This article concludes that "Digital learning coupled with mastery-based learning is likely necessary to solve the problem at scale." Interesting conclusion as I don't think digital learning is at the foundation of finding and acquiring grit in students. What do you think?
Of course, more and more of the Web was experienced on smartphones and tablets in 2012. The first time smartphones and tablets outsold personal computers was 2011, and that trend continued in 2012. Mobile Internet usage has been rising quickly
Do you wonder where we, as teacher leaders, stand on this issue? I think it is one where the teacher voice could play an influential role BEFORE the standards are set and someone else co-op's the conversation.
A study of school design has discovered that school layouts can influence a child's development by as much as 25 percent -- positively or negatively -- over the course of an academic year.
Does this crack you up? That someone wrote an article that documents what teachers have longed known and incorporated into how they arrange their rooms. What I'm wondering is this....how can we find a place in the design conversations that control the architect's dreaming?
What are libraries for, and how should they evolve?
Don't know where you land on this issue...but it's a great piece that shows that there can be multiple, well-informed and formulated ideas about one topic. Love the civil discourse tone to this question!!!!
"Society is increasingly being defined by change that we cannot predict. If we do not systematically change our way of understanding what our future leaders are capable nor encourage them to be their best possible selves, we will not be prepared for what is yet to come."
While this is a quasi-advertisement for a course, it brings a terrific point to mind. How can we and how should we build from a student's starting point...seeing it as an asset instead of a deficit position? Social Entrepreneurship seems to be on the rise and this may be a key entry point.
There is the mistake of overdoing the defense of the status quo, the error of investing too much time and energy in keeping things as they are. And then there is the mistake made while inventing the future, the error...
Circling back to the notion that mistakes are part of the learning process applies to even Godin's way of thinking.
I remember learning this valuable lessons about embracing the uncomfortable years ago from Peter Senge. People who offer resistance and opposition help idea producers refine their idea....and play a valuable role in the successful implementation of policy.
The goal of the model is simple enough–not pure academic proficiency, but instead authentic self-knowledge, diverse local and global interdependence, adaptive critical thinking, and adaptive media literacy.
By design this model emphasizes the role of play, diverse digital and physical media, and a designed interdependence between communities and schools.
I travel with a heavy suitcase.Over my 35-year career as a public school teacher and educator at Expeditionary Learning, I have been obsessed with collecting student work of remarkable quality and v (RT @cinjo: powerful post by Ron Berger about creating...
A very inspiring story....especially where you read about how 2nd graders, with focused attention, could produce a real non-fiction book!!!! PBL has elements that make it very compatible with the kinds of CCSS reforms teachers have been asked to implement.
Will you reach new heights in 2013?(Photo credit: brewbooks) The New Year is a great opportunity to reset your leadership aspirations. While we step back to think about taking our organizations to higher levels each year, rarely do we step back with...
My favorite question of the set of six is "How will you sustain yourself" because it incorporates the long-term thinking critical to making change last.
Joi Ito on the technology trends he's watching in 2013. The Director of MIT's Media Lab says hardware start-ups, gene printing, disruptive education, and agile processes are set to shape the future.
My favorite quote from this piece..."The reason that happened was because the internet is an open-sourced way of information sharing. It lowered the cost of innovation to nearly zero - just ramen and sweat. It pushed innovation from big innovators to the edges: student start-ups, etc. The whole explosion of the internet was led by small groups of people, which in turn meant that the whole nature of innovation changed as costs went down."
How does this impact our view of school reform? It makes me stop and continue to consider how the fringes we see in education force the innovation for the mainstream. Where can and should we be leading from those fringes of innovation?
Asking your team for advice will make you a better leader.
This author asked his PLN what a leader should do to improve...straight-talk, start coaching me, walk the talk, and stop playing favorites top the list. Teacher leaders should incorporate this feedback into their style.
Love this great post from the folks at Always Prepared entitled: ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology‘ and the infographic it inspired from Mark Bates. Both highlight “The Habitudes” of educators who are effectively using technology to enhance and impact teaching and learning. Hat tip to Shawn McCusker for this awesome Twitter find!
This should poke your box.....what can we learn from the boards of charter schools? Maybe this is an overlooked in-road for teacher leaders to exercise influence and change the future. I'm not sure...what do you think?
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