A recent New Yorker article entitled “Groupthink” takes a fascinating look at the concept of brainstorming. According to author Jonah Lehrer, brainstorming was introduced in the late 1940s as a creativity-inducing practice by advertising guru Alex Osborn in his book Your…
When Ed Knight wants to find out what his 6-year-old did in school, he can scroll the Twitter feed on his iPhone for clues to start a conversation with his quiet son, who sometimes holds back when recounting details of his day.
That’s because Evan and others in first-grade teacher Jodi Conrad’s class use Twitter to send out a weekly newsletter, update the days’ activities and give parents reminders about upcoming programs.
Conrad’s class at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn is among a growing number that use social media and other technology to supplement lessons, even for very young students.
“These are tools that come standard in life right now,” said Conrad, 36, who controls the account and the messages that the class, as a group, delivers. “I do it outside of class, so why not do it inside.”
Her students also contribute to a classroom blog, make videos for a private YouTube account intended for parents, and write books using computer software.
An effective way to use Twitter is to have students tweet in character. Let’s look at a specific example based upon Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Divide your class into groups of about five students each and have a Romeo and Juliet tweetup. Assign each group a unique hashtag (i.e. #chsenglit11 for CHS English Literature Period 1 Group 1). If you are using TodaysMeet, create a separate room for each group. Then assign each student a character from the play. Each group will be assigned the same set of characters. In our example, you will now have several groups with a Romeo, a Juliet, a Mercutio, etc. For the assignment, have the students tweet in character about important parts of the play or even tweet new scenes. A directive might be, “Tweet your character’s thoughts immediately after Juliet’s wedding gets moved to the next morning (before she drinks the poison.)” Make sure they tweet in the Shakespearean writing style! This assignment could be a one-time event or a continuous assignment throughout the entire unit of study.
A particularly frustrated student blurted out, “I’m a starfish!” during math today. Confused, I asked him explain. A starfish lacks a brain. My friend doesn’t understand math.
My friend, today you’ve proved you are definitely not a starfish. Miss S didn’t know that fun fact!
And yes, I told him that. He finished the math problem on his own. Perfectly. No starfish in my room.
“Natalie Guandique, 27, the special-education teacher in the Bronx, has also left the classroom and is now finishing a master’s program at Teachers College at Columbia University. She attributed much of her success to having high expectations for her special-education students at P.S. 49.
I have been hired to sub for a 32 day maternity leave starting in late March (or when the baby comes).This position is within my favorite school, in my favorite district. I will not get benefits, but I will get a $10 pay raise after ten days. I may stay longer or I may only be needed for my 32 days. Depending on the baby.
I have also been invited to become a long term sub for a first grade classroom in another district in which I am subbing on a day-to-day basis. This position will carry through to the end of the year. They asked me first. They will not increase my pay or give me benefits for my stay. This district has also taken away two long terms from me this year for personal favors to friends of the principal. NOT because I wasn’t fufilling my duties, but because a a close friend “really needed a job”.
I am choosing district one. But, put in my shoes, which would you choose? I am curious.
On a somewhat serious note today because of a conversation the other day:
I am sure every girl can recall, at least once as a child, coming home and telling their parents, uncle, aunt or grandparent about a boy who had pulled her hair, hit her, teased her, pushed her or committed some other playground crime. I will bet money that most of those, if not all, will tell you that they were told “Oh, that just means he likes you”. I never really thought much about it before having a daughter of my own. I find it appalling that this line of bullshit is still being fed to young children. Look, if you want to tell your child that being verbally and/or physically abused is an acceptable sign of affection, i urge you to rethink your parenting strategy. If you try and feed MY daughter that crap, you better bring protective gear because I am going to shower you with the brand of “affection” you are endorsing.
When the fuck was it decided that we should start teaching our daughters to accept being belittled, disrespected and abused as endearing treatment? And we have the audacity to wonder why women stay in abusive relationships? How did society become so oblivious to the fact that we were conditioning our daughters to endure abusive treatment, much less view it as romantic overtures? Is this where the phrase “hitting on girls” comes from? Well, here is a tip: Save the “it’s so cute when he gets hateful/physical with her because it means he loves her” asshattery for your own kids, not mine. While you’re at it, keep them away from my kids until you decide to teach them respect and boundaries.
My daughter is `10 years old and has come home on more than one occasion recounting an incident at school in which she was teased or harassed by a male classmate. There has been several times when someone that she was retelling the story to responded with the old, “that just means he likes you” line. Wrong. I want my daughter to know that being disrespected is NEVER acceptable. I want my daughter to know that if someone likes her and respects her, much less LOVES her, they don’t hurt her and they don’t put her down. I want my daughter to know that the boy called her ugly or pushed her or pulled her hair didn’t do it because he admires her, it is because he is a little asshole and assholes are an occurrence of society that will have to be dealt with for the rest of her life. I want my daughter to know how to deal with assholes she will encounter throughout her life. For now, I want my daughter to know that if someone is verbally harassing her, she should tell the teacher and if the teacher does nothing, she should tell me. If someone physically touches her, tell the teacher then, if it continues, to yell, “STOP TOUCHING/PUNCHING/PUSHING ME” in the middle of class or the hallway, then tell me. Last year, one little boy stole her silly bandz from her. He just grabbed her and yanked a handful of them off of her wrist. When I went to the school to address the incident, the teacher smiled and explained it away to her, in front of me, “he probably has a crush on you”. Okay, the boy walked up to my daughter, grabbed and held her by the arm and forcibly removed her bracelets from her as she struggled and you want to convince her that she should be flattered? Fuck off. I am going to punch you in the face but I hope you realize it is just my way of thanking you for the great advice you gave my daughter. If these same advice givers’ sons came home crying because another male classmate was pushing them, pulling their hair, hitting them or calling them names, I would bet dollars to donuts they would tell him to defend themselves and kick the kid’s ass, if necessary. They sure as shit wouldn’t say, “he probably just wants a play date”.
I will teach my daughter to accept nothing less than respect. Anyone who hurts her physically or emotionally doesn’t deserve her respect, friendship or love. I will teach my boys the same thing as well as the fact that hitting on girls doesn’t involve hitting girls. I can’t teach my daughter to respect herself if I am teaching her that no one else has to respect her. I can’t raise sons that respect women, if I teach them that bullying is a valid expression of affection.
The next time that someone offers up that little “secret” to my daughter, I am going to slap the person across the face and yell, “I LOVE YOU”.
*…I will have gray hair and glasses.
*…I will be bald.
*…I will have a brown mustache that I shave everyday.
*…I will have a beard down to my toes.
*…I will soon be 101!
*…I will be an angry old man!
*…I will be dead.
Mobbed by a huddle of first graders, enclosing me in a group hug. I was immobilized from all of the little arms and smiley faces. Right up there with seven kindergarteners telling me that I am beautiful. Good day.
Every class that I’ve subbed in during January has been a “tough class”. I have not given these kids that stigma. Instead, as soon as I enter a room, one or two teachers have run in behind me. What do they want? To tell me, the sub, what a tough group this is, they talk/move/are loud (oh, like kids usually are?).
*this is the toughest class in the school/grade (but, the “troublemakers” are still on green?)
*you have a lot of crazies in here!
*watch out for E, he lit his house on fire this year (was it super important for me to know and thus become freaked out about? Does he bring matches to school??)
Are all classes “tough” these days or are we just burnt out?
I am stalking Aesop, the Automated Substitute Placement and Absence Management system. Does your district use it? As a sub, I try very hard to fill up my working calendar so that I know where I am going and when I am expected to be there. This requires me, and every other substitute within my district, to troll the website every few minutes anxiously awaiting a job offer. It is stress full, anxiety ridde, and extremely cutthroat. I have been called numerous times this school year by teachers asking why I wasn’t given the job for which they had requested me. The answer: there was some other hungry shark on the site as I refreshed my page. I hate Aesop.
I needed a moment to let it out. Have a fabulous Monday, all.
“A great teacher can offer an escape from poverty to the child who dreams beyond his circumstance. Every person in this chamber can point to a teacher who changed the trajectory of their lives.”—President Obama, SOTU (via girlwithalessonplan)