st scores often the sole measure of a teacher's skill, despite the many other factors that exist. At the same time, real income is decreasing because of larger health insurance premiums and medical deductibles, as well as increased costs such as food and fuel, which are not even factored into the Consumer Price Index, on which many COLAs are based. I have known many well-qualified people who chose other careers to a great extent because they knew it is almost impossible to support a family on a teacher's salary. The "only working 9 months" argument is inaccurate, since most teachers use summer to further their education (while paying extremely high tuition!) and many take on part time jobs during the summer to make ends meet. While I have found education to be an extremely rewarding career emotionally, I know that it has taken its toll on my family financially and socially, and I am extremely hesitant to encourage young people to choose this path.…
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Target Audience(s): administrators, teachers, staff
Short Session Description: Chris will discuss how he and other administrators are creating the conditions for teachers/staff to have the time and resources to learn, explore, and connect within the school day to encourage passion and innovation. Click here to enter the session.
Full Session Description: People are often critical of schools and teachers for the lack of innovation and ability to keep up with new ideas and practices. Unfortunately, the system in which we work provides very little to encourage innovation with almost zero time and resources available for teachers and staff to be curious, play, collaborate, connect and learn. Therefore, if we want teachers to be innovative, this often has to occur on their own time. Chris will share a few ideas on how some schools are providing more time and resources to staff so they can work together to innovate and explore their passions. Go to the slideshare page to access the slides for the session.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
Creating Time for Teachers to Tinker With Ideas
Other posts on topic of creating the conditions for innovation:
Fed Ex Prep: Time for Innovation
Fed Ex Prep: A Reflection
Education Innovaton Day (by Jesse McLean)
It’s Kind of Magical (by Lyn Hilt)
Giving Students CHOICES
Creating the Conditions: A Love of Reading
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ed to build real-world artifacts and sophisticated simulations where the educational experience may be richer, deeper, or cheaper.
For the arts? Funding helps. But how about we start advocating that the arts are natural manifestation of what it means to be human. As one of the world's more wealthier nations, we spend far too little on giving our kids meaningful, substantial experiences with music, visual art, and dance. The arts are not just for those who show evidence of excelling within them. The path towards mastery in various artforms encourages creative ideas. These experiences deserve just as much recognition in our educational system as literacy and STEM. In fact, so many people have seen strong connections between mastery in one with experience in the other.
The federal government should advocate for quality programs in math, science, and in the arts. Doing so well may require additional advocacy for year-long schools.
Lastly, I'm lost for specific examples, but the entire systems that allow other countries to "beat" us in various areas should be examined. Not necessarily for the sake of being first in a list, but for the benefit of streamlining and improving our approaches with children.…
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I've believed for years that one of our professions biggest obstacles is "parent education". Everyone feels they are an "expert" about what goes on in a school because we all share that common experience: pretty much all of us have been in schools. I find parents relate their personal educational experiences, and oftentimes the one remembered is the worst, to their student's current schooling experience. Their old perception is driving the bus on their attitude towards education. If our government and media were to embrace a national campaign to promote the teaching profession I believe it would be a positive leap toward encouraging talented people to join this profession.
And of course offering competitive salaries would bolster the profession as well; we've all seen the salary mathematics that outline the differences between what teachers are paid and what they are worth when investigating all the tasks that we undertake in a day. My personal favorite is the accounting calculations using a teenagers babysitting pay rate.
Support, support, support is another key component.
Thanks for your thoughtful response, Tom, it really made me think!…
rue but certainly very meticulously selected. Important details and contexts are left out, without which students are unable to form any objective and unbiased opinions about the World around them.
One way in which teachers combat that challenge, is by encouraging students to refer to a variety of sources of information. In the age of digital media, as we know, the list of resources is ever increasing. But that shouldn’t be a cause for worry. What should be one is whether online content can be objective enough to effectively replace the traditional textbooks that basically preach the one-sided perspectives that governments want to sell to their people?
If we are to ever consider the possibility to online learning taking over the traditional schooling, this is the first hurdle that online education will have to cross. While governments may feel that they need to keep selling a certain idea to their people, teachers would want to free the students of opinionated writing in order to truly set them on the path of independent learning. And only the future will tell when this most desired change shall come about. …
stitute spans 5 days and includes afternoon networking and reflection sessions.
Edu1st provides highly effective practical training by combining theory sessions with daily access to see the theory in action at our schools.
Participants can expect a high level of professionalism and should be prepared to work deeply and collaboratively with their colleagues who come from schools around the world.
Dates, Times, and Locations:
• May 10 - 14, 2010, 9:00am to 5:00pm, - NEW Spanish sessionWith special visits to Education First Schools
Weston Florida, USA
• October 25 - 29, 2010, 9:00am to 5:00pm,
With special visits to Education First Schools
Weston FL USA
• Monday, 18:30-20:30
• Workshops, plenary and group sessions
Tuesday through Thursday
• Morning observations at Edu1st.preschools
• Afternoon sessions, plenary and group reflection time
• Closing group sessions and plenary
Special dinner and closing
• Thursday, 18:30 – 21:30
This Five-day institute includes daily presentations, interactive workshops, small group sessions and visits to classrooms featuring students and teachers engaged with thinking routines and other strategies to encourage thinking in the classroom.
Participants will hear from colleagues and researchers as to the Power of Making Thinking Visible through documentation, Thinking routines, concept maps and the use of the language of thinking in early childhood settings.
The Power of Making Thinking Visible Institute is an opportunity for teachers and school administrators to engage with the ideas associated with Visible Thinking, Culture of Thinking, Artful Thinking and TfU.
Although the institute is focused on early childhood ages, the theory, routines and strategies used during the presentations and at the schools, are all used in elementary, middle schools and high schools around the world too.
• Learn about Visible Thinking approach and practice thinking routines designed to make students’ thinking visible.
• Hear from experienced colleagues that have been working with the Visible Thinking approach from Harvard University in early childhood settings
• Visit classrooms to see thinking in action
• Explore the cultural forces as leverage points for creating a culture of thinking
• View students’ thinking through gallery walks
• Develop skills in collaborating with colleagues
• Build lasting relationships with colleagues across the world
• Leave with an action plan to implement back home
All registrants will receive pre-read materials before arriving at the institutes. These reading can typically be completed in a few hours.
Handouts will be assigned by the instructors.
This conference is intended for early childhood professionals outside Florida, elementary teachers, and school administrators with a genuine interest in enhancing early childhood education. We highly encourage teams of four or more participants.
In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must complete the full 5-day institute.
$350 per participant. Includes conference, materials, and meals
Early birds $300 before February 26, 2010
10% discount for groups of 3 participants and over.
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