Thanksgiving – Thank Goodness!

So here we are… a break!  I know many of us are excited to see family and relax.  At Thanksgiving I try to be truly thankful for everything I have but most of all for my students and the opportunity to be a teacher.  Growing up I used to go to sleep dreaming about being a teacher.  I feel so fortunate that I am living my dream.  I am thankful for many things but at this time of year I try to be thankful for my profession, my colleagues, and my students.  Have a great break!

Reading of the Week:

I love this post about a teacher who changed to make her students love school.

This post from Teaching Tolerance discusses how to “teach Thanksgiving.”

Inspiration of the Week:

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Sitting Still and Stress

The Art of Stillness is a TED Book on… well… sitting still.  As with all TED Books, it is a one sitting type of read and has a thought provoking companion TED talk.  I read the book over the weekend and continue to contemplate the following passages:

“Researchers in the new field of interruption science have found that it takes an average of twenty-five minutes to recover from a phone call.  Yet such interruptions come every eleven minutes – which means we’re never caught up with our lives.”    Chapter 4

“Yet it’s precisely those who are busiest, I wanted to tell her, who most need to give themselves a break.  Stress is contagious, studies have found. ” Chapter5

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”  Chapter 1

As we go from one busy season, the opening of the school year, to what is for many of us another busy season, the “holiday” season, how can we choose the right thoughts, give ourselves a break, and let ourselves get caught up with our lives?  I certainly don’t know the answer but if you do please let me know.

Reading of the Week:

With so many articles on the advantage of reading/writing on paper vs. technology I found this article to be helpful in presenting the other side of the argument.

Kids do well if they can is a short article that remind us the importance of empathy and foundational skills in all aspects of life.

Video to watch:

This video discusses strategies for helping students who struggle with attention.

Inspiration for the Week:

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Curriculum Committee

Our newly designed N-12 Curriculum Committee meets this Tuesday for our monthly meeting.  We will be discussing UbD, December In-Service, curriculum documentation, and strategies for setting up a paper to make students more successful.   Feel free to ask anyone on the committee for more information about our progress on these topics.

Reading of the Week:

This article discusses the importance of student choice in learning.

This is a nice meta-analysis of the research on homework.  It is a bit long but there some nice graphics that will allow you to get the point of the article without reading the entire piece.

Brain Reading of the Week:

A study of the brain and adolescent risk taking.

Inspiration of the Week: