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  • Lost In a Daydream

    “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”  - Anatole France My family and I followed my wife to Europe a few summers ago while she was teaching opera students in Spoleto, Italy. Her teaching schedule allowed one weekend of free time, so we made the most of it using the rail system to see as much of Europe that we could pack into 3 days. It turned into quite the adventure. After spendin ...

    by Jim Detwiler
    Friday, 01 May 2015
  • jigsaws

    How Do You Like These Flipping Jigsaws?

     I always liked the concept of jigsaw activtities: to give students more ownership of their learning, to use class time differently, to invite some creativity, etc. The Expert Groups meet for 1 or more class periods to learn about a sub-topic and to prepare a short presentation about it. Then students break into the Home Groups to spend another class period or two teaching each other. However, in real life these activities can quickly get messy and unproductive:  Some students read ...

    by Andrew Swan
    Thursday, 30 April 2015
  • I hold my breath

    When I have a few minutes to thoughfully re-read my reflective writing, I sometimes realize that I'm glossing over the rough bits.  I'm pretending, for the sake of efficacy or clarity or sanity, that I don't have moments of doubt, of persistent low-level panic that keep me up at night.  So, let me come clean... I do. When I was an undergraduate dance major, we used to have to show our choreographic works-in-progress every week and open ourselves up to feedback from the faculty and oth ...

    by Emily Caruso Parnell
    Thursday, 30 April 2015
  • Shining Light On Teacher Strengths...And Being Aware Of Their Shadows

    simple truth: Incorporating our personal strengths can greatly enhance our classroom, though can also be unintentionally misused. research tells us: Think about the best educators in your school. Do you have a few in mind?  Most likely, you’ve identified those individuals who truly and consistently connect with students.  And in turn, research indicates that students may persevere more in class for these educators (Boynton & Boynton, 2005).  Often, highly effective teacher ...

    by Tony Kline, Ph.D.
    Thursday, 30 April 2015
  • Off Task Students? Ten Tried and True Ways to Redirect

    Redirecting students skillfully is not an easy task. There is often a delicate balance between trying to gently redirect a student whose attention has wandered and disturbing the entire class. Many of us wonder just when to redirect—at the start of a problem when it is confined to just one person or when a group of students seem to be off task? As a rule of thumb, most experienced educators will agree that it is best to act fairly early and with the least intrusive methods. When you notice stud ...

    by Julia G. Thompson
    Wednesday, 29 April 2015
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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