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My latest post on Medium... find out what's coming up in the Global Education Conference Network. Lots of new things! 
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10 Things You Need To Know About A Special Needs Family
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Δημήτρης Ψυρρόπουλος - Ειδικός Καρδιολόγος - 2310 913 880 & 6944 372 956, Κλεάνθους 16, Περιοχή Ιπποκράτειο, Θεσσαλονίκη ΤΚ 54642
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Peter Cameron

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Innovation is the new buzz word in education. Not sure where to begin" Looking for ideas? Have ideas and want to share? Please check out my new innovation model for the classroom and read how you can put your ideas into action! It's easier than you may think! Would appreciate any feedback and suggestions you may have to offer about the model! Please share! https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/innovation-less-talk-more-action/
"Innovation" seems to be the new buzz word in education these days. There's a lot of talk, but talk, ideas, research and plans are nothing without ACTION. When ACTION begins, innovation happens, c...
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Jeffrey Pflaum

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Why bother teaching penmanship when you have all the pressures of testing hovering over your head? Teachers and parents should be concerned that this multi-faceted activity, or really, process, might fall by the wayside. Why? Handwriting is more than just making the movements and strokes to create letters of the alphabet. See its connections to concentration, self-motivation, stress reduction, creative writing, art, and more in my article, THE POWER OF PENMANSHIP, in the 2016 Winter Issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine at:

http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/2016x1/?pg=55#pg55. 
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Peter Cameron

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 Start the new year with ONE word resolutions in your class! This has been an incredibly enriching and rewarding activity for my students, they love it and it gives them a great focus to accomplish a goal! Here all my resources, student exemplars and a video highlighting each of my students' words: https://mrcssharesease.wordpress.com/one-word-project/ https://vimeo.com/117806831 Feel free to use with your class! What's YOUR #oneword?
After hearing about #oneword on Twitter and visiting this One Word website, I had an idea to do something different for the new year in my classroom! In short, instead of thinking of a "resoluti...
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In the spirit of Christmas, I'm sharing my 12 favourite classroom ideas, lessons and resources. 10 shared, 2 to go! Please enjoy and share! Merry Christmas!
https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/12-gifts-4-teachers
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From my classroom to yours... The 12 Gifts of Christmas for Teachers! I'm sharing some of my favourite lessons, resources and ideas, one each day until Christmas! Enjoy and share!! Merry Christmas! https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/12-gifts-4-teachers/
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Please held my students realize their Christmas dream of collecting 100 stories of Christmas kindness! 

View the video https://vimeo.com/147543531 they created and then follow the steps below!

Step 1- The idea is to SPREAD CHRISTMAS Goodwill! You may do whatever you wish! It can be done individually, with a family, class, school, organization or business. Examples include committing to shovelling a neighbours driveway as a family, sorting through toys with your child and donating “underused” ones, going carolling with friends, doing/giving something special to a certain person or organization.  Also, feel free to visit our home page to be inspired by stories of Christmas giving from people across the world! The options are endless! This may also include a tradition you already do such as making a donation or volunteering over the holidays.

Step 2- Once you have an idea of what you want to do to spread good will, share your idea on our website here: https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com/participants/ or by emailing me at pcameron@tbcdsb.on.ca Feel free to include pictures/videos and links!

Step 3- “Christmas Challenge” at least 4 other people/businesses/organizations. Forward them this link: https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com/youve-been-christmas-challenged/ * This is the important part to keep our kindness snowball rolling!! (You may also cut and paste these instructions into emails and on Facebook pages and blogs).

YOU have 48 hours to accomplish steps 1-3, however you have until Christmas to follow through with your plan!

Thank you for spreading goodwill!

Merry Christmas 
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Jeffrey Pflaum

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“The Creative Imagination and Its Impact on 21st Century Literacies”

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Looking for serious-fun stuff that will actually help kids learn, learn how-to-learn, challenge their creativity, EI/SEL skills, and help them examine their inner worlds in peaceful ways? My article is a response to CCSS’s outrageousness, its origins, “roots,” and implementation in the schools across the U.S. So take a trip with me through a human world of education, not one pre-fabricated by forces outside of education looking in. 

Navigate the landscapes of creativity and social-and-emotional learning described in my 2013 article in the New Jersey English Journal titled, “The Creative Imagination and Its Impact on 21st Century Literacies,” at this link: http://www.njcte.com/n-j-english-journal/2013-issue-teaching-english-language-arts-in-and-for-the-21st-century-what-and-how

The upcoming prerequisite fundamental learning skills projects began in the late 60s in inner-city elementary schools (NYCDOE) and continued for over 25 years with extreme positive success. There are brief descriptions for lessons you can use in elementary to middle school classrooms:

• “Concentration Exercises: Focusing the Mind”   
• “Contemplation Music Writing: Introducing Inner Experience”
• “Reading-and-Imagining: Language as Art”
• “Word-Bridges: Word to Live By”
• “The Creative-Thinking-Picture-Series: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”
• “The Inner Cities Poetry Project: Journey’s End into 21st Century Literacies”

(1) Go to the link for the article: Click on the left where it says, 2013 issue: “Teaching English Language Arts in and for the 21st Century: What and How?”   

(2) Download the 2013 NJEJ issue to find the above article on pages 23 to 29 and print it out.

For more related posts and articles, please go to:

www.educationviews.org/author/jeffreypflaum/ 

www.bamradionetwork.com/edwords-blog/blogger/listings/jeffpaul

www.JeffreyPflaum.com 
Cover of 2013 Issue of New Jersey English Journal: "Teaching English Language Arts in and for the 21st Century: What and How?"; cover design by Jonathan Kielmanowicz cover New Jersey English Journal March 2. Adobe Acrobat Document [9.9 MB] Download. Spring 2013 Issue ...
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Peter Cameron

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My grade 5/6 class from Thunder Bay Ontario Canada are collecting stories of Christmas goodwill, kindness and giving! So far they have over 50, their goal is 100. Can you help? Make their Christmas wish come true! Visit: https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com to read some incredibly inspiring stories and share yours!
Merry Christmas!
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Please post only content that is related to the mission of our conference. This is a moderated community. The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity, and educational access for all. The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, it is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context! If you are an educator and looking to engage with another classroom, here are a few tips: 1) Create a post here and/or in our main online community (http://globaleducationconference.com) containing specific details of what you'd like to accomplish. 2) Include a project web site, length of the project, learning objectives, grade levels sought and expectations for participation. 3) The more structured and specific you are in your requests, the more likely you'll find project partners. 4) Once you've described your project, the admin of this group will also post your opportunity to GlobalEdCon's various social media channels.
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Join my grade 5/6 class as they present “Life in our ConnectED Classroom” on Thursday January 29th at 2:00pm EST as part of #ECGC16   They will share the many amazing learning journeys they have gone on and the people they have met and interacted with from around the world. Their work, including photos, tweets, videos, radio clips, websites and blogs will be highlighted. In this highly interactive and engaging presentation, my students will share their adventures and resulting  learning and how they are innovating to change the world. Following their presentation my students will answer questions from an incredible panel of guests from around the world. See this link to my blog for more information: https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/lets-empower-our-students-ecgc16/
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Peter Cameron. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Smothers Academy Preparatory School For Boys is hosting the first of two Employment Fairs on January 23, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The Fair is being held at…

Southern University at New Orleans Campus
Small Business Incubator
6801 Press Drive New Orleans, LA
(Lake Campus)
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Peter Cameron

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Ever wonder if you're Making A Difference in the lives of your students? I often wondered the same! I'm now certain that that not only am I making a difference BUT my students are making positive differences in the world. Read how, with a little innovating and thinking outside the text and walls of our classroom,my class is  going M.A.D and how YOU and YOUR students can do the same! https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/innovating-4-good-in-the-classroom/
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Peter Cameron

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In the spirit of Christmas, I'm sharing my 12 favourite classroom ideas, lessons and resources. Just shared my second favourite today, which happens to be a game changer for teaching MATH! 11 shared, 1 to go! Please enjoy and share! Merry Christmas!
https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/12-gifts-4-teachers
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From my classroom to yours! 
Sharing my12 favourite ideas, resources and lessons: 
The 12 Gifts of Christmas 4 Teachers: https://mrcshareseaseblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/12-gifts-4-teachers/ 
9 shared, 3 to go! Please enjoy and SHARE! Merry Christmas! 
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Jeffrey Pflaum

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Please check out my article, “The Creative Imagination and ‘Concentration Workouts,’ in EDUCATION NEWS. Two areas in ED that need a revival are the creative imagination and the skill of concentration. Creativity triggers open-mindedness in kids and shows them possibilities, options, choices, and their potential both inside and outside the classroom. As an experimentalist and researcher in inner-city schools for many years, I have seen how teaching about creativity transforms students and the entire class atmosphere. I also created original, novel, fun, and very challenging lessons in concentration like “The Staring Game” and “Say Your Name” that pushed kids’ limits to keep focusing despite the ridiculousness of the lesson’s activity. After completing the exercises, students wrote about and then discussed their ability to stay focused and any issues they might have had with their concentration. Kids talked about how they re-focus if they lose concentration while listening to class lessons or when reading. They gave their individual “takes” on how-to-do-it in a “cross-fertilization of ideas and experiences.” Children learning from other children…     
Education News - Two areas in ED that need a revival are the creative imagination and concentration. Creativity is making a comeback
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Peter Cameron

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Please held my students realize their Christmas dream of collecting 100 stories of Christmas kindness! 

View the video https://vimeo.com/147543531 they created and then follow the steps below!

Step 1- The idea is to SPREAD CHRISTMAS Goodwill! You may do whatever you wish! It can be done individually, with a family, class, school, organization or business. Examples include committing to shovelling a neighbours driveway as a family, sorting through toys with your child and donating “underused” ones, going carolling with friends, doing/giving something special to a certain person or organization.  Also, feel free to visit our home page to be inspired by stories of Christmas giving from people across the world! The options are endless! This may also include a tradition you already do such as making a donation or volunteering over the holidays.

Step 2- Once you have an idea of what you want to do to spread good will, share your idea on our website here: https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com/participants/ or by emailing me at pcameron@tbcdsb.on.ca Feel free to include pictures/videos and links!

Step 3- “Christmas Challenge” at least 4 other people/businesses/organizations. Forward them this link: https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com/youve-been-christmas-challenged/ * This is the important part to keep our kindness snowball rolling!! (You may also cut and paste these instructions into emails and on Facebook pages and blogs).

YOU have 48 hours to accomplish steps 1-3, however you have until Christmas to follow through with your plan!

Thank you for spreading goodwill!

Merry Christmas 
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Lucy Gray
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Peter Cameron

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Want to instil a little Christmas magic at your school? ChecK out the Christmas Challenge! Our whole staff completed the Christmas Challenge within 48 hours and the Christmas spirit is within us! We had a teacher Christmas carol over the intercom, another class hid candy canes throughout the school, another teacher did 4 other teachers supervisions, one teacher spread the gift of reading by having her family buy and read books for another, another gave many pairs of her boots and shoes to a friend..... Our whole school community is spreading good cheer and we are now challenging other staffs to do the same.
The website has easy to follow instructions for completing the Christmas Challenge!
Here's the easy to follow link with a great little inspirational video created by our students!
https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com/youve-been-christmas-challenged/ ]https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com/youve-been-christmas-challenged/
The many heartwarming stories can be read here: https://give4christmaschallenge.wordpress.com
Merry Christmas!
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