"Anyone who has been paying attention has by now seen many videos of widely admired teachers explaining to the camera why they are giving up teaching....These are teachers whose entire professional life has been marked by pride in their work and their ability to use their accumulating professional experience to make large differences in the lives of their students. But they cannot take it anymore."
This piece also has something to say about how high stakes testing is hurting deeper learning.
Join us as we talk together about how doing research and inquiry has changed since we've been having students connect on Youth Voices, our interest-powered, peer-supported, academically-oriented community.
We'd love to have you. join us! We are welcoming two new teachers to Youth Voices, and , introducing them to some of the other teachers whose students are doing research projects on Youth Voices. , , , and (with more invited) will talk about the different processes, assignments, and modes of connecting we practice on Youth Voices and in our classrooms when our students are doing research. and will also be with us to help us keep track.
Please join us on TTT#385 Teaching Research and Inquiry with Youth Voices. You can watch the conversation and join a chat at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
I know some exceptional school leaders who embrace deeper learning but feel that they can only "teach to the test" in the current circumstances.
How to we get beyond the "Just get the scores up" mentality so we can get back to deeper learning?
"Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings"
On last night's panel, Ron mentioned Expeditionary Learning's great open-licensed, Common Core aligned curriculum. Here is a link to that: http://www.engageny.org/common-core-curriculum
Here are some other good OERs for K-12: http://content.k12opened.com
In my opinion, a wide variety of open curriculum resources is a key to making deeper learning work for a wide range of learners. (I've also had a lot of good experiences with using mobile devices for this purpose, but that's another post!)
I would love to hear your experiences, challenges, and wishes for open educational resources. (I'm also starting up on online community of practice around the use of OER in K-12 if anyone's interested in that.)
I'm not always sure how to make deeper learning work with OERs, but there are wonderful OERs for lifelong, do-it-yourself learners who want to pursue higher education. #DLMoocLifeLong
- K12 Handheldspresent
My name is Karen. I am a writer (and NaNo enthusiast), educator, open ed evangelist, and carpenter.
I have a keen interest in the area of open educational resources, particularly in elementary and secondary education (K-12).
Currently, I run a small educational technology company that works with mobile technology integration in schools. I also run the K12 Open Ed web site and am co-founder of the Kids Open Dictioanry. I have worked in
education, including software and textbook publishing, for over 15
years. I have also lived overseas in Africa.