by Becky Bair | Aug 29, 2013 | Making The Shift, Passion Based Learning, The Compelling Need for Change, Voices
As the new school year begins, teachers can change their “stuff,” says Becky Bair. That’s the easy part. But if they haven’t changed their teaching lives to fit the needs of today’s students, then their classrooms will never become places where powerful learning is always going on.
by Becky Bair | Jun 26, 2012 | Local Professional Collaboration, Personal Learning Networks, The Teaching Life, Uncategorized, Voices
Teachers are hungry for professional learning but their eyes are often bigger than their pocketbooks when it comes to professional conferences in distant cities and pricey online courses. Connected educators can feed themselves, says Becky Bair, who’s not busting the bank this summer but staying home with Twitter and Google Reader.
by Becky Bair | Mar 26, 2012 | Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, Student Life, Voices
Iâ€™m thinking more than ever about my kids, who they are as whole children, and what the real worth of the schooling they receive might be. Iâ€™m wondering why we educators, both administration and faculty, donâ€™t send these same kind of notes home all year long. Why arenâ€™t sleep and nutrition and stress reduction equally important the other 171 days of the school year?
by Becky Bair | Feb 6, 2012 | Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, Student Life, Teacher Leadership 2.0, Voices
I am trying to shift my teaching, make inquiry the centerpiece, and have my students be the leaders in their learning. The biggest challenge I face is that my students have no idea how to work together. As teachers we need to steal back the time necessary to make community-building a priority in our classrooms.
by Becky Bair | Nov 9, 2011 | Less Teacher, More Student, Making The Shift, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices
Sometimes new learning experiences, just like gifts, donâ€™t work as we expect they will. You probably won’t end up implementing them just like someone else did or the way you originally imagined you might. But in the end, if youâ€™re making a change for the better — if youâ€™re helping students take steps, even baby steps, to becoming more independent learners, thatâ€™s progress, and progress is what really matters.