Kids will be who you are, not who you want them to be.
I am doing a presentation on RSA animate videos in New Orleans and I was wondering if you would allow me (with credit given) to use some of your pictures of your staircase method that you have on flickr.
I am writing a book against CCSS and other things going on in schools. May I use some of your great information on the SLDS and P-20 information article. Thanks for the great work. I live in Pa and we are fighting to kick it out. I feel we are winning. There is so much more than that we have to do to et it back where children are again allowed to dream and pick their own job in the future.
Would love to read what a Social Studies teacher thinks about the new framework:
There were some really incredible people involved in the writing of those. People who I think realize that the content area needs standards to survive and be taken seriously. With standards written, then you can push for them to be taught, which is pushing for the subject to be taken more seriously…that is all good. Actually standards might be the wrong word. It is a framework for districts to use. It is not saying what should be taught.
But…and I really only focused on part that would impact me…they seem to make learning social studies so “heavy.” I think the move in soc stud is to be so deep that the “fun” has been left out. Ya know, sometimes it is just pretty cool to get hooked on Europe by finding out what people in Romania eat. Focusing every class on things like “should the US come to European Union’s aid if they were attacked” are just forgettable (for 11/12 year olds). Sure, it makes the school and teacher look good, but where is the joy? And we focus so much on knowing…we really need to focus more on “doing and making.” Give me a kid who spends a year making some pretty cool products on just a few random historical events! That is a kid who will continue to be a student of history/geography/civics well after they leave the classroom.
I am currently making a video about what should be most important in a social studies class…wish I saw more of this http://goo.gl/aCSP8C in the frameworks.
I love the work you do on blogush.edublogs.org. In particular, I was blown away by “How do you Engage Students” when I was researching my latest post.
Since it was so good, I had no choice but to mention you and link to the post. Just wanted to give you a quick heads up and say thanks for the great supplementary resource.
If you get a chance, I’d love it if you gave the article a quick read and left a comment with your thoughts. Here’s the link: http://www.myprivatetutor.com/blog/5-ways-to-measure-your-students-progress/
I think you’ll love it.
I’d also really appreciate it if you shared it with your followers—if you think they’d enjoy it.
Paul – found your blog and really, really enjoyed it. My name is Jayne and I run the edtech blog for Chalkup (http://blog.chalkup.co/. I’d love to connect. Would you be at all interested in doing a guest post for us? Your content is a real match for our readers. Would be happy to tell you more about the type of posts we’re into.
Thanks for writing. Glad I found your site!
Tell students in RM 123 that instructor will be late. They should not leave. She is on her way.
Good day Paul!
I wanted to get in touch because I’ve been reading edublogs and love all your practical tutorials, tips and alternative techniques. I am simply amazed with your dedication to improve the quality of education that all these children in our country are getting.
Among the blogs I follow I’ve noticed readers commenting about the status of STEAM ed in our country. This got my attention as I think I can help.
At Steam Watch, we have a program where we engage public school teachers, as well as their students, to create interesting STEAM projects. Each team should share their projects to collect supporters, and the projects with the most supporters gets to win funding/donation. The funds come from a portion of the sales of our Vector watches which you can see on steam.watch.
Would you be interested in sharing it with your audience and help more teachers know about our campaign? This will be a good opportunity for children to enjoy better STEAM facilities which will help them mold their tech careers.
But even if you don’t promote our watches, I’d love to share some free resources with your audience. If you’d like to share that, just let me know.
If you do decide to be our partner in this amazing campaign, I can send over a pack that includes everything from blog post templates, newsletter templates and social media updates to make it as easy for you to share and keep your readers updated with our activities and watches.
How does that sound?
Speak to you soon,
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