Awesome Chart for Teachers — An Alternative to Traditional Homework

One of my students cited this chart in an assignment for “Rethinking Homework”. It has been published in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. The chart was created by connectedprincipals and features some creative assignments that effectively appeal to different learning styles making learning more interesting and engaging. I hope you like the link/chart:

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I may have to recreate it in a word document so it can be more easily read.

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Leadership Qualities in a Culture of Learning

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There exist certain leadership characteristics that are necessary for developing and leading a mission- and vision-based learning culture in an educational organization.

Leadership Qualities

The leadership qualities necessary for developing a culture of learning that creates followers rather than subordinates and reflects the vision and mission of an institution are wide and varied...

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Scholarly Writing …. “I” Bad!

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“I” bad! No more ‘First Person’ and no more pseudo-substitutes!
Let “me” give it a try. Whoops…

Introduction

The following blog will address the mechanics of scholarly writing in regards to the cessation of the use of first person pronouns. Further, a careful experiment of writing without said pronouns, but rather with a personal perspective, may lead to the conclusion that a scholarly paper will evidence clear thinking and good writing.

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The Three Little Pigs … Shakesperian Style

Shakespeare’s The Three Little Pigs – John Branyan

Click here to see John Branyan: The Three Little Pigs Shakesperian Style

If you teach English Language Arts, you have to watch this brilliant video of the Three Little Pigs – delivered Shakespearian style. Perfect for teaching CLOSE READING NOTATION, TEXT COMPLEXITY, and VOCABULARY INSTRUCTION USING CONTEXT CLUES. The challenging content is cushioned in a fun format. Great for middle grades through college!

John Branyan is a comedian and this performance can be easily found on youtube.com.

John Branyan is a comedian and this performance can be e...

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The Testing Zone

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http://vimeopro.com/user10009607/days-of-our-educators/video/71126075

I must admit, growing up I watched some reruns of “The Twilight Zone”, this look-alike episode I could actually sit through without closing my eyes in fear and trepidation. As an educator, I can truly relate … The video made me giggle, laugh, experience a number of “Ah-Ah” moments and totally relate. Everyone whether a teacher, parent, or student will get a good chuckle.

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From Key Performance Indicators to Process Improvement

Introduction

Before an administrator or business leader embarks into developing corporate-wide performance measurement systems, he or she needs to know how to meaningfully measure what matters most to the organization. Following an exhaustive research of how a company leader may improve his or her company and thus be more competitive, a plethora of resources pointed to creating and implementing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)...

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Action Research and Appreciative Inquiry

Action Research is an effective tool of organizational development (OD) that is utilized in countless research studies and is an accepted technique to facilitate organizational improvement within the OD environments (Yunker, 1994, para. 3). To fully understand the implications of OD, organizational improvement, and action research, a perusal of the definition fashioned by organization developer practitioners (ODers) can clarify...

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Action Research or Traditional Experimental Research?

Introduction

This blog entry addresses the way action research studies differ from traditional research studies when dealing with the improvement of an organizational system and its processes. It will address said paradigms in an educational environment while incorporating some of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) categories and principals as a tool for improving processes.

Traditional Research

Traditional research, also known as experimental or qua...

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To “Not” or to “And” or to “Or” — The Boolean Search

CatSketch_DomainClipArtImage_wpclipartCOMThis week I attempted to flesh out the beginning of a doctoral dissertation topic – Executive Functions and Study Skills in At-Risk Students. My experience during the query proved that I am still rather ill prepared to be making a final call on what I may desire to do for a dissertation.

The greatest challenge in constructing and using the search query was reducing the number of results. I began searching in my customary manner...

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Action Research, The Teacher’s Portfolio, and The NBPTS — What a Combo!

Introduction

The path of portfolio management has been well covered for this traveler. I began my trek as an artist wielding a massive 24” x 31” portfolio case. The main purpose of the artist portfolio was to land a graphic artist job. Then the change in career from artist to teacher came about. I began assembling an educator’s portfolio; it too was for a single purpose – to land a teaching job...

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