Sunday, September 7, 2014

On the Edge of Chaos, Paralyzed by Technology and Principals Are People Too

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes
“‘In the school environment, creativity can be considered pathological behavior as opposed to the compliant traits of being reliable, sincere, good-natured, responsible, tolerant, and peaceable — the qualities associated with the lowest levels of creativity,’ writes Cevin Soling. Openness to new experiences and a “disagreeable personality” are also associated with creative achievement, two attributes not always found in schools.”

Are You Creating a Culture of Learning?
The Politics of Distraction are all of those issues that come up over and over again in our educational conversations. We talk about textbooks, homework, educational reform debates of who is right and who is wrong, and other adult-centered conversations. All are very worthy of discussion, but they often overshadow our desire to talk about students and learning.

Paralyzed By Technology
As I have worked with teachers over the years, I have come across one common problem that many teachers deal with when looking at technology. It's this idea that all new tech tools must be integrated immediately or they have failed as a teacher. As they look over the long list of available tools, they become paralyzed because they are overwhelmed.

Principals Are People Too
“The decisions I make impact the most people throughout the campus and throughout the school community. This ability is both a blessing and curse. I love my job because of the positive impact I can have in the lives of individual teachers, students, and the families that support our school. But if I make the wrong decision (or a decision that someone doesn’t agree with), then I can be perceived as “one of them” or ‘on the dark side’. I fear that I will be perceived as a principal that “doesn’t truly understand our situation” or ‘forgotten what it’s like to be in the classroom’”.

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First
A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education flips upside down the notion that students learn best by first independently reading texts or watching online videos before coming to class to engage in hands-on projects. Studying a particular lesson, the Stanford researchers showed that when the order was reversed, students’ performances improved substantially.”

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