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June 2012 Blog Posts (35)

Educators Need to Discuss and Learn…?

My last post, Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education, seems to have gotten quite a few people talking about educators needing to learn more. Of course there were some who disagreed, which is an inevitable consequence of blogging. One of the comments that caused me to think even more about this educator/learner topic was a comment that I had…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on June 18, 2012 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Be Honest With Yourself and Your Kids Will Follow

Like what most people say, a child’s first teacher is their parent. Before a child enters preschool, they will first be taught by his parents to walk, talk, count, sing, dance, and socialize with people around them. Although not all parents are aware of it, having a positive attitude and good behavior are also key personality traits that can instilled in children, and it all starts with you.

 

We all know that kids can be mischievous and get out of line from time to time. If…

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Added by Diana on June 18, 2012 at 7:43am — 1 Comment

Musing on Education moving from local to global to universal

Before moving into my current role of consulting, I always looked forward to the summer months as a time for reflection and further growth. I was one of those teachers who enjoyed teaching and taking classes in the summer, along with picking up a part-time job to make sure I could make ends meet. The summer permitted lots of time for good reflection on my own personal teaching and on education as a whole. I still like to take some time each summer and review the overall state of education and… Continue

Added by Dr. Raymond T. Heipp on June 14, 2012 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education

Whenever I think of a teacher, I also think of a scholar. It has always been apparent to me that if one is to be an effective teacher, one must continually learn. Of course that is not always a path that individuals are able follow as a straight line. Often things, or situations get in the way over the course of a lifetime and many stray from that path for the sake of time, money, or most often family. I attended a retirement party recently for some retiring colleagues, and I engaged in…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on June 12, 2012 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Digital Story Writing

What sites do you use for story writing in the primary classroom?  Please respond in my blog:

Caffeinated Teaching

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Added by Betsy Spence on June 9, 2012 at 4:05pm — 2 Comments

In Memoriam Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)







A few years ago, I had one of the most challenging groups of students and parents I had ever worked with in my entire teaching career. I must confess that Ray Bradbury helped me…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on June 7, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Reflections on Running and Education

Happy National Running Day!



As I was reflecting on my own running and coaching, I began to see so many connections between running and education, along with so many lessons that can be shared between the two. In my own career, I was blessed to have excellent coaching. From those coaches, I learned so many lessons that were easily translated into the classroom and, later, into administrative positions. Legendary Ohio coach Frank Jancura taught me so much about life, let alone running.… Continue

Added by Dr. Raymond T. Heipp on June 6, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments

Does Size Matter?

Yes, it does, at least when it comes to class size.

Recently Governor Romney visited Pennsylvania and made the remark, "a think tank type group went and looked at South Korea and Singapore and around the United States and said, gosh, in the schools the highest performing in the world, their classroom sizes are about the same in the United States ." Is education a…

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Added by Lisa Mims on June 5, 2012 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

Who Else Dreams About Creating a New Reality for Public Education?

I am a 16 year dedicated professional educator with a never ending passion for meeting the needs of all students.  It is my professional goal to join/find/create a group of educational leaders who share my professional passion and recognize the need for innovative change in public education.  I have come to the realization that I no longer want to make small or minor adjustments to present practices in an individual school setting, but want to become a change agent on a larger scale.  I want…

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Added by Nikki Stansfield on June 3, 2012 at 6:11pm — 6 Comments

Teaching Tots to Twitter Instills Love of Writing: Part II Transform Teaching With Twitter



If students learn to tweet in the primary grades, is it possible we may begin to see an improvement over time in students' writing skills and overall attitude toward writing? I believe Twitter, if properly implemented, can support writing and reading instruction and promote a love of writing. Twitter in the elementary classroom can be essential for establishing the mind-set for students that they all have something worthwhile to say in writing, and there…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on June 3, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Maintain balance while you work!

Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.

Mark Twain in Eruption

 

 

 

Throughout this year I have come to realize that balance is everything.  I need balance in my life and I hope my staff members find theirs!  I want emotionally and socially healthy employees so they can model for our students what a healthy adult life is like.  This past winter I attended the…

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Added by Eric Skanson on June 1, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments

What Is Technology?

My friend, John Carver, a prominent education leader in Iowa, Skyped me the other day just to kick around some ideas in education that he was considering.  John and I often have discussions about education. Of course my favorite thing about our discussions is that John often likes what I have to say. As always, things came around to the role of technology in education. John has been a leader in the 1:1 laptop movement in Iowa schools.

During the course of our discussion we both agreed…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on June 1, 2012 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

They’re Not Digital Natives, They’re Digital Tourists!

To all those who claim that all students today are digital “natives,” I beg to disagree.

Digital natives are defined as those…

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Added by Colette Marie Bennett on June 1, 2012 at 5:42am — 2 Comments

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