And so we come to the famed part of break where I lament the to do list items that have not been accomplished (it sure feels like all of them), and begin to regret spending so much time doing “nothing” instead of all the somethings that I meant to do…
On the other hand, is this not how every weekend/long weekend/break turns out to feel as the final day approaches? Has the world ever stopped turning because I didn’t do the things I was planning to do? Nope. So for now, I shall do what I feel like getting done and try to get a bare bones plan for the week. Anything beyond that will just be a happy bonus!
For those of you who have been on break and about to see it come to a close, take heart in the relatively short amount of time from now until winter break. If/when the regret, guilt, and anxiety try to creep in think back to 1 or 2 beautiful moments of break and think ahead to 1 or 2 student faces who will not care how much planning you did but will instead be happy to see a refreshed teacher standing before them with a smile and a welcome back hug or high five.
Sometimes I make my own, sometimes I buy a box mix and go that route, and sometimes (like this one) I use Pillsbury pre-made from the refrigerated section. Just depends on my mood. I didn’t feel like hassling with the rolling pin and flour explosion all over the kitchen so I went the easy route this time. ;)
Posted on FB by a teacher friend, and on the BAT FB page. Couldn’t find the original source, if you know it please share. :)
Unsatisfactory: You don’t know how to cook a turkey. You serve a chicken instead. Half your family doesn’t show because they are unmotivated by your invitation, which was issued at the last minute via facebook. The other half turn on the football game and fall asleep. Your aunt tells your uncle where to stick the drumstick and a brawl erupts. Food is served on paper plates in front of the TV. You watch the game, and root for the Redskins.
Needs Improvement: You set the alarm, but don’t get up and the turkey is undercooked. 3 children are laughing while you say grace. 4 of your nephews refuse to watch the game with the rest of the family because you have failed to offer differentiated game choices. Conversation during dinner is marked by family members mumbling under their breath at your Aunt Rose, who confuses the Mayflower with the Titanic after her third Martini. Only the drunk guests thank you on the way out. Your team loses the game.
Proficient: The turkey is heated to the right temperature. All the guests, whom you have invited by formal written correspondence, arrive on time with their assigned dish to pass. Your nephew sneaks near the desert dish, but quickly walks away when you mention that it is being saved until after dinner. You share a meal in which all family members speak respectfully in turn as they share their thoughts on the meaning of Thanksgiving. All foods served at the table can be traced historically to the time of the Pilgrims. You watch the game as a family, cheer in unison for your team. They win.
Distinguished: The turkey, which has been growing free range in your back yard, comes in your house and jumps in the oven. The guests, who wrote to ask you please be invited to your house, show early with foods to fit all dietary and cultural needs. You watch the game on tape, but only as an video prompt for your family discussion of man’s inhumanity to man. Your family plays six degrees of Sir Francis Bacon and is thus able to resolve, once and for all, the issue of whether Oswald acted alone.
For those of you that don’t know, MOOCs are massively open online courses. They’re growing in popularity as more people are taking their own education online. The ones people tend to know are sites like Coursera, but there are dozens of programs.
There’s been a lot of buzz about whether these…
I really appreciate this commentary. I would also add that ultimately I think some of the greatest potential of a MOOC lies not in the linear format, assignments, and other more traditional elements of a course (online or in-person) but in the ability to access content and learn / reflect on it in whatever way works best for the user.
Friends, I never have time for tumblr. Like seriously, if I have time to eat a meal without my laptop out and work in front of me, or I get home before 7pm, it is miracle these days.
But today, today I am going to do all the tumblin’. Because it is The Day of the Doctor, and I finally get to spend some high quality time with my person (oh and our men, which is great and all and we love them)…but mostly I want DW and my person ;)
So be prepared for ALL THE REBLOGS in addition to many photos and DW-related shenanigans. It’s going to be epic.
Meet 12-year-old Paloma Noyola Bueno. She goes to José Urbina López Primary School in Matamoros, Mexico. She’s being touted as “the face of Mexico’s unleashed potential.” Mentioning Steve Jobs in the headline is purposely attention-grabbing — on Wired’s part and on mine — but the gist of it is this: Our current idea of “genius” might be a Silicon Valley white guy with glasses, but a small brown girl from a dirt-poor town could be a future game-changing icon, thanks to experimental teaching methods.
A wise fellow educator sent me this tonight with the subject line, ” Keep Taking Risks!” As much as we may believe in what we are doing for students it doesn’t mean we never doubt ourselves in the face of the many challenges we encounter.
I know many of the educators here are taking risks, trying innovative practices, and facing discouraging situations where it feels so much easier to give in and follow the prescribed curriculum and teaching methods. I need constant reminders this year to not fall victim to that, so I urge you not to either. Keep leading by example, believing in yourself and your ability to create change, and most of all believing in your students. If we don’t, who will?
Is there a blog that features awesome classroom layouts or designs? I could have sworn I saw something like that floating around over the summer, but of course I can’t remember the name for the life of me.
Just one of the lines I’ll be singing on stage tomorrow night in the rad staff musical ode to the 80s. It may be a little rough around the edges but I’d say it is pretty great for only having 8 rehearsals.
13 hours at school and many speed bumps along the road to students logging in to Google was all made worth it as I reflect on these amazing moments:
*60 4th graders sat in front of me as I walked them through the process to change their password & there was a moment where it hit me that we finally had devices and that all the challenges would be worth it.
*As I worked one on one getting my kiddos logged in they started exploring their Chromebooks. I heard so many revelations and ah-ha moments behind me without giving any guidance at all. Kids were on Google Maps researching addresses and places around the world, playing CoolMath Games, and trying out Google Docs.
*One student asked what sunscreen “SPF” was and I said, “I don’t know, Google it!” Several minutes later I heard, “Sun Protection Factor!!” And all the kids giggled and engaged in conversations and questions about it.
*A student changed his account pic on his own by taking a goofy webcam pic that made me smile.
* One student sent me an email by looking up my address on his own and was so ridiculously giddy when he asked me if he could email me notes instead of using sticky notes and putting them in my mailbox. When I said, “of course!” He practically jumped out of his skin.
*Every student can now log in to their Chromebooks, and every student created and shared a doc with me for their first writing project in Drive. Success!
I may not have taught the lessons I planned for science, reading, writing, or math but the learning that took place was the most engaged, authentic experience we could have had. We learned perseverance, patience, flexibility, independence, collaboration, and so much more. It was stressful, tiring, and absolutely perfect.
if you’ve never sang defying gravity by yourself dramatically then you are lying
In the car.
With the windows down.
On a busy street.
At a stop light.
In my classroom several times. Once I was standing on a chair hanging something up which definitely added to the theatrics of it all. Also in the car with thinkbrit a couple times, which just makes my heart smile.
The concept aims to raise academic expectations by teaching students and teachers how to think of intelligence as something that can be improved through effort and experimentation.
"When we understand that we can build our intelligence, rather than it being fixed, we take risks; we are interested in learning from mistakes rather than focusing on how people see us and wanting to do things perfectly and quickly," said Eduardo Briceño, a co-founder and the CEO of Mindset Works, a company based on the research by Ms. Dweck and Lisa S. Blackwell, the program’s co-founders.