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"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education." -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ⠀
As true today as it was when Rev. Dr. King delivered this speech at Morehouse College in 1948. #mlk
You might not think much of classroom music instruments, but give them to the Roots and Metallica and watch what happens. There's a metaphor in there for the purpose of public education. Schools need to give children the tools and space they need to engage in real-world learning experiences.
Helsinki’s education department has recommended that school lessons start at 8:30 or 9.00am each morning. The proposal is based on expert advice and studies that suggest teenagers’ body clocks in particular naturally shift to a later rhythm, and that schools should attempt to reflect that. #StartSchoolLater#finland#science#sleep#circadianbiology#edreform#school
Long weekend means a trip to NY. Am I ready for the freezing weather? Probably not 🙈
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(Student): “...It all comes back to this: for the ‘n-word’ and ‘cracker’ to both be blocked from our school laptops; for it to be seen as equally harmful to us as students—it really means that some people still aren’t educated enough on history. Like, how don’t you see that we are just filtering race and limiting our knowledge on Blacks?” —— Proud of these students’ month-long powerful history project being completed. Their new film, “RECLAIMING: N-WORD & CRACKER,” premieres this March
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Madeline Karp from @DCschoolreform selected today's #StoryOfTheDay: "Massachusetts Tops Education Week’s Quality Counts Report Again, Earning the Only A-." But in addition to MA, she also points out important student gains in DC, LA, MD & MS.
A well-designed flexible education interior can have a significant positive impact on your classroom teaching environment. With clever planning and a #professional approach, you’ll be surprised at how much more you can get out of your #space.
👶🏽👧🏼🧒🏽✨Ana Cristina, María Carmen, Cristina y María Rosa. Amigas y cómplices. Las cuatro dirigen la Institución Educativa Emmi, un emprendimiento de educación alternativa sin igual en el valle de Tumbaco, alrededores de Quito. Ellas no solo creen en el discurso y la metodología pedagógica de la reconocida pediatra húngara Emmi Pikler sino que, desde hace 5 años, lo aplican con convicción en su institución con niños entre 0 y 8 años. Esta propuesta promueve que ellos vivan una experiencia educativa por medio del movimiento y el juego libre en ambientes preparados para su exploración, con una diversidad impresionante de recursos y juegos diseñados para estimular su aprendizaje desde el pensamiento concreto.
Cuando llegamos al Emmi nos dijeron que podíamos estar en el espacio con los niños pero debíamos respetar su autonomía, el espacio y la metodología de una forma inusual en los ambientes pedagógicos que conocíamos; debíamos pasar desapercibidos, procurar no intervenir en las dinámicas de los niños y niñas. Así lo hicimos. Y vivimos una experiencia totalmente nueva en nuestro recorrido, al ver a los niños disfrutar de su libertad para moverse, pensar, relacionarse y jugar. Durante nuestro paso por el Emmi ratificamos la relevancia de las propuestas de educación alternativa para demostrar que la esencia está en ser y en reconocer que somos diferentes.🇪🇨✏️ (🇬🇧 English version in comments)
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"National Survey Finds Nearly 1 in 3 Teens Are Bored ‘Most or All of the Time’ in School" - Jamie Gass from Pioneer Institute has the #StoryOfTheDay
So many of the current norms and systems in place hurt teachers, and hurt students in the process. @britthawthorne and @teacherselfcareconference also posted this tweet from @cami.j.12 today. Their accounts both have deeply insightful thoughts about this topic, and you should go read them.
I cringe when teachers are praised for going “above and beyond” the call of duty, because it reinforces the notion that we should do more than we are paid to do. More more more. I’ve been inspired by teachers I know who do less, who ask for compensation for their extra time and energy, or who implement a #nospendschoolyear like @msadamsteaches. If we all keep smilingly doing and spending and giving more than is in our job description, the system will keep asking us to.
For all of us leaving for college this month, the first in our families to embark on this incredible, fulfilling, and sometimes isolating journey, here’s what @michelleobama has to say to us ✨ #FirstGenVoices
“I want you to know what @barackobama and I are proud of all of you. And we can’t wait to see everything you go on to achieve.” #brb 😭
We spend so much time guiding our children and encouraging them to make good choices, show kindness, be grateful and more.
These are all wonderful things!
But, are we modeling these behaviors? Are they seeing us do the things we talk about all the time?
Children are smart and perceptive. They look to the adults in their lives for guidance. They know if you're walking the walking or just talking the talk.
What is the one thing you can do today?
Hold open a door for a stranger?
Smile at someone standing in line?
Buy a coffee for the person standing behind you in the cafe?
Hold back your critisim or frustration at a loved one?
Yes, we want our kids to listen to us. We want them to hear all of our advice and encouragement.
Let's also be sure we're also taking positive actions and being honest when we make mistakes.
We can do so much for our kids without saying a word.
Walk the walk.
Be the change.
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