Today Was a Good Day
Often educators deal with some tough stuff in and outside of the classroom setting. It's incredibly easy to get caught up in the negative and forget about the positive. Those of you who know me personally or on Twitter understand my committment to telling your story and constantly celebrating what's right with education. Today I was fortunate enough to visit a bunch of classrooms in my own building as well as some in one of our elementary schools. The learning and teaching that was taking place was tremendous. So here are a few snippets on why my day was so good.......
As you can see the day was filled with wonderful experiences that promote the success of all students. I am very fortunate to work with tremendous educators who exhaust all options to meet the needs of diverse learners.
It's that time of year again for the annual ASCD Conference. Stay connected with this inspiring event and all that the organization has to offer by visiting these online resources.......
1. Twitter: @ASCD
2. Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/ascd.org
3. Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/officialascd/
4. Instagram: http://instagram.com/officialascd
5. Blog: http://inservice.ascd.org/
6. Google+: https://plus.google.com/app/basic/107955863141327206248?source=appredir
7. YouTube: http://m.youtube.com/user/officialascd
8. ASCD Edge: http://ascdedge.ascd.org/
9. Website: http://www.ascd.org/Default.aspx
Brad Currie is the Public Relations Director for the NJASCD North Chapter in New Jersey.
Online Book Talk Using Edmodo
Have you ever tried an online book talk? Pretty interesting stuff, especially with a real life pirate! That's exactly what happened in early 2013 with over thirty staff members of the Chester School District in Chester, NJ who volunteered to participate in an online book talk with author Dave Burgess. The focus was on his critically acclaimed book Teach Like a Pirate. The web tool of choice to house the conversation: Edmodo. The insight provided by our staff on a variety of topics including passion, anticipatory sets, and making learning fun were tremendous.
The initiative provided participating staff members with an opportunity to understand the inner workings of a terrific virtual classroom of sorts. Edmodo enables users to create a virtual learning environment that can hold discussions, assess knowledge, analyze resources, and most importantly allow collaboration to flourish. Throughout the experience we read a few chapters and then responded to posted questions in the virtual class that was created in Edmodo. The best practice ideas shared were tremendous, especially from the author himself Dave Burgess.
The online book talk provided several opportunities for staff members. First and foremost it enabled staff to truly understand how passionate their colleagues were about educating our youth. Secondly, it exposed teachers to a best practice Web 2.0 tool in Edmodo as well as other fabulous resources. Last but not least, it put everyone in contact with a great educator in Dave Burgess. In fact, to kick off the 2013-2014 school year we had Dave keynote our In-Service. The entire experience strengthened our committment to do what's best for kids each and every day.
The Art of Student Voice
The students at Black River Middle School in Chester, NJ are incredibly talented, especially when it comes to art work. That is why we take great pride in making sure their voice is heard by providing them with opportunities to beautify the school. It's so important that they make their learning spaces a true reflection of what is important to them. Sticking a few posters from a project onto a bulletin board doesn't cut it anymore. It's imperative that we tap into student's artistic ability in order to strengthen school culture. With the guidance of our outstanding Art Teacher, Mrs. Sarah Smith, Black River Middle School students have turned blank wall spaces, ceiling tiles, and outdoor columns into vibrant decor. Check out some of the phenomenal pieces of work.....,.
EdPerspectives is a OnAir Google Hangout conducted by myself and Starr Sackstein. We examine educational trends and issues from both sides of the aisle. Our latest conversation focused on achievement. Click on the video below to see the lively conversation unfold.