Today we will be examining social , academic , and PD practices that I have used (stolen) to build community in my classroom.
Social* *having to do with personal interaction
Why It’s Important: T.R. Nansel et al., “Bullying Behaviors among U.S. Youth: Prevalence and Association with Psychosocial Adjustment,” Journal of the American Medical Association 285, no.16 (2001): 2094-2100. “ Almost 30 percent of teens in the United States (or over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both.”
Why It’s Important: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Surveillance Summaries,” MMWR 53, no. Ss-2 (2004). “ 5.4% of high school students (about 864,000 teens) report staying home at least one day a month because they fear for their safety .”
New Learners Must Be… *Will Richardson (http://weblogg-ed.com/2007/its-the-empowerment-stupid/) Self-reflectors who are not solely dependent on external evaluation to drive their decision making and their evolution as learners and people Self-publishers who understand the power and importance of sharing and connecting information and knowledge and can do it effectively and ethically Self-protectors who understand where the online dangers lie, can recognize them, and can act appropriately to stay away from harm
Wait a minute! Shouldn’t we be terrified of the Internet?
“ Our research, actually looking at what puts kids at risk for receiving the most serious kinds of sexual solicitation online, suggests that it’s not giving out personal information that puts kid at risk. It’s not having a blog or a personal website that does that either. What puts kids in danger is being willing to talk about sex online with strangers or having a pattern of multiple risky activities on the web like going to sex sites and chat rooms, meeting lots of people there, kind of behaving in what we call like an internet daredevil .” - Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee http://www.netcaucus.org/events/2007/youth/20070503transcript.pdf
What questions do you have about the academic aspect of Seeing Every Student?
Professional Development* *A personally initiated obligation and right to build discipline expertise, to enhance personal growth, to improve teaching abilities and to contribute to organizational development.
“ How can we possibly help our students be co-contributors and researchers if we ourselves don’t engage as learners and experience what it means to construct knowledge?” - Konrad Glogowski http://www.teachandlearn.ca/blog/2007/05/20/towards-a-personally-negotiated-understanding
What was the last thing you learned that can help you be a better teacher? Round Robin
Two years ago, I stopped waiting for PD . I started creating it.
“ We, as teachers, need to be so enthralled with the magnificent possibilities of our occupation that we actually enjoy spending time honing our craft, multiplying our skills. Imagine if every teacher eliminated, for example, 2 hours of television watching each week and devoted it to reading professional materials, poring over the web, or collaborating with colleagues.” - Randy Rodgers http://randyrodgers.edublogs.org/2007/05/13/the-lost-art-of-discovery-and-time-the-enemy/
I hate - “ Will you show me how to do this?” I love - "I will show myself how to do this."