Posts tagged education
Posts tagged education
Redeeming the Family: Blessing Children of Incarcerated Parents (by Wesley Fryer)
Wesley Fryer is not only a great educator but a great man. Here he shares how he and other men went into the Cushing Oklahooma correction facility and helped dads record messages to their children for Father’s day. What a great thing to do. Part of my own faith is the forgiveness that we can receive and as people we must forgive and encourage those who have made mistakes. If you don’t make a mistake ignore this post, if you do, then consider bringing something like this to your area. Great work, Wes. I hope our PLN’s share this message far and wide.
From Wes’ blog:
“This is a 14 minute video reflection by Wesley Fryer, who volunteered with Redeeming the Family on May 15, 2013, at the Cimarron Correctional Facility (prison) in Cushing, Oklahoma. Oklahoma currently has 17 prisons, and Cimarron is one of three which is privately operated. Corrections Corporation of America has owned and operated this prison commercially since 1997. Last week Redeeming the Family volunteers assisted 50 incarcerated dads to record video messages of love for their children, which will be mailed to their children before Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16th.”
I am here to be the teacher my students need, not always the teacher they want. Just how it is. #education #teaching #teach
I put on this shirt from the #fallcue keynote flash mob. I wore it to remind me what I encourage teachers to be and to be that myself- to finish well. These kids spent a long time on their projects and I will thoroughly review them all. #teaching #education I love conference t shirts. I live the teachers that take the time to Ho to conferences and do this job every day and I love my students. :-) #love2teach yep.
I’ll miss you class of 2013! I’ve been teaching 11 years and can’t remember a day without your shiny faces at the door of my classroom and the song of your lives singing into my heart. I love you all. I’ll especially miss you, my son James. I am so proud of you.
To day is their senior movie day at school and then, they’re done except for graduation next week. I’m ready. They’re ready, but one more time I’ll remember all of the greatness that we had together. You’re a special class of kids.
How do you fit the Geometry Standard into your Preschool Classroom?
1) Patterning Blocks! Let kids manipulate different shapes. Ask questions about the different shapes? How many sides does the hexagon have? Are they all the same length?
2-4) Art! Let kids explore different shapes - this ‘circle art’ is great for young learners who are just learning their shapes.
5-6) Building! The kids need to be able to experiment with different 3 dimensional shapes. This is a great math concept because the kids can actually SEE that it takes more blocks to build the longer side of a shape.
This is a tough one and I’ve had two or three this year who will call out - in a disruptive way. Sometimes it is when I’m speaking. I have one great class that causes me to struggle because of several who have a bit of a problem with knowing the appropriate time to engage (not in the middle of a question or when someone else is talking.) I encourage kids to have a pencil and paper or a tablet in hand to jot down notes of what they want to say - sometimes they are afraid they’ll forget.
Other times, when it is class discussion, I use poker chips. Each student gets two. When they want to interject, they spend their chip. Every student must participate twice before anyone can have a third input. It is a daily grade and so easy to assess b/c everyone must give up their chips.
This article takes it much further and is a good one if you’re struggling with this.
“Namely, how do you deal with a student who, despite receiving consequence after consequence, continues to call out in class?
Before we get to the solution, it’s important to note that there are times during a normal school day when you may want to allow your students to respond to you or their fellow classmates without raising their hand”
Can you design a school to promote healthy eating? There are things every cafeteria can do (read to the end.) This is a big problem and something we need to address. Every school should have a fruit basket near the checkout. It is a no brainer, but do we?
“Just walk into the cafeteria and you can see this is no ordinary elementary school.
“One of the most striking differences is the openness of the eating space,” said pediatrician Dr. Matthew Trowbridge, who also consulted on the project.
Students can look into the area where the food is prepared, and they can look outside to a planned school garden, where vegetables will soon be planted.”
This is a discussion to have with all IT integrators. Many adopt the attitude of leaving the hibernating bear alone. After all, eventually, the resistant teacher will come out of the den ready to enjoy the springtime of learning? No. Not necessarily.
But technological change is as much emotional and psychological as it is instruction. If you don’t first have the teacher in the mood to learn, you’ll be struggling. So, be careful of labeling the teacher as resistant in the first place and be willing to teach and encourage the teacher wherever he/she is. This is a nice article from Elena Aguilar. Check out part 2 after reading this one.
You’ll notice new quick action buttons in Gmail as announced by Google on Wednesday. They want to make things more intuitive. Expect these changes to happen on a gradual basis but they are coming. Including the ability to RSVP more easily - a feature which I like as some stragglers still refuse to properly use Google Calendar or any online calendar at all.
“When the situation calls for it, new quick action buttons will pop up in an email, letting you accomplish simple tasks without reaching for the keyboard. For event RSVPs, you can even mark your attendance from the main inbox view — a preview with all the key details will pop up, letting you respond with a simple Yes, Maybe or No. “