Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • Critical Thinking, Morality, and ‘Middle Passage’

    on Jun 30, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Social Studies • with Comments

    MiddlePassage

    The issue of slavery is a deeply rooted social foundation that has been toiled with for generations. Educators, particularly those teaching high school, are charged with helping their students understand how the existence of such a morally reprehensible institution was even possible. As adolescents, these young students struggle developmentally to decompartmentalize a happening such as slavery. They see it simply as “wrong” with little regard to the context in which the institution is occurring. This type of thinking narrows student understanding of the greater historical narrative and gives way to the creation of historical villains

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  • Finding Narrative: A English Teacher’s Struggle

    on Jun 29, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Literacy, Policy • with Comments

    the narrative

    In my brain lives a little monster. I know I’m not alone. We all have little monsters lurking in our skulls. They hate anything rest related and love to do things like leap up and down and shout, “DID YOU SET THE ALARM FOR 5???” …right as sleep is about to overtake you. At the end of each school year, as much as I want to simply switch my brain to vacation mode, this is when my monster is most active. She looks back on the year and insists on nagging me about every unresolved

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  • CNN’S Soledad O’Brien Opens #ISTE2015 in Philadelphia

    on Jun 29, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Professional Development, Technology • with Comments

    Soledad O'Brien opening ISTE2015

    You have seen her on CNN for a two decades. You might have caught one of her segments on HBO’s Real Sports, or NBC’s Today Show. But have you ever heard Soledad O’Brien talk tech? The anchor/documentarian opened ISTE’s 2015 conference on Sunday night with a powerful, passionate keynote, in which she talked about the intersection of race, poverty, education, and technology. O’Brien, whose Starfish Media production house makes and distributes documentaries on race, class, poverty, and other need-to-know issues, firmly believes that technology can close the achievement gap, but with a major caveat. “

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  • EdCampKS: Professional Development for YOU

    on Jun 24, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Technology • with Comments

    EDcamp

    Teachers are in the field every day teaching.  They use technology, adapt technology, and know what technology works with kids.  So attending a conference led by teachers is empowering.  Friday I attended EdCampKS. This conference was organized by teachers for teachers with presentations by teachers. The morning started with blocks of time scheduled on poster paper.  Some sessions had been pre-arranged and presenters were ready to go.  But there were also open blocks of time that needed filled.  As a group, teachers discussed successes they were having in their classrooms.  As sites, apps, resources and

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  • The Real Benefits of Action Research

    on Jun 23, 15 • in Educator Professionalism, English Language Learners, ESOL, Professional Development • with Comments

    Break The No Summer Break Cycle(1)

    This past semester, as part of a graduate course for a new certification, I did an action research project with some of my second graders. Action research is basically the process of a teacher taking on the role of “researcher” in her or his own classroom with a specific goal in mind. The idea is that teacher can select a problem or area of concern to improve on and go through the research process to find out what is actually going on and how to be a better teacher. As teachers we tend to follow

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