This week marked our first day back after our summer hiatus. We spent the time talking about the learning we did over the summer and how the start of the school year has been going. We got into a brief discussion about how important we are to the atmosphere of the classroom. We will return to this topic at a later date.
This week we talked about the idea of flipping the classroom. After having read an article about it in the May ISTE Leading and Learning magazine, we decided to tackle the topic ourselves.
This week we discussed the findings found in A Million Teachers Prepare to March Out the Classroom Door. The poll found that more teachers are discontent now than ever before. How do we combat this?
This week, we discussed the difficulties with preparing students for the major state tests without making the whole classroom be about test prep. With Race to the Top, it’s not easy.
This week, we discussed the idea of teaching tolerance, respect, and acceptance in school. How do we do this in our classrooms and how do we help parents understand what we are doing? We were joined by Amanda Marrinan.
For our first show of 2012, we decided to discuss our goals for the New Year. This led to a conversation about what keeps us motivated in our classrooms?
This week, Maria was sick and the chat room was not hopping. I guess everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays. But Sheila and Lisa did have one guest, who we were thrilled to call into our skype call to have her join the chat. Amanda Marrinan took time away from her beach vacation to talk with us about how technology is working in the classrooms. Sheila, Amanda, and Lisa shared many very exciting for us, and getting to be commonplace for the kids, activities that occur daily in our classrooms. Enjoy the conversation.
This week, Maria brought us an article about sharing objectives with students. This author gave various reasons not to share objectives. We debated the issue. Our next Conversations show will be held on Monday, December 19th at 8:00 Eastern.
This week, during our new Monday night time, we discussed Character Education. As educators, we recognize the importance of teaching values but sometimes feel we are fighting an uphill battle. How do we keep it going?