Three New Articles Added on January 27th
The Just ASK Team has written new articles and updated some older ones as 2.0 versions to support our many colleagues who are currently tasked with creating positive and productive learning experiences from a distance and/or in hybrid environments that are ever evolving. We continue to add to this collection and hope that you find it useful in your challenging work. Feel free to share with colleagues near and far. Check back often to access newly posted articles.
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In the News and Influencing Our Thinking
The February memo has lots of news! Key points from a recent issue of EmpowerED 3.2.1 “titled “Collaborating and Planning Remotely” by Marcia Baldanza are featured because they show the power of networking by teachers, mentors, and leaders and ways to refine the planning processes of novice teachers through coaching. Additionally featured news includes Bruce Oliver’s take-aways on Edutopia’s 10 most significant studies of 2020 excerpted from the January issue of Just for the ASKing! titled “Best Educational Advice from 2020”
A new feature in the memo this month is titled “In the News and Influencing Our Thinking.” Two stories that grabbed our attention in recent days are “28 Days of Black History” plus “A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids” from The New York Times. Treat yourself to news you need!
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The Best Educational Advice of 2020
In the January issue Bruce writes, “My intent with this issue of Just for the ASKing! is to provide, in a succinct manner, options, insights, and fresh perspectives that I think can make the very difficult job of today’s educator a little easier, more fulfilling, and potentially more satisfying. Like many educators, I have kept abreast of writings, webinars, journal articles, research findings, and podcasts searching for the wisest postings to follow that might lead to the better results and even some semblance of sanity. What you will read here is advice/opinions that I think can make a positive difference in the life of educators… perhaps even moving from surviving to thriving.” Read the latest issue.
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Planning and Teaching Mini-lessons
Heather writes, “Whether instruction is delivered in person, in a hybrid model, or remotely, it is important for our students is experience predictable structure with clear expectations and routines. When there are established structures, routines, and procedures in place, teachers can focus on teaching, assessing, and coaching students and students can spend their time in productive ways with sustained attention on reading writing, and thinking at higher levels. One way to do this is through carefully constructed and thoughtfully executed mini-lessons. ” Read this issue now!
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The February 6th issue of EmpowerED 3.2.1 titled “Inviting Learning Environments Need to Be Intrinsically Motivating and Challenging in All Instructional Settings” is now available. Marcia writes “I was introduced recently to The Jenkin’s Curve. The curve was developed by Lee Jenkins, Ph.D. and asked two simple questions of over 3,000 teachers: (1) What grade level do you teach and (2) what percent of your students love school? A quick glance at the graph below depicts the curve. Does this align with your personal experiences as a student? What about those of your own children? How about the students in your school or district? The graph and a blog can be found in Education’s Invisible Problem. I wonder what this curve looks like when those questions are asked of students today learning in a remote or hybrid setting. Inviting places to learn are deliberately motivating by their challenge and feedback independent of the delivery–remote, hybrid, or in-person. ” Read now!
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