Some Youtube Favs.

(I thought I would do a fun post today, something not so serious, but related to education and technology. I stole this idea from my friend, Lisa Meade, Corinth Middle School principal.  Have to give her credit!)
It is the age of technology and YouTube has dominated much of our kids lives, no less maybe with some of ours.  Streaming videos, whether on AppleTV, YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, Hulu, or can be even cheaper than paying that cable or satellite bill.  Even some network stations stream their series, FREE, on their website.  Sometimes I wonder why I spend so much money on Dish Network.  (I love the movies though!)
Anyway, I digress.  One of the neat things about YouTube is that you can share them and favorite them.  Also, you can use some of these videos to help instruction, like Khan Academy, or what would be even more powerful, if you flip your lessons.  Better yet, how about getting our kids to make some videos.  Yes, we need to monitor, but how powerful would that be for our kids.
Anyway, the purpose of this is to share my favorites on YouTube.  They are appropriate and share a glimpse into what influences me.  Some are related to school, some funny, some inspiring.  You can check some of my favorites here.  What are some of your favs?  Have a great week!
Other News
  • Bus Duty for Feb 24-Mar 7 Team 2:  Mindy Backus, Pam Mahay, Denise Croasdiale.  Upcoming bus duty:  Mar 10 – Mar 21:  Team 3:  Jessica Serviss, Teresa Kiechle
  • Our Staff Meeting is tomorrow, March 3rd @ 2:45pm in room 31
  • Thanks to folks who helped out at our AR Night and Hoe Down.  Both events were awesome!
  • Congrats to our OotM Teams.  We did well this weekend.  Thanks Steph for organizing it!
  • In speaking with Donna, we will probably cancel the Tech Meeting scheduled this week.  Look for notification.
  • I will be starting up walk through’s again, especially at the 3-5 level and finishing focusing on staff that will be involved with NYS testing first.
  • 3-5 teachers involved with NYS Testing and for all, April 1st, 2nd and 3rd are the first testing dates for ELA.  Math is April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd. Teacher directions have been placed in your mailboxes.  Please review this and highlight things you need to know to prepare your room.  For everyone, please highlight these dates as we will be busy administering the test and special schedules may be swapped.  More information to follow!
Things in the Blogsphere
Things in the Twittersphere
  • What are the five things you are grateful for?  Make a list daily.  It does wonders!
  • Be the change agent for kids!  Be a champion for kids.  Every kid deserves a champion!
Other Items of Interest
imageTake the “Education Roadtripofpublic opinion about education across the country. Opinions about different topics are reported, including the Common Core. Interestingly, 66% of Americans strongly support uniform standards but just 31% report supporting the Common Core. Maybe we need to communicate with the 58% surveyed who said that they didn’t know what the Common Core was!

SED has updated the diploma requirements pamphlet to reflect the change to the Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma.

Hold your horses! Many textbooks are still not Common Core-aligned. A studyof ”new” textbooks indicates that they aren’t “new” after all.

SED has updated the math “double-testing” memorandum now that it has been approved.

A different memo explains the impact of the Regents changes to Common Core implementation. There aren’t many.

Google news is back – and it’s easier to use. Students can check out primary source materials throughout the world and much of recorded (newspaper printed) history.

A recently completed meta-analysis suggests that girls do not do better in single-sex schools or classes. Single-sex classrooms do not impact math, science, or self-esteem according to the researchers.

Here are developmentally appropriate versions of presentation rubrics. They are even aligned to the Common Core ELA Standards. It is said that in a New Tech High School students will present at least 100 times. How often do students present in your school? Do we provide them with adequate opportunity and feedback to get good at it?
A good project depends on an authentic audience. Here are some things to think about.

Better standardized test scores does not translate to better cognitive ability. While these two ideas are correlated, the relationship is one-sided: cognitive skills impact standardized tests but not the other way around.

Here’s a quick primer about Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).

This review of literature about class sizes concludes that class size does make a difference.


These tips can help with the flipped classroom. Yes, the video is important, but what goes on in class is more important.

An upcoming [free] webinar will address the relationship between physical activity at school and academic achievement. It’s March 20th at 9a.

A Touch of Humor






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