Anybody know some great books/articles that talk about strategies to use for 21st century learning? It’s part of my goal for my PDP. I know there’ say lot of stuff out there, I just don’t want to waste my time reading stuff that isn’t great if you have some good suggestions!
One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.
Malala Yousafzai (Pakistani teen that was shot by the Taliban last year for trying to go to school)
Nebla Marquez-Greenhad, mother of a girl who was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting,
I’m quickly realizing that I’m probably going to be spending more time helping my colleagues get comfortable using the technology tools I already use (Edmodo, Dropbox, Google Docs…)
I have never read The Time Traveler’s Wife (a student donated it to my library last year, so I didn’t think it would be that bad!), but when the mom looked through it yesterday she saw several sex and drug scenarios that she was uncomfortable with her (8th grade) son reading.
Props to her for being involved in her son’s reading and reaching out to me about whether or not I thought it was appropriate for 8th grade. Young adult novels have so many instances of sex, drugs, and drinking, where exactly is the line when it becomes inappropriate for middle schools students?
Not exactly the way I wanted to start off parent contact this year…
Have you read The Time Traveler’s Wife? What do you think? Have you gone through a similar situation?
When I was in high-school I co-coached an elementary squad, but that was very informal. My season doesn’t start until November, so I have time to come up with some ideas and get everything together. I’ll have to do some Internet searching for some fun ideas.
|—||Ralph Fletcher, A Writer’s Notebook|
This week I’ve been taking part in a Writer’s Workshop training put on by the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project at my new school. I’m in an interesting position, because I have a lot of Workshop experience from student teaching and long-term subbing, but I’ve never been “officially” trained. I’m almost a little bored, because I know most of the stuff, but it is all new for most of the other teachers I’m working with.
It’s good information, but it’s a little over the top with the homework she gives us…I understand the benefit of practicing writing along with the kids, but I don’t see the need (or appreciate the pressure) to spend my free time working on my narrative pieces, when there is really no need for an end-product at this time. It probably doesn’t help that I am ridiculously exhausted this week and have way too many other things I want to be doing instead!