Demolishing the Myth of the Grumpy, Crusty, Burned-Out Veteran Teacher – Education Week Teacher

Veteran teachers should be valued for their expertise, not stereotyped and pushed out of the classroom, argues Justin Minkel.

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Why Stickers, Pizza Parties, and Tickets Didn’t Work in My Classroom – A.J. JULIANI

It was towards the middle of my first year teaching (8th grade) when it hit me: My class was spinning out of control, and it was all my fault. I was an eager first-year teacher, with

Source: Why Stickers, Pizza Parties, and Tickets Didn’t Work in My Classroom – A.J. JULIANI

Some really good points made about rewards in the classroom, or for that matter in any work environment. A couple of books were mentioned that I added to my wish list. Food for thought for this upcoming school year. Of at the end A.J. Juliani discusses the Genius Hour project. Which I try to do every year. But the other points, I think, really hit the mark about rewards. Again Thank You Mr. Juliani for making me think about my classroom and how it works.

Punished by Rewards Quotes

Classroom of Choice by Jonathan C. Erwin

Hermione: 3 Spells to Cast as a Leader | Teachonomy

Hermione wields the wand of change.  By casting her spell through her adventures, she changes the narrative and gives us the realization of a female hero that girls look up to and boys revere. As leaders, we can learn a lot through taking a closer look at Hermione.  She demonstrates so many qualities that are […]

Source: Hermione: 3 Spells to Cast as a Leader | Teachonomy

 Sometimes the slightest act of kindness brings about the largest impact in the long run.  ” Love this quote from the article. Sometimes we forget as teachers that we need to slow down and listen. This is part of becoming a good leader in the classroom. Love this article and think the 3 spells are great advice. 

Riding Light on Vimeo

This is a really cool video. Its 45 minutes long but you could use parts of it to show students the speed of light. I think I would use it during our Solar System unit and for each planet show the section in the video that corresponds. By the time we finish they would have seen the whole video. Just a thought!

Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert – Microsoft EDU

New tools should not only engage students and fit seamlessly into lessons, but also add value without taking away from the many “musts” on every teacher’s list.

Source: Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert – Microsoft EDU

I like number two and it fits in well with Blended Learning classroom. And how many different technology tools do you use? In today’s world we have tons of choices, but I finally figured out pick the favorites and stick with them. My reflection always includes a survey to my students asking them for their thoughts on the assignment or technology we used.

Does it work..Less connectivity

This is the start of a series of blogs that will discuss Angela Watson’s “5 Summer Secrets for a stress-free fall”. 5 stress-free ways for a less stressful fall? Is that realistic? After listening to Ms. Watson’s podcast and downloading all her resources, I started to take her advice and use her resources to begin my journey. And I became aware that it is possible. I did this is because every summer I feel like I don’t get what I need to get done. This year I’d like to be ready for school. I always feel like the summer goes by and I haven’t completed any of the tasks I wanted to get done.

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Less of this, means more time to complete other tasks.

 

How do you do this? Using Ms. Watson’s suggestions there’s 5 ways to attack this problem. First teachers are always stressing because they don’t get what they need to get done. How do you attack this problem? You start with connectivity and decrease social media use (this wasn’t part of the 5 Summer Secrets). You don’t always have to look at your phone for everything. You don’t always have to look at email or social media right away in the morning. That’s the first challenge, I did from Ms. Watson’s website/newsletter. It works, I started to do this, sometimes I fall back into my old ways where I look at social media. But that’s okay, I’m working on changing this habit. Email in the morning, doesn’t work. When I do this stuff, I find I go down those rabbit holes and it wastes my time. I’m wasting time in the morning and I can have a more fruitful morning by reading and doing other things. So I started off with this challenge to help me create better plan to conquer my tasks this summer. I’m learning how to deal with those bad habits, and hoping I can maintain this type of task management for the summer. This challenge was separate from the “5 Summer Secrets”, but it peaked my interest and now I started to use her “5 Summer Secrets to a stress- free fall”. If you sign up for her newsletter you can also receive other tips like the “8 things you can do now to make BTS less stressful” another great resource full of tips.

I know some people are saying this is a way for her to get teachers to join her “40 hour Week Teacher workweek Club” course, but quite honestly she is a great Coach! I’ve been listening to her podcasts and reading her blog. And the resources and advice she gives is very good. Go to her website “The Cornerstone for Teachers” see for yourself.  I’m beginning to think about joining her club next spring. Next entry for me will be about my start of the 5 Summer Secrets…

One last thing..Thank You Angela Watson

Why Virtual Reality has the Potential to Transform Education as We Know It – The Tech Edvocate

Virtual reality has been on the radar since Morton Heilig’s Sensorama in the 1950s, and head mounted versions of the technology were even around in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until recently that its use has become less of a novelty and more of a commonality. Console games and smartphone adapters have brought the potential of virtual reality into the lives of everyday people. And soon, that technology will enter the classroom. Now, the big question is how these emerging technologies will transform education as we know it. While that question might not be fully answered for some time, it […]

Source: Why Virtual Reality has the Potential to Transform Education as We Know It – The Tech Edvocate

Some interesting points on Virtual Reality

Climate Change

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Check out the response to the Booklet being sent out to Teachers about Climate change from the Heartland Institute. Here is another source mentioned on the NESTA website The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change

Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming: the NIPCC Report on Scientific Consensus, and a DVD, History of Climate Change in Greenland. The package looks official with the NIPCC’s seal in the upper left corner. The deceptive marketing is intended to take advantage of many teachers’ unfamiliarity with climate science….

Quinn Rollins: Play Like a Pirate: Celebrate Wonder Woman Day!

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I came home after watching this movie with a sense of wonderment (no pun intended). I think, and I’m not expert, this was a great movie. Mr. Rollins has some really neat ideas to use this movie and other superhero movies for the classroom. Check out some of his ideas about Wonder Woman.

Climate at your fingertips / Space for our climate / Observing the Earth / Our Activities / ESA

Discover our planet’s changing climate through the eyes of satellites with Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android tablets featuring interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists.

Source: Climate at your fingertips / Space for our climate / Observing the Earth / Our Activities / ESA

This looks like a great tool for students when talking about Climate Change.