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  • Leading From The Heart » “Planned school board cuts anger Quebec teachers”…why?
    2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Planned school board cuts anger Quebec teachers why October 22 2011 at 5 48 am filed under leadership Reform When I first heard the news that Line Beauchamp Quebec s Education Minister is presenting a proposal during this weekend s Liberal party caucus to cut school board funding in half I literally high fived my rear view mirror Maybe not the best thing to do while driving through the slippery roadways skirting the construction of highway 30 as you approach the island of Montreal from the west in the dark and rain at 6am but I was happy to hear it We ve been moving in this direction Decision making power has been slowly shifting to the schools over the past little while as it is School based success plans are one example The Quebec Education Program with its student centered competency based approach is in itself a template for a school centered education system Where will the money that is being cut from the school boards go Last night on CBC news Mrs Beauchamp said it herself it will go directly to the schools And it will be the schools who will decide where the money will go So why are teachers and here I am probably referring more to teacher unions rather than individual teachers angered There is a lot to do in order to make the transition from the model where school board makes the decisions that principals and in

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  • Leading From The Heart » Teaching in the dark
    Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Teaching in the dark September 27 2011 at 5 07 am filed under Alternative Schools Classroom Teaching Tech Lately I have been teaching in the dark Our school has no Internet access The students have none at home either What do we do We read We have conversations live conversations about what we read We look for solutions together and they are made from the stuff of our brains Did I mention that we read My students in Grades 7 through 11 love to read All of them And they can have and do have conversations about the books they read They can even make connections between them They jump up and down with pure joy about some of the books they are reading I actually have to tell students to stop reading I

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  • Leading From The Heart » How has your teaching practice changed?
    5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults How has your teaching practice changed September 11 2011 at 9 38 am filed under Teaching Mine is constantly changing developing evolving I think if my teaching stayed the same for too long I d have to question what I was doing stasis would undermine my determination to create meaningful learning situations My students are always changing so how could I stay the same Also it would be really boring to do the same thing over and over again Image found at HumberPr Ning Click to view source When I started teaching I was focused on reading On helping every single student in my care to learn to read Of course reading is still important but my focus has deepened to accept reading as a function of critical thinking My practice has also changed in the deepening awareness I have in the importance of relationship to teaching relationship with students parents colleagues I think amazing things can happen if we are truly in relationship around what we do be that teaching firefighting bookkeeping farming How has your teaching practice changed Google Tracy Rosen 2 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail will not be published Website Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email dconrad3 wordpress com on September

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  • Leading From The Heart » Making sense of teaching by starting with why
    5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Making sense of teaching by starting with why August 12 2011 at 9 18 am filed under Connecting Motivation I haven t read the book so this isn t a review or commentary on the book but rather a reflection on the idea of starting with why which just so happens to be the title of a book as well When people ask what do you do you teach When people ask what do you teach you teach elementary or high school English or French or Math or History But it s not often that I m asked why I teach Maybe if we went with the why more often we d make more sense

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  • Leading From The Heart » School discipline, alternative schools, race…
    administration and I think finally he was removed from the school At the end of her bit she made a plea for more alternative schools for kids like him I m not sure what she meant by that Disruptive Black Bored Different What struck me was that no where did she mention that she spoke to the boy Not an in front of the class kind of speaking to the boy but a one on one caring kind of speaking When she wished there were more alternative schools to put kids like him I immediately pressed record on my cell phone and said Here s a big idea Why don t we get rid of alternative schools altogether and just all teach as if we were alternative school teachers When I taught at an alternative school I felt that I was finally teaching the way I was meant to be teaching all along From a core of relationship From a starting point of care When I say alternative program or school I don t mean a place where they dumb down the curriculum or focus on life skills because their clients have already failed at real school I mean a place where kids are held to high standards but are helped in their assent past those standards by caring adults Where glitches are not met with criticism and punishment but conversation and direction Where discipline and failure does not happen to some more than others because of the colour of their skin the language of their tongue or the experience of their parents Now that I no longer teach in an alternative program I strive to remain that kind of educator the kind of teacher I am meant to be Google Tracy Rosen 6 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail

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  • Leading From The Heart » On storytelling…
    in a sentence 4 Featured 4 Inspiration 16 KidSpeak 2 leadership 13 Pedagogy 56 Podcast 8 Professional Development 31 Reading 2 Reform 24 Report Cards 3 Research 15 ShoutOuts 31 Student Poetry 4 Tech 68 Inclusive Education 5 Looking Back 5 Discipline 2 Examiner com 1 Testing 3 Parents 1 Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults On storytelling August 7 2011 at 8 54 am filed under Storytelling When I see my life as a story with all the richness and depth of art the beauty and serendipity and redemption the synchronicity of forces beyond my knowing I understand finally that I am not necessarily the author From My faith How storytelling saved my life

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  • Leading From The Heart » Trusting your teachers should trump tech savvy in administration
    1 Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Trusting your teachers should trump tech savvy in administration August 5 2011 at 8 39 am filed under Teaching Tech Scott asks Do administrators have to be technology savvy themselves in order to be effective technology leaders in their organizations I used to think yes now I think not so much What administrators need to be is trusting of their teachers Technological change happens in the classroom It won t happen if it is dictated from above it will happen if teachers are allowed to use what they see fit for their classroom their students Granted administrators need to ok the purchase of expensive hardware but once that

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  • Leading From The Heart » How I motivate my students and manage my classroom without reward systems
    on fire I don t really think that Rafe Esquith does either He teaches like his heart is on fire and that s the greatest thing a teacher can offer his her students And when you are reading about astounding things that others are doing don t get overwhelmed by the how s Focus on the why s When you do that you will find inspiration to light the fires of your students Kelly Hines Be genuinely interested caring kind and loving to your students It s that simple It s that hard Michael Doyle And finally Monday morning chucksandy tweeted in my ear If you treat people right show you care about them you re going to do some amazing things says gcouros Last year I started to teach French as a 2nd Language at an elementary school in Eastern Ontario Slightly out of my comfort zone as I had been teaching High School everything I was an alternative school teacher at different schools for many years before that The school board promotes the use of the AIM Language Learning method of which a large component is the use of coupons for using French So I started to use them after all they were part of the program Then I remember who I am as a teacher and I stopped I remember writing just before I began teaching as a French teacher I am not interested in offering rewards I don t want to raise a group of trained seals who will do anything for a candy I think the answer lies somewhere in here If you want to build a ship don t drum up the men to gather wood divide the work and give orders Instead teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea Antoine de Saint Exupéry in creating learning situations where they must speak the 2nd language in order to participate and where they will want to participate So what do I do when I remember who I am as a teacher It starts off with my being wholly present to them as their teacher I remain accessible I love them I remain interested in who they are and excited for them I am also interested in who I am and excited for what I am teaching them Excitement interest and love is contagious I taught French so we talked a lot I told them stories they told me stories Very quickly we established that French class was for talking and we created a safe place for that to happen I probably had the noisiest classes in the school For the most part they were good noisy When the noise started to be more English than French and becoming more waste of time noisy I intervened and got us back on track or switched gears depending on what was necessary We played games a lot At the same time I knew that there were some students who needed to be allowed to speak

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