While reading advice from Michael Hyatt on blogging
(in Anatomy of a Blog) he suggests “If you want to effectively market your social network, you should tweet 6-9 times a day.” It’s 5:30 p.m. and my count is still at zero. Time to get tweeting. And look what do I get:
So, instead of tweeting on Twitter, I think about what I do when life is Over Capacity. The list of three (no technology) activities, might free up a few minutes in your day:
Tip 1: Make enough oatmeal for breakfast to refrigerate the extra serving and have left over for the next day’s breakfast . (I also mix my brown sugar, nuts, dates in one container. I like lots of goodies on my oatmeal.) No fair cooking with “quick” oatmeal. Cook the good stuff.
Tip 2: Prepare a week of sandwiches. Add to your weekly grocery list a loaf of “healthy” bread, sliced cheese, sliced meat. Build the sandwich in this order: bread-cheese-meat-cheese-bread. Cut in half, place sandwiches back in the empty bread bag, seal, and FREEZE. Grab your sandwich in the morning with an apple and carrot sticks or added . Enjoy your thawed sandwich by lunch and it won’t be soggy! (add sauces and veggie fixin's to top your sandwich at lunch and enjoy.)
Tip 3:Buy your birthday, holiday, anniversary cards a month ahead so you can mail your greetings on time. My friends and family will appreciate the wisdom with this one. It’s a fine tip I read many years ago....not my idea. And unfortunately, it’s not a routine practice in my life.
Send a comment with YOUR most creative way to to avoid “Over Capacity”.
Although not a well-known celebrity,
to my family Dr. Kampmeier
has had incredible impact.
How do you impact your student?
Dr. Kampmeier is probably one of the main reasons why I am where I am today, professionally. I was a PBL leader under him for 2.5 years. He inspired me to focus on education and teaching. And he is THE reason why Rochester's science & peer-based education is unique.
He taught organic chemistry for 30+ years without notes --
just a piece of chalk, a board, and 100's of students each year.
Many can attest to the impact he has had in education, as Peer-Based Learning, a model in education which he pioneered, has crossed from the chemistry department to other undergraduate departments, to the medical school, and to national/international levels.
It's going viral-- One teacher battling it out with another to reserve the laptop labs before someone calls "dibs".
Learning to play nicely in the sandbox. Sharing the toys.
This week a teacher sent me an email touting a video clip. You see, eight months ago this same teacher sat with me at my kitchen table. With a cup of tea. And we shared what could happen for her students if we brought the laptops into the classroom, weekly, for 30 minutes a week. She listened intently yet somewhat hesitantly; she wondered-- could she give up even 30 minutes of coveted classroom time? And she did.
Want to learn more?
Watch the clip. Catch the virus. Then share it with someone you know who is passionate about instruction. Instruction your students will do more than talk about.
The past two years, while serving as an instructional technology coach in multiple schools, I had the opportunity to work with many teachers. But the teachers didn't come to see me; rather, a great portion of my day is spent peer coaching in the classrooms.
As I go from room to room, students sit at their own desks amidst familiar surroundings. I am a guest in their home. A portion of my day is spent demonstrating how to be a guest. Such demonstrations include introducing myself, asking permission to use their things, requesting information on how I might find a tissue or the light switch, learning how to use the classroom equipment such as the projector or speakers.
It’s not always comfortable being the guest. For me, I’ve always been more comfortable inviting others into my familiar spaces.
It’s not always comfortable moving from school to school or room to room.
My day is consumed by snippets of work time in various places, moving from the media center to the lounge or even to a quiet hallway for lesson planning squeezed between collaborative lessons in the classroom. I pack my belongings into my bag and wonder what I have forgotten at my last stop. Was it my jacket? My power cord? Where is my banana? Did I leave it at home? I won’t find it for weeks, while it rots under my car seat.
Yes, these are a few of my daily challenges.
Sometimes my best visits are only 5 or 10 minutes. I might record the class observe a squiggling, disgusting, leech under the document camera: a view that is 1000x bigger than life! Do we really need to see a leech that big??? Just ask a third grader….they’ll tell you!
Perhaps I will visit kindergarten and we will read a book. What I really mean is, we will project the pictures from the book onto a screen along with bouncing words for them to read aloud. In sign language.
Or maybe while I wheel the laptop cart, and students will smile and greet me in the halls with “Do we get to use the computers today? Pleeeaase….
Thank you for allowing me to be a guest in your school and in your classroom. Continue to explore exciting ways to connect with your learner; I too will continue to learn how to connect with you, the t-e-a-c-h-e-r.
After recently reading the book “Anyway”, The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent M. Keith, I particularly enjoyed the chapter highlighting this commandment:
“What you spend years building
may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.”
As both teachers and learners, we spend a great deal of time building. We build lesson plans and projects and goals and teams and yes, we even build relationships. Today as I worked with teachers to explore new technologies to build better websites for better access to better learning for a better classroom, I found myself a bit frustrated, asking myself, what IS the point in all of this?
Then I thought about a few other things I’ve built: lego pirate ships and fire stations; sandcastles; turkey dinners; swing sets; camping vacations; go-carts; gardens; bookshelves; websites.
I hope I continue to enjoy building, even when I wonder why.
As I was searching the web for instructional resources,
more specifically –thinking devices– for teachers to use with students, I found a popular YouTube music video I hadn’t seen for quite a while. It dances you through several decades of music history:
Playing a video clip while the students walk to and from the mobile lab to retrieve the laptops is one way technology can work for you in the classroom. You will see students engaged as they watch thought-provoking, real-life topics. And no worry, your students will still be very careful about walking back to their seats.
Perhaps this video does not appeal to your teaching style. Personalize how you might use this technique; think about a video clip you’d like to share with your students while they are getting their laptops and preparing for the laptop lesson. Or might there be other times throughout your week when there is a need to refocus, refuel, refresh? No, not every day, but once in a while…all you need is a projector and some great speakers!
If you organize your video clip links on a web page of Thinking Devices , you’ll always have great clips ready to go at just the touch of a track pad. And who doesn't enjoy a good re-run?
How might you use a video clip to engage students? Share your comments for other teachers!
Rick Smith's practical solutions make classroom discipline effortless in his 2004 publication, "Conscious Classroom Management". If you are a teacher who is passionate about learning, using the invisible management techniques presented in this book truly will renew your hope for the future of teaching. For class discussion, click HERE to access the in-class assignment sheet.
Free falling, landing on your feet, scare-de-cat. Perhaps "cat-ch me". With a focus on key components framing Professional Practice you will be cruising the cat walk. Read Charlotte Danielson's Book: "Enhancing Professional Practice: A framework for Teaching".