She's sassy, she's funny, she is what I'm calling the Oprah of education! Check out Rita Pierson's Ted Talk, "Every Kid Needs A Champion". The basis of the talk stems from one brief conversation with a colleague: "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.
An Educators Anthem
A fun little auto-tuned song has gone viral and calls itself "An Educator's Anthem." Check it out!
I think I'm beginning to develop a teacher crush...
Sir. Ken Robinson never fails to impress me, but his most recent TEDTalk has just blown me away. Check it out and be sure to look for a blog based on some of the ideas he discusses in the near future.
An Eye Opener
If you've got Netflix check out this amazing Documentary about the American education system - Waiting For Superman
"Now that you've got a SmartBoard..."
The ETFO has published a helpful article giving teachers advice on what to do with their new SmartBoard. The ConEd office is currently in the processess of getting one of these amazing pieces of technology so that we can get some hands on practice before we go into the classroom fo placement! http://etfovoice.ca/you-finally-have-a-smart-board-now-what/ (Source: etfovoice.ca - Spring 2013)
There's A Part 2?!
Sir. Ken Robinson's TedTalk on how schools "kill creativity" has been seen by almost everyone in world of education, and you can watch it again by clicking here. But now he's come out with a second and just as interesting TedTalk calling for a radical shift from the standardized school to personal learning. There will be a blog within the coming months about an amazing new program that is going to be starting its second year in September that radically changes the idea of the modern day classroom.
Taylor Mali's poem (and bestselling book by the same name) "What Teachers Make" has made its way across the internet, and reminds us about the value of teachers the difference they make in the lives of students everywhere.