration?  It would be a good idea to do so.  They might thank you later when their boss wants something major created and developed. 

Mr. Goldman, a psychologist, said “It’s about using the devices smartly but having the capacity to concentrate as you need to, when you want to”.

 

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Great idea for a New Year

A great idea for a new year of classroom activities can be found at a blog on We Are Teachers.  Why not check it out.  While you are at the blog site, you could click around to some great ideas and even grant ideas. 

Everyone knows a teacher is always busy with many things but do your self a favor this year and investigate some websites that might spark an idea, brighten your day or lighten your perspective.

Perhaps someone out there has some ideas to share with us.  Go for it!

 

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Be Inspired!

Here is a beautiful and inspiring video about educating the whole child! Watch and be inspired.

http://bcove.me/gwzostcl

 

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Don’t Replace Teachers to Spend More on Technology

I recently read a quick read from CNNN regarding the importance of a good teacher on the success of a student. The premise did not surprise me at all. If you have been involved in the art of educating a child for long, you know that truth from experience.

The article I refer to was written by Wendy Kopp founder of Teach for America. In the article, Wendy emphasizes that technology needs to be of high quality and used for instruction.  She also encourages its use in blending learning in order to enhance the skill learning of students; but she contends that the personal experience with an effective teacher is necessary for success.  I like to think of it as the personal touch, the inspiration and push to greatness!

Enjoy the read and encourage yourself if you teach and give a pat on the back to all teachers you know.  Of course the key is effective teachers – be the best you are called to be!!!

 
 

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Share Meaning for the season of Christmas

Want to share the meaning of Christmas in a new way?  Share this short video with your students and let them talk about it and suggest how it demonstrates what we believe.  I found it on the blog Whatedsaid and needed to share it with as many teachers as I could.

Here is the short video    Here is a longer version

Hope you can share with many.  It is hope-filled!  Blessings on you and yours!

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in General

 

This might inspire some creative uses in your school. When given an opportunity children usually surprise us!  What do you think?

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in General

 

Face it! Are there students you may not like easily?

Let’s face it!  Yes, we do profess to care for all students and we do try, but there are students that challenge that belief on some days?  Acknowledge your feelings and then do something about it.  It will help you, the student, and the class.

I am referring to the student with an “invisible challenge”.  I don’t think I would have ever acknowledged that there are some students whose behaviors make them a challenge and hard to like.  After reading this article in an email from Teaching Tolerance, I have a new perspective and had to share it with teachers, counselors in schools, etc. 

The article describes the situation quite clearly from the teacher and students perspective.  However, it goes one step further.  This article describes a process that teachers, learning consultants, administrators, parents and others can use to help themselves, the individual student, and the entire class.  It is a helpful resource and process to follow with the right preparation and support.  Give yourself a break and read it.  It won’t take long and I think you will be glad you did.

 

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