New studies suggest that TAKS, the state standardized tests in Texas, may contain a serious flaw that makes them virtually useless in measuring the effects of classroom instruction.
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When you hear professional development described as "one size fits all", what do you imagine? Heads resting on hands? Glazed eyes? Sidebar conversations running rampant? I can relate-- I have sat i...
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Does the thought of returning to school result in a tense knot in your stomach or a joyful flutter in your heart? Strategies to manage those feelings, focus on the possibilities, and ease back into the rhythm of teaching.
planning to see kids on my first day or two back to schoolFind a techy way to arrange this for my 5th grade teachers missing their students now in Middle School. - Marti PikePerhaps a lunchtime Skype! - Marti Pike
If you know that on that first day you will return to your classroom you'll have a friend to help and talk with it'll be much easier.For the kids too. See if parents can let you know who they are then make arrangements for them to pass notes in the halls and meet at lunch. - Marti Pike
fun back-to-school tasksRebuild my webpage. Create my first 3 Committee webpages so I'll feel like I'm ahead. Watch video clips and TedEd flip them.
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Print, read, and mark up interesting articles that might be used in class or committees. - Marti Pike
Our mindset is the key to how we experience our reality. If we can help our minds land on thoughts that are energizing, empowering, and affirming then we'll experience our return to school in an easier way.See also Carol Dweck's Mindset. - Marti Pike
The key is learning to shift these stories into interpretations that offer possibilities and empowerment
a rut story. A different interpretation could beThis committee they've made me chair might turn out to be a powerful Think Tank on issuses that are important to me. I'm looking carefully for applications. - Marti Pike
Our thoughts create our realities"Nothing is but what thinking makes it so." Shakespear - Marti Pike
rejuvenatedI spent time at the Family History Center. - Marti Pike
no more than three hours a day of work.It felt that way because I did the things I enjoyed about my job...and a few "must dos." - Marti Pike
We need to start thinking now what do we do when large sections of the population are unemployable through no fault of their own. What to do in a future where, for most jobs, humans need not apply? Please watch this 15 minute video. The quote, from the conclusion of the video you just watched, is a fascinating and profound question for humans to answer. What do societies do when employed work is no longer the centre of the day, week or even human lifecycle? Young people have a vested interest in wrestling with many societal issues that are unaddressed by …
Does our current educational system prepare our students for the future?