Below are some ideas that are truly transformational–not that they haven’t been said before. It’s not this article that’s transformational, but the ideas themselves. These ideas aren’t just buzzwords or trendy edu-jargon but the kind of substance with the potential for lasting change.
And the best part? This is stuff that’s available not tomorrow with ten grand in classroom funding and 12 hours of summer PD, but today. Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y.
But therein lies the rub: Tomorrow’s learning is already available, and below are 7 of the most compelling and powerful trends, concepts, and resources that represent its promise.
Anyway, I decided to put together a list of characteristics and qualities that I’ve noticed in my student teachers: things that have made their time in my classroom beneficial to them AND to me. Whether you’re about to be a student teacher yourself, or are about to be a mentor teacher and want to share this list with your newbie, here is a list of characteristics of things I have noticed my awesome student teachers have in abundance.
What happens in Vagus… may make or break compassion." "...suggesting that the Vagus may be key to the emergence of compassionate behavior during development as well as day-to-day experiences of compassion."
David Baker's insight:
"Warm, sympathetic, and authoritative parents are like co-pilots for the Vagus nerve in helping children to develop their ability to feel sympathy and compassion—and then to act on that impulse." This makes me wonder the impact of teachers that are warm, sympathetic and compassionate- maintaining what parents have provided and planting seeds for children that have not had the modeling.
I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch. I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week. Some of the themes I am planning are: Expanding and Showing Your Personal Interests Through Blogging, Photos, and Videos; Coding and Creating Online Games; Tinkering and Making – Simple Robotics; Hacking Your Notebook; and Creating Online Comics, Newspapers, and Magazines. I have begun the process of planning these classes through reflecting on what the lessons will look like. Here are some questions I ask myself as I go through this process:
There’s a whole lot of learning going on out there, but I’ve learned that it’s not all that easy to find.
For the last few years I’ve tried to keep up with it myself and help my students and colleagues keep up as well. I decided it was time to pull it all together. Here’s a first go at an infographic collecting some of the major professional learning opportunities out there for school librarians.
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This article from TeachThought features 30 strategies to promote creativity expression from within your students. It was written by Miriam Clifford.
David Baker's insight:
This is a thoughtful list that allows teachers to thoughtfully loot for opportunities to support student depth of thinking.
The following is #30 from the list and a great place to start. "
Teach creative skills explicitly. According to Collard, “Creative skills aren’t just about good ideas, they are about having the skills to make good ideas happen.” He suggests creative skills should include 5 major areas:ImaginationBeing disciplined or self-motivated.ResiliencyCollaborationGiving responsibility to students. Have them develop their own projects.
The University of Central Florida's (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) offers the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) as a public resource for faculty and instructional designers interested in online and blended teaching strategies. Each entry describes a strategy drawn from the pedagogical practice of online/blended teaching faculty, depicts this strategy with artifacts from actual courses, and is aligned with findings from research or professional practice literature.
Avid golfers and baseball players often talk about the elusive “sweet spot.” Find it, and you can make the ball go exactly where you want it to go, almost effortlessly. There’s a sweet spot to teaching, too.
David Baker's insight:
The steps in this article are a good reminder when thinking about classroom dynamics. JBalance of power – Although teachers have the final say, what are some things you can do to empower students? Course content – How do you balance the need for your students to know certain facts with the desire for higher level thinking as well? Role of the teacher – Are you the “sage on the stage” or the “guide on the side?” Or can you play both roles depending on the situation? The responsibility for learning – Students have to be willing to learn, but it’s up to the instructors to create the type of climate where this happens more readily. Are you willing to cede some control by offering your students more choices? Purpose and processes of evaluation – Do you offer self-check quizzes or allow student input on low-stakes assignments? - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/finding-the-sweet-spot-of-teaching-and-learning/#sthash.IItZIxhs.dpuf
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Engagement is more than just sitting and looking attentive. I like how the focus is on what the teacher can do and examines the general beliefs and misconc ptions around engagement through the lens of research.
The power of the Infographic is that it references both teacher and student actions and habits. I have shared it with my teachers. This might become a solid self-assessment tool for coaching conversations with teachers.
When you're learning new material, it can be overwhelming when you think about how much time you need to truly understand it all. This studying technique can help you stay focused and take on more information with shorter study sessions.
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