At a few of the schools I support I have established a bimonthly coaching day. Teachers know that one day every two weeks I will be available for one-on-one or small group support on the teachers’ prep period or lunch. The response has been very positive. Teachers really appreciate being listened to and involved in their learning. It’s specific, personal and timely. Also, I can check in with the teacher on the next coaching day to follow-up and address any issues.
One of the biggest difficulties I have when facilitating larger group instructional technology workshops is that there is such a range in teachers’ skills and exposure to technology. Some teachers only need an overview and then time to explore. Others need more specific and ongoing instructions. I always want to honour people’s time by making it relevant to their subject area and experience. In addition, if the technology or computers are not readily available in their classroom, teachers find it difficult to practice their new skills and frustrating to have to relearn later. One size fits all is not appropriate for students or teachers.
Every time I work with a teacher, I learn something new. Teachers know their students and their subjects. They can see the possibilities; they just need support to realize their vision. Often, a teacher presents me with a situation I have not encountered before and we work together to solve it. Other times, teachers are surprised that I don’t know about a website or technique. I leave every coaching session with more to offer the next teacher. Working with Helen today reinforced the value of these coaching sessions and I finally got time to learn how to use a Flash plug in to display a (non compatible) document camera image in Smart Notebook. Tomorrow, I’ll show Nancy–Thanks Helen!
I am really enjoying working with “chefmanny” on his new blog! He has so much experience and passion for his students and food. Check out this goat cheese and roasted pepper appetizer!
His students recently competed in the Ontario Skills Competition in Waterloo and received THIRD PLACE in Ontario! Congrats to the Turner Fenton Hospitality department.
Check out Manny’s blog at: chefmanny.edublogs.org
This was taken at twilight on at the end of a beautiful Sunday by using My Stop Action app. The ability of these apps to make it so easy to create quality products still amazes me. This makes it possible for students to spend less time on the technology and more time on discovering and demonstrate knowledge and skills.
This Popplet was created for a PD session on the use of personal devices in classrooms. By no means is it an exhaustive list of activities that incorporate students’ devices–just a few suggestions. Pick one and start!
I am always interested in reading the quotes that people put in their email signatures. It seems to be a way to define yourself, a logo or mantra. I have never been able to choose just one quote because I feel like a different person each day. So I have just a plain name, title and contact information in my signature. I’m looking for a good quote though. Any suggestions?
The quotes below are gleaned from the last two days of emails.*
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill
“Everyday, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet. And we should tread softly.” Sir Ken Robinson
“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” Albert Schweitzer.
” Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; Education is life itself.” John Dewey
“I am convinced that the best learning takes place when the learner takes charge…” –Seymour Papert
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” ~ Theodore Isaac Rubin
‘Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.’ Buddha
Sent from my iPhone
*I have not verified these quotes…just copied them from the emails.
These poetry contests might inspire the next Earle Birney or Margaret Atwood…
Canada Writes Poetry Prize
Sponsor: CBC Books
Deadline: May 1, 2012
Prizes: First Prize $6000 + publication, 4 Second Prizes of $1000 + publication
Format: Poetry, 400-600 words
Open to: Canadians of all ages, $25 entry fee
Kisses and Popsicles Spring Poetry Contest:
Sponsor: Pandora’s Collective
Deadline: May 15, 2012
Prizes: Varies between $30 and $100 depending on age, and publication
Format: Poetry, Maximum lines is 50
Open to: All countries, all ages (3 age categories), $3-$5 per entry
Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Poetry Contest
Sponsor: COSTI Immigrant Services
Deadline: May 16, 2012
Prizes: 3 First Prizes of $200.00 each. 3 Second and Third Prizes of $100.00 each.
Topic: Refugees and Human Rights
Format: An original poem 24 or fewer lines
Open to: Canadian, Grades 4-12, no entry fee
Looking for authentic writing opportunities for your students? Here are some contests and other opportunities to give them real life exposure. They are in order of deadline. The last two are contests for teachers!
Our Canada Magazine
Sponsor: Reader’s Digest
Prizes: Free year subscription and publication
Topic: True life Canadian stories, humorous anecdotes, pictures and more
Format: up to 600 words
Open to: everyone
Hilroy Spread the Word Environmental Award
Deadline: May 18, 2012
Prizes: $5000 RESP
Topic: Environmental Action
Format: “Like” Hilroy on Facebook, then submit essay-max 250 words, and picture
Open to: Canadian Students (10-18) who need to be nominated through Facebook by someone 18 or over
Teacher Talent Contest
Sponsor: Teach Hub
Deadline: April 30, 2012
Prizes: $1000 for First Prize, $500 for Second Prize, $100 for 3rd, 4th and 5th
Topic: Teaching or any other talent
Format: Videos up to 5 minutes
Open to: American teachers
Instructables Education Challenge
Sponsor: Instructables, Autodesk Inc.
Deadline: June 4, 2012
Prizes: MacBook Air and VGA adaptor for First Prize, other prizes available
Topic: Project Based Learning activities
Format: Videos, Photos and/or Guides
Open to: Teachers in USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Belguim, China, The Netherlands