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The future of The Educator's PLN

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Whitby Aug 15, 2010. 3 Replies

Since the announcement by Ning regarding their future policy on fees, I've been expecting a discussion to appear here.  I'm not sure if everyone is waiting for someone else to start it, so here…Continue

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My best mistake as a teacher

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beth Kappus Mar 2, 2010. 1 Reply

Following up from a great blog article by Deven Black called, I Screw Up & Come Out Ahead I thought it would be interesting for educators to share their most important mistake.It's too early in…Continue

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Who is responsible for bad results?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brady Taylor May 29, 2016. 43 Replies

Had a really stimulating discussion with @ToughLoveforX on Twitter yesterday about the Rhode Island situation where teachers have been threatened with dismissal for not agreeing to management…Continue

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Thomas Whitby replied to Olaf Elch's discussion The future of The Educator's PLN
"I would be honored to join your site. I must tell you up front however, that I will have limited visits. It is important to reach out for ideas and perspectives from others.This Ning and #Edchat as well as my own blog are taking way more than I ever…"
Aug 15, 2010
Janey Nolan replied to Olaf Elch's discussion The future of The Educator's PLN
"Hi Thomas I have invited more than 50 people to this site today so I hope the members of" Isolated to Connected" a site for remote geography teachers from New Zealand enjoy and join your site. I agree we don't want to charge people to…"
Aug 15, 2010
Olaf Elch replied to Shelly Terrell's discussion Propose #edchat Questions here! in the group Edchat
"As a followup to this article in the NY Times on cyberbullying in schools, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/style/28bully.html?pagewanted=1&hp I suggest this question should be added to the #edchat poll: What strategies can schools adopt to…"
Jun 28, 2010
Thomas Whitby replied to Olaf Elch's discussion The future of The Educator's PLN
"We sent out a message to all of the members. We plan to seek corporate and non-profit sponsorship for this Ning site. A number of organizations have already stepped forward. As the creator of this Ning, I am determined to keep it moving forward at…"
May 5, 2010
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The future of The Educator's PLN

Since the announcement by Ning regarding their future policy on fees, I've been expecting a discussion to appear here.  I'm not sure if everyone is waiting for someone else to start it, so here goes...What do people think we should do?  Should we seek sponsorship?  Are there free alternatives?Anything and everything can be suggested here, as the choice appears to be: pay or change.  This isn't a discussion where comments are welcome; it's a discussion where comments are necessary!See More
May 5, 2010
Olaf Elch replied to Jon Freer's discussion Educating Educators and Administrators on Twitter Use
"One thing that I see quite often on Twitter is that people use the #edchat tag to ask for comments at a particular time during a demonstration. Create your own hashtag and post something like this: I'm demonstrating Twitter as a PLN to a…"
May 5, 2010
Elena Elliniadou left a comment for Olaf Elch
"Of course! My pleasure! I'm interested in your work too!"
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"Nice video. Thanks for sharing it."
May 3, 2010
Michael J replied to Olaf Elch's discussion Who is responsible for bad results?
"Actually many parents have taken control by taking their kids out of formal education and have started homeschooling. Turns out this is one of the fastest growing tendencies in the States. My bet is that as lower income communities have the same…"
Apr 21, 2010
Tater replied to Olaf Elch's discussion Who is responsible for bad results?
"Lets get to the root of the problem...the students and parents themselves. When does the responsibilities of the students...and parents for that matter come into play? When will students and parents be held accountable for THEIR actions. The…"
Apr 21, 2010
Jane St. Pierre replied to Olaf Elch's discussion Who is responsible for bad results?
"Michael, I believe you make a great distinction here between responsible and accountable. Your response is thoughtful and your metaphors are helpful for thinking about this problem. Successful students often come with the habits of mind that support…"
Mar 25, 2010
Olaf Elch replied to Shelly Terrell's discussion Propose #edchat Questions here! in the group Edchat
"following up from a discussion which ran between myself and @defstef98 last week, I'd like to propose: What gives you the right to be a teacher? Let's get down to the nitty gritty!"
Mar 23, 2010
Michael J replied to Olaf Elch's discussion Who is responsible for bad results?
"I think it is very important to make the distinction between "responsible" and "accountable." I think that it is beyond argument that home environment is responsible for disparity. But as a society we choose to invest resources…"
Mar 19, 2010
Jo replied to Olaf Elch's discussion Who is responsible for bad results?
"This is a recurring question educators are often faced with. There is no easy answer for the simple reason that every school is different. I think that this question can only be answered fairly by teachers in regards to their school. What is true…"
Mar 19, 2010

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I work as a consultant in secondary education, teaching English and technology. I also teach English and intercultural competence in industry. I love my job, believe in lifetime learning and hate teachers who aren't interested in developing themselves.

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Are the Beatles good for English teaching?

Posted on January 31, 2010 at 8:11am 3 Comments

I often get customers who want to know what lines from Beatles songs mean. Does anyone else get this? Some of their later stuff can be quite challenging!

On the one hand, it's good that customers have found a hook to hang their interest in the language on. But is it always a good idea to use song texts?

Am spending the afternoon actively listening to John, Paul, Ringo and George in the hope of finding some answers.

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