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I find that most things in this world fall somewhere on a spectrum, from tangibles – such as how tall a person is, to intangibles – such as how tenacious a person is.
Depending on what we’re talking about, a variety of factors can impact exactly where on a spectrum a person may fall.
As I type this late at night, my computer screencasts a bright glow, especially in contrast to the darkness that now consumes the world over here on the east coast. I notice that this bright glow results in what may be described as more of a muted glow on the fourth finger of my left hand.
Are you a teacher? Trainer? Perhaps a coach, counselor, physician, or presenter? Many more professions could potentially be rattled off on this list, all able to benefit from some quick body language secrets. Really anyone involved in: – conveying concepts/ideas/information – gaining trust and satisfaction from others – influencing outcomes I recommend watching this interview of […]
“The Choice is Yours” by Black Sheep. I used to love this song, and still do. My favorite part of the song was/is the following: Engine, Engine, Number 9 On the New York transit line If my train goes off the track Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up! It’s Easter time, a […]
What does the following video have to do with the topic of student engagement? Well, even if you’re not interested in the answer to this question, this video is definitely worth watching for a good laugh! What’s not so funny though is the topic of student engagement (or lack thereof). I ended last week’s post […]
Bridging the gap between traditional literacy skills and those of the 21st century. This has been the topic of discussion here the past few weeks. In Part 2 of this series (you can check out Part 1 here), I concluded by providing a couple examples of a unit’s end product. As a refresher, here they […]
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and __________________ (fill in the blank). Mark Surman, executive director of Mozilla, would fill in this blank with the following: Digital Literacy This, he believes, is the 4th “R” of 21st century learning (video here). Last week I began discussing my experience working through a new curricular unit, attempting to bridge traditional literacy […]
Times have changed. The skills needed for students to thrive have changed. Consequently, we as teachers must change. What does this mean in the world of literacy? With the evolution of technology has come a whole new dimension of literacy. Digital literacy. Although this presents a world of exciting opportunities, it […]
Valentine’s Day. A day devoted to the expression of love between various relationship “pairs.” A son and mother, a father and daughter, a husband and wife. These are just a few examples that immediately come to mind, so on a day like Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d post this article that I came across describing some different ways to pair students. […]
At some point in children’s lives, they learn to view themselves as either smart, dumb, or anywhere in between. As teachers, we see this all the time, right? Undoubtedly, this influences students’ self-esteem, motivation, and any number of learning and social behaviors. As we strive to cultivate a learning environment where students are free to maximize their […]
In a recent art assignment, a middle school student depicted an overburdened child who was being berated for earning an A, rather than an A+, on a calculus exam. In the image, the mother scolds the student with the words, “Shame on you!” The above comes from a New York Times article covering the ethnic divide […]
Part 3 of 3. Finland. An education superpower. What…is…their… secret?! Well, in case you haven’t been following along the past couple of weeks, let me quickly catch you up. Finland. They’ve been rockstars in the world of education. Inquiring minds want to know exactly what can be attributed to their success. Cue misinformation. Take a look […]