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Does Your School have an “Avoid at All Costs” List?

blog.williamferriter.com - A few weeks back, I shared the story of Carl, a principal friend of mine who was frustrated with the pockets of innovation in his building. While he knew that good work was happening at all grade l...

Response: Blended Learning Is 'the Next Generation of Education'

blogs.edweek.org - What is blended learning, is there value in it and, if so, how do I do it? "Blended learning" is a phrase tossed around a lot in education these days, but what exactly does it mean and does it work...

Time to Ditch Education Buzzwords

Shared by PRINCE GOLDEN

blog.k12insight.com - “Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.” It’s unclear which profession inspired Kingman Brewster, Jr. to utter these words, but given that he was a Harvard law professor and the p...

6 Tips for Faculty Meetings Worth Going To

Shared by Heather BLRAF

edutopia.org - Ask most teachers about faculty meetings and they'll describe a black hole of boring announcements, fruitless debate, and overwhelming agendas. In short, most of us would rather fall on a fork than...

The Myth of Having Summers Off

edutopia.org - "So you're a teacher, huh?" says the umpteenth Joe Know-It-All. It's late spring, and I know the tone, and I know what's coming. "Must be nice having summers off," he sneers. I don't know what myth...

Routine, Ritual, and School Community

edutopia.org - "Building a strong sense of community in schools is both important and doable," says Eric Schaps. And as Thomas Sergiovanni writes in Building Community in Schools, "In communities, we become conne...

5 Positive Hallway Conversations - Leading, Learning, Questioning

afhogan.com - At the very least, I’m there before school, during every passing period, in the cafeteria at lunch, and at parent pickup after school. (Ok, I’m expanding to include some of our common areas, but wo...

Minister of Justice can't explain why CBC was charged $100K more than CTF for GTH documents

cbc.ca - One of Canada's leading access to information experts says the Global Transportation Hub appears to have two standards when assessing freedom of information fees and he worries that may indicate th...

Harvard Ed. School Grad's Viral Poem Implores Teachers to 'Lift Your Voices'

blogs.edweek.org - There's no better way to head into Memorial Day weekend than with some inspiration from a passionate speech on education.  Earlier this week, Donovan Livingston, who graduated with his master's deg...

Is it Time to Reconsider Graduation Requirements for High School?

blogs.edweek.org - Candidly I asked two of my seniors what they thought of the required courses they took in school and how prepared they felt for life. Each young lady had a different stand point on the diversity of...

Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience

edutopia.org - Whenever I start talking about the importance of revising our writing with my classes, I show them this photograph: an over-the-shoulder shot of Barack Obama holding a copy of his Inaugural Address...

Open letter from 39 English teachers at the University of Barcelona - SLB

Shared by baranzie

slb.coop - On Monday May 23rd the Catalan newspaper El Periódico published (in Spanish) an open letter from 39 English teachers at the University of Barcelona (link here). The letter refers to a growing probl...

WeVideo: Video Creation & Editing - Simplek12

simplek12.com - 101 Days of Free Tech for Teachers, Day 73 Create and edit outstanding classroom videos with WeVideo. Videos are powerful tools for communication in the classroom, and WeVideo makes it simple to cr...

CBC workplace harassment focus of attention again

Shared by Vicky Loras

ca.news.yahoo.com - CBC workplace issues are in the spotlight again this week, with one former executive suing the broadcaster for wrongful dismissal and other employees alleging more workplace harassment. Todd Spence...

Finding a New and Better Job in Education

edutopia.org - As school year winds down, it's time to reflect upon the past year. For many educators, this is also a time to consider the future and whether they want to start next year in the same position. If ...

The Compelled Educator: The one phrase that great teachers say

Shared by Aaron Becker

thecompellededucator.com - This time of the year, I’m involved in conversations with teachers about their year -- either informally as they share their reflections with me or in end-of-year evaluation meetings where we forma...

Connections, Not Consequences

edutopia.org - I was recently at an intermediate school observing the classrooms of teachers who had signed up for assistance in working with one or more of their difficult students. As expected, I saw a range of...

Who Says God Can’t Be in Our Schools?

Shared by Bethany Hill

medium.com - Almost everyone has their own opinion about religion and the role it plays in schools. Often opinions are strong and on the extreme edges of the subject. I happen to live in the Bible Belt, where m...

The Summer 2016 Issue of EdNext Is Here - Education Next

educationnext.org - In his final issue as editor-in-chief of Education Next, Paul E. Peterson assesses the effectiveness of the regulatory approach to school reform and looks ahead to choice and competition as the bes...

5 Alternatives for “I Don’t Have Time for That”

Shared by Nick LaFave

georgecouros.ca - Blogging has probably had the biggest impact on my learning, not only in the last six years, but my entire educational career. The process has been absolutely amazing, and it has really pushed my t...

Top 10 standards-based grading articles

mctownsley.net - Every once in a while, I receive an email from an educator or parent interested in standards-based grading (SBG) and he/she asks for an introductory reading list.  I typically attach several of my ...

Recess: 5 Reasons Why We Should Hold onto It

Shared by Wendy Bowman

appletasticlearning.com - Recess is becoming a thing of the past in some school districts. Sadly, schools are under so much pressure to improve test scores that they feel they need to utilize every spare moment for structur...

If Teachers Made Way More Money

Shared by Mary Hope

weareteachers.com - Teaching is a great profession, and the pay is OK in many places. But overall, champions of education have noticed that average teacher salaries don't quite reflect the job's importance in children...

Why Grit Can’t Be Taught Like Math (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com - Because noncognitive qualities like grit, curiosity, self-control, optimism, and conscientiousness are often described, with some accuracy, as skills, educators eager to develop these qualities in ...

All Parents Should Know These Public Schools

curmudgucation.blogspot.com - “Your son will have to repeat this grade”   For my mom, as for any parent, those words were scary. My kindergarten teacher explained further that I needed to repeat the grade because I had failed t...

Bulletin Boards of the 21st Century

geiendorsed.com - Technology has invaded the classroom, and your bulletin boards should reflect this expanding style of learning. Schools have embraced the internet, social media, and personal devices as essential l...

Summer Madness: The Unintended Consequences of Summer break

champion4chldrn.wordpress.com - As the final bell rings for the last time, kids all across America will celebrate the beginning of summer break.  The end of school is so epic that songs have been made about it. Everyone knows the...

20 useful ways to use TodaysMeet in schools

Shared by Matt Miller

ditchthattextbook.com - TodaysMeet is so simple yet so versatile that it has become one of my go-to digital tools. It’s designed as a backchannel — the conversation behind what’s going on. TodaysMeet creates personal chat...

Are post-graduate degrees a waste of money for millennials?

Shared by Isaac Omondi

qz.com - As spring fever bursts into bloom, a lot of people start to think about shaking up their lives. We end relationships, look for new jobs, and try to find ways to better our careers—like, for instanc...

Texas School Triples Recess Time And Sees Immediate Positive Results In Kids

scarymommy.com - Recess is a lot more than just a free break for kids to play after lunch period. That free, unstructured play time allows kids to exercise and helps them focus better when they are in class. Now a ...

8 Former Students Thank The Teachers Who Changed Their Lives

Shared by Sharon Nelson

huffingtonpost.com - “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,” said the youngest-ever Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai. In recognition of the life-changing impact a teacher can have on her or h...

Design Thinking | TeachThought Professional Development

wegrowteachers.com - Do your students have the tools to collaboratively solve problems? Our workshops help you empower students and teachers to innovate. Are you ready to unlock creativity in your classroom? Design thi...

Do teachers care more about schoolwork than your kids do? Here’s how to fix the apathy problem.

Shared by Shaune Gowe

washingtonpost.com - (istock) Any discussion about the problems in American education — and what is to blame for these problems — will likely include one or all of the usual suspects: inadequate and unequal funding, a ...

11 Digital Tools to make your teaching easier

teachercast.net - Teaching is not an easy task on the best of days. Keeping people organized and on task can be downright impossible if one thing knocks the lesson off track. The good news is that we live in a moder...

17 Great Accommodations & Modifications

blog.brookespublishing.com - This post is part of our Fair is Not Always Equal…Now What? blog series. As many of our posts have emphasized this year, designing your lessons using the UDL framework goes a long way toward meetin...

The Schoenblog: Why I Want My Students Using Social Media - Reason #3: Sharing Our Awesome

aschoenbart.com - Why I Want My Students Using Social Media - Reason #3: Sharing Our Awesome Wednesday, March 2, 20165:54 PM We all do great things in our classrooms, schools, and educational worlds. No matter your ...

Explore Easy to Use Teaching Tools This Summer

middleweb.com - In the 6th grade hall the other day, I overheard a parent asking a teacher an annoying, but fair, question: “So, what do you guys do over the summer, anyway?” Not too long ago, I came across an art...

Fallin signs bill repealing Oklahoma Common Core standards

Shared by Camilla Miln

newsok.com - Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Thursday scrapping academic standards that have become a bright symbol of federal overreach. Her decision to throw out Common Core math and English standards drew imm...

Library Media Tech Talk: So You Are a New School Librarian... Now What?

Shared by Stony Evans

librarymediatechtalk.blogspot.com - So You Are a New School Librarian... Now What? I remember taking my first school library job in the summer of 2008. When I arrived at the school in July to begin working, I quickly realized I had n...

Yes, Drake. This Drake. - Educating, Leading, Inspiring

deanofacademics.hermits.com - Continued from Is Consistently Crazy Good Enough? post. Part III, of III: I am eager to know what personal milestones and struggles await me next year, whatever they may be. In the midst of them, I...

Re-Learning To Teach: Day 170: Teeth Grinding

blog.relearningtoteach.com - "Mr. Aion, if I fail your class, I won't graduate. Your class is the only one!" On the rare occasion when this is true, that mine is the only class that a student is failing, I am deeply torn about...

Join Our 360/VR Interactive Image Slam

Shared by Peggy George

thinglinkblog.com - We are pleased to announce our first 360/VR Interactive Image Slam on June 2, 2016, featuring Kathy Schrock and a fabulous lineup of amazing education community members. During this informal webina...

Season 2: Episode 38 – Interview with Laura Fleming – Worlds of Making [Podcast]

tltalkradio.org - In this episode we’re talking to Laura Fleming. Laura has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 20 years.  She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and cur...

The Best #Hashtags for School Administrators to Follow

Shared by LeadUpNow

gaggle.net - Following hashtags is a useful (and easy) way to get involved in relevant conversations and to increase your personal brand. You also can discover blog posts, news stories and commentary from your ...

Start with a Question: What a Preschooler Can Teach Us About Homework

Shared by John Howitt

kerryhawk02.com - I was buzzing around the kitchen getting ready to leave for work. My husband was making lunches for our daughters before he would bring them to the bus stop. The girls were sitting at the kitchen t...

Gamification Does Not Mean Playing Games

Shared by ExitTicket

exitticket.org - Gamification is less about games than it is about a fun-filled incentivization program. Happy hour is a great example of gamification: By setting up a reward of discounted drinks, patrons will volu...

Schoolchildren climb 2,500 vertical feet for education

Shared by Math Boost

activevoice.us - The Fellowship-BMEC is proud to announce the culiminating Black Male Educators Convening (BMEC) for the school year 2015-16. This Convening will be a celebration of the year in review and work achi...

Middle school students dispel technology myths

Shared by Sam Bruzzese

iste.org - What do you get when a class of 27 sixth graders has the chance to dispel myths about technology? A virtual explosion of ideas! That’s what happened when the superintendent of the district where I ...

ASCD EDge - Don't hit record yet!!

Shared by Erik Palmer

edge.ascd.org -             Some high school teachers are interested in school reform.  Cool.  They get students involved and have the students generate ideas about how to improve schools.  Nice.  They create a vi...

Vote Now for Your AFT Everyday Hero

Shared by AFT TEACH

aft.org - Finalists from each AFT division have been chosen, representing teachers, PSRPs, higher education staff and faculty, public employees, healthcare professionals, early childhood educators and retire...

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husband, father, principal, technology enthusiast, working towards being a master learner.

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