The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

April 2011 Blog Posts (62)

Don't call me a good teacher, call me a good learner

In 8th grade Social Studies we recently finished out latest Project Based Learning endeavor. The driving question was should Native American be allowed to operate casinos on tribal land. The idea was that in answering the question students would address Manifest Destiny, westward expansion, Andrew Jackson, Trail of Tears, ideas of sovereignty, the India Removal Act, etc. They would also have to think about what this means in a contemporary fashion. Therefore, they studied court cases,… Continue

Added by Timothy Patrick Monreal on April 23, 2011 at 1:53am — 1 Comment

"I-Am-Mrs.- Smith (Spoken Robotically)

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…


Added by Lisa Mims on April 22, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Found in Language – Lost in Translation


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 …


Added by Erika Podlovics on April 22, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Teaching as a Gladiator Sport

(C) Julie Boyd

“Why are you crying miss?” Every teacher has low points in their professional life but

when it comes in your first month I wonder if things really have changed in the past thirty


A young friend has just started in her first teaching position. It’s in a secondary school

that has a reputation for having ‘challenging students’. She was only accepted into… Continue

Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 1:43am — No Comments

HIDING IN PLAIN VIEW: Supporting Young Teachers

© Julie Boyd

How many times does it need to be said? Young teachers need our protection?

Of course they absolutely need to learn to stand on their own two feet. Those who are

game enough to take on our ‘more challenging schools’ need a bit of extra protection

until they do find their feet and then some. Some ‘danger money’ wouldn’t go astray


A young friend at the beginning of her teaching career hit the end of her rope last… Continue

Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 1:34am — No Comments

In Times of Educational Change Learners Inherit the Earth

(C)  Julie Boyd


<em>In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully

equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists</em> Eric Hoffer

It is my blessing these days to be able to walk morning and evening on a beautiful beach.

Every day is different with new joys to be discovered and unexpected adventures. A… Continue

Added by Julie Boyd on April 22, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Pedagogy: Beyond E-Learning The six R’s of Teaching for Effective Learning


See complete article and pdf at


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



© Julie Boyd 2010  (updated from an original 1993 article)

For further info go to


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…


Added by Julie Boyd on April 21, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Welcome to a new, extensive site for educators

You'll find a very extensive blog and website, including a range of resources for teachers at :


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

Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline



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…


Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on April 20, 2011 at 10:45pm — No Comments

"Can't do" vs. "Won't do"

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;…


Added by Tom Schimmer on April 20, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Game Mechanics and Teaching

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…


Added by Erika Podlovics on April 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Using Glogs in Your Classroom (From: Ignite. Incite. Inspire.)

I recently posted on using Glogs in the classroom. My post includes a downloadable rubric and checklist for evaluation. Check it out and let me know how it goes for you - especially if you have not used this web 2.0 technology before. If you are using glogs already, I would love any lesson ideas that have been successful for you.

Added by Neil Finney on April 19, 2011 at 7:21pm — 1 Comment

Learning From My PLN

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.…


Added by Jerri Davis on April 19, 2011 at 11:29am — 3 Comments

Google Translate - the language window

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…


Added by Erika Podlovics on April 18, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments

The Three C's

The Three C's

Creativity, Choice, Cooperation

I am sure my cute little moniker is stolen from somebody, but until I specifically hear so I am calling it my own. It has a nice ring to it and simply sums up a few essential parts of learning. When designing lessons, units, projects, classes, or even schools are we actively putting choice, creativity, and cooperation in the forefront? These three C's should be embedded into not only the academic nature of schooling, but also the… Continue

Added by Timothy Patrick Monreal on April 17, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Math still takes their Lunch Money!

As a subject, math is still the academic bully that many kids face everyday.  It corners them, pressures them, intimidates them, and leaves their confidence shattered.  Math still takes some kids’ lunch money and I am struggling with how we can put an end to it.

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…


Added by Tom Schimmer on April 15, 2011 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

Making Math Interesting Pt. 1

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

What are you reading today? Poetry that inspires...#poetry



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…


Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on April 13, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments

iPad Apps for Teacher Productivity

We now have a few new "iPad Teachers" at our school. Since they were so excited and ready to get busy with their new teaching/productivity tool, I quickly typed up a list of my most used apps for daily productivity to share with each of them. Last June when I purchased my first iPad I slowly discovered all the ways it could help me be more organized, have information at any time and place I needed, and be an excellent teaching tool… Continue

Added by Kate Ryder on April 12, 2011 at 10:42pm — 6 Comments

Monthly Archives















Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

John Braswell posted a blog post

What is Your Essay Definition, Explain by Essay Writer?

Essay Definition can vary widely depending on the Person DefiningEssay definition can be different depending on the source. The narrowest definition of essay is “a short piece of writing on a particular subject”, as appearing in Oxford Dictionary. Most common form of essay is written in prose. In practice, essays are regarded as short pieces of writing, though there are some exceptions like John Locke’s” An essay concerning human understanding”. In its broadest sense, definition of essay…See More
Dec 9, 2020
Agnes Mckenna updated their profile
Dec 2, 2020
Eleonore Cowan updated their profile
Dec 2, 2020
Miles Brandon updated their profile
Dec 1, 2020
mario barker updated their profile
Nov 30, 2020
cal bates updated their profile
Nov 30, 2020
jimmy zack updated their profile
Nov 29, 2020
Erick Goodman updated their profile
Nov 27, 2020


© 2021   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service