Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. Schools should be palaces. Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense. That is my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.Sam Seaborn, The West Wing (via snarkywordsworth)
If only …(via wincherella)
Giorgio Galli was born in Carate Brianza, Italy. He trained at La Scala Ballet School in Milan and The Royal Ballet School in London. Mr. Galli joined The National Ballet of Canada as a RBC Apprentice in 2009 and joined the Corps de Ballet in 2010.
In other news, I’m going to the podiatrist after school for a minor procedure. Last time I had it taken care of, I had to wear a surgical boot for a week. So I guess we’ll see what happens this time!
I taught dance in a boot for 6 weeks once! It was so ridiculous. I used to have the best podiatrist though. My mom, grandma, and sister have all gone to see him because I brag about how great he is.
What are you having done? (If I can be so nosy, if not, ignore me.) (Should that first comma be a semicolon?)
Any #education-ers from Vermont? I’m curious about what’s happening in your state. Anyone want to give me info and/or opinions?
I am utterly impressed with my students.
We launched our literacy experiment today. I started by taking some time before lunch to share that Picasso quotation with them (on the green paper in the 3rd picture), then talking about risk-taking. I was honest with them: this is new for me too, and we all very well may fail at certain points… and that’s okay.
Then, I had them brainstorm questions and expectations they have for themselves during this project. All of those expectations, and all of those questions, were generated by my 4th and 5th graders. Those expectations make my heart swell. It’s clear that they want to learn; they want to explore new ideas and be independent.
I am wondering how tomorrow will go. I know how I’m proceeding and feel much more excited and “with it” than I usually do. I know part of that is feeling refreshed with something new, but I also think it’s just… it just feels good.
Tomorrow, my principal is coming in to observe me for my first formal observation of the year during this newly structured literacy time. Normally, I’d be incredibly nervous. Tonight? I’m just looking forward to it. I am glad to have a second set of eyes, and I know that she’s behind me 100% with trying this new way of teaching and learning.
Also? I’m giddy tonight because I registered for the CCIRA (Colorado Council International Reading Association) conference this afternoon. I can’t wait - there are so many panels that will be able to support my learning about this kind of learning and teaching.
All in all, it’s been a good day, guys.
And now The Sing-Off’s on.
Also - anyone have any resources for kids learning programming? I know the best way for them to learn it is to do it; however, I have several kids who want to study coding, and I need them to be doing some kind of reading in order to meet some of those standards. So, if you’ve got ideas, send ‘em my way.
Are these all individual projects or group projects?
They’re all individual projects. Each student is choosing/has chosen something they want to learn about or learn how to do, and then is proceeding to research and learn whatever it is they want to learn while working toward showing mastery of learning targets I provide from our standards.
I’ll be blogging about the process as we go through it. :)
I’m looking at the pros/cons of ability-based grouping & I think this is more of it would look like. (As opposed to 12 year olds & 18 year olds being in class together.) Now I’m intrigued.