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Podcast: #edchat – School culture

https://player.fm/series/edchat-radio/what-are-the-attributes-of-a-positive-school-culture

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I believe, after 34 years of total dedication to the profession, student success and committed idealogy, that this is THE most undervalued variable to success in public education. The current horrific leadership by Government not withstanding, the social dynamic of management, admin, teachers, parents and students, is a massive variable in whether an institution is effective. The notion of efficiency, productivity and value added effort is so much a business model. Public education, if you value it, needs to address school culture on all levels. To just portrait public education in labour or economic terms is foolish. The struggle of teachers to be treated (maybe uniquely) fairly is about nurturing a positive school culture. The podcast linked here discusses the issue objectively. The compensation of professionals in education cannot be addressed unless the environment of healthy culture is also handled wisely because so much of education is driven by the social dynamic of adults and youth. The topic of volunteerism always opens up passionate debate because teaching is never as simple as drilling oil or producing a fixed product. Teaching always includes nurturing children in the humanity of thinking. Even a teacher, who volunteers as an athletic coach, is always focused on the ‘development’ of the person, not some easily measured variable like industrial productivity. Children are not widgets. We all need to never forget school culture in our policy, actions and attitudes. Tom Whitby’s Twitter based #edchat podcast gives the issue of school culture terrific value. – Al Smith

Once a week Highlights and amplifications from the Twitter discussion of the week on #EdChat. Hosted By Tom Whitby and Nancy Blair and members of the EdChat team of moderators including MaryBeth Hertz, Kyle Pace, Jerry Blumengarten, Jerry Swiatek, Steven…

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Clare Boothe Luce’s Advice to Her 18-Year-Old Daughter | Brain Pickings

Don’t worry about your studies. When you want to do them well you will do them superbly but for the moment the main thing is to get what little happiness there is out of life in this wartorn world because “these are the good old days” now.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/03/11/clare-boothe-luce-advice-to-daughter/?utm_content=bufferfbc74&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

From Al Smith – @literateowl

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More with less

http://archivistic.tumblr.com/post/94342562628/doing-more-with-less-is-a-bad-joke-on-people-who

“Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing.

Libraries and librarians need to stop saying we can do more with less. We can’t. We can do less with less. Our communities are continually demanding more from us – more formats for content, more space for things like games, meetings, and creating both digital and physical things.

At the same time libraries are also getting less – less financial support, less public opinion support, less consideration, less support and partnership from big publishers and producers, and chosen less often to partner with other organizations and businesses.( Madam Librarian )

Couldn’t agree more. Squeezing libraries and all public service is denial that people are working very hard and have reached their limit.

From Al Smith – @literateowl

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Art Teachers’ Exhibition 2014 | Kelowna Art Gallery

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June – September 2014
There was the students Art in Action and now the masters! :-)
http://kelownaartgallery.com/art-teachers-exhibition-2014/

Artists in the exhibition: Alex Fong, Carney Oudendag, Harry Tonn, Jim Elwood, Kendra Dixson, Lee Claremont, Rena Warren

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Art Teachers’ Exhibition 2014 | Kelowna Art Gallery

KAG
June – September 2014
There was the students Art in Action and now the masters! :-)
http://kelownaartgallery.com/art-teachers-exhibition-2014/

Artists in the exhibition: Alex Fong, Carney Oudendag, Harry Tonn, Jim Elwood, Kendra Dixson, Lee Claremont, Rena Warren

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Tweet from Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

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2014-06-13, 10:28 AM
My @kssowls nominee for High School Coach of the Year is boys volleyball coach Mike Sodaro. Vote now at ryanwatters.ca

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From Al Smith – @literateowl

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WATERMARK Film- powerful doc HBO JUNE 23

http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/site_contents/Films/Watermark_Film.html

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Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky team to co-direct Watermark, an environmentally conscious documentary that examines the relationship between mankind and water.
Director:Jennifer Baichwal,Edward Burtynsky

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Home-school communication: Not what it used to be | BCCPAC

It’s not about technology, nor is it about events. It is about how we build relationships in our schools,” he says in a presentation titled Moving Beyond the Newsletter.(Wejr)

http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/news-blog/home-school-communication-not-what-it-used-be?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=BCCPAC

As new tools have provided opportunities to broaden and deepen forms of classroom communication and instructional design so can the degree of communication with parents. It’s not just options it’s a whole new landscape of interaction and feedback. I also think things like blogging can provide frequent articulate perspectives for parents that go far beyond the newsletter fact sheet and calendar. I also think it need not mean huge more work for admin or faculty but rather a new form of sharing and writing content.

From Al Smith – @kssreads

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An Apology to my Students

Originally posted on Evolving Teaching:

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Dear Spring 2014 Humanities Co-op:

As of tomorrow, I will no longer be legally allowed to send emails to you on the weekends so this is your last Sunday email from me.  I know that some of you will be very happy about that since it will mean that I can’t bug you about your overdue work!   And yes, I know I still owe you a pizza party for violating the rule you imposed on me about no emails after 6pm!

Speaking of eating, I’m very sorry to tell you this but those of you who regularly stay in class to eat your lunch are going to have to find another place to eat starting  this week. You will also have to bring lunches that don’t require a microwave. I have been ordered to not be in my classroom during lunch which means you can’t be there too to heat…

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These Are The Surprising Jobs You’ll Be Doing By The 2030s

http://io9.com/these-are-the-surprising-jobs-youll-be-doing-by-the-203-1577363367?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

From Al Smith – @literateowl

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