Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What I Learned @ teachSDA This Weekend

What I Learned From #teachSDA This Weekend

Well, we had some thoughtful comments last night during our discussion on digital citizenship and safety!  The consensus overall was that internet safety MUST be more than just filters, spy software and no access.  Like always the answers core is being involved in your kids life and educating yourself and your kids about technology.

Today I have a list of seven articles that jumped out at me so lets get started.

1. My PLN Saved My Career

2. The Counterproductive Ways Schools Punish Kids...
As educators, we should also make sure that our first line of defense is to look at our teaching practices to see if there is something we can do differently instead of always expecting the child to be the one to change.

3. Increasing Student Engagement By Grading Backwards
Good Morning. You All Have An F: Increasing Student Engagement Via An Additive Grading System

4. Pinterest Launches New Teachers Hub with Ideas for Lesson Plans, Classroom Decor, and More
It’s back-to-school time, and Pinterest wants to help teachers find new ideas for how to shape young minds.

5. 12 Conversation Starters on What Parents Want You (Teachers) to Know
The following themes were those repeated most often in the 100+ replies this survey generated.

6. 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently
We often look at the qualities and characteristics of good teaching and learning, including the recent following pieces:

7. Better Teaching: Why You Bore Students & What You Can Do About It
You don’t mean to bore students. In fact, sometimes you’re downright interesting–the students are engaged, the buzz in the room is palpable, and even the hesitant students are asking questions. But the fact of the matter is, even the most charismatic and experienced teachers bore students sometimes. But the good news is, it may not be your fault. Judy Willis explains the neuroscience behind it all, and offers some simply tricks to help mitigate the reality that you and your content are instinctively low on a student’s neuro totem pole.

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