Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 05/12/2012

  • Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Finding Your Beautiful Moment the Last Week of School

    Don't just let school end, but end it well in a way that leaves an imprint on those around you. Here's one of the most popular posts that I've ever written from last year's last week of school. Hoping teachers will read and ponder how to end well. You rock!

    tags: teaching news education inspiration teacher

  • Why is everyone an expert on education?: Series » Human

    Fascinating series of post on why everyone is an expert on education. This is something I talked about yesterday on my Facebook page. Many of the mainstream media “experts” are not even ex-educators and are saying completely off base things. I read one yesterday that said that one couldn't do science experiments online when I have my science teachers clamoring for computers to be able to do expensive experiments in online environments. This is a nice series of posts to read.

    tags: education edreform news experts researcher_thoughtleader

  • Peeking Into Division 16: Making Baclava with Cream with Lawrence's Mom

    Enjoying the lovely stories of the students sharing recipes and making dishes from around the world. This week, students have been making Baklava with a recipe from Iraq.Here is their video.

    tags: education flatclass news

  • Education Petition: Urge the National PTA: Support Healthy Homework Guidelines | Change.org

    The National PTA is supporting “healthy homework” which I'm not sure what this means at all. Life is full of stress. My fourth grader's test scores went through the roof this year and it is largely because I limited my travel schedule and spent 1-2 hours a night with him making sure he understands the concepts. So, we want to improve education but we want kids to have stress free lives. The only people not stressed in this modern age are those in the cemetery. I teach technology courses and don't give homework, however, if a student misses my class, they miss 50 minutes of work and are going to have to get it done sometime. My own children do spend several hours a night and I know as a parent that their time spent studying is directly correlated with their success on their report card. I agree that nonsensical homework is a waste, but the fact is, good students bring work home and review and study. I'm just thinking that many educational initiatives are in conflict with one another. There is also a difference between studying and homework. My child may not have “homework” but he reads every night for 30 minutes, works on his Barnell Loft, and we play educational games on my ipad to review what he is learning in school. It takes more than a good teacher to help kids learn – it takes a partnership between home and school. 

    tags: education news homework pta

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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