4 ways to stay well and focused heading into the holidays
It’s that time of the year again: you’re almost to the halfway point, almost to the big holiday break. This time of year can be demanding: everyone’s looking forward to vacation, and it’s hard to stay focused on the classroom.
More than that, you’ve been working incredibly hard for and with your students. You’re so very ready for that break. There’s just one more week to go. So let’s talk a little self-care for educators.
We’re #vtgrateful for you
This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for the entire community. For everyone working hard in supporting innovative school change in Vermont.
What are you #vtgrateful for?
Summertime, and the reading is easy
Or is it? We checked in with a few of the folks here at the Tarrant Institute to hear about what they’re reading this summer.
Student keynotes, presentations, panels & partners
All with a side order of tech.
Dynamic Landscapes 2017 is in the bag, and it was easily the best one yet.
Why? Because not only were there a ton of great tech-rich, innovative sessions for attendees to choose from, this year also featured authentic student voice.
Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching
Laura Botte, a 6th grade math educator at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington VT, was one of four recent recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from Vermont.
We’ve been lucky enough to partner with Botte as she constantly innovates new visions of student-centered, tech-rich middle school education.
#vted = #vtexcellence
A number of Vermont educators have been in the news lately, achieving and being recognized for the amazing work they do inside the classroom and out.
“I don’t believe you can be an educator committed to student voice and not be a powerful advocate for equity.”
This past August, the University of Vermont played host to an international conference focused on ways to amplify student voice and increase student partnership in the classroom.
Attendees were lucky enough to hear an address by Vermont Secretary of Education Dr. Rebecca Holcombe, who spoke powerfully on the need for intersectional equity in Vermont, in supporting students.
I’ve just returned from the Middle Grades Institute, and honestly, I am still reeling. My brain is finally slowing down and trying to process all that happened there.
The short of it: teachers, professors, Tarrant Institute staff, and students from across Vermont gathered to learn how to better personalize learning, engage early adolescent students, create flexible pathways to graduation, foster deep, authentic learning, and learn about all the transformative practices and opportunities around the state.
It’s like someone took the blinders off.
Audrey’s 2016 summer reading list
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where technology fits into reading. Not just the e-book vs print book discussion (spoiler: both choices are valid for any individual) but also how tech tools and platforms can bring readers together to talk about books. And I’m doing that by reading a lot and trying things.
So my summer reading list comes with a tool kit.
Mark’s 2016 summer reading list
This past academic year was one of the busiest and most invigorating year I have had in my time as a student or teacher. As my role here at the Tarrant Institute has grown and focused more deeply on the research side of things, I have also been progressing towards my PhD. The summer doesn’t really provide a break, per se, but it does give me time to dive into some books I’ve been eying all year. Here’s a few things I’m making sure to get through.