The Students’ Social Contract Model Curriculum Framework

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AUDIO OVERVIEW starring Kathy Whitinger

 
 
  Developed by twitter miniKathy Whitinger and Sandy Dossett!

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Podcast On Your Plan ep33 with Dan and Mary, Santa Fe South HS

 

IMG_20160205_111426252In this episode we explore Restorative Justice, a philosophy to build community and relationships in schools and districts among students and faculty. Santa Fe South’s Vice Principal, Dan Buckmaster, breaks it down into practical steps and shares the powerful outcomes happening at Santa Fe South in Oklahoma City. We also discuss his transition from teacher to administrator, basketball skills, and what needs to be disrupted in education. As an added bonus, Mary Mazariegos joins us!

This is a great episode for education leaders and teachers interested in classroom management and fostering community.

Thanks for listening and please share with a teacher you love! For more episodes highlighting great educators subscribe via iTunesStitcher for Android, or listen anywhere via SoundCloud. Leave a message for me on Twitter @mrjoshflores, the SoundCloud stream, or at ELAOKTeachers.com!

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Podcast On Your Plan ep32 with Dr. Deborah Gist

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Dr. Deborah Gist is home! After quite the adventure in education, she has returned to Tulsa Public Schools as the Superintendent. In this episode, we explore that journey and lessons learned along the way, as well as, her insight about leadership and how to successfully implement change.

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Thanks for listening and please share with a teacher you love! For more episodes highlighting great educators subscribe via iTunesStitcher for Android, or listen anywhere via SoundCloud. Leave a message for me on Twitter @mrjoshflores, the SoundCloud stream, or at ELAOKTeachers.com!

Closing the Opportunity & Achievement Gap with Dr. Marcia Tate

On Friday, December 11th, 2015, the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s School Support team hosted a one-day workshop with Dr. Marcia Tate, author of the Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites series. The following post includes semi-organized notes taken while attending the workshop. The notes are divided into three categories:

  1. brain facts,
  2. characteristics of brain-compatible classrooms, and
  3. additional visual notes.

Through out and at the bottom of the page, there are visual notes highlighting some of the most memorable aspects of the workshop.

BRAIN FACTS

Not part of the presentation, but this is one of my favorite visuals to emphasize the importance of studying brain research as a teacher.
Not part of the presentation, but this is one of my favorite visuals to emphasize the importance of studying brain research as a teacher.

The brain contains 100 billion neurons (and contains a lot more in utero)! And the brain is the consistency of tofu and jello (gross). So, wear a helmet and protect your neurons – they hold memories. Neurons “talk” to each other through dendrites and axons. Every time you or your students learn something new, a dendrite grows.

The brain is not made for stress, but loves a challenge. Keep this in mind when designing learning tasks and targets. Feedback should guide and not discourage second attempts.

The frontal lobe (where cognitive skills happen) doesn’t fully develop until age 20. So be patient and understanding with students. They’re smart and prone to not-so-smart choices. It helps to repeat directions three times and/or have them repeat the directions back to you or to an elbow partner.

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Podcast On Your Plan episode 12 with Dr. Bonner Slayton

IMG_20150630_093726134In this episode I learn from Dr. Bonner Slayton! He is excellent at breaking down classroom routines in a very methodical way in order to promote organization, self-reflection, and discipline in students which leads to increased learning. We also discuss teaching adults, our responsibilities as professionals, and balancing personal writing goals – which is especially helpful if you are pursuing a doctorate!

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