Sunday, April 20, 2014

What I Learned @teachSDA

I hope you found some rest on this long weekend and had time to reflect on what it really means for us as Christians!  

Don't forget you're welcome to join us Monday night at 8pm on Twitter #teachSDA as we discuss "Why Getting A Job Is Not The Purpose Of School"

Now let's look at some articles:
1. Beyond Grades and Trophies, Teaching Kids the Definition of Success
In her new book Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success, psychologist and author Madeline Levine exposes the pitfalls of over-parenting, and argues for a new definition of success and achievement.

2. What would it be like if you could inspire your students to spontaneously create?  Here's what happened at one art college:

3. 10 Iconic Teacher Actions That Technology Should Disrupt
A little bit of technology doesn’t change much. Can make things a little easier by automating them. It could make a lesson here or there gee-wiz flashy, or even engage hesitant students. Tacked-on learning technology can do this.
But deep integration of technology–real at-the-marrow fusion of learning model, curriculum, and #edtech? That changes everything.

4.Good old days weren't so good for education
“From the 1820s to our own time, reformers have complained about low standards, ignorant teachers and incompetent school boards.”
The good old days were not so great.

5. Understanding Assessment: Resources for Parents
We've compiled a resources list to help families understand various uses of assessment in schools, what questions to ask, how to help children prepare, and all about standardized tests.

6. Creating A Culture Of Learning Using The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Model
Learning is a culture.
It starts there—with the students first as human beings needing to understand their environment.
And it ends there—with students using what we give them back at home, in those physical and digital environments.

7. Projects to Engage Middle School Readers
It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another way to become passionate about literature.

8. Avon Heritage Elementary pilots a tutoring and mentoring program to help students
I sent a message to the author of this report.  What they are describing sounds like what I do everyday in a multi-grade classroom.  Have you looked at your multi-grade room as something you have to do because of finances or something you do because it makes students better?

9. What Are the Basics Every Teacher Should Know About the Maker Movement?
The Maker Movement is part of a fundamental rethinking about instruction and its place in the process of life-long learning. In this segment we cover the basics every teacher needs to know about it.

10. Does Memorizing Multiplication Tables Hurt More Than Help?
It seems that whenever things aren’t going great in the world of math education (has learning math ever been great?), people are quick to claim that it is because students don’t know their basic math facts; namely, memorizing multiplication tables. There is an obvious benefit to knowing your multiplication tables when solving problems, but is it really the memorization of basic math that is missing here?

11. 25 Attention-Grabbing Tips for the Classroom
Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, strategies for getting student attention are an important part of your classroom-management toolkit. In this guide you’ll find 25 tips for quieting a noisy class. You can view the guide here:

12. Is Flipped Learning Really that Effective? You Might Be Surprised
The results on flipped learning are in. And regardless of who you ask, the response you will most likely get is an overwhelmingly positive endorsement of this time-shifted approach to classroom instruction and learning.

13. Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools
Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing no visible passion for anything in the world? I'm sure that, like me, you have met those people. I've also seen the making of these adults in schools across our country.

If there was ONE thing that I’d want every practicing educator to know about learning in social spaces it would be that no matter what field you are working in, there are TONS of folks who are sharing resources that you can use in your work immediately.

These next few articles are a call to consider the power of putting Professional Development into the hands of teachers.  Professional Development shouldn't be about punching a checklist or "academic rigor".  It should be about passionate teachers learning what can make them better!

15. Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success
How can you get the best out of your teachers and improve student learning? Edutopia's research analyst explains some of the best practices found by researchers to help ensure educator growth and success.

16. Professional Development: More Than Just a Checkbox on a Form
Every school must check off a box on some form somewhere indicating that some degree of PD has been delivered. And so was born the idea of the full-day workshop at least once a year. The impact on the budget is minimal, all of the teachers receive a day of PD to carry them through the rest of the year, and most importantly, the box on the form can be checked. Does this sound familiar?

17. DIY Professional Development
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? Check out our favorite resources for DIY professional development.

18. Monitoring Your Professional Identity
As technology and social networking continue to flourish, as a job candidate, particularly for a teaching position, it is up to you to monitor your professional identity. As soon as you begin interacting with a school or you apply to a job, an employer could choose to google you to see what pops up. As a job seeker or an employee of a school district it is up to you to maintain a positive reputation online. What does this mean exactly?

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