Happy Valentine's Day Week! While kids are busy handing out Valentines and eating treats, we're focused on improving classroom instruction and increasing classroom engagement. In this week's post we explore the "Tyranny of Being on Task", the power of Global Connections for students of all age, and what happens when legislators make laws without teacher input. Plus, we've got a guide for understanding SnapChat (your students get it, shouldn't you at least understand it?) and a way to better understand yourself: Are you a Curator or Dumper? So give yourself a Valentine and Take5 (hint: it pairs well with a piece of chocolate).
The Tyranny of Being on Task (Edutopia). It's unrealistic to expect that students are ALWAYS on task.
A Guide to Snapchat for People who Don't Get Snapchat (The New York Times). Our students are on Snapchat -- this handy guide will help you figure it out.
Are You a Curator or a Dumper (Cult of Pedagogy). When you share resources with students and colleagues, do you carefully curate those resources? Or do you send them ALL THE INFORMATION?
Why Even Young Students Benefit From Connecting Globally (Mindshift). The world is shrinking; connecting across schools and cultures helps us all.
What Happens When Legislators Don't Ask Teachers How Education Laws Affect Real Kids in Actual Classrooms (Washington Post). How can teachers be involved in crafting education-related legislation?
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