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Education Rethink @edrethink

Education Rethink @edrethink
I believe that homework should be optional. I respect the desires of parents and students to have additional help if they really want it. However, time at home belongs to the family. I don't believe it's my job to intrude on that time. I think it should be an extracurricular activity, not unlike sports or church or clubs. All of those are great things that lead to learning, but they shouldn't be forced on families that don't wish to participate in them.

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Using design to hook my students into their project One of the best parts of PBL is the hook lesson (or the project launch, whatever you wanna call it). I know it’s dumb to think that the very first lesson is the best part, but seriously they are as memorable as the concluding celebration of learning but with WAY less anxiety, and therefore honestly more fun. Year 7 are currently working on a project that engages them with the highs and lows of transitioning from childhood to being a teenager.

Anne Knock: Learning everywhere today Culture is the result of the fermentation process that gives yoghurt its unique texture and flavour. We can’t actually identify this elusive element called ‘culture’, it is just there, otherwise it wouldn’t be yoghurt. The added fruit or flavourings may enhance, but they aren’t what make it yoghurt. In the same way, a culture of leadership is something that runs through a school or organisation. It is evident in its “texture and flavour”. Leadership can be added like the fruit, but it is more effective when it forms part of the whole product.

Teachers Are Awesome: This Physics Teacher Gives Students a Memorable Lesson About the Meaning of Life Ever have one of those teachers that made a tangible impact on you not just because their instruction was so amazing that you completely fell in love with the subject, but because they imparted unforgettable life lessons? Jeffrey Wright, a physics teacher at Kentucky's Louisville Male High School who's profiled in the above New York Times-produced video, is one such educator. The video was released just before the New Year, so if you missed it during all the hustle and bustle, you'll want to give it a view. You'll see that Wright's an incredible instructor—the passion he has for the subject, will make you wish he'd been your physics teacher, too—but, as he told the Times, "When you start talking about physics, you start to wonder, "What is the purpose of it all?'"

What Can Teachers Learn From Barney Stinson Barney Stinson is one of the most awesome characters in the history of television. And there is much that teachers of the present age can learn from his ways. Here are some real time tips for teachers from the legendary Barney Stinson himself. Twitter for Teachers Find this page at: Set up your Twitter account by going to: Remember (or write down) your username and passwordAfter you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in. A quick, 90-second video showing what you might find on Twitter:

:Roll up your sleeves and get messy “Reading” Sebastien Wiertz Close reading is one of the “strategies du jour”. From the Common Core State Standards in ELA: 1. A Quick Look into the Science of Time It turns out Doctor Who was right: “Timey-wimey” is, indeed, a bit “wibbly-wobbly.” Scientists have confirmed, several times, that the speed at which time passes is both variable and malleable. We can speed it up. We can slow it down. App Smashing - Digital Poetry #ec3ta13 #ipaded #edtechchat Note: Later this week, I'll have the opportunity to share some ideas inspired by app smashing concept...and share some of my favorite apps! Here's a draft of what I have in mind. Becoming an App Smasher! Definition of App Smashing: "The process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project." Source: Read more about app smashing here! Today's Learning Goal: Create an app smashing activity that you can share.

Educational Leadership:How Teachers Learn:Learning with Blogs and Wikis Few ideas about teachers' professional growth resonate with me more than those of Richard Elmore, professor of educational leadership at Harvard, who has gone as far as to argue that school structures make learning for adults unlikely at best and nothing short of impossible at worst. In a 2002 report for the Albert Shanker Institute, Elmore wrote, As expectations for increased student performance mount and the measurement and publication of evidence about performance becomes part of the public discourse about schools, there are few portals through which new knowledge about teaching and learning can enter schools; few structures or processes in which teachers and administrators can assimilate, adapt, and polish new ideas and practices; and few sources of assistance for those who are struggling to understand the connection between the academic performance of their students and the practices in which they engage. Changing Times, Changing Tools Reading Blogs