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Archive for December, 2012

 
 
Video: The Benefits of Social Emotional Learning

Video: The Benefits of Social Emotional Learning

Video Blogger, Kate Cohen takes a few minutes to try and convince you about the importance of social emotional learning (SEL) in our schools. If you are already convinced, then she hopes that she can inspire you to look into getting an SEL program in your school.

 
Video: Effective Educational Leadership

Video: Effective Educational Leadership

Kate Cohen ask the question: What kinds of educational leaders can help students and teachers thrive and meet their potential? Principals, Superintendents, coaches, and department heads can help students and teachers thrive by meeting their potential. According to Kate, those leaders that can use relationship building, realistic goal setting and being authentic can increase leadership effectiveness. Kate gives a timely, real life example of a true school leader. Watch the video to learn more!

 
Making Sense of the Senseless

Making Sense of the Senseless

It’s difficult to even imagine the pain and the depth of suffering that the families of the slain children of Sandy Hook Elementary School must now endure. No one should ever have to bury a child; no one should have to live a life whose happiness and serenity have been forever shattered by senseless acts of murder. No one should ever have to send their child off to school and worry that they might never see them again. And yet, in Newtown, as in Virginia Tech or in Columbine before them, the greatest fear of every parent became a tragic reality.

 
Video: Trends in Professional Development for Teachers

Video: Trends in Professional Development for Teachers

In this video blog post, Kate discusses trends in professional development that hold promise for making ongoing teacher training more helpful and effective and appreciated by participants. Teachers often provide professional development for their colleagues over blogs, through teacher social networks or over lunch in their school using methods such as a blended learning environment, incorporating technology in the classroom and differentiation. Watch the video now!

 
If You Want To Go Far, Go Together

If You Want To Go Far, Go Together

Maybe it’s just the season. With all the ‘joy of giving’ talk going around, I’ve often wondered if the joy is really focused on the giving, or is it the fact that if everyone’s giving then I’m pretty sure that I’m getting as well. In short, while we frequently extol the virtues of sacrifice and beneficence, do they truly play a significant role in our lives? And, if we take as a given that such behavior is to be lauded, what role should educators be playing in the teaching of such values?

 
Video: The Future of Technology in the Classroom!

Video: The Future of Technology in the Classroom!

Kate shares insights into the future of technology in the classroom. Will the classroom include self learning environments where students will have blue tooth stereo implants in their ears?

 
Data, Data, Everywhere

Data, Data, Everywhere

A recent article in The Economist began with the following introduction:

When the Sloan Digital Sky Survey started work in 2000, its telescope in New Mexico collected more data in its first few weeks than had been amassed in the entire history of astronomy. Now, a decade later, its archive contains a whopping 140 terabytes of information. A successor, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, due to come on stream in Chile in 2016, will acquire that quantity of data every five days.

 
Homework Excuses

Homework Excuses

Real Homework Excuses from Real Teachers on Facebook! Infographic!