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Authentic Teacher Podcast
8 minutes | Nov 2, 2018
Mary Robinson on "What we expect from Americans" | Human Rights and Climate Justice
Listen to the full episode here. As an educator I feel it's essential we teach children more about the positive women voices in government and the world. I wrote my book about Jeannette Rankin when attending the University of Montana and in a class on American Government found the list of females we studied extremely short and should include women like Hilary Clinton, Eleanor Roosevelt and Jeannette Rankin and my professor called her a flake. I was bound and determined to prove him wrong. Finding few books on Jeannette Rankin at the time, I went on a quest to create my own book and in 2006 it was complete. You can read it here if you're interested. Maybe some soon day I will write a book about Mary Robinson. Here's an essay she wrote in 2005 that I shared with my Organic Gardener Podcast audience. I had to share it too. This is my get out the vote post for today! Let me know what you think. To me the goal of being a teacher ~ an authentic teacher is to share your passions with your children. Human Rights is one of my passions. Mary Robinson on "What we expect from Americans" | Human Rights and Climate Justice
13 minutes | Nov 1, 2018
Earth Day Play | Get Out the Vote | Our Congress at Work | Senator Gaylord Nelson
Here's a little inspiration for you to get out to vote and teach your students about some good things going on in our government. This is my get out the vote Earth Day Play. If you would like a copy shoot me an email, I'll try to get it up on TPT. But I feel it's important to know the history of one of our most influential Senators, someone who courageously worked to protect our environment and he's the reason we have an Earth Day. I thought you might like to share this with your students. They can make paper plate puppets, of course I have paper Mache puppets I use in my theater, or you can even just read the script together. I feel like this play really illustrates the good things our government officials do! Senator Gaylord Nelson wanted to protect our natural resources and came up with the idea to create the first Earth Day back in 1970s to help children learn how to protect the planet. He was worried about detergents in the lakes and rivers of his beautiful Wisconsin and also to prevent the spread of DDT. I found it was often more engaging for my students to read something if they felt they had a part. I think it's inspiring how our government can work together and pass legislation to make our world a better place. Hope you enjoy it and remember get out and vote!
22 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
Bonus Episode: an interview on Authentic Teaching with Jackie Beyer on the Sunshine Parenting Podcast
Audrey Monke from Sunshine Parenting Blog and Podcast shares her knowledge and expertise of working with camp counselors and helping find student and child strengths for parents on the audioblog! We talked about Focusing on Student Strengths, based on Audrey's post 4 Ways to Focus on Our Kids’ Strengths! On Episode 58 Audrey interviewed me about the Authentic Teacher website and podcast my goal as an experienced educator who is enthusiastic and passionate about helping teachers engage students and make learning more connected and applicable to “real life.” https://authenticteacher.com/blog/
42 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
Focus on Student Strengths | ATP interview 05 | Sunshine Parenting blog/podcast | Audrey Monke
Audrey Monke from Sunshine Parenting Blog and Podcast shares her knowledge and expertise of working with camp counselors and helping find student and child strengths for parents. https://authenticteacher.com/
28 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
10 tips I wish I knew as a First Year Teacher | Authentic Teacher Audioblog Episode 18
10 tips I wish I knew when I first started teaching way back in 2003 or even sooner! https://authenticteacher.com/
10 minutes | Oct 5, 2018
Facebook Fridays 06 | Authentic Math Challenge #1 | Halloween Candy Math
So today I am going to challenge you to come up with an authentic math challenge for your students this weekend to post in your Facebook Group. If you don't already have a Facebook Group for your parents you can post it wherever you communicate on your school's website, in email or even send it home in the newsletter or a print version for homework. Authentic Math Challenge #1 You can use one of these challenges or you can create your own. So along with our October Halloween theme I am posting this challenge that is based on these bags of candy I found on amazon. MARS Chocolate Favorites Fun Size Candy Bars Variety Mix 33.9-Ounce 60-Piece Bag for $9.94 (29¢/oz) or MARS Chocolate and More Favorites Halloween Candy Variety Mix 95.1-Ounce 250-Piece Bag (23¢/oz..) Whatever grade you teach there are tons of lessons you can do around Halloween Candy. Kindergartners can sort candy into piles of 5 or ten. They can add one more, or take away one less. First graders can do basic subtraction. If I go trick-or-treating and I get 15 candies, and I eat one how many will I have left? Second graders can practice making piles of even and odds. Students could create maps of even and odd street where they will trick or treat. Third graders can work on multiplication, building arrays of candy they collected when they were trick-or-treating or drawing blocks where they would go. Fourth graders can work on dividing bags of candy. Deciding what to get for a class party. If they get a bag with 60 pieces how many will each student in the class get or if their mom is going to make snacks for the class how many grape eyeballs will they need to buy? Fifth graders can compare bags of candy figuring out how many ounces will each child get if there are 60 pieces for $9.94 or 250 pieces for $21.90 which is a better deal? They can practice rounding, working with decimals, decide how much is the candy per ounce. They could even practice persuasive writing by adding an opinion piece in explaining why someone should buy which bag of candy. Sixth graders can plan a carnival and work with a budget to create all sorts of problems. How much should tickets cost. What are the prizes? If there’s a bake sale how much do ingredients cost? Apple Math Could you go to the store and take a picture of the apples and talk about if we did a bobbing for apples carnival booth how much would that cost? Can you take a picture of the candy choices at your local supermarket? Pumpkin Math How about the price of pumpkins? How much do pumpkins weigh per pound, if you only have $10 how many pumpkins can you buy? What's the largest pumpkin you can buy? Party Snacks If you did the Facebook Challenge last week and picked out some healthy snacks for parents to bring in for your class party have students figure out the cost of ingredients for your favorite snack, how much are bananas or strawberries to make Cat-in-the-Hat fruit kabobs? So I hope this was helpful today and you are starting to see how easy it is to create an authentic math challenge for your students each weekend. Get your Facebook Friday Cheat Sheet 06 Join our Facebook Group Here I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Please support my site by purchasing a product from the Amazon today by clicking on the link.
31 minutes | Oct 4, 2018
Project Based Learning | TeachThought Podcast | Drew Perkins
Drew Perkins is the Director of Professional Content at TeachThought and We Grow Teachers and host of the TeachThought Podcast which specializes in TeachThought PD which is on a mission to answer the Question: How can we help teachers and schools innovate and grow their practice to better prepare students for the modern world?https://authenticteacher.com/
13 minutes | Oct 3, 2018
Halloween Poetry Challenge | Granny • The Jabberwocky | Trick Or Treat
Listen to the Audioblog episode here. For me October and Halloween is all about poetry. I know I talked a lot about decorations etc on the Facebook Friday episode but I am going to challenge you to have a poetry theme for the month of October. Halloween Poetry Granny ~ read by me first and then at the end you can actually here my mom read it. The Jabberwocky and then there's a poem from the poetry foundation about school I think you will love. Check out these other great poems from their site. I hope I have inspired you to embrace Halloween Poems in your classroom because it's a great time to build authentic learning into your classroom using your authentic voice. Don't worry about your students laughing at you as you read these poems, they will love your voice. Trick Or Treat Bags Also, I always had these little trick or treat bags I found at the thrift store when I first moved to Montana and so when you come to my house on Halloween you have to do a trick to receive a treat. I would also bring these into school and share at grade level or leadership team meetings or just with other teachers in my school. So fun! Some trick ideas are: Cackle like a witch, howl like a wolf, say boo like a ghost, dance like a skeleton, hoot like an howl. I would also have jokes or riddles and then some blank ones that just say treat! Here's some great sites with jokes for kids: Halloween Humor Halloween Jokes Spooky Kids Jokes Halloween Traditions So my challenge to you is to create a poetry theme for October and inspire your students to enjoy the many fun rhymes of the season and to create some rhymes or poems of their own! If you have ever had kids you know they love to do Halloween related projects any time of year! What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? learn more at https://authenticteacher.com/
13 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
Holiday Help | Parties • Themes • Decorations • Nutritious Snacks | Facebook Friday Episode 05
We all know Halloween is just around the corner and you have enough to do. I challenge you to embrace your parents and follow these tips for easier and funner celebrations this year. https://authenticteacher.com/fbf05
34 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide To Differentiation |Authentic Teacher Interview 03 Part II with Author and Student Voice Advocate John McCarthy, EdS
John McCarthy EdS shares his knowledge and passion for authentic teaching, student voice, differentiation, and even video games like League of Legends to help students learn and become digital citizens in the 21st century. www.authenticteacher.com
24 minutes | Sep 23, 2018
Motivated Minds | Authentic Learning for Increasing Motivation Part I | Audioblog Episode 17
For the next few episodes of the Audioblog we are going to talk about my new favoritest book by Deborah Stipek, PhD and Kathy Seal Motivated Minds: Raising Children to Love Learning This book is written for parents but I think this is just the essence of Authentic Teaching. Today we are going to discuss chapter one. One of the things she talks about is, encourage your child's interests and passions outside of school. What I love about this is she talks about adults and how they got their start. She talks about a professor at Stanford who's daughter passion for geology that she for from trips she and her husband organized to the Natural History museum and she became a petroleum engineer. She discusses nurturing your child's interests outside of school because in school, they frequently have fewer choices, told what, how, and when they will learn and it is often graded and assessed which can hurt their motivation. Direct Experience This is the ultimate authentic teaching. https://authenticteacher.com/
11 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Paper Bags, Classroom Supplies and more | Facebook Friday Episode 04
How Parents can help you in the classroom. One thing, we got new curriculum books and I put a call out for paper bags and even could a parent come help the students cover them. We had gotten new curriculum so we had 3 text books each students needed to cover them, so we needed a lot of paper bags to cover those. It was a challenge for me to cover all those books and get my work done. I thought I could maybe do it during the beginning of the years when we are doing all the pre-assessments, phonics screeners, etc, learning what skills are in your classroom. I assess! I assess! I assess! Collecting data, data, data, assessing, assessing, assessing, and I thought it I could get all those covers on the books then while I was working at the back, if the students had finished their independent book decorating their textbooks would be a great way for students to: identify it easier Be more excited to take it out, like it more because they had decorated it So it was so helpful to post in the Facebook group a call for paper bags. Did every kid bring a paper bag? No. Did some kids bring in a paper bag full of paper bags? YES! Just what I needed! So I got enough books to cover all the books in my classroom to cover all our books by putting a simple post on Facebook! I know you might think I don't want one more thing to do, creating a Facebook Group, but I truly believe it will help you not only build relationships with your parents but it will help you by getting parents involved. A lot of parents want to help, they feel guilty cause they don't have a lot of time, maybe they don't have money. Paper bags, easy, doesn't cost anything, we have a grocery store that only uses paper bags so lots of members of the community have them. Here are some more suggestions: Olds socks for dry erasers so you are not wasting tissues etc, recycled plastic bags to send things home with students who don’t have backpacks or forgot their backpack, plastic containers, books for your classroom library students have outgrown, seating options for a nook, magazines, newspapers, Get your Facebook Friday Cheat Sheet 04 Join our Facebook Group Here I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Please support my site by purchasing a product from the Amazon today by clicking on the link.
42 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide To Differentiation | Intentional Differentiation and Authentic Learning | Authentic Teacher Interview 03 Part I with Author and Student Voice Advocate John McCarthy, EdS
Author and Student Voice Advocate John McCarthy, EdS shares his views on Intentional Differentiation and Authentic Learning by using an Authentic Audience. https://authenticteacher.com/blog/
15 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
My Child Has Dyslexia Now What? | Audioblog Episode 16
Has your child just been diagnosed with Dyslexia? Are you wondering if your child has a reading difficulty? Do you have students in your room who have dyslexia and you're not sure how to meet their needs.
7 minutes | Sep 16, 2018
Giraffe • Eagle • Bear | Tapping and Calming in the Classroom | Audioblog Episode 15
So, I have been meaning to talk about this and a teacher posted in a Facebook Group this morning reminding me how many teachers might benefit from this tip. One year I realized about 1:45 in the afternoon, right after my students returned from specials and they were antsy and I was focused on my math lesson I would get extremely frustrated. So I set my alarm to a calming song, Taylor Swift's Breathless and when I went to shut it off I would see the words: Giraffe • Eagle • Bear A giraffe has the biggest heart. And I would picture the heart between his big ears at the top of his tall neck and remember how much I love my students. Then I would picture an eagle and I would imagine I was soaring around the ceiling and looking at my students wondering who needed what? Finally I would imagine me giving my students a bear hug or whatever it was it seemed they needed at the moment. I probably did all of this in the time it took me to switch off the alarm, but the music calmed me and made our afternoons flow better. https://youtu.be/8G8CeVkEmGk I know I came up with this tip right about when we read the book Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs I will do a full blog post on how we used this book down the line. https://youtu.be/zblIQKR456E We had just read the book Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs. Do you have a tip that helps you stay calm during the long school day? I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com
11 minutes | Sep 16, 2018
Technology Love or Hate? What does the class of 2018 think?
So this weekend (technically I wrote this last spring but I just am posting it finally today) I went to portfolio day at the High School. It's one of my favorite days of the year because the students always inspire me! They are so young and full of energy and life! Portfolio Judge Anyway, the students present a portfolio and there are 3 judges in the room who give them scores and comments. We are given a list of 28 questions like What's a book that influenced you? If you could change your high school what would it be? Describe an excellent teacher? If you were president what would you do? But one question surprised me this year: What is one of the biggest challenges for your generation and what would you do about it? What surprised me is how many students said technology, students who didn't know how to disconnect, and many were against it altogether. This tells me we need to teach our students how to use technology properly. Facebook for Kids For years I have wanted to develop a Facebook for kids. One for my students. My private Facebook group for parents is well liked and helps parents keep up on what is going on in the classroom. Teaching Technology for the 21st Century Learner I think teaching students and helping them navigate the wide world web safely and properly is what teachers in the 21st century need to strive for. I feel like if we taught them how to build connections in the outer world they wouldn't have time for bullying. Why would you possibly waste time on negative comments if you were too busy sending out positive comments and building connections with like minded people. Head Start I did spend 2 years at Head Start where they constantly told me your too teacher directed. Let the children choose... But ever since I returned to the regular classroom all I hear is you let the students choose too much. Make the choices for them. Don't ask them, tell them you're the teacher.... But why? Is it because I was born in the middle of the summer of love outside of NYC I feel my students should question authority or follow their instincts? I feel that they can come up with student directed projects? Check out this new podcast I just found that focuses on Project Based Learning I feel like education moves like a snail and it frustrates me to no end. This is the 21st century and I feel like this site might be dedicated to my mom but the podcast will be dedicated to Steve Jobs inventor of the iPad with a dream of revolutionizing education. I might be crazy but I have dreamed for years now of Amtrak cars full of students traveling the country, iPad in Hand, smart board in the front and students completing a semester on the rails. Sometimes I think I should just write a book kind of like Harry Potter but on the US rail system.... Haha What's your authentic education dream? Please comment below or share with me on Facebook or Instagram!
9 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Best Classroom Facebook Group Posts | Facebook Fridays for Teachers Episode 03
Thanks for joining us on 52 Facebook Tips for Teachers! Our Facebook Friday! We're already up to episode 03, I talked about starting a Private Secret Facebook Group for Parents, I talked about the power is in the comment but I also read what I had for an opening for my Authentic Teacher Facebook Group. I would encourage you to get your group up and started, either on Facebook or Bloomz, or in Google Classroom or where ever you are going to host a group and start building positive relationships with your parents and families today! Today I am going to talk about what to post in your group. Back To School So it's back to school time, so you can post all sorts of information about Back To School Night, an open house, what your new schedule will be, activities going on around the building! Field Trip Coming Up So here's an example of what I would do for field trip notifications. I would start by writing my newsletter including the information, and attach a permission slip that they need to sign. But as we know students have activities after school, they go to the track, they leave the permission slip on the bus at the football field. Be Positive I always see teachers complaining I've sent it home 3Xs how can I make sure it comes back. I can't remember where I saw it, if it was Angela Watson I think in one of her books or podcast episodes, that one thing you don't want to do is get upset about a parent who doesn't return the forms. Just email them a copy, send home another one, make it easy. You never know what is going on in their lives, give them some grace and think the best. So here's a great example. If you post the permission slip in the Facebook Group they can just handwrite their own on a piece of notebook paper or stationary. As long as it has their signature and all the important information. I had a lot of parents text me they had permission to go, we would take a lot of walking field trips to the bank, library, museum, college anywhere we could get to. Anything you can do to help with picture day. IDK how many times parents have come up to me to hand me money with their child all dressed up, everyone's excited and proud. Make those moments extra special. It won't reach everyone Like I said, it won't reach everyone, I will have parents that aren't on Facebook or don't have technology or wifi access at home. I still send home paper copies of notices to everyone, but if you have a class of 20-30 students and you reach 17 or 21 of them that's huge! I hope you have joined a Facebook Group in some topic you like there are Facebook Groups on everything from knitting to how to build a photography business, to equestrian yoga, to Gardening for Realtors! Tons of Facebook Groups on teaching! Maybe you're not ready to host your own group but you want to join someone else's group. I think if you join a group you will see why people like Facebook so much. I can't say enough about Facebook then I feel like part of what gave me the courage to actually go to Paris was being in a Facebook Group full of people who were in Europe and we actually had to create a mastermind within the first 48 hours of taking the class and it was an international group so we had someone in almost every time zone in our group. There was a woman in California, and me on MST, and someone in Pennsylvania and a guy in Norway or England or a Scandinavian country, and a guy in Singapore who I am still friends with so his daughter would Skype with my class and one in the Philippines. One of the women was going to Italy for a wine tasting and we talk about going back together. I encourage you to join a Facebook Group I love them, I hope you do. If you are looking for a great one for teachers I can't recommend Angela Watson's enough, she only takes people in January and July so get on her list now. Get your Posting To Facebook Groups for Teachers Cheat Sheet 03 Join our Facebook Group Here I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Please support my site by purchasing a product from the Amazon today by clicking on the link.
18 minutes | Sep 12, 2018
Developing Leadership, Teamwork and Confidence in the Classroom | Discovering Student Strengths
Pattie Armbrister explains how to build confidence by focusing on students strengths while developing leadership and teamwork skills at the same time. https://authenticteacher.com/
24 minutes | Sep 10, 2018
Teachers on Fire | Focus On Your Strengths | Superhero eduNATION | Audioblog Episode 13
Why should you focus on your strengths? StrengthsFinder2.0 My five strengths are: Achiever Futuristic Learner Ideation Intellection Achiever People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive. Futuristic People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future. Learner People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them. Ideation People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. Intellection People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. IDK what name we will come up with this audience, I call my Organic Gardener Podcast listeners Green Future Growers, and I also have a thing for Rockstar Millennials, which I am sure many of you are but I don't want to call teachers' rockstar teachers. I always think of teachers as SuperHEROES so maybe SuperHero Nation? Superhero eduNation? I thought this was interesting because I am certainly into teaching, and learning and visions for the future. I read this book by Barbara Sher called Refuse to Choose: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the LIfe and Career of Your Dreams that works well for me. And also Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic says don't require your creativity to support you, at least not before it's ready. And by FOCUS I mean Follow One Course Until Success PLEASE THANK John Lee Dumas for this amazing acronym. Because Your Unique Strengths Help You Perform At Your Best From the Clifton Strengths Assessment Website: "They know that the CliftonStrengths assessment is essential for empowering people to set and achieve their goals and accomplish great things. People who know and use their CliftonStrengths are: 6x as likely to be engaged at work 7.8% more productive in their role 3x as likely to have an excellent quality of life 6x as likely to do what they do best every day It isn’t until people know what makes them talented and unique that they know how to perform better in their job. Or how to find one that’s a better fit. And to build better relationships and be a better teammate. And to feel like they’re improving, every single day." StrengthsFinder2.0 So how do you FOCUS on your STRENGTHS? Dr. Alice Boyer wrote in Psychology Today that you can take this simple actionable step today to start focusing on your strengths. She says make a T-chart listing your strengths and 1-2 of your weaknesses and then start connecting them showing how you can use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses. When I was a teacher I always felt like I was awful at classroom management. I felt like I could have an MBA in Classroom Management theory but putting the things into practice successfully was a challenge. Then I met my most recent principal who I called the Teacher Whisperer. Teaching Strengths She made me see that I had a lot of management strengths. I was: organized I knew the curriculum inside out a stickler to the schedule a data junkie good at making anchor charts reflective willing to work harder then anyone on the staff posted my expectations and reviewed them daily using a timer consistent at using sharing sticks Teaching Weaknesses My weakness were really discipline, confusing choral answering with blurting, and holding students accountable. So I could use my strengths - creating anchor charts and posting expectations to write specific steps on the board to help students see what I wanted them to do in each moment. Take out your notebook and pencil Have your textbook on your desk Open to page 245. Fold your hands. Get Visual Usually I would just give these directions orally and then wonder why 2 minutes later students were still asking "IDK what to do?" or "What page are we on?" Instead of getting frustrated and repeating myself I could simply point without interrupting my flow and reduce the need to discipline a student who was probably just day-dreaming about last night's ball game or why his parent missed his big basket when I was telling students what page we were on. This also helped me hold them accountable because if they did not have the 3 things listed on the board accomplished within the allotted time frame (I usually counted down from 220-200) then I could follow the discipline plan and apply consequences. Expectations That Are Understood Students knew what was expected, I knew what was expected and everyone understood what would happen if everyone wasn't on the correct page. I would also award bonus stars to students who were correctly prepared so they could earn a treat or something at the end of the day/week. If the entire class was quietly ready, students could earn a point towards a class party. SPY PARTY Another thing I struggled with was getting the students to clean the room. I would end up picking up pencils, papers, etc at the end of the day before the custodian came. She said I wasn't holding them accountable and I should get them to work as teams, assign different tasks, etc. It wasn't until I created a anchor chart on the wall that it finally worked (and it took me all year to figure out the chart). I couldn't believe how the students would clean the room. We tried, red team does front of the room, blue back, green under desks, it never worked. We tried racing the buzzer. Didn't work for more then a day. We tried putting the pick up the paper song on the Apple TV that I recorded them singing in the music room which also only the first day. Success But once I came up with this chart it worked for the rest of the year, students seemed to think it was fair and they could look at it themselves or the teacher helper could read it out loud for everyone. This helped our classroom feel tidier, students feel more successful when the principal came and commented on a cleaner classroom, and gave them the confidence they could do it. Core Content Weaknesses My last example is about teaching core content. I cringe when I hear teachers say, I hate math, fractions confuse me, I don't like teaching math. For me the subject was science, even though I could probably have a minor in science from college for all the botany and forestry classes I took (I love trees and wildflowers) doing experiments in the classroom, or explaining how magnets or gravity works gives me the willies. But I had several students who excelled at science and they really loved it. So, I came up with the position of grad assistant. The grad assistant would help me with a lot of tasks like creating bulletin boards, tutoring poor performing students (and boy did this help her learn as well) and putting together the science labs for the week. She would prep the materials, organize the supplies, and clean up at the end. She would even study the teacher's manual and write the notes on the board for students to copy. I gave her a special desk and she was so proud to be the graduate assistant her confidence grew exponentially. Of course I still had to do most of the teaching but it freed me up to monitor the classroom more while she gained from sharing her knowledge and the extra studying she did preparing. Finally Here's a good article from Forbes that talks about not just focusing on your strengths but focusing on just one or two Strengths and really fine tuning your skills. Someone asked on Quora Is it better to focus on your strengths or on your weaknesses? Answer by Auren Hoffman, former LiveRamp CEO, on Quora. "The best improvement strategy is to focus not just on your strengths ... but on just 1 or 2 strengths. Focus, focus, focus on making your strongest traits even stronger. Especially once you are over 30 and you have more of a clear assessment of your skills and abilities.... but ... he says you could grow much greater by focusing on just 1-2 strengths and getting even stronger. The most successful people in the world (think Bill Clinton and Steve Jobs) have glaring weaknesses ... and it is unclear if they ever seriously worked on those weaknesses. Would they be better if those weaknesses went away? Of course. But then they might not have focused as much effort on their strengths. If you are a terrible public speaker but great at communicating by writing, then focus on getting even better at writing. Strive to become the clearest writer in the world. Take really hard concepts and clearly state them. Don't succumb to pressure from your coworkers, friends, etc. to get a speaking coach and spend hours becoming a better public speaker. Focus instead on what you are already naturally talented at go from good to great. Two books I have to mention here are Good To Great by Jim Collins and also Hitting Your Stride by Nan Russell Does this mean we can just ignore our weaknesses? NO of course not. But you can move farther ahead by using your strengths and focusing on what you are good at instead of constantly beating yourself up for not fixing your weaknesses. There are always going to be things you are not great at, do your best at those but really try to improve your strengths and expand on them to reach true success. Teachers on Fire I'd love to know what your strengths (and/or weaknesses) are and how you use them in the classroom. You can connect with me on Instagram or Facebook So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation by John McCarthy Join our Facebook Group Here I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to prov
11 minutes | Sep 7, 2018
The Power is in the Comment FULL EPISODE | Simple Proactive Relationship Building with Parents | Facebook Fridays for Teachers Episode 02
Authentic Teacher Podcast The Power is in the Comment | Simple Proactive Relationship Building with Parents | Facebook Fridays for Teachers Episode 02 Thanks for listening! If you didn't listen to episode one launching your Facebook Group you might want to go back and check it out as I talk about why I started Authentic Teacher in the first case when I ran into a parent from an earlier class and she said "I miss you, I miss your Facebook Group, I miss your weekend math challenges!" I also talk about how I didn't get Facebook until I was working at Apple and I would watch all the kids (yes, I call them kids even though most of them were in grad school) in the lunchroom/training room on Facebook and be like what are they doing? I just don't get it until I joined a secret private Facebook group and it was like oh, now I get it and I've loved Facebook ever since. I love Facebook Groups I'm in hundreds of Facebook Groups I think like close to 200+ Gardening groups, podcasting groups, teaching groups, hiking groups. I mean I got to hike over Siyeh pass for my 49th birthday in Glacier Park thanks to a Facebook Group I never would have done that otherwise! I started the Facebook Fridays on the Authentic Teacher Podcast because of one of my parents. So I did find my rules I posted when I started my group: My description I used when I launched my Parent Facebook Group: Welcome to our Classroom Facebook Group. This group is open to parents/guardians and teachers of students in our classroom. I will post what we are doing in school, homework and important dates and activities. I will only post pictures of students who’s parents have signed a permission slip. Otherwise we will stick to pictures of artwork and the room or activity etc. Please make sure to share helpful resources and positive messages :~) And that's it. Nobody ever said a mean word to someone else in the classroom. No one ever complained, I did have one parent who unjoined and ended up back in there by the end of the year, but I will tell that story down the line it had to do with spelling words. The Power Is In the Comment By that, I mean, I feel like we could really combat bullying. This is another reason I am so passionate about Authentic Teacher, and the whole Technology Facebook thing. If our kids are using social media correctly that alone should combat bullying because there wouldn't be time, there wouldn't be a reason for it, because you would be connecting with other kids your age that liked you and were like you. It would be a way to reach out. Facebook has really changed my life, especially the podcasting ones but also the podcasting ones of other podcasters I belong to but also very much my organic gardener podcast group made up of my listeners. Podcasting has changed my life the most. It's the connections we make and we meet on Facebook! I meet my listeners there, the other guests there, the other podcast hosts, so I am just a huge fan of Facebook groups. I believe the paid ones are the best and up the caliber of participant and engagement. So the Power is in the Comment You always want to be making positive comments that have a little detail. It's great to post basic things like "You go bro, or yo go girl!" all the time, yes, do I comment nice! or smiley face plenty too! Even liking things people appreciate that, but if you can go one step further and add one significant detail and put an entire sentence in somebody's post the power of that comment will go so much further. I feel like we need to teach our students these skills. THE POWER OF A COMMENT! I always like to start the day with a little journal prompt, it was during breakfast, it wasn't a mandatory thing or a big thing, but it enabled me to gage how they felt that day. Were they tired, were they hungry were they excited for football practice (heads up someone's gonna be distracted!) So what they did, I would put the journal prompt on the board, they only had to write one sentence, if they wanted to write more, I would have them put #s. I would put the hashtag on the board so if we were writing about our favorite color we would write #blue, or #rainbow or what sport would you play? #football #doubledutchjumprope or a good one was when we were working on presidents I put what club would you want to be president of? #chess or #4h or #horses or #football club. I would always add #howdoyoufeeltoday? I always wanted to know were they hungry? tired? Excited? and it gave them a private place to tell me. Idk how we got sidetracked on hashtags. The Power is in the Comment Can you make your parents feel extra special? Maybe they brought cupcakes, or SNACK?! a healthy snack or maybe they helped you prep a special activity for the kids, or accompanied you on a field trip? Any of the numerous things a parent can do, or maybe they are a specialist in your building? Maybe the health teacher went out of her way to watch them for five minutes for you or maybe he taught them a new dance step they loved! If you can say one extra nice thing, or complement you are modeling for your students, promoting positive messages in your building for your team. I hope you enjoyed Facebook Fridays and I am going to go through 52 Facebook Tips for Teachers and hopefully that will become some kind of ebook or course for you. Each week there will be a checklist or cheat sheet for you to download and help you have the best year ever! I hope you liked todays episode and let me know if I can do anything else to improve your year! One thing I will add here in the blog is that when I listened to this yesterday I thought about how important it is to be proactive in the classroom and having a group page that allows you to connect with parents is a great way to have positive interactions with your parents ahead of time. Get your The Power is in The Comment Facebook Friday Cheat Sheet 02 Join our Facebook Group Here I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Please support my site by purchasing a product from the Amazon today by clicking on the link. ©
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