#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
ToughLoveforX: http://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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