The Wake County school board unanimously passed a resolution opposing a new state requirement that it offer 25 percent of its top teachers a four-year contract with pay raises in return for the educators giving up their tenure rights. Board members voted to meet with legislators and Gov Pat McCrory to urge for the law's repeal.
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
North Carolina's legislative leaders want the conversations about education to remain around pay because that can be addressed relatively quickly, giving a fraction of our teachers raises. If word got out that real change needs to occur by relieving our communities of poverty, then they'd be in a heap of trouble.
Dean is spot on in his TED talk re: the importance of joy in education. His statement "Adults need to have fun so children will want to grow up." is so true. It is hard to disagree that assessments are necessary but it is harder to disagree that learning should be fun and that if we want students to engage at their highest level that educators and adults must balance accountibility with what is most important--an ongoing joy for learning.
(This is the first in a multi-part series on this topic) Cheryl Suliteanu asked: How do we educate families about the ways in which they can support their children, without insulting their trust in us to do what's best, and while not placing blame?
Kevin Biles's insight:
Want to connect with parents of students? Build Relationships, Climate, and Communication. Larry Ferlazzo puts together a great 4 part series with articles and resources to help all schools build a partnership with parents.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was expected to appoint Carmen Fariña, a veteran educator in New York City who has served as a teacher, principal and superintendent.
Kevin Biles's insight:
What a refreshing philosophy to emphasize early learning over standardized testing. So good to see an educator that has had experience as a teacher and administrator leading the nation's largest school system. Best wishes to Ms. Farina.
We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To find genius in the 21st century, we must build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.
Kevin Biles's insight:
What a timely article. So many times the conversation with fellow educators centers around the lack of time to reflect on how our students are doing and how we will respond. In the age of accountability, there is entirely too much discussion and finger pointing as to why the United States doesn't "measure up" to other countries. It would be helpful to compare the amount of time dedicated to reflection and planning in other countries. I would venture to say that much more time is dedicated to the whys and collective how we can respond to the needs of students. I agree with the author that themes of quality time and "slow is fast" go a long way. Self discipline for down time in a world of organized chaos is surely a concept that would benefit all of us.
Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.
It’s story time at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, Penn., where dozens of kids come to the shelter each week to read to the adoptable cats, improve their skills and provide comfort to cats awaiting their forever homes.
Many people have asked me what the largest challenge is in my career. Without a doubt the most difficult part of the job is creating and maintaining positive relationships with students. After that, everything, and I do mean everything else becomes much easier.
Great quote from Krissy Vanosdale for what our schools should be--- "Our schools are a reflection of us. Of everything we wanted school to be as a child, and everything we know our kids deserve. They are the reason we wake up early and stay up late. It’s not just a job. It’s our dream. Because our dream is to have the kind of school where kids find their dreams."
If we don't fix education -- politicians and pundits proclaim -- we are in for big trouble. News flash: We're already in big trouble. We don't have an education problem in America. We have a social disease.