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TGIF Teacher Newsletter #83
Highlights from this week include meeting parents and students at Meet and Greet, watching colleagues throw an axe with varying degrees of accuracy, and finally getting my room ready for my 25th year of teaching. My hair may be thinning but my internal dialogue is that of a 25 year old 😀👊!
Things are about to become really busy, so I've spent a little time thinking of some goals for the upcoming school year. So far, my list includes improving how I use interactive notebooks with students, learning more about Eduprotocols, and building a list of Brain Break resources to incorporate on a more regular basis. What's on your list?
I wish each and every one of you a great start to your school year. I hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter.
Have a great weekend!
In today’s newsletter…
- Using caution with AI in education
- Teachers at risk of burnout due to increasing responsibilities
- Resources to help students benefit from note-taking
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Here are some articles that grabbed my attention.
- AI Hallucinations - AI is changing the classroom and the world at large, but educators should use caution in its use and avoid pitfalls such as misinformation and AI "hallucinations." The Harvard Graduate School of Education has released preliminary guidelines for AI in the classroom, advising a curriculum that encourages students to find answers with their own logic and reasoning. Educators can emphasize the learning process over the final product, and cultivate skills that AI cannot easily replicate while harnessing the benefits of AI and nurturing the abilities of humans to tackle significant challenges in the 21st century. We would do well to help students develop a healthy skepticism when it comes to artificial intelligence. How will they know when the information provided by AI is incorrect?
- Too Much - Teachers are at risk of burnout and leaving the profession due to an ever-increasing range of responsibilities, according to a survey of 1,000 teachers from across the US. This overexpansion of roles and responsibilities has put a strain on the profession. The solution is to ease some of these growing pressures and responsibilities, pay teachers more, and acknowledge the importance of supporting their mental health.
- Storytelling - The Moth's new podcast, Grown, features high school students sharing their stories. Aleeza Kazmi, co-host of Grown, went through a Moth workshop in high school and found it contributed to her personal growth. Melissa Brown, leader of The Moth’s education efforts, believes storytelling should be taught in schools and that Moth-style workshops can help students build confidence and bloom in doing this work.
- Resource - Note-taking is beneficial for students because it can help them retain information better and engage with the material more deeply. It also helps students organize their thoughts and ideas, making it easier for them to study and review the material later on. Different note-taking strategies can be used depending on the student's learning style and the subject matter being studied. Here are 7 Top Note-Taking Strategies That Help Students Learn.
- Book - The EduProtocol Fieldguide Book 1* - I’m starting to build my background knowledge. This book seems like an excellent place to start.
- Social Media - Teaching students to accept and value one another.
Personal Development and Wellness Resources
- NEAT - Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), refers to the calories burned through daily activities that don’t include exercise. It turns out that small changes in behavior can improve your metabolic health and provide long-term benefits.
- Creativity Cheat Codes - Unlock your creativity with these 31 secrets from some of the most creative minds in the industry, including Rick Rubin, John Cale, and Joyce Carol Oates. From taking walks to prioritizing looking over making, these tips will help you find your own vision and unleash your inner genius. Balance your consumption habits by creating something unique to you.
- Simple Pleasures - In tough times, indulging in small, affordable pleasures such as a favorite treat or a "guilty pleasure". Explore the concept of "treat culture" and why it can be a beneficial coping mechanism during difficult times, backed by research on the emotional benefits of treating oneself responsibly. This could explain my family's Friday donut tradition.
"Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children's approach to life. They're people who don't give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought - sometimes it isn't much, either." — Walt Disney Company
Teacher Commuter Playlist
"Listen to the river
Of your heart play like a drum
Listen to the night call
Singing songs from all around"
- Social Events - On Wednesday, we had a going-away party for a colleague who is moving on to work at the high school. It was held at Forestry Tap and Axe. These types of events help you to appreciate the people you work with in new ways. I left feeling good about the people I work with.
- Snacks - Throughout this week of in-service, there were snacks available for us. A good snack helps break up long days and goes a long way in helping employees feel appreciated. I tried organic fruit snacks for the first time - not bad.
- Homepod - This thing is awesome*. I placed it on top of the refrigerator and it sounds great. This allowed me to move a mini into our bedroom. Last night, we drifted off to sleep using some sleep music from the Calm app. Hopefully, this will help ease some of the stress from the school year.
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