A Pefect Quote for Summer!
“The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking” ~Phaedrus
Phaedrus, written by Plato in 370BC, is a dialogue between Plato’s protagonist, Socrates, and Phaedrus, an interlocutor in several dialogues.
From the Library of Congress Email Digest:
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced on June 19, 2019 that Joy Harjo had received the appointment of the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.
“What a tremendous honor it is to be named the U.S. Poet Laureate,” Harjo said. “I share this honor with ancestors and teachers who inspired in me a love of poetry, who taught that words are powerful and can make change when understanding appears impossible, and how time and timelessness can live together within a poem. I count among these ancestors and teachers my Muscogee Creek people, the librarians who opened so many doors for all of us, and the original poets of the indigenous tribal nations of these lands, who were joined by diverse peoples from nations all over the world to make this country and this country’s poetry.”
Read some of Harjo’s poetry at this link from the Poetry Foundation.
Harjo joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove.
Click here for more information.
Related Information: Hooray for Joy! The Library Has a New Poet Laureate
Poetry is Part of Literacy and Lifelong Reading
Here’s is my current favorite poem
What Is Usual Is Not What Is Always
What is usual is not what is always.
As sometimes, in old age, hearing comes back.
Footsteps resume their clipped edges,
birds quiet for decades migrate back to the ear.
Where were they? By what route did they return?
A woman mute for years
forms one perfect sentence before she dies.
The bitter young man tires;
the aged one sitting now in his body is tender,
his face carries no regret for his choices.
What is usual is not what is always, the day says again.
It is all it can offer.
Not ungraspable hope, not the consolation of stories.
Only the reminder that there is exception.
~ Jane Hirschfield
What are your favorite poems?
You’ve heard of art imitating life, but now tech crowds life!
Today, June 21st, is
NATIONAL SELFIE DAY
Yes, It’s National Selfie Day! Since the 2014, promotion by DJ Rick McNeely, there’s been a National Selfie Day, and on this day, nerds, luddites, and all mortals are encouraged to use their mobiles and digitals to take creative (appropriate) selfies and share them on social media at this hashtag: #NationalSelfieDay
The word “selfie” is in the Oxford and Merriam-Webster Dictionaries! In 2013, the Oxford Dictionary named “selfie” as its word of the year!
Here is my selfie of the word itself:
According to the National Day Calendar website, “while the act of taking a selfie may predate social media, smartphones and the word which is now in the Oxford dictionary, the popularity of taking these self-portraits and the ability to do so has never been easier. Selfie sticks and multi-functional camera phones make it all too easy to take these kinds of photographs as well as group selfies (aka groupies).”
For more information visit the National Selfie Day website.
See also this post from TV station WFAA, “It’s National Selfie Day! Meet the North Texas man who got it started” at this link.
Continuing the theme of Assessment from BUS-435: Educator Kristin Nannini addresses formative and summative assessment in the context of a blog post on exit tickets. She created and posted this engaging infographic on formative and summative assessment. Visit Kristine Nannini’s blog, “Young Teacher Love,” for additional resources on many more educational topics!
Image Source: Nannini, K. (2017, June). How to Completely Transform Your Teaching with Exit Tickets.
Blog Post. Available online at this link: https://youngteacherlove.com/exit-tickets-formative-assessments-math/
Abstract Draft for International Symposium on on Developing Schools Creatively in Hyderabad, India
Session Title: When Curie Meets Cassatt: Infusing Artistic Creativity into Schools, Classrooms, and Conversations
Format: Paper Presentation
Theme(s): School architecture, School philosophies, Learning methods, Teaching pedagogies, Education Technology, Importance of creativity in education
Listen in to a virtual discussion spanning time and space between Marie Curie, Mary Cassatt, Rene Descartes, Hedy Lamarr, and John Urschel. What connects these people from different vocations and historical eras? How can you leverage their ideas in your school? Join them virtually and collaborate in real time as they discuss the creativity and socio-cultural learning theory involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Learn research-based practices based on the latest research into interdisciplinary creativity. Receive a resources list, annotated research document, lesson plans, a case study, and an implementation blueprint.
At the conclusion of the conversation you will be ready to infuse creativity and the arts in your school and/or classroom. You will be ready to lead the conversation at your school!
Proposed Session Hashtag: #CurieMeetsCassatt
I’ve got some word leeway: what should be added/deleted/edited?
Read the timeline of #CurieMeetsCassatt
Assessment is such an overarching concept. Regardless of the subject matter (Business Ed, English, Foreign Language, etc…) assessment will be a key component of the student’s and teacher’s experience.
So it is very important to get firmly grounded in the types of assessment, especially the difference between formative and summative assessment.
Key Concept: The first big difference is when the assessment takes place in a student’s learning process. Formative assessment/evaluation is an ongoing activity. Formative assessment/evaluation takes place during the learning process.
Summative assessment/evaluation takes place at the end of an instructional segment (concept, unit, semester, course).
Your resources for the week do an excellent deep dive on assessment so read/reread/bookmark them.
Please post questions/needs for clarification to the “Questions” forum.
Image Source: Couros, G. (2015, November 23). Do we imply finality in the term “summative assessment”? Blog Post. Available online at this link: https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/5812
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Literate Word Cloud by A.C.
●Literacy is a fundamental life skill, one that serves as a portal to knowledge and a lifetime of opportunity. ― Story Shares
Looking forward to finishing a good book this weekend!