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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns
A student takes notes at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days and was amazed at what she found. Her report is in following post, which appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” and numerous articles on education. Wiggins initially posted the piece without revealing the author. By Alexis Wiggins I have made a terrible mistake. I waited 14 years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching my own classes; I am the High School Learning Coach, a new position for the school this year. My class schedules for the day (Note: we have a block schedule; not all classes meet each day): The schedule that day for the 10th grade student: 7:45 – 9:15: Geometry Related:  Inglés

Woman Endures Endless Catcalls During 10 Hour Walk In NYC: Gothamist A woman wearing jeans and a crewneck t-shirt walked around NYC for ten hours with a hidden (to everyone else) camera fixed on her. Below is the result, which features a greatest hits of catcalls, like: "Smile!" and "Hey baby!" On the non-verbal side, there's a cameo by the creepy lingerer who decides to walk right next to you forever like you're on you're on a goddamn first date or something. Take a walk in one woman's all women's shoes: The PSA, highlighting the impact of street harassment, was put together by Rob Bliss and Hollaback—they explain that the woman, Shoshana B. Bliss says he wanted to create this "because I think a lot of men don't understand the collective weight that this harassment causes.

5 Muhammad Ali Quotes Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom Posted 06/05/2016 8:30AM | Last Commented 06/05/2016 8:30AM As a fan of boxing, it's easy to compare the world of education to this fascinating sport. Educators, regardless of their role, have ringside seats to a main event focused on transforming education. There are always competing initiatives (going toe-to-toe), which can be difficult to navigate. Despite the constant battles, those who want to make a difference never throw in the towel. Teachers and students hit the canvas each day. In celebration of the the greatest, here are five Muhammad Ali quotes that have inspired me as an educator. 1. If failure is always placed in the context of a summative, it is very unlikely that students will feel comfortable taking academic risks. 2. Social-emotional learning is beneficial for students as well as the teachers who work with them each day. 3. How can teachers provide opportunities for students to explore new ideas? 4. Huh?? 5. Students need the why. Continue to be champions of education!

Marina Warner · Diary: Why I Quit · LRB 11 September 2014 The professor from the West Coast stepped out of the taxi and looked around, head tilted back and swivelling from one looming grey tower to another as she assessed the flint-studded concrete ramparts of the library. ‘Oh, wowww!’ she cried, ecstasy lifting her voice above the wind whipping off the marshes. ‘New brutalism! Rarely seen any so pure. That was last summer, and new brutalism in academia was taking on another meaning. When Derek Walcott accepted an invitation to become professor of poetry in 2009, he had a trace memory of this experimental, cosmopolitan place, so surprisingly based in Essex. When I arrived at Essex ten years ago to teach in the department of literature, film and theatre studies, a wholly unexpected rise in the teaching of creative writing was just beginning, and it was led by students who, as ‘customers’, could dictate terms in the new market. Creative writing is a controversial subject, and many who teach it don’t defend it as a proper discipline.

Liz Obert: Dualities looks at the hidden and visible worlds of people living with mental illness (PHOTOS). Liz Obert For many years, Liz Obert woke up, got dressed, went to work, and acted as if everything was fine. Once she returned home, however, she found herself lying around depressed, feeling hopeless and full of dread. Diagnosed in her early 20s with depression, Obert said she tried therapy and medication, but nothing seemed to work until around five years ago when a psychiatrist diagnosed her with bipolar II disorder and put her on mood stabilizers. Although she’s had a few medication tweaks since then—“that’s kind of the life of someone who has bipolar”—Obert said she has for the most part been in a good place. Obert feels the dual life she led for so long isn’t unique for people who suffer from mental illnesses and who “must mask their symptoms in order to function in the outside world.” In 2013, she decided to begin a series that dealt with the realities of what it means to put on a brave face while simultaneously coping with forms of depression.

Why Making Is Essential to Learning Making is as old as learning itself. While the maker movement may only be about a decade old, the human desire to create dates back to the earliest forms of human activity, from making stone tools to drawing on cave walls (Halverson & Sheridan, 2014; Martinez & Stager, 2014). Thinkers such as Pestalozzi, Montessori, and Papert helped paved the way for the maker movement by stressing the importance of hands-on, student-centered, meaningful learning. More recently, maker education is being used as a way to connect do-it-yourself informal learning to classrooms. The Science of Hands-On Learning At the heart of making is the idea that all students are creators. Hands-on learning plays a key role in maker education. At Albemarle County Public Schools, making fosters student autonomy, ignites student interest, and empowers students to embrace their own learning. Research shows that hands-on learning is an effective way to teach students science. Why is hands-on learning effective? Notes

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code Even if you think the buzz around "learning how to code" is overkill, you have to admit it's here to stay. Just like it's easier to learn a foreign language if you start in grade school, getting an early grasp on mark-up and programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Java ensures you'll have an idea of what makes our digital lives and devices tick, even if you don't plan on becoming a software developer. Zach Sims, co-founder and CEO of Codecademy, tells Mashable that learning how to code is reasonably easy for beginners, especially people under 18. This year, Codecademy set up initiatives in England, Estonia and Argentina to bring coding education to young students — England and Estonia both added coding to their national curricula. The key, though, is making the learning process interactive. Start off easy with these five online resources, for kids and adults alike, to help on your way to becoming well-versed in code. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. BONUS: Teaching Kids to Code with a Board Game

If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white The paints might be colorful, but the professionals, generally speaking, are not. (Wally Santana/AP Photo) The thing about racial diversity among working artists in America is that it pretty much doesn't exist. Nearly four out of every five people who make a living in the arts in this country are white, according to an analysis of 2012 Census Bureau data by BFAMFAPhD, a collective of artists dedicated to understanding the rising cost of artistry. The study, which surveyed more than 1.4 million people whose primary earnings come from working as an artist, represents a broad population of creative types in the country, and reveals a number of troubling truths. The lack of diversity is, for instance, even more pronounced for those with art school degrees — more than 80 percent of people with undergraduate art school degrees are white, according to the analysis. The racial gap among artists in America isn't, of course, a question of desire, talent, or ability. Roberto A.

Why We Need to Move Away from SMART Goals and Towards New Forms of Classroom Assessment Every new school year breathes new life into my professional career. After a summer of relaxation and self-directed professional development (which is the most important type of PD), I’m ready to return to my classroom to help students discover and refine new skills. While that may be the case again this year, I also find myself becoming increasingly unsettled as my career progresses. My uneasiness is a culmination of years of reflection on my classroom mission. My district has taken on new initiatives the past few years (as all districts do) to solve the well-documented, disconnected nature between high school graduates and workplace preparedness. One emphasis has been allowing teachers to communicate with business professionals in the area, discussing the skills they most want to see in potential employees and focusing on the four C’s (critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication). “I’m not anti-measurement. We need to align our purpose.

Best Online Colleges for 2014 If your New Year's resolutions include getting an education, but you're going to need to work around your job and family, an online education could be just what you need to keep your resolve. To compile our list of the best online schools for 2014, we considered levels of programming available and variety of programs. We also researched whether online students had access to library resources, academic advisers and career services, as well as whether the schools had mobile applications, allowing you to attend classes, access course materials and take part in online discussions with your instructors and classmates while on the go. As an added bonus, three of the six schools featured on our 'best of' list - American, Northcentral and Walden universities - were named among G.I. Keep reading to learn about program offerings and other features at our choices for the best online colleges for 2014. American University Ashford University Full Sail University Grand Canyon University Walden University

Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson Police were forced to descend on Keene, New Hampshire Saturday night after students and outside agitators turned the city’s 24th annual Pumpkin Festival into “a destination for destructive and raucous behavior.” Those words — spoken by Keene State College President Anne Huot to CNN — only begin to describe the scene, which led to dozens of arrests and hospitalizations. One rioter, Steven French, told the Keene Sentinel that he traveled from Haverhill, Massachusetts to attend the festival because he knew it would be “f*cking wicked.” “It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops,” he continued. The police viewed the behavior of French and his cohorts less favorably, barricading streets and firing tear gas into crowds in an effort to disperse them. Meanwhile, on Twitter, users marveled at how different the police response to these unruly young adults was to another recent event: Of course, some good could come from this: Watch video of the mayhem via the Keene Sentinel below.

How to Take Digital Citizenship Schoolwide During the 2016 17 School Year Since our students are using technology to play, learn, and communicate while at home and at school, they should be learning how to use that technology responsibly. Full integration of digital citizenship (or DigCit) curriculum into every class and every content area—at every grade level—should be the goal to meet this need. Keep in mind that most teacher-prep programs do not incorporate digital citizenship alongside the other elements of teacher education. Step 1: Clear Institution-Wide Communication All stakeholders must have a clear understanding of both the “why” and the “how” of fully integrated digital citizenship. Why is digital citizenship a necessary element in 21st century education, and why is a fully-integrated approach best? Once these questions have been answered, it is time to communicate clear goals and plans to everyone. For teachers, use emails or newsletters and department/team or faculty meeting agendas. Step 2: Digital Citizenship PD Starts with Flipped Learning

The only guide to Gamergate you will ever need to read Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist writer and media critic who has been attacked in “Gamergate.” (Feminist Frequency/Flickr) Gamergate, the freewheeling catastrophe/social movement/misdirected lynchmob that has, since August, trapped wide swaths of the Internet in its clutches, has still — inexplicably! Late last week, when many of us thought we’d seen its end, the mob drove yet another woman from her home: This one, Brianna Wu, because she dared to tweet some jokes about the ongoing drama. Here at the Intersect, we have ignored Gamergate for as long as humanly possible — in large part because it’s been covered in enormous, impressive depth elsewhere, and in smaller part because we’re exhausted by the senseless, never-ending onslaught of Internet misogyny, which really can’t be explained in a blog post — or, frankly, anywhere else. What is Gamergate? Whatever Gamergate may have started as, it is now an Internet culture war. Why should I care about this? How did it actually start?

5 Classroom Tech Priorities for the Coming School Year More than 50 million students will soon return to school, and school districts have been spending the summer upgrading classroom technology in preparation for their return. For all the work done this summer, IT administrators will look for ways to continually improve throughout the school year as well. As another academic year prepares to kick off, here are five technology priorities that districts will want to invest in to improve the student experience. LANs and WANs The latest digital tools promise to transform education, but innovation won’t be fully realized without a reliable network foundation. Take a fresh look at wide area networks too. Mobile Whether for 1:1 computing initiatives or bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, mobile devices are mainstays on today’s campuses. Stylus support is another plus. Security and Student Privacy Some options provide central management consoles for monitoring the latest threats and for mobile device management. Digital Interactive Projectors

City ends reserved soccer at Mission Playground after Dropbox flap The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has decided to end reserved adult play at Mission Playground — the site of a video-recorded confrontation between tech workers and locals that went viral — after meeting with a group of neighborhood kids on Wednesday, according to department director Phil Ginsburg. Ginsburg said park officials met with a combination of kids and youth soccer advocates and came to the conclusion that, in this instance, the need for unstructured play on weekday evenings outweighed the desire to accommodate adults. “The most compelling suggestions came from the kids who said, ‘This is a safe place we can come and play and we feel like we need more time,’” said Ginsburg. Youth teams will continue to be able to reserve the field after school until 7 p.m. While Dropbox apologized for the incident, the employees in question had gone through the proper channels to reserve the field. The incident has become something of a political soccer ball.