126,389 notes   •   September 29 2014, 10:50 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

Some teachers still have trouble showing any sort of vulnerability of fallibility. These teachers will expend immense amounts of energy hiding the fact they’re frustrated at something, that they’re upset or perhaps even angry. Why? Other teachers get tied into logical knots to avoid admitting “I have no idea what the answer to your question is.” But teachers who genuinely connect with students are the ones who aren’t afraid to show emotions in class, who can admit that they aren’t in fact the repository of all knowledge. Of course nobody want to be a wallowing, blubbering mess in class, but what better way to teach empathy than to give the students someone to empathize with when we’re having a bad day? What better way to foster collaboration and to teach that it’s okay not to know something than to say “I don’t know, let’s find that out!”?

314 notes   •   September 28 2014, 02:18 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE




My co-worker showed this video in a workshop she presented.  As a teacher of ELL/Bilingual students it was so moving and helpful in understanding what sitting in an English-speaking classroom is like for an ELL.

Educators: Watch this

If nothing else, the two minutes starting about 1:20 should be required viewing for classroom teachers of ELLs. 

This almost made me cry. Very moving.

189 notes   •   September 26 2014, 10:57 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

An actual thing that happened in class today:

*gasp* “Oh my God, Ms. W is Cinderella!”

"Oh my God, she is!"

"No, guys, she’s Belle, DUH. Because she’s pretty and she likes books."

"Yeah, totally."

"No, she’s Mulan.

"No, Tiana!"

Meanwhile I’m over here rolling my eyes forever.

High school newspaper editor suspended for refusing to print the word “redskin” 


Editor-in-chief Gillian McGoldrick and faculty advisor Tara Huber were suspended from the Neshaminy High School’s newspaper, in an ongoing battle with administrators about the use of the word “redskin.”

The editors of the Pennsylvania high school’s Playwickian paper refuse to print the offensive term “redskin,” the name of the school mascot, going against the orders of principal Ron McGee.

McGoldrick received a one-month suspension from her duties at the paper, while Huber received a two-day suspension from work without pay from the superintendent of Neshaminy School District, according toStudent Press Law Center. Earlier this year, Huber received the Pennsylvania School Press Association’s Journalism Teacher of the Year.

The controversy, which ended with Huber and McGoldrick’s suspension, and $1,200 being removed from the student paper’s account, began last year when the editors  decided to remove the word “redskin” from the paper. However, in June, a student submitted a letter to the editor that contained the word three times.

“The staff replaced all but the first letter with dashes, following The Associated Press style for slurs,” the Student Press Law Center wrote. ”In his prior review of the issue, Principal Ron McGee told the students to print the word in full or not print the paper at all.”

Huber left the room, the students decided not to print the word, and sent the paper to print, student editor Maddy Buffardi explained.

This high school battle brings up the issues of free speech, freedom of the press and of course the controversial term “redskin” — and the team names and mascots in conjunction with it.

Right On, Gillian and Tara!  

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are you ever in the middle of saying something or showing someone something and you realize that literally no one cares 


460,722 notes   •   September 10 2014, 12:23 AM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

7th grade lesson for The Graveyard Book:

Obj: SWBAT comprehend The Graveyard Book.

SWBAT make connections between The Graveyard Book and Celtic mythology.

Asmnt:  Activity notes, writing

Asimnt: Continue reading/listening to Ch. 2, Celtic and pre-Celtic mythology role-play activity, reflective writing

My pl*ns are incredibly skimpy. I tend to do better when I just let it happen, y’know? (That’s only partially an excuse for laziness.)



Reflective Teaching Questions: A Challenge For Teachers


TeachThought is doing a reflective teaching blog challenge for the month of September. I thought of my edupeeps here on tumblr and encourage you to jump in anytime and participate as much or as little as you like. If you, tag your post #reflectiveteaching

I also encourage those of you who are not classroom teachers to also participate, and to morph the questions as needed to join in. I know I sometimes have a hard time engaging in these kinds of things now that I’m out of the classroom, which causes me to feel a bit disconnected from my previous identity and the communities I once thrived on, but I’m getting better at breaking the rules to make things less exclusionary when I need to ;)

I think I might try to answer the ones that speak to me, and will do a mix of micro-blog, blog, and vlog posts depending on my mood and which will serve my purpose at the time.

Day 1
Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you’d like to be!

Day 2
Write about one piece of technology that you would like to try this year, and why. You might also write about what you’re hoping to see out of this edtech integration.

Day 3
Discuss one “observation” area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation.

Day 4
Respond: What do you love the most about teaching?

Day 5
Post a picture of your classroom, and describe what you see–and what you don’t see that you’d like to.

Day 6
Explain: What does a good mentor “do”?

Day 7
Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why?

Day 8
What’s in your desk drawer, and what can you infer from those contents?

Day 9
Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about (or may not care).

Day 10
Share five random facts about yourself.
Share four things from your bucket list.
Share three things that you hope for this year, as a “person” or an educator.
Share two things that have made you laugh or cry as an educator.
Share one thing you wish more people knew about you.

Day 11
What is your favorite part of the school day and why?

Day 12
How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?

Day 13
Name the top edtech tools that you use on a consistent basis in the classroom, and rank them in terms of their perceived (by you) effectiveness.

Day 14
What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?

Day 15
Name three strengths you have as an educator.

Day 16
If you could have one superpower to use in the classroom, what would it be and how would it help?

Day 17
What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today?

Day 18
Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes your teaching philosophy. For example, a “teacher is a ________…”

Day 19
Name three powerful students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often.

Day 20
How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves?

Day 21
Do you have other hobbies/interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain.

Day 22
What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching?

Day 23
Write about one way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in the learning in your classroom. If you don’t yet do so, discuss one way you could get started.

Day 24
Which learning trend captures your attention the most, and why? (Mobile learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, etc.)

Day 25
The ideal collaboration between students–what would it look like?

Day 26
What are your three favorite go-to sites for help/tips/resources in your teaching?

Day 27
What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching?

Day 28
Respond: Should technology drive curriculum, or vice versa?

Day 29
How have you changed as an educator since you first started?

Day 30
What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid?

Oooh, this.

87 notes   •   September 07 2014, 09:27 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

The bookstore in my town has a racism section in honor of Ferguson and it gives me a lot of hope


The bookstore in my town has a racism section in honor of Ferguson and it gives me a lot of hope

36,196 notes   •   September 07 2014, 04:57 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE

Breathe. Focus. Try again.

 - what every student should hear from time to time (via medschoolandthreequarters)
3,988 notes   •   September 07 2014, 04:03 PM   •   VIA   •   SOURCE