This week's Take5 addresses lots of different things that I have been thinking about lately: the value of mindfulness for teachers, removing behavior charts from classrooms (which, perhaps, are quite the opposite of mindfulness), and what teaching content looks like in our present information-rich world. Are skills like critical thinking and creativity becoming more important than content? I read an interesting approach to the issue of time (specifically the time to innovate) in education. And finally, practical tips for supporting teens with better sleep. Happy Tuesday!
This month we are excited to feature Julia Marthia, an English teacher who works at Nichols School, an independent school in Buffalo, New York. This New York state native is a former colleague, who worked at Kilmer Middle School in Fairfax County for many years. There she built a reputation as a creative, engaging teacher, who was recognized by her colleagues as Kilmer's Teacher of the Year in 2006. She was also received the Al and Winnie Hodgson Award for Teaching Excellence (for her recognition and appreciation of student diversity inside and outside of the classroom). One of Julia's strengths is building relationships with students through story telling. We are excited to share part of her education journey with you in this month's Take10.
BubbleUp Take5: Movement, life lessons, dynamic book displays, classroom observations, and the school bus
This week, we're back to a Take5 full of news and ideas from around the web. We've been reading about movement in the secondary classroom and key lessons that all kids need to learn. We're thinking about creating fantastic book displays to lure in readers, administrator observations, and using time on the school bus to extend learning. So, take a look and let us know what you think!
At this time of year, my school-based team is focused on helping our new students transition from elementary to middle school. One of the things that we have identified that kids need help with is developing effective study skills. All too often, students will write down "study for test" in their planner but they have no earthly idea what studying should look like. They also rarely have identified what study techniques work best for them as individuals. Consequently, our team decided to teach these skills to our students in the month of September. Gretchen and I created an easy one pager to help kids develop study skills and find what works for them.
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