world-shaker:

One of my favorite teachers told me once that he dressed the way that he did — jackets, ties, and other business attire — because he wanted us to know that, while he was our teacher, he was not our friend.

And I thought that made sense. It was his job to advocate for us. To challenge us. To help us be the best we could be. And so he wasn’t our friend. He was our teacher. To keep those ideas separate, he used his dress. I think that’s worth remembering as we move more and more of our work as teachers into online spaces.

Very interesting write-up over here on this issue. If you reblog, weigh in on your thoughts. I’d be curious to see if you think teachers should friend their students.

Such a touchy topic. Should teachers “friend” students? If so, what are the fine lines that should not be crossed? 

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Earlier this week, the White House unveiled a brand new plan to help bring technology to American classrooms. A national center, dubbed the “Digital Promise,” has a goal of transforming learning and the classroom by introducing advanced technologies in the school system.


Teachers around the world are constantly looking for ways to engage students in a different way and change their learning experiences for the better. The flipped classroom has been gaining a lot of attention lately, and many teachers are finding the effectiveness of this new-age style of teaching.

world-shaker:

In all seriousness, it just may be.

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world-shaker:

…sweet mother of pearl…

WOW! 

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kbkonnected:

Homework Helpers LiveBinder for students …and parents.
#elemchat #spedchat

Just in time for back to school! 

kbkonnected:

Homework Helpers LiveBinder for students …and parents.

#elemchat #spedchat

Just in time for back to school! 

"Unless our students temper their dreams with realism, they will never achieve them. Humility is an important educational goal because it is the bedrock of a liberal education. It is the quality that keeps us from overvaluing our own opinions and discounting the opinions of those who know more than we do."

The Value of Humility in Academe (No Kidding)

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world-shaker:

infoneer-pulse:

“He said, ‘In kindergarten we had recess twice a day and we went to gym twice a week,’” Gilboa told LiveScience. Now, as a first-grader, Nadav’s class only went to gym once every six days. They had one recess period a day, split with lunch, so that Nadav had only about 15 minutes a day to run around.

“He said, ‘I get this feeling in my legs when they want to run and that feeling moves up to my belly and when that feeling moves up to my head I can’t remember what the rules are,” Gilboa said. “So he had really noticed a big change in his own behavior and self-control.”

For kids like Nadav, the transition from summer freedom to the grindstone of the classroom may be tough. With schools under pressure to meet standardized testing goals, recess has been cut back and even eliminated in some school districts. The irony, experts say, is that schools may be shooting themselves in the foot by taking away playtime that’s crucial to a child’s growth.

» via Live Science

This is one of those things that seems like common sense, but somehow isn’t.

I’m shocked that schools are actually cutting down on recesses. Kids need their playtime! 

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