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  • Kids Tuning into Themselves, Others, and the World

    Kids look into the mind’s mirror, see themselves (maybe for the first time), and write about what they find.  How scary is that?  This is “Reflections,” an application of “Music Writing,” which introduced adolescents to the wild world of inner experience via music, and how the mind’s eye, like a giant spotlight, illuminates events as mental image pictures to contemplate.  Contemplation helped kids to examine their inner and outer worlds and gave them organic and real reasons for w ...

    by Jeffrey Pflaum
    Wednesday, 27 May 2015
  • Summer Work ... JUST SAY NO

    The #BFC530 conversation on Twitter today was centered on Summer work. There are many people who believe we, as educators, must do something to combat this Summer slide that students go through every Summer.  I hear many educators talking about this slide and quite honestly I never really understood the concept. I live in Social Studies world where most of the students who walk through my doors have very little previous knowledge about what they will learn in my class so the Summer Slide c ...

    by Dennis Dill
    Wednesday, 27 May 2015
  • Tips for Surviving the Mandatory Master's Degree

    Most states today require new teachers to start their master's degrees after just a few, short years in the classroom.  While there are many pros and cons to that requirement, the reality is that many master's programs really help us develop into better teachers and have a huge impact on what we do in the classroom.  Here are some tips and tricks to surviving the required master's program: 1. Go online! There are many great online master's programs out there, from Western Governors U ...

    by Carina Hilbert
    Wednesday, 27 May 2015
  • peer learning

    When It Comes to Learning, It’s Better Together

    I often wonder how kids are supposed to become part of a community and the world when they have so little experience learning how. We teach kids how to beat each other – in sports and spelling bees and such – but give them almost no opportunity to discover what’s possible when they work together. It’s no wonder American corporations are spending millions of dollars on team-building trainings for their young employees. These young people have been educated in schools where talking to one another ...

    by Rae Pica
    Tuesday, 26 May 2015
  • The Student Votes are IN: 6 Traits Teachers MUST Possess!!!

    What do students want AND need in an educator? Thoughts run rapidly through my mind as the end of the year approaches and deep self-reflection continues: Did I make a difference this year? What should I approach completely differently next year? How can I revise my instructional approaches? In what manner can I meet more students where they are at in ANY given moment? Instead of permitting my uncertainties to mature out of proportion, I decided to consult the individuals who would know first- ...

    by Kara Welty
    Saturday, 23 May 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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