From time to time, with all my Twitter scouring, I come across a great link or
two five that tickle my mind and make me question my perspectives, teaching, pedagogy, knowledge, or just life in general. Here are a few from the last week that have got my brain spinning.
- Edspiration Podcast 014: Unlock Innovation in an Hour
As a fan of Don Wettrick for a while now, whenever or wherever he shows up, I’m going to check out. He recently 1 joined the folks at Edspiration to do a podcast where he talked about 20% time, one of the coolest projects a teacher can do. I did my own a few years ago with students to MASSIVE success, and I’m hoping to make that happen again this year.
- Wired: The White House is giving free internet to thousands
A long time ago 2, an article like this would have bugged me, as it would have thrown off a lot of the ideas and philosophies I was raised with. Now, as a teacher who gets to see what people less fortunate than I have been blessed with being raised live like themselves, this hits me anew. In what other ways have I benefited that my own students don’t? And what can I do to help give them every opportunity to succeed?
- CACE: Three Steps for Recruiting Talent
I’m not a principal, but I’m someone who has been hired, and someone who expects to one day hire someone himself. What does a successful strong recruiting look like? And as one who wants to be hired to a place like this, what do I have to do to fit in with a culture like this?
- NEA: “Teacher-Led Schools: They’re Here And More Are On the Way”
Maybe the hottest link I saw on Twitter today had to do with what a teacher-led school looks like. I’m trying to imagine what a job would look like with minimal direction from an administrator or principal, and what it would look like if I was in a cohort that functioned as such. Really cool.
- VOX: New Horizons’ photos from the Pluto flyby are finally here — and they’re amazing
Not education-y, but stupidly cool. Almost 100 years after we first saw it 3 as a blurry little speck, we’re just now seeing the texture and color of Pluto. I don’t know why, but stuff like this is just enthralling to me. Last year, we stopped our World History class for one whole period 4 to study the spacecraft that NASA landed on the asteroid. This strikes me just as cool.