General Motors made history on Tuesday by announcing its first female CEO, Mary Barra. Barra, who ranks 35th on Forbes list of most powerful women, began her GM career in 1980 as an intern and gradually moved her way up the corporate ladder. “This is an exciting time at today’s GM. I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed,” she said.
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Today at my sister’s house, we noticed a bird on the porch. I opened the door and everyone shoo-ed. It took more than 5 minutes and everyone’s efforts. The bird just didn’t know where to go. It didn’t know the door was open - it didn’t know how close it was to freedom. It just kept staying in the box and flying where it had always flown — until eventually it saw something different and flew out the door- finally to freedom.
It reminded me of many students I’ve seen who struggle. They keep doing the same thing in the same way without knowing that a very small change in direction in just a different way is all that is between them and freedom. They don’t know that if they’ll just listen and be encouraged by some people around them who care that they can fly.
When I see those kids and I struggle and wonder — WHY DON’T THEY SEE — I’ll remember the bird on the porch today and keep going. If we quit and close the door, the bird dies. If we keep going and encouraging - the bird flies. Simple choice.
The experience was an eye opener for the teachers. Several teachers said that attending other teachers’ classes gave them ideas about how to improve their own teaching.
What’s the answer? Do we prop up failing students to preserve their hope in the future? Do we let the harsh realities of life creep into our classrooms so that our students develop a thicker skin? I would argue that there is a middle ground that serves both purposes and helps students mature into resilient and successful adults that will become active and informed citizens.
image via flickr:CC | Alyssa L. Miller
Starting today, across 160 countries, in 25,000 classrooms, over 4 million students have signed up to be the first to experience the “Hour of Code” and Code.org’s new learning platform with video tutorials by Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Bosh and Bill Gates.
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- Let’s quit telling kids what they shouldn’t be doing, and try to push them to think about what they can do.
- Kids are already meeting “strangers” online.
- Little knowledge leads to little credibility.
- Believe kids want to do great things.
Students can hold the sum total of human knowledge in their hand with a device that is the size of a deck of cards. Yet we still tell them to “turn those devices off.” —Will Richardson
The first satellite ever developed by high school students to make it to space is believed to be orbiting Earth after getting a ride aboard a U.S. military rocket Tuesday night from Wallops Island, Va.
Fittingly, perhaps, you can send it a text message.
The satellite, using a voice synthesizer, is built to transform that text into an audio message that can be heard over certain radio frequencies around the globe, and in different languages.
I was a little surprised to see a tweet from someone talking about how we shouldn’t be talking about “being connected” with people anymore because everyone should just be doing it. I found it rather interesting as a great teacher would differentiate learning for students and understand that people are are different points in their journey, not simply say, “you should all get this by now”. It should be no different with educators. Differentiation is not just for kids, and if we treat people like that when we are in an administrative position, you will lose more people along the journey then you will gain. I understand the “push” that many people make, and have been guilty of doing this myself, but the support has to be there.
There’s new psychological research into why people end up in boring jobs.