EDWORDS: Latest Blog Posts

  • What Did You Expect?

    Recently I spent a week of mornings with a group of four-year-olds. Each morning we played and learned together. Toward the end of the week, a boy (whom I had not met previously) came over to me. "Mr. Scott," he said, "You are the best Mr. Scott ever." That statement has stuck with me since, echoing in that four-year-old voice inside my head.  Too often, I get caught up in being a teacher in the mold of someone else. I don't decorate my room like _____ or manage my class like _____ or han ...

    by R Scott Wiley
    Thursday, 02 July 2015
  • Can you dance? What must all teachers be able to do?

    I'm not a good dancer.  I'm not sure why really, I guess I'm just self-conscious about the way I look when I  dance. I shouldn't be this way because I believe in a growth mindset.  I shouldn't worry about making mistakes or worry about the way I look. That was the subject of a previous blog post.  OK, I promise to work on this.  But, you know who CAN dance? Every actor and actress ever…  I have certain peculiar niche interests.  Just ask my wife (@dmgately) ...

    by Donald Gately
    Thursday, 02 July 2015
  • Fun+Free+Nonfiction...What's Not to Love?

    During a field trip several years ago, I watched my students pile off the bus at a rest area. Instead of heading to the snack machines as I expected, however, they stood around a brochure display stand, trading travel pamphlets and discussing tourist attractions with enthusiasm. Intrigued, I began to gather brochures for my classroom. In no time, I had amassed a collection that students were reading with enthusiasm in their spare time. They traded stories about trips they had taken in the ...

    by Julia G. Thompson
    Thursday, 02 July 2015
  • happy classroom

    Why Educators Should Care About the Bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy

       As I stated in my discussion with Lori Desautels, Kay Albrecht, and Peter DeWitt, just as we can’t start building a house with the second story we can’t get to the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (self-actualization) by skipping over the bottom levels. Here’s some of Lori’s rationale as to why the bottom of the pyramid matters: Our brains are wired for attachment and survival. When we feel "felt" by another, we are able to create a brain state of equanimity and therefore move ...

    by Rae Pica
    Thursday, 02 July 2015
  • Breaking down barriers between the classroom and the real world

    One of the things I frequently experiment with in my classroom is ways to connect what my students are learning with the real world. It is a useful approach since it stimulates engagement and interest from students, it links in with instilling a sense of lifelong learning, and, ideally, helps to make classroom-based work much more relevant to learners’ own interests and passions. Breaking down these barriers between classroom and real-life offers great scope for personalized learning trajector ...

    by Adam Bodley
    Wednesday, 01 July 2015
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