Sunday, March 30, 2014

What I Learned @teachSDA

Join us this Monday night at 8pm as we discuss Blended Learning or Flipped Classrooms!  The main goal of a flipped classroom is to enhance student learning and achievement by reversing the traditional model of a classroom, focusing class time on student understanding rather than on lecture. Check out this link for some information to start with: http://goo.gl/3pZ4Da and don't forget to visit us at www.teachSDA.org or on twitter @teachSDA.

Now here are some articles and pictures I found through the week:




2. What is SAMR? 
SAMR is a an acronym for how teachers integrate technology.  Every teacher tends to start at Substitution and never move to anything further.  The goal of an educator should be to move toward Modification and Redefinition.  So where are you at?


3. Break down for students to understand what a book/exam wants when they ask for certain things: pic.twitter.com/9pjihOPY9y

4. This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To: 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed
Teachers are the arbitrators of knowledge and culture.
Knowledge and culture are each dynamic, endlessly crashing and churning. This makes teaching significantly important and difficult work, and can leave teaching—as a craft—wide-eyed and nonplussed in response.

5. Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes
Mistakes are the most important thing that happens in any classroom, because they tell you where to focus that deliberate practice.
So why don't students view their mistakes as a valuable asset? Well, students don't think about their mistakes rationally -- they think about them emotionally. Mistakes make students feel stupid. "Stupid" is just that: a feeling. Specifically, it's the feeling of shame, and our natural response is to avoid its source. If we say something embarrassing, we hide our face. If we get a bad grade, we hide the test away. Unsurprisingly, that's the worst move to make if you ever want to get better. Academic success does not come from how smart or motivated students are. It comes from how they feel about their mistakes.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-students-to-embrace-mistakes-hunter-maats-katie-obrien?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=embrace-mistakes-how-do-you-view-image

6.  TECH-IFYING LEARNING?  TEACHER KNOWS BEST
Educators are key to fulfilling promise of technology in classrooms.
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/3/edtech-digital-divideteacherseducationtechnologyconnected.html?utm_content=buffer49ef9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

7. Top Reasons Why Teachers and Educators Use Twitter
Twitter- a great way to connect and follow as many personalities as one may want to. Apart from the youth Twitter interests all age groups. Teachers can be an interesting tool to deal with. Apart from why Twitter interests them there are various reasons so as to why they might be using it. Top reasons why Twitter is so popular or sought after among the teachers and educators can be witnessed below.

8. Home-to-School Connections Guide
Edutopia is thrilled to share with you our classroom resource guide highlighting solutions for connecting home and school in order to improve student learning and success.

9. How to dispute one-to-one, mobile learning criticisms
Ed-tech initiatives will always have critics. But administrators can take action and leverage resources to ensure that their one-to-one and mobile learning initiatives are implemented carefully and successfully.
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/03/24/dispute-one-to-one-critics-359/?ps=74125-0013000000j0Hig-0033000000q5cHG&utm_content=buffer07d14&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

10. Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching"
"Q & A teaching" is a practice that I was sometimes guilty of, and one that I've frequently seen throw off a lesson in many other teachers' classrooms. This occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson -- the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/avoiding-q-and-a-teaching-petra-claflin?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-trap-qa-teaching-list

11. Throwing Down a Gauntlet on the SAT Overhaul
So, I throw down this gauntlet: Why don't we get rid of the SAT altogether? Surely there are other measures by which college applicants can be evaluated (albeit not as quickly, but then, there's got to be some reason each of these schools requires supplemental essays to the Common Application--time to actually read them!) which will yield more useful predictive information about a student's chance of success at a given school.
http://mobile.edweek.org/c.jsp?DISPATCHED=true&cid=25983841&item=http%3A%2F%2Fblogs.edweek.org%2Fteachers%2Furban_teacher%2F2014%2F03%2Fthrowing_down_a_gauntlet_on_th.html