I was proud to teach in Upper Darby for eight years. This is the product of a high-quality arts program, that, unfortunately, is under relentless assault.
Unfortunately for those of us in more specialist areas, it’s pretty rare when district-provided professional development actually meets our needs. In my eight years as a special educator, I was frequently assigned to attend professional development sessions on curricula that had nothing to do with my classroom or to learn about resources and strategies that were new to my general education colleagues but quite familiar to me.
See? Sometimes I do write stuff!
This staged approach has killed off four games so far, with each dead project a cause for celebration. Employees crack open champagne to toast their failure. “We really want to celebrate maybe not the failure itself but the learning that comes out of the failure,” says Paananen.
Schools need more of this.
“An unconference doesn’t have a set schedule like most traditional conferences,” said Dan Callahan, chairman of the board and a founder of EdCamp in 2010. “The schedule is put together by the participants on the morning of the event.”
An EdCamp “unconference” draws on the skills and experience of the participants. One person might lead a discussion on using Twitter in professional development, another might share good strategies for reading, he said.
Callahan is an instructional-technology specialist in Burlington, Mass., public schools, and a member of a teachers union, the Massachusetts Teachers Association. He was previously a special-education teacher in Philadelphia.
Callahan said teachers tend to have internal motivation and innovation has created a wave of enthusiasm.
“I’m doing it because I want to become a better teacher,” said Callahan. “Professional development has basically changed because a lot of us took our professional learning into our own hands.”
Wikipedia editors are furious after a college professor assigned his students to edit the encyclopedia, riddling it with errors and alleged plagiarism.
I’ve heard people talk about doing this with their students. A good cuationary tale of basically how NOT to handle the whole thing.
In Matilda’s craftiness and magical talents, I (and countless other indoor kids) found the promise that someday my reading, my easy friendships with adults, and my natural inclination toward solitude would all pay off.
Matilda has been one of my favorite books since I first read it in Elementary School for this very reason.
Fun fact: they DID end up paying off.
Put together on the fly by Michelle Chung the other day. It was a lot of fun.
Danish students could soon be allowed full access to the internet while sitting their final school exams if a pilot scheme goes well.
Students will be allowed to log on to any site they wish – but they are not allowed to communicate with anyone online.
Awesome. If you can Google the answer, it’s probably not a very good question now.
Paste into Terminal:
LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local\
-domain system -domain user
This is so incredibly useful, as I have image handlers which keep on replicating (I’m looking at YOU, Skitch and Pixelmator!).