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Cool Cat Teacher Blog
It is official, I'm moving from Blogger to Wordpress. It has taken almost 4 months but it is as ready as it is going to get. I've powered up the wordpress over at coolcatteacher.com and made the jump from weebly. (nothing against weebly, it is a great place for static sites.) I thought some of you might want to know why I am moving and also how I did it: My new blog is on Wordpress using the Get Noticed theme.

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: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. EdTechTeacher Blog Tom Daccord, Director of EdTechTeacher (MA) Justin Reich Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher (MA) Greg Kulowiec, Instructor & Presenter (MA) Beth Holland, Communications & Instruction (RI) Shawn McCusker, Instructor & Presenter, (IL) Patrick Larkin, Senior Associate & Instructor (MA) iLearn Technology The first question that I get asked when people find out that I’ve started a school: what makes Anastasis Academy different? And this is a tricky one to answer, because the truth is EVERYTHING makes us different. It’s hard to describe something that no one has seen before, so you begin to relate it with ideas and concepts that people are familiar with. The more I’ve talked about Anastasis, the more I’ve begun to really recognize what it is at the heart that makes us so different. It is our starting point and driving force: students-with-names. That may seem like a strange comment to make, “students-with-names,” because, of course they have names!

Stepping Up the Backchannel In the Classroom  Students need our guidance to use virtual platforms for ACADEMIC purposes. We can’t rely on their “so called” native status to know how and what to do. Just a few years ago, no one had heard of “backchanneling”, nowadays, it has become main stream (although most people might not associate the term “backchannel” and “backchanneling” with something they might be familiar with. when you watch one of your favorite TV shows and are asked to use a twitter hashtag to interact with other viewers or the actors/participants…. you are participating in a backchannelwhen you are listening to a live political speech and are updating your Facebook status, “liking” of commenting on someone else’s status… you are in a backchannelwhen you are passing a note (in the same room) or texting a colleague or classmate during a meeting or lecture… YOU are in a backchannel Definitions: Wikipedia

Language tips from the Eagle's copy desk The charming and talented Grammar Girl nominated this blog for a Versatile Blogger Award, and according to the rules (posted in full below), I have to list seven interesting things about myself and nominate 15 other noteworthy bloggers. Sounds like fun! Thanks are in order Thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, for tagging us in her Versatile Blogger post — and also for offering grammar advice in a fun, non-threatening way, and being an overall Nice Person. Seven interesting things about me Let’s keep this professional, shall we? Pedagogy vs. Andragogy Over this last year I have been fortunate to have been sent to many education conferences on behalf of SmartBrief in pursuit of content and guest bloggers for SmartBlog on Education. It is a dream job for a retired educator and an education blogger. The intent is to always keep the educator’s voice on SmartBlog authentic and relevant. In that capacity, I have attended and conducted a multitude of workshops on various education topics. Since I am no longer in the classroom, and have no need to apply what I learn about current teaching methods in a classroom setting, I often attend these workshops as an observer, or even a critical observer in some cases. In conference after conference, and workshop after workshop I have observed successes and failures in the methods employed by presenters to get their material across to their audiences.

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

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