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Be Inspired!

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

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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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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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Will age based classrooms be a thing of the past?

With all the options for opportunities for student learning, will age based classrooms be dropped or changed?  Some educational professionals look to the future and say yes. 

Jeff Livingston, an executive with McGraw Hill, proposes that age based classrooms are a thing of the past.  In his article he proposes that new methods being employed by teachers allow students to progress at their own rate and not according to age levels.

This is a question for the educators and parents among us.  What do you think, how will our classrooms within a school be set up?  Can you describe your classroom in 2017?  Will yours look just like today?

 

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What does a Garden Teach?

There is a wonderful article in the on-line version only of Educational Leadership magazine by ASCD.  In it the author describes and gives pointers on all the benefits of a garden in education.  She traces back to Dewey and his theories.  (Is anyone able to remember those theories of education?  I certainly still do!)

Gardens can be used for science, math, hands-on experience, and reading and language.  There is this video that demonstrates some language learning in a garden.  Perhaps you have your ideas as well.  Share them here. 

Do you have a garden for your school or class?  Perhaps you can at least develop a word garden to begin.

 

 

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It is already the middle of July and ….

It is already the middle of July and for most of you, things are beginning to look forward to the new school year.  No one wants to rush the rest of the summer but here are a few ideas for looking to the beginning. 

The network of teachers on We Are Teachers (WAT) site have put together a set of creative ways to look at that old stand-by of seating charts and classroom organization.  There is always room for one more idea on how to gather students for learning.  Personally I like the idea of giving students an opportunity to use a “gym” ball or exercise ball as a seat.  You do see everyday in a classroom those students who must fidget, well this idea allows that to happen without distraction. 

Enjoy the last weeks of July and begin gathering your enthusiasm for the new school year ahead.

 

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Quadblogging anyone?

Have you considered Quadblogging?  It is a well developed system from an educator in England.  You and your class can request to be part of the quadblogging network and you will be added to a group of three other blogging classrooms.  It allows students to blog and receive comments from other students in schools around the world.  Students will work even harder to develop their class blog when they actually get hits from other students. 

Of course, the first step is to have a class blog.  Do you have a class blog for your class or course?  If you do, you are helping to develop the twenty-first century skills students in your class will need.  In order to help students learn these skills you need to be a 21st century learner as well.  Here are a few ways that teachers using a twitter educational feed have used a class blog.  Perhaps this summer you can hone your ideas and be ready to blog and Quadblog with your class.  Do your prep now and check out some great educational bloggers while you are at it.

Summer is a great time to form your own learning network – on-line, face-to-face, in class, or ????  Don’t let it slip by without doing something refreshing and learning a thing or two.  Explore the web and see what is available to you.  Develop your own blog and share your learning.  A great resource for a free or economical blog is WordPress.  It is a great way to get started.

You may even find a little time to comment and share your ideas here.

 

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