#Edchat 04 – 26 – 2011 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
Thanks for this week’s summary go to Corey Sadlemyer (@SidewaysSchool) for a very insightful resume of the week’s chat. Being a school principal gives Corey a particular insight into this topic and I think you’ll agree that it has been very sensitively written. You can find out more about Corey and his school at the end of the post. Thank you again Corey.
To me, the most amazing thing about what’s happened in the last 24 or so months, is how micro-blogging has revolutionized how we are connected. I dropped in on a conversation and an hour later left with new perspective(s), new connections and a new challenge (writing this week’s summary). This week’s conversation is highlighted by the themes below. Obviously we each have our own biases about this (mine is Trust and Relationship building) but to me the most surprising thing I took from this conversation was how highly people value staff recognition. I do these things (positive notes, letters at the start of the year) but probably not nearly enough and I don’t think I would have had that level of appreciation without the PLN this week – so thank you!
Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:
Administrators that have had a successful history in the classroom
Involvement of parents and larger school community
Creating opportunities for positive student recognition
Creating opportunities for positive staff recognition
Use of data
Staff selection and retention
Here is a selection of some of the comments:
@SidewaysSchool wonders: “Can division wide PD be effective for all staff members?”
To follow the complete discussion see here
For the stats on #edchat participation see here
As ever, there were some great links shared:
@Kiwi_Commons: The Contraband of Some Schools is The Disruptive Innovation of Others with BYOT (Bring Your Own Tech) http://cot.ag/gIHCDj #edtech #edchat
@ERStrategies: Shift resources from full-time only teachers to part-time, community providers & tech http://ow.ly/4oKoa #cpchat #edchat
@juandoming: The â€œNewâ€ Normal http://t.co/2RA5vcQ #elearning #socialmedia #web20 #edtech #edchat #learning #technology #tech #tic
@jEllenCollins: @jonbergmann One challenge in univ is working with spaces like this http://bit.ly/fbc7WZ when we want to #flipclass Ideas? #edtech #edchat
@birklearns: Admin and teachers need to be on the same team. No Us versus Them. http://goo.gl/d1aA4 Not productive. #edchat
@akamomteach: American Teachers Do More Work for Less Pay Than Their International Peers http://su.pr/2pOf4v I’m sooo surprised! #edchat #edreform
@InnovativeEdu: But How Will Kids Know? â€“ Learning with out Testing… http://t.co/XqMic3B #edchat #edreform #ptchat
@ShellTerrell: @jleung10 @ThomsonScience A great example of admin teaching is @Akevy613 he’s truly amazing! http://bit.ly/f6Hei6 #edchat
@akamomteach: Off to Save the Day! http://t.co/uB85OBT//teachers as the real Superpersons #edchat #edreform
@sedson: John Merrow calls for a moratorium on educational jargon http://bit.ly/i8xtlZ #edchat
@Teachhub: What is your one-sentence teaching philosophy? Share with us! http://bit.ly/dI7chh #teachertuesday #education #edchat
@eschoolnews: Is highered the next bubble? Can online education save the day? Check out today’s story. http://ow.ly/4Hi0r #edtech #edchat
@MarkMNW: Common Core making kids think. http://nyti.ms/i2VFeO #mnwcougars #edchat
@HPTeachExchange: Try these webtools. Web 2.0 concept mapping (video). http://budurl.com/vemt #edtech #edchat
@davidwees: Parents as Participants â€“ One Schoolâ€™s Example by @chrkennedy http://bit.ly/frGMPl #edchat #BCed
@ThomsonScience: #edchat: How can we help admin create positive culture? Tell them when they do somethinâ€¦ (cont) http://deck.ly/~YEA5i
@davidwees: New post: Transformation of education through communication (via http://wees.it/ns #edchat #BCed
@juandoming: When #Collaboration is Key http://bit.ly/evZFRO #elearning #socialmedia #edtech #edchat #web20 #eltchat #educon #educachat #redessociales
@PennGSE: Ohio law mandates #teacher pay tagged to performance http://bit.ly/hkjcow #edreform #edchat
@Shellterrell: If you are an administrator, consider joining the wonderful group Connected Principals http://bit.ly/dmjjoA #cpchat #edchat
@cybraryman1: I have a collection of adminblogs (from the great admin here on Twitter) on my Administrators page: http://tinyurl.com/yb37etj #edchat
@davidwees http://bit.ly/hoIy7T “You have to treat your employees like customers” — Great read for for anyone in an admin role. #edchat
@Brian_ThomasTCI: Speaking on admins and positive schools, don’t forget tomorrow is Admin Professionals Day! Gift idea here: http://bit.ly/fUHZ8l #edchat
@flocabulary: @21stPrincipal Do you think facebook can help with creating good cultures? (You might find this interesting: http://ow.ly/4HmrY) #edchat
@TechCzech: I highly recommend: “Understanding the Principalship: Metaphorical Themes” http://j.mp/fa0GqR to #edchat Shows a complex mix of expectations
@Brian_ThomasTCI: Open Letter to Admin http://justintarte.blogspot.com/2011/04/open-letter-to-administrators.html Great post by @justintarte #edchat
@Parents_GortCS: Connected Principals blog is a great resource for parents & teachers, too: http://ow.ly/4HmPA #edchat @conprin
I’m @SidewaysSchool on Twitter and thanks for letting me write this week’s #Edchat summary. My real handle is Corey Sadlemyer, I’m a k-6 administrator in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. My school focuses on Student-Centered Integrated Learning and I get to work with an incredible group of committed and passionate educators who follow this philosophy. You can read more about us at www.riverheightsschool.ca
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