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January 2011 Blog Posts (46)

Seek your voice & passion with The 30 Goals Challenge #30Goals

 

I’m so excited to share this amazing challenge with all of you! For those who follow or visit my blog, you know that I’ve posted The 30 Goals Song of the Week here and on FaceBook for a few months now. I’ve also shared that more exciting work in this piece was coming. Well…Now it’s here and we are ready to take this journey to…

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Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on January 31, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Lifting as they Climb in Rockford, IL

Step One...

Rockford, Illinois has had the honor of being listed as one of America's worst cities by the Rand McNally Corporation and Money magazine.



Due to a separating highway, there are two clear sides of Rockford—West and East. The West includes an abandoned downtown and is plagued by poverty and high crime rates. There are huge areas of old established neighborhoods with vacant homes and no one wishing to…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 31, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Technology in schools...25 students sound off!

We all live in a world that is rapidly changing, and in particular, the advancements associated with technology. As society evolves and changes, schools are coming under increasing pressure to stay with the times. So often we hear that technology is a silver bullet in education, but we must remember that technology is merely a tool. A tool in the hands of a sub-par educator will continue to yield a sub-par education, while a tool in the hands of a great educator will only enhance and aid…

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Added by Justin Tarte on January 31, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments

6 Solutions to the Most Common Teacher Problems...

Last week we had our third professional development day at Seckman High School. As a PD representative, I had the opportunity to lead two PD sessions. The format of my sessions was to watch 7 videos that would… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on January 31, 2011 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

QR codes

Using QR codes in the classroom is a fun alternative method to traditional learning. If you have the new iPods with camera's consider incorporating QR codes into your instruction. QR codes are quick response codes that are currently being for encoding in a two-dimensional platform. You can find QR codes in magazines, advertisements, and some movie trailers have a quick peek of a QR code in some way.

Why the fuss about QR codes all of a sudden? Well it's not really a fuss, but they do…
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Added by Blu Phoenix on January 30, 2011 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Where are You on the Critical Continuum?

During my research studies, I came across the Interpretive/Critical Continuum which is designed to serve as a self reflective tool based on the researcher's stance or position in relation to the specific research query. It asks the question, "what does it mean for you to balance, integrate, or choose between interpretive and critical emphases in your own research?" This is a question I ask myself quite often; this question is one of value in the arena of qualitative research, but it is also…

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Added by Elford Rawls-Dill on January 30, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

The Reminder

The other day, my son dragged me to the mall. As we walked into American Eagle, I heard my name, "Mrs.Small". I turned and there was Charles. No longer the 5th grade boy who , for a while, fought me at every turn, but a 17 year old young man, who still hadn't lost that mischievous smile. Not many teachers liked Charles, and they couldn't understand why I liked him. He could be obstinate, sometimes, downright disrespectful.… Continue

Added by Lisa Mims on January 29, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

The Four Negotiables of Student Centered Learning

One of the subjects that often comes up during walk throughs is how to recognize a student-centered approach. I tell participants to watch the students and try to decide the extent to which they are being asked to manage the four central elements of any lesson - content, process, product and assessment. Any or all can be decided by the teacher, by the students, or some of both. As I often said to my own students when introducing a lesson - "Which elements do you want to be in charge of?…

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Added by Peter Pappas on January 27, 2011 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Lost in Language

Language defines a culture, through the people who speak it, what it allows speakers to say—the stories told and history recorded.

 

As a young child you grasp at as many words as you can. You repeat and imitate what is said around you. It’s okay if you say them wrong the first time...it’s the curiosity and the struggle that keeps a toddler coming back for more.

 

Once we learn the words we use it to uplift, degrade, personify, describe…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 27, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Want a Qwiki?

Before my hubby said hello to me, he said, "There's a new search engine that they say is going to knock Google out of the box." "It's caledl Qwiki." He heard about it on CNN Qwiki video.



"Really?" I replied, not really interested because I had spent the entire day at work, and then an hour reading to 3 and 4 year olds. (Who by the way are a joy to read to.) I trudged up the stairs behind him, and watched as he sat down and demonstrated…

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Added by Lisa Mims on January 25, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Curriculum Review - Same old National Curriculum or a brave new world?

As Marius in Les Miserables says " Our time is here!" The Government are asking for our opinions of any new National Curriculum, our time is here, the time is now to have our voices heard.

There will be those who say that whatever we say, will fall on deaf ears as the Government already have their ideal for education. However this…

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Added by andy mellor on January 25, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments

Filled with Good Intentions



I have a love/hate relationship with my former high school.

 

I love that I got a strong academic education that prepared me for college. I love that I received personal attention and was in an environment that allowed ‘free periods’ and opportunities to get off campus and explore career interests.…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Empower Your Students...

5 Ways to Empower Your Students...

Here are 5 concrete examples of how I am empowering my German 2 and 3 students. I was inspired to write this post after reading a great post by Chris Wejr (… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on January 24, 2011 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

Is it worthwhile to teach authentic poetry without vocabulary?

I'm teaching the Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken" to a large group of my Hebrew-speaking deaf and hard of hearing 10th and 11th graders. It's in the curriculum.

 

I find it to be a puzzling situation. On one hand it seems absolutely insane to teach it to most of these kids. I'm not exaggerating when I say that most of them only know two to four words in the entire poem. Even a word that seems familiar to them such as "sorry" isn't in the right…

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Added by Naomi Epstein on January 24, 2011 at 8:17am — No Comments

Revisiting Segregation

Most of the time, I read a news story about something in education, and I think about it for about five minutes before letting it go, chalking it up to just another new smudge on the complicated stained glass window that is public education.  The other day, though, I read the article “In N.C., a new battle on school integration," and I thought of little else during my…

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Added by Shakespeares Sister on January 23, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Student Blogs as a Brain-Based Strategy

I’ve had a wiki for my 2nd grade classes for a few years now.  So I couldn’t see the point in having students blog on top of that.  However, a comment by Angie Rumsey on an Edupln blog post had me reverse my thinking and start my students…
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Added by Diane Dahl on January 22, 2011 at 11:01pm — 2 Comments

Diversity Matters

In 1954, education in the United States was supposed to change. The inequities that young children of color had faced for decades were to be erased giving equal access to everyone. Finally, there was to be diversity in education.

But what did…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on January 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

PLN Badge and Wordpress

Anyone know how to embed the PLN Badge into a Wordpress blog?  I have tried many things and have not been successful.  Any help is appreciated!  Thanks!

Added by Betsy Spence on January 22, 2011 at 12:50pm — 4 Comments

Motivation and Classroom Behavior/Performance

New blog post on http://www.caffeinatedteaching.wordpress.com  Read and share!  :)

Added by Betsy Spence on January 22, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Social Engineering in the Classroom!

Amid a fanfare of musical instruments, (incidentally taught in school) Mr Gove has announced a marvellous new review of the curriculum. Clearly the curriculum must be so broken that it needs the "expertise" of Mr Gove to fix it. I guess it is probably teachers, or the Labour party or the quangos who are to blame for the curriculum not doing what it should.

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Added by andy mellor on January 21, 2011 at 3:53pm — No Comments

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Dear colleagues,As an English teacher, I can not but share with you a brilliant and smart artificial intelligence tool that is going to be launched this month. Meet Emma, a self-learning authorship recognition tool that will revolutionize the world of education and academic writing. Everyone is welcome to test its beta version here http://emmaidentity.com/, just leave a request and you won't be disappointed. Has anyone already heard about…See More
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I teach sixth grade, so I will be saying goodbye to my students in about a week. I'll see them in the hallways, but it won't be the same. They'll never be in my classroom again. That's weird to think about right now, when all I do is see them.It has me wondering; did I serve them as best I could? Did I impart all the wisdom I could into their little brains? Did I ignite a spark, or reaffirm a defeatist attitude?I have to be honest, there are some kids I won't miss. You know the kids I'm talking…See More
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