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March 2011 Blog Posts (55)

Decisions

Within one day I make many decisions.  My decisions are at many different levels.  They range from what am I going to wear today, to what is the best instructional practice for a particular student.  Any way you look at it, “It’s Up 2 Me” to come up with a final decision.  As a good leader should, many decisions are made in collaboration with others.  Each of those decisions that are made with others is at different levels.  I must quickly determine what level of decision-making I will…

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Added by Steve Bollar on March 31, 2011 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

It's all about CONFIDENCE!





It’s all about confidence…everything else is just details.  The book Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End by Rosabeth Moss Kanter is, without question, one of the most influential books on my career as an educator.  Kanter is not an education writer per se – she is a professor at the Harvard Business School – however, her work helped me realize that confidence is the key that unlocks the door to maximizing student…

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Added by Tom Schimmer on March 30, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

My Treasure

I have a treasure

More than a silver and gold

Cannot be compare to a diamond

Glitters not only in a shining sun

But shines in the darkness of night...



I called this treasure a Teacher

A teacher who always there to guide me

To teach and correct my way,

And willing to lend a hand for me..



A teacher who has a lot of perseverance

On my obstinate attitude,

Though sometimes I brawl on his back..

But still wants the best for… Continue

Added by Rowena De Ocampo on March 30, 2011 at 1:36am — No Comments

What "Rules" do you have?

Another one of my favorite books over the last few years is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.  For those who haven't read it, Gladwell tells the untold stories of success. Rather than telling the typical story of intelligence and/or ambition, Gladwell argues that the true story of success can found by spending more time looking around those who have succeeded - their family, where they were born, even their birth date.  He argues that the story of success…

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Added by Tom Schimmer on March 29, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments

Problem Solving: Where is it in our schools?!

I love games, especially ones that stretch my mind towards problem-solving skills. We all know that challenges teach us perseverance, dedication and delayed gratification. Too many of our students live in a world where many of these barriers have been removed or weakened, in order for children to be "successful". I don't know about you - but I like for my students to be UNsuccessful (but not all the time of course :) ) Historically, those people who were…

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Added by kevindengel on March 29, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Paradigm Shift

Added by Chris McEnroe on March 28, 2011 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

From Netbook Cart to Sowing Seeds

At Warren School, we understand the importance of bringing engaging and enriching opportunities to our students through many varied ways.  Today, not only is Warren School receiving a permanent wifi system and netbook cart for classes to use as technology is implemented into everyday instruction, but students will also be participating in an activity that is a bit more down to earth....literally.  Today, each student will also take part in the tenth growing season of our school garden, Harvest… Continue

Added by Alisa Wright on March 28, 2011 at 5:20am — No Comments

Giving it up thanks to Josh Stumpenhorst

This post originally appeared on http://hublerg.blogspot.com/ .

Wow by …

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Added by Greg Hubler on March 27, 2011 at 8:15pm — No Comments

iPad2 First Impressions

After spending a few days with an iPad2, I wrote a blog about my first impressions. You can read my thoughts about the new case design, speed, smart cover, and cameras. I am excited about the iPad2 for my 4th grade classroom. Up till now my students have been sharing one iPad...my personal one. Soon 3 more iPads will be delivered to our classroom...we can't wait to have THREE! Oh the possibilities... I will continue to write…

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Added by Kate Ryder on March 27, 2011 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Blogging in the Primary Classroom

I posted on my blog, CAFFEINATED TEACHING about blogging in my first grade classroom.  I recently submitted a proposal to teach other teachers in my district about blogging in the primary classroom.  Please read my blog and then let me know what you do in your classroom.  Would love your ideas about what sites you use and what you blog about!  Thanks!

Added by Betsy Spence on March 26, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Teacher as Public Enemy # 1, a Response

The Teacher as Public Enemy # 1, a Response:

New Approaches to Art Education in these most Uncivil Times

 

Acceptance speech given on the occasion of receiving the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA) 2011 National Ziegfeld Award, March 20, 2011

 

 

Elizabeth M. Delacruz, Ph. D.

Professor of Art…

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Added by Elizabeth Delacruz on March 26, 2011 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Homosexuality Jigsaw Lesson



Every year I dread the approach of ch.7 in our book since it deals with Homosexuality, and past years have taught me that the Catholic Church's teaching on this subject  aren't very popular with the teens or…

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Added by Carmen on March 25, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

The answer to small district PD prayers?

I've recently been thinking hard about how to get quality professional development opportunities to the teachers in my very small one-school district.  Since we are tiny and don't have a great deal of money to spend on "name brand" workshops or speakers, nor do we have an unlimited pool of staff who are comfortable leading workshops, we really struggle to make PD meaningful.  I took my Moodle course with an…

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Added by Beth Barnhill on March 25, 2011 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment

Working on Wiggio at Warren School

Tomorrow, the staff at Warren School will be introduced to Wiggio, a free online tool that allows you to set up groups to distribute information, share a common calendar, video conference, create a group task list and so much more. Our first group activity will be to organize the tenth planting year of our school garden, Harvest of Dreams.

Added by Alisa Wright on March 24, 2011 at 7:16pm — No Comments

One Blog Fits All?

 

Time is a zero-sum game.

Whatever time is available for one thing automatically makes less of it available for something else.  The time I spend consulting with other schools (which is now beginning to happen with some small measure of regularity) is time I am not sitting in my own classrooms.  The time I spend writing grants, planning conference presentations, and dreaming dreams is time I am not collaborating with teachers.  The time I spend Tweeting and blogging is time I…

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Added by Jon Mitzmacher on March 24, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Why I Support Teachers Unions

For the past four years I was a principal in a NYC unionized school. Although my relationships with my union representative and the majority of the union members were positive, it was difficult.



  • I had to limit class offerings to fit into the ‘no more than 3 subjects taught by a teacher’ rule


  • I had to shorten the ideal length of the school day to fit into 6…
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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on March 23, 2011 at 5:24pm — 3 Comments

Разгледница из Москве

22. марта је у Москви почео Европски форум иновација у настави, осми по реду, који организује Мајкрософт у оквиру свог програма Партнер у учењу. Наставници из око 40 земаља представили су најуспелије примере употребе ИКТ у европском образовању. Међу 87 радова који су приспели на ово престижно такмичње нашла су се и два наша, које су представиле Нада Пуртић и Снежана Марковић.…

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Added by Jugoslava Lulić on March 23, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Surfin' the Wave

I'm having a bit of an epiphany these days.  Online learning is more than just a cool tool; it's the future of education.  I'm not saying that all students are eventually going to receive all their learning sitting at a computer, but certainly the blended learning model makes a great deal of sense.  As educators, we know that we should be customizing learning experiences to each student's individual needs, but until recently it's been a real challenge to provide significant…

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Added by Beth Barnhill on March 21, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Parent Accountability: Letter to a Parent #2

Dear Parent,



What possessed you to make the decision you made today? About a week ago, I handed out test folders in the morning to avoid the chaos of handing the folders out at 3pm dismissal. Everyone, including your daughter, was asked, if they were missing anything. Everyone responded, including your daughter, that they had everything. Three days later, when it was time to collect the folders, your daughter claimed that she did not receive a checklist . She didn’t say it nicely…

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Added by Lisa Mims on March 19, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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