From Alice Keeler - One reason a parent might not read the classroom newsletter is that it is not about their child. Here is a solution for creating weekly newsletters for parents that are individualized for their child.
Great question from Cale Birk - "How can we make the EXPERIENCE that our __________ (students/parents) have when they ___________ (walk into our building/register at our school/go to our website, etc) SO POSITIVE that they want to communicate this experience with others?".
From Harvard Biz - Page’s distinction brings to life the idea of strategic ambidexterity: a company’s ability of exploring new practices, products and business models while exploiting existing ones at the same time—a capability which is both remarkably valuable and equally hard in practice.
Micro-credentials are exactly that, but smaller, bite size, awarded for the demonstration of very specific competencies. And what comes with a micro-credential is not a certificate or a diploma, but a badge. This is familiar to many readers, I realize, but for those it is not, think Boy Scout or Girl Scout Merit Badges.
In today’s digital environment, you can create an account to host your badges, such as Mozilla’s Open Badges platform (http://openbadges.org/), Credly (https://credly.com/), or Achievery, (http://achievery.com/ ) and export them to LinkedIn, Twitter, or elsewhere.
Here is a concrete example that many schools are struggling with: We want to find time in the daily schedule for… (take your pick: mindfulness, balance, reflection, global programs, capstones, new courses, more sleep for students, teacher collaboration, etc). But there are a limited number of minutes in the day. And everyone has their own pet need or bit of turf to protect. How do we decide what to add, what to keep, and what to let go?
Wisdom, after all, is not about knowing all the answers every minute; it’s about asking the right questions. In the long run, the simple questions you ask yourself on a regular basis will determine the type of person you become.
"What’s often missed is the paradoxical interplay of two of his seemingly opposite qualities; maniacal focus and insatiable curiosity. These weren’t just two random strengths. They may have been his most important as they helped lead to everything else.
Arianna Huffington’s thoughts on re-energizing, re-centering and getting more rest in her latest book. Based on many discussions we compiled this list of tips to find the elusive work/life balance we all strive for.
From Alice Keeler - I have had several teachers how they can have their students tweet without having a Twitter account. I highly encourage teachers to have a class twitter account and a class hashtag. Here is how to use the class Twitter account.
From Alice Keeler - This post is for people who run a Twitter Chat or are thinking of starting one up. I thought I would share the process I went through to organize and manage the weekly Twitter Chat #profchat.