Gary Provost (via qmsd)
This might be my favourite quote on writing ever.
I’ve lost count on how many times i have reblogged this. Still, I feel the need to do so everytime I see it.
(via choquefrontal)This is awesome.
How To: Students Present with the iOS App “Keynote” — Enable students to create a five-minute class lesson using Keynote. (Continue behind the link.)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (via whiskeysoaked)
I forgot how much I love this quote.
I’m having the worst classroom management crisis of my 5 years of teaching. One of my classes has several students that won’t do what I ask them to do, whether it’s to read an article, work in groups, get out their homework, turn and talk about the material with a partner, just be quiet, etc. I’ve tried talking to students individually about their behavior (which has usually worked in the past). I’ve also called parents to get them involved, written them up for noncompliance, and even kicked students out (as a last resort). I’ve tried new seating charts and varying what we do in class to try to create more interest in my lessons. I’ve tried nonverbal cues of moving towards students when they are having side conversations while we’re trying to have a class discussion. I’ve tried getting the mentor program at my school involved to try to give the kids another adult to connect with. I’ve even asked an administrator to come by my room every once in a while just to check in.
Nothing that I’m doing appears to be working. Any management issues I’ve had in the past have usually subsided with these techniques. This is really affecting their grades (obviously), the classroom environment, and my daily rhythm of teaching.
I am out of ideas and out of patience. What else can I do? What are your suggestions so that I don’t go crazy during the next 6 weeks?
Done with my latest curriculum writing contract… and it was a doozy. I really enjoy doing this work, but it’s so hard to do it well while teaching full time!
I am excited to use this work to lead common core & essential standards trainings in my district this spring.
One of the teachers I traveled with to Korea this summer posted this great discussion question on Facebook:
Good morning teacher peeps on FB — I have a big question for you: I’m interested to know what you think, if money and politics were not obstacles, what your teaching life will look like in 5 to 7 years. Think classroom space, lesson objectives, and technology. Think big — I’d like best possible scenarios.
Class size 20 or less, tablet in the hands of every kid (ideally iPad, but I’ll take anything!), and medium/large classroom with various places to sit, learn, and create, including couches, desks, large tables for groups, and lots of whiteboards. Teaching skills through humanities, but not necessarily a specific fact-based content - whatever content my students are interested in to answer major essential questions/themes, like when is war justified? How does religion affect the lives of its followers? etc…
What’s your ideal classroom setting in 5-7 years?
The 2012 presidential election is quickly approaching, and both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have peppered their campaigns with a variety of ideas and promises regarding K-12 education. EducationWorld has scoured multiple news outlets to bring you the following breakdown of each candidate’s educational platform. (Resource behind the jump)
Thanks for doing this!