Posts tagged Education
Third Space Guest Post with TeachBoost.com

Last week, I invited readers who are considering whether or not to write a blog to reach out as a potential guest blogger with The Ed Narrative. I was inspired by having been asked by TeachBoost.com to guest blog with them. The process was a great experience, and at this time last week, my post had yet to officially come out. Well, it went live on Dec. 11th, and I wanted to provide a link, so that it would also be available here.

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Your Invitation to be a Guest Blogger for TheEdNarrative.com

For those of you who have a blog, or are thinking of some compelling idea, but aren’t sure if you want a full-on blog yet, this is for you. I haven’t landed on solid guidelines as of yet, as this is a new venture for me. However, if you write (or want to) about education, leadership, instructional coaching, curriculum development, professional development, or perhaps something that I haven’t mentioned, visit my Contact page and leave me a note about your idea. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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Some Thoughts and Resources on the TechEd Debate

I like the idea of cutting out a great deal from my family’s tech diet, but I also know that when we look at schools like those the tech execs are sending their own kids to, we are not comparing apples to apples. Any schools that are that exclusive are going to see graduates heading off to Ivies. If they didn’t, the tech execs wouldn’t send their kids there. That’s the benefit of privilege.

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Bloom's v. SOLO: Some Thoughts

Bloom’s problematizes learning stages by placing them in a hierarchy which seems to prioritize attainment of the pinnacle value as ideal.  With SOLO Taxonomy, the value of the learner’s knowledge attainment is not based on an arbitrary definition of complexity, but rather that knowledge’s utility to the learner’s own growth.  This model recognizes the recursive nature of authentic learning, and leaves some wiggle room for what constitutes the requisite knowledge.

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Play--It's Not Just For Kids...

In general, more than anything, taking advantage of those moments where play is just hovering over your shoulder, can make the difference between staying sane, and losing your mind—and vice versa.  It can feel risky, but at the same time, that’s where kids live in school, perched on the edge of risk.  Play can take risk and show it who’s boss.  It can say, “See, I told you! No big deal.” And really, how often is that really the case—that what we have blown up to monstrous proportions, never was a big deal outside our own mind?

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Some Thoughts on Teachers Pay Teachers

As an educator, I’m of (at least) two minds on Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT). On the one hand, I think that because teachers are paid less than other professional fields while working so many additional hours, they should have additional opportunities to reap the benefits of their hard work. On one of the other hands, I feel that even though time is a premium for all teachers, to nickel and dime teachers so that they can build their curriculum is problematic.

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The Importance of Having a Coaching Model

—Overall the goal is to provide some sort of “moral” compass for the work.  We make so many decisions everyday, that to provide the team members with some general concepts to base the rightness of their decisions simplifies the daily workload.  It also gives us a clear-cut response when our work is questioned or we are asked to do something that does not fit our mission…

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Diffusion of Innovation: Fanning the Flames

As we prepare to build a fire, a really good fire that will warm our community and provide light and social connection, we must arrange our materials intentionally, and those big pieces of wood, the ones that burn the longest and keep the best coals, those are kept to the side, not because they are not necessary, but because creating the perfect conditions to get them to ignite is our ultimate goal.

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My Intro to Google Expeditions: A Supplement to My Conversation with Chris Shedd

After my conversation with Chris Shedd at Burley Middle School in Charlottesville, VA, I realized I knew very little about Google Expeditions.  This came up during the course of our conversation.  I’d heard about it, but didn’t know much more than it was a VR experience for students.  Well, it turned out that Chris and his students had worked on developing an Expedition for Mulberry Row at Jefferson’s Monticello…

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Master of Allusions-or-Does "The Canon" Foster Culture?

What is the purpose for reading a Canonical book as a class?  Is it to know the story?  Many of the reading guides I've seen tend to focus on plot.  Is it to open a discussion on a topic embedded in the story?  That is a different kind of reading.  Is it to make the students into better readers?  Not every student arrives to a book prepared to read it.  Those are only a few questions in regard to how people view ELA novel work. 

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What Good is a High School Diploma?

What is it we are looking at when considering the purpose of schooling?  Numbers tend to get the lion's share of attention when we're talking graduation rates, money a graduate makes, number of college acceptances, test scores, and so on.  This is a system by which people are made valuable to the economy.  It seems a cold purpose to me, but when the metrics are quantitative and focused on school survival, how else can a system proceed? 

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Resource Supplement to VA's Portrait of a Graduate/ACPS's High School 2022

As a supplement to my upcoming podcast with Drs. Pam Moran and Matt Haas, I wanted to make sure I provided more information about the huge educational shift occurring here in Virginia through the VDOE's Portrait of a Graduate and Albemarle County Schools' work connected to it via the "High School 2022" plan.

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Nimbleness--the New 21st Century Job Skill

Nimbleness is a term that is very relevant to the way in which teachers and really anyone in this current moment must interact with the work they do.  To be nimble in this sense requires the agility of mind to hop between tasks of different cognitive natures.  This post looks at just how the term may function in the world of 21st Century job skills.

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Resource Supplement to Trauma Informed Podcast (guest blogpost Sara Robinson)

This post is a resource for our soon-to-be-released podcast episode on trauma informed education.  I had been to one of Sara's sessions on what trauma informed educating is, and the subject opened a whole new world of understandings for me.  This post is an overview of trauma informed education as well as resources to supplement the podcast which will be on the podcast page Feb 15, 2018.

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An Invitation to the Legislature... Come to my Classroom!

While in the studio with high school English teacher, Allison Sprouse, we discussed a recent good day she'd had, and she chose to discuss her recent SOL testing session and how it had gone.  The question of SOLs and the bubbling troubles with the VA Legislature's views on their future came up.  This post reflects on the idea of testing as a final assessment, versus as a means to track student growth.

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