Conversations #125 – Blizzard Bags and Snow Days No ratings yet.

With the impending snow heading our way,  Maria and Sheila talked about the possibility of a snow day! Snow days have to be made up at the end of the school year to meet the state's requirements. What if the students were able to do the school work at home and have the work count as a day of school. Some schools have implemented 'Blizzard Bags.'   

Lisa is still 'on leave' and we hope she will be able to return soon and add to the conversation!

 

Conversations Episode 121 – Welcome Back to School No ratings yet.

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.

TTT #291 What we talk about when we talk about Trayvon Martin with Ashleigh Dennis, Al Elliott and Kiseem – 04.04.12 No ratings yet.

On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers we talk about what we talk about when we talk about Trayvon Martin #trayvonmartin. What have you been talking to your students about this? 

Here are some of the things that have been going up on Youth Voices the past few weeks: http://youthvoices.net/taxonomy/term/33223 And follow this link to find some of the the articles we have been reading and annotating together. (Once in the “Mission,” click on each individual title to see students’ comments.) http://youthvoices.net/node/36643

Recently, when I (Paul Allison) walked into my teachers room, it took about 4 seconds of talking about what my students were doing for three African-American colleagues to talk in wide-ranging ways about violence and protecting children and dress and racism, and more. I just listened as carefully as I could, trying to learn what their questions were.

We made an open invitation to teachers to come talkttt291bout Trayvon Martin at EdTechTalk https://edtechtalk.net. Paul Allison, Chris Sloan
and Monika Hardy
hosted this conversation with Ashleigh Dennis
, Al Elliott
and Kiseem, one of Paul’s students.

We agree with what Dan Cantor wrote recently on the Working Families blogs: “What is new and welcome is that more and more white people are reminded or learning for the first time what the persistent existence of the color line means to millions of our fellow Americans.” http://www.workingfamiliesparty.org/2012/04/my-son-doesnt-look-like-trayvon/

We think this episode of TTT will add to the conversations you might be having with students and colleagues — or you wish your were having. Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.



Conversations Episode 99 – Teachers Advocating for Themselves No ratings yet.

This week, Lisa, Maria, and Sheila got a bit political, talking about today’s politics of teaching.  Our kickoff was a series of tweets by Diane Ravitch, @dianeravitch, about the need for educators to advocate for themselves.  Join us this week in finding a way to promote educators to the public – or at least to your parents.

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