Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What I Learned @teachSDA This Weekend



Last night was a celebration of thankfulness, if you couldn't join us feel free to join in today or view the discussion later at www.teachSDA.org.  Also remember to take some time to reflect on what you are thankful for!

Now here are some interesting articles I found this week @teachSDA:

1. 10 reasons it's a great time to be in education
If you need some reasons to be thankful, read through this list!
http://www.justintarte.com/2013/08/10-reasons-its-great-time-to-be-in.html

2. 2 Monkeys Were Paid Unequally; See What Happens Next 
An interesting TED talk from Frans de Waal on the moral behavior of animals.  If you can't watch the whole thing you have to start watching around the 12min. mark and tell me if you have seen this behavior from any of your students:)  
(By the way I believe that morality is ultimately derived from our Creator and it seems to be innately formed into our very DNA)
http://youtu.be/b_Lm49XVkGQ

2. The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth- 
When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend.

3. How Do We Inspire Young Inventors?
The future of our students is at stack, no pressure. ;)
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/11/how-do-we-inspire-young-inventors/

4. What is This Generation’s Moon Mission?
President Kennedy inspired a generation of scientists with his mission to be the first country to go to the Moon. Does your generation have a “Moon mission”, and if so, what does it look like? If not, what should it look like?
http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2013/11/22/what-is-this-generations-moon-mission/

5. Reducing Student-Behavior Problems: Notes From a High School Teacher
For many "old-school" teachers and parents who grew up in an age of greater conformity and fear-based authority, the culture of our schools is in dire straits because they believe there is not enough discipline.
http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2013/10/14/cm_barnwell.html?tkn=RSPFPa6kDAocGpCgZQBH3xevo93Nur6H79zm&cmp=clp-edweek

6. Program aims to get parents on their children's academic team-
New Open World Academy in Koreatown is using a new approach to the typical parent-teacher conference to get parents more involved in their children's education.

7. 8 Excellent New iPad Apps For Teachers
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/11/8-excellent-new-ipad-apps-for-teachers.html

8. How Students Learn by Explaining Their Thinking
If you want to master something, teach it. Or so the saying goes. But is the platitude based in fact? Can students really learn better by explaining? The evidence says yes.
http://www.scilearn.com/blog/how-students-learn-by-explaining-their-thinking.php

9. Resilience and Schools
"I believe adaptive capacity or resilience is the single most important quality in a leader, or in anyone else for that matter, who hopes to lead a healthy, meaningful life."
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/leadership_360/2013/11/resilience_and_schools.html

10. Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation
While it is impossible to know all of the reasons, there is no doubt that learning to listen and talk is an extremely important way to broaden knowledge, enhance understanding and build community.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-your-students-conversation-allen-mendler