Just a few things to keep you reading, thinking, "mucking around", and while you're doing that you will have fun. For creative ideas, collaborative opportunities, communicating what's good, and critically assessing teaching and learning in the 21st century, start here and go to hundreds of other links.
This is the direction we should all be going and it's what teaching and learning should involve every day. It’s not all about academics - it's about relationships. Also, please do keep in mind that teaching is definitely not easy, but it is a joy and passion that not everyone can or should do.
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.“
A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level ... Life is all about relationships and school is no different!
The Toronto Star: Education guru Paul Tough says grit is the true secret to student success
Paul Tough (who wrote How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character ) said we've long focussed on cognitive skills as the most important key to success. But Tough said researchers have started to identify other skills that matter - "grit," curiosity, conscienctiousness, self-control. Some call these "character traits," the business world calls them "executive functions" (Note: Commonly referred to in education as Character Traits, Virtues, Work Habits and Learning Skills) READ IT HERE
CityNews: GTA school adopts "Self-Directed Learning" Program
CityNews reporter Stella Acquisto speaks with students at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School about a new program being adopted by the school in September called self-directed learning.
This is a programme that Mary Ward CHS has been using for years ... it's gaining greater attention and respect and now other high schools are attempting to implement it.
Here at Epiphany, in order to better prepare our students for their continued learning, we also gear our teaching in some respects in our Intermediate division utilizing a blended Self-Directed Learning model.
This is a small blog with a very simple, but relevant message ... The 21st Century is ours to embrace and if we don't jump into the game, our kids will suffer the consequences of our ineptness and stubborness. We should start soon ... we're 14% into the 21st Century!
If you've got some time and you like easy-to-follow videos about 21st century technology (like Twitter, Blogs, etc.), watch some very simple, plain English, educational, and entertaining videos by the Commoncraft people. There's even a video about electing a President or if you want to know more about Zombies.