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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

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Information Age Education Newsletter: Education for Students’ Futures Part 9: The Problem Is Not the Cell Phone

By Spencer Kagan

My Favorite header from this article is :



When I was a TA in college there were always big debates taking place in my department about whether the internet should be left on or turned off during lecture - from some professors perspectives, college freshmen didn’t yet possess the discipline and self-regulatory skills to abstain from FB or Twitter and really focus on the content at hand. The conclusion I came to then - and maintain to this day - is: 'if you can't hold my attention, you don't deserve it.' I always had a difficult time understanding why this was / is such an issue. As an educator it’s my job to bring fun, engaging, interesting activities to the table. And if I don’t, well, the students will let me know by not paying attention; clearly, if what’s happening on my smartphone is more interesting than what’s going on in class there’s a problem with instruction.  


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The Washington Post: Why Building Relationships is Vital in School Reform

By Valerie Strauss

Could it be the case that some reforms with promise are failing because teachers can’t or don’t form the kinds of relationships needed to make them work?

"…We set out this example to highlight that there is another, often hidden power at work in our organizations: relationships. We know intuitively that strong relationships are the underpinning of successful organizations but we pay little attention to this fact as we design and implement complex change….

….Perhaps most critically…. these more “emotionally” laden relationships are important as they indicate something about the “quality” of the ties. Our own work as well as others suggests that these types of relationships are critical in supporting change. Absent these ties, in which individuals can engage in risk taking and exposing vulnerabilities, deeper work and the changes in practice may be inhibited…”

Research by Kara S. Finnigan and Alan J. Daly

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TED Talks: Uri Alon: Why Truly Innovative Science Demands A Leap Into The Unknown

From the TED Site:
"While studying for his PhD in physics, Uri Alon thought he was a failure because all his research paths led to dead ends. But, with the help of improv theater, he came to realize that there could be joy in getting lost. A call for scientists to stop thinking of research as a direct line from question to answer, but as something more creative. It’s a message that will resonate, no matter what your field."

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Positive Feedback From A Cesar Chavez Elementary Teacher

Below is some positive feedback I received from a 5th grade teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary. Thank you very much :)

"I just wanted to make sure you know how much I appreciate your support with the …. choreography for our class performance. It was super helpful to have your ideas as a foundation for the moves. After we learned that, it was kind of amazing how the students and I were able to brainstorm and improv moves. I know the kids really enjoyed it. It’s a pleasure to be able to work with you." - Cesar Chavez Elementary 5th Grade Teacher (June 2014)

This feedback is also housed on the page below:
••Testimony (13-14)

My gratitude for permission to post.

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