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Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for. Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!Making it to the top for the first time is a post that looks at ways that teachers who receive certifications / micro-credentials are Check out the post to read about their innovative ideas, insights, and see actual examples. Next up is a post that has been at the top for a few weeks. It shares the insights colleagues and I came up with at EduConn 2017 when discussing .
Common Sense Education has released a featuring four websites to separate fact from fiction. When the next viral story, makes it to class, take break to discuss media literacy and help your students determine how these sites can be of value. 1) This site is all about following the money. It points out the connections among political contributions, lobbying data, and government policy. The site is run by a nonpartisan, independent, nonprofit, called the Center for Responsive Politics which is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.
Pages Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Why School Choice Does Not Lead to Fair Competition Or Innovation In Public Schools Note: Twitter won't let you Tweet my blog url. Please use this shortened url instead: With the confirmation of Betsy Devos, people are trying to understand why there is such an outcry against choice. Isn’t competition a good thing? Reporter on my Facebook page, “If the parents get to choose, and the money follows the kids, good schools will grow and bad ones will get better.” But that can’t happen and the game isn’t fair.
Linens (2016) It's mostly about the light--the way the late-day light falls through the back windows of our home. Hopper light. And seeing it today brought me back to those years when I tried to explain Hopper light to Rob as we sat on the porch of an old Maine inn. Or that time we sat for hours opposite of Nighthawks at the Art Institute and later braved the cold, cold wind to eat the
A collage I made while Rob underwent spinal surgery. (1.8.16) I. One of the last things I did with Rob while he was in the hospital was to paint. By then he had been moved to palliative care and the doctors needed to take him off of high flow oxygen in order for him to come home. His last request was to be able to come home to die. After spending 50 consecutive days in the hospital, he
As I look across the presentations and workshops and keynotes that educational leadership faculty are sponsoring and facilitating, outside of a few isolated pockets I don’t see much evidence that we’re having wide-ranging and substantive conversations about the need for students to: engage in deeper and higher-level learning instead of spending 80% to 85% of […]
Pages Sunday, February 12, 2017 Did Warren Buffett Really Asked You To Forward His Email? 5 Ways To Know. Note: Twitter won't let you Tweet my blog url. Please use this shortened url instead: Fake news isn’t a new thing and it isn’t an internet thing. Many of us had our first experience with fake news when we were told about Santa Claus coming to town. That was followed by old wives tales. Stories that were generally told to discourage some type of behavior. Of course there was never proof. This is where, “Because I told you so” comes into play.
Last Valentine's Day with Rob in the Palliative Care Center I. Today, I am thinking of you who I don't know. I see you waiting beside a bed--the lamp light casting a partial shadow on papers you have long forgotten you hold. Or perhaps it's your hand I see reaching to pick up a phone and silence the ringer. Noise shatters the near silence you have come to know. Or perhaps it is you who
Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for. Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!Two of the top three posts look at the role of the teacher in the age of Google. outlines considerations. The follow up post shares during the conversation colleagues and I had at Educon. Check it out for some thoughtful insights. Making it to the top for the first time is a post where principal and superintendent Chris Lehmann explains how and points to the idea that this should be revisited each year with stakeholders.
The starte to a substrate I. In mid-January of last year about 6 weeks before he would die, three gigantic books of house plans arrived by mail. Each book must have weighed 5 pounds and there were thousands of floor plans. My husband had been dreaming of a new home. A single floor. No stairs and wheel chair accessible, he would tell me when I came to visit him at the rehab where he
from Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey. Art by Syrian artist, Nizar Ali Badr. Today is Non-Fiction Picture Book Sharing, #nf10for10, hosted by Cathy Mere, Reflect and Refine: Building A Learning Community and Mandy Robek, Enjoy and Embrace Learning. Below find ten nonfiction picture books I can't live without. These brought me comfort in a year where comfort was most needed.
Pages Wednesday, February 8, 2017 4 Ways to Show Off Your Digital Badges Note: Twitter won't let you Tweet my blog url. Please use this shortened url instead More and more entities are helping people show what they know with micro-credentials and digital badging. Micro-credentials and certifications teach specific job skills and provide evidence indicating if these skills have been attained via a certificate or badge. The International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) recommends using a badging system built on.
Who determines the truth and gets to tell the story of us in the history books? Jenn Borgioli Binis (), host, led a conversation at which looked at the answer to this question. She specifically looked at the history of education. She challenged attendees to think about stories told from the perspectives of those who haven’t traditionally told them and had schools named after them. What if instead of getting the history of education from the men on the left side of the images below, we heard the stories from those on the right side? ( )One participant had this idea for getting started on the journey.
I. One summer we were traveling home via the Blue Ridge Parkway and found ourselves stopping every few miles in order for Devon to climb a tree. Gnarly apple trees lined this stretch of the Parkway and they were just perfect for an 8-year-old who was new to climbing trees. Such freedom that must have been to leave below the earth and climb skyward and to do so without any assistance from
After the Suburbs (M.A. Reilly) Country comfort's in a truck that's going home. - Bernie Taupin/Elton John I. "Well, home is home," my son tells me with such an earnest expression as he explains why he would prefer to commute to college. I am surprised by this--thinking he would want to live away at school. But he tells me so simply, Home is home. Indeed. II. And home is also
Devon and Rob --Such Joy. (In my sleep I dreamed this poem) Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. - Mary Oliver, The Uses of Sorrow I. A year ago my son celebrated his 17th birthday alone. By the time I got home from the hospital, the sun was an hour from rising. I showered and returned to the hospital later
Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for. Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!Making it to the top for the first time is a post that reveals the . What do you think they are? Check out my post and see if I agree. Next up is a post looking at the differences between terms like . Think you know the difference? Check out the post and see.. Making its way to the top for the first time is a post about the power of social media to provide the experience of being in someone else’s shoes.
Rob making photographs in Ireland, near Mullaghmore. The more still, more patient and more open we are when we are sad, so much the deeper and so much the more unswervingly does the new go into us, so much the better do we make it ours, so much the more will it be our destiny, and when on some later day it “happens” (that is, steps forth out of us to others), we shall feel in our inmost
Did you know that February 13th marks the launch of ? What will you do to support your students and families? Haven't figured it out? Don't worry. Join us for our 10th monthly Twitter chat at 6:00 pm EST on February 2nd. #NYCSchoolTech teacher moderates with me throwing in my two cents. During the chat we will have special guest CEO at which helps teachers save time in communication with parents.You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:
Ahhh...the school mission statement. And then there is the vision statement. And, what the heck is the difference? What are we really identifying and do we ever go back and re-examine it to ensure it is still what we believe? At a session titled "Intentionality & School Design" at #Educon, for the most part educators indicated that these statements once created, were never looked at again. Should new staff come on board, they likely would never have a chance to understand what drove these statements. Existing staff can lose sight of from where it is they came.
How has the role of the teacher changed when a student can Google anything? That’s what three colleagues (, @JPatanio, @DarlynnAlfalla) and I discussed with participants at this year’s #Educon. We discussed with participants what we could expect to see more or less of in the age of Google as well as the new vs traditional roles. Here is what we came up with at the session:The role of the teacher in the age of Google, more or less...
Is There a Moon Out Tonight? (M.A. Reilly, January 2017) I. Inconsolable. Last night I heard someone use that word and I thought, almost. Almost, exactly. Almost. After Rob's death, in the months that passed, I walked and walked and walked some more. I walked out beyond what was comfortable where time thinned and forests fell apart. I walked until being a widow was forgotten. II. One
Statue of Liberty (M.A. Reilly, 2011) I. I am an immigrant. I came to the United States at to be adopted as a child. Prior, I lived in an orphanage in Dublin. I am the mother to a child we adopted from Korea. Matters of immigration are personal. And so it might not be so surprising that I am confounded by the illogic of those Right-to-lifers who remain quiet on the issue of immigrant bans
Pages Friday, January 27, 2017 The Role of the Teacher in the Age of Google & Alternative Facts “You don’t need to teach us. That’s what Google is for.” That was the message a student shared with a surprised audience of educators during a popular technology conference. The students went on to say, “If I can't figure something out I prefer to watch a YouTube video or text a friend rather than ask a teacher.” The other students in the room nodded their heads in agreement. Many teachers understand this is how today’s students prefer to learn, but what does that look like? As danah boyd recently , “too many students I met were being told that Wikipedia was untrustworthy and were, instead, being encouraged to do research.
Catching Rob by surprise. Time is not a constant. Only love. One thing Rob and I loved were sharing wonderful books. We did so often. We read the same books at different times in our lives and we also read some books together. Here are 100+ books we read together across nearly three decades. I like to think Rob's spirit is elsewhere and he is reading. I've listed them in the order we
Rob's Hand (March 2016) Jeremiah 8:21-22. “I weep for the hurt of my people; I stand amazed, silent, and dumb with grief. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why doesn't God do something? Why doesn't he help?” I. I am speaking with the grief therapist yesterday morning when a new understanding of this pain surfaces. I am experiencing the last weeks of Rob's life for
Calvary (M.A. Reilly, South Dakota, 2010) We must be tender with all budding things. Our Maker let no thought of Calvary Trouble the morning stars in their first song. -- WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, The Land of Heart's Desire I. It's the absence of cohesion that most confounds me. Being fine after Rob's death could be considered possible only by someone who did not
Annie Murphy Paul said: a growing body of evidence suggests that the lecture is not generic or neutral, but a specific cultural form that favors some people while discriminating against others, including women, minorities and low-income and first-generation college students. This is not a matter of instructor bias; it is the lecture format itself — […]
I. After the death, in the months that follow, a sudden and lingering sorrow reforms the body. Whose arms are these? Whose legs? Whose heart beats here? We are not who we were. We will not be again. II. It was nothing less than shock and terror that I felt as Rob and I waited for my older brother to bring Devon to the hospital. We waited on that too-cold, too-blue Wednesday in mid