Sunday, March 16, 2014

What I Learned @teachSDA

This Monday we are excited to have a chat about, Inquiry-based learning. An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand."  The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning.  Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit you to seek resolutions to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge.  Inquiry is a seeking for truth some have posited that the seeking means creating our "own" truth.  Is that what WE mean though?

Join us at 8pm EST Monday at #teachSDA on twitter.  You can also read the transcript at

Now let's fuel the fire's of our minds with some interesting articles.  Who knows what that might inspire this coming week!  I found a bunch, so enjoy, you should be able to find at least one or two that you want to read;)

1. Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill
Friday March 14 is the 135th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birthday, a good time to think about the importance of asking questions. This was a big theme for Einstein, who told us, “The important thing is not to stop questioning,” while also urging us to question everything and “Never lose a holy curiosity.”

2. Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery
The lost art of learning to stand “where we would rather not and expand in ways we never knew we could.”

3. Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents 
(I sent this to all my parents to be helpful)
Young people are immersed in technology in ways previous generations could not have imagined. Common Sense Media has compiled this list of resources for parents seeking advice and information about how to help their children explore smartly and stay safe.

4. 11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints
A surprisingly large percentage of people have never even heard the phrase, let alone thought about how to manage theirs responsibly. Among students, the percentage is probably higher. We’ll talk about ways you can help students understand and manage their digital footprints before they get themselves in trouble.

5. Boomerang for Gmail
Boomerang for Gmail lets you take control of when you send and receive email messages in Chrome/Firefox/Safari.  If you feel like email is running your life maybe this could help.

6. U-Minn. Study: School Start Times Affect Grades, Health
For the first time, University of Minnesota researchers say there's conclusive proof that grades go up -- and some important things go down -- when the school day starts later. We checked around some of the bigger districts across the metro.

7. Ballpoint pens…the ruin of education in our country
Fear of technology is nothing new...take a look at this blog that shows what teachers and administrators thought about their modern technology.

8. Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain
(Do yourself a favor make your kids take an activity break)
Incorporating exercise and movement throughout the school day makes students less fidgety and more focused on learning. Improving on-task behavior and reducing classroom management challenges are among the most obvious benefits of adding physical activities to your teaching toolkit.

9. Online Poetry Resources
Poetry can take so many forms, and sometimes it's hard to know where to start when planning a unit of study. You might focus on figurative language with third graders, you might want seventh graders to look at rhyme sequence, or you might simply want to introduce classic pieces to high school students.
There are some great tools on the web for teachers gathering resources to use with their students. Here are a few worth checking out.

10. New and Old Challenges for Teacher Candidates
(I have to be honest I think the worst thing a training program can do is take student teachers out of the classroom.  Let's make sure that our Adventist programs find ways to get Student Teachers into real classrooms!)
It's been many years since I went through my teacher certification and student teaching, and wow! A lot has changed. And yet, there are still some stories of the journey to become a new teacher that remain the same.

11. Five-Minute Film Festival: Learning and the Brain
Is there anything as mysterious and intriguing as the human brain? It's at the center of everything we do and everything we've created, and yet we're just beginning to understand how it works.

12. 30 Tips to Leverage The Power of YouTube in Your Teaching
The purpose of this post is to help you tap into those overlooked features of YouTube that could reshape and enhance your video editing and sharing experience.

13. School Transformation Through Arts Integration
What do Mars and modern dance have to do with each other? How do you connect fractions with Andy Warhol? At Wiley H. Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, the answer is arts integration. Every teacher there is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for their students.

14. QR Codes in the Math Classroom
In Mrs. Chellani’s continual efforts to create an engaging learning experience for her students, she has found utilizing QR codes to facilitate collaboration to be highly beneficial.

15. The happy secret to better work
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.


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