Monthly Archives: February 2013

Powerful article!

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I’ve been doing research for my latest book and was interested to find studies are showing that students who take medication for AD/HD are conflicted about their identity. These students seem to be absorbing larger social impressions/myths that imply that some kinds of medicine are less valid than others.

While starting medication from a young age can allow a student to suddenly focus in class, students are also being impacted from a young age by the social myth that goes something like this, “Normal means being who you are without taking medication [unless you need medicine for life and death], so when you take medication for AD/HD you aren’t behaving like your normal self; you only are your normal self if you aren’t taking medication.”

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Obviously there are a few problems with the myth that says we aren’t our normal self when we take medicine, or that medicine impacts our…

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Sir Ken Robinson – always thought-provoking ideas worth listening to and following!

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TED Talks are great resources for inspiration in the classroom, but sometimes my students struggle with focusing their attention on one person talking for so long. So, when I found this clever animation that visually articulates the information from a TED talk, I had to share! This one was given by Sir Ken Robinson, a world-renowned education and creativity expert.

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Transforming society and lives through music

cello players    Looking at the work of Jose Antonio Abreu in Venezuela we see how the arts can transform society by bridging the gap between rich and poor while increasing intellectual and emotional capacities in children. From an original group of 11 impoverished children Abreu built the more than 300,000 student El Sistema, a nationwide organization of more than 100 youth orchestras made up of students from poor and middle-class neighborhoods. As Abreu states: “It is evident that music has to be recognized as an element of socialization, as an agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values: solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion.”

Is it time to implement a proactive approach to our societal dilemmas by providing all our children means for a better way?  Some think so as is evidenced by El Sistema groups forming around the world.  For information on the USA group go to http://elsistemausa.org/.

SREB News: Online Teachers Share Strategies with ShortTakes

K-12 teachers – does classroom teaching have you feeling down?  Think online!  K-12 virtual schools are springing up across the nation.  If you have a flair for technology and think you’d enjoy teaching from home, it may be time to investigate virtual schools.

SREB News: Online Teachers Share Strategies with ShortTakes.

Thoughts for Black History Month – “I Am”

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I remember the ’60’s as a time of turbulence – a time of triumph.  At the age of seven, my mother, siblings and I climbed the steps of a Greyhound Bus in Connecticut to join my father in Florida. My first image of “those” water fountains remains etched in my mind.  With no previous discrimination experience, I approached the “colored” fountain at one of our first southern layover stops.  I remember people glaring as Mom led me to the “white” fountain. I remember her fearful look as she hurried me back on the bus.

The sixties were an emotional time, but also, a time of great growth.  I reflect on those years often – especially when my students and I celebrate Black History Month each year.  Though happy “those” water fountains no longer exist – I regret that some in society too easily slip back into “water fountain” thinking.

At my first multicultural teacher training, participants were asked to share their thoughts in writing.  My thoughts drifted back to the ‘60’s…

“I Am”

I am thoughtful and loving – two traits you would know

If you’d take time to see what life’s lessons will show

I marvel at kindness imagined and real

I hear glorious harmonies, world echoed with zeal

I see hands held united in colorful hues

I see joy for each person – joy lasting, joy true

I am thoughtful and loving – two traits you would know

If you’d take time to see what life’s lessons will show

I see unity, caring throughout humankind

Immense rays of hope at the thought in my mind

I pity those left untouched by one’s plight

I’m troubled to think that this wrong won’t be right

I am thoughtful and loving – two traits you would know

If you’d take time to see what life’s lessons will show

I discern you are you and I am me

If love’s unconditional – why can’t we see?

I dream of the day when all equal will be

All loving you – all loving me

I am thoughtful and loving – two traits you would know

If you’d take time to see what life’s lessons will show

Nancy

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Black History Month links –

http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/black-history-month.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history-month

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/black-history/

http://www.teachervision.fen.com/black-history-month/teacher-resources/6602.html

http://www.thinkport.org/Classroom/FEATURE/black_history.tp