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40 Ways to Let Your Passions Shine Through Your Le. You're a teacher.

40 Ways to Let Your Passions Shine Through Your Le

But you're also a person—with passions and interests and talents that go above and beyond the classroom. Here are forty fun ideas on how you can let your own passions shine through your lessons—and in doing so; ignite similar passions in your students. If you love sports: - Use sports facts to teach statistics. The Connected Culture. The longer you pretend. The Age of Common Sense. In the Information Age we are in dramatic need of some intelligence to it all. Information is everywhere, but where is the common sense?

Does all the stuff make sense? Building Within the Box. It has been a little bit more than a week since I returned home from the annual ISTE conference in San Diego.

Building Within the Box

This will be the first of many reflective posts I write as I have many takeaways rattling around in my head. One of the highlights of the conference for me was listening to Sir Ken Robinson speak as part of the keynote and then as part of a Q and A follow up. “Why?” Can Make Change Possible. As principals, we're not afraid to ask a lot of questions when we don't know how to do something.

“Why?” Can Make Change Possible

But what happens to the questions when we discover how to do it? They stop, don't they? If we think we already know the right way to do something, or worse, it's the way we've always done it, how open are we to learning a better way or even a different way? We aren't, are we? Think about the educators in your building. Lessons Learned. As I complete my thirteenth year as an educator, I would like to share thirteen lessons learned throughout my time as a teacher and/or principal. 1.

Lessons Learned

Learning Visually « Living the Dream. Infographics work in the classroom because they grab students and allow an entry point to learning — and because they sum up pages and pages, even chapters, of information that would take a reader hours to process.

Learning Visually « Living the Dream

Interactive infographics make kids want to immediately start clicking around to see what’s what. For a teacher who prioritizes an inquiry-driven classroom, that’s a great starting point. Infographics and Data visualization are not just for consumption though, teachers and students can also challenge the learning process by creating original graphics for themselves. The “You Matter” Manifesto in Education. One of the underlying but often unspoken themes of this blog is the idea that the individual matters in this crazy, hectic, techno-centric world.

The “You Matter” Manifesto in Education

Teachers matter, students matter, administrators matter, higher education faculty matter, adjunct instructors matter, online educators matter, and the individual out there seeking a place in the world also matters. This hidden agenda in the writing on Education Unbound was the reason that Angela Maiers’ You Matter Manifesto immediately demanded a post in this space. Maiers, a former classroom and university teacher and now the owner and lead consultant for Maiers Education Services, has started a movement to make people who otherwise feel insignificant believe that they matter (Maiers, About).

Wake up, teacher. « Love, life & language learning. It’s happening. and it’s happening now – there’s no future perfection to wait for. All there is, and all there ever will be, is here and now. I used to think the real aim of professional development was to wake up the ideal future teaching self that was sleeping inside me. What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? During the past 40 years, accounting for inflation, we have nearly tripled the amount of money we spend per student in public K-12 education.

What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like?

A Six-Point Checklist for Education Innovators. This blog is an excerpt from the book Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published June 2012 by Solution Tree.

A Six-Point Checklist for Education Innovators

Whether innovators are drumming up new business ideas or hard at work solving community problems, they share certain characteristics. They tend to be action-oriented. 10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete. Flickr: Corey Leopold By Greg Stack So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not.

10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete

Looking around most school facilities — even those that aren’t old and crumbling — it’s obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in wide use. 1. COMPUTER LABS. At Northern Beaches Christian School students learn everywhere. Create the Environment. I had the amazing opportunity to speak to the Alberta School Boards’ Association (ASBA) and share some of the work that we have been doing in Parkland School Division, and some of the things that I see happening around the world with innovation (here are some of the links that I shared throughout the presentation).

Create the Environment

As an educator who works with schools and central office, it was a great opportunity to talk to the leaders of our schools and share the changes we are seeing in society and technology, and how we need to leverage this to prepare kids for not only their future, but in reality, their present. A Commitment to Digital Learning. New Milford High School proudly joined 37 states, 15,000 teachers, and over 2 million students on February 1 for the inaugural Digital Learning Day. This day, however, was not really much different than any other day at NMHS as we have made a commitment to integrate digital learning into school culture for some time now. As Principal I am proud to state that many of the pedagogical techniques, learning activities, and tools described in the rest of this post are consistently in use on a daily basis across all content areas.

The reason for this is that we have put a premium on creating a teaching and learning culture that better meets the needs of our learners while enhancing essential skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, media literacy, and global awareness. Below I have summarized some of the pre-planned activities that my teachers planned and had their students engaged in on Digital Learning Day. Image credit: 10 ways to be a great teacher. I recently read a blog post by one of my favorite bloggers, Vicki Davis. Vicki is known by many as "@coolcatteacher. " The title of the blog post is 10 ways to be a terrible teacher.

After reading the list I found myself agreeing with many of Vicki's points. In an effort to be reflective, I thought about flipping the blog post around and considering ways to be a great teacher... Here are my 10 ways to be a great teacher: 10 - Great teachers pick and choose their battles. 9 - Great teachers are rarely behind their desk and are rarely sitting down. 4 Ways Technology Helps To Diversify Education. Written by Jonathan Trent— Writer for, providing expertise in everything from Microsoft Lync to video conferencing to online collaboration software. This is why teachers leave teaching. 20 Things New Teachers Need to Know. “Pithy and Trite” What Makes Good Teachers Great - ASCD Annual Conference 2012. 10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have. What is a 21st century teacher? People toss around terms in education and attach the words “21st century” to appear cutting edge or on the front end of trending ideas.

As a teacher in the 21st century, I find it amazing to see some of the things that are so-called 21st century and yet are no different from ideas from the 20th or even the 19th century. » The Tool is Not the Problem…Are We? Upside Down Education. 30 Goals 2012. Stop Telling Me Technology Engages. The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools.


What makes a good learning technologist? 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals. Leadership | In Print 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals. What is an ed-tech leader? This question has been bouncing around my brain since I left the International Society for Technology in Education conference. When people say that I’m an ed-tech leader, I am always shocked. Nothing is more important than teaching compassion. #Unexpected : MrMacnology.