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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Common Core: A look beyond the branding - courtesy of ASCD

Common Core and Meta-cognition!  YUP!!  Worth a read.

The problem with the movement to adopt Common Core State Standards lies not in its message, but in its branding, Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes in this blog post. The standards, which require teachers to incorporate into their teaching the 4Cs -- critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication -- and require students to think about and contribute to content rather than just regurgitate it, are anything but common, adds Wolpert-Gawron as she urges teachers to look beyond the terminology and find the innovation.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mindfulness meditation for school leaders - Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

Here is an article for teachers and administrators alike.  We often focus outside of ourselves without focusing on ourselves to reserve our strength.  Enjoy!

The development of daily routines based on calm reflection are vital to help school administrators - and teachers - generate enthusiasm for their work while maintaining the internal poise necessary to do it well, write education consultants Kirsten Olson and Valerie Brown. In this commentary article, they offer four simple exercises they say can enhance teaching, learning and leading.