1. I asked my tumblr followers:

    What book should every teacher read?

    here are zwelinzima answers:

    In no order,

    1.) The Book of Learning and Forgetting, by Frank Smith, discusses social relevance and control

    In this thought-provoking book, Frank Smith explains how schools and educational authorities systematically obstruct the powerful inherent learning abilities of children, creating handicaps that often persist through life. The author eloquently contrasts a false and fabricated “official theory” that learning is work (used to justify the external control of teachers and students through excessive regulation and massive testing) with a correct but officially suppressed “classic view” that learning is a social process that can occur naturally and continually through collaborative activities. This book will be crucial reading in a time when national authorities continue to blame teachers and students for alleged failures in education. It will help educators and parents to combat sterile attitudes toward teaching and learning and prevent current practices from doing further harm.

    2.) Teaching as a Subversive Activity, by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, speaks, again—directly and eloquently—on liberating young minds (here is my recommendation again)

    “There is no way to help a learner to be disciplined, active, and thoroughly engaged unless he perceives a problem to be a problem or whatever is to-be-learned as worth learning, and unless he plays an active role in determining the process of solution.”
    Neil Postman, Teaching as a Subversive Activity

    3.) Walking on Water, by Derrick Jensen, has just awesome stories with terrific lessons about asking questions (Note: I also recommend this book highly)

    Walking on Water is a startling and provocative look at teaching, writing, creativity, and life by a writer increasingly recognized for his passionate and articulate critique of modern civilization. This time Derrick Jensen brings us into his classroom—whether college or maximum security prison—where he teaches writing. He reveals how schools perpetuate the great illusion that happiness lies outside of ourselves and that learning to please and submit to those in power makes us into lifelong clock-watchers. As a writing teacher Jensen guides his students out of the confines of traditional education to find their own voices, freedom, and creativity.

  2. 

therealsurferrosa said: ‘Teaching as a Subversive Activity’ Postman & Weingartner. It’s why I became a teacher and, after twenty years, it’s what I wrote my dissertation around. Probably out of print now and needed more than ever!

Thanks for the suggestion. I have come past this many times and will pick it up again and read it with a new set of eyes. Both authors have really changed education for the better! Luckily, it is not out of print. There is even a Kindle version.  This book is basically a manifesto for inquiry based education. 
Here is a quote:

“There is no way to help a learner to be disciplined, active, and thoroughly engaged unless he perceives a problem to be a problem or whatever is to-be-learned as worth learning, and unless he plays an active role in determining the process of solution.”  ― Neil Postman,  Teaching as a Subversive Activity 

This quote perfectly defines the basic ideas of inquiry based education. 
-Adventures in Learning (via Adventures in Learning’s Recommendations)

    therealsurferrosa said: Teaching as a Subversive Activity’ Postman & Weingartner. It’s why I became a teacher and, after twenty years, it’s what I wrote my dissertation around. Probably out of print now and needed more than ever!

    Thanks for the suggestion. I have come past this many times and will pick it up again and read it with a new set of eyes. Both authors have really changed education for the better! Luckily, it is not out of print. There is even a Kindle version.  This book is basically a manifesto for inquiry based education.

    Here is a quote:

    “There is no way to help a learner to be disciplined, active, and thoroughly engaged unless he perceives a problem to be a problem or whatever is to-be-learned as worth learning, and unless he plays an active role in determining the process of solution.”
    Neil Postman, Teaching as a Subversive Activity

    This quote perfectly defines the basic ideas of inquiry based education.

    -Adventures in Learning (via Adventures in Learning’s Recommendations)

    Reblogged from: ailedubooks
  3. Much like tai chi, practicing the piano mindfully is a fluid art form. You begin by softening the mind. When the mind softens, your mental and physical processing slows down while your awareness becomes significantly heightened. This is the key.
    Thomas Rheingans (via Zen Piano)
  4. mrdavidsfilmschool:

    Come visit Hivesville for battle of two Queen Bees. The Guardians of Room 13 (OES) bring to life the wildly imaginative life inside a hive. Beware of the Zombie Bees. Co-Directed and Edited by Mr. David (David Loitz). Co-Directed by  Ms. Kucera. This version was complete May 20th 2014 for our OES First Grade Learning Celebration.

    I just started a new tumblr (Mr. David’s School of Film) to showcase the films I made this year at my school either in my classroom or in one of my after-school classes. This film was created in my first grade room from a play written by the students after our study of bees in the fall.

    ——Adventures in Learning

    Reblogged from: mrdavidsfilmschool
  5. (via http://www.incited.org/en/projects/4868-Open-Road-Learning-Community-for-Teens—Self-Directed-Learning-Takes-Off)
Please help me by donating to this amazing learning community! I sit on the board and have promised to raise 100 dollars in the next 3 hours! Help me reach my goal and help support low income students attend this learning community! Donate what ever you can. Please reblog!

    (via http://www.incited.org/en/projects/4868-Open-Road-Learning-Community-for-Teens—Self-Directed-Learning-Takes-Off)

    Please help me by donating to this amazing learning community! I sit on the board and have promised to raise 100 dollars in the next 3 hours! Help me reach my goal and help support low income students attend this learning community! Donate what ever you can. Please reblog!

  6. photographs can tell you a lot about what learning was taking place in the classroom
    fourth grade teacher
  7. Where are the shifts in your current curriculum that could move you more towards inquiry, collaboration and deep level work.

  8. ——not in any order———

    being adaptable 

    being a flexible thinker

    being able to listen

    being able to dream, and vision

    being able to question

    being able to create

    being able to search out answers

    being able to communicate your thoughts and feelings

    being able to connect.

    being able to collaboration

    understand our interdependent 

    being able to reflective, mindful and grow.

    Being able to seek out the problem to solve

    able to know their strengths and how to share them.

    being able to filter/synthesize 

    know who they are.

    knowing the skills you need to thrive in your community or place.

    What do you think learning for the future means?

  9. There is no greater gift we can give our future generations, than to co-create – with our young people today, a learning journey that turns their light into a bonfire.
    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  10. imagininglearning:



“I think that we got so caught up in school being a tradition that we stopped using it as a learning tool, which it should be.” -Tupac Shakur at Age 17
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    imagininglearning:

    “I think that we got so caught up in school being a tradition that we stopped using it as a learning tool, which it should be.” -Tupac Shakur at Age 17

    Follow Imagining Learning on Facebook and Twitter

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  11. Education is Everything- Winner OECD Video Competition 2012 (by rachitsbarak)

    "Education is Everything. It is what starts at your birth and doesn’t stop until your last breath"

  12. I strive for a day when the very act of putting down on paper your ideals of education is normal. I strive for a day when all teachers approach teaching as an art, as a reflective practice of growth. Crafting your own ideals and philosophies of education can be the first step in creating real and meaningful transformation in the world. I strive for a day when teachers see themselves as philosophers and look within to find truth. I strive for a day when learning how to teach is not learned from textbooks and college courses, but is an active practice of reflection and sharing of one’s life.
  13. Definitions of an Educator By Alicia Rice

    I am an educator when I weave pictures and stories into documentaries about issues that I feel are important.

    I am an educator when I discuss new things that I learn with the people around me.

    I am an educator when I ask questions of myself and others.

    I am an educator when I ask a child how many marbles they have instead of just giving them some and letting them play by themselves.

    I am an educator when I try to open my heart and let others know that they are doing well.

    I am an educator when I try to educate myself on what is going on in the world.

  14. If Education Was Really About Learning…. | Venspired Learning

    If  education was really about learning…

    …we’d let kids ask more questions and then give them support to find their own answers.

    …we’d see dunking cookies in milk as a science opportunity, not just a snack.

    …we’d only give kids giant test booklets if they needed to use the paper build a tower to explore force & motion.

    …we’d label our kids with terms like “mostly visual learner, hilarious, excels in reading, struggles with addition, loves baseball” instead of “Proficient” or “Basic”

    …we’d stop making copies of low-level worksheets and give more blank sheets of paper for brainstorming.

    …we’d make it our goal to get kids to ask questions in class that we cannot answer, nor Google the answer to.

    …we’d stop spending billions on textbooks.

    …we’d celebrate mistakes far more than we celebrate earning “A’s”.

    …success would be overcoming obstacles and embracing struggle, not “perfect papers”.

    …we’d invite an engineer or scientist to class to answer questions and not just because it’s a grade level standard.

    …we’d talk more about finding their passion than about Friday’s Spelling Test.

    …we’d take the best theories of gifted education, special education, and everything in between, and make a school where ALL kids needs are met.

    …our kids would never question “Why do I have to learn this?” because they’d be too busy investigating.

    …inquiry would rule over lecture.

    …professional development would be differentiated, meaningful, and steer clear of reading PowerPoint slides.

    …every school would be filled with the type of collaboration happening on Twitter every single day.

    …we wouldn’t hear things like “We don’t teach that since it’s not tested.”

    Education might not be about learning right now.  But, that doesn’t mean your classroom can’t be about learning.

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