For those that attended the WeTech symposium last week and are looking for the resources, you can access them here:
If you were in 4th grade over the last 20 or so years, you probably read Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. If you were in New Jersey, you studied the state and made all kinds of fun projects. You learned about math, language, science, and other things too. Did you ever think you’d be able to thank your 4th grade teacher almost 20 years later? I sure didn’t, and once again, I was proven wrong.
This past Saturday, I had the privilege of presenting at WeTech14 – a conference held in the West Essex Regional School District. During my second session, I went around the room and wanted to hear about what everybody does and where everybody works. A woman in the front said she taught in the same District I went to. We continued to talk, she taught in the same elementary school. I started to name all of my teachers I had and when I got to 4th grade, I was interrupted. The interruption? ”I had Miss Angelino in 4th grade…” “I’m Miss Angelino!”
I was in shock. A dead freeze. I’ve never been thrown off in my presentations. It was one of the coolest things to happen to me yet at an ed-camp. My 4th grade teacher, sitting in my presentation, learning something from me. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. We ended up having a great conversation about curriculum, technology, teaching, and life. The attendees in the workshop were just as shocked as I was. You never know what can happen at an un-conference. EVER!
We ended up catching up more at lunch, and even attended a session on Twitter together afterwards. And I have a new follower now on Twitter. My 4th grade teacher. WiId.
The Un-Conference: A time to connect, A time to learn, A time to re-connect!
Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A Gulen charter in Minneapolis took over a public school and immediately kicked out 40 autistic students.
In this article, the parents of students with special needs in Wisconsin explain how their children are cheated by voucher schools and lose the rights guaranteed to them by law.
New York Life has developed resources for parents and educators working with children dealing with loss. I provided these to my administrator as well.
I’ll get right to the point – I’ve always been a fashion bug when it came to dressing up.
I’m a fan of the suit. And not just any old suit from a chain store. I like a good wool suit. I’ve even had a few custom made. I like my shirts custom made, with monogramming and cufflinks. I feel undressed without a pocket-square. I have 174 pairs of cufflinks. I can’t even begin to count the number of ties of have. Socks? All color and funky. And yes, I have eight pairs of glasses, in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Shoes? Yea, I got them too.
Given my role as a Superintendent now, I’ve toned down my couture. Back when I was teaching… I don’t think I knew was ‘reserved’ meant. Purple corduroys, yellow sport jackets, and all sorts of crazy stuff. Why? I taught 8th graders – and they needed stimulation. On days where I knew the topic was rather dull, I wore even louder attire. I needed to keep them engaged.
So, once again, the essential question: where am I going with this?
Through observations, walking through buildings, and seeing many in the office, it appears that teachers have been dressing down… and Im not talking about casual Fridays.
By no means I am advocating you drop a whole paycheck on attire. I am, however advocating that you help fulfill your role model duties and dress to the job. Gentlemen: Match a good shirt and tie. Try out a pair of cufflinks. Be daring and buy (and wear) a funky pair of socks. Go bold. People will notice… in a good way. And the last time I checked, good attention never hurt anyone.
Tom nails it, again.
Originally posted on My Island View:
I am very fortunate to be able to attend a number of Education Conferences each year. This offers me a perspective of education conferences that is not afforded to a majority of educators. When one considers the total number of American educators compared to the total attendance at these conferences and then factor out the people who repeatedly attend each year, it is easy to see that most educators do not get to these national conferences. That is a shortcoming I believe that hurts the profession. There is much to be learned and shared at these conferences that can make a difference to an educator.
Of course many of these conferences are so vast that it is difficult to report on the whole conference when one can only experience a small part of it. It brings to mind the five blind men trying to describe what an elephant looked like based on only one part of the elephant that each had physical contact with. Each description was completely different, and not one accurately described the whole elephant.
My last three conferences were Educon, FETC, and TCEA, wonderful conferences all. In each of these I met with many connected educators and participated exclusively in sessions of discussion or panel-driven discussion. I find these types of sessions more in line with what suits me in learning. I feel that I can personalize the sessions for my needs, and I can even participate in the content of the discussion personally becoming a part of the learning. Educon of all the conferences is the one conference that focuses on these types of sessions. Of course that would make it my conference of preference.
As promised in presentations from the 2014 NJASA Techspo Conference can be found below:
BYOD: The Good, The Bad, and The Connected (presented with Sandra Paul – @SPaul6414)
Breaking Down Barriers (presented with Tim Charleston – @MrCSays)
Sandra, Tim, and I all had follow-up discussions afterwards – each conversation was a great session and we were happy that so many of you attended. Please reach out if you need any additional information.
Twitter never ceases to amaze me. The people you can meet, the span you reach, and the things we find on here.
Besides meeting the most amazing, informative PLN ever, I come across great pictures, graphics, and charts pertaining to, yes, education. I recently tweeted out this picture I found online, and within 24 hours, this is the distribution it reached:
I couldn’t believe it. Sometimes I could spend hours putting together one of these blog posts and I get a modicum of hits. I send out a neat pic, and it spreads like wildfire.
My other half recently sent me another graphic… and now it all makes sense:
So, when I tweeted something about NCLB to Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) – I got this:
… and when I reached out to our new US Senator, Cory Booker (@CoryBooker), I got this:
If by chance you are reading my blog and you are not getting my updates through Twitter, I would suggest you give it a shot. You too can learn smartly!
I just read that 71% of New Year’s Resolutions are broken within the first two weeks (http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/). Does that mean you have to as well? NO!! ::cue informercial music::
So what is it’s mid January and you broke your resolution to not eat another carb, read more, and to make improvements in your job. Don’t be in that 71%. You’re in educatoion, you’re not allowed to. Well, of course you’re allowed to, but remember, your job has significant impact on our future.
Your job requires you on a daily basis to be all-in. Your job requires you to try to move mountains. You job requires you to be superman. Your job requires you to multitask on a level that rivals the floor on Wall Street. Wait a second… How are we rally suppose to do all of that AND do it right AND have a life outside of school?!?! Hence… Folks quitting all of these resolutions.
Back to your resolutions – don’t throw them all out yet. Give them another shot… Especially all of your work goals. Our future depends on it. Here’s the catch: don’t burn yourself out doing it! Sure, easier said then done. We all have life’s challenges outside of work, and we also have massive challenges within our schools. You can’t build Rome in a day, so please don’t try to. Divide and conquer, and when you do, you’ll be moving mountains in no time.
Still don’t know what EdCamp and the un-confernece is all about? Check out this great piece produced by the award winning series Classroom Closeup on NJTV. Hopefully these five minutes can open some eyes. Growing. Learning. Changing the Education Game. Meaningful, positive, productive professional development. ONWARD! -JE