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  • Leading From The Heart » 2010 » July
    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

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  • Leading From The Heart » Passion exists inside me, not inside a job
    infused with ideals of teaching I believe in strongly working with students who have been marginalized much of their lives and showing them it doesn t have to always be that way putting the student before curriculum the necessity of relationship the heightened sense of making a difference in students lives I used to teach students in grades 10 and 11 at an alternative program kids who were at risk to not graduate high school but were identified as bright needing a different environment Close to half of my students were Native students Mohawk from Kahnawake I now teach French in an elementary school in a rural area of Eastern Ontario and at first I like Dan thought that I was abandoning those ideals I held close by leaving that job Those feelings are also entangled with the sense of real abandonment I fear I ve left my students You see I took the new position with 4 days of teaching plus an exam period left in the year at the old school The decision wasn t easy but necessary to gain experience in the Ontario school system I was able to take it because of the tight teaching team that exists in that program I didn t leave my students to flap in the wind with a random substitute teacher I left them with some of the most caring people I know That is another fear I have attached to another one of my ideals that I have left a teaching team that embodies collaboration caring and raising the bar for ourselves and our students So while I was excited to be starting something new and to be on the track to better work life balance by working at a school in my area of the world I was also thinking about everything I just wrote about Not to mention the fact that all of this was happening in June not usually my most energetic month Soon into my new job however I began to make connections with my colleagues and with my students The first time a student came to me on the playground Madame Tracy please help I thought All is good I realized that I am still excited about helping kids to learn though in different ways And I remembered it is not my job that defines me but me that defines my job I find inspiration when I need it and at the end of my 2nd week at the new school was intrigued by a tweet in my twitter feed from Elona Hartjes The link led to a talk on TED by Srikumar Rao called Plug into your hard wired happiness The line passion exists inside you not inside a job seemed louder than the other lines that were spoken in the video And I realize that everything is going to be ok because I love and am passionate about working with kids and teachers about being part of a caring community dedicated to

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  • Leading From The Heart » June in a sentence
    June 1st 3 days before I was scheduled to stop teaching for the year I accepted a position as an elementary school teacher until June 30th placing me smack back into June teaching mode As the new teacher no less So my challenge is getting oriented AND keeping things interesting and relevant for the kids One of my grade 6 students asked me why we were doing a certain activity what was the point Yikes The point was that I was focusing on classroom management in that class 34 kids I m their 3rd French teacher this year They are testing me big time and I just needed them to sit at their seats and focus on a piece of paper in front of them and really writing a summary of a play that we are trying to complete by the end of the year is not such a bad thing either But the thing is she didn t see why we were doing it I need to work on relevancy So how are you holding up this June Any reflections on what you want to work on what you want to leave behind what keeps you excited about teaching at the end of the year Here s my reflection what I want to keep in mind for the rest of this year and the years to come My June in a sentence Keeping it real and relevant while having fun smiling laughing and making connections ps as always comments will be held in moderation until next Sunday Google Tracy Rosen 15 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 Tweets that mention June in a sentence Topsy com on June 13 2010 at 7 51 am This post was mentioned on Twitter by KevinHodgson tracyrosen tracyrosen said dogtrax Time to put a call out for sentences http leadingfromtheheart org 2010 06 13 june in a sentence Days in a Sentence is all a Twitter Kevin s Meandering Mind on June 13 2010 at 9 12 am to everyone who participated This coming week head over to Tracy s blog to add your reflective Day in a Sentence inspired by the month of Gail P on June 13 2010 at 5 42 pm Amazed by the wonderful material running through my Google Reader this month elona on June 13 2010 at 9 49 pm Tracey You are brave Tracy at the Helm of Day in a Sentence Kevin s Meandering Mind on June 17 2010 at 5 55 am Your are invited Go to Tracy s Day in a Sentence Kevin Hodgson on June 17 2010 at 5 57 am I am ashamed to admit that one of my classes my own homeroom for God s sake has me so incredibly frustrated because of their overall lack of motivation and desire for learning that I come home some days second guessing my

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  • Leading From The Heart » Where in the world is Tracy Rosen?
    a few different pieces As you know if you ve read previous posts of mine I loved working in the alternative program I love each and every one of my students no matter the hard time they may have a given me There is something special and unique about students between the ages of 15 and 18 those students who have a drive to succeed and need kind caring adults to help them get there But I was breaking away bit by bit traveling up to 3 hours a day tired me OUT and I felt so much less of what I am from the constant exhaustion My original plan was to find a position for next year I figured that if I jumped by giving my principal my notice even before I found a position that the net would come Well I wasn t quite expecting it to come swooping in so quickly I was offered this position to finish the year and potentially continue in the same one next year I was offered it on a Friday to begin the following Tuesday That weekend was spent in hibernation mode I finally decided that since there were 4 class days left and then the exam period at the old school I could make the break by leaving plans for a substitute teacher for those 4 days and continuing to evaluate the students work in order to write their final report cards It is so difficult to find a teaching position in my area and I finally decided that I needed to get my foot in the door so to speak by accepting this position I ve registered for a Teaching French as a 2nd Language FSL 1 course over the summer The Ontario College of Teachers is very specific

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  • Leading From The Heart » Good times.
    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 Good times March 31 2010 at 10 02 am filed under News Tagged celebration Things to celebrate It s Passover Matzah brei and maple syrup is yummy Even though 8 days of it may cause a few adverse effects right now it is still yummy My sister and her husband have found a house in Wilmington North Carolina Would be more of a celebration if it were closer to home just saying They still need to sell their home in Athens Ohio though If you are looking contact her by clicking the link So far 10 of our 25 grade 11 students have received acceptance letters from their CEGEPs of choice Most of the others have plans for trade schools I m absolutely tickled pink for all of them This coming 4 day weekend is expected to have sunny days with temperatures in the low to mid 20s Nice Google Tracy Rosen 3 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 Jose on April 25 2010 at 3 59 pm Nice going for your sis Jose s last blog Short Notes The Best Book Intro I ve Read In Ages Tracy on April 25 2010 at 6 23 pm Yes if it works out not quite a done deal yet http withinaquarterinch wordpress com 2010 04 21 we off to see the wizard I remember how stressful

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  • Leading From The Heart » Getting a spine
    PD Practice all adults Getting a spine March 18 2010 at 5 46 am filed under News Tagged decisions spine thinking My back is hurting It always hurts when I m thinking of important things Things I am passionate about Things that I need to speak out about I need to get a spine More on that later 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 March 18 2010 at 5 51 am I hope you find comfort in your decisions and therefore in your back And I hope your spine doesn t grow like that one in the image Tracy Kevin Kevin Hodgson s last blog Slice of Life The Man Who Wrote The Man Who Walked Miss Incognegro on March 18 2010 at 6 26 am My GI tract and head retaliate when I am feeling similarly Tracy The human body is an incredible machine isn t it If we d only listen to it more often Tracy on March 18 2010 at 9 33 am Thanks That s a pretty rocking spine though no messing with that backbone Tracy Rosen on March 18 2010 at 9 38 am No kidding It s first remembering to listen to it but then acting on what it s telling me that s hard too Tracy Rosen s last blog Getting a spine Kate on March 19 2010 at 11 07 am Oh I empathize I just found mine this week And my back actually hurt until I did Best of luck Kate s last blog By Our Own Hands Peter on March 21 2010 at 12 05 am When I think on matters I consider

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  • Leading From The Heart » Reality check re: time
    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 Reality check re time March 17 2010 at 6 10 am filed under Classroom Tagged end of year students teaching We have 52 teaching days left this year before the evaluation period And that includes the 2 weeks my grade 11s will spend away from school on stage Holy crapola 52 days to accomplish the world Luckily spring seems to have come early this year I just witnessed a MOSQUITO flying up the wall in my living room In March In Eastern Ontario Maybe the warm weather will make the balance of the

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  • Leading From The Heart » Spinning the positive
    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 Spinning the positive March 5 2010 at 12 24 pm filed under Connecting Tagged collaboration dance john chu lxd Contemporary world issues has a negative focus I ve been asked why we need to learn watch read talk about such depressing things Tension conflict power struggles disparity those are some of the themes What if I put a spin on them Creative tension Power to change Collaboration Instead of focusing on the problems I want to focus on the cool things people are doing all over the world Like this As John Chu says in the intro people are becoming their own heroes Developing their own dances by borrowing and remixing from others around the world as they become available Wild Just a little something I m thinking about To be continued Google Tracy Rosen 2 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail will not be published Website Notify me of follow up comments by

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