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Michael O'Connor

What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator | Edutopia - 0 views

  • 1. Sense of Priority
  • PBL promotes innovation in education
  • 2. Selflessness
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  • 3. Time and Energy
  • 4. Models
  • But by looking at existing models -- cool stuff that has been accomplished by others before you -- you'll have an idea of what's possible. And of what you might be missing.
  • 5. Willingness to Take Risks
  • prepared for failure.
  • 6. Trust
  • The trust of administrators, colleagues and parents certainly matters. You can lose your job or professional standing without it. But without trust from students, you're just a well-dressed, silly person with your name on the placard by the door.
  • And the innovation will never come.
Michael O'Connor

Education: The Single Most Important Job | Edutopia - 0 views

  • I was bored in school.
  • project-based learning, technology, and an enthusiastic teacher. I couldn't agree more.
  • When technology is deployed effectively, it can free up teachers from standing in front of the class and presenting information. We can "flip" the classroom (2) with lectures occurring at home via the Internet and rigorous project-based learning taking place in cooperative groups at school. In this environment, teachers can be guides and coaches to the students. What is more powerful in education than a student who is guided by an adult who truly cares -- someone who knows your name, who encourages you, and is committed to your success in life?
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  • engage students as active participants in their own education,
  • rather than passive recipients of facts and formulas
  • There is no other job more important than education. It is the foundation of our democracy. By seizing on what's working, and recreating those successes from one classroom to the next, we can make it better for everyone.
Michael O'Connor

Integrated Studies - Download free content from Edutopia on iTunes - 1 views

    use these podcasts as tools to integrate the various disciplines in the classroom...really good ideas and resources here!
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