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  • Leading From The Heart » The quality of teaching is not strained
    I ve discovered is everything in life Isaac Bashevis Singer Why do anything unless it is going to be great Peter Block Google Tracy Rosen 6 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail will not be published Website Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email elonahartjes on August 12 2009 at 6 06 pm Tracy Kindness is everything I ve found that some of the kids I teach are not used to kindness They encounter it so seldomly in their lives that they don t quite know what to make of it By meeting the troublesome behaviour of my troubled students with kindness I ve been able to develop positive relationships with many of these kids It s not easy to do nd it doesn t happen all the time I ll be the first to admit but it happens often enough to know that kindness makes a difference When I have particularly troublesome students I try to remember to send say this prayer May we be filled with loving kindness May we be happy May we be peaceful and at ease May we be well I say we because we re in the classroom together and I the teacher need to be happy in the classroom as well as my students so that the classroom experience is a positive one for all of us I often talk to my students about my needs as well as theirs I tell them we re in it together More on Sarah Fine from yesterday How much is kindess worth Inner Education for Inward Educators on August 12 2009 at 8 56 pm around the Washington Post article by Sarah Fine see yesterday s post should also check out Traci at leadingfromtheheart org and Michael Doyle Everyone agrees that Fine s problem is a symptom of a larger systemic JasonP on August 12 2009 at 8 21 pm Tracy thanks for visiting my blog I agree that kindness and compassion are needed but I worry that we put them too much on a pedestal The field of teaching is littered with teachers who cared or had passion at some point Yet if people with passion were great teachers and only people with passion stayed all our schools would be fantastic houses of love and goodness Yet schools are often just the opposite buildings of strife jealousy and selfishness While I would not advocate ignoring kindness it seems to me that being a returning teacher must take more then that There is a diligence and perseverance and confidence in one s work and being able to be pleased with one s own work despite internal factors That s a personality trait that I believe is not installed in most beginning teacher s outlooks which are likely more geared towards pleasing everyone else around them then pleasing themselves And Tracy thank you so much for visiting InnerEd http www innered edublogs org JasonP on August 12 2009 at

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  • Leading From The Heart » 2009 » August
    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

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  • Leading From The Heart » New Media Literacies? Please.
    t agree more that the big picture is often what s missing when people start hyping technology in the classroom When teachers think that simply adding technology will improve teaching and learning something has gone very wrong On the other hand I don t find the term media literacies misleading As Jenkins said the skills of collaborating sharing and learning online are the new literacies not the tools not the laptops and certainly not the white boards I refuse to buy one I believe giving students ways to reflect and share what they are learning strengthens their ability to research write organize and read We use social networking tools to help students understand the symbols around them which include text visuals and sound In fact by using Understanding by Design as a starting point our teachers frame their lessons with essential questions that guide all their decisions about whether technology is appropriate or necessary I am absolutely in agreement about Action Research We have a team of teachers tackling our teaching of writing this fall hoping to learn more as we teach and share our discoveries We plan to use online tools to help us track our progress Susan Carter Morgan s last blog Burying the lede indeed Tracy on July 28 2009 at 11 24 am Hi Susan and thanks for your comment I disagree Collaborating sharing and learning online are not new literacies They are new ways to help share and create meaning therefore are new tools I see it this way literacy understanding and creating meaning from the symbols around us is the big picture technology that helps us to get there are the tools including social networking and learning tools UBD is a great way to keep the learning focus clear I find that combining UBD with differentiated instruction is a great way to stay focused on what needs to be learned while keeping in tune with the different students in my classroom Have you done any work with that Jay McTighe and Carol Ann Tomlinson wrote a great book on it a few years back Wow in looking for a reference I found this great school blog http integratingdiandubd blogspot com Angela Maiers on July 28 2009 at 4 32 pm Tracy What a great discussion and an incredibly necessary dialogue and as you said so elegantly when people start to talk about tools and context as literacy they shift their focus to the tools rather than keeping their eyes on the big picture One of the most powerful models of helping sift and sort through the literacies and the tools debate is a model by Luke and Freebody It breaks down REGARDLESS of context medium and time the essential elements of effective literacy The reader learner roles are the competencies we need to teach students across medium and mode in order to help them understand the world around them and their important place in it More details here http tinyurl com 59xqt5 and here

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  • Leading From The Heart » The Watkinson Garden
    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 The Watkinson Garden July 27 2009 at 10 48 am filed under Classroom Connecting Inspiration Tagged climate change contemporary world conversation gardening cross posted at 09 10 Looking Forward During our conversation on climate change Marcy Webb told me about a girl named Mary a high school student who has chosen to devote her summer to sustainability She is helping to cultivate an herb and veggie garden on the school grounds The goal is that the bounty from the garden will be used in the preparation of lunch meals at the school She is maintaining a blog So this post is about that blog The blog is a diary of what she is doing to take care of the garden on a daily basis though there is no description of why she is doing it For that I will trust Marcy s description above I d like

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  • Leading From The Heart » Driving, listening, and drafting new models
    I drive I ve attempted to do that before but never really got into anything enough to listen to all of it Perhaps because I lived in the city where drives were short and when they weren t were fraught with traffic and one must step lively in Quebec traffic even while driving Now though driving while listening seems to be the perfect combination of busy ness to help keep me focused on the story being told and the act of listening helps to keep me focused on the road ahead as well I m bouncing between two books right now depending on my mood The novel is The Shack Interesting even for a Jew I ve decided the story was wonderfully crafted because the first part drew me in so completely that I am open to the unfolding of the mystery of the Catholic holy trinity that is happening now If the story had begun with Mack meeting God as a joyful black woman cooking dinner Jesus and the Holy Ghost in a shack in the woods I would not have made it too far Click the image to read a nytimes review of the book The 2nd book is Free The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson It is available for free in digital forms clicking the title gets you to the Learn Out Loud download site Alternatively you can go to The Long Tail Chris Anderson s blog and read a scribd version of Free or hear it through the blog He describes the present concept of free how it developed historically to how it may be implicated in the development of new global economies Oh heck I ll embed the scribd document right here Well at the bottom of this post It s that last bit that got me buzzing First off it s a great listen Chris Anderson s voice is engaging and he talks about shifting views of business in the 21st century In oh dear don t say it a little over a month I will be teaching a course called Contemporary World It s a new course a product of the Quebec education reform Since I will be teaching it in the English sector we don t have English language materials available to us yet I am not hedging any bets that the materials will be ready by the beginning of the school year so I have looked at the overarching themes as described in the French resources and have started to create my own materials as have other teachers There s a Contemporary World Ning to help us collaborate and here is a wonderful example of the type of work that is being done to create an English LES on Wealth Learning and Evaluation Situation Anderson talks about conceptual beliefs around free how people grounded in the 20th century don t think anything is really free there s always a catch and how people grounded in the 21st century

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  • Leading From The Heart » Being together
    s post Puddles When one wanders away from one s usual world it s good to have company I remember how Meg Wheatley s words created a shift in me when I first read them a few years ago that conversation is the natural way we humans think together from the book Turning to One Another Simple Conversations to Restore Hope for the Future So what does this all have to do with my job as a teacher Learning can be about wandering away from one s usual world I think that good learning must When we are learning new ideas we are changing our cognitive framework Imagine we have the innate ability to change our thinking processes biologically While this is happening especially if it is with a paradigmatic shift in our thinking and beliefs it is not only good to have company I think it is necessary There are certain states that people need to feel they are in for learning or change to be able to happen a sense of belonging of safety of worth As teachers we don t always know if our students experience those states outside of our classroom though we can sometimes guess based on the behaviours that we see in it A big part of my job is to create an environment that encourages these states to be Not only for students in my classroom but for my colleagues in theirs as well Sometimes we need to tell it like it is Photograph by Joel Sartore click to view source at National Geographic I m not talking lovey dovey group hug you are so special all the time kind of support I just mean good solid I know you are here for me and I am here for you and we will

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  • Leading From The Heart » feedreader overload
    about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults feedreader overload July 16 2009 at 11 22 am filed under Connecting Tagged feedreaders feeds overload simplicity syndication Overgrown gardens can block access How nice that this image is FREE to download and use c Jean Thornhill Click for source Over the years I have been adding feeds to my feedreader willy nilly As a result it s a wild overgrown garden I can t keep up with the info that feeds into my system As with any other time I become overwhelmed I ve shut down and haven t been keeping up with the blogs I used to read at all So I am starting anew I ve added a really simple feedreader to my system called Eat Feed It sits in my system tray and turns blue when I have new feeds to check out I click on it and reed what s new Nope Doesn t have a gajillion options can t share can t favourite can t clickity click click to tweet share on facebook diig plurk whatever Nice and simple If I want to share something I ll manually tweet or blog about it which may make me think about whether it is really worth the sharing or not The first 3 feeds I ve added are the blogs I ve commented on for the One Comment A Day Project so far Keeping Kids First by Kelly Hines Daily Teaching Tips by Laura McInerney Steven s PLN by Steven Roberge All three are great writers I d like to learn from and I m going to be adding to that list very slowly I m thinking lately I d rather read few blogs in depth than a myriad on the surface For now Google

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  • Leading From The Heart » 2009 » July
    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

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