Here is a beautiful and inspiring video about educating the whole child! Watch and be inspired.
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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.
Let your students learn with a global focus by bringing the world into the classroom. Any age student will benefit from visiting with and learning from experts around the world or students in a classroom far away or around the corner. It doesn’t take a field trip to bring adventure and learning from a place away.
As a help to all teachers, SKYPE has provided a resource that you can use. SKYPE in the classroom provides ideas and a place to learn from others. Visit the website and see for yourself. There is a great informational video describing the use of Skype and students visiting with an elephant care taker. Quite enjoyable and a fun-filled 3 minutes.
Our students need to know about the world and function in a world that is much bigger than their neighborhood or city or country. Many say the world is becoming “flat” because of our ability to interact with all parts of it through technology and travel. Our challenge is to spur on their interest and creativity so their learning continues to help them be 21st century citizens and beyond.
Your students will be able to name questions they want to explore with their global partners if you give them a chance. A few examples on the link include: do other countries have the tooth fairy, how do potatoes grow, what season is it in your part of the world, etc.
Are there novelists lurking in your classroom? Do you think you and they could each create a novel in one month?
Many educators believe that the answer to both questions is YES! In this Edutopia Blog Laura Bradley, an educator and blogger, explains how her middle school students accomplished this with oodles of excitement among the young writers – they were asking to write. Those who are teaching Grade 8 students know what a feat this was.
Look at her blog and click on some of the links she used to help the process. It is all part of a national project that you can learn more about by going to the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo site. This is for any age writer so elementary and middle school teachers take heart. You can download free materials to help in the process.
Share your progress, your success, your challenges as you attempt this project in November! If you are going to participate, you need to check it out now and plan your classroom activities leading up to the Big Write!
Check out this interesting take on education. It is great food for thought and just what you might need during a little down time. It is a great video on which to reflect and create your own understandings. It simply makes you think a little deeper into why we do what we do each day of the school year.
ASCD has an entire express issue that highlights the new paradigms of education.
Enjoy!! Perhaps you even have some time to share your thoughts.