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February 2011 Blog Posts (44)

Teachers, Professionalism and Excellence: Why Do Unions Resist Teacher Excellence Initiatives?

Today’s public school teachers are on the firing line and find themselves caught on the horns of a dilemma. Since the advent of public schooling, teachers have aspired to be treated with the respect accorded professionals. From 1960 onwards, they have accepted teacher unionism and begun to act like educational workers as well as lower-order professionals. Most Canadians today consider teachers to be reasonably well-paid, favoured with generous pension benefits, and…

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Added by Paul W. Bennett on February 13, 2011 at 8:24pm — No Comments

It's Good Reader Boy! 3:30 Weekdays...

I’ve wanted to come up with a clever way for students to remember their thinking for reading strategies.  A list just seems too boring.  One thing I’ve learned in BrainSMART is to connect information to parts of the body to make it more memorable.  So I came up with this…
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Added by Diane Dahl on February 11, 2011 at 9:46pm — 4 Comments

30 Goals Challenge Goal 8: Rethink Classroom Management

February 10, 2011
by teachingwithsoul

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Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on February 11, 2011 at 4:18pm — No Comments

New Xtranormal video

I recently started an animated video series called, Billy and Conroy.

 

The series features two students who poke fun at our education system. These will be brief, 3-minutes or less, videos. Check our the series at the Learn it in 5 blog, or see Episode 1 linked here.

 

Enjoy.

Added by Mark Barnes on February 11, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments

Five Ways to Bring African-Americans Back to the Teaching Profession

President Obama, recently said in a speech, “If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation, if you want to make a difference in the life of a child, become a teacher. Our country needs you.”

 

The President and his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have backed up this declaration by launching their TEACH campaign. The program was launched in the fall of 2010 to persuade more minorities - particularly males - to enter education. The federal government has launched…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 11, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Biomes Need Your Help!

Save one bookmark dealing with one biome to Diigo for 7th grade -> http://ning.it/dlrUPJ

The biomes are:
    * tundra
    * taiga
    * temperate deciduous forest
    * scrub forest (called chaparral in California)
    * grassland
    * desert
    * tropical rain forest
    * temperate rain forest

 

Added by mrsdurff on February 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Starters Guide to Using Free Web Tools

Using web 2.0 in the class might come as second nature to some folks, but it's still new to many more.  I put together a guide to some of the more popular web 2.0 sites out there, give a short description, the link, and some practical ways teachers can use them in their class. Download and share with a friend!

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Added by Brian Thomas on February 9, 2011 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Newark's Soldiers

Newark has become my second home this year. Amongst the fanfare of FaceBook money and the Booker/Christie coalition, I began working with a small school in its second year. The state-controlled district has a 22% graduation rate. This has led to an enormous amount bureaucracy. I leave every visit learning more about the immediate school community as well as what it means to be a teacher in the Newark Public Schools.

 

The school has a total of eight teachers--art, English,…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 7, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

"Apply directly to the Forehead!" My eTech Ohio Conference 2011 Reflections

I had the opportunity to attend the eTech Ohio Conference (#oetch11) on Monday, January 31, 2011. It’s a three day event, but with budget and time constraints, I was only able to attend one day. I am excited to attend each year, hoping to take away at least one new idea I can share with my staff. This year, I heard two presentations that were inspiring, encouraging, and practical. However, I will only reflect one the first one in this post.

The keynote presenter was Peter…

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Added by Dwight Carter on February 7, 2011 at 9:11pm — 3 Comments

Cultural Responsive Teaching (Quick Tips)

During the last few years we as a school leader I have spoken and read about diversity in the classroom. I have addressed the need to become culturally sensitive to meet the various needs of my students. The term diversity can be a difficult term to define; as a matter of fact, I believe the complexity in defining the term often leads to our difficulty to recognize the various needs and perspectives of others. 
 
In my teaching, I always tried to frame my pedagogical…
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Added by Elford Rawls-Dill on February 7, 2011 at 9:04am — No Comments

web two oh tools

iEtherpad
Software for making those bubble…
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Added by Mr. Wakiki on February 6, 2011 at 3:27pm — No Comments

My No Office Day Experience

Sometime in December, 2010 I read a blog post by David Truss (@, principal of a school in Dalian, China titled, “No Office Day.” The title piqued my interest, but what really got my attention was something he wrote. “If a principal stays in the office all day, he/she might as well stay at home.” OUCH! Two things happened when I read this. First, I got excited about the… Continue

Added by Dwight Carter on February 6, 2011 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

10 videos that WILL ignite a discussion - Part 2

Here are 10 videos that will get you thinking and reflecting on your educational practices and beliefs. I did a post a few months ago with 7 different videos, and the response was quite positive. Leave a comment and let me know what other videos you would add to the list. Thank you and enjoy!

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Added by Justin Tarte on February 6, 2011 at 10:05am — No Comments

7 videos that WILL ignite a discussion

One of the biggest reasons I enjoy using Twitter is it enables me to connect with educators from all around the world. Additionally, Twitter has proven to be an efficient and effective platform to discuss pressing educational issues. Unfortunately, most…

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Added by Justin Tarte on February 6, 2011 at 10:03am — No Comments

5 Reasons Why Black Males Won't Become Teachers

On Monday, January 31st, filmmaker Spike Lee joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, GA for a town hall meeting. The purpose of the convening, which was attended by high school and college Black males, was to issue a call for more Black… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The ARCS Model with Hunter Lesson Plan

Does anyone else see the correspondence here? Keller must have known Hunter!

Added by mrsdurff on February 3, 2011 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Hey! Let’s go out and play!

Remember the time your best friend calling your name from the front yard saying: “Hey! Let’s go out and play!”. Wouldn’t you immediately leave everything, no matter what it was, and run out to join your friends?… Those were the days! Sadly, this is something we don’t hear very often these days. Instead, children are busy with their iPhones and computers.

What about in class? Do we really give the importance to playing games? Research indicates that “play is cru­cial to phys­i­cal,…

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Added by Nesrin Eren on February 3, 2011 at 6:33pm — No Comments

What if the cyclone in Australia hit the US? Great photo for students!

Thanks Steve Seto for sending to me!  Amazing.

Added by Brian Thomas on February 3, 2011 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Goal 3: Reason to Believe…30 Goals Challenge

February 3, 2011
by teachingwithsoul

Believe

–verb (used without object)
1.
to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is…
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Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on February 3, 2011 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Build Strong Visual Literacy Skills into Your Class

Kelly Shafsky shares how to use TCI's powerful (click to watch) Visual Discovery strategy inside a class.  Whether you teach social studies or another area, we all use visuals.  This short five-minute video taps the important features to think about when using visuals with your students.  You can learn other instructional strategies at…

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Added by Brian Thomas on February 3, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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