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Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some

(Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) 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Looking around most school facilities — even those that aren’t old and crumbling — it’s obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in wide use. 1.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. 2. 3. 4. 5. Corridors at Machias Elementary are used for informal learning 6. Removing Barriers and Educational Technology. I was recently asked to share my thoughts on the current state of educational technology and the connection it has to education in British Columbia (for a BC website).

Removing Barriers and Educational Technology

Here are some of the questions that came my way with my responses below. What are you currently obsessed with at work right now? One of my big focus areas is on how we give both teachers and students a voice in their learning. We live in a world where we all have the opportunity to share our thoughts instantly with the entire world, but schools have traditionally kept that learning within the confines of the building and have only shared during “special events”. If we give our students an authentic audience, we give them the opportunity to make a difference in their own lives, as well as the lives of others.

Tying into that notion is the idea of “entrepreneurship”. How is technology changing the face and pace of K-12 education? What are some of the smartest teachers doing in this space? What are some of the challenges? The Most Beautiful Way To Stop A Bully I've Ever Seen. International Down Syndrome Coalition- IDSC: IDSC 2013 World Down Syndrome Day Video Release. We are so excited to share with you the 2013 IDSC World Down Syndrome Day video.

International Down Syndrome Coalition- IDSC: IDSC 2013 World Down Syndrome Day Video Release

Individuals with Down syndrome are more than their diagnosis. This year's video introduces you to many people, and invites you to find out who they are! If after watching the video, you find you are interested in purchasing it, it is available in our new IDSC Store for $9.99, or you can buy 3 for $21, by purchasing it at our 3 for 21 special rate!

Without further adieu we give you the 2013 IDSC World Down Syndrome Video. The Value of the “Naysayer and Antagonist” Cc licensed ( BY SD ) flickr photo shared by kaktuslampan “Attuning yourself to others—exiting your own perspective and entering theirs—is essential to moving others.

The Value of the “Naysayer and Antagonist”

One smart, easy, and effective way to get inside people’s heads is to climb into their chairs.” Dan Pink Sitting in Eric Sheninger’s session yesterday at ASCD, he asked the question, “How do we deal with the ‘naysayer’ and ‘antagonist’ in our schools?” 6 Reasons Why You Should Do a “Blog Study” Cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by carlos.a.martinez Talking with good friends Tom and Leah Whitford, we were discussing moving staff forward and some of the conversations that drive our thinking.

6 Reasons Why You Should Do a “Blog Study”

As I started to think about how many leaders do “book studies”, and have been moving those conversation back and forth from and online and offline setting, I thought about the notion of having a “blog study”. I know that administrators like Kathy A. Melton have done this before, but I just wanted to write what this could look like. For example, look at an educator blog (Bill Ferriter, Will Richardson or Dean Shareski could be good options) and have teachers subscribe through email to their posts. Here are some of the reasons this would be beneficial: Powerful conversations can start from short time commitments.

There are ways that you can do this online as well as offline. As I go through these points myself, I think there would be a lot of benefits of trying something like this. Mistakes and Passion - A Lesson from Beethoven. I remember my years studying the piano.

Mistakes and Passion - A Lesson from Beethoven

It had to have been my grandfather who first told me of these wise words from Beethoven. He, an admirer of the man and lover of his music, had read every biography, seen every documentary, listened intently to every composition and traveled to Germany to walk in his footsteps. So it was no wonder why my grandfather was such an intricate part of my musical upbringing. Often, my grandfather would ask me to play something for him when he was at my house for a family gathering. He would ask it like an innocent schoolboy waiting for a smile and a yes. There was one time when I had just finished playing a piece for him on our brown, Baldwin spinet – the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata. Pinterest. Lvansickle.

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