teacher education

  Langston Hughes said it best when he expressed his feelings in the masterpiece, “I, too”: Tomorrow,  I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then.   Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed—   I, too, am America. Too many of our children (and many people in our society) feel that they don’t have a place at the table. The...
By Rebecca Guerrero When I first embarked on the decision to explore the website Storybird.com, I went in as an artist, a literature geek, and a future educator, completely sold on the idea that art and writing can be a beautiful meeting place for learning to occur. While the school landscape is often regrettably bogged down by standardized test prep, research has shown that incorporation of the...
"Genius Hour" Teaching Strategy with Dr. Nicole Mirra Video of "Genius Hour" Teaching Strategy with Dr. Nicole Mirra All rights reserved. As part of my course exploring Connected Learning as a framework for teacher education, I engaged my students in a Genius Hour project. Check out the YouTube video that explains the project. Also, here is...
When I began teaching full time and pursuing a masters degree simultaneously, I was under the impression that I would struggle most with the work load. I was shocked to learn that, while balancing the work would definitely be challenging, I would struggle more with managing technology: Let me start by briefly discussing my history with technology. At 24, I am a product of my generation in that my...
   I remember the old adage "Back when I was a boy"...and when I heard that, I knew that I was about to get a lesson on how easy I had it when I was young, compared to the difficulties and hardships my parents had.  And years later, I could finally understand the adage. "Back when I was a girl, we only wrote compositions on yellow, fuzzy paper with blurry red lines. We used the Reader's Guide...
Source Photos: "Making model airplanes for U.S. Navy at the Armstrong Technical High School. Washington, DC." Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. News Bureau. (06/13/1942 - 09/15/1945) Taken March 1942. A Love Supreme: Reflections on Why We Continue to Teach | contains a sample of “Acknowledgement” from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme....
This post appeared earlier today at my blog. I intended to blog about writing commentaries with my students in this post, but my thoughts went in a different direction this week. In Chapter 4 of In the Middle, Nancie Atwell recounts a visit to her classroom from the legendary writer and teacher Don Graves. At the end of the day Graves came and stood in my doorway with his coat on, smiling. “What...
I could've rapped about my hard times on this song But heaven knows I would a been wrong I wouldn't a been right, it wouldn't a been love It wouldn't a been life, it wouldn't a been us This can't be life -from Scarface on “This Can’t Be Life.” [explicit lyrics on this link] This week I had planned to continue to write about building community relationships as part of everyday educational...
[This is a cross post from http://kbakerdoyle.wordpress.com] Twitter has grown exponentially as a tool for educators to use for professional networking, sharing ideas, finding resources, and seeing what's trending in media, politics, and pedagogy. Just check out this exhaustive list of education chats  (thanks to Tom Whitby for this) to get an idea of all the education conversations happening on...
Classroom Photo.jpg Teaching can be so messy.  And learning to teach even messier.  Having in most cases only personal experience to draw from, many student-teachers struggle to consider how theory might translate into classroom practice.  Sure, rich dialogue happens often in pre-service programs. And students are frequently called upon to be reflective as they...

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