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Dave Truss

Can ANYONE be a great teacher? SmartBlogs - 4 views

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    The bottom line is that great teachers are some of the most dedicated and committed people you will ever meet. For them, going the extra mile is just a warm up for the marathon. Not surprisingly, great teachers are also some of the most humble people you will ever meet. They are the real difference-makers in education. Many of them do not even realize just how exceptional they really are.
Dave Truss

Antiquing « Intercultural Responsiveness - 4 views

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    Intercultural responsiveness is not something we reach; rather, it's something we explore. As we explore, we begin to learn more about ourselves. As we learn more about ourselves, we ultimately learn more about others. And that is what this journey is about.
Dave Truss

» Some Questions on Composition Bud the Teacher - 3 views

  • And what counts as “writing,” or “composition?” Is a tweet a text, or a piece of a larger text?3  Is a rambling audio podcast, recorded from the driver’s seat of my car, a composition on par with a Master’s thesis, or an essay? So long as a test or assessment or evaluation of a text occurs within a limited finition of what counts as writing, are these other forms valid? How do we who is a “good” writer?  What is “good” writing?
  • That we now have more tools for making marks, and that we have new kinds of marks – photographs, videos, complex visualizations – doesn’t make the essential task of making meaning any easier. In some ways, as our options for composition increase, it gets harder to decide, to choose which way of making marks will get the point that we wish to make across.  Harder, too, is what we must do in classrooms to convey the power of language and to help make our students critical participants in the literacies and literatures of our/their/our futures/our pasts.
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    And what counts as "writing," or "composition?" Is a tweet a text, or a piece of a larger text?3 Is a rambling audio podcast, recorded from the driver's seat of my car, a composition on par with a Master's thesis, or an essay? So long as a test or assessment or evaluation of a text occurs within a limited finition of what counts as writing, are these other forms valid? How do we who is a "good" writer? What is "good" writing?
David Warlick

The Big Lie (Thoughts on Why School Is Not Only About Workforce Development) - Practic... - 9 views

  • co-creation - in conjunction with our students
    • David Warlick
       
      I heard Chris say this last week at a conference (somewhere), and it really struck me -- especially the part about the "co-creation."
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    I knew a lot of very smart, very academically successful kids when I was growing up. I went to CTY which was a rather humbling experience, and then I went to pretty high-powered college.
Claudia Ceraso

ELT notes: Some things I am certain of (for now, this is beta, OK?) - 17 views

  • teaching is worth discussing. Anything else can be found for free on the Internet.
  • Good technology use in the classroom is transparent and intertwined.
  • Motivation is a drug. It is a short-term target.
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  • Better make people "addicted" to learning, to the process, to the autonomy of it. There are intrinsic reasons why this is pleasurable, meaningful and long lasting per se.
  • 7) Mind the use of the word "enhance" when linked to learning. Mind the gap. Old things are just old things.
    • Dave Truss
       
      Note my comment: "This is such a good point! We do not advance from the early airplanes by sticking to using double winged biplanes or 'enhancing' the propeller engine. If a blog is used to 'enhance' the sharing of homework then the point of a blog is missed."
  • 9) Standards are for things that fit a pattern. When educators claim that creativity is a "21st century" essential skill, we need to accept the limitations of striving for standards. Assessment and standards are cousins.
  • Doubt, question and never, ever just assume.
    • Dave Truss
       
      This should be a poster to put in classrooms:-)
    • Gabriela Sellart
       
      Communicating results is becoming more and more frequent.(#4) Doubting out loud doesn't seem to grant you an "expert" degree, which I notice is the aim of many educators who are blogging. Particularly those who write in Spanish.
    • Claudia Ceraso
       
      The poster in the classroom... Interesting. I would change the phrase to "Remember your teacher also expects to learn lots from you". Few teachers are comfortable doubting in front of their students. Perhaps, with reason ;-)
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    So many quotable quotes in this post! Wonderful 'deep' thinking.
Dave Truss

Is Your Boss a Bully? Stop Being the Target. - Conversation Starter - HarvardBusiness.org - 7 views

  • Once bullying is successful it rapidly becomes a habit — neurons that fire together, wire together — address it when it begins.
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    Once bullying is successful it rapidly becomes a habit - neurons that fire together, wire together - address it when it begins.
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