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Pages Tuesday, June 13, 2017 A #PowHERful Way To Address Bias, Privilege, & Launch Students to Success Bias. Privilege. Racism. These were the topics tackled at a workshop at , an annual education conference held at Hudson High School in Manhattan. If you’re an educator, you understand it is your moral responsibility to address these issues for yourself and with your students, yet few of us have received meaningful preparation for this. These are uncomfortable topics that are necessary to address in uncomfortable times.
Guest Post by Oliver Sicat, CEO of Ednovate Graduation is always a special time for me as a school leader. At , our mission is to educate high school students who will use their college degrees and careers to enact Positive Multigenerational Change in their communities, nation and world. There are currently three schools in the Ednovate network. Each student in our community is so dear to me, and there are few things more gratifying than seeing them reach the important milestone of high school graduation. But this year, it was a college graduation that was the most memorable to me.
Pages Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Don't "Click Here" If You're An Innovative Educator Innovative educators are becoming more and more aware of the need to produce content and materials for users of all abilities. That means when publishing digitally, it is important to ensure what you are publishing is accessible. This means considering how you use text, images, and colors as outlined in It also means creating accessible links. The most commonly known way to start doing that is to avoid creating links that tell the reader to "click here" for more information.
self portrait with iphone (Paris, 2016) I. Tonight I will be attending my weekly writer's group and for the first time we will be discussing work I produced. The majority of writers in the group write fiction. Only one other is writing memoir, like me. Last week we met in the bathroom and each confessed a bad case of nerves. It's so revealing, I said. There's no place to hide.I know
from here. In the last month, I have been asked by several middle school ELA teachers for professional text recommendations that they can read in order to strengthen their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Below are books and articles that I have found most helpful.Curious what you think and what additions you might add. Articles - Grammar Anderson, Jeff. (2006). Zooming in and
Pages Sunday, June 18, 2017 Make Presentations & Workshops More Interactive & Fun With This Here’s a fun idea for innovative educators who do workshops or presentations. When you want participants to share after they have turned and talked, use this random participant generator that also helps those in attendance learn fun facts about one another. In addition to being a fun method to get the conversation going, another benefit of this method is that everyone knows they may be selected. As a result there is added motivation to stay on task during discussions and share something that will benefit the group.
Rob teaching Devon in the Redwood Forest. I know more about love now. More about marriage too. It's ironic to have learned so much after Rob's death, but great loss brings clarity. What's important seems to shine more. After the shock and numbness wore off larger spaces formed allowing me a vantage point I had not know prior. I'm like Emily from Our Town who suddenly can see the vastness of
Pages Saturday, June 17, 2017 The 3 Hottest Posts on The Innovative Educator Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for. Here’s what’s hot: Effective Meetings! I had the opportunity to attend a full day workshop on effective meetings and I took what I learned and made it into articles for readers of The Innovative Educator. Check out this week’s hottest posts and learn how to make meetings more effective, how to sabotage meetings with tips from a declassified CIA manual, and a post that gives a 4-step model to have productive meetings based on personality type.
A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion. Making those transitions is complex work, however, and many school administrators and teachers aren’t exactly sure how to proceed beyond some vague ideas about doing things differently. […]
from my art journal. June 2017. I. On Sunday, after I went food shopping for the week and came home and used the meat that had been in the refrigerator to make a double batch of chile, adding an extra pound of grass fed beef I had just purchased--and after I set 8 chicken breasts to marinate in a lime mustard marinade in the refrigerator--I then got my brother a can of soda as he requested.
painting (May 2017) I. I was reading a post by Kathleen Sokolowski,The Knowing #SOL17. I was touched and honored that she wrote the post in a style I often use these last two years as I have made my way in and out of the twists and valleys that so often typify grief and solace. I leave spaces in my writing--gaps where a reader might roam a bit. I do this by numbering sections,
Pages Sunday, June 11, 2017 4-Step Model for Productive Whole-Brained Meetings To run effective meetings it is helpful to have insights into the personality types of your colleagues using a tool like, DISC, which you can , Myers Briggs which you can , and (NBI). This was the tool of choice at a recent workshop I attended led by Coaching Psychologist Yaron Prywes () who specializes in innovation. He selected this tool, because unlike some of the others with many types this one has four basic personality types to focus on connected to left brain and right brain thinking.
Pages Wednesday, June 7, 2017 7 Ways To Sabotage Meetings When you want to get a project done it is imperative that when working with others you understand what elements lead to a as well as understand the . But what about when you don't like the work being done at your school, organization to which you belong, or in your community, etc.? Well when that's the case, then it is important to know how to sabotage meetings. Coaching Psychologist Yaron Prywes () revealed how to do just that as part of a full-day workshop on and pitfalls to avoid when conducting meetings.
Pages Saturday, June 10, 2017 The 3 Hottest Posts on The Innovative Educator Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for. Here’s what’s hot: 1. Something better than interactive whiteboards from Google 2. How an NYC educator rewards thoughtful failure 3. The one element associated with high performing teams Making its way to the top for the first time is a post about an innovative alternative to interactive whiteboards from Google.
Sunflower (M.A. Reilly, 2014) Mindful - by Mary Oliver Every DayI see or hearsomethingthat more or less kills mewith delight,that leaves melike a needle in the haystackof light.It is what I was born for—to look, to listen, to lose myselfinside this soft world—to instruct myselfover and over in joy,and acclamation.Nor am I talkingabout the exceptional, the fearful, the
It is evident that if an experience is extra-fun or especially if it is meaningful I will probably not blog about it… A memorable stretch in the UK for OER17 and more is the most recent example. And there is every chance I will never properly capture what I dug about this past week at […]
kitchenette building By Gwendolyn Brooks We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan, Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.” But could a dream send up through onion fumes Its white and violet, fight with fried potatoes And yesterday’s garbage ripening in the hall, Flutter, or sing an aria down
Thomas Friedman said: China has moved so fast into a cashless society, where everyone pays for everything with a mobile phone, that Chinese newspapers report beggars in major cities have started to place a printout of a QR code in their begging bowls so any passer-by can scan it and use mobile payment apps like Alibaba’s Alipay or […]
Pages Sunday, June 4, 2017 17 Strategies To Make Meetings More Effective Most but they don’t need to be. There are strategies you can implement as well as pitfalls you can avoid to help ensure your meetings are interesting, informative, productive and achieve desired outcomes. Coaching Psychologist Yaron Prywes () conducted a full-day workshop revealing the secrets to successful meetings so that they don’t resemble the comic below. To follow are elements you should consider as you Strategies to “PEP” up your meetings: PLAN Element Description Strategies / Examples 1 Determine Necessity Determine if this meeting is “really” necessary? Before scheduling a meeting think about if there is another way to accomplish your goal.
Forgive Yourself (M.A. Reilly, 6.3.17) Have I been sleeping? I've been so still Afraid of crumbling - Melissa Etheridge I. I did not know I was sleeping awake--walking through the days and months after Rob's death with eyes open wide, and yet, somehow blind. At such times, sadness is more buoy than anchor. It keeps afloat the body that has little direction it can name or
Self portrait made on a sunny day in Paris. Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale - Jane YolenI am thinking of a fairy tale,Cinder Elephant,Sleeping Tubby,Snow Weight,where the princess is notanorexic, wasp-waisted,flinging herself down the stairs.I am thinking of a fairy tale,Hansel and Great,Repoundsel,Bounty and the Beast,where the beautyhas a pillowed breast,and fingers plump as sausage.I am
Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. If I was still doing that now, I would be incredibly excited because so many wonderful resources would be available to my classroom. For instance, if I was teaching Social Studies today… My students and […]
On Thursday, June 1st at 6 pm, we invite you to join the #NYCSchoolsTechChat where we will discuss ways to use infographics to support teaching and learning. Our special guests include Clemencia Acevedo () a teacher who uses infographics to support her work as well as representatives from two popular infographic providers, , and from . They will, help us discover ideas, strategies, and resources to support teaching and learning with infographics. #NYCSchoolTech teacher () moderates with me throwing in my two cents.
Life has a way of smacking you when you least expect it. I was worried when my Dad underwent knee replacement surgery, then relieved to learn that it had gone well and he had been discharged from hospital. That night in the hotel, he had a massive stroke. Harry and I barely made it in […]
This thought-provoking session was moderated by Saskia Levy Thompson. Joining her as panelists were David Adams, Jacob Allen, Orly Friedman and Courtney Smith. The session discusses the range of non-academic skills, mindsets, and habits that students must develop, in addition to academic abilities, in order to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. We hear from four school leaders on how they are working to advance student agency, identity development, and other competencies every day. The panelists shared some of their own tools during the small group breakouts.
A foggy morning in Leonia, NJ. I was on my way to Manhattan and just had to stop. I was two miles from the GWB entrance. If you are an artist, it is work that fulfills and makes you come into wholeness, and that goes on through a lifetime. Whatever the wounds that have to heal, the moment of creation assures that all is well, that one is still in tune with the universe, that the inner
Pages Sunday, May 28, 2017 The Most Important Element for High-Performing Teams Is This Coaching Psychologist Yaron Prywes () who specializes in innovation led a full-day workshop where among other topics, he shared what Google learned in its quest to build the perfect team. In fact while there are many important elements in building a team, if this one element is in place you are well on your way to success. The most important element required for high-performing teams is this: Psychological safety This is defined as a group culture that has a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking.
Audrey Watters said: These new technologies, oriented towards consumers and consumption, privilege an ideology of individualism. In education technology, as in advertising, this is labeled “personalization.” The flaw of traditional education systems, we are told, is that they focus too much on the group, the class, the collective. So we see education being reframed as […]