What About Truth and Accountability

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What About Truth and Accountability
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Hello Friends. Here are some things I thought were worth sharing this week.

Education and Learning

  • How do we make sure that students access accurate information about the war in Ukraine? Many children, including my own, have some anxiety about what’s happening there. We’ve been watching CNN10 to keep it up to date as events unfold.
  • Most teachers know that positive teacher-student relationships lead to better teaching. This article affirms that. These past few years it seems these relationships have been harder to build with certain segments of students.
  • How would you feel if you had to post all of your teaching materials online? Teachers in Colorado are now going to find out.
  • What's the track record of America's school accountability system? From a teacher who has lived through the things discussed in this article, there are certainly improvements to be made.
  • If you need a little joy in your life, call this hotline. We could all use a Pep Talk from kindergartners. I listened to all of the options.

Personal Development

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  • Mind Map resources I use during the forces and motion unit. If you are interested in concept maps and/or sketch notes it's worth checking out.
  • Nine Writing to Learn in Social Studies Resources

My Favorite Things This Week

  • Gimkit. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a great formative assessment tool. My favorite thing about Gimkit is that they are always adding something new. This week we tried the game mode called “Domination”.
  • This next week is our Spring Break at my school. I am looking forward to some time off to rest and recharge my depleted batteries.

Quote I’m Pondering

Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now*

I love the last line of that quote. "Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us". Whenever I've gone hiking or fishing for at least a week in the wilderness the first few days away I feel uneasy. It's like my body and mind aren't used to a different pace of life and fewer stimuli. It's on that third day or so that decompression of sorts occurs and I start to feel more at peace. That's the vacation feeling I appreciate the most.

I wish you all a great week. You deserve a day away.

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