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The Relevant Educator

Posted on December 15, 2014. Filed under: Relevant Educator, Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Relevant Educator

As I get ready to bid farewell to another group of student teachers, I will be sharing the book, The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning by Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson with my future teachers. Many new teachers do not understand the importance of becoming a connected educator.

A connected educator, according to the authors, is someone who believes in sharing and collaborating; uses technology and its connection to other educators to learn and teach; uses the tools of technology to personalize his or her professional development, and is a relevant educator, willing to explore, question, elaborate, and advance ideas through connections with other educators (p.54).

I want my future teachers to become connected educators and this book is just the tool to guide them on this journey. This book is a well designed, easy to read guide which will help any educator become social media savvy. This information-packed resource makes it easy for educators to find and select the best social media tools, products, and communities to start and grow a collaborative, high-quality PLN using Twitter, blogging, LinkedIn, and more.

Connectedness empowers learning is a strong, but true statement. If you would like to be a connected educator, I highly recommend this book.

 

 

 

 

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Mindfulness in the Classroom

Posted on November 15, 2014. Filed under: Mindfulness, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Mindfulness

As a classroom teacher, you know that many of your students are stressed. For some, the stress is simply living in our fast-paced, media-overloaded, multi-tasking world. For others, the stress is performing, “succeeding,” and getting good grades. Student stress frequently inhibits their ability to learn. Practicing mindfulness can set the stage for a calmer, more focused learning environment.

Recently I attended a session presented by Carla Tantillo -(http://mindfulpracticesyoga.com). During the session she shared several simple exercises and I began to realize the potential that mindful practices can have in the classroom.

Mindfulness is simply paying attention to your life, here and now, with kindness and curiosity. The practice of mindfulness teaches students to pay attention, and this way of paying attention enhances both academic and social-emotional learning.  The newly emerging discipline of Mindfulness in K-12 education is actively investigating whether offering mindfulness to children and adolescence enhances attention, executive function, and learning, and promotes pro-social behavior and general well-being. The preliminary data are encouraging and demonstrate the benefits of offering mindfulness across the K-12 age spectrum.While the results are encouraging, it should be noted the field is young and more research is needed (http://www.pbs.org/thebuddha/teachers-guide/).

It is strongly recommended that you discover your own inner stillness and quietness in your own life before you attempt to share these practices with students. If you would like to see what mindfulness might look like in the classroom, take a look at the video below entitled Still Quiet Place, which Dr. Amy Stalzman uses with children from kindergarten through second grade.

Regularly practicing mindful breathing, yoga or other calming exercises can present the opportunity to respond to a situation, rather than react to it. That choice can be empowering to both teachers and students.

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Summer Vacation

Posted on June 30, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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This blog will be closed during the months of July and August. This is my time to catch up on my reading, to reflect, rest, and relax.

I promise I will be back in September with new and exciting things to share.

Have a wonderful summer!

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Welcome Back!

Posted on September 3, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Please be patient, I am working on my first post of the new school year.

It will be up shortly!

 

 

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Summer Vacation

Posted on July 7, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

hammock

This blog will be closed during the months of July and August. This is my time to catch up on my reading, to reflect, rest, and relax.

I promise I will be back in September with new and exciting things to share.

Have a wonderful summer!

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