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September 2010 Blog Posts (23)

"Unconference" Style Professional Development Reveals Interest in Yoga in the Classrooms

A google spreadsheet was sent via e-mail from our Superintendent, explaining that our next upcoming Professional Development Day was going to be run in the "unconference" style. I was thrilled. Finally a professional development day filled with choice and interest! This approach invited teachers and staff to sign up for a time slot to present an idea, talent or skill which they thought would be interesting to share with their colleagues in the district. I could actually learn something…
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Added by Irene Farmer on September 30, 2010 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Should Teachers include Peace Education Goals?

This is a post which has been brewing for some time now and I have taken the opportunity to publish it on this day of September to celebrate the International Day of Peace.…

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Added by Marisa Constantinides on September 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

iPad Apps Party in Second Life (ISTE) ... Followed by a 24/7 Exhibition on isi

iPad Apps Party in Second Life (ISTE) ... Followed by a permanent 24/7 iDevices Apps Exhibition on International Schools Island
30 Sept 2010 full info at…
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Added by Shamblesguru on September 27, 2010 at 12:41am — 2 Comments

Global Education Conference





I would like to invite your students to participate in The Global Education Conference this November

15-19, 2010. This conference is held online in Elluminate over 5 days in…

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Added by mrsdurff on September 26, 2010 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Getting it right this time with Google Docs.

We had just finished a series of lessons on the Renaissance in my AP European History class when it became clear that a massive review was needed to cement their understanding of this time period. Learning from a missed opportunity with my AP World History Class we used Google

Documents in a Wiki like fashion to create a study guide for their assessment.…

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Added by Orlando Falvo on September 25, 2010 at 5:34pm — No Comments

A Modest Blog Proposal

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 22, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Don't let others define who you are!

On Twitter tonight there has been a lot of chatter about Oprah and “Waiting for Superman” To be honest I didn’t listen to Oprah nor would I let her define who I am. I know who I am. Do you want to know who I am; I… Continue

Added by Akevy Greenblatt on September 21, 2010 at 8:44am — No Comments

Backchannel Chatter in the Classroom

Backchannel chatter is the use of any type of texting communication by students while a lesson and/or discussion is in progress.

Previously, this texting was frowned upon by educators and looked upon

as a distraction. After all, students are expected to be respectful and

pay attention to the discussion, each other, and, above all, the

teacher, right?



In previous classes, I experimented with allowing the students to use Google chat. It was an…

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Added by John Langley on September 21, 2010 at 1:32am — 4 Comments

I hope you realize you have the best job...

The last 4 weeks have been extremely busy for me. We recently started a brand new gradebook and website system in my school district. This has proven to be an amazing tool and

resource as we look to ways to improve education. For all the greatness

this new opportunity provides, we have been faced with the never ending

battle of growing and developing educators so they can utilize this new

resource. As exciting as it is to work with educators…
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Added by Justin Tarte on September 18, 2010 at 4:06pm — 3 Comments

Free Internet Resources

I've been keeping a website with the free Internet resources I've been collecting while teaching ESOL.


Hope it helps!

Added by Coral Russell on September 17, 2010 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Turning Children Into Data?

Recently, I read an essay in…

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Added by Scot Graden on September 16, 2010 at 4:23pm — No Comments

iTeach180 Project: Day 1



Day 1



Today I begin my first class of instructional…

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Added by Andrew Marcinek on September 13, 2010 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Building relationships is all that matters...10 effective strategies

1 - Listen to what others are saying...

Being able to speak is important...being able to listen is more important. If you can truly listen to what others are saying, you will

be able to establish an unlimited amount of strong and long lasting

relationships. Your ability or inability to listen, will most

definitely affect the success, and the number of relationships you will

have in life.



2 - Watch what… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on September 11, 2010 at 11:27am — No Comments

5 ways to share how you light the world on fire...

Last week I was speaking with a colleague of mine, and we were discussing activities we could do during one of our professional

development days. As we discussed potential ideas, we turned our focus

to activities that teachers could employ immediately. We wanted to

avoid activities that would require a lot of time and preparation in an

effort to provide our teachers with several very strong and powerful

strategies they could… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on September 11, 2010 at 11:16am — No Comments

Missed an opportunity to use Google Docs…Daggumit

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lao-tzu
, Chinese philosopher

You know, I hate when I miss an opportunity to use Google Docs in the classroom, and this was such an easy thing to do but I missed an opportunity to use it in class. We were doing a “Brain Dumping” activity (some call it brain storming) to prepare for our first real AP Assessment in…

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Added by Orlando Falvo on September 10, 2010 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

First Week Of Kindergarten

I survived the first week of Kindergarten again! I forget every year how exhausting this first week is both physically and mentally. I have always been an athlete and have been through many weeks of long practices and conditioning but nothing conditions you for that first week of Kindergarten. I look just like Arnold in the scene from Kindergarten Cop, when he falls onto the bed. This week is not from a Hollywood movie. It is my life and a reality and I absolutely…

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Added by Ryan P. Flinn on September 10, 2010 at 10:47pm — No Comments

21stCentury.Edu

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Added by Frank Williams on September 6, 2010 at 11:15pm — No Comments

How do "Twitter Chats" add to your PLN?

How do "Twitter Chats" add to your PLN?


Recently there has been a growth in the use of weekly "Twitter Chats" ... these are usually one hour sessions at a fixed time each week on a theme decided using a poll ... and it all runs on Twitter.


The key feature is that all posts during an individual discussion should include a specific hashtag.


For specific details visit…
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Added by Shamblesguru on September 6, 2010 at 11:08pm — 3 Comments

Education - a tool to deliver social policy or a way to control the masses?

It's now 23 years that I've been in education. In that time we've had a Conservative Government, a Labour Government and now a Coalition Government.

Education has moved forward and I firmly believe that kids get a better deal with better teachers now than then although the teacher I worked under on teaching practice proves that there were outstanding teachers back in 1986!

Jane Parkin put the children first, went the extra mile to make learning interesting and…

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Added by andy mellor on September 6, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

It all starts with you...

On any given day, educators experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. How an educator reacts and responds to these highs and

lows can often dictate the overall mood of the day. In my short 6 years

as an educator, I have learned several things as it pertains to

remaining positive, as well as keeping things in perspective when it

comes to my professional and personal life. Educators have an extremely

difficult and… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on September 3, 2010 at 8:56pm — No Comments

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