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Sarah Bernhardt

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Happy Friday, everyone! This is mostly for ES/MS literacy teachers but there may be some interest from others as well. There is a group led by Chris Lehman called The Educator Collaborative that hosts a bi-annual FREE online professional development event called The Gathering. It consists of a series of 1-hour webinars on mostly literacy-related topics, but there will also be sessions on sketchnoting, technology, personalized learning, and the importance of having a global professional network. Everything that I have seen coming out of The Educator Collaborative during the last year has been inspiring and top-notch, and I also did a 4-week mini-think tank with them over the summer on Writing for Educators, which was excellent. The day begins tomorrow (Saturday, September 24) at 9:45 a.m. EST so most of the sessions will be on Saturday night/Sunday morning our time while we are asleep, but everything is archived so you can stay inside and watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon with a cup of something warm. :) The day will be keynoted by Katherine Bomer, author of a wonderful professional book on essay writing for older grades called "The Journey is Everything," and there are at least 15+ sessions following her keynote. I've linked to the schedule for the day below in case you are interested. And of course, if anyone wants to have a viewing party with me some time next week or just get together to chat about what we heard and learned, shoot me an email! I'd love to hear from you.
*members of The Educator Collaborative consulting network are noted in orange Session One – 11 EST Workshop #1 – Tanny McGregor & Shawna Coppola Sketchnoting for Engagement & De…
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This looks amazing, primarily because the focus is on learning that translates immediately to the classroom. I'm up for joining some sessions. :-)
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Elite colleges say that they have for a long time been looking for student passions but these new prompts get at the heart of the matter. 
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Love this article! Two quotes that resonate with me are:
"What is a community to which you belong? Reflect on the footprint that you have left" and, "more and more, admissions experts are advising teens to emphasize passions over accomplishments" 
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Vera Adams

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Good information to share with parents
You can nudge your kids' relationship with digital technology in a more healthful direction, but warning: It's going to require parents to change, too.
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I really like Devorah Heitner's work. I thought her TEDx Talk on raising kids amongst digital media and smartphones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRQdAOrqvGg
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Lindsay Peak

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Interesting new TED Talk related to how we learn and assess from Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy. 
Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven't always grasped the basics? Yes, it's complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace. (This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Education Revolution" which premieres Tuesday, September 13.)
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Elizabeth Puma

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Just wanted to share this to the group. I can't recommend these courses enough. It really transformed my practice as it marries best practice/theory with every day work. Would love to answer any questions.

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Carole Nickle

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Here's a short Q&A about how to nurture introverted students and a link to a book by Susan Cain written for introverted kids and teens. 
A new book looks inside the minds of introverted kids and teens, with lessons for schools on class participation, groupthink and public speaking.
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Peter Dohrenwend

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A good article from Carol Dweck. The bottom of the article has some good phrases for feedback.
HINT: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life
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Wonderful insight. Thank you for sharing this, Pete!
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Hillary Storey

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This past June I attended The Opal School Summer Symposium in Portland, Oregon. The topic this year was "Creating a Pedagogy of Play" and it was very much aligned with our mission at the ELC to provide learning through play. Two of presenters, Ben Mardell and Mara Krechevsky, were from Harvard University and work in the Project Zero program which was the group that help establish the Making Learning Visible course that many of us at the ELC participated in last school year.
There were 4 main questions that we were to think about and consider during the 3 days of the symposium.
1. How might we construct a pedagogy of play? What habits of mind, tools, and dispositions are required to do so?
2. How might a pedagogy of play support children? What are the costs of not embracing a pedagogy of play?
3. How might a pedagogy of play be expressed in different contexts?
4. What systematic elements sustain a pedagogy of play?
There seemed to be a general consensus and agreement among the presenters and teachers that allowing children to exercise choice and free agency in the classroom was a key component in establishing effective learning through play. The presented hypothesis was, "When children have agency and choice about the classroom environment and materials, the y engage in more developed play and deeper learning. This requires teachers to respect children's ideas take risks in their teaching." 
Part of the experience of the symposium was to spend time in the classrooms to see the various projects and learning activities that had happened during the year. It was interesting to see how different the projects were from the previous year when I attended. I also was able to get some new ideas for implementing writing in different ways as well as how to use displays or anchor charts to help guide students through play and creative learning. I also noticed this year, there seemed to be a much more prominent emphasis on questions and conversations with students in the classrooms that were geared towards developing a more heightened sense of empathy towards others.
One session I attended addressed the issue of how to make sure children were learning and having productive play. Project Zero provided a rough draft of a document they are working on to help teachers critique the categories of choice, wonder, and delight as children engage in play and learning. Other session topics included, "Making Friends With Conflict," and "The Importance of the Studio in Play."
I felt the symposium overall had some really wonderful insights and ideas that I could bring back to my classroom and the ELC. I am looking forward to see how some of these play out this school year.
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Cathy Berghahn

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In July I had the opportunity to attend the Broadway Theatre Teachers Workshop in New York City. This was a tightly packed program that also included getting to see four Broadway shows and have talkbacks with members of the cast and crew following the shows.
The workshops included sessions on working with students in theatre. The sessions I attended included: Inspiration--how we inspire others, and how we access our own inspiration; Acting and improvisation skills; Using great compositions to motive performers; Directing skills workshops focusing on table work to help students with direction; Structuring and planning with production crews and stage management; Choreography using student natural movement; Designing props with materials purchased at a basic hardware store; Meet the artist with Tony award winner Leslie Odom Jr.
All sessions were inspirational with the opportunity to hear from performers and production people working on Broadway. Hearing from these professionals gives stories and ideas to bring back and share to inspire students.
Getting to see the variety of Broadway shows was also inspirational, bringing forth ideas and motivation for building productions for students. The talk-backs with the cast and crew gave interesting insight into the full production process.
The four shows we got to see all had a touch on diversity. Of course, seeing Hamilton was a huge treat. If you don’t know about this show it is the story of Alexander Hamilton (one of the US founding fathers), but it is told through rap, hip-hop rhyme style music with Black and Hispanic performers.
We saw On your Feet (the Gloria and Emilio Estefan Story) –the first Latino performers to make it on the US pop music scene. The third show was Fun Home -a story of a young woman growing up gay and her relationship with her father who was also gay. And the final show we saw was Shuffle Along (A wonderful dance performance show) -based on the first black performance troop to make it on Broadway.
Overall it was a great learning experience and the shot in the arm that good professional development should be. I am very thankful for having had this opportunity.
 
 
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Paul O'Neill
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Kinesthetic Classroom Workshop - Michael Kuczala - October 22-23 at ASIJ .

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Pete Vriend

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Lots of negative news out there these days. Here's a positive one from the sporting world worth sharing:

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Scott Adams

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"Design Your Life" is a Stanford U course that uses design thinking to guide one's life decisions. The two professors turned the course themes into a recently published book "Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life." Read the article and get the book.


Two Silicon Valley veterans have been helping Stanford students navigate the future through their popular courses. Now they want to help you.
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Scott Adams

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Another good reminder about the importance of teaching non-cognitive skills like empathy. . .


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Peter Dohrenwend

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Found this TED Talk very interesting. She uses a great metaphor that children are wildflowers and not bonsai trees. Definitely worth watching.
By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. At least, that's how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love. (This talk comes from t...
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Thank you for sharing. I really value the holistic perspective within her speech. How wonderful it would be if all of us, as educators and parents, empowered our students and children to be their "glorious selves." 
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Naho Kikuchi

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Follow up to our conversations from the beginning of the year. Let's continue to think about suicide prevention.
One of the biggest myths? That children don't kill themselves. It's just not true. Children as young as 5 take their own lives every year.
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Paul O'Neill
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ASIJ is supporting this weekend workshop in October. Any teachers who wish to attend please contact Srilalitha #202 to register. No application required.
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I went to Mike's keynote at last year's EARCOS teachers' conference. I was blown away! He is a very engaging speaker and what he shares would be useful for every single teacher at ASIJ. It changes your mindset about how you teach your subject area, and what even small physical movements can help students learn. 
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Genta Branstetter

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Food for thought as we begin a new school year. 
The global education pioneer eases students into the classroom.
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Thank you for the article. Building relationships and community is what it is all about.
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Min Wu

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I think you will love this ClassDojo.
They're encouraging students for skills like teamwork and perseverance, and easily sharing photos and videos of classroom moments with parents.
Build wonderful classroom communities with parents and students
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Vera Adams

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Several recent studies looking at computers and online learning found mixed-to-negative results. And they offer clues about how schools and tech companies can do better.
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Dana Melvin

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Science threading it all together! Might be a great way to synch parents and teachers...
Two developmental psychologists break down 21st century skills and give everyday tips for parents on how to instill them.
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