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What Students Really Need to Hear

What Students Really Need to Hear
It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain. This is what students really need to hear: First, you need to know right now that I care about you. Here’s the thing: I lose sleep because of you. Before I tell you why, you should understand the truth about school. The main event is learning how to deal with the harshness of life when it gets difficult — how to overcome problems as simple as a forgotten locker combination, to obnoxious peers, to gossip, to people doubting you, to asking for help in the face of self-doubt, to pushing yourself to concentrate when a million other thoughts and temptations are fingertips away. It is your resilience in conquering the main event — adversity — that truly prepares you for life after school. But, you shouldn’t be worried about the fact that you will face great adversities. Some of you quit by skipping class on your free education. – C. Like this: Related:  Motivation/videoWhy teach/what is teaching

Reading Rainbow | Classic Kids TV Show | #1 Education App The Power of Quiet~ Changing Perspectives and Opening Minds I have learned many things from being a parent. Some things I expected to learn, like how to make the best macaroni and cheese or how to do laundry, read a book and cook dinner all at once. These are the things parents expect to learn in the throws of parenthood, these are the easy parts. Fortunately, parenting runs deeper, parenting teaches us about sacrifices, differences and perspectives. Our daughters are perfect replicas of my husband and me. The daughter most like me is alive and happy in the throws of people. My perspective (or lack there of) on the power of quiet became evident one day when my daughters and I were shopping and I saw some cozy bean bag chairs. I bought the ONE chair and I created that cozy spot for ONE in our classroom and guess what? As I thought about Cain's message I found confirmation not only in what I see in our classroom, but also in the way I work. Transforming My Teaching~ You can learn more about the Power of Quiet here~

How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples How Teaching Is Changing: 15 New Realities Every Educator Faces by Terry Heick It’s tempting to say that no matter how much technology pushes on education, every teacher will always need to know iconic teacher practices like assessment, curriculum design, classroom management, and cognitive coaching. This may end up being true–how education changes in the next 20 years is a choice rather than the inevitable tidal wave of social and technological change it’s easy to sit back and wait for. But it’s probably going to be a bit different than that. We’ve written before about the kinds of “things” modern teachers must be able to do. (Hint: It’s no longer about classroom management, testing, and content delivery.) 1. The Old: Administer assessment, evaluate performance, report performance, then–maybe–make crude adjustments the best you can The New: Identifying, prioritizing, and evaluating data for each student individually–in real time The Difference: Precision 2. Summary Incredible, no? 3. 4. 5.

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context Lenny Gonzalez Part 3 in the series Learning In the New Economy of Information. By Shawn McCusker During a recent unit on World War II, Courtney Wilhelm’s U.S. History class conducted a leader’s conference. In classes where students connect ideas from the abstract to real-life events, the role of the teacher — as Wilhelm illustrates — moves from being a distributor of information to one of nurturing students as they collect, evaluate, and process information into unique learning products. For some, these changing roles might signal the end of an era where the teacher serves as a content expert. It’s here, in these seemingly disjointed moments, that the expertise of the teacher is crucial to uniting the class’s learning. In reality, however, the converse is true. And it’s here, in these seemingly disjointed moments, that the expertise of the teacher is crucial to uniting the class’s learning. Teacher as Conductor in the Classroom Orchestra Related

Cursive Handwriting Is Not Needed - Teach Skills That Are I want to begin by saying that I am not a teacher, although I’ve worked in education related careers for many years. I’ve been reading both sides of the cursive handwriting controversy, and I don’t believe that there is any good reason to keep cursive handwriting in the school curriculum. Many reasons have been giving for saving cursive, yet I can’t help feeling that it is mostly a feeling of nostalgia that is fueling the fight. I don’t feel that nostalgia, and never thought that cursive handwriting was so wonderful to begin with. In fact, I read that part of the reason, other than speed, for the origin of cursive writing, was due to quill pens, which would drip ink when lifted off the paper. So it was more practical to have a style of writing where the pen stayed on the paper for an entire word. Some teachers argue that the act of learning cursive handwriting has benefits for children. Cursive might have been nice for those who had beautiful handwriting.

5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious 5 Learning Strategies That Make Students Curious by Terry Heick Note this post has been updated from original publishing in February of 2013 Understanding where curiosity comes from is the holy grail of education. Education, of course, is different than learning. Education implies a formal, systematic, and strategic intent to cause learning. This approach is clinical and more than a smidgeon scientific. Of course, very little about learning is scientific. An analogy might help. learning:education::true love:dating service True love may very well come from a dating service, and dating services do all they can to make it happen, but in the end—well, there’s a fair bit of hocus pocus at work behind it all. Hubris and Education Education is simultaneously the most noble and hubristic of all endeavors. In a better place. Causing this in a classroom is possible, but is as often the result of good fortune than good planning. Here, let me try. I want to show you what I can do. I want to know. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Why Teaching Is Like Farming Sometimes, I think that teaching is a lot like farming. I know that statement won’t immediately convince most of you, but sometimes, you need to think of yourself as a farmer. Reap, Sow This principle is as old as time. A Lack of Control Nature eludes stretchable human intellect and ever increasing power of control. The Results Are Not Immediate A single visit to any grocery store might make us believe that there is nothing like seasonal produce. The 1:1 Ratio Doesn’t Exist Farming is purposeless if we reaped 1:1 for the seeds we sow. Constant Attention A good farmer spends most of his day tending to his plants. Now, I challenged myself to think of at least one difference between Farming and Teaching so here is one: Farmers choose what seeds to plant; Teachers don’t pick their students As teachers, we don’t get to select the students we want to teach. I hope that you see a farmer in you when you walk into the classroom next time.

Engaging our students to the end SmartBlogs It’s test time! The majority of our students are currently involved in high-stakes, year-end standardized testing. They are going through rigorous reviews and even test-taking practice as if the year’s learning is effectively over. As a principal of a large, inner-city K-8 school, I was proud that our students were engaged and excited about learning until the very last day of school and even into the holidays. Their teachers challenged them to engage in projects that would make a difference. They wanted to work hard. How can we engage our students to the end? We must ensure they never believe the test is the end. We cannot let testing shorten the learning time of our students. Carol Hunter is an award-winning, retired elementary-school principal and author of “Real Leadership Real Change.” Related Posts

TechMama Talks: Work, Family, Education and Mobile Tech It may have been a month since I last posted, but that gave me some time to think. During that time I decided to channel my dear Grandmother in my writing, who as she got older decided to share her authentic voice. Of course, that involved some embarrassing moments such as when she met a new boyfriend of mine for the first time and asked “I look forward to seeing you walk down the isle together”. I joked and said “you mean at the grocery store?”. But my Grandmother must of been reading our body language because we did end up walking down the isle and are a happily married couple running after our adorable but energetic three boys. I feel privileged to have met an amazing community of bloggers online and share my insights on technology. Parents and Work: I am excited to see women developing initiatives to empower and promote career advancement for women at work. The childcare challenge is not just a mom problem – it is a “parenting” challenge.

12 Funny Videos About Teaching and Learning | Dr. Travis Burns, Ed.D. The following videos are great resources for school administrators to use during faculty/staff development meetings to promote laughter or encourage reflection on school practices related to teaching and learning. I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I do! Follow on Twitter @Dr_TravisBurns 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Like this: Like Loading...