4 Ideas to Consider for Online Learning – George Couros – Education Article

Not only have educators been inundated with information on COVID-19, but they have had to retool, refocus, and rethink completely how they are going to connect with and teach their students.  A lot is going on in our world right now, and my first instinct is that we need to slow down and focus on what is most important at this moment. My good friend Michelle Baldwin provides a critical perspective on the importance of hitting the “pause” button: I…

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Elevating the Work Across the Hallway #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

Check out the full podcast discussing these ideas on Spotify, Soundcloud, or iTunes. The following excerpt is from “Innovate Inside the Box“: There is never harm in positively and authentically acknowledging the contributions the adults in our schools make. Don’t wait for someone to leave your building to appreciate them! Say good things about them now, right in front of them! As former NBA player Jalen Rose has said in the past, “People will bring flowers to your funeral but…

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Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades Students Remember Experiences, Rarely Grades As a kid, my parents used to take me to professional baseball and hockey games all the time.  Even though I was an avid sports fan, I think I looked forward to the food and walking around the venue more than watching the sport that was being played.  Over time this changed, but as a kid eating junk food all day and not worrying about calories, sugar,…

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Why People Keep Going – George Couros – Education Article

You might have seen the below picture below by Anna Vital on “Why People Give Up”:   Any single one of those reasons are things that can set us back.  They have set me back often.  I actually can take every idea listed above and think of a particular time that it caused me to give up, either personally or professionally temporarily. So let’s take the ideas above and shift them to a different way of thinking. The above image is about a…

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‘Abuse of power’: should universities ban staff-student relationships? | Education

Within weeks of starting her postgraduate degree, Allison Smith, then a student at Sussex University, entered a relationship with her lecturer. They had met at an induction party celebrating the new term with drinks and fireworks, where she found him “drunk and loud” but not inappropriate. He later approached her on Twitter. “That escalated quickly into flirtatious talk,” she says. Her lecturer, Lee Salter, assured her that the university approved of the relationship and said it would be “fine as…

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Why innovation is Crucial in Education #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

  Sanée Bell shared the following quote from her book, “Be Excellent On Purpose,” and it has stuck with me: “Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet the needs of all students. Our goal has to be to create schools where excellence is the standard.” I thought about this quote when I…

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3 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your School or Classroom #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

“We are developing the leaders of tomorrow!” This statement has excellent intentions, but it also assumes that students can’t make a significant impact in our world today. What are some of the mindsets and actions that we can take within education to ensure that we develop our students as leaders immediately so that they can make an impact on the world that we live in right now? In this podcast that revisits the November 2018 post, I will dive deeper…

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How To Handle Annoying Students – Education Article

So you have this student who seemingly at every break wants to share critical information with you. Sometimes it’s an observation. “The heater is making a strange clicking sound.” Sometimes it’s a suggestion. “I think you should line the class up in alphabetical order.” Sometimes it’s a tattle. “Leticia has a bag of chips in her pocket, and I saw her eating them.” They’re not interrupting or being rude. Nor are they breaking any rules. But it gets on your…

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How To Handle A Student Who Rejects Your Kindness – Education Article

You give and you give. You give your patience and humor. You give your positivity and respect. You give your heart and hope for their future. And they discard it. They crumble it up and toss it in the trash. They meet your smile, your generosity, and your kindness with indifference—and even cruelty. They roll their eyes at your attempts to build rapport. They stare off into the distance and mumble when you try to engage them in conversation. They…

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June Reflections – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I can still remember the lesson like it was yesterday. I was excited about it. I had an article, a video, and this group activity that would get my students to learn all about potential bias in media. It seemed so clear. They would be engaged. They would love it. And, most importantly, they would acquire this essential skill. It was the middle of September and I was ready to make a major point that would be the centerpiece of…

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How Did I Overcome Teacher Burnout? – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What does it mean to practice a pedagogy of love? I love teaching, but partway through my third year in the classroom I was heading towards burnout. I didn’t know it at the time but a chance encounter with Gert Biesta saved me. A practice of love can transform our classrooms and school communities and lead to happier teachers and students… A chance encounter … My journey began in Biesta’s graduate course where he asked each…

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What’s it like to live with a chef? | Food

James Petrie and Úna Palliser James “Jocky” Petrie, group executive development chef for the Gordon Ramsay Group, lives with his wife, musician Úna Palliser, near St Albans. They have two daughters: one four-year-old and one a few months old. Petrie has appeared on MasterChef, Heston’s Fantastical Food and Hell’s Kitchen. Úna has worked with Shakira, the Killers, Moby and Gnarls Barkley. How did you meet?James: It was a classic blind date. Úna: You’d recently had your heart broken. I’d come…

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When You’re That Person… – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

It’s been a long few weeks. And, truthfully, those long few weeks have nothing to do with the kids. It rarely, if ever, has anything to do with them. When you pick this profession—or, if the profession picks you—the best part of your day is in that classroom, literally watching magic happen right in front of your eyes. I saw that magic this week when watching my ninth graders struggle a bit with formulating an outline for their argument research…

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Appreciation, Lessons Learned, And Some Amazing Kids – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

My Father just retired this week. After a lifetime of working for our family, being our rock, and always being willing to have a catch with us after work, the man gets to start another lifetime. We’ll be celebrating later in the summer, but last night we took him out to dinner as a family. With his wife–who he has been dating since they were 14 years old–his three kids, his son in-law and daughter in-law, and his four grandchildren…

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How would your students grade you on Rate My Professors? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I recently had the chance to distribute a survey to students in my design classes, one of those school-wide ones that all students have to complete on all of their teachers. I was happy with the results. It included questions such as “My teacher likes me” and “My teacher takes time to speak with me about me learning.” Like most educators, I’m deeply aware of the implications that the answers to these questions might have for learning; What students think of their…

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Should You Raise Your Kids Abroad? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

If you’re a fan of our website, you know that it’s primarily a blog about teaching and learning overseas. Stephanie and I were both trained and certified as teachers in the United States, and soon after took our first international teaching jobs at an elementary school in Vietnam (Check out our video cruising around the traffic of Ho Chi Minh City). This blog’s not normally about parenting, and we’re not parents. Although, because we recognize the research that student factors…

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