Thursday, April 30, 2015

More Than a Number

Earlier this week I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a Future Ready Symposium at the Educational Service Center in my area. First, let me say what an inspiring and motivating day it was! With George Couros from The Principal of Change, Racheal Rife a principal in a nearby district, Todd Nesloney who is widely known as Tech Ninja Todd, Zach Snow and the Royse City High School Student Advisory Committee, and GCE Lab School all under one roof to speak about innovation and education transformation, how can this day not be amazing?! 
As I listened to each of these astounding leaders speak, I noticed a theme: students are more than a number! As educators we need to stop defining our success and the success of our students by numbers. All too often we get wrapped up in our students scores on standardized tests, when really our goals and success rates should be measured by the globally contributing, well-rounded citizens we produce. Join the #FutureReady movement and get to know your students beyond their numbers.
Even in our personal lives we get so caught up with numbers, like how many pounds we've lost (or gained). If this is you, try focusing on how healthy you feel or start with small changes that lead to a healthier you. Don't let that scale determine your happiness and success! No one else really cares what your scale says, we care more about your healthiness and happiness. YOU are more than just a number! 
Okay, I'm stepping down from my soap-box now! :-)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Try out ZipGrade to Zip around Your Classroom!

This post was submitted to me by a middle school teacher in my district. I love her excitement for this app! Read her post and then try out the recommended ZipGrade app in iTunes or Google Play.

"I downloaded ZipGrade on my iphone and I LOVE IT!!! Check it out!  It has changed my life!!! (Especially as we are reviewing and practicing reading skills for STAAR.) Seriously. I can give students INSTANT feedback and I have instant item analysis for each class. I don’t have to take papers home to grade, and THEN pass them out the next day to go over them with the students.
If you’re not familiar with it, there’s a short 8 minute video on YouTube about how it works. I watched it at 6AM and I’ve been using it all day. It’s THAT easy and THAT useful.

#teacherlivesmatter       #greateducationalawakening     #simplifyingmylife

Sorry. I’m just a little excited about this one. J  Kathy"