Posted on August 31, 2016 by ritasimsan
This essay, presented via Adobe Spark, is about Mario, a young Italian seventh-grade immigrant whose entry into the American schools made a major impact on my teaching, my career, and my image of the world.
When the link opens, you may have to wait a minute for the presentation to load. Also, there is audio, so you’ll want to adjust your sound. Thanks!
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Posted on July 28, 2012 by ritasimsan
From ProfHacker –
A Day of Rest
Where does a day of rest—a sabbath—fit in a busy academic life? Various members of the team (and friends) reflect on what sabbath means for them.
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Posted on February 26, 2012 by ritasimsan
Sir Ken Robinson – Bio
To give you a head start on Robinson’s presentation:
Robinson refers to the Plowden Report early in his talk. The Plowden Report and Its Impact on School Curriculum Here is the complete report: Plowden Report 1967 – Full Text Online
Robinson states that:
Educators need to connect practice with theory with policy. Time rarely permits that.
Technology is connecting the world with information systems.
Reference: The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil See: Technological singularity
Educational change is not linear. Social change can never be linear because it involves people, feelings, and culture. Social change is unpredictable and dynamic.
Education is :
- economic – well-educated people are economically engaged, invested, buoyant, and sustainable.
- cultural – global not local
- personal – the central core of what this educational revolution must address. Learning is personal.
Is there anything any one of us can do to change today’s educational systems? Absolutely. By doing what we think is right as classroom teachers, we are leading change at the grassroots level. We, as teachers, ARE the educational system for our students. Therefore, we can change the educational system for our students immediately.
- Accelerate shift from subjects to discipline. A discipline is about skills, processes, and procedures.
- Curriculum must be open and dynamic.
- The heart of education is teaching.
– Change the process of our teaching and learning from a solitary to a collaborative process. We shouldn’t just teach students in
groups; we must teach students as groups that learn from each other.
– The process of learning must shift from passive to active.
– Assessment must move from judgment to description, from empowering to disenfranchizing
We do not have to start the revolution in education. It has already started. We must have confidence that we are already part of the movement, and not just waiting for someone else to start it for us. The process is moving forward, and we must make sure we are part of the solution, not the problem.
From Rita: I hope that when you finish listening to this presentation, you recommend it to your colleagues. Then together you and your colleagues can discuss how you view yourselves as part of the educational or learning revolution that Robinson speaks about. Food for thought and nourishment for our profession.
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Posted on January 28, 2012 by ritasimsan
We’re off to another great semester! The students, from more than sixty different nations, have come to us to learn English. Why? Some of their reasons for studying English are to go to a university here in the U.S., and finish graduate degrees or start undergraduate degrees; many hope to improve or upgrade current job possibilities by improving their English and taking technical courses; mothers and fathers alike want to be able to better help their children with their homework; some simply hope to improve their opportunities to participate in the American society; and the list goes on. The students range in age from 18 to 70 years old and bring with them a gamut of knowledge and life experiences that I can only imagine. I have so much to learn from them! In turn, I and my colleagues work to give our students the tools they need to communicate in English in order to develop in them strength and self-confidence so that they will become American citizens and gain an improved sense of self-worth through participation in the mainstream culture. We will endeavor to model for them and inspire in them the desire to be lifelong learners. We strive to build bridges of peace by instilling in our students the ability and the willingness to communicate, work with, and live among peoples from countries around the world including those who have been considered “their enemies” for many, perhaps hundreds of years. We teach English as a second language, but we strive to do so much more. In TESL , we have the opportunity to touch souls as our students continue to touch ours.
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Posted on June 10, 2011 by ritasimsan
John Maxwell defines the word “ambition” in this one-minute video, and he says something that strikes me profoundly. Recently, on more than one occasion, people have asked me if I was going to apply for different administrative positions that have opened up at our college. My answer has been a consistent unequivocal no, that I love the teaching job I have, and that I am no longer interested in being on a career track. But, each time I have said that, I’ve felt a little empty inside. I have always loved taking on new tasks, new challenges, and new responsibilities, but recently, due to health issues in my family, I have needed to channel my energies away from my job and more on my family. I have felt grief on two levels, one personal and the other professional.
But, this afternoon, my one minute with John Maxwell has given me a new focus. I may not want to change my job or redirect my career, but I do want to continue to develop myself professionally. Rather than being goal oriented and thinking about the prize I might win by reaching that higher-level career goal, I will focus on the growth that I still need, not to GET a better job, but rather to DO a better job for my students, my colleagues, and myself. It is an obvious concept, but one I hadn’t been able to verbalize. Thank you, John!
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