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February 2011 Blog Posts (38)

Diary of a Project Based Learning Lesson - Day 1

As I shared in my last post change was going to keep coming into my classroom as I have decided to move away from lecturing as much as possible. In order to prepare for the lesson I had told them to log in onto their MindMeister.com accounts (which we had used together as a class before) and create a map… Continue

Added by Carmen on February 28, 2011 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Five Reasons to Thank a Black Female Educator

"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his "proper place" and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary." - Dr. Carter G. Woodson, "The Miseducation of the Negro"



It has been less than 200 years since it was…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 28, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Wildly Successful Metacognition Lesson!

(To see the post with accompanying photos, please visit my blog at http://www.fortheloveofteaching.net.  I can't get the pictures on the ning to look right.)
Today my class was featured in an article in The Edmond Sun.  The reporter discussed our growing class brain in…
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Added by Diane Dahl on February 26, 2011 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Do Students Enjoy Change or Routine?

Today I changed the seating arrangement in my classroom, and split it down the middle with  students facing each other, forming a kind of  wide U.  I decided to do this after a conversation I had about building community and creating good classroom space. But also I thought to myself 'we are in the…

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Added by Carmen on February 26, 2011 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

Digital Citizenship and Character Education

I thought readers might be interested in my article about digital citizenship and character education, in the February, 2011 issue of Educational Leadership. It echoes a number of points from my book, Digital Community, Digital Citizen.



You can read “Character Education for the Digital Age- Should We Teach Our Kids to Have Two Lives or One?” in Ed Leadership at: http://ow.ly/3On3S.

 

In addition I maintain…

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Added by Jason Ohler on February 25, 2011 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Collaborative Teaching

I am a Special Education teacher at the middle school level with a fully included roster of 12 students.  My roster is usually split with half of my students in one class with me and the other half in another classroom with my teacher associate.  I follow my students throughout the day to all their major classes and let them go on thier own to the minor or elective classes.  Not a difficult day for me, right? Well it can be.

I have had regular education students ask me why I am not a…

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Added by Wendy Fisher on February 25, 2011 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

Post It Notes

 

Anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy and focus on motivation and recognition.  Knowing that, I suppose it is no surprise that I incorporated it into my formal observations of my teachers. 



Today I had three formal teacher observations.  Yes, three in one day.  That is a lot in one day.  Therefore, I thought I would make it a goal to provide immediate positive feedback for each of the teachers I visited.  I was trying to think of the best way to give that feedback. …

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Added by Steve Bollar on February 25, 2011 at 12:19am — No Comments

Google Documents: How to create a digital quiz

This article is cross-posted here

We know that Google…
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Added by Hakan Senturk on February 24, 2011 at 9:42am — No Comments

Substitutes

Today my goal was to visit with each substitute in my building and improve the relationship with each one.  Many times when substitutes come into the building they are ignored.  The only time they are focused on is when they are unable to control the class.  The only expectation of a sub is to keep the kids quiet and engaged long enough so the end of the day bell can ring.  Often, when a sub comes  into the building they do not have anywhere to hang their coat or… Continue

Added by Steve Bollar on February 23, 2011 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Feeling Trapped

This blog is cross-posted here.



I speak with educators, principals, and administrators every day that feel trapped, alone, and many times helpless, when it comes to fixing the deep fundamental problems in our education system.

What I find so powerful about the Internet is building real online communities. I am not talking necessarily talking about sites that attract…

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Added by Jordan Wolfe on February 23, 2011 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment

Balancing Charlestown

"...a racially imbalanced school is not educationally harmful."

—Louise Day Hicks, Boston School Committee, 1974


The Boston Public Schools is the oldest public school system in America, founded in 1647. It is also the home of the nation's first public, elementary and high schools.



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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

10 videos that WILL ignite a discussion - Part 3

If you didn't know, I really enjoy watching short videos. In particular, I really enjoy watching videos that get me thinking and reflecting on my educational practices and beliefs. I have been using short videos in Professional Development sessions to get educators at my high school talking and discussing issues related to education. This is the third installment of the series..."videos that WILL ignite a discussion." I encourage you to check out…

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Added by Justin Tarte on February 21, 2011 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Changing Education Paradigms

Added by Angie Rumsey on February 19, 2011 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Shut Out: A Dozen Facts About NYC's Specialized High Schools

In 1904, the most coveted school in New York City opened its doors, named after Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of New Netherland. By 1938,… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on February 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Personal Message: Please Join Me

 

Editors Note: I know that I am preaching to the choir since most people that read this are on Twitter already. 



In the past week much has been made of the fact that as an Orthodox Jewish Educator living in Memphis TN. that I have over 1,300 followers on Twitter. Yes I am still amazed and humbled by this fact and at times when I am asked why people follow me I have a tough time answering. 

However when I am asked why I tweet or what I tweet about the answer is easy. I…

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Added by Akevy Greenblatt on February 16, 2011 at 12:55pm — No Comments

101 Low and No-Cost Promotions for Your School Fundraiser

I believe there is one relationship within a school that is the most important - the relationship between teacher and parent.  Teachers that communicate to parents directly and encourage a partnership of student development and learning create a bond and trust and parents want to be actively involved.

 

Enter school fundraisers. 

 

Many times, teachers resist supporting fundraising from the parent group or principal because it interferes with the…

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Added by Jay Moneta on February 14, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Be Mountain Movers!

Back in September I shared a story with my staff; I spoke of the mustard seed and its microscopic size. I also spoke of how the mustard seed, small in size, when planted, grows to become a large tree. I also explained that if we each had the faith/belief the size of a mustard seed we had the ability to move mountains. 
 
During that meeting, I gave everyone a mustard seed and asked that each of you hold the seed in your hand. I wanted each of you to realize that…
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Added by Elford Rawls-Dill on February 14, 2011 at 10:38am — No Comments

Teachers, Professionalism and Excellence: Why Do Unions Resist Teacher Excellence Initiatives?

Today’s public school teachers are on the firing line and find themselves caught on the horns of a dilemma. Since the advent of public schooling, teachers have aspired to be treated with the respect accorded professionals. From 1960 onwards, they have accepted teacher unionism and begun to act like educational workers as well as lower-order professionals. Most Canadians today consider teachers to be reasonably well-paid, favoured with generous pension benefits, and…

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Added by Paul W. Bennett on February 13, 2011 at 8:24pm — No Comments

It's Good Reader Boy! 3:30 Weekdays...

I’ve wanted to come up with a clever way for students to remember their thinking for reading strategies.  A list just seems too boring.  One thing I’ve learned in BrainSMART is to connect information to parts of the body to make it more memorable.  So I came up with this…
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Added by Diane Dahl on February 11, 2011 at 9:46pm — 4 Comments

New Xtranormal video

I recently started an animated video series called, Billy and Conroy.

 

The series features two students who poke fun at our education system. These will be brief, 3-minutes or less, videos. Check our the series at the Learn it in 5 blog, or see Episode 1 linked here.

 

Enjoy.

Added by Mark Barnes on February 11, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments

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