“I strive for a day when the very act of putting down on paper your ideals of education is normal. I strive for a day when all teachers approach teaching as a art, as a reflective practice of growth. Crafting your own ideals and philosophies of education can be the first step in creating real and meaningful reform in the world. I strive for a day when teachers see themselves as philosophers and look within to find truth. I strive for a day when learning how to teach is not learned from textbooks and college courses, but an active practice of reflection and sharing of ones life.”—Personal Creeds and Philosophies of the Right Kind of Education. « Cooperative Catalyst (via adventuresinlearning)
“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.”—Alfred Whitney (via quotatiousquotations)
Social Awareness: Humor is a powerful tool in social change. It strips away the fear of those who are committing injustices. Whether it’s Charlie Chaplin mocking Hitler or South Park lambasting Kim Jong Il (oh, he’s dead now? I didn’t even realize he was Il.) satire can be a powerful method of bringing the absurdity of an idea to life. Last year, I played clips from The Onion. Students read “A Modest Proposal.” I wanted them to see how humor can be used to make sense out of the world.
Year 11 left today (though they’ll be back in for the remainder of the exams). I love my Year 11 English set - and will miss them so much. It brought a tear to my eye when they all wanted hugs, shirts signing and photos :(
“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.”—Maya Angelou
How many have you read? I think I’ve read about 40 of them. My favorites are Where the Wild Things Are; The Giving Tree, all of the Dr. Seuss books; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Stellaluna; Strega Nona, Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; The True Story of the Three Little Pigs; The Rainbow Fish; The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales; The Three Little Wolves and the Big, Bad, Pig; Miss Nelson is Missing; and George and Martha. I remember reading a lot of these books as a kid in elementary school and going to the school library and checking them out. They were great books that I still enjoy to this day. What were your favorite childhood books from the list?
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”—
Union fears schools may turn away pupils with problems
Thousands of children with behavioural problems could be left without support under government plans to significantly reduce the number of pupils labelled as having special educational needs (SEN), heads’ leaders have warned.
Caroline, who is just about to finish sixth grade, looked through all the writing prompts and picked out her favorite fifteen. I was super impressed with the list and asked her permission to share it. So what follows are Caroline’s favorite fifteen prompts, in no particular order. Most of the…
Good luck to all those students who are sitting/ resitting the WJEC English Literature Unit 1 tomorrow, especially those from KC1 who will be writing about ‘Of Mice and Men’. Remember, whatever you do, make sure you talk about the context of American Dreams and Migrant Workers!
Exam boss warns of mismatch between rising results and international standing
The man overseeing England’s biggest exam board cast further doubt on the validity of the past decade’s grade increases this week, as the qualifications watchdog announced a review of the GCSE “brand”.