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  • Leading From The Heart » Why I don’t believe in putting marbles into jars
    be intrinsic coming from inside When we try to get people kids to do certain actions while holding an unrelated goal as a carrot we are more often than not either a disappointed that the child gave up before achieving their goal and or b not teaching anything transferable about motivating oneself to achieve anything Indeed the child is working for the reward and each subsequent reward often needs to be bigger and better for the child not to get tired of it Again no logical connection between the what brushing the teeth and the why going camping and certainly not the how of it all putting virtual marbles into a virtual jar Having written all of this I know that there are many people who do believe in the use of external reward systems to get all kinds of things done For them this app may very likely be useful For me based on my beliefs around learning it isn t I d love to hear what others think about this Google Tracy Rosen 5 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail will not be published Website Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Anna Palmer on July 27 2011 at 8 46 am Thank you for pointing out my need to update me website I completely agree that brushing teeth leads to camping is a behavioral approach where the reward is divorced from the actions One of the focuses of Parenting on Track and the Marble Jar app is allowing natural consequences to help with learning In our real camping trip jar which is called happy earth we practice environmentalism buying used composting turning off electricity and picking up litter When our jar is full we will go on a camping trip The celebration of being closer to the earth after practicing caring for it is closely related Other examples include our bedtime routine jar which does include teethbrushing clothes in hamper etc and when the jar is full we end with stories and back rubs That is a daily use jar although as expected it has been phased out in our house If you repeat things often enough you can remove the scaffolding and the kids will work through it on their own The primary benefit of the app is the ability for parents and kids to discuss and decide what matters to them a happy earth stories at bedtime getting out of the house in the morning Break down what it looks like and then build the jar together After the jar is built kids from 4 up can use it independently getting parents out of the chain of nagging and prodding and allowing the space everyone needs to become their best selves Perhaps a little lofty but the potential is there for it to be much more than a carrot or a stick Here is what my parenting expert has to say http www parentingontrack com services store

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  • Leading From The Heart » Marble Jar: A review of the new goal setting app
    with actions to achieve those goals is a nice one I can see some kids really liking the idea of getting to put a marble into a virtual jar on their parent s phone as an action is achieved as opposed to having to wait until they got home to a real life marble jar However it is too easy to put in more than one marble by accident I did it twice while playing with it just now and a real physical jar of marbles or bag of marbles if one wants to keep it in a purse that we can touch and see is more motivating Kids like to touch and hold It makes the attainment of goals more tangible So all in all I m not a huge fan of this app and won t be using it But you should play with it for yourself it may be for you It will cost you 2 99 in the iTunes app store link at the top of the page Google Tracy Rosen 10 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 Kevin Hodgson on July 24 2011 at 12 37 pm I appreciate the honest Kevin Tracy on July 24 2011 at 12 44 pm Hi Kevin I did really try to like it It felt good to be asked to review an app wonder if I ll ever be asked again Anna Palmer on July 26 2011 at 11 18 am Tracy Thank you for taking the time to review my app marble jar I was sorry to read that you were disappointed in your experience There are a few tips I can give you and your readers to make it better as I work to build an iPad optimized version of the app I would recommend hitting the 2x button to enlarge the app to the full size of the iPad screen this is how my four year old uses it it eliminated the black bars and makes the key board twice as large Additionally you can tap the shake the refresh button on the tips screen to see use tips and parenting suggestions I will relabel the button with my first update next week That should prevent anyone from shaking his her phone so hard that it flies across the room I would love to hear whether of not you tried it with your kids As I iron out the technical wrinkles I would be curious whether or not your kids respond to the app as much as mine have Last night at dinner my 6 year old proposed that we build a donation jar where we can add marbles for each dollar that he gives away to our local King Street Youth center here in Burlington Vermont I liked the idea but thought he was finding a loop hole he would donate the money but

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  • Leading From The Heart » Looking Back: Stop talking about classrooms that don’t work
    from August 21st 2010 are still very alive for me There are classrooms that work that work very well Click on the title below to go to the original post with its comments Here is an example of a traditional classroom in Japan scroll down to Inspiration in a Japanese elementary school Can you imagine if these students did not have this place What a shame that would be Stop talking about classrooms that don t work This morning I read a thoughtful post about what ADD may or may not be Despite the timeliness and depth of thought present in the article I was stricken by one paragraph about the perils of classrooms on our children How our young children today so rife with creative potential are doomed to a future of diagnosis and boredom because they will be subjected to school I was not only stricken but insulted Does all of the work that I and many of my colleagues have done over the past years have no bearing on the future of education Do all of those teachers out there in schools all over the world who care about their children not count I feel we need to get beyond the system is broken kind of thinking and focus on what is working We see what we look for and if we keep focusing on a broken system we will only succeed in creating more broken system Instead of creating a doomsday effect by telling ominous stories of the proliferation of traditional classrooms that stifle creativity and connectivity I prefer to point towards learning that does the opposite learning that works and educators who get it George Couros Michael Doyle Lori Centerbar Kevin Hodgson Glenn Moses Linda Clinton Elona Hartjes Darren Kuropatwa Kelly Hines Karen S Dea

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  • Leading From The Heart » Guest Post: Web-Based Assistive Technologies are Expanding the World for All Users
    especially true in regard to web based programs In many ways the Internet has revolutionized the educational process Nowadays it is possible for students to attend a n online school across town or even on the other side of the planet This allows all sorts of educational institutions to keep enrolment numbers up and even provides these schools with more revenue The downside is that few of these web based distance learning programs offer any kind of reasonable accessibility for learners with disabilities ranging from blindness to mobility issues Although most online classes are offered at a college level I can make the argument that children who require assistive technology to keep up in elementary and secondary school also tend to get short shrift when it comes to web based courses that could with just a few minor adjustments become the sorts of programs that encourage inclusiveness for all students The reason that many students with disabilities have difficulty using web based learning resources is that these tools are often not designed with these students in mind This lack of planning leads to what are better know as gratuitous barriers These barriers are a feature of programs that serve no particular purpose yet effectively bar students with disabilities from using them However if a few small adjustments are made it can become easy for students with various impairments to engage in online learning For instance including an equivalent audio program for students with reduced sight capabilities might quickly and easily transform a r elatively inaccessible program into a viable alternative Additionally designing online courses that feature text sizes that can easily be manipulated can benefit not only those students who are sight challenged but students who have issues with motor skills as well Larger text makes it easier to make certain selections Sometimes the only barrier to a student being able to use a particular program is as simple basic and easy to solve as that Online education can be hugely beneficial to all students increasing each learner s knowledge base tenfold Yet for these programs to benefit the largest number of students accommodations must be built in at the beginning stages of development I firmly believe that this is one of the best ways to ensure accessibility for all learners smoothly and without a great deal of extra expense For learners who have severe mobility issues the Internet can provide an especially valuable window on the world Not only can learners who cannot otherwise attend school have the opportunity to study but they can also make interpersonal connections with other students around the world who may be dealing with similar issues and can share their experiences and knowledge freely More students with motor disabilities are gaining access to specialized keyboards Many of these keyboards feature larger keys or place them in a variety of configurations to make them eminently usable for a wide range of users I have also discovered that some users benefit from the use of an

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  • Leading From The Heart » Sunday Synectic: How do you spell ‘love’?
    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 Sunday Synectic How do you spell love July 17 2011 at 7 14 am filed under Connecting Sunday Synectic Pooh and Piglet Blow Wishes Image found here Piglet Pooh how do you spell LOVE Pooh You don t spell it Piglet you FEEL it How can this relate to your current teaching practice or whatever it is you happen to practice Google Tracy Rosen 1 comment RSS trackback respond

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  • Leading From The Heart » 2011 » July
    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

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  • Leading From The Heart » Looking back: Parents protest ‘time-out’ cage in classroom
    his behaviour was so unruly he warranted time in a fenced in area Were there background issues like developmental delays perhaps he was younger than his peers perhaps the classroom was a frustrating place perhaps I should say likely Whatever it was I wonder if his needs were ever met And I wonder if his teacher ever received support for her needs Click here to see the original comments associated with Parents protest time out cage in classroom Parents protest time out cage in classroom Last Updated Friday February 9 2007 3 09 PM ET CBC News A Shawinigan Que teacher who put a nine year old student in a lattice cage for misbehaving will not face any disciplinary measures school board officials said Friday The boy s parents discovered their son Félix had been kept in a makeshift cage at Shawinigan s École St Paul after he complained to them he couldn t see the blackboard When they visited the school they discovered he d been spending several hours a week in the lattice cage The local school board director Claude Leclerc told Radio Canada the teacher did nothing wrong by using what he called a time out area for a difficult student I have a few thoughts about this as I am sure many people do My mind goes to a cartoon I saw on the Internet a few months ago It is a picture of a boy standing next to his desk students sitting around him at their desks and his teacher at her desk At the back of the class is a huge cage with a pacing tiger and the caption is Well Timmy It looks like you ve just earned yourself 10 minutes in the cage with Mr Whiskers Extreme discipline cases like this reaffirm

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  • Leading From The Heart » A wish for my nephew as he starts school
    Have you already forgotten that he is a beautiful caring boy My hope for him is that the teachers he meets throughout the school career ahead of him have the patience and clarity of thought to see this bright beautiful caring boy to not let him be reduced to the sum of the descriptive elements I sketched above How can we ensure this happens How can we create this particular hope for the future Research do your homework and visit schools meet educators His parents have already started the process by researching the best schools for him and meeting with his teachers before he began in their classroom to talk about his needs Last year though only 3 at the time his needs were assessed and he began full day schooling with educators who understand his need for structure and patience They are also able to explicitly develop his fine and gross motor control skills as well as address some of his behavioural issues through a structured goal oriented IEP Individualized Education Plan Follow up keep the lines of communication open His parents have met with his teachers on an ongoing basis to have conversations about how he is doing and if he has met certain goals or if goals need to be modified They keep the lines of communication open so that everyone is on the same page They also talk about what he does well They foster the beautiful caring side of him Be consistent follow the same plans at home and school If educators are working diligently with your child it is important to follow up what they are doing at home Since my nephew s behavioural issues are being addressed at school his parents can help his educators by following the same plans at home Children with special needs crave consistency structure clear outcomes Without this they can spiral out of control and unwanted behaviours can increase When a child acts out he really is calling for structure in his life When I showed this to my sister for pre posting approval she commented with this One thing I would add is that the parents are often at wits end and when discussing the needs of the child in the setting of the classroom it would be lovely if those needs could be addressed in the home setting as well We are often asking for help with how to deal with him At Home It is frustrating to always hear that he doesn t do that here We are finally reaching outside of the school system and getting psychologists involved The teachers are great and it helps to put his capabilities into perspective often saddening but they don t come home with us It s a good thing that they are asking for help from psychologists though I think it would be good to also have one of their teachers come home with them and show them what to do If he doesn t do that

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