Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What I Learned @ teachSDA This Weekend

Last night we talked about "The Seven Most Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today" you can find the article at http://buff.ly/19d1xom .  You can still join in the discussion at www.teachSDA.org (look to your right) or #teachSDA on twitter.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break with friends and family and you are ready to be back in the classroom for December!

Now here's some interesting articles from the weekend:

1. Simplifiers and Optimizers, by Dilbert creator Scott Adams
Some people are what I call simplifiers and some are optimizers. A simplifier will prefer the easy way to accomplish a task, while knowing that some amount of extra effort might have produced a better outcome. An optimizer looks for the very best solution even if the extra complexity increases the odds of unexpected problems.

2. Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from
People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.

3. Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help
Spelling remains the most relentlessly tested of all the literacy skills, but it is the least taught.

4. Don't Give Up on the Lecture
After all the discussion about shift learning here's something to consider:)
Teachers who stand in front of their classes and deliver instruction are not "out-of-touch experts"—they're role models.

5. High School Students’ Health Suffers From Too Much Stress
Psychologist Alvord says a balanced life should be the goal for all families. If a child is having trouble getting things done, parents can help plan the week, deciding what’s important and what’s optional. “Just basic time management— that will help reduce the stress.”

6. 7 Tips for Better Classroom Management
In my mind, the first and most basic obligation of a teacher is to see the beauty that exists within every student. Every child is infinitely precious. Period.

7. I Teach Middle School & Fear Is Not An Option
Like a Roman gladiator prepared for battle, to which skill and cunning are all that stands between a crowd cheering victory or ultimate defeat, to you, the novice middle school teacher I say, Welcome to the coliseum.

8. Power Struggles, Paychecks, and Positivity: My Career as a Classroom Manager
I have come to realize that it’s critical to address the diverse causes of student behavior. With the one-size-fits-all approach, I used consequences to discourage student misconduct without trying to understand why the behavior was happening.

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