Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Cover Story

Are You A Radical Learner?
By Jim Knight

The people who will save our schools are not the policy makers, the educational researchers, the textbook developers, the consultants, or anyone else who works outside of a school. Our schools will be saved by the teachers, principals, superintendents, and other educators who live to learn. This new group, people I call radical learners, is emerging in schools all across the world. They are people who are driven by learning, people who get up in the morning fired up to try something new, to make a difference, to teach and learn.

Radical learners are everywhere. Often alone, they stand up for kids in board meetings, the principal's office, and the staff lounge, but mostly they stand up for kids in their own classrooms. They are creating PLNs, grabbing good ideas off of Twitter, writing, reading, and sharing good blogs, reading new thinkers like Godin, Gladwell, and Pink, and old thinkers like Friere, Dewey, and Mason. Radical learners are loving people who will not let schools let kids down. They work the system to make it better, and kinder, more loving, more equitable, more challenging, and more supportive. They work hard because they know how much learning matters.

Who are the radical learners?

From the Teachers.Net Community

STEM Resource: Science and Engineering Library Available Online

By Teachers.Net News Desk

Columbia University has an impressive library dedicated to science and engineering, and some of its key resources are available to the general public via this impressive website.

Apple Seeds Quotes – Bits of Wisdom for Educators

By Barb Stutesman

In case you missed them, here are the daily Apple Seed quotes posted By Barb S./ret. on the main chatboard during last month. Enjoy!

The Bridge – Pt. 9 of The Power of Poems and Photos to Inspire Writing

By Hank Kellner

Together with such keywords as music, link, odor, darkness and the following words by the poet Longfellow: “I stood on the bridge at midnight,/As the clocks were striking the …

Fierce Fashion for Teachers – How to Dress Professionally on a Budget

By Maggie Carranza

Tips that will help even the most cash-strapped teacher dress professionally – and look fashionable – on a budget.

Ross Archive of African Images Available Through Yale Site

By Teachers.Net News Desk

One can explore over 5,000 pictures of African art published before 1921 as part of the James J. Ross Archive of African Images (RAAI).

5 Sites for Busy Educators

By Marjan Glavac

This month Marjan offers up a new treasure trove of great sites: a collection of must-have educational posters, 10 things teachers should have on their bucket lists, an end of …

Teaching Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

By Teachers.Net Community

Terri posted the following on the Teacher Chatboard during a discussion about the challenges of teaching Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in grade eight.

A few things that made it accessible for …

PPLN – Powerful Personal Learning Network 24/7/365

By Bill Powers

Many educators refer to the connections made via Twitter as their PLN or Professional Learning Network. I have recently decided my PLN is now my PPLN – Powerful Personal Learning …

Using Summer to Improve Your Teaching

By Bill Page

A veteran teacher offers some examples, some reasons, and a special procedure for making the next year a great school year.

30 Tips for Teaching Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

By Leah Davies, M.Ed.

30 invaluable ideas that may assist you and your ADHD students.

Nelson Mandela Resources for Educators

By Teachers.Net News Desk

A comprehensive, indispensable collection of resources about Nelson Mandela for educators: Quotes, bios, history, books, his art, etc.

Sports with Mike – Preparing for Track and Field Days…and Life

By Todd R. Nelson

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Today is… Days to Celebrate During July

By Ron Victoria

National Picnic Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Tennis Month, Purposeful Parenting Month, Anti-Boredom Month, National Hot Dog Month, and National Recreation and Parks Month.

July 1 is … Creative Ice …

Initial Letter Name Activity and Bulletin Board – Prek – K

By Teachers.Net Community

A veteran kindergarten teacher shares a letter and sound activity for the first days of the new school year. It is based upon the students’ names and results in an …

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