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"Failure is an option. Fear is not”: Creating a safe intellectual space for learning This month, SmartBlog on Education is exploring classroom design and management — just in time for the new school year. In this blog post, educational leadership professor Maria Boeke Mongillo offers five ideas for "constructing a space that supports possibilities rather than perfection." Film director James Cameron once said that young filmmakers should adopt the motto "Failure is an option. Fear is not.” His point was that in order for new artistry to emerge in his field, filmmakers have to take risks and explore the potential of their medium without worrying about whether the product is successful or marketable.

What Every New Media Specialist Needs to Know These 10 tips can help your career get off to a great start Illustration by Steve Wacksman It’s not easy being a media specialist, especially if you’re new to the profession or you’ve switched schools and you’re suddenly the new kid on the block. Plagiarism and Academic Honesty “Students must understand that the tests/exams they complete and the assignments they submit for evaluation must be their own work and that cheating and plagiarism will not be condoned” (Growing Success 42). “It is the responsibility of Board staff and parents/guardians to help support students in striving for excellence and producing work with integrity. One way they can do this is to help students understand the meaning and consequences of cheating and plagiarism” (Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting Handbook 21). “School staff will explore the issues of cheating and plagiarism with students (e.g. model correct referencing of sources in handouts, review the definition and consequences of plagiarism, etc.) at the beginning of the school year/course for all subject areas to ensure students’ understanding of the meaning of cheating and plagiarism and the consequences to their learning” (Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting Handbook 21). Over-all Student Expectations

5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers I made a good number of blunders my first year teaching that still make me cringe. I learned though. And it's fair to say, when it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. Primary Possibilities: Wednesday Wisdom- Technology If you are lucky enough to have an iPod or iPad in your classroom you know that they can be great motivators for students. There are tons of apps that teach and reinforce what your students need to learn. You also know that keeping kids in the app that you want them in is usually not quite so easy! You suddenly hear the sounds of birds flying through the air and pigs oinking and you know that someone has found their way to that Angry Birds app you just can’t bring yourself to delete. Here are step-by-step directions for keeping your students on task and on the right app. I am showing this using my iPhone but these same steps can be used on iPods, iPads, and iPad Minis.

Core Values and What They Mean to Me (Grade K) Core Values and What They Mean to Me Henry Raab Elementary School Overview The building principal schedules a class meeting with each classroom for a check-in of the year thus far, reviewing Core Values and an opportunity for students to brainstorm ways they can show these Core Values during the year at both home and school. A large chart is used to list responses. These charts are posted throughout our main hallway and referred back to on morning announcements throughout the year and when needed for behavior reminders.

How Looking at Student Work Keeps Teachers and Kids on Track Much of the work students produce is read only by their teachers. It can feel disconnected from the class as a whole and irrelevant to a broader conversation. That’s why examining and critiquing student work as a regular part of classroom interactions can be a powerful way for both teachers and students to reflect on their work, while building a community culture that focuses on the process of learning. Increasingly, educators are focusing on teaching students about their learning brains, in addition to specific subject content. Resources Toolkit for New Teachers Before you dig in to the resources, consider advice from veteran educator Elena Aguilar in her post, "What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher." Also, listen to encouragement and insight from a variety of educators who describe what they would have said to themselves on their own first day of teaching, in the video "If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day of Teaching." Preparing, Planning, and Support To set the stage for a successful first year of teaching, it’s important to do some advance planning and preparation.

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