How to Virtually Attend a Conference

The NAIS annual conference has been in Chicago this past Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. While I have not had the chance to physically attend this conference, it doesn’t mean that I cannot access the ideas and information shared by other attendees. For the second year, NAIS has had designated “official’ bloggers for the conference. This year there are three: KaTrina Wentzel, an English teacher from Mounds Park Academy, Blog – Jonathan Martin, the Head-Elect of St. Gregory College Preparatory School Blog – Michael Obel-Omia, Director of the Upper School at the University School in Cleveland, OH.  Blog – […]

Lincoln Virtual Conference from the Smithsonian Institute

In celebrations of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the Smithsonian Institution is conducting a series of online presentations Wednesday, February 4th and Thursday, Febraury 5th. The session are (all times CST): Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – Lincoln’s Deathbed: Images of a Martyred President 10:00 a.m. – Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life 1:00 p.m. – Stamp Stories: Philatelic Images of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War 2:00 p.m. – One Life: The Mask of Abraham Lincoln 3:00 p.m. – One Life: Classroom Applications Thursday 10:00 a.m. – Lincoln’s Air Force 1:00 pm. – Public and Private Photographs During the Civil War […]

Updates from Around North Shore

When you are in the middle of the forest, sometimes you forget to look around and take a look at the various new projects which have germinated around you. I know that I spend time spreading and cultivating ideas and it exciting when things begin to take root. I want to share a few of the projects and with you. 1st Grade Blog and VoiceThread Just over a year ago, to support a social studies unit on Community, our first grade teachers created a blog (Getting to Know Us, Getting to Know You) to begin to connect our first graders […]

Outliers Book Discussion, pt 1

I have been asked by Will DeLamater at the TeacherPlaces Book Clubs to lead the February discussion of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. For the first post, I elected to focus the discussion around how we at schools provide the 10,000 hours that Gladwell asserts are needed for to new teachers and to students to gain mastery of a subject to become expert. New Teachers To get us started, I want to take a look at the assertion that exists in chapter 2, the 10,000 Hour rule. When we take a look at our own schools, do we allow for individuals to […]