Today my students were fighting each other to read...
positivelypersistentteach: teachingtoday: There is an 8-person long waiting list for it— PLUS my class took out the 3 copies from the media center. Love when my kids want to read. This makes me smile. This reminds me of my first-graders, who would get into arguments and long mental tallies over who read “No, David!” how many times. It didn’t help that we had four...
Miki and Sir Tumblr Mirror →
My friend Colleen is mentioned pretty constantly on my personal blog, but this is probably the first time I’ve mentioned her explicitly here. She and I are both very big “book geeks,” especially children’s lit — she’s on the librarian end of it, and is a constant source of excellent recommendations. Because she also works at a book store, she has pretty much...
I need to learn to check where I’m posting to. Really. Seriously. But if you guys want tutorials on things like pillowcase aprons, that’s cool too. (I mean technically if your kids are already learning to sew in Home Ec, you could make it a reuse/repurpose/upcycle activity. Or hey, garden aprons. Environmentalism all around.)
Girl with a Lesson Plan: ohmuffins replied to... →
I have to laugh (reblogging because there was no reply option) — in my last school placement the elementary teachers were just getting PowerSchool for the first time. They didn’t get any training until two weeks before the report cards were supposed to go out! So it’s refreshing to see someone who a) knows what it is, b) knows how to use it, and c) thinks it’s amazing. ...
"How to Raise a Rocket Scientist" →
Despite the silly, catchy title, this is an article that every elementary teacher, and every math and science teacher ought to look at — even if it’s something many of us may already know. I mean…come on. Science is FUN. Science is AMAZING. Science is what makes the food we eat, what makes our bodies grow, and what makes things explode. It’s paper airplanes,...
Improving Undergraduate Learning →
I guess that today is ‘Higher Ed’ day. Maybe it’s because classes start again next week. At any rate, I couldn’t possibly recommend thelightingofafire’s thoughts on this topic enough, so I reblogged. She has some excellent points and very interesting thoughts that hadn’t struck me before, but seemed apparent once they were on my mind afterwards. thelightingofafire: This was an...
On The Heels of the Last Post:
Even if I had no issue with higher education, I would take issue with for-profit “universities” lying and cheating students into financial ruin. Please read this, and, if you take issue, say something and reblog.
Are We Cheapening "Higher Education"? →
My opinions on higher education, as it is, are mixed. It is a bane and a boon. Can it open more opportunities? Yes. Is it for everyone? Maybe not. Some students may be better-suited to a technical school or apprenticeship than a four-year institution, and if you are going not to learn, but to be able to seek employment, everyone in the picture needs to be looking at other options. Should...
By the end of the week...
…the “Fox in Socks” game.
On the now oft-reblogged quote...
I noticed a lot of people took notice of one of the quotes I blogged from President Obama’s State of the Union last night: “In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child – become a teacher. Your country needs you.” You can see...
In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their...– President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (via shapefutures) Well, that’s my plan. (via julianakilmurray)
In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their...– How about giving us a raise then…instead of a paycut President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (via shapefutures) Really Prez? If they did, I’d have a full-time job with benefits. And, yes. I was the top of my class — and yes, I’m awesome. (via positivelypersistentteach)
In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their...– President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (via shapefutures) (via positivelypersistentteach) I yelled at the Screen saying, “Ive been trying! Give Me a Job!!” after he said this. (via specialbunny)
In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their...– President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (via shapefutures) Really Prez? If they did, I’d have a full-time job with benefits. And, yes. I was the top of my class — and yes, I’m awesome. (via positivelypersistentteach)
We need to teach our kids it’s not just the winner of the Superbowl that gets...– President Obama, SOTU 2011 (via girlwithalessonplan)
In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their...– President Barack Obama’s State of the Union
izzyshare inspired: Design2inspire Contest →
If only I had my own classroom yet! But you all, you all need to check this out. izzyshare: Parents and Teachers: Spiffy up your classroom/learning spaces for a photo shoot! izzyshare will be hosting a contest and the winner will receive a $100.00 VISA gift card (or payment through PayPal). Second place will win $30.00 and two randomly drawn contestants will win $20.00 each. All you…
It is your duty to change the world, if you can. Not by violence, but...– Mr. Thackery, “To Sir With Love”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Drum...
Parents, talk to your children - even if you don't... →
Talking with your child is incredibly important at as early an age as possible. Yes, maybe for you a supermarket trip is just routine — but for them, it’s a fascinating foray into a whole new universe. Tell your little one where you are. Tell them what you’re buying. What’s that on the endcap? Does it taste good? Is it on your list? What do you use it for? Oh...
How Do You Find An Effective Teacher? Ask a Kid. →
It may be tempting for people to assume that students don’t quite know what they’re talking about. After all, they’re the students. They’re there to learn. But students, as it turns out, may be better judges of their teacher’s effectiveness than someone who isn’t in the class all day. Who would have thought? And the lesson of the day is…don’t...
How To Read a Picture Book ("What Do Authors Do?"...
How DO you read a picture book? From the beginning to the end? All in one sitting? Showing the pictures as you go, or reading upside-down so they’re always facing the listener? Or, instead of at your feet, are the children you read to in your lap? You learn about a hundred different ways to read a book when you’re teaching — ways that will vary depending on the book, the...
Learning Reloaded 2.0: Best Practice: 4 effective... →
blendedlearning: Undoubtedly, Wordle has turned into a quite a popular tool among teachers interested in New Media. Wordle is simple. It just counts the words in a text, words with higher frequency are displayed bigger than less frequently-appearing words. Anyway, I’d like to suggest some Best… Type “lesson plan” in Tumblr’s search and you don’t get much. I...
7 Collaborative Storytelling Websites for Your Own... →
blendedlearning: Great link by Nik Peachey (genius).
We wanted to provide access to free education that supports the development of...– Jonathan Nash Glynn, Long Island, NY, one of the first private pilots to fly supplies to Haiti after the devastating quake. See what they’re doing here.
"Wings Over Haiti" - someone is paying attention. →
Incredibly excited to be spending time checking out how I can help this org. I don’t have money to donate — and you don’t need to either. If you’re in the Long Island area, contact Wings Over Haiti and see what you can do to take part. Not from Long Island? They have excellent ideas about forming Learning Partnerships with other classrooms as well as approaching...
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan,...– Anatole France
Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can...– Arundhati Roy