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  • Leading From The Heart » Stop talking about classrooms that don’t work
    of this valedictorian speech Listen to her Read it It s heartbreaking The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government and worst of all they are completely unaware of it I will never be able to turn back these 18 years I can t run away to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather than condition This part of my life is over and I want to make sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers meant to exploit and control And that s a Valedictorian speaking An 18 year old girl I ll be happy if you join the discussion on this here http firesidelearning ning com forum topics its not just public education There s so much that we can do We have to speak up and make the system change not just changes in the system Tracy on August 21 2010 at 9 45 am It s not that any of the good work isn t recognized it s just that it isn t enough You are right Or Tal It isn t enough when people prefer to focus on what needs to change rather than what works There is so much wasted energy put on locating and telling stories of what is broken I choose to put my energy into telling and listening to stories of what works we are responsible not only for the stories we tell and the stories we listen to but for the stories we choose to believe Thomas King Tracy on August 21 2010 at 9 57 am As I wrote on your blog it is so much more than optimism It is creating a future worthy of our children I can only do that by focusing on what works not by what doesn t Dea Conrad Curry on August 21 2010 at 10 43 am Dear Tracy Your passion for teaching and learning evokes an image in my mind of you at the keyboard intense and focused on shaping feelings and intellect into words and phrases that convey with clarity the position you hold I feel it and so must every other reader of your blog Thank you for sharing in the hope for the future the hope that learning can bring a new vision of potentiality to teachers and their students alike Tweets that mention Stop talking about classrooms that don t work Topsy com on August 21 2010 at 11 09 am This post was mentioned on Twitter by Karen Szymusiak tracyrosen tracyrosen said Focusing on schools that work is optimism I think it is more than that What do you think http is gd euknU George Couros on August 21 2010 at 10 03 pm Thanks for mentioning me in this post I am really glad that someone agrees with me about being more positive and proactive

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  • Leading From The Heart » mid-night invictus, a story of inspiring leadership
    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 mid night invictus a story of inspiring leadership August 18 2010 at 8 29 am filed under Inspiration leadership I woke up at 2 am couldn t fall back asleep so began to watch Invictus the story of Nelson Mandela s call to Rugby to begin healing South Africa in 1995 Watch the film for the final game I think it s one of the best EVER Even though I knew the outcome I was on the edge of my seat cheering with the crowd admittedly with tears on my cheeks That game happened because of Mandela s inherent leadership He knew what was needed to inspire his country his family as he called its citizens to begin to become a nation undivided and he did not let anyone get in the way of that vision no matter how unpopular it was These are the words that inspired his powerful vision throughout his 27 years in prison and his presidency Invictus by William Ernest Henry Out of the night that covers me Black as the Pit from pole to pole I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody but unbowed Beyond this place of wrath and

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  • Leading From The Heart » 2010 » August
    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

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  • Leading From The Heart » On becoming a teacher
    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 becoming a teacher July 30 2010 at 7 01 am filed under Teaching Tagged teaching why teaching Kevin had a great answer to the question should I become a teacher Yes if your passion is to change the lives of young people one day at a time and if you re willing to see the results of your daily work only years into the future then yes you should become a teacher But don t do it for yourself Do it for that lonely child whose family is in shambles and your classroom is the only safe place to be They may not show the appreciation now and maybe won t show it ever but you could be the most important anchor in their lives Do it for the gifted child who is bored and needs someone thoughtful to pull and push them in new directions Do it for the kid who always pays attention and does their hardest no matter what you ask of them Do it for the ones who resist you at every turn They all need you Yes become a teacher It won t make you financial rich like your Wall Street friends but being a teacher will allow you to sleep at night knowing you are making a real difference in the world unless you are wide awake wondering about tomorrow s lesson plans Kevin I became a teacher because I wanted to make sure every kid had a chance to learn how to read I ve stayed a teacher for many more reasons but

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  • Leading From The Heart » Changing how we evaluate…utopic?
    and black people would still be riding the back of the bus and children would still be working in coal mines Any kind of systemic change is challenging but certainly not utopic or impossible If that were the case then nothing would ever change For this statement to be qualified as true then I must assume the following Parent expectations and the values of society are homogenous and fixed The whole system of education is formed by these two elements alone What educators have to say has no affect on any other element of the education system esp parents and society One at a time now Parent expectations and the values of society are homogenous and fixed In my experience working with parents I know that their expectations are not fixed in favour of the stagnancy of how we evaluate students Parents of students who have test anxiety for example would love to see formal high stakes summative evaluations bite the dust And societal values Which society are we talking about Is there an assumption here that all societies have the same values when it comes to education and evaluation I ve worked in a few different social arenas myself and each one held different values Even within the same school community I ve experienced some parents who were in favour of rigorous testing while others were in favour of less rigorous practice Oh and wait don t my values as a teacher fall into the realm of societal values Am I not part of society The whole system of education is formed by these two elements alone As soon as we talk systemic change we can not base our ideas on only 2 elements of a system Theories about how systems work tell us that a system is made up of many parts and that none of the parts can be looked at in isolation in order to gain a complete understanding of how the system works This is because each of the parts affects each of the other parts Think of your own body Do you think we could get a good understanding of why you have that headache by only looking at your head A friend of mine s headaches ended up being as a result of high blood pressure If his doctors had only examined his head he may never have found out why they were happening By its very definition a system is an arrangement pattern design of parts which interact with each other within the system s boundaries form structure organization to function as a whole The saying the whole is greater than the sum of its parts reflects the notion that it is not enough to focus our evaluative gaze on single goals objectives actors processes activities and the like without attempting to understand the larger system in which the initiative lives From Evaluating Systems Change by Hallie Preskill What educators have to say has no affect on any other element of the

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  • Leading From The Heart » What do you think when you think évaluation?
    l amélioration continuel Rubriques On parle beaucoup de rubriques en évaluation Je ne suis pas très pour les rubriques Je trouve qu ils limitent l imagination de l élève En même temps je crois que c est important que les attentes soient claires alors c est une idée dont que je pense souvent Bulletins Souvent les évaluations sont liées aux bulletins et il y a beaucoup d enseignant e s qui les font seulement pour les bulletins Auto évaluation C est important que je m évalue comme enseignante tout le temps Les évaluations pour moi sont un genre d auto évaluation car ils permettent une réflexion sur comment j ai enseigné le sujet qui est en évaluation et comment je pourrais le modifier pour améliorer les situations d apprentissages Ongoing evaluation is a part of my teaching that I do all the time Conversations I see evaluation as a conversation between me and my students as well as their parents It s a conversation that allows for continual improvement Rubrics I don t really like rubrics because I think they limit the imagination of a student At the same time I believe in the importance of clear expectations so this is something I think about often Report cards many teachers only evaluate when it is time to write report cards Self evaluation It s important for me continually evaluate myself as a teacher When I evaluate student work it is a way to reflect on how I taught the subject being evaluated and how I can improve learning situations in the future 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 Miss Teacha on July 25 2010 at 7

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  • Leading From The Heart » Another big question re: learning styles
    tracyrosen said New blog post Another big question re learning styles http leadingfromtheheart org 2010 07 21 another big question re learning styles Tracy on July 21 2010 at 11 36 am Linda704 so instead of creating a circus sideshow of trying to pinpoint Johnny s learning style did I say that outloud we should focus on good teaching that helps to develop all of our students skills and strengths to help them be good concerned questioning human beings Joan Young on July 21 2010 at 11 49 am I agree totally Tracy that it s great to develop all of the ways kids can remember and learn Instead of testing kids for a preference and locking them into learning that way why not ask them questions and lead them to ask themselves the question which way or ways work best for me I love when kids discover that listening to a rap or song of something while looking at it visually helps them remember In my kindergarten class we often used music with dry erase boards or shaving cream writing so they were processing embedding in multiple modalities Another great post Linda704 on July 21 2010 at 7 06 pm Tracy Um yeah pretty much Topher on July 22 2010 at 3 20 pm It s been shown I think that people don t necessarily learn better through their preferred learning style But that doesn t mean that incorporating a variety of instruction doesn t improve learning and make for an interesting learning environment You re spot on about reinforcing learning through combinations of visual verbal and that we should teach students to strengthen weaker areas I m sorry I ve been away from your blog I enjoy it so much July turned out to be full of vacation sickness It s all I could do to post one or two things myself elona on July 23 2010 at 9 27 am Yes I still believe in learning styles because I know that I can learn things more easily if I use my preferred style I do agree though that good teaching uses all the learning styles Kids get to see it hear it and a chance to do it There s really no magic to it One style reinforces the other styles so that all three work together I have had students ask me to show them how to do something because telling them how to do it wasn t working for them I ve had other students ask me to tell them how to do something because they need to hear the instructions and the written instructions weren t helping them understand what to do Other kids ask me to let them try it to see if they ve got it There s definitely something to be said about meeting a students preferred learning style but that doesn t mean we stop teaching using the students less preferred learning style All learning styles work together and get

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  • Leading From The Heart » I no longer believe in learning styles. You?
    more it makes sense Yes it is possible to supply input material lessons ideas whatever in different modalities visually kinesthetically aurally reflexively actively tactiley according to dictionary com that is a word I m not convinced add your ly here and I would argue that this is a good thing BUT that the decision to do so is about good teaching and not about accessing the preferred learning styles of students It s good teaching when we match the input methods of an activity with the subject matter that is being studied know that a diversity of stimuli helps to anchor what is being learned know that movement increases the flow of blood to the brain use visuals because there is research that demonstrates we need it Another thought not so well thought out so give me some room here but if we think that learning is a social activity why the emphasis on individual learning styles Like I said it s not so well thought out yet so all I really have is the question as a starting point Here are some of those documents I wrote about earlier in no particular order Do Learning Styles Exist by Hugh Lafferty Dr Keith Burley Matching Teaching Style to Learning Style May Not Help Students by David Glenn New Research Shows Learning Styles Are Nonsense by Keiron Walsh Learning Styles Concepts and Evidence by Harold Pashler Mark McDaniel Doug Rohrer and Robert Bjork right sidebar has pdf download of full article free Learning Styles Re evaluated By Rick Nauert Doubt about learning styles by Jay Matthews Learning Styles A Teacher Misunderstands A Paper and A Psychological Scientist Explains by Liz Ditz Idea of Learning Styles in Education Further Derided by Psychology Researchers by Mike Smith Different Strokes for Different Folks A Critique of Learning Styles 1999 By Steven A Stahl pdf Google Tracy Rosen 9 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 Magistra X on July 20 2010 at 2 22 pm This was great thanks I hadn t realized there was so much evidence against learning styles In grad school my professors insisted that we do learning style inventories etc and tailor our lessons to them and my school has recently started encouraging the same Like you I ve focused instead on just changing up my lessons and teaching content in the way that best suits it and that seems to work well for me Tracy on July 20 2010 at 2 40 pm Magistra X I hadn t realized it either until I started to look for it Most are dated in the past 2 years though one is from 1999 Michael Doyle on July 21 2010 at 12 38 pm Dear Tracy I ve questioned Gardner s work for years I am glad you put together a succinct list of resources Sometimes we cripple students with our kindness Michael

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