More gems from the independent school community of bloggers…
The 32-Million Word Gap: Rob shares with us an article from The Atlantic that looks as the gap between those who grow up on word rich environments and those who do not…MORE
Explore 70 Online Tools in 70 Minutes: This one will keep you busy for a while (I am sure…more than 70 minutes) We know that you will get bored during your Spring Break at some point and, as a public service, we are inviting you to explore these 70 Tools in 70 minutes, organized and…MORE
The Seven Seals: For many, the past year has seemed — to one degree or another — like evidence that “the end is nigh.” The signs of the Apocalypse, as forecast in The Book of Revelation, seemed upon the world: religious conquest and false prophets; conflict and war; famine and drought; large scale death; martyrs; cosmic disturbances — all prophesied as the prelude to “The…MORE
Geography is All Around Us: Here is a new twist on ways to teach geography. From storytelling and reading through Google Maps to “around the world with 80 schools”, there are some wonderful new ideas to explore in…MORE
Publication of Student Fiction: Wyoming by Emily S. Rose…Out the window I could see the sky, changing colors like tie-dye from the horizon up, with clouds like whipped cream along the skyline. I got up and put on my clothes from yesterday, my drawers were empty and my…MORE
In Schools of the Future, Students Learn by Vigorously Doing, Digitally: It’s not about the computer; it’s about the learning. Our students today both want and need to be active, engaged, collaborative, on-line, vigorous, empowered, creative, solvers of real-world problems. They need to be skilled and informed to do so, but they need to be…MORE
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The Daily Find
There are many wonderful posts available on the new list of NAIS Community bloggers. While it is impossible for me to highlight them all, I have a few here for you to explore. Remember, you can get to all of the bloggers from the links on your right as well as the two aggregated feeds.
Planning Friday at NAIS
By Demetri Orlando
With so many options for the NAIS conference, how do you choose? Demetri takes a look at his options and invites you to help him make his choice. After-all, he will be live blogging from the conference in San Francisco next week and wants to help both those who will not make the conference as well as those of us who find there are too many things to see and can’t manage to clone our selves.
When did it become all about leadership?
By Peter Gow
We hear a lot about leadership these days. Peter takes a look at leadership and offers a challenge to help our students learn to be leaders right where they are, in their community. The money quote for me was “Leadership is neither about holding a title nor about having taken a multi-thousand dollar trip to Washington, D.C., and receiving a certificate. Leadership is about knowing when and how to step up and when and how to support–and sometimes oppose–others in the service of making the world a better place.” Peter’s take reminds me of a little book I read on a flight this summer- Tribes by Seth Godin. How can we help our students learn to be leaders in their own community?
Is it Multitasking or Filtering?
By Page Lennig
Page asks us to look at two different posts regarding the controversy surrounding the concept of multitasking. First a post from Howard Rheingold then Henry Jenkins. Both have us consider the question of multitasking in our lives as well as our kids. The point made is that MT is as old as time but that not all tasks are created equal and that we need to learn how to develop better “filters”.
What makes a great teacher?
By Ann Hamel
As many are heading to NAIS for some great professional development and to possibly fill teaching positions at our schools, Ann asks “What makes a great teacher”? Here she Pulls from her recent experience listening to Malcom Gladwell as well as a recent article from him in the Atlantic Monthly. The suggestion, start with her post and she will lead you to four things great teachers have in common (according to Gladwell).
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