The Innovative Educator

It’s Class Load, Not Just Size, That Matters

The 2017 school year has launched for students across the nation and that is when questions from passionate and innovative educators begin on how to support student learning. One common thread is the reality that learning can not be anonymous. You must know your students. Or, as Jeff Bliss reminded us a few years back , you need to touch a student’s freakin heart before you can reach their minds

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A Common Sense Approach to Watching How Gender Stereotypes Impact Student Development

Educators know that when it comes to gender roles, the media can do a better job of promoting more positive, accurate gender representations that give kids the freedom they need to be themselves. Parents agree. According to a study done by Common Sense, they are concerned about what their children see in the media.

5 Qualities Parents Want for Role Models

Here is what the Common Sense

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#XQLive Brought to You By @XQAmerica - Thoughts from an Innovative Educator

Following the airing of XQ: The Super School Live program my social media feed blew up a bit with comments  from my educator friends on threads like this one. The program featured a project spearheaded by Lauren Powel Jobs (aka Steve's window) and Russlynn H. Ali, who served as the Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights during the Obama administration. The show was a joint

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The 3 Hottest Posts on The Innovative Educator

Haven’t
been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this
wrap up is for. 

What’s hot? Starting
the school year off right!

At the top is a post
that points to the 4 crucial skills to teach as students head back to
school. Next up is post that shares back to school ideas with free lessons from Lego. 

Rounding out the top
is a checklist for effective

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#NYCSchoolsTech Educators Discuss #BackToSchoolNYC Ideas on Tonight's #NYCSchoolsTechChat

What are your back to school ideas for students and professional learning? Join us tonight to discuss with other teachers the best back to school tips, tricks, and strategies that you can put into practice this school year.

#NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon (@eileen_lennon) moderates with me throwing in my two cents.

You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to

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#BacktoSchoolNYC Lessons from An #NYCSchoolsTech Educator: Onboarding for A Successful 1:1 Implementation

Ever wonder what it takes to successfully prepare for back to school in a building where there is a 1:1 iPad implementation? Llianna Villegas opened the doors to PS 96 in Manhattan to show exactly how this works at her school.  The school is a part of the Verizon Innovative Learning program which works in partnership with Digital Promise to provide all middle school students with iPads that can

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Teach Students These 4 Skills to Start #1st5days of The Year Off Right

Check out #1st5Days on Twitter
to see how others start their school year.

While some schools have been in session since early August, teachers in my district, New York City, are just gearing up for the start of the year. They are eager to put into place ideas to start the year off right. Ed tech leader Alan November, suggests setting the tone for powerful, engaging, and self-directed

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#BacktoSchool Ideas from @LEGO_Education for #Students Who Like To Play & Make Stuff

Ed tech leader Jackie Patanio
& I building Emoticons.

Imagine that when students come back to school, rather than telling them to take out a book, read chapters 1 & 2 and answer the questions at the end of each chapter, instead you invited them to play and make stuff.  And, what if this stuff was all standards aligned and paired with the assessments that make some administrators happy?

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A Common Sense Approach to Talking to Students About Charlottesville

When difficult news and events take place in our world, it stands to reason that difficult topics may work their way into the classroom. Unfortunately educators don't have much training on how to best approach such situations with students. 

Thank goodness for Common Sense...
Education that is. 

When difficult events take place like the horrific display of hate in Charlottesville, Virginia

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Checklist for Effective PD

Having great content is important when delivering a professional learning opportunity but it is not enough. What is also important is to ensure opportunities are well organized and leave participants feeling they got exactly what they came for.  

Here are some considerations, followed by an explanation of each, that will enable you to accomplish just that.

Before:

Invite

Send out

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