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Teaching 24/7? Isn't the day long enough?

Teaching 24/7?   Isn't the day long enough? | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it
What does moving some part of class online do to the way teachers think about time? Stop and just imagine how your day might change if this was your teaching assignment and how might you restructure time.
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annenamuth's comment, June 30, 2012 10:12 AM
The older students are, the better this model will work. I've taught adults in class and online -- and classes that are both. My primary teaching assignment is 7th grade. Tweens and young teens aren't old enough to help themselves get the most out of an online learning experience. Online for them is still YouTube and Facebook.
ratzelster's comment, June 30, 2012 11:49 AM
I think you make a great distinction. But I also wonder if younger students, like your 7th graders, wouldn't be able to use this method with some more support. The support would include ramp-up lessons on how to watch an education video, take notes and other study skills that might not be obvious to them. It would take us time to break apart the learning process done this way, but I think it is possible.

Could you see doing that with your class on a couple days a week.... maybe start off one day per week and then build from there?
annenamuth's comment, June 30, 2012 3:31 PM
That is something to think about. I'd like to watch another teacher first -- then I'd be able to figure out how to make it work with middle level students. I definitely see online learning as a way to supplement and fill in gaps for some students. Some of my students are eleven years old when they start 7th grade. A lot of what they learn in middle school has nothing to do with content -- it's how to be a student and how to be a friend (and find good friends).
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Unlocking Learning Mastery

Unlocking Learning Mastery | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

If your stuck wondering how video games has anything to contribute to how class should be run, you've got to read Terry Heick's article here.  I think he's onto something and we'd be smart to think about how to include these gamification gems into our classrooms.

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From the Chalkface: Follow the leader

From the Chalkface: Follow the leader | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Alex Wood says "It is when reform becomes staff-led, on a school-byschool basis, that change becomes sustained. Topdown change can start reform. It cannot sustain it."  Sounds like we'd need to be following local teacher leaders to me.  Read it and see if you agree?

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annenamuth's comment, June 14, 2012 12:49 PM
I love this quote: "Teachers require to be taken gently on that journey to wider areas of competence, confidence and commitment." I feel like often teachers are herded and pushed toward change. Great article and good advice!
ratzelster's comment, June 14, 2012 5:35 PM
Thanks Annenamuth for posting your comment. That's exactly I feel sometimes...herded!!!! Instead I'd think almost everyone would prefer to be the ones calling for change. And wouldn't you think teacher could bring their expertise to the change that was needed...I'd bet we could figure out pragmatic ways to solve almost any problem they threw our directions. It's what we do everyday, all day!!! Thanks again for posting.
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Reviving Teaching With 'Professional Capital'

Reviving Teaching With 'Professional Capital' | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Policymakers must invest in the professional capital of all teachers, Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves write.   So are "we" and I mean the royal we in this for the long haul?  Or are "we" willing to focus on short-term gains at the expense of long range success?  I know what I think....what about you?

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Can the World Be Divided

Can the World Be Divided | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Ariel Sacks wonders about lots of things and poses provoking questions in this post about how we will ever have conversations that can lead to change.  Can the world be divided she wonders.

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Policymakers Walking in Teachers’ Shoes: A Brilliant, Replicable Idea - Get In The Fracas

Policymakers Walking in Teachers’ Shoes: A Brilliant, Replicable Idea - Get In The Fracas | Teacher Leadership Weekly | Scoop.it

Last week, 50 employees— mostly senior staff— of the U.S. Department of Education spent their Wednesday shadowing teachers in D.C.-area schools.  Dan goes on to tell us the positive results that everyone gained from this kind of learning and sharing.

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