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  • Leading From The Heart » MyBlogLog Disappoints
    to their thread about the issue evidently I am not the only one who takes offense about 3 or 4 days ago and it has not been approved for posting When I am not comfortable with a company s services I stop using them This silly contest was the first thing then either not posting a comment because it criticizes the contest OR being negligent in responding to a community member s criticism on their own forum was the second So not impressed From Nov 12 Here is a note I recently wrote to the MyBlogLog staff I have met bloggers on this site from all over the world I myself am from Canada I think that your decision to open up a contest only to US citizens is disrespectful to all of the other bloggers out there who use your services Really bad decision on MyBlogLog s part I am thinking of leaving this community It is not one that welcomes all of its members Tracy Rosen ps oh and I am blogging about this What do you think Am I overreacting I think contests that are advertised on sites that cater to an international audience should be available to that audience It is a generous contest that asks for participants to work at building up their communities Sites like MyBlogLog are participatory community sites Wouldn t it be lovely if all of the members of the community were considered as equal participants bah Powered by ScribeFire Google Tracy Rosen 4 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail will not be published Website Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Ian Kennedy on November 14 2007 at 2 22 am Yes it s not ideal but legal restrictions kept us from making

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  • Leading From The Heart » reflection on Steve Ransom’s words: integrate or integral
    innovativeness to foster a community of practice I think THIS is where technology becomes integral Any less and technology at best is integrated At worst tolerated Steve got to the heart of what I think to be integral for education reform in this paragraph Lately I ve been spending time reading and reflecting on Pete Reilly s blog as well and I have read similar thoughts there In essence education reform needs to be humanistic focusing on the human relationships that can be cultivated amongst teachers focusing on real needs As I ve quoted here earlier classroom teachers are the only real agents of school reform It is teachers who translate policy into action who integrate the complex components of standards curriculum pedagogy and assessment into comprehensible and pragmatic instruction and who balance an ever changing array of political economic social and educational factors while trying to meet the individual needs of children Ending the Silence by Donna M Marriott 2003 Address the real needs of teachers and the needs of students will in turn be addressed I guarantee it Powered by ScribeFire Google Tracy Rosen 2 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 Steve Ransom on November 13 2007 at 9 43 am Tracy Your post made me think about this even more and I have been thinking about it for a long time now I think this is such a hard thing to combat as i see it in my preservice teachers long before they even enter the teaching profession For many they rise to every challenge put before them They don t see the challenges as excuses or back doors If they fail they may hurt but they

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  • Leading From The Heart » 2007 » November
    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

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  • Leading From The Heart » don’t forget the human connection
    with the big goals and forget the small goals We don t have often enough the conversations that allow students to connect with us and us with them The conversations that show how much we value them and their thoughts I commented on this in the original post but I feel the need to repeat myself here It is something I want to remember as often as possible It reminds me of a quote I like to cite I have no clue who first said or wrote it They don t care how much you know until they know how much you care I ve been thinking about that quite a bit these past few weeks A little while ago I was teaching my students some nifty new trick for their blog writing like embedding media or something like that One of my students was really not into it and I had to hover and nag for him to get even a fraction of his assignment done As the bell rang he hung around until the others left and asked if I would walk him to a new class he was starting the following morning When I responded that I would he surprised me by spontaneously hugging me This is a boy in grade 7 At that moment I knew that it was the human connection and not the nifty blogging tricks that was important for that child and for me as it touched me deeply Since then I m thinking about how to merge those feelings of security and caring with learning I think that is the key Thanks for a great post Dennis 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

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  • Leading From The Heart » teaching responsibly
    and my profession I am also reminded that so much of what I teach is not content but modeling As the main teacher for my students I am with the same group of students 24 periods out of 36 I can not forget my influence on them The other day I lost it with them We came in after lunch the agenda was on the board and I reminded students as they walked in to read the board and follow the instructions They were to cool down after lunch with silent reading One boy was acting beyond silly to the point where he was going into the hallway and ignoring my instructions I figured something had happened at lunch and he needed more than quiet reading to settle down So I quickly tried to fill out paperwork to get him to a silent room in the school with his work While I did this others were out of their seats talking and many of my students lack executive functioning that monitors self control voice levels I slammed the door I said loudly very loudly WHAT are you supposed to be doing I am DISAPPOINTED BLAH BLAH BLAH They settled down one student got the giggles he does that when he is uncomfortable and unsure of what to do and I had to move him to the back of the class to settle down but eventually they were all quiet 10 minutes later I began to speak in a quiet voice and issued an apology I told them that I thought one of the worst things a teacher could do was to yell at her students because I was teaching them that it was ok to be loud and to yell to solve a problem I told them I thought it

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  • Leading From The Heart » A question from Scott Elias
    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 A question from Scott Elias October 21 2007 at 5 28 pm filed under News What does literacy look like in your content area Ooh what a great question It is difficult for me to pinpoint an answer for this one I am a high school learning centre teacher In Quebec that means I teach students who have language based disabilities as well as more severe cognitive delays So literacy is my content area My focus lately is on literacy for being active members of a community What does that look like To start We can read each others names and recognize who they are We can read the headlines in the local paper and have a conversation about them We can communicate through a variety of technologies including our blogs because it makes us feel part of our class community We can have discussions around inspirational quotes and proverbs that include examples from our lives We can recognize monetary values of coins so we can purchase our bus tickets and lunches We can read our own emotions and know the words to use to express them We can read some of the emotions in others through their words and their body language and we can react to them in a way that makes sense We can

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  • Leading From The Heart » 2nd Educational Technology Blog Carnival
    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 2nd Educational Technology Blog Carnival October 15 2007 at 4 48 pm filed under Tech I had never heard of a blog carnival before last week when I read about this one on Scott McLeod s Dangerously Irrelevant A blog carnival is a way of culling together blog posts around a shared theme The goal is to bring the educational blogging community together to explore themes from a wide variety of starting points and to respond to one another and refine our ideas from Gxeremio of Global Citizenship in Virtual World So I decided to submit one of my posts and it has been included in the 2nd Educational Technology Blog Carnival how fun is that The next blog carnival will be focused around the theme of Access and you can read about how to submit by going to the 2nd edition of the Educational Technology Blog Carnival where you will also be able to read through the posts that were included in this edition of the carnival I love this idea it is a fine one Powered by ScribeFire Google Tracy Rosen 2 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 Greg Bicknell on October 20 2007 at 12 58 pm I love the idea of a Blog Carnival I have only been doing this since June and

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  • Leading From The Heart » Collaboration for student success: teachers and para-educators working together
    We are talking more and more of teaching teams where under the Quebec Education Act the teacher is the premier intervenant or the first speaker for a student s educational rights Our classrooms are becoming more and more diverse with a variety of needs from special to gifted and everything in between The context led us to develop an Essential Question How can I the teacher make an effective intervention in the lives of the students in my classrooms with the tools I have and by the way just what are those tools This question led us to develop some Common Definitions Most importantly for this discussion we spoke of the tools that were available to us and we decided that the most important were people our colleagues and consultants We also searched for a common definition of collaboration and we decided that in order to effectively collaborate we had to have a shared vision for the classroom We had to begin to pay attention to the same things in our classroom in order to be able to learn from the phenomena in our classrooms and to be able to plan accordingly The first Plan of Action that arose from these definitions naturally formed itself around how to establish a shared vision amongst the classroom teaching team the main players being the class teacher and the para educator s We decided that it could only grow from conversation We also came up with essential conversations around Expectations Teachers are ultimately responsible for curriculum evaluation and reporting The para educator facilitates the delivery and activities around this Conversations at the beginning of a teacher para educator relationship could be facilitated by asking questions such as What are your expectations of me as a para educator How can I best help this classroom What is most important for you in regards to classroom management being on time how I intervene with a student or group of students Teachers also noted that it was important for them to know how their para educator worked best what his or her strengths were so they could plan accordingly Our favourite resource to facilitate teacher and para educator collaboration is available through ASCD and is called A Teacher s Guide to Working with Paraeducators and Other Classroom Aides By Jill Morgan and Betty Y Ashbakar ASCD 2001 There are some really clear and spot on question sheets that teachers and para educators can use to clarify their relationship in terms of the roles and responsibilities of both educators I will go so far as to say it is essential reading for teacher paraeducator collaboration Basically this is what we decided was key it is essential for teachers and para educators to have a clear and common vision of what each of their roles and responsibilities are towards the classroom and the students in it The only way this can happen is by talking about it Some other resources Getting Educated Paraeducators Project Para Pareducator Self Study

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