Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Zombies Are Attacking! Ready the Children! - Ecology of Education

Some Words to Live By - Courtesy of Bob Moawad

 “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” -Bob Moawad

Twitter as a professional development tool




Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010


"I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don’t care if it’s a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theater, a piece of music. Anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us. I think the world would be unlivable without art." -Steven Soderbergh

Learning Styles Are Not Fashionable

 I think that it’s important for a teacher to pick up on the ways in which particular students respond to different mediums and modify their approach and instruction accordingly. William Cowper once said, “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” I believe this to be true in the realm of academia as well, because change and differentiation in the classroom is ultimately more interesting and engaging than the static, humdrum routine. As educators, we need to be dynamic. It’s essential that we spice it up. We need to wet the appetite of our students through a variety of tools and resources that incite their senses and inspire their thinking.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Here's Some Truth from Honest Abe

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

-Abraham Lincoln

Monday, November 15, 2010

Understanding by Design (UbD) is Fashionable!

 As educators, we have expectations of our students, and of ourselves. It's imperative that we remember to qualify those expectations with achievable outcomes. From the conception of an idea, we must know what we want to see in the final stages of a unit of study in order to assess the learning that took place.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they are grown up."
-Pablo Picasso

My question, what happens to creative capacity as children grow to be adults? How does school impact this development and change in creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson's answer... WATCH THE VIDEO!

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

TMNJ Call for Participants!

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Don't teach a student content that they may or may not use in life. Teach students how to learn, and they will for the rest of their lives.