Ease Into Projects / Rigged Texas Tests / Extra Credit Downside

Ease Into Projects
How To Ease Students Into Independent Inquiry Projects – The excerpt below is from the book “Inquiry Mindsets: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders, and Curiosities of Our Youngest Learners,” by Trevor MacKenzie with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt. @trev_mackenzie @MindShiftKQED @yhalushka @aimkellar

Are Texas Kids Failing? Or Are the Tests Rigged? Accomplished teachers who knew their kids were reading on grade level by virtually all other measures were seeing those same kids fail. @mimiswartz @TexasMonthly @antraasa @DianeRavitch

Extra Credit Diminishes Everything And Everyone. This author writes about homework a lot and thinks it is one of the most misused practices in education. Your thoughts? @GaryArmida @TeacherAndAdmin @ERobbPrincipal @KFelicello

Social/Mobile Media Education

Microsoft Teams, Slack, Facebook Workplace Are Taking Over: And We Better Take Notice. Research shows that employees spend over 20% of their time on messages unrelated to their jobs, and in most companies, the email system has become real-time. @Josh_Bersin @JaneBozarth


How to Differentiate Questions with Google Forms – You can send students to different questions and pages of information based on how they answer each question. @ShakeUpLearning @iamDrWill



How One Professor Uses Podcasts to Teach Empathy and Social Justice. She wanted to encourage students to embrace human interaction—and build empathy. @EdSurge @2legit2bfit @micheleborb @BarbaraGruener

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Doing Less@tim_fargo

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

You Deserve To Watch This Very Satisfying Aerial Video Of Hay Bales Being Made. This watching quality drone footage of people farming. Note to students, food comes from farms. @ViralRumble

Recent Book Summaries, Original Work, and Guest Posts

Wise Guy

Wise Guy: Lessons From a Life by Guy Kawasaki

From Teacher to Leader: Finding Your Way as a First-Time Leader—Without Losing Your Mind by Starr Sackstein

Being Digital 23 Years Later by Nicholas Negroponte

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-László Barabási

Should We Be Teaching Optimism? by Dr. Doug Green

Token Ideas for Guest Speakers by Jenna Smith – If you need a high quality plaque check out EDCO Awards and Specialties.

Get It Done: The 21-day Mind Hack System to Double Your Productivity and Finish What You Start by Michael Mackintosh

All Children, Including Those with Learning Disabilities, Benefit from the Arts by Lillian Brooks

Seven Things That Can Spoil Your Relationship with the Students by Kate Khom

Hacking Project-Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy

Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

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