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  • Leading From The Heart » First 2 days: the forensic report
    the French schedule for the following week She admitted that she was wary of the Directions groups at first other teachers told her they were the bad kids but she is bubbling over with enthusiasm after having met each of the groups once so far Especially compared to her 38 student regular Grade 11 class THIRTY EIGHT students who need to pass a Provincial French exam at the end of the year IN ORDER TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL That s a whole other post Kara and Max the Physical Education teachers 2 more godsends as Phys Ed was also part of the course load for Directions teachers last year The kids haven t yet had a Phys Ed class but so far they both seem eager to work with us as part of the Directions team and we re working together on ways to provide appropriate learning situations and consequences for the students when they are at gym We don t use the principal s office as a consequence in Directions Directions Learning Team 55 students 19 in Grade 10 16 each in the two Grade 11 classes My Grade 11 group is the best hmmm but my Grade 10 math group is also the best and I ll be meeting my remedial History group on Monday and they ll be the best too I m sure Seriously these are kids who have not been successful in the regular public school programs for one reason or another Mainly they are kids who need more support and care on a daily basis than a teacher with a class size of 30 can generally give them One of my girls was asked to leave her classes 4 out of 4 periods a day last year Other students left theirs on their own accord skipped others were quietly failing though standardized test scores showed they had the ability to perform at or above grade level Many of them have already learned how to self medicate in order to survive I have one student who just may be the most hyperactive student with ADD I have ever met and I ve worked with special needs kids in alternative settings for most of my 12 year teaching career Yesterday as he came bouncing back into class after the millionth Friday afternoon errand I could think of to send him on I announced that we were so lucky to have his energy in our classroom As the other students looked at me in disbelief some were already frustrated by his constant movement after 1 day I added and we need to work together to find a way to channel it I have another student who immediately warned me that he couldn t do math and then proceeded to demonstrate unbeknownst to him his logical mathematical mind when we did this activity scroll down for the cup stacking activity as our first math class In fact I quoted him on the follow up handout I gave

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  • Leading From The Heart » First day … on your marks, get set…
    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 First day on your marks get set September 4 2008 at 6 07 am filed under Classroom Tagged Classroom first day school image from Sports Bloopers and Others It s 5 30 am and I have met my students planned day 1 and 2 cleaned my classroom hidden the computers that don t work and aren t plugged in read NO computers in my classroom prepared some tight opening day activities slept through the night though don t feel as if I did Stuff must ve been going on behind the scenes looked over my reading a bit for tonight s class at Concordia Human Performance Technology fed my dog had a sip or two of coffee packed my bag I m good to go I ll let you know how well it went tomorrow peace Google Tracy Rosen 4 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail will not

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  • Leading From The Heart » Pick it up
    to last Sunday before kids Back in June I reflected or p reflected as I like to call it a bit about the year to come I m excited that I was offered the position I wanted as a teacher in the alternative program at HSB called Directions I spoke a bit about that here I am a grade 11 core teacher I found out on Wednesday what that means I will be teaching English Math not sure yet if that is grade 11 math OR Grade 10 math or both Grade 10 repeater science Economics Ethics and Religious culture and possibly civics All of that layered within social skills and personal development curricula Luckily I ll be working with a tight teaching team 3 teachers and a special ed technician in a wing of the school that is quite separate from everything else As are the students they wear a uniform their decision no one else at the school does outside of the jeans that don t cover their butts and the caps that inspire teachers to mutter mid sentence caps please as they walk down the halls and they are not allowed in the regular school environment These are students with troubles and the idea is to keep them away from the environment where much of that trouble has played out in the past I am psyched about working in this community I m also a bit wary of the challenges that I know are to come when working with needy students and teaching subjects I have never taught before I can t say I am not but like everything else if it needs to get done it needs to get done and it does the only way to get a thing done is to start to do it then keep on doing it and finally you ll finish it Langston Hughes I always find this time of year ambiguous and full of possibility Logically I know the courses I will be teaching but in my heart until I know my students I don t So 10 more days of ambiguity and then it ll be time to pick it up for real home page image for this post was found here Google Tracy Rosen 8 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 Ken Allan on August 24 2008 at 3 44 pm Days of Sun The hazy balmy days have come in fast A garden loose late blooming tulip yawns Limp petals soft from drooping roses cast And daisies flourish on the feathered lawns A cicada wakes from the nymphal sleep Then sheds the fragile nut brown pupal shell And so begins its steady skyward creep To chant the long percussive choric spell The karo s darkened pods crack and expose The cloying seed in clusters set to fall A blackbird swoops down keen to interpose And sing

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  • Leading From The Heart » Introducing TracyRosen.com
    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 Introducing TracyRosen com August 21 2008 at 10 19 am filed under News Tagged blog music soundtrack tracyrosen com aka sound tracking it I wanted a place to write about all that other stuff the stuff that isn t directly about teaching but definitely figures in to the background of my teaching self Music videos film current events stuff that makes me go ahhhhhhhh

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  • Leading From The Heart » What it takes.
    Their evidence will be submitted to international human rights agencies This event is sponsored by The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared and will be monitored by The International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada and its overseas affiliates For more information email hiddenfromhistory yahoo ca pager 1 888 265 1007 Carrie on June 6 2009 at 8 42 am Breaking News Murder at United Church Indian Residential School Described Killer Named at Vancouver Press Conference Vancouver Canada May 27 2009 Charlotte Eliza Stewart centre describes the murder of her sister Victoria Stewart age nine at the Edmonton Indian Residential School She is flanked by her brother Moses and Kevin Annett of The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared left The family of a child murdered at the United Church s Edmonton Indian residential school went public today at a downtown press conference in Vancouver and named her killer Eliza Charlotte Stewart described the murder and played a recording from her sister Inez Beryl Spencer who personally witnessed the attack on their sister Victoria that caused her death Victoria age nine was struck on the head with a wooden two by four by a residential school staff member named Ann Knizky Victoria died the next day First I was hit on the back and then Miss Knizky hit Vicky because she wasn t coming into school fast enough She fell down some stairs said Inez in her statement That night Vicky started complaining about head aches and she died the next day in the Camsell hospital Miss Knizky never was tried for killing her Eliza Stewart commented Vicky was shipped back to us in a burlap sack and her brain was missing so we think they did an autopsy and removed her brain to hide the injury done to it They never told us anything And the church then claimed she died of TB but she never had it Eliza Stewart and her brother Moses called upon the United Church to identify the whereabouts of Ann Knizky so that she can be charged with murder along with the church itself They re not off the hook just cause it happened years ago said Moses Stewart Even if Miss Knizky is dead we want the United Church to stand trial too for how they covered this all up and protected a murderer The Stewart family will be issuing a formal Letter of Demand to the United Church of Canada and its officers this week which will require them to surrender Ann Knizky and identify her accomplices publicly admit its responsibility for the murder erect a memorial for Victoria and compensate the family for her loss The Stewarts will also be calling on the police to open a criminal investigation into Victoria s death The press conference was sparsely attended Of sixteen media outlets contacted only two reporters were present Among the absent media was the so called Aboriginal Peoples Television Network In a final statement approved by the Stewarts Kevin Annett of The Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared said Thousands of children died in this manner in the Indian Residential Schools and not one person in Canada has ever been charged for the death of a child there or brought to trial The government is even forbidding names of perpetrators to be named We will not allow these churches to get away with murder We call upon others to come forward and name those responsible for the death and torture of innocent children in the residential schools Further updates will follow once the police and United Church respond to the Stewarts or fail to A longer story along with pictures and video recordings of the event will be posted later this week on the website http www hiddenfromhistory org For information contact hiddenfromhistory yahoo ca or 1 250 753 3345 mike on July 5 2009 at 7 51 pm Trace hope this finds you well Very much enjoying your site its really very good Been playing with some thoughts that have come up from the discussion stimulated by David Whyte poems Playing around with the flip side of despair Education is always a vocation rooted in hopefulness bell hooks On other side of despair is hope Realistic hope is not wishful thinking it is based on understanding the concrete conditions of reality to see ones own role in it realistically and to engage in thoughtful actions to bring about the hoped for change Hope viewed in this manner has an activating effect It is hugely important because it mobilizes the energies needed for the activity of transformation Segiovanni Perhaps the most neglected leadership virtue is hope Leaders both formal and informal have an important place here If their own hopefulness is based on a set of beliefs and if those beliefs can be shared by others in the school community then what has been created is a powerful force of ideas These ideas provide a basis for an entire school to become a community of hope Why Because HOPE has an activating effect Segiovanni goes on to say that developing a community of hope elevates the work of leadership to the level of moral action Hope provides the fuel that energizes groups and allows for the search for new possibilities It stretches the limits of what is possible It is imperative that we maintain hope even when the harshness of reality may suggest the opposite Paulo Freire Hope is the doorway from one reality to another To pull this off leaders both formal and informal must concretize what they want to see in reality I strongly believe this is what Warren Bennis is talking about when he says Effective leaders put words to the formless longings and deeply felt needs of others I have spent 2 decades now attempting to clarify words to my formless longings and felt needs It is through this work much of it done in solitude that one can begin to share with others From

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  • Leading From The Heart » Taking Action
    to Leading from the Heart this morning Possibly Related Classroom Projects This plugin checks out the keywords of a post and matches them with keywords from classroom projects that need your help from donerschoose org It then includes links to those projects at the end of the post I initially saw this plugin at work on Clay s blog Beyond School and then saw it again on Social Actions a network I recently joined It s founder Peter Deitz is a fellow Montrealer shout OUT Not believing in coincidences I knew it was time to check it out further So here you go Teachers have great ideas to help children learn and a passion for making them come alive and can always use help with that No doubt So this is my way of spreading the news about teachers who could use a helping hand Check out the links below my posts Who knows maybe you can help out I have an idea brewing for my own use of both networks Jim Murphy of Wounded Knee Skateboards and I have been plotting all summer to join forces in getting my students involved in raising awareness about aboriginal situations Some of my students are Mohawk and involved in skateboard culture so it s my entry point for them to explore personal and community history Still at the plotting stages I ll definitely be keeping you all posted as it unfolds and if needed we will be tapping community resources via Social Actions and Doners Choose Click on the board to see the board designs at Wounded Knee Skateboards Keep an eye on us we intend to be shaking em up waking em up Google Tracy Rosen 2 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail will not be published Website Notify me of

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  • Leading From The Heart » Ethics or (doing what we do)
    about them talk about them live them caring is biological It gives me hope for a future with more caring than we have now It gives me hope that our children can learn a curriculum of humanity before and behind any other Words are powerful things for me Once said or read they resonate in me So I prefer to read and say ones that push toward our best selves Our ever changing best selves Where do I look for them Everywhere I can Lately that is Here Here Here Here and a new place for me Here So I adapted and absorbed and hold before you my statement on ethics Read my blog participate come visit my classroom for real to see more Read the links above and in my blogroll to see even more And answer me this question to help me to understand more What are you looking for NOCP Google Tracy Rosen 4 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 Michael Doyle on August 14 2008 at 11 19 am Wow Let me preface some random thoughts by thanking you for your work here You open yourself so wide that the self part dissolves into something larger community love While reading your blog the image of fog nets used to catch water on mountains in Chile drifted into my thoughts I do not know if you are the water or the nets maybe it s the process itself You leave yourself exposed and that is a strength Thanks for mentioning me in the post I spent a good chunk of my youth studying biology and ethics and cured any pretensions to academia when I butchered a thesis developing biological basis for rule utilitarianism What took me months to fail you successfully summarize in 3 words caring is biological I do not barter my words or my silence This is the crux words to live by both here on the screen as well as out under the sun This is far more difficult to follow than a lot of folks realize it requires a blazing flame of self awareness and most of us prefer vicarious fire and like voyeurs we gravitate to sites such as yours who put into practice what the rest of us would rather just preach And now to your question What are you looking for In the classroom I am looking for children to ask themselves this very question What are you looking for It s why I push for kids to think beyond imagined limits and why I try to keep my opinions out of the room I am not sure I can answer this question directly but I will tell you that I am closer to it when I am sitting at a pond s edge at dusk watching lightning bugs attracted to their own reflected light than when I am in

    Original URL path: http://leadingfromtheheart.org/2008/08/13/ethicsordoing/ (2016-04-25)
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  • Leading From The Heart » 2008 » August
    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

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