Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What I Learned @ teachSDA This Weekend


Last nights chat was kicked off by an article in Wired Magazine, "How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses"- Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy.

Checkout the chat later at www.teachSDA.org and join us for the next one at 9pm Eastern Monday.

Now for some articles!

1. 5 Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences
For many educators, conferences are coming up soon, and it can be a stressful time of the school year. To help parents and educators prepare for parent-teacher conferences, we've rounded up a variety of Web resources.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/parent-teacher-conference-resources-matt-davis?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=100213%20enews%20(0%20gmail%20only%202%20pm%202K%20throttle)&utm_content=&spMailingID=7085779&spUserID=MjcyNDk4MTI1NDcS1&spJobID=91260385&spReportId=OTEyNjAzODUS1

2. Why Do Teachers Quit?
Regardless of why teachers stay or leave, the revolving door of teacher turnover is a problem that affects students and entire schools.
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/10/why-do-teachers-quit/280699/?utm_content=bufferbf4d0&utm_source=buffer

3. Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness in Schools
Equitable schools are those that contribute to happiness in children.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/simple-ways-cultivate-happiness-schools-elena-aguilar?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-happiness-elena

4. The Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture
I always thought a positive school culture was one where strict rules were created and consistently enforced to keep students focused on learning.
http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-secrets-to-creating-positive-school.html?utm_content=buffera521e&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

5. 5 Open Education Resources for K-5 Common Core Math
There is an abundance of math open educational resources on the web. So many, in fact, that Education Week asked, "Why is There More Open Content for Math than English?"
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/common-core-math-elementary-resources-matt-davis?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-education-resources-ccmath-list

6. Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Seven Tips for New Elementary Teachers to Save Energy, Time and Tears
There are so many things a new teacher needs to know before he or she gets into the classroom, most of which have absolutely nothing to do with the Common Core Standards.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/new-teachers-energy-time-tears-otis-kriegel?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-reinvent-wheel-kriegel

7. MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE: THREE KEYS TO KILLING BORING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Teachers love teaching and learning, so professional development days must be the highlight of their year. Right? Not so much...
http://thereadinessisall.com/2013/06/25/master-of-the-flying-guillotine-three-important-strategies-that-will-kill-boring-professional-development/