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Late last summer, I was returning from a walk across the alfalfa field with my pup. Half a year old, she frolicked about with exuberance about everything. She picked up a stick and raced through the grasses in long sprints, chin up, bursting with pride. She pranced about, holding the stick in her mouth, darting in and teasing me to see I'd chase her to get that prize.
Then, as I watched her, something got ahold of me.
I noticed that the…
My youngest son, who is now in 4th grade, joined a Waldorf Education school this year, after 3 years of suffering in a regular school. We just received the first school's newsletter with updates and descriptions of the activity in the school and I wanted to share it.
But I should probably start with how we went through these first 3 months. My son started the year very skeptic. "There's no school that can fit me", he said. For a 9 year old to passionately hate the idea of…Continue
We are nearing the end of the Flat Classroom Project 2011-3 and students are finishing their multimedia artifacts over the next several weeks. Now is the time to sign up to be a judge! We invite all interested educators and observers to come and learn more about the project by volunteering to be a judge.
Added by mrsdurff on November 19, 2011 at 12:45pm — No Comments
I have not been very good (to myself) about putting out a blog on a regular basis, though that was my intention, for the sake of doing what is necessary to keep in touch with my own thoughts. So, know that this blog is for me and you are invited to read it when you want and as you wish.
I wrote a note a few minutes in response to Kevin's blog on this site and it seemed to be an extension of many of the conversations I have these days, with myself, with commentators in the…Continue
Added by Stephen Lafer on November 14, 2011 at 5:32pm — No Comments
Compared to some other species we remain relatively helpless for a considerable period of time. With our large brains we do catch up and become powerfully intelligent and adaptable but the method of transmitting the knowledge we possess to our offspring takes time and intentional effort.
Throughout history this teaching time has represented a bit of a liability to humans. Only after people began to gather in clans, villages, city…Continue
Added by Kevin on November 13, 2011 at 3:32pm — No Comments
I met this kid in a Texas classroom recently. He looks a lot like a young Steve Jobs. Are we nurturing young minds so they might become the kinds of inventors and visionaries that Steve Jobs was?
It’s a question…Continue
I haven't written to this site in a long while, for no particular reason, and for a lot of reasons. Here we are near the end of another year with not much having been solved, nothing truly new on the horizon to move things toward the betterment of humanity. The world has gotten richer with but a few benefitting and notions of wealth becoming even more noxious than they have been in the past. We, in the US are watching a political circus that is deadly silly, with legitimacy but a…Continue
Flat Classroom® Conference and Live Events Inc. invite interested schools and educators to apply now to attend the Flat Classroom® Workshop at ASB Unplugged 2012 in Mumbai, India. All details are now on the…Continue
Added by mrsdurff on November 11, 2011 at 11:43am — No Comments
(Reposted from http://www.teachscience.net/)
This year, with the Ecology unit in my Grade 9 Science classes, we focused heavily on invasive species. So after seven weeks of class (we have each class every other day), I think I gave a total of 4 traditional lessons. Instead, we researched invasive species in Ontario, hiked into the park adjacent to the school to locate, identify, and map out the extent of invasive plants such…Continue
From my Blog...a New Post:
(Preamble: In this post, when I refer to students, I am referring to middle school-aged students in a rural-suburban area of Western, MA that I teach but I suspect that others may relate to my experience with regard to students and tech. use. I submit that students are NOT as tech savvy as most ed. tech enthusiasts (I am guilty!) would have us believe. The…Continue
Added by Ian Carmichael on September 16, 2011 at 1:10am — No Comments
Vicki Davis will present, “Successful Online Presentation Skills for Students” in the Blackboard Collaborate Distinguished Lecture Series this coming Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 19:00:00GMT [ check here for the time where you are ].…Continue
This post is from Jane Hart, a redoubtable resource person and thinker on social media. She is also a powerhouse behind the Yammer network platform.
The detailed contrasts between the two styles of business/learning/teaching/working/producing are salutory. (And helpful to have all the dimensions gathered together.)
Added by Ian Carmichael on September 12, 2011 at 7:50am — No Comments
I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already. I will never forget this day. None of us will. We have been living under a terror attack ever since. Watching a 6 years old going through a public body search at Frankfurt airport, or an old lady struggling to take her shoes of for the security check at JFK. This is life under terror.
Looking at terrorists where ever they are, there’s one thing in common, defining terror, and that’s violence and a crave to kill. When you look at all these…Continue
Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on September 12, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments
If Lady Gaga Can be Useful
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, is no doubt one of the most successful global super stars. She has over 13 millions twitter followers and 40 million Facebook fans. Her YouTube video “Bad Romance” has accrued over 411 million views and …
The beginning--hopefully the students read it as an example of the teacher caring about their lives, who they are in their "wholeness." The papers I've seen so far are deep and funny and seem to reflect a sense of openness and comfort.
Here's a Visible Thinking Exercise,…
Hi everybody, I've been gobbled up by the world of Google+ the past couple months but Connie asked me to do a round-up here again and I am glad to oblige! My apologies for the long absence!…Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on September 6, 2011 at 8:55pm — No Comments
Hello! I am teaching two sections of fifth grade math and want to start a relationship through iEarn with a class somewhere on the other side of the planet. Has anyone had any experience working with iEarn, what the process is like etc? Any experience shared would be a big help. Thanks!!
This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum…