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Books, paper, pencils, pens-
School is back in session again
So many things make a school
But it is how people treat each other that makes it cool.

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nprfreshair:

When children’s book writer/illustrator Tomi Ungerer spoke with Fresh Air, he mentioned that he had designed a kindergarten school in the shape of a cat.  This is how he described it:  

"The children go into the mouth every morning. And on the second floor, they can slide down through the tail."

Cats and kittens, here it is. It is in Germany. We want to go back to school. 
photo via apartmenttherapy

Creative school design. Love it. We certainly need it.

nprfreshair:

When children’s book writer/illustrator Tomi Ungerer spoke with Fresh Air, he mentioned that he had designed a kindergarten school in the shape of a cat.  This is how he described it:  

"The children go into the mouth every morning. And on the second floor, they can slide down through the tail."

Cats and kittens, here it is. It is in Germany. We want to go back to school. 

photo via apartmenttherapy

Creative school design. Love it. We certainly need it.

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guardian:

Pictures from The Color Run: the happiest 5km ever 

Dubbed the happiest ‘race’ on the planet, the Color Run is a 5km event in which participants get covered head to foot in powder paint. They start the event dressed in white, but by the end they’re a kaleidoscope of colours having run, danced and walked through four different zones where they’re pelted with vivid cornstarch-based powders. The race started on Olympic Way in north London, then looped around Wembley Stadium, before a truly messy festival finale. After successful events around the world this was the first of four Color Runs to be staged in the UK, with Manchester, Brighton and Belfast still to come.

Photos: Jonny Weeks/the Guardian

Some schools are doing color runs as fundraisers. This looks like a blast and is something to consider.

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Follow-up Friday: Cell Phones in the Classroom - What

gjmueller:

It’s follow-up-fri and I wanted to share some of the responses.

  • betheteacheryouloved: “very interesting article, particularly because it addresses a population not discussed very often on #Education: adult students…”
  • calebryandavis:I think we should incorporate technology into education more and more as technology grows, instead of running away from it.”
  • itsjusthighschoolman: I’m a freshman in High School, and of my 4 teachers, each one has a different policy…”
  • adventuresinemmaland: “…I am in 3rd grade. I can think of very few reasons for students at this age to have cell phones…”
  • cerulean-tea: School policy is at teacher discretion. I say out of sight until independent work time and only for research.”
  • lhuddles:no unless specifically invited for a task/assignment (a la BYOD)”

Those that “can use”:

  • eninsevil:only allowed to text silently people in the room”
  • ajd92: “I will let them use them for the first 5 minutes and final 5 minutes of class unless we are testing.”
  • aperture-turret:Our school CAN use cellphones however certain websites are blocked and teachers are always on high alert”
  • wildlywandering: In my class, students can use phones to google/wikipedia (but they should ask first..”

Those that “can’t”:

  • crystalofftheclock: School policy, not allowed (in bags only). Confiscated and only parents may pick up from the office — students’ responsibility to inform.”
  • mrsjdr: Not in my 4th grade class. It stays in a locker all day, if out I take it and a parent has to come pick it up from school. Mostly a non-issue.”
  • amiteachingyet:First grade, nope. Losing/breaking/”borrowing” too much of an issue at this age. Had to hold an iPhone Touch today until after school.”
  • littlestwampum: I’m at a Middle School where students turn theirs in during homeroom and they are locked in a closet until the end of the day.”
  • justthatgirlpam: “Turned off and out of sight.”
  • gigifoundatardis: “Our school has a 100% ban on them for middle schoolers while on campus grounds.”
  • memovegacc: “Off”
  • jhwolford: School policy = NO WAY. I look other way if students use to complete work. My desktops in classroom are 10 years old, take 5 min to power on.”
  • vwalker: School rule is zero electronics.”
  • irrationallylogical: Totally unnecessary for my class, thus please keep them stowed away and quiet”

Student opinions:

  • madisonrayeee: I think as long as the teacher is not teaching that we should be alowed to have them out.”
  • edwindrg: Don’t believe it’s respectful to professor or peers”
  • dontjudgemeplz1:If i were a teacher I’d give my students 10 mins at the end of class to use their cell phones because they’re going to use them anyway”
  • isaywhatineedtosay : as long as the students work and pay attention to the teacher i dont see why the students cant use their phones.”
  • aster-e-aster-bunnymund: let kids use them if theyr’e done with their work and during all study halls.”
  • clockwork-minds: I’m a student, but my teachers have a rule where if they catch you on your phone, they can take it and give it back to you the following day.”

A big thanks to those that commented, please know I really appreciate reading your thoughts and getting your perspective.

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School principals and the rhetoric of ‘instructional leadership’

Great article by Larry Cuban on the Washington Post that you should forward to principals. 

"Yet studies of principal behavior in schools makes clear that spending time in classrooms to observe, monitor, and evaluate classroom lessons do not necessarily lead to better teaching or higher student achievement on standardized tests. Where there is a correlation between principals’ influence on teachers and student performance, it occurs when principals create and sustain an academic ethos in the school, organize instruction across the school, and align school lessons to district standards and standardized test items. There is hardly any positive association between principals walking in and out of classrooms a half-dozen times a day and conferring briefly with teaches about those five-minute visits.The reality of daily principal actions conflicts with the theory."

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Google alerts is how we monitor our school brand. We use “Westwood Schools” +Camilla - this way it shows us everything for our school name and in our city. You can deliver to a feed or to email (many like email.) This way it will search and find things and email you when it finds it on the web. Lifehacker has an article on the creative uses for Google Alerts that you should read if it is your job to protect your brand for your business, school, or your own personal brand.
(via Five Creative Uses for Google Alerts)

Google alerts is how we monitor our school brand. We use “Westwood Schools” +Camilla - this way it shows us everything for our school name and in our city. You can deliver to a feed or to email (many like email.) This way it will search and find things and email you when it finds it on the web. Lifehacker has an article on the creative uses for Google Alerts that you should read if it is your job to protect your brand for your business, school, or your own personal brand.

(via Five Creative Uses for Google Alerts)

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Hug a Teacher Tomorrow « Diane Ravitch's blog

bniche:

According to Diane Ravitch, a teacher in Louisiana posted this on Facebook and I believe this is unbelievably true for many of my colleagues and I:

To parents who are not educators, this may be hard to understand.

Five days a week, we teach your kids.
That means we educate your kids.
Play with your kids.
Discipline your kids.
Joke with your kids.
Console your kids.
Praise your kids.
Question your kids.
Beat our head against a wall about your kids.
Laugh with your kids.
Worry about your kids.
Keep an eye on your kids.
Learn about your kids.
Invest in your kids.
Protect your kids and yes, love your kids.

WE WOULD ALL TAKE A BULLET FOR YOUR KIDS.

It’s nowhere in our job description.
It isn’t covered in the employee handbook.
It isn’t cited in our contracts.
But we would all do it.
So, yes, please hug your kids tonight, really, really tight.

But on Monday, if you see your kids’ teacher, please hug them too.” 

So true, and beautiful.

(via adiemtocarpe)

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