When I was a little girl, I was often called bossy. A natural leader, sometimes my leadership skills were perceived as negative: too controlling, too vocal, too loud. I admit, I was demanding, inquisitive, and creative. I liked leading school projects that positively influenced others, whether it be giving jolly ranchers to every student on their birthday or adopting roads for my high school to keep clean. Yet, as I continuously heard this “bossy” label, I began to see a clash with the “good girl” image I so desired, based on societal norms and expectations of women. Consequently, though remaining independent and focused, I did temper my opinions, never wanting to take a side for fear of being disliked. Popularity was my goal and I was willing to forgo speaking up to appease others.
Thank you to everyone who joined us as we discussed The Art of Engineering Practices and Creative Design in the K-12 Learning Space.
We discovered a lot of overlap between STEM, the arts, and design. In fact, engineers often use design to think outside the box, accomplish a task, or solve a problem.
Continue to think about ways STEM and the arts are complimentary and seek opportunities to collaborate with colleagues who can bring a different perspective to the conversation.
Don’t forget to check out our Storify below, because it’s jam packed with resources and ideas you can use in your classroom right now. If you have questions, reach out. And remember to follow the Tchers you connected with in the chat, so we can continue the conversation and get better together!
This entry is the sixth post in the series #TchWellness.
Every September, my desk and office space begin as blank canvases. As I purchase supplies and create materials, I place each item in an organized location. However, as the year progresses, I’m often overwhelmed by paperwork, post-it notes, books to read, projects to complete, and more. Somewhere in all of this, my desk becomes a space for my expansive educational collections and to-do lists rather than a clean, organized retreat where I can mentally focus and be creative.
Thank you to everyone who joined us as we discussed Teaching Channel’s new Deep Dives.
Did you have time to explore these new collections of great resources, curated by experts, on a wide range of topics important to teachers? If not, dive back in, explore, and interact with the Teacher Leader in each space. And come back often because new resources will be added as the collections are updated.
If you have questions, reach out. And remember to follow the Tchers you connected with in the chat so we can continue the conversation and get better together!
This year, as part of my professional growth plan, I’m delighted to facilitate a virtual professional learning community via Twitter chat to delve more deeply into growth mindset. Growth mindset is the theory that intelligence, talent, and ability are fluid and can be developed with effective effort over time. This is in opposition to the theory that intelligence, ability, and talent are fixed — you either have them or you don’t. This work is important to me because I believe that all students can learn, and part of my challenge as an educator is helping my students to believe that as well.
I love how my desks, tables, calendar, and plan book look at the beginning of the school year. They’re clean, organized, and every year I try to convince myself that I’m going to keep them that way all year long. That fantasy probably lasts all of about two weeks, when the crazy rush of the school year kicks in full throttle. While I wouldn’t trade that crazy busy whirlwind for anything, I still long for continued organization in my life throughout the school year. Even searching for resources feels like a never-ending scavenger hunt that sends me in so many directions.
Thank you to everyone who joined us as we discussed hacking education.
Did you solve that problem that’s been standing between you and “Classroom Zen” this summer? If not, it’s time to choose a hack you discovered in the chat, or dream up an original hack, and get to work!
Continue to think about ways to solve problems and put your hack to the test this year. If you have questions, reach out. And remember to follow the Tchers you connected with in the chat so we can continue the conversation and get better together!
How can we HACK education?
My family raised leaders. Both my sister and I are outspoken, driven, and in general, change agents. I can remember my sister starting a petition and spearheading a change to a policy that allowed girls to play football with boys at recess (they were afraid we’d get hurt). Secondly, though, we were also raised as innovators. We competed in the self-choreography division at dance competitions when we were little, using routines we created on our own. And I can remember developing my own recipes as an eight-year-old child — potato chip peanut butter cookies were one of my most loved originals. Put leadership, innovation, and creativity together, and the environment was ripe for the birth of a hacker. Read more
What A Great Chat!
Thank you to everyone who joined us as we discussed technology tools for teachers.
Choose a tool you discovered in the chat and use your downtime to learn and explore over the next few months. If you have questions, reach out. And remember to follow the Tchers you connected with in the chat so we can continue the conversation and get better together!
Teaching is an art. And as part of mastering that art, we put in much effort to improve our instruction and meet the needs of our students. Fortunately, with technology we’re now able to explore exciting new possibilities when it comes to enhancing and expanding instruction.
Technology at its best promotes innovation and allows us to add to our already-long library of strategies for differentiation. Technology — used well — allows us to be more creative, adding more colors to our instructional paint palette. Part of the issue, though, is knowing what to use, how to use it, and for what purpose.