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Arecent story on The Onion, the Internet’s beloved satire site renowned for its ability to pinpoint painful truths in its “fake news” stories, last week underscored one of the saddest dynamics of modern education. In “Inspirational English Teacher Cancelled out by Every Other Teacher at School,” the problem of teacher burnout is…Continue
Added by Tess Pajaron on April 7, 2013 at 3:10am — No Comments
“Social entrepreneurs don’t just pursue a social end, they pursue that end in a fundamentally communal way.” –Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation
In a not-so-distant past, college degrees were the safety nets that led to job security. Now those nets are riddled with holes, sagged down by the weight of so many recipients. And unless young professionals have something new to offer, awarding them some leverage back into…Continue
Added by Tess Pajaron on April 3, 2013 at 11:29pm — No Comments
Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset.
This also holds true in a classroom. Students may be working quietly and the teacher might be content but one question or comment from a student or the teacher can turn…Continue
Added by Tess Pajaron on March 28, 2013 at 10:34pm — No Comments
As children, young children, everything meant playing and art. We saw the world as a playground and a canvass. It didn’t matter whether or not we could actually draw. What mattered was the thrill of creating something beautiful.
We were all artists. We still are.
So reminding students that inspiration matters, that art lives and breathes inside every segment of education also means tweaking your lessons a bit. Switching your…Continue
During a recent class session, my students stared at me with blank expressions, glassy eyes, pasty and pale skin, and jowls drooping. I think I even saw a string of saliva hanging from the corner of one student’s mouth.
I was reviewing plot structure. It was perfect except for the fact that I was boring them to death. So I blurted out, “No wonder you like The Walking Dead, you look like zombies.”
Suddenly, the students sporadically…Continue
Added by Tess Pajaron on March 24, 2013 at 9:16pm — No Comments
When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following list includes 20 ideas that you may not have thought of in terms of a successful classroom arrangement or organization.
Each item takes no longer than an hour and can make a big difference throughout the year.
Original Post found here: http://coachinandout.blogspot.com/2013/02/reimagining-school-for-all-learners.html
I'm reading about a new way to think about "school", here are some of my takeaways: …
Added by Chris McGee on February 17, 2013 at 6:13pm — No Comments
Original Post found here: http://coachinandout.blogspot.com/2013/02/fun-meaningful-project-wiring-project.html
Students get excited every year for the wiring project. They know it's coming, they know it's awesome.…Continue
Added by Chris McGee on February 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
An Infographic by Open Colleges
Added by Tess Pajaron on February 6, 2013 at 12:31am — No Comments
Educators are undoubtedly familiar with Bloom's Taxonomy and how it has impacted which activities teachers design for learning activities.Teachers are also keenly aware of how technology can impact and motivate student engagement. This graphic organizer brings the two together and gives teachers an "Easy button" when deciding which Web 2.0 tools to explore at each level of the taxonomy. As you design your lessons, consider this visual aid to help integrate technology into your day-to-day…Continue
A few days ago a teacher in our district asked me about different online publishing platforms for her students. She explained that her students are working on writing mystery stories and she was looking for a way for them to share their writing with others, get feedback and publish their work.
In the days B.T. (Before Twitter), I would have headed right for Google and dug in. But I didn't. Instead, I sent out the following tweet:…
Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you.
Podcasts are a great way to get information when you’re driving in your car, making dinner at home, or waiting at the DMV to renew your license. Podcasts don’t force you to find…
What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013?
It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn…
For as long as eLearning has been around, it has been haunted by the voices of those who aim to criticize its authenticity, viability, and quality. But is it true? Do students of traditional institutions boast more success than those who’ve chosen distance learning?
It’s time for some of these myths to die.
Every other arena in society- financial institutions,…
by William Washington, Ed.D. Scholar, Walden University
Perhaps the biggest misconception that one can have about 21st century learning is to think of it as a single reform program.
21st century learning is not a singular “thing” that can be plugged into an existing school environment and used as an easy upgrade to improve existing practice. Learning that teaches children how to think is a process with deep philosophical underpinnings and embraces new findings…Continue
Added by William Washington on January 8, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The student’s eyes drift to the classroom window and the teacher’s voice fades from consciousness.
The daydream begins. It’s a familiar scene, one we have likely both experienced as students and struggled against in our students as teachers. But daydreaming is not what it might seem. Recent research in both psychology and neuroscience makes clear that daydreaming is an essential part of mental processing, reasoning and, yes, even…Continue
Added by Tess Pajaron on January 8, 2013 at 4:09am — No Comments
Many students agree that homework over the holidays really is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.
Upon returning from winter break, you’ll probably have a handful of students saying the dog ate their homework or it got blown away in a winter storm. But you’ll probably be surprised to learn that some research suggests too…
Added by Tess Pajaron on December 21, 2012 at 1:54am — No Comments
When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens.
How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio. It never…
An Infographic by www.OpenColleges.edu.au
Added by Tess Pajaron on December 7, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door?
People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part of an educator’s repertoire.
Read on, and be prepared to put your traditional beliefs…
Added by Tess Pajaron on December 5, 2012 at 7:13pm — No Comments