Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 2

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. Marie Curie

 

Watch this short, interesting video on Marie Curie from PBS Learning Media

Learn more about physicist Marie Curie from Google Story

Search for the biographies of other scientists at LiveScience

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 8

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ~ Physicist Marie Curie, 1867-1934

 

Happy International Women’s Day~~ Find Resources for this day at PBS Learning Media

Read more about physicist Marie Curie here at the Live Science website

Search for the biographies of other scientists at LiveScience

 

 

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Do standards help to empower teachers? (and if so, how?)

Do standards help to empower teachers? (and if so, how?)

The Standards are just one granular component of our instructional pedagogy.

Educational technology has a two-pronged emphasis of tools and processes (Roblyer, 2016). The ISTE Standards described what comprises the technology curriculum focus. Another resource for standards-based instruction is the 6E Learning by DeSIGN Model. The 6E Learning by DeSign Model is a component module on the ITEEA – The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. ITEEA is the professional organization for STEM educators. The 6E Learning by DeSign model describes how to instruct students in the technology curriculum standards. Using key words, the 6E Learning by DeSIGN Model can organize classroom instructional activities, not unlike the Bloom’s Taxonomy (1965). One of the words “Explore” caught my attention first. The descriptive words listed next to “Explore” are predict, experiment, observe, discover, record, retest, discuss.

As you read about them, which of the 6Es stands out to you? 

These words provide a framework for educators to plan and implement instruction without the restrictions of scripted instruction. Santaro (2018) writes a warning linking scripted instruction to low teacher morale. The Santaro resource is important to my learning. It also deepens our discussion forum conversations for three reasons: (1.) Santaro is very current (2.) it is teacher centered and (3.) it references a recurring complaint among teachers regarding scripted instruction. The teachers’ perceptions referenced in Santaro are reflective of what I see and hear when I am onsite in schools.

Scripted conversations and patient approaches are beneficial in medicine (Hamilton & Kroska, 2019). In early elementary reading instruction it has a mixed success affect(McIntyre, Rightmyer, & Petrosko, 2008). However the mantra given by some administrations that each teacher needs to be at the same place and curriculum pace at any arbitrary increment. This practice can be viewed as twisting standards to influence professional instructional practice. Teachers can lose their agency and become “conscientious objectors” (Santoro, 2018, p. 8).

References

6E Learning by DeSIGN Model. Retrieved from
https://www.iteea.org/STEMCenter/6ELearningbyDeSIGN.aspx
Bloom, B. S. (1956, 2010). “Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Handbook I: The Cognitive Domain.”
New York: David McKay Co Inc.
ISTE Standards for Students (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/for-students
Hamilton, J., & Kroska, E. B. (2019). Distress predicts utilization of psychosocial health services in
oncology patients. Psycho‐oncology.

McIntyre, E., Rightmyer, E. C., & Petrosko, J. P. (2008). Scripted and non-scripted reading instructional
models: Effects on the phonics and reading achievement of first-grade struggling readers.
Reading & Writing Quarterly, 24(4), 377-407.
Roblyer, M.D. (2016). Introduction and background on integrating technology in education. Pearson.

Santoro, D. A. (2018). Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession They Love and How They Can
Stay. Harvard Education Press. 8 Story Street First Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ February 15

I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder, Entrepreneur

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ February 8th

“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem.”  ~Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor, State University of New York, (b. 1920- d. 2012)

 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ February 1

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. ~Mary Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

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Remembering Poet Mary Oliver

A sad ending as January turns to February. Mary Oliver, poet of exquisite detail and reverence for nature, died on January 17. For over five decades Mary Oliver’s poems served as snapshots of the natural landscapes and rhythms of life.

Take a minute, or two, or two hundred, and nurture yourself with Mary Oliver’s poems.

 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

“Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement.

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don’t want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

 


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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ January 25

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” ~Napoleon Hill

Read Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement

 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ January 18

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

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Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits from PBS TeacherLine – Course Begins Tomorrow!

It’s orientation in RDLA235- Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits
We’ve been getting to know each other in the Virtual Cafe and tomorrow we’ll start with our first content module on the culture we create for reading. 

(Still time to enroll! Enroll here:  http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/

RDLA235 Winter Course Calendar Dr. Helen Teague

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