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.
Please let me know what I missed and please feel free to embed and share with friends.
If a kid has been pushed to a point where she’s acting out in order to get negative attention, the problem is far bigger than you. You know that, right? I didn’t when I was a young teacher, but when this reality dawned on me, it was a game changer. Realizing that it wasn’t about me gave me enough space to breath a bit before I reacted.
It’s not about you either, I’ll bet. If it is, it might say something about how much the kid who is making you crazy cares about you.
Sometimes, they act out to get your attention.
Sometimes, it’s the only way they know.
Sometimes, admitting what they really think or feel or need requires a level of vulnerability they just aren’t able to conjure.
So, don’t call students out in front of other people. Don’t point out their errors, don’t name their flaws, and by all means, don’t cut them down with your sarcasm. Try to get to the root of the problem, instead. Try asking yourself a few questions.
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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.
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