Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Principal's Responsibility

Justice, Ashley

Tarte, Justin. 8 Principal leadership tips for the new year. Retrieved from http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/8717

Principals are responsible for fostering collaboration within the building. The principal interviewed insists that the leader of the building must confront behaviors that are keeping successful collaboration from happening. 

These tips interested me because there's definitely a division within my school. All the teachers know who's willing to try new things, including collaborative projects, and who isn't because they don't handle change well.

Using Twitter in the Classroom

Justice, Ashley

Jukes, Ian. 60 ways to use Twitter in the classroom by category. Retrieved from

As stated in the title, this resource compiles ideas for employing Twitter in the classroom. Many of the ways listed are common knowledge, but others are more creative. For instance:
  • For students who have trouble with disruptive blurting, allow them to instantly tweet their blurts silently instead of out loud.
  • Send out quick quizzes on Twitter, and have them count for bonus points in the classroom.
  • At the end of the day, teachers can summarize what has been learned in the classroom, encouraging reflection and discussion between students.
  • At the College of the Holy Cross, assistant professor Daniel Klinghard uses Twitter to teach students to be concise, summarizing major political texts without going over Twitter-imposed character limits.
If only students at my school were allowed to use their devices for educational purposes...