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T.G.I.F. Teacher Newsletter #68
It was teacher appreciation in my neck of the woods this week. There were snacks in abundance, and I even received one of those coveted notes from a student that was positive and complimentary.
I wish you all the appreciation you deserve. Have a great weekend. You've earned it.
In today’s newsletter…
- Want to create an excellent podcast? NPR Education has got you covered.
- Brace yourself for the "double disruption" of the job market and learn how to stay relevant.
- Take your teaching to the next level with effective use of Learning Targets.
Here are some articles that grabbed my attention.
- Podcasting - NPR's Education team has created a collection of tips and tricks for creating a podcast, including guides for teachers and students, as well as videos and podcasts. The resources were created for students, teachers, educators, and parents, but can be used by anyone who wants to make their own podcast. What are you waiting for?
- Double Disruption - The Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum predicts that 50% of all employees will need re-skilling by 2025 due to the "double-disruption" of the economic impacts of the pandemic and increasing automation transforming jobs. This report has education and teaching implications. It makes sense that teachers begin to use this information in order to design instruction in a way that set students up with the skills they need for the future.
- Games - While this article is targeted towards PE teachers, the 50 games it presents are also excellent for recess and brain break activities. These games are easy to organize and require little to no equipment, making them ideal for any setting.
- Learning Targets - Many teachers have a love/hate relationship with Learning Targets. As with everything else, some ways of using them are better than others. When used effectively, Learning Targets can guide every decision a teacher makes in the classroom, from providing instruction to assessing understanding.
Personal Development and Wellness Resources
- Extraordinary - Author Ozan Varol explains how Bruce Springsteen became an extraordinary musician by doubling down on his ability to write song lyrics that capture the blue-collar spirit. Varol's takeaway is to stop aiming for the same obvious target as everyone else and instead embrace your idiosyncrasies and first principles to become extraordinary. There is no normal, and most people are too busy to notice you, so do and be what you want.
- Be Understood - It's important to limit conversation points to three, explain difficult ideas in three different ways, and repeat important points three times in order to help your audience understand and retain the information better when expressing your thoughts.
- Chill Out - Laziness has been a topic of discussion among philosophers throughout history and some have even argued that it is the root of all evil. Different cultures have independently reached similar conclusions about the negative effects of laziness. While idleness is often seen as a negative thing, some philosophers have argued that leisure time is essential to a happy and fulfilled life. Balance is the foundation of appreciation. You need some of one thing to appreciate another.
"Adult librarians are like lazy bakers: their patrons want a jelly doughnut, so they give them a jelly doughnut. Children’s librarians are ambitious bakers: 'You like the jelly doughnut? I’ll get you a jelly doughnut. But you should try my cruller, too. My cruller is gonna blow your mind, kid.” -John Green
- Pollinators - Are you up for a No Mow May?
- Effort - I watched a middle school track meet this week. These young athletes were working hard to compete. It's inspiring when someone is giving it their all.
- Gadget - Cordless Hot Glue Gun* - I borrowed one of these from a coworker to use during model rocket construction. It’s one of those things I never knew I needed until I tried it out.
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