What I found this week on Twitter and through my google reader:
I'm starting out the next couple "5 for Friday's" with a couple interesting statements from Lyn Hilt's blog, if you want to read ahead the complete list is here: http://principalposts.edublogs.org/2010/11/18/now-i-know/ I though it'd be nice to pull them out individually and focus on one or two at a time.
Lyn's thoughts: I use to think, Now I know…
I used to think students should sit in rows. (Made it harder for them to chit chat while I was imparting wisdom on them.) Now I know they should sit…stand…hang…together. (Makes it easier for them to talk and learn from one another.)
I used to think I needed to cite standards in my lesson plans. (This handy-dandy cheat sheet will help me quickly identify standard 2.1!) Now I know we should evaluate the standards, using them to guide instruction, yet allow students to pursue their passions. (What does this learning mean for you, children?)
In praise of the right praise: STOP saying “You’re Smart!” (This is STILL really hard for me.)
Top searches of 2010 - Some of these are just sad...
Where do good ideas come from, and How can we create an environment to promote good/bad/innovative ideas? (yes I said promote bad ideas…You have to be able to promote the bad ones to be able to discuss the ramifications/results of poor decisions, hence learning)
3 ways to mix/mash-up and cut You tube videos
This is a great site that is basically a giant FAQ database on everything tech. There are topics on the Internet, Hardware, Files and Sharing, Email, Images, Chat and Classroom Management. When you choose your topic there is a list of common questions that teachers or other tech users might ask.
Video of the week:
The The impotence of Proof reading - By the AMAZING Taylor Mali