Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What I Learned @ teachSDA This Weekend

I like to think of last nights topic as "Grasping the Nettle" checkout my explanation here:
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Now for some cool articles:
1. Weekend Art — Suminagashi for Kids
Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese technique for decorating paper with inks.
http://innerchildfun.com/2011/05/weekend-art-suminagashi-for-kids.html


2. The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around)
My push today is to talk about the lies that students tell, specifically the ones that keep them from growing into the best students possible.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/students-biggest-lie-resolving-it-jose-vilson?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-biggest-lies-turnaround-list


3. PD Roadblocks: Control, Compliance, and Permission.
When I think of Professional Development for teachers in the traditional sense, I am more and more convinced that being connected as an educator is more effective in accomplishing the goal of professionally developing. The biggest roadblock to teachers connecting may very well be the way teachers have been programmed throughout their entire education and career.
http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/pd-roadblocks-control-compliance-and-permission/

4. THE DARK SIDE OF THE COURSE: WHAT STAR WARS CAN TEACH US ABOUT STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
So here are a few of the lessons we can learn from Anakin, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Wampas on students who appear to be not paying attention or who seem to lack cognitive engagement.
http://thereadinessisall.com/2013/02/05/the-dark-side-of-the-course-what-star-wars-can-teach-us-about-student-engagement-and-not-paying-attention-in-class/

5. Why You Teach: Developing A Teacher Mission Statement
Many teachers do not have good answers; most have no such personal Mission Statement; most have not even written a long-term syllabus in which they lay out the key goals for learners (and parents) and how those goals will best be achieved. But then – I say this with no malice –  you really have no goals. You are just marching through content and activities, hoping some of it will stick or somehow cause some learning.
http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/why-you-teach-developing-teacher-mission-statement/

6. A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning 
Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved.
http://www.edutopia.org/parent-21st-century-learning-resource-guide?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=guide-21st-century-learning-parents-Download

7. Personalizing Teacher Training Through Social Media-Based Improvement
It’s Time To Give Educators Credit For Their Self-Directed, Social Media-Based PD.
http://www.teachthought.com/social-media/personalizing-teacher-training-through-social-media-based-improvement/

8. Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning
In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, we're producing a series of Top 20 lists, from the practical to the sublime.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/20-tips-pbl-project-based-learning-educators-andrew-miller?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-20-tips-pbl-managing-miller-RSS