Found some new teacher resources online!
Center for Teacher Quality
Their purpose is below:
That’s why we’ve created the CTQ Collaboratory. To expose the bold ideas and expert practices of growing numbers of teachers—and create a common place where we can convene to advance the teaching profession and our schools.
In the Collaboratory, teachers (and those who value teachers as leaders) are…
- Sharing innovative ideas—and bringing them to life.
- Digging deep into education news, policy, and research.
- Making connections with colleagues near and far.
- Troubleshooting challenges and crowdsourcing solutions for students.
- Identifying (and creating) ways to spread teachers’ expertise.
- Developing leadership skills together.
- Influencing policy and practice on the local, state, and national levels.
Read the full about section!
One article I read was about black history month and how we need to be careful with how we interact with it in classrooms. It’s titled “Token for Granted“.
This is an excerpt from the article that I was drawn to:
Parading a few “key figures” within curriculums all over the country each February only further illustrates how far we have NOT come. And this is from a profession that touts equity as a core value.
And this is from a profession that touts equity as a core value. Until the histories of all peoples are organically, authentically, and intentionally woven throughout all subject matter and curricula, we as educators and as a people cannot truly claim equity as a “core value.”
Black history, along with the history of all marginalized people:
- Must not be sensationalized for a moment and then put back in a closet;
- Cannot serve as a justification for checking off a box that certifies that we are “tolerant” of others;
- Cannot be token
- Should not be an isolated moment in time.
Instead, these histories should be:
- A celebration of the countless contributors of color to the history of this country;
- Integrated throughout all subject matter and curricula year round, rather than simply relegated to social studies or history;
- Taught authentically by all teachers so that the contributions of all scientists, mathematicians, authors and poets, inventors, musicians, and more share equitable space in instruction.
- We must also include the stories of historical figures who sacrificed so much to move ALL people towards a more “equitable union.”
As educators, our goal must be to advance diversity, equity, and fairness in curriculum and instruction that embraces all students all year long.
Let’s move away from “tokenism” and towards true integration EVERY month—one month at a time.
This inspired me to think about Black History month different in my classroom, and aspiring to include historical figures from all races and ethnicities in discussions all year-round with my students.
- Engage in Professional Communities
- Understand How to Use Technology
- Know Where to Locate Useful Resources
- Participate in Social Media
- Develop Great Communication Skills
- Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”
- Take Time to Disconnect
- Celebrate Diversity
- Remain a Life-Long Learner
- Do What You Do Best
Finally, TeacherCast is another great education resource for teachers. Found this article that was written in May 2016, 11 Digital Tools that make Teaching Easier by @Diana_Beyer, and it was interesting comparing it to the information learned in our class. Some applications I did not know about, suc as Twiducate and Wideo. However, she definitely missed alot of programs that we’ve learned about in our course Web 2.0.