My Favorite Blog Posts in January

Ryan Gosling shut the door and teach
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Literary Theories:

For the bilingual among us, or for anyone who’s interested in languages and translation, there Literary Hub’s question of what it means to write in more than one language.  It seems we carry with us the memories of our experience while speaking, and then the language takes on the moods we felt.

Then, if you’re a CS Lewis fan, you could check Classical Academic Press for an opinion of whether Lewis would approve of the Christian home school movement.

Continuing on the question of technology and whether it’s good, bad, or indifferent from my “digital diet” blog post, is the post “is boredom good for you,” from of all places World Economic Forum, in which the thesis is is that boredom drives creativity.

The Teaching Trade:

Education Rickshaw writes about the CODA (Child of a Deaf Adult) perspective on Teaching and Learning.  Highlight for me?  The idea that sometimes, a quiet classroom is just what you need.  Not that my students seem to agree.

Bill Ferriter goes out on a limb and dares to ask: Is goal setting in school pointless? Well, as I replied to his post, goal setting works great for weight loss but may run into various difficulties in the world of real schools …check it out.

We are Teachers blog featured a reflection from a teacher who admitted that, since she was given students several years below grade level, it’s going to be hard to teach to the standards for the annual high stakes test.

Social Media:  

All you education twitter junkies:  can’t find just the right education chat at just the right time?  Well, visit Google Site’s Ed Chats chart and feast your eyes on the massive list … After that, if you’re on twitter for business, not pleasure,  you might want to consider this helpful article from Socedo about the 5 harsh realities of using social media for marketing.


Teaching Materials:

And finally, it’s … Socratic Seminar tickets from the MailBox!  Don’t know how long this one will be up, however, if you’ve been wanting to try Socratic seminar type discussions with your elementary students, or a boisterous older group, this “ticket to speak” approach may help when too many kids want the floor.  You just give them each a ticket, and they can only speak once.  I printed it out, and will give it a try, as soon as I come up with a proper “Socratic” question for first graders!



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