For my Quick links, I will just be sharing posts without a description. I will only put posts where the title makes sense for what it’s about.
It’s been a busy couple weeks, mostly with parent conferences, but just life in general.
From Reluctant to Engaged: 4 Secrets to End Fake Reading– I loved the title, plus the post has some good ideas.
10 Great Ideas From Ditch That Conference– I like direct, to the point titles. 🙂 (I’ve already tried the Chair Challenge.
On the Need for Getting Rid of Homework– “It, therefore, sounds incredibly simplistic, and I do not mean it as condescending, but limiting or completely getting rid of homework really does come to down to us; to how we spend our time in class, to how much we stop talking, to how we do not waste any time, to how we look at our curriculum as learning explorations and not stand-alone projects.” Pernelle Ripp
What We Ask of Our Students and What We Do– Something to think about. I don’t know that will all apply to primary grades as we are still teaching responsibility and such but interesting thought, nonetheless.
10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching– Some are simple and others are interesting, if not a little intimidating.
Check ’em out or Don’t. 🙂
I’m tired, physically and emotionally. But here you go. 🙂
You are in The Miracle Business- The Best Business– Ditch That Textbook looks at a talk given by Ken Burns on ways we may need to change, as a school system.
How to Keep From Giving Up on Apathetic Students– It can be frustrating; hopefully this will help.
Google’s Buried Treasure: 18 Hidden Tricks and Tools– I like lists and tips/tricks. 🙂
The Vulnerability of Learning– ” It is easy to criticize others and point out their flaws, but are we willing to look inward and be critical of our own work?” George Couros
“Teachers who are tired, worn out, and exhausted are most likely making a bigger difference than they will ever know.”
Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This” Great infographic on helping students
Today’s Teaching Should Be About Flexible Teaching- Not Furniture Good look at flexible seating.
I’m Not That Good with Technology and You Probably Aren’t Either George Couros reflects on the idea that when we learn more, we start to realize how little we know.
Before You Buy That Discarded Rocket Ship Seat- Cautions about Flexible Seating– The author shares some of her early mistakes.
I have been reading a lot from George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset and the blog, The Principal of Change.
One of the things he has talked about was the reason he writes. He said a main reason for writing is not because he knows everything or the best way to do things. He writes as a way to process his learning and share it.
I liked that idea, and I could say the same thing for mine. I often consider myself a curator of sorts. I read a bunch of stuff, and share what I think are the best of what I read, or simply the newest of the best. (I have a stack of unposted articles, that, frankly, I may never get to)
Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts in a blog or Twitter or other medium. You won’t always get it right. It won’t always be perfect, but it can be a cool part of the process. Try it.
Next step? Encourage your students in their writing, maybe even a class blog. They will not be perfect, but it could be a great way to refine their thinking and share their learning.
George Couros had an interesting post recently about teaching the students until they mastered a subject/topic instead of them just working for a grade. A good conversation to be having. Certainly requires a change in thinking that goes against, in some ways, “how we’ve always done it”.
25 Classroom Management Myths to Ponder This Summer– Just what it sounds like. 🙂 Michael Linsin just offers a list of myths.
7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning– John Spencer at Creative Classroom is a new favorite of mine.
Wrong: Google Doc–Instead: Google Forms–5 Tips Alice Keeler offers some tips for using Forms
Why Effective Practice is Just as Important as the Hours of Practice– Be more effective.
Seven Ways to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset– John Spencer is becoming a favorite to listen and read. Great stuff on creativity and empowering our students.
Two Simple Question to Ask at the End of the Day– George Couros suggests some great reflection questions.
You Are Not a Number– Another from George Couros- Challenging the way we look at numbers and data.
Let Paperslide Into Your Class– This is a fun way to illustrate content.
No Such Thing as a Math Person– NY Times piece discussing the idea of Growth Mindset within a math setting. EVERYONE can grow, even in math.
Two Things All Parents Need to Know From Their Schools– George Couros suggests it is about safety and opportunity for success.
5 Great Non-Education Books That Might Change Your Thinking on Teaching and Learning– George Couros shares a couple book ideas.
3 Ways Schools Condition Students– George Couros writes that we condition our students using grades, awards, and compliance. Is there a better idea?
12 Great Ways to Grow as an Educator This Summer– Great post from Matt Miller
5 Ways to Get Back to Solid Teaching and Learning– Another great post from Matt Miller suggesting that we get back to good teaching and let technology support it…and other ideas.
There seem to be nothing more despised in the schools today than Fidget Spinners. Frankly, they have not been a problem for me, in my class.
My general position on most tools is this: If you are using it as a tool, great. When it becomes a toy and a problem for someone else, we have made it a different issue. This should be nothing extraordinary…most teachers have similar policies…But, man, some folks don’t. like. them. at. all.
As I have been reading about them, I have seen a cool approach from others. Why not take something that students are already completely enthralled with and use that to create some lessons around it.
In other words, let’s make school…umm, how do I say this…interesting and fun?
I tried this the other day. “Should Fidget Spinners be allowed in school? Explain your answer. I had students write a letter trying to persuade our principal of their position. They have never been so excited about writing. They are still showing me whether or not they have writing skills, AND they were actually buzzing about it!
Why Not? So, for those still hating them. Turn it into a cool learning opportunity. Besides: the good news with fads…They will probably be gone by the time school is out…Only to be replaced by something new. 🙂
Here are some articles talking about it. The first one has some clever ideas on how to use them in class.