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Innovative educators know that when Inauguration day comes you don’t want your students passively watching. Regardless of your political views, active, engaged, focused viewing is the key.Here are a few ideas to ensure your students are engaged and their minds are stimulated with active viewing activities.Whenever watching video, frame, focus, and follow up are the basics recommended by the for viewing digital media in the classroom.Here are some ideas for each of these essential parts of viewing.
The Whiteness of America (M.A. Reilly, March 7, 2012) I. Last week I sat opposite my nearly 18-year-old son and we talked race at a neighborhood restaurant. Dylann Roof's sentencing was the catalyst of our conversation. My son strongly supported the sentencing decision, while I did not. The jury who found the 22-year-old guilty a month ago, spent three hours that day in deliberation
rom my art journal 10.22.16 (gesso, ink, Tombow paint markers, acrylic paint, tissue paper, found papers) I. The first year after the death is a murkier time. Some days I hardly l know myself, hardly know whose name I answer to. Other days, my life seems infused with an intense clarity and truths are revealed some times at alarming rates. In between these swings are moments of sweet,
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!Holding steady at the top is a post looking at the differences between terms like . Think you know the difference? Check out the post and see if you agree with my take. In second place is a post outlining the . It points to the importance of bringing key stakeholders i.e. students, into the conversation, identifying the current and desired state, and more.
from my art journal There was a sunlit absence. - Seamus Heaney I. A year ago Rob was transported from the hospital where he had undergone neurosurgery to an acute rehab where he was to learn how to stand and walk again. This transfer would mark his end. Six days earlier the neurosurgeon had told me that a sizable space had opened between the metastatic tumors that were compressing
Earlier tonight, I'm reading before finishing preparations for dinner when I see a notice from The Guardian flash on my screen with the headline, Congress approves initial measures to repeal Affordable Care Act. from The Guardian Take a minute to study the self congratulating smugness that defines these House Republicans. They appear quite pleased with themselves. Or look at this image
Pages Sunday, January 8, 2017 The 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools - Consideration 7 Note: Twitter won't let you Tweet my blog url. Please use this shortened url instead It used to be that 1:1 technology access was a novelty. Today, with Chromebooks, it is than it is to provide all the resources that device provides (i.e. pen, paper, notebooks, ruler, calculator, reading material, drawing materials, etc.). Furthermore with companies like which can turn most any old device into a high-speed Chromebook, cost and tech support are no longer the barriers they once were.
Derek Black said: [C]harters, vouchers, and other choice-like reforms are insulting substitutes for equal access to learning opportunities. They espouse the premise that all students are entitled to equal learning opportunities and reason that since students are not getting those equal opportunities in public school, they should be allowed to go elsewhere. The irony is […]
If you 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!Taking the top spot for the first time is a post looking at the differences between terms like . Do you think you know the difference? Check out the post and see if you agree with this take. Next up is a post outlining the 12 Steps to Creating a Comprehensive Approach to to. The post highlights a great tool from Common Sense Education and points to some other important resources that innovative educators use to choose what is best for teaching and learning.
What is Written (M.A. Reilly, Tuscany, 2009) We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. - Toni Morrison, 1993 I. It is never quite as simple as missing him. It isn't until the late 15th century that regret works its way into the definition. Before that missing
Below find 27 important speeches and talks delivered during the last 50 years that focus on human rights. These speeches address issues of race, representation, and justice. I have included links to the transcript of each speech and when available video or audio of the speeches. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addressed the class of 2015 at Wellesley’s 137th Commencement (May 29, 2015) Transcript
You've probably heard the saying that before passing judgement, you should try to understand what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes. This is an important concept when helping students learn empathy. Interestingly, social media platforms such as Facebook can give you insight into what life is like in someone else's shoes. At least the version of their shoes they choose to wear in public. And that's not a bad thing.
Discover the favorite tools this year for #NYCSchoolsTech educators. Then, get inspired to come up with an idea for one tool you can bring back to your work to make teaching or learning more effective. Join us for our 9th monthly Twitter chat at 6:00 pm EST. #NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon moderates with me throwing in my two cents. We will also be joined by some leading ed tech companies who will share what you can look forward to in 2017.You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:Questions: Q1 Share your favorite #edtech tool for this school year w/a link & why you love it.
Rob conferring with students Below find resources for helping middle school and early high school students read essays that are calls for action and to write about topics of interest from an argumentative viewpoint. Argumentative essays ask readers to take a stance and/or take an action. 1. Paired Essays: The first text provides background and invites the reader/writer to begin thinking
from The Atlantic Below are links to essays from popular contemporary magazines . These essays have been composed with counterclaims. From The Atlantic 4.1.16 Study: How Much of an Environmental Threat Is Ocean Garbage ... Apr 1, 2016 ... A new paper sifts through past research on marine debris to assess the true extent of the environmental threat. From The Atlantic 6.15.15 Do Teenagers
July 2016, (CitraSolv papers, original photographs, digital remix) I. I used to believe in miracles. I used to know that section about the light and dark and miracles from Whitman's Leaves of Grass by heart. Now I know less and perhaps that's for the better. II. As I sat next to Rob's hospital bed watching as he slept in early February I told myself that even though he was unable to walk
These are links to book resources I have shared with clients that focus on boo resources. Hope you find them helpful too. Blog Posts 500+ Read Aloud Books for the 2016 African American Read-In Big Bold Books for Beginning Readers Primary Grade Text Set: 60+ Winter Read Aloud Books, Part 1, Part II Diverse Early Literacy Books for Social Studies by Jane M. Gangi K-4 Books
from my art journal, January 1, 2017 (gesso, water based markers and crayons, pencil, digital remix) I. 2016 saw the loss of my husband, my partner, the father of our child. It felt as if one minute we were planning a holiday to Maine and the next I was planning a funeral. I would like nothing more than to say that 10 months later, I am all healed, but that simply isn't true--no
Getting fit is a great resolution at any age, but the holiday season in the digital age often brings with it lots of gifts that involve sitting with a device with little movement. But technology doesn’t always = inactivity. This New Year teachers and students together can resolve to use technology to help them get and stay fit using . Go Noodle is used by 1 in 3 teachers who get millions of kids active every month to become their strongest, smartest, selves by running, dancing, stretching, and practicing emotional awareness at school with short, easy-to-follow videos.
Over the course of the past year, we have lost three innovative educators. Each of whom has influenced my practice in meaningful ways. Joe Bower, Deven Black, and Bob Sprankle. While I am deeply saddened that our live conversations and interactions have come to an end, social media has provided an outlet for their ideas to live on. Because each educator was generous with sharing their thoughts and ideas, they leave behind a digital legacy that can live on to inspire others. Below is a little insight about each of these educators.
I. Some memories are less event-based and more the result of a recalled behavior. Early this morning I made a cup of coffee and as I went to sip it I realized that Rob who loved coffee would never taste it again. There's a pain to these simple truths, a pain that rushes to the heart. This is what grief feels like. A sudden stabbing, A year ago I woke up ready to take my husband to chemo.
What benefits might we see if time was set aside for teachers to learn "with" their students/children and parents? How could that even happen easily? I mean when do teachers, parents, and young people even want to learn the same thing. How could there be time for all these audiences to join together? #NYCSchoolsTech Leader, Lori Stahl-VonBrackle brought this idea to life over the winter break at her learning center in Manhattan.Here's what she did it and why it worked.Photo 1) Designing a snowman for the 3D printer.
House (M.A.Reilly, South Dakota, 2012) I. Lately, I have been thinking about the choices we make--the ones we must reconcile ourselves to having made. I was walking the other day, listening to Krista Tippett's On Being, when I heard Isabel Wilkerson compare our country to a really old house. MS. ISABEL WILKERSON: Our country is like a really old house. I love old houses. I’ve always lived
Zen (M.A. Reilly) Lovers don't suddenly meet somewhere. They're inside one another all along. - Rumi I. from my art journal 26 years ago Rob and I were married in Vermont by a man named Dave. It was a brief civil ceremony that took place in the front parlor of Dave's home with his wife witnessing the
Here's a dairy free recipe for a slightly tart and delicious smoothie. Easy to make and satisfying. Ingredients 1 medium banana2 tablespoons fresh pomegranate seeds6 oz pomegranate juice (like POM Wonderful)6 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk1/2 tablespoon of sunflower seed butter1 to 2 scoops of protein powder Handful of ice cubes Place all of the ingredients in a blender,
The best gift that we can give our students is the gift of self-actualization. Every day, every hour, in every class and every school we should be asking ourselves, “Is this an environment in which our students are discovering and nurturing their interests, skills, and talents to become their best selves and make a positive […]
Each time is true, but the truths are not the same. Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams I. It isn't only the absence that makes the holidays so difficult. It's how memories free flow like a river unbanked. Earlier my son rushed in to tell me he was testing the speed of a new router. Armed with an iPad he plopped down on the sofa and I took a second to study
Pages Sunday, December 25, 2016 #EdTech, #TechEd, #MediaLit, #DigCit #DigLit - Where Do You Fit In? [Editor's Note: This post is being updated as we continue the conversation and dig into some common understandings and definitions. Share your 2 cents in the comments.] You may have noticed the conversation about ed tech vs tech ed and the confusion about what each is or . This is understandable. The International Society for “Technology Education” calls themselves the largest teacher-based non-profit organization in the field of “educational technology,.
Christmas Uptown (M.A. Reilly, 2012) I. When I got home Thursday afternoon I noticed our mailbox was broken as if a truck had run into it and smashed it to pieces. I looked at it, lifting the heavy metal box out of a pile of hardened snow and realized that repair would be no simple matter. The post was in pieces. This would have been something Rob fixed and not having hime here was
A couple of months ago I keynoted a STEM conference in Syracuse, New York. I talked a lot about the power of student agency and tried to give numerous, concrete examples of student-directed project- and inquiry-based learning in practice. We discussed the idea that the global innovation economy is pushing the skill sets of creativity, […]