This came up on my Twitter feed after someone took a screenshot of a presentation slide and tweeted it. I’m sure the intent was to share what the tweeter thought was a great idea. What jumped out at me wasn’t the idea but that the slide was terrible. Too harsh? Maybe. Especially rough because the … Continue reading Never Make a Slide Like This
At every press event, Donald Trump criticizes the media and/or specific people/networks. Initially, he picked on the New York Times and CNN. Now, in the President’s mind, not only are almost all news sources fake, they are enemies of the American people. This has been a constant theme of his rule. Why these attacks? The … Continue reading The Real Problem with Fake News
Collaboration is overrated. Collaboration. It shows up on every list of top soft skills needed today. You’ve seen these lists. The order changes somewhat but all of them include communication, problem solving, creativity, work ethic, and, of course, collaboration. A few more skills are thrown in to get to the ten items that all lists … Continue reading Collaboration Is Overrated
How to Turn Civics Students Into Engaged Citizens December 03, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This is the final post in our four-part Teaching the Constitution series of blogs about civics and U.S. Supreme Court cases. I taught civics for a number of years, and in truth, much of what was in the official curriculum was … Continue reading Civic Engagement! We need to teach it.
Images, Sounds, and Video: Teach Students How to Read Online October 09, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This blog post is part of a series focusing on media literacy. Once upon a time, stories were simple. We opened a book and read words printed in ink on paper. Maybe a couple … Continue reading Sound & Image Literacy
Teaching Internet Media Literacy in a Digital World September 20, 2018 Erik Palmer, M.A.Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature This blog post is part of a series focusing on media literacy. Recall that in my last blog, we defined media as the means of mass communication. We use media to spread messages. One way we … Continue reading Internet Literacy
Media literacy. There’s a lot of interest in it right now. A problem is that often educators think media literacy means understanding digital sites which means teaching students how to avoid being fooled by fake stories on Facebook. We need to change that. Let’s define media literacy correctly. Students cannot be media literate if they … Continue reading News Media Literacy
A dream is a regular idea with a fancy name. That’s all it is. It’s an idea that popped into the head. Understanding that is very important. Why? Have you ever had a bad idea? Ever looked back at something and thought, “Whoa. I shouldn’t have done that. That was a bad idea.” Be realistic: … Continue reading Don’t Follow Your Dreams!
I was reading a little article in AARP Magazine. (It wasn’t my magazine, he said, trying to not appear old. The magazine was delivered in error and the post office doesn’t ‘return to sender’ magazines, so thank you, subscriber Karen H., wherever you are.) It was called “Cheer Up!” I believe the intent was to … Continue reading Why so sad?
When teachers at Mission Viejo Elementary School came back from summer break, I was there. They wanted me to speak on the morning of the first day of work week. I have worked with hundreds of schools and districts across North America, and my presentation about how to teach students to speak well went … Continue reading Remember how important you are