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Human-Centered Schools: Your Student's Butts and Their Learning

holtthink:

I remember reading once about how McDonald’s had designed its restaurant chairs using ergonometric studies that showed how long it took for one’s butt to become uncomfortable. They then designed the chairs so that you would start shifting your cholesterol-laden posterior so that…

I was looking around at my school
the other day and thinking how sad it is. It still has the original furniture, cracked and beyond we’ll worn. Pleated walls do nothing to minimize noise from the next room. It’s not a place to learn. It sends a clear message to kids. “We don’t care about you. “

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"Grading is one of the most bizarre aspects of teaching. No two teachers grade alike, and everyone thinks their way is best. I’ve been doing this for thirty-seven years, and I’m still not happy with the way I grade. Does a grade truly reflect what a student has learned, or how hard they tried, or what they’re capable of doing? -Charlie Lindgren, Secondary Teacher"

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from-student-to-teacher:

We love these quotes we found around the Web of favorite children’s authors talking about the teachers who inspired them. Just think…one day a student may be telling a similar story about YOU!http://bit.ly/10xnTgE

Love.

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Day after day, upon arriving home from preschool, Caitlin would retreat into a bizarre fantasy world. Sometimes, she would pretend to be people and things she was not. Other times, without warning, she would burst into nonsensical song. Some days she would run directionless through the backyard of the Sernas’ comfortable Redlands home, laughing and shrieking as she chased imaginary objects.

When months of sessions with a local psychologist failed to yield an answer, Nicholas and Beverly took Caitlin to a prominent Los Angeles pediatric neurologist for more exhaustive testing. Finally, on Sept. 11, the Sernas received the heartbreaking news: Caitlin was among a growing legion of U.S. children suffering from Youthful Tendency Disorder.

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This is amusing. All the more so, because I am from Redlands.  Hmmm. Are they talking about me?

More U.S. Children Being Diagnosed With Youthful Tendency Disorder | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source (via imagininglearning)

Brilliant

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hisnameisjoseph:

Reblogging as a personal reminder.

hisnameisjoseph:

Reblogging as a personal reminder.

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Dear America,

It feels strange to hear your voice praising teachers for their selflessness, dedication, and love for their students. We’re listening to what you’re saying, but we must admit that we are listening with tilted head and quizzical eye. Why? Because we’ve become accustomed to hearing a very different voice from you.

For the past few years, you’ve been certain that most of society’s problems stem from our schools, more specifically the teachers in those schools. We are lazy and useless, we are only in it for the money, we only teach for the vacation time, we don’t possess the intelligence to teach anyone much of anything, our demands for a respectable wage are selfish, we don’t teach students respect, we are leeches sucking the blood from State coffers, we don’t even work a full day like everyone else, and the most hurtful one of all - we don’t care about our students. Concerned citizens have even documented these ills in grossly successful movies that take the worst of us and use it to convince the public that teachers are deserving of nothing but disdain.

Yet, in one weekend, with one horrific tragedy, your voice has changed. The general indictment that has been assigned to us has seemingly been lifted. All of the sudden, America is looking to us with respect, admiration, trust, and something that looks a bit like… awe. It’s puzzling, really. We are the same people we were last Friday morning, doing the same job we’ve diligently done since choosing our career.

Of course, we do realize what has happened. Something horrific occurred last Friday, and as a result, America saw the uncensored soul that resides in the vast majority of teachers. There were no special interest groups telling you what teachers are really like, no businessmen or women proffering data-driven solutions that will fix every instructional problem, no politicians pontificating about the grading of teachers based on the value they add to students. No, what you saw was the real thing, teachers who love America’s children so much that they dedicate their all to their welfare.

No, for most of us, our all does not include a sacrificial death, but it does include a sacrificial life. It means working a full day at school then continuing that work at home well into the evening as we grade papers and prepare materials that will lead to authentic learning in the classroom. That’s our surface work. At a deeper level, however, we also do the following:

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To America from a Teacher « lisamyers.org

(Click the link to read the entire post).  This rings oh so very true, and I have to wonder just how soon the public’s mindset will swing back to where it was.

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nprfreshair:

For your weekend reading: I was talking last week with a friend about this Oxford American piece — “I Will Remain Forever Faithful” — on ‘Lil Wayne and teaching in the New Orleans public schools. The talking led me to reread it which reminded me of how wonderful it is which made me want to share it with you.:










Right before you become a teacher, you are told by all manner of folks that it will be 1) the hardest thing you’ve ever done, and 2) the best thing you’ve ever done. That seems like a recipe for recruiting wannabe martyrs. In any case, high stakes can blind you to the best moments. One day, I was stressing over what I imagined was my one-man quest to keep Darius in school and out of jail, and missed that a heated dispute between two fifth-graders was escalating. Finally, I asked them what was wrong.
“Mr. Ramsey,” one of the boys pleaded, “will you please tell him that if you go into space for a year and come back to earth that all your family will be dead because time moves slower in space?”










The essay is from 2008, but it seems not entirely untimely since, in late September, Lil Wayne surpassed Elvis for number of appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
-Nell

nprfreshair:

For your weekend reading: I was talking last week with a friend about this Oxford American piece — “I Will Remain Forever Faithful” — on ‘Lil Wayne and teaching in the New Orleans public schools. The talking led me to reread it which reminded me of how wonderful it is which made me want to share it with you.:

Right before you become a teacher, you are told by all manner of folks that it will be 1) the hardest thing you’ve ever done, and 2) the best thing you’ve ever done. That seems like a recipe for recruiting wannabe martyrs. In any case, high stakes can blind you to the best moments. One day, I was stressing over what I imagined was my one-man quest to keep Darius in school and out of jail, and missed that a heated dispute between two fifth-graders was escalating. Finally, I asked them what was wrong.

“Mr. Ramsey,” one of the boys pleaded, “will you please tell him that if you go into space for a year and come back to earth that all your family will be dead because time moves slower in space?”

The essay is from 2008, but it seems not entirely untimely since, in late September, Lil Wayne surpassed Elvis for number of appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

-Nell

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The voice.


There is a voice inside of you
that whispers all day long,
“I feel that this is right for me,
“I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you — Just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.

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Studies Link Students’ Boredom to Stress
A group of researchers has published a study in Perspectives on Psychological Science linking student boredom to feelings of stress. While it’s still important for teachers to create a stimulating and engaging environment, students might have some internal emotion or frustration causing their boredom.

Studies Link Students’ Boredom to Stress

A group of researchers has published a study in Perspectives on Psychological Science linking student boredom to feelings of stress. While it’s still important for teachers to create a stimulating and engaging environment, students might have some internal emotion or frustration causing their boredom.

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