These two links below speak to the importance of a movement in ed that I am a big fan of: maker movement /genius hour /classroom as laboratory or studo.
Both of these links talk about how important it is to let kids run with their hare-brained schemes.
I am all for teachers whose gift it is to provide security and structure. However, back in the day that was considered the ONLY way to teach. I am certain that what public school's greatest gift to children, especially poor children, can be is NOT militaristic structure but a workshop and dream making space that they do not get at home but rich children (or bohemian artists' children, or the hyper-educated's children) do-or at least their parents ship them off to camp for once a year- if they are not like the moms in these stories who open their homes to chaos with a smile
Upshot for teachers - if you can be patient and let the learning be messy kids can achieve their dreams
Here is a PDF with photos of 7 (easy?) steps the help desk says to do to see the i-drive from your Revolve tablet. More info tips and tricks here http://www.cmslearns.org/revolve/ I have placed these instructions on this How To website for district specific tech http://how.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/Revolve as well. Thanks to Mr. Kollar for reminding me to ask.
...and other long reads well worth your while
Here are two reads for your weekend long-reading enjoyment:
I highly recommend both!
First, Here's the article referred to in the title of this post, via Annie Murphy Paul. I like a lot of her Brilliant Report so it is all worth reading http://eepurl.com/S2XQj
And also, CMS PD Specialist Kim Marshall compiles a digest of news of interest to educators . This particular Marshall Memo is so amazing I had to share it with you. Click on the image (cafe picture) if you find the quotes below compelling enough to read her entire newsletter.
“The evidence against VAM is at this point overwhelming. The refusal of school reformers to acknowledge it is outrageous.”
Valerie Strauss in “Statisticians Slam Popular Teacher Evaluation Method”
“How well is differentiated instruction carried out and by how many teachers? How well does it actually work and for which kids under what circumstances? I’d really like to know, and so, I am sure, would many others.”
Chester Finn, Jr. (see item #4)
“Privateness has not been and undoubtedly never will be lauded, precarious, and decent. Humankind will always subjugate privateness.”
This sentence got a near-perfect score from a robot grading program (see item #5)
“Self-control is like a muscle – we need to restore its strength after use. Rest, relaxation, meditation, prayer, a snack – all those things can help restore us.”
Maryam Kouchaki (see item #2)
“What do you notice?”
Kristen Marchiando’s question of her third graders as they read together (see item #7)
Sometimes I get bogged down with what's going wrong in the larger ed reform world.
During those times it's helpful to focus on what we have the power to change immediately as we continue to advocate for those changes others need to help us create.
Math teacher Justin Aion started this hashtag on Twitter and I ran with it enthusiastically (there's no other way I run)
Many of the ideas I shared in the #ThingsTeachersCanChange list are directly inspired by YOU-things you've told me, things I've seen you do, things we've discussed together that matter in ed.
If you or your students are feeling demoralized and need a bit of a pick me up, click the image to read the hashtag ideas, and also please add your own ideas! (If you need to make a Twitter account, contact me and I will walk you through it.) These are things you can change right now and you may like them. I'll be out of town on Saturday, but this is my way of helping the cause, using somethign I know how to do
Now that chromebooks are here to solve our flash-based problems, don't forget:
The best thing about iPad are the apps yet we are so used to webbased tools sometimes we forget them. Have you checked out the ones we have loaded? Next time you have iPads, check one out during your planning or email me for ideas of how to use the apps we have. This article was the impetus for this reminder:
A few to think about that can be used with ANY subject:
12 apps and how one teacher uses them in class http://www.teachersusetech.com/2014/05/12-ipad-apps-you-should-consistently.html?m=1
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.