Barbara updated a post from 2005 on Professional Learning Communities that she wrote on Rethinking Learning. She realized this is more needed now about the guiding principles and the importance of trust and collective learning.
Creativity can happen if teachers let go. Allow students to brainstorm questions about the concept. The teacher is a co-learner with the students and facilitates the process.
The job market is tough but there are ways you can stand out in a crowd. This list to learn how to Brand Yourself is adapted from AARP for educators.
The Obama administration plans to change the Race to the Top legislation and reform No Child Left Behind. What does this mean for teachers and students? Barbara shares that assessment such as teaching to the test which teaches to each standard will need to change and questions what this will mean for teachers.
Barbara is going to the CUE Conference in Palm Springs and is presenting several sessions. She’s looking forward to connecting to people she hasn’t seen in some time.
The world is changing. Jobs are not the key. It is all about the type of skills people need for their own survival and the world’s economy. Social media, projects instead of jobs, and learning how to be an entrepreneur will make the difference.
Barbara has joined others around the world to rant about the purpose of education in 500 words. She believes that schools need to change so the focus is on the learner and not just on testing what they know by a certain age. Go to http://purposed.org.uk for more blog posts on the purpose of education.
The world has changed, but schools still seem the same as they have been for 30 years. We can change schools by making them community learning centers and involve everyone in the community in their children’s learning.
Moving from teacher-centered classrooms to student-centered classrooms takes time. Barbara shares steps where teachers can start slow with one lesson at a time.
Holiday amnesia can happen where you forget just about everything that you were supposed to do during the holidays.