Sunday, March 2, 2014

What I Learned @teachSDA

It's SPRING BREAK here in Georgia-Cumberland Conference!  I hope everyone finds some time to rest and get all those holiday 'to-do' lists done.
If you're fee Monday night I hope you can join us at 8pm for @teachSDA chat.  We will be talking about "How do we teach 'Generation Google'?"

Hope you enjoy the articles!

1. 10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation
For the Google Generation, information isn’t scarce, and knowing has the illusion of only being a search away.

After last weeks discussion I went searching for resources and articles on multi-grade teaching.  The next three are related!

2. The Multi-grade Classroom: A Resource Handbook for Small, Rural Schools
“The Multi-grade Classroom” is a seven-book series that provides an overview of research on multi-grade instruction, identifies key issues teachers face in a multigrade setting, and offers resources for multigrade teachers. Produced in 1999 under the Rural Education Program to address multigrade teacher training in rural areas, the handbooks are also applicable to schools in other settings and are among the few practical resources available on the topic.

3. The function and the role of the multigrade teacher
It is obvious that a combined class of students differs a lot from the conventional type of a student class of a single grade. That means that the way that the students of the multigrade class should be taught must be different as well.

4. An Ageless Approach: Why Multiage Classrooms Should Replace Fixed Grade Levels
Multiage-classroom organization is admittedly difficult to implement, because the tradition-bound inertia and bureaucratic complexity of many public schools does not easily provide for such flexibility.

5. Beyond Zero Tolerance: Achieving a Balance in School Discipline
Disruptive behavior continues to be one of the most challenging issues that schools face today. Even one seriously incompliant student can threaten teaching and learning for the rest of the class. And though exceedingly rare given the large number of schools throughout our country, incidents of deadly violence shake our confidence in school safety.

6. Three Common Approaches to Teacher Leadership
Sometimes teachers want to take charge and lead an initiative and other times they want to play more of a support role. Ideally, teacher leadership structures create opportunities for both.

7. 9 Things Great Leaders Say Every Day
Your words are among your greatest tools. They're a window into your vision, your values and your abilities. So, whether you're running a giant organization or just trying to herd a group toward a certain outcome, there are messages you need to communicate constantly in order to lead effectively.

8. Connectedness: The New Standard
Serving as a principal is an exceptionally rewarding profession, but it can be an extraordinarily challenging one. Principals and central office administrators often feel isolated. As the leaders and the managers of their organizations, they are expected to be everything to everyone and to continually develop themselves professionally in numerous areas, including teacher supervision, student discipline, curriculum development, and change management.

9. Infographic: Fueling a Personalized Learning Revolution
In an effort to inform educators and districts how personalized, blended learning can improve access to high-quality learning opportunities for secondary students, Fuel EducationTM (FuelEd) has collaborated withGetting Smart® to write “Fueling a Personalized Revolution in Secondary Education” released today.

10. Sherwood School District considering a move to open-source, digital curriculum
School districts in Oregon have traditionally updated their curricula seven years after they originally adopt. For instance, if a district adopted a new math curriculum in 2000, new textbooks and all, it would have updated the curriculum in 2007 – if it could afford it. Other subjects would get updated in other years, in accordance with the seven-year rule.

11. 3 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections with Your Students
Too often, I've heard teachers talk about how helpless they feel when it comes to reaching out to their students. The days of being the person whose job it is to exclusively provide students with an education -- and nothing more -- are long over. Honestly, some will say those days never existed. I've never wavered in my belief that teachers are much more than people passing out curriculum. 

12. Reading 2.0
Many educators are worried about how technology is affecting the amount of reading that students are doing. There are a few contributing factors to this, technology being one and high-stakes testing being another. We could also argue that kids aren't reading less, they're reading differently.

13. Revisiting if Educational Technology Is Worth the Hype
There's no doubt more technology is coming soon to a classroom near you. But is educational technology worth the hype?

14. Bringing Authenticity to the Classroom
Authenticity -- we know it works! There is research to support the value of authentic reading and writing. When students are engaged in real-world problems, scenarios and challenges, they find relevance in the work and become engaged in learning important skills and content.

15. Don't Forget to Play!
Play has earned some inaccurate baggage of connotations over the years. When we talk about playing in education or play time, many would push back that it is not appropriate to play in classroom, or that play is not good learning. This could not be farther from the truth.

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