Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What I Learned @teachSDA

     Once again we had an awesome discussion on letting students lead in their learning last night @teachSDA.  We based the discussion on a TeachThought article  "Education 3.0-Where Students Create Their Own Learning Experiences"  We had input from around the world, thank you to everyone who contributed.

     Atlanta shut down the schools in the area and it was a good call as I sat next to the fireplace and watched the snow and ice build up outside.  Hope you stay warm and have some time to read some great articles.  The first three are must reads!

1. School ditches rules and loses bullies
Ripping up the playground rulebook is having incredible effects on children at an Auckland school.  Chaos may reign at Swanson Primary School with children climbing trees, riding skateboards and playing bullrush during playtime, but surprisingly the students don't cause bedlam, the principal says. The school is actually seeing a drop in bullying, serious injuries and vandalism, while concentration levels in class are increasing.

2. The play deficit
Children today are cosseted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up.

3. 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders
I’ve learned that all the wisdom and love in the world doesn’t necessarily protect you from parenting in ways that hold your children back from thriving, gaining independence and becoming the leaders they have the potential to be. 

4. A Teacher’s Many Hats
It’s often said, teachers wear many hats throughout the school day. As a teacher, I can certainly attest to this statement. In fact, I believe a teacher wears more hats than any other professional. To prove my point, I’ve decided to compile a list of frequently used “teacher hats” to help support my claim.

5. Spheres of Control
This concept posits that the things we're worried about or that we complain about fall into three domains: things we have control over, things we can influence, and things that are outside of our control and influence. When I hear a coachee talking about something that he is unhappy about, I listen through this framework and try to identify where this issue would fall.

6. Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management
During the school year, students are expected to listen to and absorb vast amounts of content. But how much time has been devoted to equipping students with ways to disconnect from their own internal dialogue (self-talk) and to focus their attention fully on academic content that is being presented? Listening is hard work even for adults. When students are unable to listen effectively, classroom management issues arise.

7. What Students Remember Most About Teachers
Being available. Being kind. Being compassionate. Being transparent.
Being real. Being thoughtful. Being ourselves.
8. Put the Awe Back in "Awesome" -- Helping Students Develop Purpose
To combat this meaninglessness, Damon argues that students need to find a purpose in life -- something meaningful to themselves that also serves the greater good.

9. I Need EdTech to Support Me in the Classroom
We live in a data driven world, but we cannot forget about the Art of Inspiration. As a teacher for the last 15 years, I have felt the pressure mount on me and my colleagues, to improve student test scores.

10. Responding to Tragedy: Resources for Educators
When tragic events happen, it can be difficult for educators, administrators, and parents to know how to help children understand and cope.

11. Second Half Survival: 4 Tips to Get You from January to June
We have entered the second half of the school year, and many of you are probably surprised that you've made it this far without killing someone. 

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