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Garth Holman

What is Curriculum Theory by William F. Pinar (Multiple Participant Book Review) | Joy Russell - - 1 views

  • primary of which is the idea that curriculum is a “complicated conversation.”
  • Pinar argues that curriculum  –  or  currere    –  is an organic idea rather than a Socraticmessage that never changes (Pinar, 2011) Teachers must discover this currere for themselvesthrough methods of self reflection and self discovery.
  • Pinar has a good grasp of the situation stating “standardization makes everyonestupid,” and “to deny the past and force the future, we teach to the test.”
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  • What knowledge is of most worth (pg. 210)? This is a difficult question that requiresreflection into what is the most at stake for us as teachers and for our students as learners.
  • The conflict within this text focuses on the loss of power and privilege of teachers over the teaching profession. Pinar (2011) states, "How could we have so fallen in the public's eyethat we are no longer entitled to professional self-governance, the very prerequisite for  professionalism?" (p. 69).
  • The inability for teachers to have a voice results in an environment in which the professionalism aspect of a professional group has been diminished to a non-existent level.
  • illiam F. Pinar‟s purpose in writing this book is to ask us [the student] to question this  present moment and our relation to it. In doing so, we are to question the very reason behind what it means to teach, “To study, to become “educated” in the presen t moment (Pinar, 2011)
  • Pinar vision of schooling is   to "understand, not just implement or evaluate thecurriculum" (Pinar, 2011). He urges educators to know what they are teaching. Reciting from a text and reading from a manual is not teaching in his opinion and it‟s not teaching in ours either. As students we are asked to brainstorm and use our imagination to picture the perfect scenario.Pinar is asking teachers to do the same
  • Pinar describes curriculum theory as: an interdisciplinary field in which teacher education is conceived as the professionalization of intellectual freedom, fore fronting teachers‟ and students‟ individuality (originality), their creativity, and constantly engaging in ongoing if complicatedconversation informed by a self-reflexive, interdisciplinary erudition (Pinar, 2011)
  • By tying the curriculum to student performance on standardized test, teachers were forced toabandon their intellectual freedom to choose what they teach, how they teach, and how theyassess student learning (Pinar, 2011). Failure to learn has been the result of separating the   WHAT IS CURRICULUM THEORY? 8 curriculum from the interest of students and the passion of teachers.
  • Contemporary is referring to a person in thesame field or time period as you. Pinar is trying to emphasize that we are not all moving at thesame speed when it comes to educating middle and elementary students
  • Teachers are then empowered tohave a voice to influence the curriculum in such a manner that positively contributes to studentlearning. Pinar is urging teachers to take back their classroom. Take the initiative and leadwithout boundaries. Instruct without guidelines and open your mind to learning indirectly fromyour students
  • Students are set up to fail but it is not really their fault.   They attend school where the system begs for learning to equate to test scores and they become “consumers” of  educational s ervices rather than “students” This system also encourages drop-outs becauseschools only want to teach students that have acceptable test scores which benefits the school‟s accountability. Students do not experience an environment that places importance on the development of ideas and critical thinking but rather the successful completion of atest.
  • Demonization of the teacher has been the result of the current political and economic powers have placed the teacher in an unimportant position in the educational hierarchy andassume that business leaders know more about the curriculum and teaching than the teachersknow themselves. Teachers have become “technicians” because of school deform and are encouraged to replace ideas and know ledge with “cognitive skills” that will fit into the  jobsettings of the future. According to Pinar, these skills result in historical amnesia, political passivity and cultural standardization.
  • He invites us to become “temporal” subjects of history, living simultaneously in the past, present, and future  –  aware of the historical conditions that haveshaped the current situation, engaged in the present battles being waged over the course anddirection of public education, and committed to re-building a democratic public sphere.
Michael O'Connor

Learning Styles and Children | Funderstanding - 0 views

  • 20 to 30 percent of learners remember through hearing, 40 percent retain information visually, and the rest either have higher memory retention after writing something down or through real-life activities.
  • There are three learning styles – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic and tactile.
  • Visual Learners Visual learners like having information presented to them in an eye-catching way, have strong visualization skills, and to see the “big picture.” Enjoy a fun activity with visual learners encouraging their language and reading skills. Tie the activity into the child’s homework by using vocabulary or spelling words for an upcoming test. Help the child create a list of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns to use for the activity. If they have a list of vocabulary or spelling words they need to memorize for school, they can be added to the list. Kids can select a color for each type of word and then write them onto flashcards using the coordinating color for each word group (green for nouns). Have the child place the cards in stacks according to color/type. Discuss with the child that they will be creating a visual language story using the words by placing them into sentences and a finished story. This encourages visual learners to see the big picture and understand the final outcome of the activity. Once the child has begun forming sentences, he can arrange them to form a story, working until all the words have been used. Tap into his auditory and kinesthetic/tactile learning, and his active processors, by having him read the story out loud while acting it out.
Steven Staszak

Special Education Secondary Transition - TDOE - 0 views

  • DRS Regional Offices with Counties Served 8-16-09 Transition Improvement Action Plan Sample by Ed O'Leary Tennessee Transition Outcomes Project Report Out Meeting by Dr. Ed O'Leary
Rochelle Gove

Helping Visual Learners Succeed | - 0 views

    • Michael Kekic
      This would work with science because you could use this strategy with having students identify vocabulary words or even better when describing a cycle of some scientific process. Also visual patterns in words can be very important to science because knowing prefixes many words in science class can be understood without even knowing the word before hand. 
  • Demonstrate what you want your child to do.
    • Michael Kekic
      I like to use prezi for presentations in science. It really allows you to get deeper into the subject material with visuals. I can use it to keep zooming in on a photo and eventually show what an "atom" looks like and the students start to understand how small they truly are!
    • Rochelle Gove
      I like how this article breaks down strategies to help students succeed!
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  • ncluding maps
  • matching activities
  • each lessons, including pictures, graphics, images, charts, outlines, story maps, and diagrams
    • Rochelle Gove
      I Think that so many of these techniques can be used through out any content area.
Jennifer Bernal

Download FREE Microsoft Word Templates and hundreds of other business and educational resources at Brainy Betty - 0 views

    • Jennifer Bernal
      Tons of templates for everyday teacher needs!
Michael O'Connor

Drive, By Daniel Pink: What motivates students? Part Two - Implementing 21st Century Skills - 0 views

  • nk/203).
  • century.  Drive says for 21st Century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery & purpose." (
  • Dan's main point in Drive, according to his twitter summary: "Carrots & Sticks are so last
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  • Motivation comes from within, not external threats or bribes
  • -"People to contribute rather then just show up and grind out their days." (100) -What teacher has not wanted this?
  • -"Control leads to compliance: autonomy leads to engagement...only engagement can produce mastery" (110-111) When was the last time you had true engagement and what caused this engagement?
  • -"Do the workers refer to the company (school) as "they"? Or do they describe it in terms of "we"?" (129)  Do your students see school on their team?
  • First, Student's need to gain autonomy, not empowerment (we love this word, it gives the impression that students have power in the system).  Autonomy is self direction. Second, Mastery of the topic (big word in education ten years ago).  And third, purpose (education likes to use meaning or relevance).
  • the system right now makes this very, very hard to do
  • I find it very difficult sometimes to convince students that I am not grading a project, or that they can take a quiz whenever they are ready.  Students have learned that they will be told and shown how to survive in education. 
  • We need to encourage students to be independent thinkers that formulate their own methods to their own answers.  The data collection systems of education need to change to meet the new education system of the 21st century; we need to stop attempting to make new methodology fit into old data collection routines.
Michael O'Connor

Gunman kills 26 at Conn. school, commits suicide - Yahoo! News - 0 views

  • "There's no words," Wilford said. "It's sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him."
  • "Evil visited this community today and it's too early to speak of recovery, but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut — we're all in this together. We'll do whatever we can to overcome this event," Gov. Dannel Malloy said.
  • "It has to stop, these senseless deaths."
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  • "Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children."
  • "Everyone was just traumatized," he said.
  • Also, a custodian ran around, warning people there was someone with a gun, Varga said. "He said, 'Guys! Get down! Hide!'" Varga said. "So he was actually a hero." The teacher said he did not know if the custodian survived.
  • He said the shooter didn't utter a word.
  • The 20-year-old killer, carrying at least two handguns, committed suicide at the school, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.
  • NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday inside an elementary school, massacring 26 people, including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in fear to the sound of gunshots reverberating through the building and screams echoing over the intercom.
Thomas Merrill

6+1 Traits for Revision | - 0 views

  • 1. IDEAS: The meaning and development of the message, or what the paper is trying to say. Activity: Pick A Postcard.
  • . ORGAN
  • . VOIC
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  • . WORD CHOICE: The specific vocabulary the writer uses to convey tone and meaning. Activity: Rice Cakes or Salsa?
  • 5. SENTENCE FLUENCY: The way the words and phrases flow throughout the text. Activity: Music to Our Ears.
  • 6. CON
    7 great focus areas to help students write well.
Mr. D D

Apple - Education - Special Education - OS X - 0 views

  • Safari Reader reduces the visual clutter
  • strips away ads, buttons, and navigation bars, allowing students to focus on just the content they want.
  • converts text to spoken audio a
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  • students who benefit from hearing text rather than reading it can listen to assignments on their own time
  • ake snapshots and make short videos,
  • students who struggle with personal interaction — like answering a direct question
  • to express themselves through multimedia.
  • many aspects of learning
  • that are traditionally print oriented can be captured in a concrete, visual way.
  • writing both the visual and the audio elements of a script
  • more engaging
  • Text to Speech, students can have the word or a paragraph read aloud as they’re reading it onscreen.
  • students have quick access to definitions and synonyms to help with grammar, spelling, and pronunciation
  • print disabilities or cognitive challenges or are learning English improve their vocabulary and word-building skills.
  • It lets students who are home or hospital bound engage with the rest of the class.
  • FaceTime is also ideal for students who communicate using sign language.
    Great Apps for use with students with disabilities
Garth Holman

Columbus's Exploration of the New World - 0 views

  • He sailed northwesterly along its coast as far as the eastern entrance to Laguna de Moron, which
    • Garth Holman
      Why Travel
  • Columbus persuaded several of the native inhabitants of Cuba, of both sexes, to go with him to Spain, and at the middle of November he sailed in that direction.
    • Garth Holman
      What does the word "persuaded"? 
Andrew Bratcher

Free Math Games and Online Practice - 0 views

    highlighted games are great for lower levels
Katie Wallis

Home : Oxford English Dictionary - 0 views

shared by Katie Wallis on 15 Sep 12 - Cached
    • Katie Wallis
      OED is always useful
  • allochromatic, adj.aldership, n.alexanders, n.allutterly, adv.
    Useful when researching and for defining words.
joe czalko

Visual Learners - Learning Styles and Visual Learners - 0 views

  • Visual learners learn best by seeing what they are being taught.
  • diagrams, mind maps, word webs, visuals, and other forms of graphic organizers will help visual learners get the most from your instruction. Teach students to use highlighters when going through their notes and to create flashcards when studying for tests and learning information.
    look at visual learning,definition,styles,and strategies. Also links to other articles on the subject.
Katy Eyman

Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds - 0 views

    Homepage for Wordle
Holly Johnson

Essential Questions - 0 views

  • Technology 1. How can the computer be used as a tool? 2. How would our culture be different without computers? 3. What process would you use to write a letter using Microsoft Word? 4. What are your top ten priorities when producing a news video?
  • The language of the questions should be in broad terms.
Katy Eyman

Education World: Getting Started on the Internet: Acceptable Use Policies - 0 views

  • preamble explains why the policy is needed, its goals, and the process of developing the policy.
  • definition section defines key words used in the policy.
  • policy statement must tell what computer services are covered by the AUP and the circumstances under which students can use computer services.
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  • cceptable uses section must define appropriate student use of the computer network.
  • unacceptable uses section, the AUP should give clear, specific examples of what constitutes unacceptable student use.
  • violations/sanctions section should tell students how to report violations of the policy or whom to question about its application.
  • students and parents sign the document,
  • acknowledgement
  • aware of students' restrictions to network access and releasing the school district of responsibility for students who choose to break those restrictions.
Michael O'Connor

Where Speech Recognition Is Going - 0 views

  • “I think speech recognition is really going to upend the current [computer] interface.
  • “We’re at a transition point where voice and natural-language understanding are suddenly at the forefront,
  • Jim Glass, a senior research scientist at MIT who has been working on speech interfaces since the 1980s, says today’s smart phones pack as much processing power as the laboratory machines he worked with in the ’90s. Smart phones also have high-bandwidth data connections to the cloud, where servers can do the heavy lifting involved with both voice recognition and understanding spoken queries. “The combination of more data and more computing power means you can do things today that you just couldn’t do before,” says Glass. “You can use more sophisticated statistical models.”
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  • Siri,
  • But voice functionality is built into Android, the Windows Phone platform, and most other mobile systems, as well as many apps
  • Nuance is at the heart of the boom in voice technology
  • , Nuance hopes to put its speech interfaces in many more places, most notably the television and the automobile
  • Meanwhile, the Sync entertainment system in Ford automobiles already uses Nuance’s technology to let drivers pull up directions, weather information, and songs. About four million Ford cars on the road have Sync with voice recognition. Last week, Nuance introduced software called Dragon Drive that will let other car manufacturers add voice-control features to vehicles
  • “It’s astonishingly accurate,” says Brian Phelps, CEO and cofounder of Montrue and himself an ER doctor. “Speech has turned a corner; it’s gotten to a point where we’re getting incredible accuracy right out of the box
  • Sejnoha believes that within a few years, mobile voice interfaces will be much more pervasive and powerful. “I should just be able to talk to it without touching it,” he says. “It will constantly be listening for trigger words, and will just do it—pop up a calendar, or ready a text message, or a browser that’s navigated to where you want to go
Katy Eyman

Design flyers to spread the word online | Smore - 6 views

    A great little program to easily make "flyers" for school clubs, but much more...projects for class.  Check it out. Like weebly drop and drag
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