Link 14 Dec 299 notes Revolutionize Education: Why do I have to learn this? »

allisonunsupervised:

Because it’s good exercise.

Because you live in this universe, and it’s good to know how it works.

Because it’s a ticket.

Because it’s the foundation.

Because it leads to other things.

Because you don’t actually know where you’ll end up.

Because the world is…

Photo 14 Dec 24,103 notes positivelypersistentteach:

markcoatney:

theweekmagazine:

In 1860, an 11-year-old girl wrote to Abe Lincoln, suggesting he grow a beard. He not only responded, he obliged.
“Hon A B Lincoln…
Dear Sir
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York. 
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Grace Bedell”
Lincoln responded a few days later: 
“Miss Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss 
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received — I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters — I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age — They, with their mother, constitute my whole family — As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now? 
Your very sincere well wisher,
A. Lincoln”
While he made no promises about the beard to Bedell, he stopped shaving and allowed the beard to grow not long after their exchange and was elected as the 16th president of the United States a few weeks later. On his inaugural train ride from Illinois to Washington, D.C., the president-elect stopped in Bedell’s hometown of Westfield, N.Y., and asked to meet her.

The more you know.

I love that I know this now.

positivelypersistentteach:

markcoatney:

theweekmagazine:

In 1860, an 11-year-old girl wrote to Abe Lincoln, suggesting he grow a beard. He not only responded, he obliged.

“Hon A B Lincoln…

Dear Sir

My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York. 

I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye

Grace Bedell”

Lincoln responded a few days later: 

“Miss Grace Bedell

My dear little Miss 

Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received — I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters — I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age — They, with their mother, constitute my whole family — As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now? 

Your very sincere well wisher,

A. Lincoln”

While he made no promises about the beard to Bedell, he stopped shaving and allowed the beard to grow not long after their exchange and was elected as the 16th president of the United States a few weeks later. On his inaugural train ride from Illinois to Washington, D.C., the president-elect stopped in Bedell’s hometown of Westfield, N.Y., and asked to meet her.

The more you know.

I love that I know this now.

(Source: theweek.com)

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Link 14 Dec 365 notes 12 Alternatives To Letter Grades In Education»

world-shaker:

Here are 4:

1. Gamification

A comprehensive systems of badges, trophies, points, XP, achievements. This uncovers nuance and is capable of far more resolution and precision than a letter.

2. Live Feedback

Here, students are given verbal and written feedback immediately–as work is being completed. Live scoring without the scoring and iteration. No letters or numbers, just feedback.

3. Grade–>Iterate–>Replace

In this process, work is graded as it traditionally has been, then, through revision and iteration, is gradually improved and curated. Eventually “lesser” performance (as determined by students, peers, families, and teachers) is replaced by better work, but without the grades. Grades jump-start the revision process, and that’s it.

4. Always-on Proving Grounds (Continuous Climate of Assessment)

In this model, assessment never stops–the result of one assessment is another. Not tests, but demonstrations. It doesn’t stop, so rather than halting the process to assign a letter, the process continues on.

Photo 14 Dec 49 notes closed-for-winter:

I think it’s important to let your students know that you really do value their ideas an opinions, so I’ve been creating a variety of these student feedback sheets that they can fill out to let me know what they liked, what they didn’t like so much, and even give me some suggestions to improve.
Just because a teacher has a four year qualification, it doesn’t mean that they are automatically great at everything… So feedback and such should be valued in the classroom, because I guess that there is always room for improvement, no matter how much experience you have. 
:)

closed-for-winter:

I think it’s important to let your students know that you really do value their ideas an opinions, so I’ve been creating a variety of these student feedback sheets that they can fill out to let me know what they liked, what they didn’t like so much, and even give me some suggestions to improve.

Just because a teacher has a four year qualification, it doesn’t mean that they are automatically great at everything… So feedback and such should be valued in the classroom, because I guess that there is always room for improvement, no matter how much experience you have. 

:)

Text 14 Dec 50 notes

edukaition:

My students fill out exit slips each day at the end of my social studies lessons. They put down three things they learned, two ways they contributed to class, and one question they still have. Sometimes the questions are not about content…

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Photo 14 Dec 126 notes standbackweregoingtolearnscience:

When you go to the first year teacher tag, this is the list of what comes up as related tags. Those two at top are “i don’t know what else to do” and “I can’t do anything right”
In case anyone forgot that teaching is hard, y’all.

standbackweregoingtolearnscience:

When you go to the first year teacher tag, this is the list of what comes up as related tags. Those two at top are “i don’t know what else to do” and “I can’t do anything right”

In case anyone forgot that teaching is hard, y’all.

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Link 12 Jun 60 notes 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated] »

world-shaker:

Here are the first four:

  1. Ask for information: Instead of trusting Wikipedia, ask the crowd on Facebook. One kindergarten teacher asked parents to research seeds and got great information about the largest seed in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
  2. Attend remote lectures: Using Facebook, you can tune into remote lectures and presentations from around the world.
  3. Museums and more: Help your students follow along with local and international museums, art galleries, exhibits, and more for enriched learning on Facebook.
  4. Firsthand research: Students can connect with family members for genealogy assignments, discuss issues with local celebrities and more through Facebook.
Link 12 Jun 64 notes 9 Ways to Assess without using standardized tests»

goodmorningteachera:

Students don’t like taking them, teachers don’t like giving them.
I prefer qualitative assessment myself.

Here are more ways. 

Link 12 Jun 37 notes 10 Reasons Your Students Should Laugh »

Social Awareness: Humor is a powerful tool in social change. It strips away the fear of those who are committing injustices. Whether it’s Charlie Chaplin mocking Hitler or South Park lambasting Kim Jong Il (oh, he’s dead now? I didn’t even realize he was Il.) satire can be a powerful method of bringing the absurdity of an idea to life. Last year, I played clips from The Onion. Students read “A Modest Proposal.” I wanted them to see how humor can be used to make sense out of the world.

Photo 12 Jun 65 notes writingprompts:

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Photo 12 Jun 102 notes msleahhbic:

profeministbro:

Bitch
Targets and dehumanizes women, even if used towards men - including gay/queer men. Devalues women and femininity. Reinforces sexism.
Ghetto
Describes something or someone as cheap, worn out, poor, dangerous, etc. Reference to housing communities that are impoverished and disproportionately impact people of color. Associates people of color with these negative characteristics.
Illegal Alien
Reduces undocumented immigrants to something less than human. Fixates on legal status instead of people as individuals. Asserts that some people belong here more than others do. Ignores political, social, and economic factors that negatively impact people of color.
No Homo
Stresses the speaker’s heterosexuality, masculinity, and/or other traits to avoid being perceived as gay/queer. Goes to great lengths to avoid association with anything queer. Reinforces that to be queer is bad.
Retarded & Lame
Targets mental, emotional, and physical disabilities as objects for ridicule. Used as synonyms for “worthless,” “bad,” “unintelligent,” “incapable,” etc.
That’s So Gay
Stigmatizes gay and queer people. Uses their identities to describe something as undesireable or bad. Replaces negative adjectives with words related to queer/LGBT identity.
Whore/Ho & Slut
Dismisses anyone seen as being “too” sexual - particularly sex workers, women, queer people, and people of color. Perpetuates negativity towards sex itself. Regulates who is allowed to have it.
WORDS THAT HURT and WHY
These words create an environment that perpetuates violence and discrimination against people of color, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.
People can reclaim these words for themselves as a form of empowerment. This is a personal decision. Don’t reclaim words on behalf of others.
Sometimes we say words without realizing the impact they may have on others. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Take the time to educate yourself about languages and histories of oppression.
For more information contact the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center
lgbtrc.ucdavis.edu
530.752.2452

I’d hang this on the wall of my future classroom, but I feel like people would take exception to it despite its educational purpose…

msleahhbic:

profeministbro:

Bitch

Targets and dehumanizes women, even if used towards men - including gay/queer men. Devalues women and femininity. Reinforces sexism.

Ghetto

Describes something or someone as cheap, worn out, poor, dangerous, etc. Reference to housing communities that are impoverished and disproportionately impact people of color. Associates people of color with these negative characteristics.

Illegal Alien

Reduces undocumented immigrants to something less than human. Fixates on legal status instead of people as individuals. Asserts that some people belong here more than others do. Ignores political, social, and economic factors that negatively impact people of color.

No Homo

Stresses the speaker’s heterosexuality, masculinity, and/or other traits to avoid being perceived as gay/queer. Goes to great lengths to avoid association with anything queer. Reinforces that to be queer is bad.

Retarded & Lame

Targets mental, emotional, and physical disabilities as objects for ridicule. Used as synonyms for “worthless,” “bad,” “unintelligent,” “incapable,” etc.

That’s So Gay

Stigmatizes gay and queer people. Uses their identities to describe something as undesireable or bad. Replaces negative adjectives with words related to queer/LGBT identity.

Whore/Ho & Slut

Dismisses anyone seen as being “too” sexual - particularly sex workers, women, queer people, and people of color. Perpetuates negativity towards sex itself. Regulates who is allowed to have it.

WORDS THAT HURT and WHY

These words create an environment that perpetuates violence and discrimination against people of color, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.

People can reclaim these words for themselves as a form of empowerment. This is a personal decision. Don’t reclaim words on behalf of others.

Sometimes we say words without realizing the impact they may have on others. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Take the time to educate yourself about languages and histories of oppression.

For more information contact the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center

lgbtrc.ucdavis.edu

530.752.2452

I’d hang this on the wall of my future classroom, but I feel like people would take exception to it despite its educational purpose…

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Link 12 Jun 131 notes How to improve classroom management: Doing less equals more control»

life-and-light:

Take a deep breath…

If you slow down, move less, talk less, and at times do absolutely nothing, you will gain more control.

And classroom management won’t be such a challenge.

Here’s how to do less:

Slow Down

It’s always smart to take your time. If you rush or get ahead of your students, you’ll lose them—and control of your class. By slowing down, you’ll cover more material, get more done, and have better behaved students.

Move Less

You’ve probably been told that teachers should move around the room a lot and avoid staying in one place. But unless you’re checking in on students working independently, this is poor advice.

Your students need to focus on you and your instruction and nothing else. This is best accomplished by staying in one place. There should be no misunderstanding about where their eyes, ears, and thinking ought to be.

Talk Less

Most teachers talk too much. The reality is, the more you talk, the less your students will tune in and the more likely they are to misbehave.

If you want your words to have meaning, be brief, get to the point, and move on. Save your voice for inspired lessons, readings, stories, and activities.

Pause Often

When giving directions or providing information, pause often. Allow a beat or two of silence between sentences.

This helps students focus on your message, allows them to process what you’ve told them, and gives you a chance to see how well they’re following along.

Do Nothing

If your students aren’t giving you what you want, stop whatever you’re doing. Stand in the most prominent place in the classroom (I like to stand on a chair) and do nothing.

When your students are silent and looking at you, wait some more. Gather your thoughts. When you’re ready, tell them again precisely what you expect and then have them do it again.

Lower Your Voice

When you raise your voice, you train your students to listen to you only when you get loud and to tune you out the other times. It says, “Okay, I’m yelling because I really mean it this time!”

If you want your students to listen, speak softly. They should have to lean forward ever so slightly in order to hear you.

Trust Your Classroom Management Plan

You created a classroom management plan for a reason. So use it. Let it do the heavy lifting. Pull yourself away from the drama and frustration of trying to plead, persuade, counsel, manipulate, intimidate, bribe, and will your students to behave.

These methods, all examples of trying to do more, don’t work.

Link 12 Jun 43 notes Tiki-Toki lets you make your own timeline presentation. Look at this (very bare bones) example of Shakespeare's life.»

revolutionizeed:

girlwithalessonplan:

This has a lot of possibilities for classroom use, and sure beats having to make timeline posters or long wall murals—and spending the money on supplies for them.  

Tiki Toki appears free with an account sign up, too.  

My students have loved using Tiki-Toki throughout the year on different projects!

Text 12 Jun 72 notes If I had a dog, I’d probably name him Tumblr.
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