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December 20, 2011

What changes could be made to the present management structure of ed to make it more effective for educators?

#Edchat 12 – 06 – 2011 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

Here is the link to the latest #edchat summary.  Thanks again to John @TestSoup.

Check out the links on this topic below.


Some great links were shared – here’s a selection:

@coreydahlevent: Gotta Share… Watch this video. It speaks to “powering down” & how we don’t want to! http://t.co/2cm2MKd7  #edchat

  @weisburghm:  Sclechtly has interesting ideas in Leading for Learning on school reform: http://t.co/E2QOvpVo  #edchat 

@NetSupportGroup: How to Rescue Education Reform – http://t.co/jsaHxoIN http://t.co/J0A7dOzO  #globaled

@weisburghm: McKinnsey had some great suggestions for how to improve the ed system: http://t.co/xZGfIrgA   #edchat

@coreydahlevent: Gotta Share… Watch this video. It speaks to “powering down” & how we don’t want to! http://t.co/2cm2MKd7  #edchat

@ShiftParadigm: @weisburghm @apospirit @MertonTech @DrThomasHo Hattie’s book Visible Learning provides valuable insights #edchat http://t.co/CR5GSYBO

September 3, 2010

How do teachers, experts in education, gain a voice in the education reform movement that targets them as a problem?

#Edchat  8-31-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST  


Effecting Educational reform


Tuesday’s #edchat was something different to say the least! Firstly it was invaded by ‘tech Gremlins’ (as described by @esolcourses) with both moderators experiencing twitter and connection problems. (Thank you to all those edchatters who stepped in to rescue the situation!) At first two topics were making the rounds – but things finally settled down and in true PLN-collaborative-form #Edchat forged ahead.   The task of  writing the summary this week has been valiantly undertaken by Jarrod Drysdale (@knackisms). Although not a teacher, Jarrod works in the field of education and technology so he gives us a bit of a birds-eye view on this topic! Thank you Jarrod for stepping up to the plate to provide the summary of what was one of the strangest #edchats to date! See Jarrod’s bio at the end of the post.   

 While #edchat participants are frustrated with having a target painted upon their foreheads, they’re still motivated and excited to participate in education reform. Educators want to shift the conversation to the positive and work together with the community to make necessary changes. Educators desire respect and trust, and are willing to do the hard work. Conversations made clear that teachers need to get more involved with current events and focus upon the big picture rather than just the scope of their individual classrooms. In addition, educators need to better inform the public, including politicians and parents, of the challenges they face.  

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:    

  ●        Teachers need to stand up and communicate the reality of what is happening in schools.  

 ●        Change the story to focus on all the positive achievements by educators.  

 ●        Teachers need to get involved with local elections and the press.  

 ●        Trust is critical among teachers, administrators, and parents.  

 ●        Teachers face a lot of negativity in the press, communities, professional circles, and politics.  

 ●        Learning is the responsibility of students, families and educators together.  

 ●        It’s difficult to define what makes a teacher effective, but teachers are best equipped to evaluate their peers.  

 Here is a selection of some of the comments:    

  @MissCheska:  I think first and foremost to affect change is to encourage transparency in what’s going on in our own classrooms #edchat  

  @baldy7:   #edchat if educators/teachers want to have a voice, they need to stand up and be heard. Too much being done to them!  

  @cybraryman1:   Educators have to educate the policy makers and get more say in their decisions. #edchat  

  @blairteach:   Tchrs also need to take a leaf from the PR handbook & publicize the INCREDIBLE things going on in sch; counter-programming to bad. #edchat  

  @tracymercier:  Even if we are tenured, when you do say no, disagree/stand up you are ignored (just shut up & do it) #edchat  

  @baldy7:   #edchat education is perceived as a noble field, but one that “anyone” could do. we allow the perception to exist.  

  @ImagineLearning:   I am seeing a general thread that the school-home connection is an important step to this issue #edchat  

  @tomwhitby:  How can we get local communities on brd with tchrs not even knowing what to address?If we don’t get it, how can we expect others to? #Edchat  

  @PeacefulSchools:  Communication between schools and families can often be a great struggle. #Edchat  

  @TheDSCWay:  Teachers are easy to attack because they are the most visible and people know what they are supposed to be doing (or think they do) #edchat  

  @rgallwitz:  What makes a great teacher? Results or relationships? #edchat  

  @lisamireles:   #Edchat how about by changing the story? Talk about teachers as the solution not the problem…  

  @Smichael920:   #edchat the more parents r involved in their chdns ed, the more respect they have 4 tchrs. Mayb more politicians should spend time in sch!  

  @JasonFlom:   Think globally, Elect locally. Teachers need to be involved in their local elections. Call out misrepresentations by candidates. #edchat  

  @JasonFlom:   Teachers need to write letters to ed, op-ed pieces, and other bits of opinion to balance one-sided representation. #edchat  

  @TheDSCWay:   If you haven’t taught, it is hard to imagine all of the competing directions teachers are pulled in. It is a hard job! #edchat  

  @leaguelearn:   Public clings to tests ’cause that’s what they know & remember, need to see rigorous alt assess in person – student led portfolios #edchat  

  @michellek107:   As educators, & more spec, teachers, we need to encourage local media to come see what we are doing WELL! Beyond test scores. #edchat  

  @davidwees:   Politicians need to stop thinking of education as a short-term objective and more of a long term investment in our well-being. #edchat  

  @michellek107:   As a teacher, I MUST help my community understand that students’ edu needs are different than they were 5, 10, 50 yrs ago. #edchat  

  To follow the complete discussion see here    

  For the stats on #edchat participation see here    

  As ever, there were some great links shared:   

 @ImagineLearning: Newsweek gives case study of PLB helping the “Creativity Crisis” http://bit.ly/dj6W1F  

 @Parentella I interviewed @vickysaumell about using Project Based Learning: http://edition.tefl.net/guest/vicky-saumell/  

 CoCreatr:  @blairteach teachers can #innovate around pressures through developing “growth mindset” http://bit.ly/97XJFN  via @jorgebarba  

 briankotts:  Teachers, public sharply divided on key issues | BostonGlobe http://bit.ly/dzu1F3  

 leahmacvie:  I think the best way to assert your voice is to start a movement. Blog, tweet, gain followers. http://bit.ly/aoeO8Y  

 getschooled: One student drops out of high school every 26 seconds (1.2 million/yr). http://ow.ly/2xlF0  

 andycinek:   What will you say on day one? http://bit.ly/bF7aJG  #edchat #edcamp #ntcamp [Day one is critical, and this is great! ^CB]  

 joe_bower:  I am listening to Richard Byrne’s Reform Symposium presentation on Back Channeling. http://bit.ly/bUO9zU  #abed #edchat  

moehlert: #TED must watch! “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds” by Temple Grandin http://bit.ly/8XReoV  via @rkiker @dcinc66 #edchat   

ImagineLearning:  Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything West wing cilp starts at 40 sec http://bit.ly/aOEkoo   

davidwees:  @MissCheska Read this article I wrote about comparison between education and other fields of study. Much clearer. http://is.gd/eNDD6  #edchat   

SkippingRobyn:  We all want to help students succeed, but being a HS teacher can be tough work! Are you up for the challenge? http://ow.ly/2xpq4  #edchat   

CoCreatr:  @blairteach that is the point. Check Professor Carol Dweck’s research in the video http://bit.ly/97XJFN after #edchat 😉   

mikeoconnor1982:  Tips for Engaging Your Audience (be it students or adults) http://t.co/qbJqjvI   

fullonlearning:  http://tinyurl.com/2utphxf “If everyone could educate, we could educate everyone” #edchat #gtchat   

briankotts:  Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers | Newsweek http://bit.ly/apGE8h  #edchat   

cybraryman1:  My Education Reform page of links: http://bit.ly/diXT0v  #edchat   

web20classroom:   Cool Prezi On Problem Based Learning: http://bit.ly/9R3Ojc  #jccstech #edchat   

MatthiasHeil:  Children can learn from bad teachers! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10590460   

ImagineLearning:  research shows that kids who have 2, 3, 4 strong tchers in a row will eventually excl Newsweek #edchat http://bit.ly/btRz5c   

davidwees:   The death of the amateur mathematician. Why it is critical to invest in education. http://bit.ly/9Nmc5a   

Smichael920:  Short post on sharing good news w/children, govs & staff (Every) Photo (tells a) Story: http://wp.me/pvUIF-57  #edchat this helps us   

JoHart:  Other TZs post http://bit.ly/92XdGs  wth overview & rec link recent Edublogs Webinar “Your PLN what’s in it for all of us!” #edchat   

blairteach: Yeah, the long-term PD thing is tough. PLP was huge for this. http://bit.ly/aG6w0f   

smartinez:  Focus on results can make children do worse, study finds http://bit.ly/9IaEcA  #edreform #edparadox #edchat   

ToughLoveforXhttp://ilnk.me/41c8 Syllabus: My fav” (so far) 4. How Do We Know What We (Think We) Know? #edchat   

LesLinks: Plse read @ljconrads new blogpost… excellent call to arms for US ed system.. http://bit.ly/aVwqgT  #edchat #elemchat #gtchat #gifted #teach   

LesLinks:  It has been really interesting & exciting to be here will come again!! more info on #gtchat at http://www.ingeniosus.net/gtchat  #edchat   

ImagineLearning:  just used BlastFollow to follow everyone from today’s #edchat http://bit.ly/9ZEKpu   

blairteach:  I’ve been using http://youtu.be/nBJV56WUDng  to show that the way we always do something may not be the best way to do it. #edchat   

davidwees: New blog post: Every educator should experience being a bad student. http://bit.ly/9BfPGP   

Jarrod Drysdale is a professional designer living in Denver. He recently built and launched a new web application called Knack For Teachers, and is emphatically devoted to assisting educators via technology. Jarrod has worked on everything from movie websites to digital advertising to financial software, all for national companies and household brand names. He’s decided education is where it’s at. Four of Jarrod’s immediate family members are educators. He blogs actively at the Knack Blog   


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August 29, 2010

Has Inclusion Been Effective? How Can We Tell?


8-24-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST 


We are very gareful to Christopher Rogers (@MrR0g3rs) for this week’s #Edchat summary. It wasn’t the easiest of topics as not everyone involved in the discussion had had personal experience of this type of teaching. I think you’ll agree it’s a job well done! Thank you :-). Christopher is a regular and enthusiastic contributer to #edchat and passionate about education and the role that social media can play. See  his bio at the end of the post.

As inclusion programs are adopted around the world it is important for us as educators to pause and reflect upon their effectiveness. The effectiveness of inclusion programs depend greatly upon a wide range of different elements. Once again it is clear that strong school leadership is essential for success. An inclusion program must be consistent and pervasive across the district, which is an impossibility without strong school leadership. Inclusion must be just as much about philosophy as it is about pedagogy, again something only effective school leadership can create. Part of this philosophy must be an unwaivering commitment to differentiated professional development for educators so that they have the training they need to be effective. If inclusion programs are implemented haphazardly school districts risk not only robbing the inclusion student of a quality education, but all of the other students as well.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  • There is some level of confusion about what inclusion actually is. Whether it is a matter of semantics, training or application, many of the people involved in this chat expressed confusion or disagreement about what inclusion means.
  • Like so many of the things we discuss, training and professional development were seen as of paramount importance. Some of the chat participants complained that they had not received proper training for a variety of reasons including lack of funds and lack of focus
  • For inclusion to be effective there has to be a pervasive policy that includes all school stakeholders.
  • We need to ensure that inclusion programs are not a detriment to other aspects of the class, including acceleration for gifted and talented students.

 Here is a selection of some of the comments: 

 @Aaron_Eyler: Effective inclusion is when you can’t tell who the “Inclusion teacher” is…. or the “inclusion students”

 @Parentella: What about students who are excelling, but can’t go farther because teachers teach down to them? Is that inclusion?

 @MZimmer557: sometimes inclusion classrooms might not include a certified. teacher but a CIA. is that still quality inclusion when a CIA is not “certified?”

 @Aaron_Eyler: Inclusion needs to be looked at as a continuum. More support for both excelling and struggling learners.

@Spyder0902: Effective inclusion programs must include a common planning time and true/authentic collaboration between Gen and Sp Educators.

 @4thGrdTeach: On paper I fully support inclusion, but without proper programs/support can be detrimental to rest of class

 @cybraryman1: Teachers need a lot of training if they have inclusion in their classrooms. Can’t just put these students in mainstream without it.

 @ShellTerrell: Do most inclusion programs prepare teachers adequately for the diversity of their learners’ skills? 

 @rickweinberg: @tomwhitby I will be honest. As a parent, my wife has questioned if my daughter will feel different if she is in an inclusion class.

 @skipvia: This is another “shoehorn” solution–mandating inclusion without thinking about the overall structure of instruction.

 @baldy7: ok, but we need to remove the cold, clinical, terms in our work with kids. It is the first steps to changing the culture.

 @thenewtag: It isn’t right, but when inclusion is forced on teachers who don’t buy in, the kids lose – ALL of the kids lose.

@NSRiazat: My experience has shown that sometimes some pupils don’t buy into it….even though it is there to support.

 @malcolmbellamy: it is about finding every child’s potential: we can do real harm if we treat children as unable or believe that they are.

 @MissCheska: @smapplegate Good perspective on remediation; it seems to have negative connotation for students. How to turn around?

 @W3iGHTLESS: Inclusion = philosophy not action it doesn’t mean ALL or nothing- it means what is best for the stdt to get the most of his/her ed.

 @ImagineLearning: I’ve observed programs focus on students who R closest 2 passing standards. Students far behind or ahead get less attention. 

@olafelch: @shyj I don’t know. My point was really that genuine conviction is equally (or more) important than training.

 @ thenewtag: @michellek107 We’ agree re: what SHOULD Be required. But reality is it’s not, so as a parent, I want my kid w/tchr who WANTS my kid! 

To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

 As ever, there were some great links shared:

malcolmbellamy: see Seymour Papert’s discussion about bored children being labelled S.N. http://vimeo.com/9106174

1TEACHER4edu: 14 ways to get to know your students #edchat #k12 https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_650dvtj3dgk

shamblesguru:  List of #edchat s on #shambles http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/infolit/tagging  what’s missing? #ukedchat #ntedchat #edtech

FrankinPA:  @ShellTerrell Here’s a link describing the NEST program. #edchat http://ow.ly/2u4BE

eshwaranv:  An interesting article on inclusion in classroom: http://bit.ly/9NSlIl

courosa:  Resource for the #edchat ‘ers today – ‘In My Own Language’ http://is.gd/eB1Ix  Read the description, watch the entire vid.

diferitdaregal:  Related to inclusion of students with SEN I need more parteners for comenius from #Germany #Spain #U.K More http://bit.ly/aLrX6b  #edchat

graphskill:  The #edchat Daily is out – read this Twitter newspaper on http://paper.li/tag/edchat  (247 contributions today)

butwait:  @rhianna @hacool Have y’all seen @cybraryman1 ‘s awesome list of edu-related chats? It’s here: http://bit.ly/educhats  #smchat #edchat

@joe_bower:  The Answer Sheet – How ed reformers push the wrong theory of learning http://bit.ly/9U0uYh

cybraryman1:  My Assistive Technology page: http://bit.ly/cLsURs

cybraryman1:  Scaffolding page: http://bit.ly/cfuptl Differentiated Instruction: http://bit.ly/bOWv96

LesLinks:  Interesting news about Khan Academy and Bill Gates http://tinyurl.com/23bgnhu

malcolmbellamy:  for a really excellent example of a brilliant teacher in a truly integrated class see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olUn4Si22Sg

ImagineLearning:  @adihrespati here is a case study of one of our inclusion students using technology to close the gap http://bit.ly/dgkClj

DaleHolt:  is this your definition? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusion

DUMACORNELLUCIA:   Project ,, Different, but equal ” partenership and collaboration between SEN students around the world http://bit.ly/9uBoZE

CoachGinsburg:  A practical and EFFECTIVE approach toward differentiating: http://bit.ly/cWco85

DUMACORNELLUCIA:  Contact me luciane_twining@yahoo.com if you want to join a comenius project for SEN students http://bit.ly/9uBoZE

Intel Reader adds a Portable, Accessible Reading Tool to a High School Committed to Learning Disabled Kids http://bit.ly/cOaGyv

elanaleoni:  Hey all – I discovered a pretty in-depth discussion about inclusion: http://bit.ly/ah7gKw

CoachGinsburg:  Heterogeneous groups are great for meeting diverse needs–provided you strategically assign them. http://bit.ly/9Cyky6

diferitdaregal:  Comenius project ,, Different, but equal ” fight again discrimination of SEN students #senchat #edchat http://bit.ly/aLrX6b

web20education:  The pln community for project for teachers begin to grow you still can join free #edtech20 #edchat http://bit.ly/9y8HTO

PAitken:  Are the summer holidays detrimental to student achievement/learning? http://bit.ly/abRpgP

coopsjd:  What makes kids do good work? http://bit.ly/d2RbMi

DUMACORNELLUCIA: Facebook group for inclusion of SEN students http://bit.ly/9FLro9

(#edchat topics seem to be getting a bit more jargon-y. IYO does this inhibit participation/learning?)

Christopher Rogers is a Language Arts and Theatre teacher in Morrisville, NY. He is also the technology coordinator/integration specialist for his district. Since beginning his education blog, EdTechSwami a little over a year ago he has become very involved in the social media teacher’s movement happening all over the world. Find him on Twitter, @MrR0g3rs.

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August 20, 2010

Are Staff Meetings Salvageable?


8-17-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST 


Thank you to Pernille Ripp (@4thGrdTeach) for this week’s #Edchat summary. This week’s topic was one that crops up often in #edchat and one which we all like to moan about!! Pernille has done a great job in condensing and encapsulating everybody’s thoughts on this, at times tricky, relationship within education. See her bio at the end which is, I must say, very modest – Pernille is a great asset to edchat and her blog is well worth a read!!

Being an avid fan and participant of #edchat, I was thrilled at first when I was asked to write this week’s summary of our noon conversation on August 17th; How can administrators better structure school meetings to be more productive?  And then when I realized what the topic was my joy quickly turned to dread.  After all, this was one of the most non-informative #Edchat’s I had participated in this summer.  I mean, how many ways can we really change how administration schedules meetings?  Besides, why would they listen to our ideas?  And yet, this thought was exactly why this was a valid conversation to have, particularly as most of North America is getting ready to return to school.  So I thought back to my own experience; as a novice teacher I was always excited about staff meetings, after all, these were meeting where our successes would be shared, professional development would be highlighted and stimulating conversation would be had.  3 years into teaching and I have become one of the outwardly shoulder-shruggers, eye-rollers, paper-doodlers and all around none-to-thrilled about the whole administration meeting.  In fact,  if you ever want to please the staff at my school you let them know that this week’s staff meeting has been cancelled.  So when does this change in excitement occur?  When did I go from doe-eyed meeting enthusiast to uninspired tuner-outer? 

    Turns out that I am not the only one so jaded by staff meetings and the sort, fortunately, I am not the only one either that wishes it would change.  As #Edchat has proven before; there are many of us that want to change the world; one conversation at a time.  The lackluster appeal of staff meetings is not my principal’s fault; I wish it was.  Then I could blame him and feel better about my own attitude towards them.  It is a staff effort to kill a professional meeting.  To do it you must have certain ingredients in place such as whispered conversations, lack of agenda, limited follow through, and overall stressful teaching days.  I do not think that any staff sets out to arrive here, but once at this dead-end destination, those staff meetings can be hard to resuscitate.  My staff went through somewhat of a revival last year, in which, more people took responsibility for our meetings and protocol was set.  This was a huge step in the right direction and something many #Edchatters expressed a hope for.  Now instead of getting away with bringing work, we are expected to be attentive and focused.  Instead of having side conversations, we are asked to be quiet and raise our hands to participate in the topic at hand.  Agendas are no longer cloaked in secrecy but rather shared and open to suggestions.  Time is now honored and my principal no longer, and never did, expect us to stay beyond the 45 minutes.  And yet, we are not there yet.  Staff meetings are still not celebrated or heralded as learning opportunities but viewed as yet another responsibility in our already overwhelming days.  In fact, this was a recurring theme in our #Edchat.  Many participants asked for time limits to be set so that they knew exactly how long the meeting would last.  They also asked for a chance at professional development from this time, and not from outsiders, but a chance for staff within their building to share something they were doing or learning.  We often discuss how little time we have to share, why not take the time at these meetings?  Many suggested keeping announcements out of staff meetings and sending them out via email instead; an idea I wholeheartedly agree with.  I would rather read about the new changes at school, particularly when it is not open for discussion, rather than have someone drone on about the why’s and how’s of it all.  One fantastic idea, was to create a backchannel for the meeting, whether using Facebook or Twitter, but providing some sort of means to give a running commentary while the meeting happened, much like you see happen during Elluminate presentations.  This would also work as a tool to draw all staff members in and for everyone to feel valued and listened to.  Although, this would be ideal for me, I am from a school where I am one of the only ones on Twitter.  So to convince a whole staff to not only join Twitter, to use it, and then to use it during staff meetings can seem like a mountain of obstacles and yet it does happen in schools.  How though is still being debated.

    So are staff meetings headed the way of the fax machine?  We still need them once in a while but really do we have to meet face-to-face?  I would argue that staff meetings are vital to a school’s success.  It is an instant read of how engaged its staff is, as well as how the climate is.  There is nothing that can beat a room full of staff members engaged in a conversation.  Yet the format is clearly not a success in most schools.  Many people mentioned the negative attitudes that would be brought into meetings and seemed rather desperate to quiet them.  And I agree, nothing can harm the morale of a staff more than one person’s negative outbursts.  The same can be said for when select few dominate the conversation, rather than making it a full staff discussion.  Technology, though, does provide us with some tools to create better learning environments, as we see in our classrooms.  However, just like in our classrooms we must take ownership of the meetings and create the type of environment we would like to be taught in.  We ask our students to do this ,so why is it as adults that we do not hold ourselves accountable?  Whether it be a back channel, a protocol or simply renewed energy; keep in mind that you are the controller of a staff meeting as far as  that your energy for that meeting is replicated and mirrored by those sitting around you.  So although we may feel haggard after another full day of teaching, bring that love of teaching and learning into your staff meeting and do not let other’s stop you either.  One person can make a difference as we all know, and you are not alone in wanting a better environment for staff overall.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  • Keep housekeeping items out of staff meetings and email them instead.
  • Create a backchannel for staff to be involved in
  • Make it a forum of professional development
  • Give staff choices in what they participate in
  • Adopt a protocol for proper meeting behavior
  • Keep negative attitudes out of meetings
  • Set a time limit for how long someone can speak to ensure equal opportunity for joining the discussion

Here is a selection of some of the comments: 

 With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.

@cpoole27:   Meetings could consist of admin/peers sharing in small groups what they have learned from their PLN and new ideas researched 
@miken_bu:   Start by only holding meetings when needed, not for info that can be given in other ways 
@Demerica:   Meetings should be differentiated and give teachers choices. Did this with PD time at my school this year with good results
@DeronDurflinger:   I think admin. meetings need to focus on learning instead of management stuff
@hblanton:   Don’t read things to staff members, give them the info ahead of time, then make the meeting a dialogue with specific goals. 
@cybraryman1:   Meetings & trainings should have a menu of choices for staff members after general staff announcements
@chris_reuter:   Most effective mtgs r when teachers/kids share what is going on and admin play a 2ndary role.
@TomWhitby:   Admins need to employ Tech to convey Management stuff in order to cocentrate on Learning issues for F2F Meetings.
@billgx:   A meeting consisting primarily of people tooting their own horn is usually not productive. #edchat 
@cybraryman1:   Meetings should follow the unconference structure where you can pick a session rather than being bored in general session #edchat 
@esolcourses:  lack of inclusion in the decision-making process can sometimes lead to disaffection 
@SuzanBrandt:   So excited that my administrators are referring to faculty meetings as “Learning Meetings”
@Nunavut_Teacher:   My principal gives teachers the opportunity at specific meetings to present on a topic they are passionate about. Love that.
@MissCheska:   Admin should set up standard that for every gripe there must be a solution offered, re: preventing gripes
@ColinTGraham:   Local schools must have faced or be facing similar issues/problems. Why not set up inter-school teams to discuss/ present/share?
@tomwhitby:   As in a class if you engage the participants of the Mtg they will pay attention.
@arosey:  Hard for some admin, but “control” of meeting must be given up. Let us talk and interact
@TomWhitby:   If a tchr entered a class w/o a plan to engage and teach the class, the Admin would be upset. Should we expect less of the admin? 
@patriciasmeyers:   Every voice must be respected in order for meetings to work 
@mritzius:  Meetings of larger groups should have a “Parliamentarian”, keeping the talk focused on topic and knocking people off soapboxes
@tomwhitby: Conducting a productive meeting should be a required skill of all admins. It needs to be modeled and taught. 


I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:

  • Does homework have a true benefit to learning?

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As ever, there were some great links shared:

web20classroom:  Awesome List From @cybraryman1 Of All Educational Chats on Twitter: http://bit.ly/cT3cyO

DeronDurflinger:  Sample of “faculty meeting” from my wiki http://bit.ly/ayD99m

hadleyjf:   “Tempering the Pull of the ‘Urgent” – Thoughts about multitasking and students: http://bit.ly/8GamLb

isteconnects:  New Post: A Brief Review of Course Management Tools for Educators http://bit.ly/9R1pE0

cybraryman1:  @DeronDurflinger Got to love Van Meter – THINK, LEAD and SERVE http://bit.ly/aCdHMx

ColinTGraham:  Since more and more schools seem to be turning into small businesses… http://bit.ly/bQK0YD  business meeting tips may help! #edchat

shamblesguru:  Screencast of #edchat happening live PART2 still unscripted, unrehearsed, unedited #shambles #edtech http://screenr.com/QR0

Nunavut_Teacher:  Keep the meeting on schedule. http://nextup.info/ #edchat

TwitClass:  @ImagineLearning Yes! @DeronDurflinger uses a wiki at #vanmeter http://bit.ly/ayD99m  #edchat

cybraryman1:  @heoj My Skype page: http://bit.ly/aQNA10  #edchat

nancyrubin:  Is the Backchannel the Future or the Present? http://t.co/q196uTg #edchat

cybraryman1:  Do I see Backchanneling in meetings in all schools in the future? Backchannel page: http://bit.ly/cv6H7t  #edchat

mritzius:  David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” and Seth Godin’s blog should be required reading for leaders of meetings #edchat

fisher1000:  @tomwhitby #edchat There’s a good book about that very thing here: http://tinyurl.com/2d96qek

cybraryman1:  Professional Development page (the good, the bad, the ugly!) http://bit.ly/bOj5Sv #edchat

RushaSams:  Book rec: School Leadership That Works by Marzano. #edchat

isteconnects:   New Post: A Brief Review of Course Management Tools for Educators http://bit.ly/9R1pE0 #iste #edchat

ColinTGraham: Interesting video produced by New Brunswick Dept of Ed http://youtu.be/EjJg9NfTXos  21st Century Education #ukedchat #edtech #edchat

esolcourses:  @PrimaryEdTech @thompseg: You can use Google Calendar to share events http://bit.ly/aEQe8  #elemchat #edtech #edchat #edcamp

web20education:  Next Gen project #edtech20 http://nextgenlearning.com/get-involved/ideas/30 #edchat #elearning

esolcourses:  Good article on how to cut the dead wood out of meetings – Meetings Google-style http://bit.ly/cDcY52  #edchat

marynabadenhors:  Quick read on running effective meetings http://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/RunningMeetings.htm

graingered: #Edchat http://bit.ly/9pruU2  5th gr wiki, http://bit.ly/98DjVz  tech wiki

graingered:  @ShellTerrell http://mattievolunteers.wikispaces.com / 4 volunteers… membership request required #edchat

shamblesguru: #backchanneling at any meeting,not just ‘staff’, is liberating http://bit.ly/9NjL49  #edchat #edtech

kylepace:   A Framework For Teaching With Twitter…http://ow.ly/2qNXU

ShellTerrell:  Has #Edchat made an impact on your teaching or learning experience? Plz let us know http://bit.ly/aQ0RQd

Pernille Ripp (@4thGrdTeach) is a 4th grade teacher in Middleton, Wisconsin who is constantly amazed at the brilliance of her students.  Married to her soul mate who is a a closet-teacher, she continues her learning journey this year with the Global Read Aloud Project as well as breaking down classroom expectations and starting all over in a 4/5 class.  She has won no awards and been given no accolades other than the lightbulb moments her students share with her every day.  When inspiration hits she writes for her own blog, Blogging through the 4th Dimension and overall just loves her life.  

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