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5 Lessons Learned during Freshman Year. -By Taylor Ruby, current Fisher student Entering college, hundreds of people will tell you that you are going to learn so much in your first year.

5 Lessons Learned during Freshman Year

Without the experiences that come with being a college freshman, it is hard to understand what they are talking about. I would like to discuss a few things that I learned during my freshman year at Ohio State about the business profession and life in general. 1.) You are never too young A lot of younger students are afraid to start actively developing their professional network because they are so young. 2.) 3.) The Extreme LEAPers - Blog. Beginner's Guide to Weebly. E-Portfolio. 4 Reasons People Don’t Blog and Ideas to Help Change Their Mind. A lot of work that I do is not only showing people how to do “stuff”, but more importantly, trying to help them embrace change.

4 Reasons People Don’t Blog and Ideas to Help Change Their Mind

One of the most powerful ways to not only change the teaching profession as a whole, but also as individuals, is through the act of blogging. One of my favourite articles on the topic of blogging is from Dean Shareski, which he shares how he believes blogging makes better teachers. Thousands of other blogging educators could echo similar words. In fact, I’ve yet to hear anyone who has stuck with blogging suggest it’s been anything less than essential to their growth and improvement.

I’ve no “data” to prove this but I’m willing to bet my golf clubs that teachers who blog are our best teachers. Yet fear of the unknown is a powerful thing. 1. So here’s my plan. It is easy to criticize something you have never done (all of us our guilty of this, including myself), but to me, a viewpoint is not truly valid unless you have experience. 2. 3. 4.

I get it. McVey Innovative Learning Center – That’s an ILC student. A phrase we commonly hear from adults when describing a student in Hilliard is, “That’s an ILC student”.

McVey Innovative Learning Center – That’s an ILC student.

Typically this phrase is accompanied by a conversation regarding a student that isn’t the round peg, round hole type. A year and a half ago you could make that statement and nearly 100% of education professionals would go directly to describing a credit recovery student that needed “a last chance to make it”. I always found it so interesting that people would even describe the ILC as the online recovery building.

If I am being completely honest the first year or so of hearing this spread a multitude of emotions through me. Anger, frustration, helplessness, and even defensiveness. But, did they know any different? So now, when we hear someone say “that is an ILC student” we can all reply with one of the following. The Tech Page - The Tech Page. Reflective Teaching Questions: A Challenge For Teachers. Reflective Teaching Questions: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers by TeachThought Staff We’ve talked about “reflective teaching” before, and shared ways to be a more reflective teacher as well.

Reflective Teaching Questions: A Challenge For Teachers

Well, September is Reflective Teacher month at TeachThought, and in celebration some folks from our facebook team have created a blogging challenge for you to take, share with your colleagues, and use as reflective tools for growth. So, beginning September 1st, you’re on the clock. Make it a point to blog every day for 30 days, even if there are days you can only muster a paragraph. Details Blog for the 30 days of September, 2014, using the prompts below.We’ll share a handful of posts per day, but we can’t share them if you don’t send them to us–@teachthought! Day 1 Write your goals for the school year. Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom.

This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself.

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided to have them blog weekly. One Assignment, Many Objectives After giving students some practice and solidifying my ideas by talking to a colleague and past student, I developed this assignment. 5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be Online. “My prediction is that in the next ten years, resumes will be less common, and your online presence will become what your resume is today, at all types and sizes of companies.”

5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be Online

Dan Schawbel, 2011 Having a conversation with teachers and administrators, I asked how many of them still had “paper portfolios”. Surprisingly, it was over half of the room, and many of them had developed it in university, updating it only when job opportunities arose. McVey Innovative Learning Center – The Why. If you were around for the planning of the Innovative Learning Center you would have heard a very common question.

McVey Innovative Learning Center – The Why.

Why? Simply put, here’s why. School isn’t a one size fits all hat that looks cool worn backwards anymore. Neither is the ILC. There isn’t one solution that will make every student succeed. “The Why” is a student that finds their musical passion. The easiest way to put it is, “The Why” is our students and staff, finding their Why. 8 Brilliant Alternatives To Blogging In The Classroom. Blogging is–or should have been–a boon to teaching writing, but somehow it never quite got there.

Though professional blogging (ahem) can indeed pervert some of the best parts of writing (which basically amounts to packaging deeper ideas for quick consumption in the high-traffic context of the internet), it has at its heart two of the most important ideas about writing: audience and purpose. So when you want to communicate with extended stacks of paragraphs–as teachers love for students to do–blogging is great.

They’re free, generally easy to use, and allow for students to share their thinking with the world (mercifully removing the primary teacher as the audience for the students’ thoughts). Upgrading Blogs Through Lens of SAMR. The step from using a static website or emails as a mean to share announcements or calendar items to sharing the same type of items on a blogging platform is not far nor a steep step.

Upgrading Blogs Through Lens of SAMR

My ultimate goal for using a classroom blog or student blogfolios though, is that of creating transformative teaching and learning opportunities, not to have a platform that substitutes a composition book or paper journal. To make the difference visible and clearer, I am looking through the lens of the SAMR model. First, a Classroom Blog seen through the lens of SAMR. The Blogging Kraken: How to Keep Up with All Your Students’ Blogs? Blogging is about reading and about writing in digital spaces.

The Blogging Kraken: How to Keep Up with All Your Students’ Blogs?

We want students to make their learning and thinking visible. We are developing a platform and a blogging pedagogy for students to document, reflect, organize, manage their online learning records and using student work on blogs as a source for formative assessment. Timely feedback from their teachers, peers and a global audience is critical to the process. Once the “Blogging Kraken” has been released and the process is on its way, keeping up with: Mentorship 2 Student Websites. The Power of Quiet~ Changing Perspectives and Opening Minds. I have learned many things from being a parent.

The Power of Quiet~ Changing Perspectives and Opening Minds

Some things I expected to learn, like how to make the best macaroni and cheese or how to do laundry, read a book and cook dinner all at once. These are the things parents expect to learn in the throws of parenthood, these are the easy parts. Fortunately, parenting runs deeper, parenting teaches us about sacrifices, differences and perspectives.

Our daughters are perfect replicas of my husband and me. The daughter most like me is alive and happy in the throws of people. Jgbluedevil: This is one of my favorite... How to Use Blogger Posts, Pages and Tabs.