RocketBook Thanks to Beth Jahn from YME for sharing this with me. She saw this at the TIES conference this past weekend and passed it along.
Are you the type of person who loves your electronic device, but despises taking notes with it? Would you rather just take notes on paper and then somehow get those notes to your device. Well, now you have that ability with RocketBook. They have free pages on their website you can download and use directly with the app. This is a great idea and can be used in schools with 1:1 iPads, but the kids struggle to take notes on them. Check it out today!
Focus on Students First
Great teachers always put the needs of their students before theirs. Whitaker states, " Great teachers focus on students first, with a broad vision that keeps everything in perspective" (Whitaker, 48). This seems like a no-brainer that all teachers focus on students first, but in reality this is not the case for all teachers. Most teachers get into
the profession for their love of kids and learning, but slowly, usually over time, something happens.
Take a schedule change for example. There's an all school assembly at 2:00 on Friday, the student-centered teacher says, "I think it's great that our students get to hear speaker X on this very important topic, what can I do to help?" The teacher-centered teacher says, "Why does it have to be at 2:00, now my 7th hour class is going to be behind the 6th hour by a day. What am I going to do?" The difference is not compliance, it's about who is at the center, student or teacher.
Our natural instincts say to take care of ourselves first, others second. As a teacher, we need to put the needs of our students in front of ours. This may cause us discomfort or create small problems for us, but in the end, school is about and for the kids. Great teachers know this and live it.
MELT Registration is Open 2017 MELT Registration opened on Monday, December 12 and will close on Thursday, December 22 at 3:00 p.m. Over 400 people registered on the first day. Some sessions have been closed due high registration numbers with a couple more ready to close. If you have not registered already, do so today!