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Oh, I long for the days when I used to be able to teach! No, you didn’t miss anything, I still teach, but I don’t TEACH, the way I used to, the way I loved to. Yes, I use technology, and it has opened up a whole new world for me, but I miss teaching the old way. Sometimes, I feel like a robot, I am micro managed every second, minute, hour, day,week, month, of the school year. I feel like a body in the room, programmed to teach not only what they want me to teach, but also…Continue
Added by Lisa Mims on April 22, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
We know that our culture affects our language, even down to tiny regional differences in local customs and phrases. But does language affect our culture? Does it constrict our ability to express ourselves or define our means to? Does it shape our thoughts and create a mould for our personalities?
One of my favorite articles put out by the Wall Street Journal – Life and Culture is called …Continue
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See complete article and pdf at http://julieboyd.com.au
Teachers are now being told that E-Learning is way of the future. Adaptable teachers will be excited
by new and creative ways to use technology effectively, and by the promise of unlimited possibilities.
This does need to be balanced by the premise that the role of schools is to effectively integrate…
Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments
SCHOOLS AS COLLABORATIVE LEARNING COMMUNITIES
© Julie Boyd 2010 (updated from an original 1993 article)
For further info go to www.julieboyd.com.au
Taken individually, each concept in the phrase “collaborative learning community” has incredible power and together, there is a synergy, a revolutionary force that we are only just beginning to recognize in schools. The school pictured above has given way to a…Continue
Added by Julie Boyd on April 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments
You'll find a very extensive blog and website, including a range of resources for teachers at : www.julieboyd.com.au
This contains information collected over many years of teaching, business experience and community work and advocacy that is being consolidated into one site. It would be great to be able to replicate it here if it could be imported. Can anyone tell me if that is possible?
Added by Julie Boyd on April 21, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments
In the United States, more black men ages 18 to 24 live in prison cells than college dorms according to US census data.
In my last year as principal a parent asked me to come to court. Her son, a student at our school, was in trouble. I had seen this young man come through orientation. He came to the school as a quiet student and…Continue
Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on April 20, 2011 at 10:45pm — No Comments
This is something I’ve wondered about for a long time. Why is it that when students are unable to meet academic expectations we typically consider it an issue of what the student can’t do, but when a student is unable to meet behavioral expectations we typically consider it an issue of what the student won’t do?
Now, I know that is an overgeneralization, but I do think our collective outlook toward behavioral challenges is very different from academic challenges;…Continue
Added by Tom Schimmer on April 20, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments
I recently watched a video by social architect Amy Jo Kim who has worked with EA games, Ebay, Disney and Yahoo to name a few. She gave a Google talk relating to games and social media. I’ve recently been interested in bringing together game elements and teaching and have played around with it with my students. Having failed miserably at first, and then somehow succeeded a few times, it is definitely not easy to design a good lesson plan, or even series of lesson plans around game…Continue
Added by Erika Podlovics on April 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I started a new position in my school district three years ago. I left the classroom for a position as the Technology Integration Specialist for grades 3 to 8. I was so excited about the new challenge and all that it could encompass. Three years ago, I had no idea what a Professional Learning Network was or how valuable it would be in my current position.
I have learned that a PLN is unique to each individual, that my PLN may be similar to others but I designed it to fit my needs.…
Since 2006, Google translate has become an increasingly sophisticated tool for changing text from one language to another. It has been a lifesaver while living abroad, and was my crutch when I had required language courses during university.
If you use Google Chrome to do your browsing, you may notice a small microphone at the bottom of your text box when you visit Google translate. As of…Continue
Added by Erika Podlovics on April 18, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments
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It seems as though you either get math or you don’t. It also seems to be the only subject where it’s permitted for adults to admit they’re not very good at it either. As Kyle asked/commented on my blog about confidence…Continue
How math is being taught has to change. Middle school math teachers are too reliant on the textbook. This has two problems. The first is it does not effectively engage the students. The second is that it does not create higher level problem solvers.
I will not go into depth on the previous two points. This video by Dan Meyer speaks beautifully to my stance.
Added by Mike Mac Kenzie on April 14, 2011 at 10:55am — No Comments
April is National Poetry Month and it's been a while since I've taken the time to slow down enough to truly read poetry. Read it slowly, enjoy it, savor it, relish it. Let it "slow cook" in my heart, mind and soul.
I know...poetry is not for everyone. But I do know that I love it.
So I thought...what is the best way that I can get back…Continue
Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on April 13, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments