I was once told “Anyone can teach.” I believe this is partly true but being an effective teacher requires time, effort, and preparation. Attempting to teach a lesson without certain critical items in place can be done but the question is should it. I say no. If you have chosen to share your knowledge with your students then you choose… Read more →
As a teacher, I have evidence that my teaching had far more reaching effects on students than the subject itself. So I will depart with a final thought that I expect will alter the way you view your role: “As teachers, we inspire a difference in students’ lives, not only in their ability.”
A leader should empower, recognize, and encourage their staff.
Considering the Common Core
I’m going through the concepts of the common core again. As I do this, I realize I had been implementing these ideas long before the standards came about:
delving deeper into content
having the students explain the problem
read informational text
learn less material in greater depth
So the question is what “new” elements are the Common Core bringing?
Assessment for Common Core
The NJ ASK & HSPA will be phased out and replaced by The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). We should expect these to be computer-based online assessments for the 2014-15 school year. In fact, a multi-year project is already in motion to determine the NJ districts’ IT capabilities and to compare it to what will be needed to implement this large scale on-line testing.
SETDA is working in close partnership with the leadership of both major assessment consortia – the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) – to address the issue of technology readiness for school participation in the computer-based assessment systems they will be deploying starting in the 2014-15 school year.
Explaining the Common Core State Standards
I invite you to add any good resources you have for teaching using common core.
Converts their classroom/life to Web 2.0. Bookmarks socially. Constantly reads RSS feeds from relevant blogs. Blogs and tweets about their experiences. Regularly, attends professional development conferences to further their knowledge. Embraces social networking to create a PLN for exchanging ideas.
As a part of our professional development our principal sent us the book, Who Moved My Cheese? . As soon as I read the title I thought what does this have to do with education. Giving in to to my curiosity, I opened the book and read the first page.
Web 1.0 static content/HTML Web 2.0 users contribute to content(i.e. Blogs, YouTube) Web 3.0 semantic web personalization search engines that learn from you more structured information sort information into major categories(blogs, images,articles) integration with mobile devices, increase in micro-blogging. taggable, searchable increase in widgets more AJAX Web 4.0 What do you think will characterize Web 4.0? List your answer in… Read more →